Tenerife; Puerto De La Cruz

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife.

Whenever I visit a new country, the first thing; which I personally think is etiquette for any holiday, is to learn a few words of that countries language. - hello, thank you, please and goodbye as a minimum!

Luckily for me, I have visited Spain and The Canary islands before so I had a basic understanding of Spanish words. I think locals are more willing to treat you with respect if you attempt to speak their own language. - I took the time to make the below image for anyone wanting to learn a bit of Spanish!

We arrived in Puerto Del Cruz, which happens to be on the North side of the island, quite late in the evening and were greeted by a very welcoming lovely concierge. Considering it was about 11pm, it was still super warm which was just great. 
I love the sun, so with the prospect of a whole weeks worth of tanning ahead of me, I was naturally very happy. 

Our first day consisted of exploring. We walked down to the black sand beaches and found a wonderful restaurant to eat at. 
FYI - tenerife is SO cheap compared to the usual high English prices so you'll get heaps for your money over here. 
The loveliest thing about this holiday was that we weren't in a particularly tourist area so we really got to indulge in the true Canarian culture.

It was around 28 degrees celsius every day which was perfect as there was a constant slight breeze so it meant we didn't overheat when we were tanning by the pool.

On the fourth day we headed up Mount Tiede which is the huge volcano on the island.
We took the gondola up, which for me was extremely scary as I hate heights.. and of course, I kept my eyes closed the whole way up! 
We reached around 11,000ft and the view was spectacular! 
I would highly recommend anyone visiting Tenerife to go up the volcano. 
We bought lunch and a bottle of wine with us and dined whilst we sat baking in the sun above the clouds.

Being a sporty person, I naturally wanted to take advantage of the sports available at the hotel, and so we signed ourselves up for lawn bowls.
I used to play lawn bowls as a child with my grandma; who was exceptionally good, but we were also  on holiday with a lawn bowler so it was a great day that was had by all!

Every day we ate out and really tried to look for authentic Canarian restaurants.
The day of our lawn bowls competition, my boyfriend and I wanted to get some tapas.
We found the most amazing place, and stuffed our faces. 
I also experienced my first banana daiquiri which was so alcoholic but tasted amazing! - the locals are not afraid of using up their alcohol so you would only need few to get on your merry way!
We finished the day off by walking along the rocks and taking in the the landscape. 

The day before we left we decided to look for some local excursions.
With horse riding and quad biking in mind, we booked with Mamio Verde Adventures, which meant a full day in the mountains forest doing both activities. - It's safe to say it was a good leg workout!
We were picked up from our hotel and ferried up the mountain side to a yard full of gorgeous Andalusian horses. 
I am an experienced rider but I did find it slightly uncomfortable as we were treking up gradients which we would struggle to walk up as people, let alone a horse with me on its back! - despite my worries of falling or slipping off the mountain, we (my boyfriend and I) had a lovely time. 
Next, we quad biked! 
We sped through the forest in the mountain over rocky terrain.
I am a thrill seeker, and having not really quad biked before, it was just fab. 

Our last day was a sad one.
We all had such a fantastic holiday, none of us really wanted to leave.
Tenerife absolutely exceeded my expectations and I will 100% return.
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