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!

Quad driving - What makes the quad special?
By emanuel

Quad driving – What makes the quad special?

One of the most popular excursions there is are is quad driving, but what makes a quad special?

The quad, also known as an ATV is a vehicle primarily made for off-road driving. It’s a rather light weight vehicle and it often weighs around 300 kilos or about 700 pounds. The quads core components are its engine and its suspension. These core parts are covered by a shell that is often made of plastic or in some cases metal. It is these components that makes quad driving amazing!

Due to the construction of the quad it’s a vehicle that you can drive in basically anyway you want. As the outer body of a quad is not something that needs to be protected the vehicle can drive on almost any surface without risking any damage.  I went quad driving in Tenerife in March of 2020. I drove a quad on a bumpy desert road in a way that very few vehicles could do.

A quad lets the driver be in control to a very large extent. You can take the vehicle basically anyway you want without any issues. This is due to the fact that the suspensions of a quad is special in many ways. This is explained in great detail in an article from the site howstuffworks.com. But in short the suspensions are complemented by so-called “shocks” that uses oil to push back the suspension to it’s original shape when hitting bumps and obstacles.

I would personally recommend trying out driving a quad as it is a very unique experience. It is a lot of fun driving and it lets you as the driver access places that would be impossible to reach by car. You can book a ride by Freedom Tours in Tenerife which take you to an amazing desert landscape close to the ocean. It’s probably the best way to utilize the massive potential of the quad! Hope this article helped you!

By emanuel

Dragon Tree of Tenerife

An article about a tree? Doesn’t that sound rather dull? Well it’s named the Dragon Tree after all, which must make it a little bit exciting. And in Tenerife you can find the Ancient Dragon Tree which many say is a thousand years old.

The Dragon Tree, with the latin name of Dracaena draco, is a tree that is native to the Canary Islands. The tree has a distinct apperance as it does not really grow in the same way as a “normal” tree. The Dragon Tree goes through many different stages while growing. During the first 10-15 years it consists of a single stem that grows by itself. But when the first decade of the trees life has passed, something happens. The tree shoots out new stems that grow from the first one. Meaning that it branches out more and more.

The tree is actually a national symbol of Tenerife and the entire Canary Islands. In Icod de Los Vinos you can find the “Ancient Dragon Tree“. It is often stated that this tree is over a thousand years old. But there is really no way of telling as the Dragon Tree does not produce “age rings” in the same manner as other trees. The tree is however at least a couple of hundred years old. The tree has been declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

The Dragon Trees status in the world is vulnerable according to IUCN. Meaning that the tree is in the risk zone of becoming endangered unless actions are taken for its preservation.

There’s also a story about a Dragon Tree that excited for thousands of years on the island and was worshipped by the Guanches. The Prussian explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt saw it during his visit to Tenerife. Due to it’s massive size of over 20 meters in height and almost 15 meters in width it is argued that this tree was 6000 years old. However, the tree was destroyed by a storm in 1868 so there’s no way of ever knowing if this is true.

Another World Heritage Site is Teide National park. Why not visit it?

Paragliding in Tenerife
By emanuel

Paragliding in Tenerife

The Paraglider

Imagine soaring through the air like a bird, almost as if you were weightless; that’s probably my best attempt to describe experience of paragliding in Tenerife. What is a paraglider you may wonder? It shares certain similarities with a parachute but most of the momentum is horizontally rather than downwards. The paraglider uses wind to its advantage to maintain height and travel long distances.

I went paragliding with Paragliding Kangaroo Tandem. We went by car to the top of an 800-meter-high mountain with a beautiful view of South Tenerife. Standing on top of the mountain it was pretty be hard to grasp that I was about to throw myself of it and let the paraglider carry me to the beach. However, in this state of mind it was comforting to talk to the instructors that has decades of experience in paragliding behind them.

The Take off

The time had come. The instructors gave me a helmet and strapped the paraglider on to me and themselves. I was now ready to fly; the instructor gave me 2 easy steps: first a short walk, this unfolded the glider and made it arise far over my head. Then, the instructor told me to start running down a steep slope and just meters before I reached the edge it happened, my feet lifted of the ground and the rest of the flight was in the hands of the paraglider and your instructor.

The Experience

Once I took of and was finally in the air it was very soothing to drift around with the wind. It also gave me that great sensation of freedom (which in my case was mixed with a little bit of fear of heights). But after a short while of soaring through the skies i forgot all of my fears. What i had left was a sense of peace.

In conclusion paragliding an amazing way of experiencing freedom and seeing the beautiful island of Tenerife from the sky. It’s an experience that you will not soon forget.

Ragnarok - The Viking Boat of Tenerife
By emanuel

Ragnarok – The Viking Boat of Tenerife

Ragnarok is a longboat that is hard to miss. You can see the ship from far away due to it’s size and the distinct shields on the sides.

I went on a trip with Ragnarok in March of 2020. It was something of a surreal experience. At first, I was rather skeptical of the theme of the trip. It felt a bit silly as i thought the trip was based on a long standing caricature of vikings. But as we departed, my entire prejudice of the trip shifted completely.

There surely was something special about this trip. It probably was a mixture of the very friendly staff, the scenery and the activities that made it unforgettable. The structure of the trip makes it perfect for families with children. But at the same time, we went as a group of three grown up men and i believe we enjoyed it as much as the children.

The trip makes you forget about everything else in your life in a remarkable way. The vikings that hosts the trip entertains the audience with their acting. They also arranged competitions between the two sides of the boat which fit the theme very well. One of the competitions were archery where you fired arrows with suction plug at a board.

The trip had a open bar and free foodThere were soft drinks as well as both beer and wine included. This was also a big plus with the trip as one could enjoy a beer while watching the whales and dolphins swimming besides the boat.

The three hours we spent on the boat just flew by! I believe this was due to the high pace and great structure of the trip. When we reached the port i almost felt a bit of sadness as I had to leave my newfound viking-friends.

As you might tell from my description this trip is amazing. Probably one of my favorite excursions on the entire island. I highly recommend you to book it and enjoy it for yourself!

If you want a pre-taste of what the trip is like, watch this video!

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.

 

Movies filmed in Tenerife
By emanuel

Movies filmed in Tenerife

Tenerife have been the filming location for good amount of big Hollywood movies. In this article I’m gonna write about three of them.

Due to its diverse and tropical climate Tenerife is a perfect location for movie making. And it’s not surprising, as Tenerife have great locations to get those perfect shots. The volcano of Teide is a great example of this, as the climate is very unique as compared to the rest of Europe. Here’s a list of movies filmed in Tenerife:

Clash of the Titans released in 2010, became a real block buster netting $493 million over the world. The movie is an action movie with a grand underlying Greek mythology theme. The sequel of the movie “Wrath of the Titans” was also filmed in Tenerife. Tenerife proved to be a better location for the movie even though it revolves around Greek mythology. The director of the Clash of the titans-movie Jonathan Leibesman stated the following in choosing Tenerife as the movie location:

“The Canary Islands gave us great contrasts, including the beautiful blue sea, dusty landscapes and townscapes, wide open areas to stage a massive battle in the middle of a volcano. We just couldn’t have asked for more out of one locale.”

The Dictator is another movie shot in Tenerife. The fictional North African nation called the Republic of Wadiya is the location of the movie. So in this movies case, the directors probably wasn’t looking for the epic scenery as they were in Clash of the Titans. They probably wanted the tropical atmosphere of Tenerife. This comedy movie revolves around the fictional character Admiral-General Haffaz Aladeen portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen.

The final one of the movies filmed in Tenerife is Fast and Furious 6The movie features several different stunts and explosions. The scenery of Tenerife is very useful in this type of film making. For example, the roads leading up to Mount Teide makes for excellent racing shots.

So if your ever planning on making a movie, just go to Tenerife

You can find more articles about Tenerife in our Travel Mag! 

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! 

Bullfighting is illegal in Tenerife 1
By emanuel

Bullfighting is illegal in Tenerife

Bullfighting is illegal in Tenerife as opposed to most of Spain. The practice is often accused of being extremely cruel to the animals involved.  The topic was revitalized by the Corona pandemic and animal rights sites such as Sentient Media wrote articles about how the pandemic can actually be opportunity to abolish the sport for good.

The closest relation that I, and probably the most of the worlds population, have with bullfighting is from the Disney movie “Ferdinand the bull”. This entertaining kids movie portraits the bull Ferdinand that doesn’t want to fight. However, in Spain the situation is vastly different. The “sport” is a major attraction for lots and lots of people. An article from Harvard University states that bullfighting is illegal in almost almost every country in Europe, except for Spain, Portugal and Southern France. According to numbers from the Spanish government an entire 9,5% of the Spanish population attended a bullfighting-event in 2015.

However, in Tenerife, the situation is another. Bullfighting was banned in the Canary island way back in 1991. The building, called the Santa Cruz Bullring has since then been converted into a stadium for boxing and wrestling matches. The Santa Cruz Bullring has also been used for concerts as well as carnival events.  The building received the “Bien de Interés Cultural“-award meaning “Property of cultural interest” which means that the building has a cultural heritage value. It can be stated that the ban has not really damaged the cultural heritage of Tenerife as the building still stands.

Bullfighting is illegal in TenerifeAnd it has been so for almost 30 years. But in other parts of Spain the battles, both in a literal and figurative sense, rages on. And one can think about the question that the journalist from BBC asks himself: “Is bullfighting really on the way down?”. The number of Bullfighting events have been decreasing. But will there ever be a national ban? If it will ever happen, Tenerife and the Canaries could be a great example.

Even though there are no bullfighting in Spain, there are other things to do. Check out our Excursions HERE!