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Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas in the sun and heat can't be properly Christmassy?

The road to a snowy Teide. Lots of people's dream of a white Christmas on Tenerife.

Many people will drive up to visit Mount Teide on Christmas Day, especially if there's some snow to play in. It's one of my favourite things to do at Christmas in Tenerife, because, especially on the northern routes, you'll climb past natural Christmas decorations, such as poinsettias blooming wild and real Christmas trees in the pine forests to get there. Stop at one of the bars for hot chocolate con churros and you will have truly reached nirvana, IMHO.

Anyone who thinks Christmas in the sun and heat can't be properly Christmassy clearly hasn't explored this side of Tenerife. I can't think of anywhere in the world more festive.

Writing ahead (no, I'm really not up early typing this on 25th December), we can't actually promise you snow for this Christmas Day, but we can show you this video of the spectacular snows that fell in the Parque Nacional de Las Cañadas del Teide in February 2016.




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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