January 10, 2016

Today’s post is a little travel diary with some of my favourite pictures from our last vacation in Tenerife. Tenerife is the largest and best-known Canary Island and offers hundreds of things to do. 

My advice is to rent a car, car-rental agencies are on every step. You can even rent one at the airport. Low prices make renting very affordable. The island is not very big so you can drive around the whole island and you can see so much more.

Among the places you should visit are:

Teide National Park
You must see the volcanic phenomena of Teide which is truly a unique place. A modern cable car takes you 200 metres from the volcanic cone. If you wish to reach the very summit (which I highly recommend) you must request a permit via the park’s website at least a month before your trip. Just take some warm clothes with you as temperatures on top are around 0°C. If you forget you can also rent a jacket there but it will cost €5.

Siam Park
The Kingdom of Siam themed water park boastssome amazing attractions: an artificial white-sand beach with two metre-high waves, lazy river and many others, ensuring a fun day out with friends.

Loro Parque
I love walking around zoos and even choose holiday destinations based on whether they have one or not. Loro Parque is an incredible wildlife park and aquarium. You can see the Orcas, Dolphins and a parrot show. The penguins live in an exact replica of their natural frozen habitat. They also have puffins, the most adorable birds in the whole word.

A great way to sample Tenerife’s cuisine is to try one of the island’s local delicacies —the papas arrugandas (wrinkled potatoes). They pick small potatoes and boil them in salty water while still in their skin. Potatoes are served with green coriander and red paprika sauce.
You must try their fresh fish seasoned only with salt and garlic. Or opt for the mussels which are also very good.

We prefer to eat in restaurants which are not the obvious choice for tourists. There’s a type of establishment on the island known as a guachinche. These small, family-run eateries, often improvised on the terrace of the rural houses, only open at the certain times of the year to offer wine from their own harvest accompanied by two or three traditional dishes at a very affordable prices. We ate delicious food and the owner who didn’t speak English at all was really nice and thrilled that we liked his food and wine. I think this was one of the best experiences from our vacation.

Here are some of the photos where we tried our best to capture the beauty of the island where we spent our vacation.

If you have any question let me now. The rest of the photos are here.

Photos: Dušan Smolnikar

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