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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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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‘Sister Act – The Musical’

At the end of this year Tenerife will be opening its doors to a stage production of ‘Sister Act’, a hilariously-funny film, which was one of the most financially successful movies of the early 1990’s -and a film that has also been rated number ’83’ on Bravo’s ‘The 100 Funniest Movies’ list. Such was the movie’s success, that within a year the sequel: ‘Sister Act 2: back in the habit’ was released, which likewise became a box-office smash. Over a dozen years later -in 2006 to be exact, the musical, ‘Sister Act’ premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in California, before opening at the West End’s London Palladium in 2009. In April 2011 the musical opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre, and as we stand today it has been performed in no-less than ’12’ countries, having played to over ‘four million’ spectators -in ‘seven’ different languages. Based on the movie, this stage interpretation of the film will be coming to Tenerife over the New Year, as the ‘Winter festive-season Special’ at the Adan Martin Auditorium in Santa-Cruz.

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Fuerteventura – ‘The Solitude Isle’

With a landmass area of 641 square miles (1,660 sq. km) Fuerteventura is one of the largest of the Canary islands, second-only to Tenerife. It is also the oldest island in the archipelago, dating back around 20 million years. The island lies on the same latitude as Florida and Mexico, and so the temperature rarely falls below 18 °C (64 °F) -or rises above 32 °C (90 °F). There are 152 beaches along its coastline, 50 km (31 miles) of which are fine, white sand, whereas the other 25 km (16 miles) are made-up of black volcanic shingle. Fuerteventura also has the driest climate of all the Canary Islands, barely getting any rainfall at all.

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The Mystical Island of Lanzarote.

Hello once again -and welcome to the clearbluetenerife blog, where we are currently looking at the other ‘6’ major islands which surround our beloved island of Tenerife. ‘La Gomera’ was the first on the list, as it is the closest island to Tenerife, followed by the island of La Palma, which is only a few hour’s ferry ride from Tenerife’s southern coast. Today we will be broadening our horizons, as we travel in a north-easterly direction to the island of Lanzarote, where I will give you a brief insight into one of the most popular islands in the Canaries, along with a short excerpt from my personal travel-journal which I wrote during my circumnavigation of the islands a few years ago.

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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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Canary Islands Surf Film Festival 2015

Move-over Cannes, London and New York, because between the 8th and 11th October 2015 Tenerife will welcome to its shores the “Canary Islands Surf Film Festival” -a truly magnificent sporting event which will include surf-riders from all over the world. Passion for the environment, the influence of the trade winds, waves born on the ocean floor and rich biodiversity, have made the Canary Islands an ideal location for the world’s top photography, film and advertising directors in the adventurous and adrenaline-flowing world of surfing, windsurfing, kite-surfing and body-boarding. Turismo de Canarias will be announcing the winner of this magnanimous event during the ‘Canarias Surf Film Festival 2016’.

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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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