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Tenerife Holiday - January 2015

Quite a few friends, family and work colleagues have been to Tenerife, which is one of the Canary Islands. Therefore, when the chance of a Footprints trip to Tenerife arose, I put my name forward as being interested. One benefit is that it provides the chance to escape to a much warmer climate from our winter weather for a week.

The six people on the trip flew from either Gatwick or Manchester on a flight lasting about 4½ hours. The hotel selected was H10 Tenerife Playa in Puerto de la Cruz. This hotel is in the club H10 group, which is the same group as the hotel we stayed on nearby La Palma two years ago. On arrival at the hotel, we were offered champagne, which we did not refuse. The accommodation was very good and the meals were excellent. For breakfast there were at least three courses from a central buffet. The same buffet with a wide variety of food was in use for a four course dinner every evening. After the meal there was entertainment at the hotel including Chinese acrobats, a folk group and bingo. My personal favourite was The Divas, who were not Madonna and Lady Gaga! They were a lady supported by two men on keyboards and drums. She sang many songs including “Simply The Best” by Tina Turner.

On Sunday, we travelled on a crowded bus to La Caldera, which was on the hillside above Puerto de la Cruz. Our intended footpath was closed - this was a theme throughout the week. We had to be resourceful and select an alternative route. The six mile walk included 1,600 feet of ascent and 3,300 feet of descent including a very steep road. This gives you an idea of how steep the hills are on Tenerife.

Monday was a trip in the cars to Chamorga on the Anaga Peninsula with its rocky inlets, where we completed a short walk.

Mount Teide on Tenerife is the highest point in Spain at 3,718 metres (12,198 feet). This is too good to miss and we spent a couple of days in the Teide National Park in sunshine above the clouds. On Tuesday four people walked part way up the mountain, but had to turn back because the path was closed due to snow. The cable car was used to reach the mirador (viewpoint) near the summit. There were fantastic views but none of the other Canary Islands were visible. Meanwhile, two members visited Los Gigantes on the coast, where the rocks rise 800 metres from the sea.

Our second day in the Teide National Park was all as one party on Wednesday. We enjoyed a dramatic walk among the rocks in the crater area of the volcano.

Richard knew of an excellent German café on the cliffs near Puerto de la Cruz. The coastal walk on Thursday from our hotel offered great views of the surrounding area. The apple strudel with cream and ice cream at the café was something to die for!

Our last full day on Friday was a bus ride to San Juan de la Rambla. We started another coastal walk, but there was no identifiable route from a beach. We turned round and caught the bus back. On Saturday we all flew back home.

As one of the car drivers, it is always strange driving a left hand drive car. Our car had a big red sticker in the back "hire car". The local drivers were patient and understanding when they saw a hire car with tourists in. Patience among drivers is something we seem to have lost in our country. Thank you to Richard for organising the trip and the itinerary each day. Also many thanks to Gail, Roger, Debbie and Brian for their company on a memorable holiday.

Malcolm

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