Tenerife – A Canary Island Story #3

More adventure awaits! It was time to ride bikes in Tenerife so we went to Bike Point El Medano.

The place is known for their high quality bikes mainly used for training or extreme sport but we wanted to do a leisure pedal along the beach. Partly because I’m no BMX rider and the other reason was although many people travel by bike on Tenerife, there aren’t any real dedicated bike lanes.

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We were geared up with helmets and state of the art bikes for our ride through El Medano. I was quite wobbly and afraid of getting smashed by a driver but I survived! I did scratch up my leg a bit but the ride was really nice. We got to get our blood pumping, take in some sights of the town and then stop off for a cute little picnic of sandwiches on one of the volcanic beaches nearby.

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I’m not sure if the photo is doing this any justice but our sandwich making skills were on point. Olive oil, salami, jamon and cheese, fresh tomatoes – DELICIOUS!

We carried our bikes down onto beach and listened to music while chatting about random stuff. It was great! The weather was perfect and it was nice to just lay there and relax.

Pretty soon, we realized we had to get going as we were trying to make a special dinner to celebrate my birthday. We didn’t take many pictures but it was delicious and so filling! Two appetizers (basically the size of entrees), fresh bread and spreads (aioli, butter, creme fraiche), and then a large meal of pork cheeks for me (sorry not a vegetarian) and lamb for him. Both super tasty!

We ended the meal with creme brulee and my boyfriend tried to get the waiters to come out and sing happy birthday to me but they seemed to have forgotten the request or misunderstood. Whatever, the thought was there.

We later went back home where we danced in front of the fire (it sounds romantic and I guess it was) and then watched some Fresh Prince on Netflix because it’s awesome.

For our last full day, we spent most of time in this cute town called Garachico. We went to the beach, strolled the streets, took photos and had some ice cream.

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We then made a dash to the market to buy supplies in order to make ourselves NYE dinner.

Totally amazing time. Super low key, great weather and lovely company. Tenerife was the best and I’d definitely recommend going there if you want gorgeous views, nice weather and loads of things to do!

 

Tenerife – A Canary Island Story #2

So, still in Tenerife. Still loving it. Now we hit the next day where we were off to visit El Tiede.

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Volcano Tiede is the third largest volcano in the world. We took a nice long drive through the national park, taking in out of this world views, overlooking vistas and chowing on pastries that were literally the size of our heads. The ride up was amazing!

We did suffer from ear popping (because of the changing altitudes) but we had good conversations about life and silly things while feeling the warmth of the sun from inside the car.

When we arrived at the volcano, we took a cable car to the top which was covered in snow!

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We were dressed for summer but luckily enough brought some warmer gear with us so we wouldn’t freeze our butts off. We threw on everything we had so hopefully that explains why I had a dress on in the snow.

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I think we spent about an hour on top of the volcano, hiking about the paths and trying not to fall. I mean I was. Although there was a path, it was very slippery and my sneakers didn’t have a ton of grip so I was desperately trying not to go off the side of the cliff. I must admit I was chicken to hike up any further but the old boyfriend was egging me on to keep going.

We then came back down the mountain and warmed up before navigating out of a tight parking spot to make our way back to the Airbnb.

During our ride, I made us have an impromptu picnic in the car, overlooking El Tiede. We were both hungry and we had the sandwich supplies in the boot of the car so I figured why not. Our next destination was an hour away and usually, I always forget to feed myself properly on holiday. Somehow, that always escapes me. Eating. I get snacks but those real meals man, so hard to remember!lol

Later we made our way to El Medano to see the end of the sunrise and to chat about life as we walked along one of the volcanic beaches.

After that stretch of the legs. We were hungry again – time for dinner! We went to a spot that looked like a home restaurant. They don’t have menus, you just get what they serve you and it’s all really cheap! We had cheese and bread, slated potatoes, bacalao and garbanzo beans. It was an interesting meal for sure but definitely tasty and dirt cheap – 12 euros for two people!

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After that, we called it a day and rested up for another day of fun.

 

Tenerife – A Canary Island Story #1

This year (or rather last) was my golden birthday. 27 on the 27th. I’m glad to be alive and get older but really, that much closer to 30 and still moving through life like “huh?” I guess there are worse things. And at least, I have a better idea or inkling to do something but back to the point.

As it was my golden birthday, I decided to keep the Birthday travel tradition alive and go away this year as well as rendez vous with  my boyfriend. The meeting point, Tenerife Spain. One of the canary islands. It’d be an island getaway full of romance, sun and adventure.

To begin the trip, I left from JFK on the 26th. Desperately trying to over come some cold or flu thing that tried to take me down on Christmas Eve. I didn’t care though, I wanted to see my boo, my bags were packed and the trip had been paid for. See ya NYC!

I took two flights. A long flight from NY to Madrid and then the next leg was Madrid to Tenerife. I actually got to Tenerife at around 2:30 PM on the 27th – my birthday. I then spent an additional five hours waiting for my boyfriend’s flight to arrive so the holiday could really start. At around 8 PM, we picked up our rental and were off to our Airbnb. Yay!

Although the 27th was my birthday, we didn’t go crazy doing much. We ended up missing all the restaurants so had a dinner of scrambled eggs and bread before heading to bed and exchanging Christmas gifts. Low key but very sweet. The next morning though, we were ready to run about the island.

We tore through Puerto de La Cruz, grabbing pastries, walking about the town and taking a few pics!

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Cabello Pastry  #yum

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After that, we jumped in the car for a windy road adventure toward Buenavista del Norte – sun was out but there was also a bit of wind.

Got a little bit vain but we also took some time to take in the scenery!

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As we only really ate a light breakfast and coffee treat, we ended our day grabbing pizza and ice cream. Was really delightful! No pictures unfortunately cause we were starved but I did Snapchat it (it’s gone now).

Tenerife part 2 coming soon!