We had planned a day sunbathing near the pool, but the sun did not play on our team, so instead we drove east. Lunch in a small fishing village just like we love to do it, and then a hike along the lava fields in Malpais de Güimar.
Malpais is a nature reserve, and we had some challenges to find where to park the car and start walking. No signs were set up, so we drove around a little, but Terje was determined to hike and never gave up. Happy and thankful was I for that when we walked along the sea with its huge swells coming in.
I would gladly change this with all the fireworks in the world.
The land was mostly barren, but here and there you found a sparkling green plant. It must thrive on salt water, as I know some plants do.
Until a few decades ago these small bassins were used to fill saltwater in. After a few days the sun would evaporate the water, leaving the salt which was used for cooking and preserving the food.
There is a volcano crater in the reserve, Montana Grande. We would like to hike it, but did not have time enough, so it is put on our list for a later visit.
For many years now, a visit to the botanical gardens in La Orotava has been a must while we are on Tenerife. We might go there this time as well, but as we get to know the island better and better, we also seek deeper into its secrets.
Yesterday, quite by chance, we came over some information about Aloe Park. A family owned park and botanical gardens filled not only with aloe veras, but also quite a lot of other plants, shrubs and trees.
After a long morning sunbathing on the edge of the swimming pool, we decided that a botanical walk would be a perfect after lunch activity.
We found that the Aloe Vera Park is situated only a few minute´s drive from our hotel. We were the only visitors by a very few others, and we had a marvellous time walking around.
Not only aloe vera, but also bananas, dragon trees, prickly pears and a lot of other plants.
I love prickly pear cactuses and the story of the cochinelle trade. Both Terje and I tried to find cochinelles on the cactuses in the aloe very garden, but with no luck.
This is our fifth visit to Tenerife. The island is a small one, but still we have only seen a tinly little bit of it. Oh, the pleasures of coming back to a place, again, and again, and again.......
Only two days ago I was toddling around in my snow covered forrest on my new snow shoes. Today I walked barefeet on a warm lava sand beach.
From one end of the beach to the other. Then back again.
Our annual January week in Tenerife is meant to be medicine for my health. And part of it is moving, moving, moving. Like swimming. Like walking.
On my beach walk I met 7 years old Konstantin from St.Petersburg. He was busy building a sand castle.
And I stopped to shot this photo. Construye un hotel, destruye un paraiso
As a tourist, what can I say? Terje and I love this beach because it is so quiet, so serene. But we come to Tenerife, we stay in a hotel, we are part of the destruction of a paradice.......
At the same time we leave money on the island, making sure we buy local food and local products when possible.
Eating in local restaurants for example. At lunch time today we drove to a small fishing village where there were few other tourists, but a lot of locals. We had heard that there were amazing fish restaurants here, and while driving through the village in search for parcing, we saw that it had to be true. The locals were out, all on their way to the restaurant street.
The first place we tried was full, and had a long waiting list. Our next try was a lucky one though. We got a table and sat down waiting for the menu. A female waiter came over, started to ask us something. "Can you speak English" we asked. She looked at us, head shaking, and went away to find another waiter. He came, in in a combination of Spanish and English he took us over to the fridge counter. "Let me know what you want" he said and poited out the catches of the day.
It is time for our annual winter week on Tenerife, the island with eternal spring. We were up already at 4am this morning, a taxi to the airport, a six hours flight, a bus to Los Alisios, our hotel.......and soon aftewards you could find us near the pool.
An early dinner, well, late according the Norway, very early according to Spain, and as we often do on our first night, we had paella. The waiter was a nice waiter, and when he had served us the paella, he smiled: "A photo of the table" :-)
A nice, very clever waiter. A photographer? Well, I am not so sure about that.
His second attempt was a little bit better though ;-) Or?
"Look at that old lady. I can´t say she is shy, can I? I was looking over Terje´s shoulder, smiling. "Well, may be not, but have you seen where we are?" Terje replied back to me. It was only then that I looked around and discovered that the beautiful beach we had found was a nudist beach. For seniors!
Well, we kept our swimsuits on and stayed, sunbathing and swimming. And in the end I even loosened the straps of my swimsuit to let my shoulders get some sun. No, I am not stuffy. Not at all :-)
Another hike today. This time longer and highter. If this continues, I will be fit as a fiddle :-)
Montana Roja, a volcanic mountain not far from the soutern airport. The start of the walk was through a desert, and I read on an information board that despite of the fry, hot climate, more than 100 different species grew there.
All texts and photos by Britt-Arnhild Wigum Lindland
I am living in a red house surrounded by a blue garden near Trondheim, Norway. I love everydays and post about my steps through life. Britt-Arnhild's House in the Woods is open to everybody. Welcome over!