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.

 

Abama Hotel and Luxury Residences – Own your own slice of paradise

Abama Hotel and Luxury Residences – Own your own slice of paradise

Abama Hotel and Luxury Residences

Abama is near the south-western coastal resort of Playa San Juan, in the municipality of Guia de Isora. This small corner of paradise is not only sheltered from the prevailing winds of the Atlantic Ocean, but it is also graced with year-round sunshine and very little rainfall, thus making it an ideal destination for sun-worshippers the world over.

Up until the 1950’s there was only a lime kiln, a tuna factory, and a handful of fishermen’s cottages lining the natural harbour and quaint little coves that make-up Playa San Juan -and yet despite its huge growth in popularity over the last 60 years, it has still managed to retain its reputation as one of the most beautiful and tranquil fishing villages on the island. Abama is also only a fifteen-minute drive from the magnificent resort of Los Gigantes -so named because of its towering cliffs that rise between 500 and 800 meters above sea-level. fFfteen minutes to the south of Abama is the bustling areas of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas. The Reina Sofia (south) airport is also less than a thirty-minute drive from Abama.

The area is most famous of course for the stunning, five star Abama Hotel, which boasts a total of 469 suites and guest rooms inestled within 400 acres of beautiful hillside landscaping.

The owners of the exclusive villa properties in Abama Resort benefit from access to the facilities of the hotel, the club room and the golf course.

 

Bellevue Villas of Abama

The ‘eight’ Bellevue villas of ABAMA, which were designed by architect’s Virgilio Luis Gutierrez and Eustaquio Martinez, are  notably distinguished by their exclusive location overlooking ABAMA’S magnificent golf course, along with affording stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and the island of La Gomera.

All of these spectacular villas, which have been decorated with the highest quality materials, such as stone and wood, come complete with landscaped gardens, a pool and a garage. Owners of these luxurious properties, along with their guests, are allowed to use all of ABAMA’S facilities, including additional luxuries on ABAMA’S secluded beach. They are also entitled to discounted prices on ABAMA’S professional tennis complex -and of course, the ABAMA Golf Course. Property management services for these stunning three and four-bedroom properties are available upon request, and they include washing, gardening, pool maintenance, catering and housekeeping.

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Thank you to experienced Tenerife estate agent, Clear Blue Skies. Please contact them for more information on Bellevue Villas of Abama.

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.

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Carol T

Herne Bay, UK

Tenerife’s Thinker on Rodin’s Birthday

Tenerife’s Thinker on Rodin’s Birthday

Tenerife's Thinker

If you have done a Google search today, you might have noticed that the Google Doodle of the day is Rodin’s Thinker in honour of it being the 172nd anniversary of the sculptor’s birthday.

What you might not know is that Tenerife has it’s very own Thinker, though this one sits staring out to sea instead of contemplating the ground and he appears to owe more to the Cubist school of art than Rodin’s post-impressionist lines. 🙂

Does anyone know where this is?

Tenerife Through the Eye of the Urban Explorer

Tenerife Through the Eye of the Urban Explorer

Tenerife Through the Eye of The Urban Explorer

tenerife-mineThey say beauty is in the eye of the beholder and that is shown to be the case on the 28 Days Later Urban Exploration Forum. Members of that forum explore old buildings and constructions but not necessarily old churches or buildings of significant historical value. They find beauty and interest in the old, abandoned and neglected but everyday structures of times gone by.

Those from the UK UE forum who have visited Tenerife have taken a very different series of holiday snaps than your average tourist. Looking at the pictures of the old dam at El Rio which I must have passed in the car a hundred times, makes me rather sad not to have noticed the odd beauty in this old structure and promise myself to be more observant in future.

Other Tenerife structures that have been documented by the forum are an old miner’s cave from which I borrowed the picture above, and an ‘abandoned army camp’ at Poris de Abona from which the header image comes. Before sheltering soldiers,  this series of buildings in Abades, were actually constructed in the 1940’s to house lepers in isolation from the rest of the population. Before the first afflicted leper set foot on the property, however, a cure for leprosy was found so the project was abandoned until the army made use of it in the1960’s.

All credit to the Urban Explorers who dive into places that most of us barely notice and that find interest and a sad beauty in old buildings that would otherwise lie abandoned and forgotten. Nice job.

Monkey Park Tenerife

Monkey Park Tenerife

Monkey Park Tenerife

Because I have no doubt that wild animals are at their happiest  in their natural habitat I feel like a  dreadful hypocrite for recommending an animal park  of any kind. Even so, Monkey Park Tenerife is sort of a guilty pleasure and in my defence it does have a successful breeding programme for endangered primates. Whenever we have had visitors, we will take them for a morning or afternoon at Monkey Park and each time it has been a lovely day out  which they have thoroughly enjoyed.

Monkey Park, which calls itself, the Biggest Little Zoo in the World”, collaborates in several European breeding programmes and has a very good track record with several of the species. In particular, their breeding collection of Mongoose Lemurs, which are classed as a “vulnerable” species  is one of only two such successfully bred groups in Europe.

Some of the enclosed areas are walkthrough. One contains Ring-tailed Lemur which are quite tame and will interact with their visitors if they are feeling sociable. It’s possible to buy a bag of nuts and seeds to give out to any interested captives but generally all the animals are well fed already and are not given to begging too much.  Take some cut up fruit with you to get a bit more attention from the lemurs and monkeys.

What is a bit worrying is the strange attitude we saw of one family who seemed so desperate to get the attention of a lemur or two that they were willing to reach up and tug on the tail of one who was resting up a tree.  Much as I would have loved to see their expressions if the little creature had leapt down upon them teeth-bared, s/he just shuffled further up out of reach. Oh well.

A resident that we have seen several times over the years is a large tortoise.  We always stop for a few moments to hang out with this old friend and as the kids have got older, they are now confident enough to go up and give him a bit of a scratch which he always seems to enjoy.

Other primates that you will see at Monkey Park which have been bred successfully at Monkey park include Golden Tamarind, Cotton Headed Tamarind and De Brazza’s Monkey. There is an other walk-thorough area where spider monkeys will either completely ignore you or be all over you depending on how recently they have been fed. They are funny little things and must be the inspiration for the term, ‘little monkey’ because they are into everything!  They will cheerfully sit on your head and poo down your back while picking your pockets and rifling your bag. Very entertaining!

Not quite so amusing is the Drill. He is up at the back of the zoo and he is truly the most depressing animal exhibit I have ever seen. Of all the creatures at Monkey Park, he is by far the saddest. He seems certifiably insane. His time is  divided between monotonous glass-pacing during which he bares his teeth in in unmistakable hatred at any watching humans and a pathetic and frantic masturbation. It may be best to avoid his cage if you are with inquisitive youngsters.

The Guinea pigs were a new addition since out last visit and there were lots of them. They had one enclosure to themselves plus could be seen scampering about the bottom of various primate cages. Other non-primate species include exotic birds, crocodiles, lizards and snakes. So altogether a good day out for the kids – if you focus on the good breeding programme and do your best to avoid the poor Drill.

Monkey Park

The Monkey Park in Tenerife is more than a tourist attraction. It’s also a successful breeding centre for endangered primates.

Entrance fee for Monkey Park Tenerife : $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

Camino Moreque-Llano AzulArona,S.C. de Tenerife

Phone: 922 79 07 20