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Tenerife & Lanzarote - Amazing in Their Diversity (Part 1)

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The Canary Islands certainly are a diverse bunch! We're only seeing two but from the mountains, deep ravines, forests, and hill towns of Tenerife to the lunar landscape of Lanzarote, they are some of the most amazing places we've seen. Spending the month of November here has been a wonderful experience. The weather is amazingly pleasant. The sun is strong and warm during the day and the evenings are cool and fall-like. We're in bathing suits during the day and sweaters at night. Fall being my favorite season, it's nice to get a bit of a chill so you can cuddle up but unfortunately it leads to winter and in just a few days now we will be back in it. We're looking forward to being back "home" for the holidays but not looking forward to long underwear and heavy coats! So for you already in the throws of winter, I hope you enjoy these posts from Sunny Spain! First up, Tenerife.



Tenerife, like all of the Canary Islands, is of volcanic origin. It has one large volcano at its center, Teide. The island is divided by the spine of mountains created by the volcano and they catch all of the weather coming onto the island with the prevailing winds from the northeast. The southwest is almost always sunny and the north is almost always cloudy, at least at this time of year. We went across from Adeje where we stayed to Puerto de la Cruz and the difference was stark. If you plan to come, definitely stay on the southern coast!

Costa Adeje and the Southern Highway

Puerto De la Cruz and the Northern Road

For some of the highlights of the steep southern slopes of Teide, see our last post.

On the very northeastern tip of Tenerife, is the Anaga Rural Park, certainly the most lush and green area of the island. It's a dense forest of pine and laurel with amazing views down to the coast across the deep ravines. The contrast between this and the more arid southern side is extreme. It's moist with moss and ferns growing everywhere.

The drive through there park follows a twisty-turny road through laurel tunnels.

Then, as you come out the northern side, cross the spine of the mountain range, and head down the switch-backs towards the village of Taganana...

...the amazing landscape of steeply terraced farms and precariously situated villages expands before you.

All along the way are incredibly views and roadside vista points.

This area is not to be missed and certainly has some of the best views and most challenging roads of the whole island.

I would be remiss, however, if I led you to believe we spent most of our month exploring. The truth is, we redefined the term "couch potato", or maybe for us it was "lounge chair potato"! It was hard to leave our little corner of heaven in Adeje where the sun was out every day, the weather was warm, and each evening treated us to the most amazing and unique sunsets. So I'll end Part 1 with some of the best!

Don't miss Part 2 - Lanzarote!

Posted by mrb430 03:49 Archived in Spain

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