La Palma Island

Last month (September 15th, to be precise) I wrote a blog about the island of La Gomera, saying how surprised I was that more tourists didn’t take a day or two out of their holidays to visit this beautiful island, which is literally a hop, skip and a jump from the island of Tenerife. I also said that I would be writing about all of the other main islands (La Palma, El Hierro, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria) in the coming months, as all of them are within easy sailing distances from Tenerife, albeit one or two of them being accessed by overnight ferries, as the sailing times do run into double figures -but for any cruising fans who are reading this, then that would be a walk-in-the-park to them.

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Mount Teide -The highest mountain in Spain

I first came to Tenerife back in March 1984, as one of the millions of tourists who flood the island each year, primarily to escape the harshness of the British winter, and to enjoy the warmth and sunshine that this wonderful sub-tropical island has to offer. The flight was a very sedate affair, but it was only when we began our descent onto the island that this great beacon suddenly appeared through my window, amidst a grey and misty sky, its majestic peak standing tall above a blanket of cotton-wool cloud. This was ‘Mount Teide’, the highest volcano in the whole of Spain, welcoming its latest visitors to its homeland -a land that has a thousand tales to tell, but none more exciting than the story of the true ruler of Tenerife -the Armageddon of this Atlantic archipelago of paradise islands.

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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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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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Castillo De San Miguel -A Great ‘Knight’ out!

The ‘Castillo De San Miguel’ must be one of the most unique buildings in the Canaries -for where-else can one find an authentic-looking ‘Castle’ in this archipelago of Spanish islands? Once inside the grounds it is like disappearing into a time-warp, as one is immediately transported back a thousand years -to medieval times -and the days when the fabled ‘Knights of the Round Table’ ruled the land -and King Arthur’s Court was awash with feasting and merriment, as jesters and jugglers performed their various acts and antics -and ‘Merlin the Magician’ cast all kinds of spells -and mixed all sorts of potions in his ever-bubbling cauldron.

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‘Whales and Dolphins’ cruises from Tenerife

There are many ways of sampling ‘A life on the ocean-wave’, from dinghy’s to cruise-ships, speedboats to hovercraft’s -and pedalo’s to ferries, but none can be more relaxing -or more enjoyable, than spending an afternoon on one of the fabulous ‘Freebird’ Catamarans. ‘Freebird Sailing’, which was founded in 1994, has the largest catamaran fleet in the Canary Islands, boasting ‘5’ superb vessels, which spend their days taking hundreds of holiday-makers around Tenerife’s southern coast.

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The Pyramids of Guimar – in Tenerife

When I first arrived in Tenerife in March 1984 I was one of many thousands of tourists invading the island -most of whom had come to do nothing-more than bask in the sub-tropical heat of the Canarian sunshine. However, when I returned to this paradise island 14 years later my intention was to learn all that I could about the place -and so apart from circumnavigating the island by car (several times) -and going on every possible excursion, I began researching the culture and history of the Guanches -the first inhabitants of the island.

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