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Orotava, La

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  • Day387

    Day 388: Teide National Park

    March 9, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    Time to leave the city and head south! We took our leave of our host and his kids after giving them one last pat of Schnitzel. Caught a bus back to the airport where we picked up our hire car for the day - an unexciting but workable Ford Fiesta.

    Drove southwest across to the larger part of the island heading for Teide - the volcano and national park that covers much of the centre of Tenerife. And yes, it's the volcano that has basically formed the island over the last few million years.

    You can't drive to the top but we drove up to the crater rim in various spots, taking in viewpoints and enjoying the scenery - and filming of course, since this is the second WHS here.

    There's a cable car that runs up to near the summit but sadly for us it was closed today due to high winds (I think it's a common occurrence), though we hadn't really planned on doing it anyway. Though that had the unfortunate down-side that basically every tourist was now doing the hike we wanted to do. It covered about 3km near some interesting rock formations, but given the high winds we turned back fairly soon anyway.

    Very interesting landscapes though - lots of rocks and moonscapes, very alien. Apparently NASA, the ESA and Hollywood have all trained and worked out here since it's so similar to Mars and the Moon.

    We kept heading westwards and stopped at a place known as the Black Lava flow, from the most recent eruption (1896). Quite cool to see how the road has just been cut directly through it!

    Eventually we drove down out of the national park and eventually reached the western coast of Tenerife. Main spot of interest here is a cliff formation known as Los Gigantes - for reasons that should be obvious! They were indeed gigantic, though the best views are from boats and we didn't have time for that.

    Instead we drove down to a little town on the southern coast called Las Galletas, where we'll be staying for the next five nights on a little sailing boat! Something a bit different.

    We met our host and settled in - it's a bit cramped but comfortable enough. Small kitchen, though the toilets are in the marina building a couple of minutes walk away. Sort of like camping I guess.

    Shandos set to organising things while I drove to the southern airport and dropped off the car since we didn't need it! Splurged and got a taxi back to the boat. I was expecting a tiny little town but it was busier than I thought with quite a few restaurants around. We ended up having a light dinner at a pizzeria with some bruschetta and a seafood pizza - very tasty.
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  • Day2

    Introducing Tenerife

    June 14, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    When I first went to live abroad, I was often asked all kind of bizarre questions when people found out that I was from tenerife. A holiday island for most, they could just not imagine that there were people who grew up there and led a normal life, just like they did everywhere else. Do you live in a hut at the beach? No, I don't. Haver you ever been to the movies? Yes, like a hundred times. Are there schools in Tenerife? No, I learnt everything I know at home and somehow I landed an Erasmus scholarship and ended up here. Just kidding. Of course there are schools in Tenerife. We even have a university. Two, actually.

    However, what puzzled people most was my relationship with the weather. The cold weather, to be more specific. Everyone assumed that I must love hot, sunny days and would be freezing to death as soon as temperatures dropped below 20°C, which is not true at all. And everyone assumed that I had never seen snow in my life. Wrong again. Most people are surprised to find out that there is snow in Tenerife; not too often and not too much, but there is definitely some snow nearly every year. And last year was quite a snowy year with some of the biggest snowfalls of the 21st century.

    I went to Tenerife on March 2016 and was totally amazed when I first glimpsed the island from the plane, as most of the centre was gleaming white under the sun. There was snow. A lot of snow. A week later I drove to the National Park of Las Cañadas del Teide and there was still some snow on the north side of the mountains and valleys (a lot of snow had already melted within that week as temperatures went back to their subtropical normality). It was quite a joy, I can tell you. I love snow anywhere, but there's something very special about seeing your beautiful home island blanketed in white.

    In fact, there are many special things about Tenerife. There are many stories I could tell you and I might obligue in future footprints. But until then, enjoy the snowy view.
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  • Day18

    Parque Nacional de Las Cañadas

    March 9, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Unsere Fahrt mit dem Bus führt uns durch die ehemalige Hauptstadt La Laguna in den 1954 gegründeten Parque Nacional de Las Cañadas. Hier wachsen die Kanarischen Kiefern, die sich dem Klima der Insel angepasst haben, in einer Monokultur. Sie wachsen schlank bis zu 25 m hoch, um die Feuchtigkeit aus den Wolken zu sammeln und sind entsprechend wichtig für die Wasserversorgung der Insel. Ab 2000m Höhe verschwinden sie und man sieht nur noch Sträucher und Flechten. Während der Fahrt blicken wir in die grandiose Caldera von 17 km x 12 km Größe und haben einen Stopp, der uns mit einem kleinen Spaziergang einen grandiosen Blick auf den 3718 m hohen schneebedeckten Pico del Teide ermöglicht. Kleine Schneefelder sehen wir immer noch und erfahren, dass es dieses Jahr im Januar und Februar 1,5 m Schnee auf 2000m Höhe gegeben hat. Auch jetzt sind die Temperaturen mit windigen 13 Grad eher kühl, waren es doch 26 Grad auf Meereshöhe.Read more

  • Day11

    Und schon wieder in den Canadas

    May 22, 2007 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 9 °C

    Nachdem wir den Ausgang aus Güimar gefunden haben (es gab da tatsächlich ein Schild "Salida de la ciudad", aber wir waren so glücklich darüber, es gefunden zu haben, daß wir auf keinen Fall mehr zurück wollten um es zu fotografieren) konnten wir es nicht lassen und sind schon wieder hoch in die Canadas del Teide, diesmal von Nordosten.
    Die Wolken hängen diesmal noch tiefer.
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  • Day6

    Pico del Teide, Teneriffa, Spanien

    November 17, 2017 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Der drittgrösste Inselvulkan der Welt ist 3718m hoch und steht im Cañadas del Teide und gehört zum UNESCO Weltnaturerbe.

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