Guest Post: Laurie's Best New Experiences in Tenerife
It is surrounded by natural beauty and has a spring/summer climate all year around. Therefore, for a Londoner like myself, it was a great escape to top up some Vitamin D and also enjoy the island's stunning beaches. Also, after my last visit, I fell in love with the plethora of activities I was able to try on the island.
The north of the island is a calmer and quieter area, side with more chilled out beach areas to relax in. Further west, you'll find the beaches with natural black volcanic sands and beautiful steep cliff edges. Whereas the south of the island is where most of the tourist resorts are located. If a busy night life scene is your kind of thing, you can easily go from sunbathing on the beach to evenings drinks.
Aside from the balmy beaches you can relax in, I'm excited to share some of my favourite spots to visit on the island. Perhaps, you will discover some of your own hidden gems along the way!
Take a journey to the top
Used in film sets and with a jaw dropping panoramic view, the cable car in Teide National Park will take you all the way to the top of summit of Mt. Teide. This was the volcano responsible for creating this beautiful natural island many years ago, and the aboriginals on the island used to believe that this mountain was responsible for holding up the sky! When you reach the top, the view of the below is covered with white fluffy clouds and you really do start to feel like you are on top of the world. While you are there, make sure to check out the beautiful rock formations.
In the evenings, you can stay later for some romantic star-gazing into the dark skies above. Compared to the smog in urban London, it was amazing at how clearly I could see the various constellations. Just make sure to bring an extra jacket to keep yourself warm, as temperatures can drop drastically when the sun sets!
Try the local cuisine
A true foodie at heart, I was keen to try the local cuisine away from the international restaurants in the main tourist area. One of the local specialties on the island is Papas Arrugadas, which is wrinkled potatoes. It is cooked in salted water and served with a variety of mojo (spicy) sauces. It was certainly interesting to try if you are keen to find out how tolerant you are of spicy food, I'd say it was a 9/10 for me!
Aside from the potatoes, you'll also find salted fish served with mojo sauce as well in traditional Canarian restaurants. If you love seafood, then you are in luck!
Horse riding into the mountains
Drive 10-15 minutes inland and you'll be in the heart of the beautiful Canarian country side, where many stables are located. There are quite a few on this island, and the best ones will allow you to ride into the mountains with a guide. The view from the top is incredible (and even better when you are riding these majestic horses)! I was famished after my session and had a lovely ice-cream sundae by the seaside afterwards!
Trek back in time at Mercedes Forest
On the north side of the island, there is a pre-historic forest that was formed almost 10-15 million years ago. Stepping into this place, you'll be amazed of how extremely lush and beautiful this forest is, it was like stepping back in time!. If you like nature, you'll love exploring this place for a whole afternoon away from everything. It's very worthwhile if you fancy a change from all that beach hopping!
Thank you very much to Clickstay for having me as a guest. For more travel and food inspirations, you can check out my blog at New Yorker Meets London.
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