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Live from Tenerife - day 3

Anaga Peninsula, TenerifeToday has been an admin / research / fact-finding day (it's not all about checking / writing walking notes) - an important job when visiting our destinations abroad and a good opportunity to get to know our hoteliers. On this occasion I'd been asked, amongst other things, to view different types of rooms at the Hotel Victoria in La Orotava; to check out where alternative restaurants, within easy walking distance of the hotel, are located; and then re-check the driving notes for guests who head out to undertake the wonderful Anaga walk (we've had some very positive feedback about this walk, and I certainly enjoyed it when I first wrote the notes two years ago - see picture, left); and instructions for when guests move on to Garachico and the second hotel - as I have just done.

Taganana on TenerifeThe drive to Anaga is spectacular and various 'photograph points' along the route offer fantastic views back towards El Teide - showing the sea on both sides and the now infamous cloud shrouding the northern coast (see bottom photo). I have to admit that I couldn't help but drive on further, winding my way down a series of hairpin bends to reach the small village of Taganana. The roads may seem a bit scary at first glance (see right) but when one sees large coaches delivering people safely down to the sea shore you realise that it can't be that bad - and it isn't. There's been a lot of road building on the island - as I mentioned earlier - and it's now far easier to get to where you need to be - with far better signage.

Card school, Garachico, TenerifeFrom the wild Anaga Peninsula I headed west along the north coast to my next destination - the lovely port and small town of Garachico and the equally delightful La Quinta Roja located on the town's main square. I liked La Orotava and the service there is impeccable - but I simply love La Quinta Roja. It's a grand town house built around a cool and tranquil courtyard and boasts a fine restaurant and terrace bar. Once I'd checked in, I wandered through the square where a group of old men were raucously playing cards (left), while their womenfolk sat chatting in the shade of the trees, seemingly oblivious to their grandchildren who ran around in joyous abandon.

I wandered on and followed our 'town trail' notes which led me down to the sea and the natural swimming pools, created by the long distant lava flows, where older boys were showing off to giggling girls by leaping into the deep pools. I noticed that all the restaurants along the sea front seemed full, not with tourists but with large family groups relaxing and indulging in a traditional long Sunday lunch. There's no question that Sunday is for families and I felt somewhat out of place - so I retired to my quiet courtyard for a chilled 'Dorada' - the local beer - (or two) and to write this. Tomorrow, the mountains beckon again, so it's up bright and early and off to the Teno Alto!
View from Anaga back towards Teide, Tenerife

Posted: 12/06/2011 17:49:57 by | with 2 comments
Filed under: Canary islands, gastronomy, nature, photography, Spain, walking, wildlife

Loved reading your article on your walking holiday in Tenerife - lots of interesting information and photos too.
25/04/2012 16:57:47

Easy GPS walking routes in
01/04/2012 11:34:11

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