By emanuel

Pyramids of Güímar

One of the most fascinating building to see in Tenerife is the Pyramids of Güímar. The origin of these constructions was for a long time clouded in mystery. There were rumors that these constructions were in fact constructed by the native Guanches of Tenerife. This however is not the case.

The pyramids were most likely constructed in the 19th century as a side effect of agricultural labor. When the farmers plowed their fields, they placed the rocks in the formations that eventually became the Pyramids of Güímar. The reason for building these pyramids is however unclear. It has been stated that these sorts of pyramids might have existed all over the Canary Islands but have been razed due to the need of building supplies.

Aesthetically, these pyramids share a lot of traits with Aztec pyramids even though they are not as old. However, they are still really worth a visit due to the sheer beauty of Güímar and the amazing pyramid constructions. Güímar is located only 29 kilometers south of Santa Cruz which is a drive well worth the time. The former excavation site covers an area of 65 000 m2. Here one can also visit a museum with Guanche artifact that were found in a natural lava cave nearby the pyramids.

The entrance price is about €14 and you can get a lot of value for your money. Including the poisonous garden that feature over 70 poisonous and even lethal plants for you to see. There is also a environmentally sustainable garden planted in a ravine that shows the natural plant life of these environment as well as eels that swim through the rivers and streams of the garden. There are also some shops and restaurants in Güímar to make your visit into a full day of exploration.

So next time you’re in Tenerife: visit Güímar and experience everything the place has to offer!

Also, if exploration is your thing, read more about the hiking possibilities of Tenerife here! 

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By emanuel

Los Gigantes – The Cliffs of the Giants

Los Gigantes is a town located on the western coast of Tenerife. It is well known for Acantilados de Los Gigantes (the cliffs of the Giants) that measures up to 500 meters straight down into the ocean.

The town of Los Gigantes is primarily a tourist based town and was founded in the 1970s, following British investments in the 1960s. The town of Los Gigantes does not have all that many hotels but if you would like to stay here there’s a lot of other residents that you can rent which have high quality. From the town that is located 20 meters above sea level it’s location makes it possible to witness the sheer size of the cliffs.

In the time of the native Guanches the cliffs were referred to as “The Wall of Hell” which is not surprising as due to the fact that the cliffs are extremely steep. The cliffs actually share a remarkable similarity with the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. But even though the cliffs of Log Gigantes are not as famous they are way bigger than the cliffs in Ireland.

If you travel to the western coast of Tenerife to see the cliffs there are also a lot more locations that you can visit. A couple of miles north you have the Masca village which is a famous village founded by the Guanches and it’s a very popular tourist attraction. There are exceptional tours going to this location to make your visit to Los Gigantes into a full day of exploration and adventure.

Staying in the town of Los Gigantes or just going to the cliffs of the Giants is something I sure recommend that you do when in Tenerife. It’s a great experience and it gives you that sensation of how powerful nature is in construction such magnificent structures.

 

By emanuel

Playa de las Vistas – Accessibility for everyone!

Accessibility is an important factor for many people when choosing a travel destination. All people should be able to enjoy the beautiful beaches of travel resorts regardless of personal disabilities. Due to the special history of tourism in Tenerife accessibility is already in the foundation of the destination. Playa de las Vistas is a world leading beach in accessibility.

Tenerife is home to a large rehab center called Vinter Sol focused on rehabilitating people with neurological and rheumatic diseases. The facility is located right next to Playa de las Vistas which is a beach that has excellent accessibility. It is a beautiful beach with bright and fine sand and it has all the necessary tools for everyone to enjoy. But the best thing about the beach is how EVERYTHING is adjusted to fit people with disabilities.

The beach has special wheel chairs adjusted for driving on sand or into the water as the chairs float by themselves. It has are restrooms and showers that everyone can use. It has ramps leading down to the beach. The beach even has staff that happily helps out anyone in need of their help. The staff is at the beach from 11 to 19 everyday in the summertime and 11 to 17 the rest of the year.

Playa de las Vistas sure sets a standard that all travel destinations and beaches in the world should follow. Our differences should not affect our ability to enjoy our ability to enjoy a good vacation. The beach is also accessible in other ways. It’s a great beach for children as it’s adjusted to fit strollers. The staff will also constantly look over the children. It’s no wonder that the beach have received the Blue Flag award by the Foundation for Environmental Education several times due to it being friendly to both the environment and it’s visitors. Playa de las Vistas is one of the most beautiful locations in all of Tenerife and it is worth a visit for everyone.