Cave of the Winds
By emanuel

Cave of the Winds

How exciting can a cave really be? Very much is actually the answer. Cueva del Viento (or “the Cave of the Winds“) is a massive volcanic cavity in the district of Icod de los Vinos.

The huge lava tube was formed 27 000 years ago Pico Viejo volcano erupted. Basaltic lava poured from the volcano and created a great maze of volcanic caves. This lava tube is 18 kilometers long, but as it is a maze and not fully explored, it might be even longer. Similar lava caves of this size can only be found in Hawaii which makes this cave very unique in all of Europe. Why is it called the cave of the winds then? This is due to the fact that wind from the outside often enter the caves and fills up many tubes and tunnels.

The book Volcanoes of Europe there’s a passage about the unique biological life of the cave of the winds. The book states that the cave is a home to almost 200 species which makes the Cave of the winds into a unique biological sphere. An entire 15 entire new species have been discovered in the cave of the winds. This includes the eyeless cockroach living in complete darkness. The book also mentions the fossils that have been discovered in the cave. Such as remains of the Giant Rat and the Giant Lizard (i would not like to run into these creatures while in the cave). The Guanches also knew about the cave which is known due to that artifacts from the Guanches have been found in the cave.

If you want to enter the caves and see this fascinating geological phenomenon for yourself there are guided tours that let you explore about a quarter kilometer of the cave. It’s something i would sincerely recommend as you cannot find anything like this anywhere in Europe.

There’s a lot more to see in Tenerife, explore our various tours HERE!

By emanuel

Whales and Dolphins – The marine life of Tenerife

Tenerife has a rich marine life. On every boat trip that you take you are almost guaranteed to see both dolphins and whales. It sure is a magnificent sight to see them jump out of the blue waters and swim alongside the boat.

When I went with the Ragnarok Viking boat there were dolphins and whales constantly swimming a jumping beside it which really enhanced the experience of the boat ride. This is the case for basically all boat tours that departs from southern Tenerife. You can see both whales and dolphins in their natural environment all year long.

When going by boat there are species that you can see all year long. There are also whales and dolphins that are migratory and can be seen for certain periods of the year. There are four species of whales and dolphins that always resides at the islands. These are the Pilot whales which are black and are easy to spot from any boat. You can see the Bottlenose dolphins playing around and jumping in the waters. The Risso’s dolphins which usually resides on deeper waters rather than closer to land. These are easy to differentiate from the Bottlenose dolphins due to their characteristic “scars”. And finally, there are the Sperm Whales which are enormous whales that can become up to 20 meters long and weight up to 57 tones! But to see these you probably have to go for a longer boat ride.

The Bottlenose dolphins and the Pilot whales are the most common to see on shorter cruises. They are beautiful creatures and seeing them in the wild rather that in a zoo or aquarium is an amazing experience in its own right.

Check out the any of the cruises and boat tours on our website and I can almost guarantee you that you will spot several of these magnificent creatures!

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! 

Siam Park 13
By emanuel

Siam Park

Siam Park is one of the largest water parks in Europe. It’s a great place to visit as a family as there’s attractions that fit children as well as grown-up.

Siam Park is located in the outskirts of Playa de las American. The park is very easy to spot due to its distinct Thai-features such as dragons and East-Asian buildings. The park is rather large and covers an area of 18,5 hectares. And the entire park is filled with attractions and shops.

One of the most exciting ones are the “Tower of Power”. It’s a massive water slide that is 28 meters high. The water slide is extremely steep and it almost feels like it’s vertical. This is a water slide that will give even the toughest of riders a great thrill. If you want a longer ride you can go with the “Singha” which is a 240-meter-long ride and could be compared to a roller coaster.

If you want to be more relaxed there are rides for this as well. The Mai-Thai river attraction is a slow ride that takes you slowly down a tropical river. If you’re more competitive you can go for the Naga Racer-ride that lets you compete with family and friends in a slide race. And for the youngest ones: “Sawasdee” is a ride which is miniature in size and suitable for all children regardless of height and age. The same goes for the entire “Lost City” which is a part of the park that is entirely designed for younger children. If you got children you can relax here while watching over your children.

After all these rides you might want some good food. And luckily the food prices are very acceptable all over the park. There are both family restaurants as well as bars which is positive as there are options for everyone.

If you wish for a very extensive guide of the park you can read THIS one.

And you can book your tickets HERE! 

 

Diving Atlantis – Experts on diving and Kayaking
By emanuel

Diving Atlantis – Experts on diving and Kayaking

It doesn’t matter if you never dove before. Diving Atlantis are experts on Diving and Kayaking in Tenerife, they have the excursions for you! 

Divning Atlantis is located in the heart of Los Cristianos. This business puts all its efforts into making great excursions in diving and in kayaking. We went there for two days in a row. The first day we went diving and the second day we went kayaking. There’s a lot of good things to say about the excursions as well as the people working there, especially in regards to customer contact. They are kind and extremely helpful. An example of this is when we went diving. The instructor gave a very thorough description of all of the things necessary for a beginner to go out into the ocean.

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Another thing that they are talented in is taking pictures of your excursion. Equipped with a go pro under water the capture the memories of your trip in video. The second day we went Kayaking and we got a thorough description of how the kayak works even though it might seem basic for one that have paddled before. It is a place for people of all sorts of experiences, me, who is a novice in diving and kayaking found this to be a great aspect of the excursions. They also have a three day course for the people that want to get themselves a PADI-license and dive 18 meters below the surface.

Finally they also have ha package for the ones that are already experienced divers and wish to explore the great depth of the seas outside of Tenerife. There are several different packages in many different locations. There’s even the option to go night diving if that sounds exciting.

I can’t say i’m an expert of diving, but i got to say that if i ever were to become one, i would go to Diving Atlantis to get the experience. 

Book your diving or kayaking excursion of choice HERE!  

 

Driving a Buggy
By emanuel

Driving a Buggy

I went driving a Buggy with Top Buggy Adventures. It was an exciting experience which i believe anyone will enjoy. Mainly because it’s incredibly fun to be driving a Buggy. But what is a buggy? And why is it so much fun? Keep on reading and find out! 

Imagine stripping a car of all parts except the most essential core components, what you’re left with, is a Buggy. An excellent piece of machinery with low weight and a lot of horsepower’s to run it. The buggy can be a little bit tricky to drive for an inexperienced driver due to the different feel of the clutch and the gas pedals compared to a regular car. However, when you get the hang on how to operate the vehicle it’s an absolute joy to drive on the roads as well as off-road. The stiff suspenders make for an incredibly enjoyable ride when driving over hills and bumps.

I got a great sensation of power from hearing the loud engine behind me, this makes even the most basic things enjoyable such as changing gears. Just listening to the engine revving up is special when driving the Buggy. Tenerife is also a great island for driving the Buggy due to the various nature zones of the island. The sandy desert parts, to the living colorful cities up to the high mountains. The changing landscapes gives you as the drives the feeling och exploration which is a nice addition to the trips that Top Buggy Adventures provides.

It is hard to describe the experience in one sentence. But one scene from my drive is still stuck in my head. This is when I saw the cities of Tenerife transition from day to night while driving through them in a buggy. It was really an unforgettable experience. I pushed the gas to the bottom with the engine roaring behind my head. And I went passed the city lights in a rapid speed. The feeling that I felt, can only be described as Euphoric.

And when I pushed the gas to the bottom of the floor with the engine roaring right behind my head while passing the city lights I felt a feeling that can only be described as euphoric.

 

Quad safari in Tenerife - My experience
By emanuel

Quad safari in Tenerife – My experience

I went on a quad safari in Tenerife, in this article I am going to go through my experience and why you should try it out as well!

I went on a quad safari with Freedom Tours in Tenerife. The excursion started with a short introduction of the vehicles and by getting helmets of appropriate sizes. Before we drove out we got the chance to try out and become comfortable with the quad. After this, the quad safari started!

We went straight out into a desert-like landscape. The road we drove on was bumpy which made for a really fun drive. From this desert landscape we saw the sea at almost all times which was something that enhanced our experience. As the drive went on our guide led us to some really beautiful locations – on top of large hills and down to rocky beaches. This was an essential part of the tour as it provided us with this great sense of exploration.

I had already driven quads earlier in my life as I grew up on the countryside with a quad. However, this ride was still just as enjoyable if not more for this reason. I would say that this buggy safari is enjoyable for everyone no matter if you have earlier experience of driving a quad or not. If you are comfortable with the vehicle you might drive faster and do some skids, but if your new to the experience you can just as well take it easy and it is still just as fun!

All and all, I got to say that this is an excursion that i sincerely recommend. It’s not only a great experience but the rides that you go on also give you great photo opportunities for documenting your trip. If this article got you to want to go quad driving – you can book this amazing excursion HERE! 

Vintersol
By emanuel

Vintersol – the Swedish Rehab Center

Vintersol is a rehabilitation clinic focused on rheumatic and neurological diseases which is located right by the ocean. The history of Vintersol is actually closely entwined with the history of tourism in Tenerife as a whole.

The history of Vintersol starts back in the 1950s two Swedes arrived in Tenerife: Olle Ryding and Bengt Rylander. Both men suffered from diseases, Bengt had mutable sclerosis and Olle had rheumatic arthritis. However, they realized that the sun of Tenerife actually had a healing effect on their bodies. They suffered more from their diseases in the cold and barren climate of Sweden, so they decided to move to Tenerife. Here, they started working. They worked with creating a rehab-center for over a decade. They worked with both the Spanish and Swedish government to make their dream a reality.

After years of planning, and 3 years of building. In 1965, their dream finally came true and Vintersol finally opened. It had a capacity of about of 60 patients but as time passed Vintersol started cooperate with other foundations and organisations which led to expanding the clinic in both size and capacity. This meant that in the 1980s the clinic could have 100 patients at once. The growth of the clinic has continued until present day and the clinic has also been modernized. During this time the clinic have been run by several different organizations and in 2015 they celebrated their 50th anniversary.

But what is the significance of Vintersol outside of being a rehab center? Vintersol is basically what started Scandinavian tourism to Tenerife. What started with patients was expanded to spouses, to close family and also to friends. This chain-reaction put Tenerife on the map as a common travel destination.

Read more stories in our travel mag! Maybe about the accessible beach which lies right next to the clinic.

Los Gigantes - the cliffs of the giants UNFINISHED
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.

 

Tenerife without tourism 2
By emanuel

Tenerife without tourism

Tenerife is known for being a great tourist location for many people. Even though it only has about a million inhabitants it receives over 5 million tourists every year! Compared to the rest of the population it’s a massive amount and that sure shows in the BNP of the island. The tourism industry makes up an entire 60% of the islands total income which is a crazy amount. Without tourism, it’s hard to imagine Tenerife. But today that imagination is reality due to Corona.

Tourism for Tenerife launched a campaign called “#Wellbeback” following the lockdown of the island. The purpose of this campaign was to generate attention for Tenerife in a time of lockdown and isolation. The Corporation’s chief of tourism for Tenerife David Perez and the Tourism minister Jose Gregorio Martín held a joint conference following the launch of the campaign. Together they said that they missed the tourists coming to the country. They also presented the video that is a part of the campaign. The video tries to remind the viewer of the beauty’s of Tenerife and tell them to come back once the Corona Virus is over.

For Tenerife as an island it is very important that the island and the tourism recovers from the Corona virus. Not just for the economy of Tenerife as a whole but for the population as well. Tourism generates a massive amount of job opportunities on the island. Jobs in hotels, restaurants, travel companies, excursion companies all go away as a consequence of the current lockdown. Without these jobs a lot of people and families suffer financially.

Hopefully the spread of the virus will soon decrease and the borders of Europe will open up again. Until then one can only hope that the tourism industry recovers and that people can go back to their everyday life soon enough.

Read more about the lockdown of Tenerife HERE