The ‘Anaga Mountain Range’ in Tenerife

‘Macizo de Anaga’ is a mountain range, which is situated in the north-eastern corner of Tenerife, its highest peak being ‘Cruz de Toborno’, topping-out at 1,024 m above sea-level. The Anaga Mountains stretch all the way from Cruz del Carmen in the south-western tip of this northern peninsular, right through to Punta de Anaga on the north-eastern tip of the island. The mountains were formed by an enormous volcanic eruption between seven and nine million years ago, thus making this segment of Tenerife the oldest part of the island. Sitting alongside the Cruz de Toborno are the peaks of Anambro, Bichuelo, Chinobre, Cruz del Carmen and Pico Limante, and since 1987 the area has been protected as a ‘Natural Park’. (It was later reclassified as a ‘Rural Park’ in 1994).

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Bus tours around Santa Cruz -Tenerife’s capital city.

I have to admit that I do enjoy taking bus tours (especially of the ‘open-top’ variety) around the major cities of this world, and having already enjoyed the delights of using the ‘City Sightseeing Bus Tours’ in places like Cape-Town, Singapore, Abu Dhabi -and even my home town of Cardiff, I have no-doubts whatsoever that the Santa-Cruz tour will live up to the reputation of its counter-parts -even-though I have yet to enjoy the experience, I must confess. Having already visited Tenerife’s capital city on several occasions, either on shopping / mini-sightseeing trips -or for the occasional Christmas functions, or a musical concert (i.e. to see Tom Jones, no-less) and of course, for the annual Santa Cruz Carnival, I guess one could say that I have seen a fair amount of the city already.

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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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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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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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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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