Explore Anaga Natural Park

Explore Anaga Natural Park

Explore Anaga Natural Park

If you enjoy driving and have had enough of the sunny south of Tenerife, then why not hire a car and take yourself on an adventure into the greener north of the island to explore Anaga Natural Park.  It is easily accessible by following the TF 13 out of La Laguna and then TF 12 into and through the park.

As the road climbs upwards you will pass a mirador (viewpoint) that gives you a breathtaking view back at the valley you are leaving behind. The road is narrow and the higher you climb the more likely it is to be swathed in cloud, but it is well maintained and signposted.

Cruz de La Carmen

You can head for Cruz de La Carmen in the Las Mercedes Forest where you will find another viewpoint, a cafe, toilets and a starting point for many hiking trails. The first of these is designed for people with limited mobility.

This is an amazing spot for anyone who lives in or has spent time in the south of Tenerife. The mossy greenness of Las Mercedes is the exact opposite of the arid lunar landscapes you see in the south.

The trees themselves reach up into the clouds and the constant dripping of condensed water can be up to four times more in volume than rainfall in the area.

From here you might continue on taking a brief sidetrip from the TF 114 to take in the view at the Mirador Pico del Ingles, or turn to the left head on down towards Rio, Las Carboneras and Chinemada or take the fork towards Taborno to visit the village with the largest goat herd in Anaga.

Alternatively stay on the TF12.  Continuing onwards will get you to the Albergue Montes de Anaga, a hostel at Las Bailadores.

There are nine rooms here with dorms for 2, 4 and 6 people and the hostel caters for couples, school trips, and all kids of hikers, nature lovers and groups.

There is a vegetarian friendly restaurant here serving good breakfasts and dinners to hungry hikers. Views from the large terrace and rooms are breathçtaking but it is worth mentioning, this is a hostel so facilities are comfortable but basic. Expect clean bed linen but bring your own towels.

The House at the End of the Road 

If your idea of a great escape in the Anaga Rural Park doesn’t include sharing a hostel with random groups of strangers you might prefer to take a left on to the TF-136.  Here, at the very end of the road, you will find a little rural house called Casa Teresa, a little cantina and total tranquility.

When we booked Casa Teresa, the directions from the house owner were a little vague but it is very easy to find when you know how. To get there, keep your eyes peeled for Roque Negro Afur signpost, turn down that road and just keep going till you can go no further.

You will drive through the little village of Roque Negro and continue down the mountain passing improbable looking houses tucked high on hills, till the road ends abruptly in Afur.

For a handful of old houses, seemingly at the end of the world, Afur has a surprisingly efficient bus service. It is a well maintained little hamlet with one old boy called Jose keeping travellers and workers refreshed from his ancient cantina.

Afur holds another secret. A very lovely little holiday home, called Casa Teresa,  It is a personal favourite and the place to go to escape everything (even the internet) and recharge one’s batteries.  A tip should you decide to take up Jose and Zanias superb hospitality is to take plenty of supplies with you. There is no corner shop; there is, however, a very good BBQ.

Stay at Casa Teresa

Casa Teresa is newly decorated throughout. There is a comfortable double bed in the master room and twin beds in the guest room, two patios, one with a BBQ and the other with the most amazing view.  Although there was supposed to be internet, the owner did tell us beforehand that the signal was weak. In such a beautiful place, I can honestly say, we did not miss it for a second.

Going by the reviews, we are not the only fans of the house at the end of the road to Afur. It is classed Exceptional with a score of 9.8 out of 10.

 

Tenerife Bus Service TITSA

Tenerife Bus Service TITSA

Tenerife Bus Service TITSA

Tenerife bus
Overall, the TITSA Tenerife bus service is pretty good. It offers a cheap and cheerful way to get round the island, especially for those tourists who want to see the ‘real Tenerife’ as opposed to ‘tour bus Tenerife’.

The buses are (usually) clean and in good condition and you’ll see far less of the local colour than I used to see in my native Glasgow on a Saturday night ( that is a good thing).

Getting from A to B can require a bit of planning and Sundays and holidays reduce services considerably but the nifty TITSA app can tell you in plenty of time when a bus is due so you can always nip to a cafe near the parada for a cold drink while you wait.

Questions about the Tenerife Bus Service

Are buses in Tenerife accessible?

In general, yes. There are buses that lower themselves, buses with electric ramps and buses with hydraulic lifts as you see in the video below. All have some designated area for seating for those with restricted mobility. Some have bays in which a wheelchair can be positioned securely. All sightseeing buses in Santa Cruz are accessible and the Tranvia tram in the capital – run by a different company – was the first Spanish public transport system to be certified for universal accessibility in all its services, passengers’ transport, information and sale of tickets.

The reason for saying ‘in general’ is simply because there are buses of all ages on the roads. The intention is certainly for there to be full accessibility on public transport but I would perhaps check with the TITSA company itself if this is the case on more rural routes before setting off on an adventure.

 How do we get from XXX to XXX

That is a question that is often sent into eTenerife but we can’t really answer it. TITSA updates their services from time to time, adding a route here or lopping off a few stops there. The best thing to do prior to a journey is to check with the TITSA website where you will find a couple of tools to help you plan your route.

You’ll see the Plan a Journey box (pictured on the right) on the TITSA homepage. If you know the local council (ayuntamiento) of the place you want to go you are off and running.

Fill in the fields and you’ll be taken to a Google map showing your route and bus times.

 

As a happy little bonus, this search will also show you the bus line number you will be waiting for and the approximate time to destination.

One thing it doesn’t tell you though is the number of the bus stop. This is a good thing to know because if you know the number of the parada you can judge how much time you have to get to the stop before the next bus by using the Proxima Guagua link or app on your mobile.

How Do I Know the Bus Stop Number?

If you know the bus stop number of where you are plus where you need to go you can find out when your next bus is due, estimated time to destination and what line you need to be on.

Each bus stop has a green stand which shows the parada number, as well as the bus lines that stop there and the bus stops along the route. 

The parada stand in the image is the El Medano terminus. It’s number is 7272 and the smaller numbers underneath are the bus lines that serve this location.

Tenerife Bus Fares

 Line   To <> From  Fare  Discount
 111  Costa Adeje <> Santa Cruz  €9.45  €6.25
 482  Vilaflor <> Los Cristianos  €3.05  €2.10
 477  Los Cristianos <> Los Gigantes  €4.65  €3.05

Discounted Travel with Tenmas Card on TITSA Buses

TITSA offers a confusing array of discount options including University tickets, family tickets and monthly tickets. The good old Bono Bus ticket which saw considerable savings loaded on to a paper ticket has been replaced by a credit card size rechargeable card that can be topped up online or at many places around Tenerife.

The Ten+ Travel Card can be used on all bus routes except Teide and Teno. The plastic card itself can be purchased online or at various outlets around the island for €2 plus a €5 minimum credit amount.

How to Use Tenmas card

As you enter the bus or tram, touch the card to the validating box until you see a green light. On buses you must remember to do the same on the way off the bus or your card will be debited for the cost of the entire route and not for the number of stops you have travelled. As you connect the card on the way off the bus, you can also see how much credit is left on the card.

Different Kinds of Tenmas Cards

Basic Tenmas Card – purchased for €2 and chargeable in increments of €5 up to €100 or for a monthly €50 ticket. This card also covers multi-person use and university discounted tickets.

Personalised Tenmas Card – purchased for €5 and used for the following:

  • Monthly Youth Discount 35€
  • Elderly and Disabled Council 12€
  • Elderly and Disabled Santa Cruz 7€
  • Monthly Discount Metropolitan Area 45€
  • Weekly Youth DIscount Metropolitan Area 12€

This card is personalised with your photo and is only available through commercial offices of TITSA and Tranvia

 

TITSA Interchanges and Bus Stops

There are several interchanges where many routes come together allowing for ongoing and extended journeys. Whether you are a tourist or Tenerife resident, making use of the TITSA Intercambios will open up the island to you. These are also the laces to find TITA information centres and but BONO cards.

  • Santa Cruz  Interchange(Main Hall and Upper Floor)
  • La Laguna Interchange
  • Puerto de la Cruz Main Stop
  • Los Cristianos Main Stop
  • Costa Adeje Station
  • La Orotave Station
  • Icod Station

Bus Hopping from A to B

The Tenerife bus service, much as we all love to moan about it, is actually very good in that there are very few corners of the island that it will not get you to.

For tourists, hopping on a guagua to get you from Adeje to Buenavista is a lot more interesting than hailing a hermetically sealed taxi. Granted, you may get the occasional amusingly-bonkers-but-friendly taxi-driver but people watching on the bus is a lot more fun.

Should I buy a BONO card?

No. BONO has been phased out and replaced by the Tenmas card. See above.

Aparthotel Bella Vista Mirador

Aparthotel Bella Vista Mirador

Bella Vista Apartments in Puerto de la Cruz

The Aparthotel Bella Vista Mirador is located in the La Paz district of Puerto de la Cruz. There are shops, bars and restaurants aplenty and when you get tired of mooching round the area, you can head back to the Bella Vista to chill by the heated pool. Those who like to get especially close to nature will appreciate the private nudist solarium on the roof.

Kids will enjoy the arcade/ games room and there is free wifi access in the reception and public areas of the hotel.

Each of the 186 guestrooms at Apartahotel Bellavista Mirador include a safe and hair dryer.Televisions are equipped with satellite channels. Bathrooms offer shower/tub combinations and bidets. All units at this 3-star apartment have kitchenettes with refrigerators and cookware/dishes/utensils. In addition, a turndown service is offered nightly, housekeeping is available daily, and amenities available on request include microwaves.

Also, definitely worth noting for locals in need of a break – they accept pets!

How cool is that!

The 3 star Apartahotel Bellavista Mirador has a lot going for it including:

  • stunning sea views
  • balconies in every room
  • a panoramic restaurant and bar
  • heated swimming pool. 

 

Nice sea view, friendly staff!

Third time visiting Puerto, first time visiting Bellavista. We wanted to get a room with sea view, and we got! Hotel is clean and staff is friendly. We enjoyed the peaceful pool area. We like swimming and we were able to do it. Breakfast was good, every morning bacon and egg, fresh salad, juice and fruits. Someone would say the hotel has a bit old-fashioned style (white-green painting and simple furnitures), but for us it was ok. A small kitchenette was good enough to make coffee and salads. We liked to walk around the local streets, there are a number of good restaurants and shops. It takes 20 minutes to walk to town centre, but it was good to walk after eating a good breakfast. If you like a peaceful hotel with friendly staff and a sea view, we recommend this hotel!

 

Kariv7

Have you stayed at the Bella Vista?

Tenerife South Airport Transfers

Tenerife South Airport Transfers

Tenerife South Airport Transfer

25% discount till May 2nd!

airport transfers

 

Hands up those who enjoy starting their holiday off by hanging around the airport waiting for a  bus or taxi? What, no-one? Okay, me neither. When I am on holiday I want to get where I am going and chill out!

Well, have I got good news for you!

From now until May 2nd you can grab yourself a whopping 25% discount on transfers from Tenerife South airport transfers to your holiday accommodation. Oh, and back to airport at the end of your holiday of course because let’s face it, if you are not keen to stand about waiting on transport at the beginning of your holiday, you are going to feel even less like dragging out the journey home, right?

Just remember to use the code SUMMER25 when you book!

Club Marino, Costa Del Silencio

Club Marino, Costa Del Silencio

Club Marino,

Costa Del Silencio
Club Marino at the top end of Costa del Silencio is a 3 star family hotel. The average rates for a standard room fall in the region of  $39 – $63 per night.
There are supermarkets, bars and restaurants nearby and Club Marino is a standard pick up spot for the many tour buses that may take you out for the day or evening.
Just around the corner from Club Marino is the iconic Yellow Mountain, Montaña Amarilla of Costa Del Silencio.  More a bump than a mountain, those who like walking will find several trails to follow that lead down to the sea or up to spectacular views from the top. After walking round Yellow Mountain, you can grab a cold beer at the little chiringuito that has sprouted up in the area.

Check room prices and availability for Club Marino, Costa del Silencio

Facilities:

  • Swimming Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Onsite Diving Operator
  • Fitness Centre
Club Marino
Calle Minerva, 2
38630 Costa del Silencio
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Spain

Our apartment was spotless, very well equipped, staff very friendly and helpful. Ate a few times in the restaurant, food was very good and reasonably priced. The boiler was OK when we were there and the pool was lovely. We will definitely be going back here.

See Review on TripAdvisor

Carol T

Herne Bay, UK

Tenerife Morning Clouds

Tenerife Morning Clouds

Tenerife morning clouds can be quite dramatic as the rising sun catches them. Holidaymakers have nothing to worry about though as the clouds usually burn off in an hour or so and they can look forward to another glorious day on the ‘reef.

As it happens, today the forecast is for a sunny day with a temperature of around 29°C at 3 o’clock, cooling to 20°C by 9 in the evening.

So, if your plans for today including, sunbathing, lazing by the pool or a leisurely stroll along the front – you have a fine day for it.