The Canary Islands lie 95 km from the southern African coast of Morocco and geographically belong to Spain. It's an archipelago of seven islands, where the temperature all year is between 20 ° C to 30 ° C and therefore are a popular tourist destination throughout the year. We visited the island of Tenerife, who called the island of eternal spring.



Tenerife is often considered as microcontinent through diverse landscapes. North of the island is green, full of palm trees, banana plantations and diverse flora. Teh middle of island  is mountainous with pine forests and arid south is dotted with cacti. Volcano Pico del Teide prevents the movement of the clouds to the south of the island and for this reason rains are only seldom (approx. 5 days per year + during our stay :o)))
Pico del Teide with a respectable height of 3718 m is the highest mountain in Spain and the third highest volcano in the world. Last erupted 100 years ago.



Prices are in comparison with Spain relatively small due to the fact that they do not have VAT. For example petrol, we refueled during our stay was possilbe to buy for 60 to 70 cents per liter. Thanks to the pleasant climate and low prices on the Canary Islands recently decided to spend the rest of life more and more pensioners from England. The biggest attraction are  for Africans who swim ocean in their wooden boats with a vision of a better life. Coast guards are being hunted them and send back to Africa. But many of them escape and step by step there will be more Africanc there than tourists.




TRAVELLING AROUND TENERIFE

Thanks to the perfect highway it is possible to get any part of island very quickly. We borrowed a car and chose to get to know the island.


MASCA

Masca is a picturesque mountain village in Teno surrounded by terraced fields with a beautiful backdrop of mountains. It rises at an altitude of 600 meters above the ocean and in the past has been a haven of pirates. Today it's full of stylish souvenir shops. We bought there a local banana jam. Who has a good physical condition can descend exposed terrain climbing down to the ocean. But it is necessary to come by bus and to have ordered  a boat waiting for you at the end of the canyon. Come here by car through the narrow and winding roads was also pretty good adrenaline experience.








LAS VEGAS

When I discovered that a few miles from our hotel is located the village Las Vegas, I decided to go there and shoot at the board with the name of the village. After all, who knows, if I have a possibility to visit in the future the regular Las Vegas. The only problem was to persuade the  others, but I managed. Otherwise, I have to say that it's decent hole and there is nothing interesting.  The main advantage was that we could not find any casino, and we successfuly saved a lot of money.



On the way to Las Vegas we ripped some cactus fruit. Cleaned and free of thorns tasted very good as well as wild figs collected along the way. Probably there would be possible to survive also without money. The only problem would be drinking water. Around the island there is only source just below the crater of the volcano El Teide in the village Vilaflor.




PUNTA DE TENO

Somewhere at the end of the world, on the westernmost tip of the island of Tenerife called Punta de Teno ther is a lighthouse. Getting there by car is not easy. Path leads through narrow, hand-dug tunnels. At the beginning of the road signs in several languages ​​ indicate the stone avalanches and prohibiting entrance. We risked and as we later found out we were not alone. This path and actual lighthouse are in fact well-known attraction of the island. Originally we planned also swimming, but the sea was in this part of the island too stormy.






NATIONAL PARK PARQUE NACIONAL DE LAS CANADAS DEL TEIDE

The crater of the volcano El Teide has a circumference of 75 km and is the most visited national park in Spain. Takes up to 36% of the total area of the island. Peak El Teide is located in the north side of the crater and it was  created during one of eruptions. With a height of 3718 meters is Pico del Teide, the third largest volcano in the world, but from the foot to the bottom of the ocean measured 7000 meters. The last eruption was in 1909. Witness of one eruption was also the famous explorer Christopher Columbus, who stopped here on the way to America.





To the summit is possible to use a gondola lift . The problem is that the last 200 meters of altitude you must go by foot and without government permission it is illegal . We have managed through internet this authorization. A total of three times during our stay we measured the path to the volcano unnecessarily . The cable  car did not work due to a strong wind of 100 km/h . On the very top was slightly below zero , but because the wind the perceived temperature was approx. minus 21 degrees . So perhaps it was better that we did not get there, even though my photo soul was disappointed. Instead of it we made a nice tour around the majestic cliffs of Los Roques and a walk through sand dunes . It is not a good idea to take a stone as a souvenir. Everywhere there are guards with binoculars. My friend was questioned at the airports Reina Sofia and also in Madrid if the rocks that they found in his hand luggage just come from a national park, or if he does not want them on the plane to break head of some passenger. So to become a terrorist is not complicated : o)















During the building a road through the national park some layers of lava were ucnovered. Each layer corresponds to a volcanic eruption and between the eruptions could be centuries and perhaps millennia.




WEST COAST

Los Gigantes cliffs rises directly from the sea to a height of 500 meters, and there are reportedly stairs leading to the point of death fabled Atlantis. Among them are beautiful beaches with black sand which can be reached by taxi shipping. This part of the island is protected from the wind and has a special climate. Cliffs were born during one of the eruption of the volcano.



Playa de la Arena is just typical of exceptional quality black sand and water.



We stopped at a camel farm. We did not use the opportunity to take a ride on a camel, but we had a typical coffee there with camel urine. Instead of camel urine there apparently have a special liquor, but who knows ... it tasted pretty good. Camels were probably emigrants from Africa and according to the liquor price in a new country they earned quite well.



The Canary Islands are one of the largest exporters of bananas in the world. Their bananas are however smaller, rapidly maturing and local government had to enforce a permission from the EU on their exports. Ripening bananas consist of several steps. Starting from  the covering of the whole plantation to individually wrapped bunches of bananas in a plastic bag a month before ripening.



An interesting history has the town Garachico. In 1709, nine days lava from the volcano Montana Negra poured down destroying everything except the city gate, which is preserved to this day. The city was being built in the same place again. Several people were rescued because escaped on the rock towering out of the sea. In the town you can swim in lava lakes.



The port town of Icod de los Vinos in the north of Tenerife is proud of the oldest dragon tree in the world. This was called Drago milenario. It has 1,000 years and became a symbol of the island. According to a legend it is leaking red blood with beneficial effects. But it is only red sap which knew the ancient Egyptians using it for embalming of dead bodies. Dragon trees have no annual rings as well as the 1,000 years may be just a marketing trick ...



In the town we tasted local liqueurs and visited the beautiful church of San Marcos from the 15th century. For lunch we tasted local specialties. Canary cuisine is their origin rural cuisine Spanish and Portuguese immigrants enriched by latin America elements. The meals are the meals from one pot and mojo sauce. The rabbit and seafood are also their specialities.


LAGO MARTINÁEZ

Lago Martináez is a system of pools connected to the ocean with spectacular palm park. Located in Puerto de la Cruz and has become one of the other symbols Tenerife. The weather was not very favorable but we swam here.








BEACHES OF TENERIFE

The most beautiful and most famous Playa de las Teresitas the north of the island with yellow sand from Sahra we did not manage to visit. For this reason our favorite was the luxury beach del Duque in Costa Adeje.  Playa Faňabé with dark sand was also very nice.












LORO PARQUE

Loro Park in Puerto de la Cruz became the most famous attraction in Tenerife. It is actually a botanical-zoological garden. Admire chimpanzees, crocodiles, tigers and the world's largest collection of parrots. There is a paddock largest penguins in the world, a huge aquarium full of marine life, or giant underwater tunnel full of sharks. Favorites are shows with dolphins, sea lions, whales-orcas and parrots.





















Orca known as the killer whale is the largest member of the dolphin family. It is a versatile predator and eats fish, turtles, sea lions, sharks and other young whales. This puts a killer whale at the top of the marine food chain.
















SIAM PARK

Siam Park - built according to the ancient Kingdom of Siam in Thailand. It was built by creators of Loro Park and according to them it is the biggest and best water park in Europe.

The last day on Tenerife was definitely worth it. Not only that we had a lovely hot weather, but  the attractions in Siam Park can not be forgotten. While our wives have tried just cruise along the lazy river on inflatable boats and then continued with sunbathing, we guys have tried everything what waterpark offering a minimum of two times. It is incredible what people can invent. It was already September so no long queues for the attractions.







The main attraction was the Tower of Power. On the top of tower you have to lie down with your ​​arms crossed as in coffin. Then you are pushed and 28 m fall you will bring you through an fish aquarium to the pool. I woke up in the pool I did not know where north is. But I went again: o)



Finally, I would like to briefly mention our hotel Regency Country Club near Playa da las Américas, south side of the island. This 5 star resort is built entirely in the style of Bali. From Bali were brought statues and furniture. Advantage was no presence of snakes or other dangerous animals. Instead of were a beautiful palm garden and 50 meters heated pool, which we enjoyed especially when the weather is worse or in the evening when we returned to the hotel tired from our wanderings.












On the way back we had a stopover in Madrid and 8 hours free time. We drove into the center, but we were disappointed with it. City was dirty, prices in the shops compared to Tenerife very high. The only thing worth mentioning is the Royal Palacio Real. King Chuan Carlos could find time for us, perhaps he was in vaccation in Tenerife ...


Eva Tichá Nádhera. Ste výborný fotograf. Vďaka 2017-08-30 10:23:09

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