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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Walking Routes in the West of Tenerife and other stories

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Taking a Peek at our Walking Routes in the West of Tenerife
There were a number of reasons we chose Teno Rural Park. The first was as it was spring, it’s one of the best areas of Tenerife to enjoy displays of wild flowers; although we were just a bit too early for the most impressive explosions of colour. The second was the route we chose is an absolute cracker with just the right balance of ascending, descending and stretches on the flat. It’s also diverse, switching between forests, agricultural hamlets and open hillsides with views to the sea and other islands. The third reason was if the weather is kind, you get one of THE best pay-offs of any walk on Tenerife ...

Why We Won’t be Trying all the Best Restaurants on Tenerife
It can be easier for a mediocre restaurant in a busy resort to pick up far more 5 star reviews, deserved or otherwise, than a top restaurant which isn’t in a resort area.

Festival Mueca in Puerto de la Cruz 12-15 May
Puerto de la Cruz will be home to Mueca 2016, its annual international art festival, between 12 and 15 May. The “festival of happiness” fills the town’s streets with art, music, dance, even a fire and water spectacular in the Lago Martiánez.

Canary fliers go through the roof
CANARIAN airports are busier than ever, with 3.23 million passengers using them in February – 13.8% more than in the same period last year. The growth, according to data released by Spanish airport controllers Aena, was across the board as well. International passengers were up 11.2% to 2.24 million, and travellers on domestic routes increased by 19.3% to 931,037.

Tourists swarm here
EASTER will see another tourist boom in Tenerife, with hotel and other outlets anticipating an average occupancy of 94%, according  to a survey by Ashotel. The Canaries’ hotel association also predict the South will enjoy an occupancy of 95%, which is 9% more than the same 2015 period. And a 92% average is expected in the North – a 16% improvement. Meanwhile, Santa Cruz forecasts a near-5% increase on last Easter to 67%.

Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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