“Are those the fresh potatoes you’re cooking?” I ask. “Yes, best quineguas!” comes the grinned reply. “Come and have some wine!”
If there’s one sure-fired way to gauge your general fitness level it’s doing some fairly vigorous exercise like a bit of cardio-vascular work or a hike over a decent distance involving some lung expanding ascents and descents.
I recently heard some interesting statistics – that 35% of Brits and 41% of Germans like to go walking while they are on holidays – and last weekend, I realised just how easy it is for anyone on their Tenerife Holidays to do just that.
Every time I head up into the upper La Orotava valley to hike around La Caldera, I’m assailed anew by the perfume of the pines and I wish there was some way that I could bottle it.
Walking on Tenerife is rapidly becoming the holiday choice of more and more people as the word gets out about its diverse landscapes, stunning vistas and ancient paths where you can walk all day and barely meet another soul.
We were ready to set off on our traditional Boxing Day walk and we´d chosen to hike to La Fortaleza. When we set off, we discovered that we’re not the only ones who traditionally take a walk on this day as the path that leads from behind the visitor centre was unusually busy with hikers of every nationality.
It got me thinking of all the places on Tenerife where you turn a corner or emerge above a ridge and are stopped in your tracks by the drama in front of you. Many of those WOW moments come when I’m out walking and they leave an indelible mark on the memory and an itching to go back and capture it again.
Yesterday we broke free from these screens and headed out into the hot sunshine to hike a path we last undertook a few years ago on a damp(ish) morning. My memories of the walk were of a long uphill slog on the outward journey, a hot puchero (Canarian stew) in a bar in Teno Alto to ...
Unless you’ve been participating in a full sensory blackout programme for the past 2 months or so, you can’t fail to have noticed that things which have lain dormant for a very long time have suddenly become active again, causing consternation and disruption...