T is for Tenerife

Many people visit Tenerife for its beaches. We were there to walk – well, after British Airways stopped interfering with our plans, that is. Our luggage didn’t arrive until 24 hours after we did, so in the absence of walking boots we spent the first day touring by car. We saw the Piramides de Guimar, which are (probably) temples for worshipping the sun, and Candelaria with its impressive Basilica and weird waterfront statues of Guanche chiefs.  As you can see, most views in Tenerife are dominated by the volcanic Mount Teide which we visited twice. The day we moved accommodation, from Guimar to Garachico, we stopped there and did the 11k trail round the caldera, and on our way back to the airport we took the cable car up to the top. This was March (2006), so there was still snow at the summit, although most days were far hotter than we normally get in the summer at home.

We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary during this trip. This was slightly less romantic than it could have been, because it was the day we were wearing yesterday’s clothes. Thanks, BA.

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17 thoughts on “T is for Tenerife

  1. Birgit April 23, 2014 / 14:15

    ughh-luggage not with you and your good walking shoes in them-that would not be good for this terrain but how wonderful it looks

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    • Anabel Marsh April 23, 2014 / 14:18

      Well, it turned up 24 hours later which wasn’t too bad. Worst was having to eat dinner in the clothes we travelled in – and spilling chocolate sauce on my top!

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  2. helenmackinven April 23, 2014 / 14:54

    I haven’t been but nice to see that there’s more than just beaches.

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    • Anabel Marsh April 23, 2014 / 14:59

      Much more! I think that’s true of most of these holiday islands – get away from the major resorts and they are beautiful for walking. We hardly saw a soul on some of the routes.

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  3. cvail April 23, 2014 / 16:26

    Anabel, Haven’t been to Tenerife and have to admit I didn’t know there were pyramids there.

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    • Anabel Marsh April 23, 2014 / 19:50

      Neither did I! And I probably would never have found out if BA hadn’t lost the luggage.

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  4. Silvia Writes April 23, 2014 / 17:45

    Slightly less romantic, but so very beautiful. And now you have the memories 🙂 and photos. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Anabel Marsh April 23, 2014 / 19:54

      Thanks Silvia, these mishaps are always better when you look back on them!

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  5. Calli April 23, 2014 / 17:50

    Luggage problems are the worst – sorry your trip was disrupted but it sounds like you still had a great time!

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    • Anabel Marsh April 23, 2014 / 19:56

      We did, thanks. At least they did find the luggage and it was only one day.

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  6. Ann April 23, 2014 / 18:17

    Great anniversary trip. Looks absolutely beautiful.

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  7. Lori L MacLaughlin April 23, 2014 / 22:58

    I didn’t realize the Canary Islands were so close to Europe. I was thinking they were nearer the Caribbean. What a pain that the airlines lost your luggage, but it sounds like some good came out of it and you saw more than you might have, otherwise. Love the rocky promontory photo.

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    • Anabel Marsh April 23, 2014 / 23:26

      Thanks. Although Spanish, they are off the coast of North Africa, hence the nice warm climate.

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  8. Eli April 24, 2014 / 05:53

    Now thats a place a have been to – many years ago! Beautiful island! Seems you had a wonderful anniversary trip- despite the lack of wardrobe.. Thanks for the tour – nice to be back:-)

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