Jeep Safari’s from Tenerife to La Gomera

It is amazing how many tourists / holiday-makers come to the island of Tenerife year after year -and yet the majority of them never even consider popping across to its neighbouring island of La Gomera. With a ferry-crossing that takes around 45 minutes -which is roughly the same time that it takes to cross from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight in the UK, embarking on a simple day-trip to this wonderful little island, which is steeped in history -and has an abundance of beauty, seems par-for-the-course in my eyes -and so I hope that this little insight into the second-smallest island in the Canary Islands archipelago will be an incentive for people to embark on their first-ever island-hopping adventure off the north-western coast of Africa.

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Jet Ski Safari’s in Tenerife

Jet-skiing around the south coast of Tenerife is more than just a fun excursion; indeed it is both an exhilarating and exciting experience that one will never, ever forget. My first ride on a jet-ski came right out of the blue one day, whilst I was in the middle of building a multi-storey sandcastle with my three children, Liam, Carl and Hayley, on Las Americas Beach. My daughter was contentedly filling her bucket with water from the ocean (which she intended pouring into the moat I had just built around our ‘castle’) when she suddenly spotted a guy bombing-along the horizon on a jet-ski -and immediately she was hooked!

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Entertainment on Tenerife

In the ’18’ years I have been living on this wonderful island, I have been entertained by some of the greatest exponents of music, song and laughter on the planet…period! Next month I will be attending this years ‘Entertainers Awards’ extravaganza at the Castillo De San Miguel, where men and women from all four corners the entertainment spectrum will be converging for this rather prestigious event -several of whom will be walking away with such coveted titles, as ‘Best Variety Act, ‘Best Band’, Best DJ’ -and ‘Best Newcomer’ -to name but a few.

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Restaurants in Tenerife (Part I)

When it comes to talking about restaurants -where does one begin? Living on a sub-tropical island, surrounded by trillions of gallons of water, which in turn encompasses many millions (or perhaps several ‘billions’) of fish, then anyone would think that my choice would be an obvious one…except for me! Having lived for the first 39 years of my life in the UK, I have to admit that the only fish I ever ate as a child, was almost always enshrouded in a crispy golden batter, which was in turn surrounded by a mountain of chips and a great dollop of mushy peas -before being doused in a mixture of creamy tartar sauce -and lots of salt and vinegar!

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Playing Tennis and Paddle-tennis in Tenerife

Tennis is a wonderful sport -for people of all ages, who are generally in good health -the fitter the better, of course -depending on what level one wishes to play at! Whether playing in a ‘singles’ or a ‘doubles’ match, one can normally be assured of sweating-off a few pounds over the course of a couple of hours -particularly if one is playing in a sub-tropical climate, such as we enjoy here in the beautiful Canary Islands. Just like golf, tennis is a very popular sport in Tenerife, and there are several tennis clubs dotted around the island -along with scores of tennis courts belonging to dozens of holiday complexes, both in the south and the northern half of the island.

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Golf Courses on the island of Tenerife

Golf is certainly one of the most popular past-times for many of the residents in Tenerife -along with being one of the main attractions for many thousands of tourists who visit this paradise island on a regular basis. With average daytime temperatures hovering-around the seventy-degree mark -all-year-round, and well-over 300 ‘dry’ days (especially in the south of the island) to look-forward to on an annual basis, it would be extremely difficult finding anywhere else in the world that could equal these amazing -and somewhat unique climatic conditions.

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Tenerife Beaches -a selection of its finest.

The many beaches which surround Tenerife’s shoreline are primarily a mixture of golden sands, white sands, black (volcanic) sands, pebbles, rocks and shingle, and there are literally dozens of them dotted all around the island -and so I thought it would be pertinent to select only four of them -one from each of the four points of the compass -NORTH, SOUTH, EAST and WEST -in that precise order.

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Schools in Tenerife

With a new school-term approaching, signifying a brand new year for thousands of pupils throughout Tenerife, I thought that I would give my readers some general information on both British and Spanish schoSchool-1ols on the island. All of the Spanish state education schools welcome pupils from other countries, on the proviso that the parents are resident -and that all of the necessary documentation is in order. However, all of the required books and stationary, etc. must be provided by the parents, a list of which is given at the start of each school year. Uniforms are not required. There are also private Spanish schools on the island, which charge tuition fees.

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