Tenerife Bits and Pieces (and more sunsets)   6 comments

After our first full day we had some rain! Mostly overnight and into the morning letting us have a lie in. The best thing about a winter sun holiday here is that spells of bad weather never last long and it was sunny by lunchtime. Time to spend a few hours lazing by and swimming in the pool

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And nice sunset to end the day

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Xmas Eve saw TBF and TJS head off for a walk leaving me and TJF to spend some quality father-daughter time together. We walked down into Los Gigantes (via a set of steps that went almost to the beach then suddenly stopped in the middle of waste ground so we had climb back to the top again) and paid a visit to the natural rock swimming pool.

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Its perfect for a swim and has the added excitement of large Atlantic waves that break over the retaining wall turning the pool fizzy for a few seconds

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Needless to say I had a swim to peer over the wall. Rather intimidating on day like this when the swell was rather large but perfectly safe (although there is no way I would I have stood on the slippery wall to dive in. Fall the other way and you’d be in very big trouble)

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It was rather good to just stand in the pool and let the waves break over you

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I was well chuffed with this photo. Just catching it perfectly with the breaking wave and three synchronised divers.

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The views of the coast weren’t half bad either

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We had a very nice lunch together and followed that with me accompanying TJF to do some shopping. I hung around outside with my wallet primed while she shopped, occasionally trying on silly hats to try and embarrass her. After another rolling of eyes I slipped away to take a look at the cliffs from the small town beach. It was a great day as we don’t very often spend time together just the two of us

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Christmas Day and unlike last year we managed a swim. It was a bit breezy and cool but plenty warm enough for a swim on the beach at Playa de las Americas

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Much better than spending all day cooking, watching TV and the rain outside. Another fine sunset before an improvised Christmas dinner that did involve poultry and roast potatoes. I even thought I’d managed to find some pigs in blankets. However what I thought were sausages wrapped in bacon turned out to be dates! I tried to pretend they were nice but they were pretty gross. Some kind of Tapas it seems. Dates in Blankets, who’d have thought

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A couple of days later I dropped TJS and TBF off so they could climb El Teide, staying at the hut as last year. There was loads of snow and all was set for a successful ascent. However TJS came down with a bad case of altitude sickness (the hut is at 3200m) and they had to head down without reaching the summit. Me and TJF headed to the beach but it was so windy we couldn’t get near it without being sand-blasted. We did get some nice views of the snowy mountains on the way down by way of compensation

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I had to pick up the weary climbers the next morning so we had the afternoon for another walk into Los Gigantes and more shopping

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And, to finish off this post, yet another glorious sunset

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More walking adventures to come

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6 responses to “Tenerife Bits and Pieces (and more sunsets)

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  1. Wonderful to be away from the cold and the hustle and bustle of Christmas. I’m not too keen on the colour of the sand but I am a tad spoilt.
    That’s a high peak for an island. What a shame the altitude ruined the ascent.
    I’m loving the sunsets.

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    • The ascent of Teide is a classic (you can see my port about the walk here from last year if you’re interested)
      https://surfnslide.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/island-in-the-sun-top-of-the-world/
      Not sure if the beach is natural or imported but its sand from the Sahara which is a few hundred miles away. Beaches are not Tenerife’s best feature but it does have some interesting black volcanic sand beaches. Water is really clear though, I think due to the fact there are no significant rivers on Tenerife and as the rock is all volcanic there is no silt washing into the water

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  2. Nice sunset pics and fab capture of those divers! Looks like a nice warm place to be during the winter (what country are you in anyway?)

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    • The temperatures are just perfect at around 22C, warm enough for t shirt and shorts but not so hot that you feel the need to escape the heat. Its pretty cool up at 2200m in the crater though! We are from the UK by the way – winters here can be dreary wet and cold. Last time I was at home for Xmas it was a real battle against the weather to grab a few hours outdoors without getting a soaking

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  3. The wave pool looks like great fun. Not sure I’d want to take the DBs there though.
    The scenery really is breath-taking, and that final sunset photo is particularly superb.
    Dates in blankets – must remember to try that sometime. Maybe.

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    • The wave pool was safe if you just stayed off the wall. Only the three guys in the dive photo did. It was great fun. I can’t see dates in blankets catching on really which would be a shame……

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