where i shall retire to.
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Tenerife is a great island from the heights of Mt Teide to the coastal towns of Port de la Cruz and Costa Adeje. However the roads are Fuctulating and the signage is rubbish. You WILL be frazzled when you drive as the roads are winding and narrow.
Mountains are high and steep with access by Local Bus, Tour excursion, or Hire Car. Mountain bike treks are difficult to do without a guide and access to track information hard to come bye. Lots of low lying dust tracks can be picked out in some areas, but finding them and getting to them along most roads is treacherous.
So if you end up in Tenerife enjoy the resort you are in and don’t stray too far out of it. Take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy the long walks from resort to resort. Food is fresh and dining out is cheap. Hazarding out of your resort by road is not for the faint hearted, best take local transport and enjoy the trip.
From what I can see the South of the island is Dry with little vegetation, the North is Green with lush vegetation.
Early start today.
7.30am flight with Aer Lingus to Tenerefe.
Breakfast in the airport was nice Full Irish and a cup of Coffee to set you up for the 4 hour flight.
Arrived to pick up our pre booked car with carrentals.com, paid for full cover so we would have it fully paid for before we arrived and would have worry free driving for our holidays……. Not so.
Excess of €1000 euro apply and to waiver this, it cost us another €180 euro. Plus a tank of petrol another €47 Euro Plus a re filling charge of 37 euro. So be warned book the very basics online before you go because you WILL be mugged at the desk…. It happens every time.
Still its a grand little car, so off we go…
little hairy leaving airport as Spanish drivers are maniacs and road signs are for hotels and not areas you may be heading for. So after a couple of loop de loops we made it to our Hotel.
The Grand Hotel Costa adeje.
largest foyer of any hotel I have been in with a constant flow of processo for the thirsty guests upon arrival.
After putting all my scouting navigational skills to use we eventually found our room. And a fine room it was. Mini bar was a let down with only two bottles of water with crimped on lids and no opener.
After a stroll along the front Karen spotted a fine fish restaurant where we had dinner.
Good end to day one….
Breakfast in the hotel this morning, shown to our table by our waiter, vast array of all kind of food.
Plenty of fresh fruit and juices to start with poaced eggs and bacon, and yogurt and frankfurther and toast and ham and and and the eating just went on.
Set up for the day now.
Headed out to Mt Teide, who would believe snow on the top of this volcanic mountain.
Beautiful countryside with many changing climates , from dusty dry countryside to the south of the island to lush green forests and vegetation on the northern side.
Making the most of our tank of petrol we set out to circumnavigate the highest mountain on the island Mt Teide. We stopped at the car park at the famous ” Roques de Garcia” near the top to look at the beautiful lava flows and stone pillars standing around this breathtaking landscape, then strolled across the road to a restaurant with fantastic view of the pico del Teide in Teide national park “Las Canadas”.
Had a tapas lunch today on the mountain in a little restaurant where the bus stops to let trekkers and mountain bikers off to explore the countryside.
We continued around the mountain and dropped down to the small Harbour town of Garachio which was destroyed during the worst eruption on the island in 1706. The lava flow can be seen on the hillside from the Castillo de San Miguel one of the few buildings to survive.
Got back to the hotel after two hours of driving roller coaster roads with dizzying bends and turns.
Driving on this island is not for the faint heart’ed, with steep inclines, rocky outcrops, bad signs and looney tourist drivers. but that said its well wort it to get places off the beaten track.
Dinner Tonight in the seafront hotel near La Caletas.
Lazy day today, after the driving of yesterday we decided to ramble along the front in the other direction towards Las Americas. We saw the lights from our dinner table last night so reckoned there was lots of life this direction…. and so there was.
Plenty of restaurants and shops along this front all seem to be owned by the same group of hotels. this end is a little more downmarket than the la caletas end where a pint is €3.50 here its from €1.50.
picked a place for dinner tonight and made our way back to the Hotel for a siesta.
Dinner was superb Paella for me with seafood and fish. and Sea bass baked in salt carved at our table for karen. Presentation, taste, Location, excellent.
Well today we set off for a trip along the coastal villages as far as Los Cristianos.
Up, down, in, out and round about, was the route we took. looking for an easy sight seeing day, Not to be.
Parking was almost impossible with every available space taken and then some. after an hour or so of driving we found a spot on the outskirts of Los Christianos and walked back in.
Los Christianos is a busy seafront town slightly lower market and somewhat bigger than Coast Adeje, Pints were from 95c need I say more. (Just a little part of England with a smattering of Germans and Norwegans)
Had lunch of Nachos in a bar on the border of Los Americas and Los Christianos overlooking a nice small and would seem very safe cove. ( got a bit of deli belly after ) so did not go out for dinner this night.
Good and early start this morning after forgoing dinner last night made sure we were up for a filling breakfast. Again array of food did not disappoint.
Set off for a walk along the coast towards as Americas, lovely day so kept walking and walking and walking through Playa De Las Americas on to Los Cristianos before we were hungry again, ” and leg weary”.
Stopped for a 1/2 Chicken and Chips with a side salad for €5.50, Avacado and prawns, beautiful supprisingly good for a promside cafe. After my feet got some feeling back we set off on foot to Costa Adeje. Waking back along the front we stopped at the most beautiful beachside cafe that makes the finest Mojitos,,,, We had one each and watched the Sun prepare to set.
After a 1/2 hour or so the glass was empty so it was time to move on.
Arriving at Las Americas we we stopped at a small cove to have an early dinner.
Tried the Puplo ” Tough as old boots” kar has 2 chops that tasted the same as the Pulpo. The pints were only ok. So we duly paid left.
Should have just left…..
25 mins later and after 18k round trip on foot we reached our hotel room and rested our weary feet.
This evening was the easiest yet. went down to the lobby where the Avitar acrobat show was on, had a couple of pints and peanuts during the show. nearly as good as what you would see busking on Grafton street. However the after show act “one man and a universal backing track that wouldn’t be allowed in a lift” began to wail so thought better of it and left for Bed.
After a late breakfast got to the car and decided to see the far end of the island.
Set off bright and sunny heading up north along the TF1 to Candelaria.
Arrived at this lovely little village with its beautiful Basilica where inside resides the patron saint of the whole of the Canary islands, The Black Madonna. Outside the basilica on the square is the statues of the nine Guanche kings.
After Candelaria we continued north to Santa Cruz the main town on the island. We drove in found ourselves in a maze of roads and one way systems, had to dive into an underground car park near the port to calm the nerves and regroup. After 20 mins got back in the car and made our way back to Coast adeje with only a slight detour through the mountains. Too misty, winding and late in the day so cut back to the main road and home…..
Evening saw us refreshed and ready to enjoy the fine dining establishments again. This night we were heading to Tony Roma’s famous Italian steak house. When we arrived at the front we heard spanish guitar music from the restaurant directly across from Tony Roma’s ” La Farol del Mar” which looked much more appetising, so we went in.
It was a good choice I had Steak Rossini Medium rare and Karen went for the Sea Bass in salt bake.
Both dishes were beautiful and well presented. With Karens fish presented and de-boned at the table side.
All in all great taste, presentation and value or money.
Back at our hotel, Flower power act were on, they were rubbish so we left without a nightcap and went back to our room to write this.
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Back Home today………………
Sun sets on a great holiday.
its time to go home.
Fuctulating roads and bad weather drove us out of love with France.
Beautiful day with an early start from Dublin to make the start line at 9am.
great part of the world for Hiking good Mountain biking too.
Ben of Howth overlooking Deer park Golf course.
I like to start this trek at Howth Dart station. Easy to get to without a car. Especially on a Sunday when traffic will be chocker block along the Coast road into Howth.
To start hike cross the road in front of the Dart station and follow up the set of steps leading to a pathway along the side of the deer park golf cub. This path winds its way uphill towards the top of the ben of howth.