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! 

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.

Teide Obeservatory - One of the greatest astronomical facilities WRITE MORE
By emanuel

Teide Observatory – A great astronomical research facility

Teide observatory is an astronomy facility located on Mount Teide in Tenerife. It lies 2390 meter above sea level and the location is has exceptional astronomical sight. The Observatory was founded in 1964. It became one of the first large international observatories.

The place is special as this is one of the top 3 locations in the world to watch the skies. Since it’s construction a lot of telescopes have been built and transported here. The facility covers an area of 50 hectares and there are over 60 institutions here that owns one or several of the telescopes. The observatory have had great success in discovering a brown dwarf in 1995 that was named Teide-1. A brown dwarf is a massive gas object that is smaller than a sun but larger that most planets. Compared to Jupiter it has almost the same size but is much heavier. What is interesting about Teide-1 is that it was the first brown dwarf ever discovered!

In order to enhance the effectiveness of the research, The Observatory have put a lot of resources into constructing The Teide Observatory Residents with the purpose of providing researchers and scientist with housing and everything they need while working at Teide. Along with the research being made in the Observatory, the observatory also have a focus on education. School classes are welcome here to see the inside of the facility and get an understanding for why astronomical research is important.

Besides Teide there is also another large observatory on the Canary Islands. On La Palmas we can find the research center of Roque de los Muchachos Observatory which was founded in 1985. This observatory become an extremely popular research facility in modern day just like the observatory on Teide.

If you would like to explore Teide for yourself we got the perfect tours for you!

Suicide Cult in Tenerife in 1998 PICTURES
By emanuel

Suicide Cult in Tenerife in 1998

We would like to warn sensitive readers, as it’s time for a true horror story from Tenerife. About a 56-year-old woman from Berlin named Heide Fittkau-Garthe. She moved to Tenerife and started a horrible suicide cult.

The story begins in 1994 when Heide Fittkau-Garthe sold all her assets and moved from Berlin to Tenerife. Heide, being a psychologist used her background to lure people into joining her suicide cult in Tenerife. According to a BBC article posted in 1998 the cult revolved around apocalyptic theories that the world was about to end. Heide proclaimed that if the entire cult consisting of about 30 people committed collective suicide on mount Teide a spaceship would take their dead bodies to heaven.

It is a story that is both scary as well as fascinating. How a woman of 56 years managed to gather so many people into to something so outrageous.

Another interesting fact about the cult is that Heide, according to the Independent, managed to lure both university graduates and people from the middle class into her cult, as well as their children! This says something about Heide’s extremely methods of persuasion as she managed to brainwash people from many different parts pf the society. She even brainwashed people into paying up to 300 pounds for attending her meetings.

This horror story has a somewhat happy ending though. On the 8th of January, Spanish police managed to shut down the cult and stop the plans of collective suicide. Heide was put on trial and the rest of the suicide cult in Tenerife was free to go as they were victims of their leader.

Heide however, were sentenced to 8 years in prison. However, years have passed and Heide have been free for a long time. After the events she have remained active online. She even have her own website called Heidelovesyou.com where she posts so called “lessons” where she speaks to the camera.

That’s all for our true horror-story time. All our stories are not this dark however. You can read more articles about the history of Tenerife among other things HERE.

Hockey in Tenerife? 1
By emanuel

Hockey in Tenerife?

Tenerife have a Hockey-team called the Arona Tenerife Guanches hockey club. And by Spanish standards the Tenerife team is really good at it too!

Tenerife has many sports clubs, but what surprised me the most was that they have a hockey team. Hockey in Tenerife? How does this even work then? As Tenerife is rarely any colder than 20 degrees celcius any time of the year the sport have been converted from being played on ice to being played on roller skates. Roller hockey, also known as inline hockey is actually also a rather common sport on the island.

The story of roller hockey begins in 1990 when Marc Quiroga moved from Sweden to Tenerife. Marc loved ice skating and he missed it very much as it’s a big sport in Sweden. But in 1994 an inline skate-shop was opened in Los Cristianos and Marc went by the store constantly speaking to people who were interested in roller skating. With these new contacts, he founded a team.

The start was very rough for the team, they played outside on rough asphalt that wore down the wheels in a couple of months. The sport wasn’t all that similar to hockey as first as they played with a floorball rather than a puck. Marc soon found out that the Spanish Line Hockey championship was going to be held, he quickly gave his team a name: Arona Guanches Tenerife Hockey Club. And this is how the team was founded.

The team have some noteworthy accomplishments in the Spanish inline-hockey scene. In 1999 they won the Spanish nationals in the sport. The team still has a relation to their Swedish roots as well. At one point as 7 players came from Sweden to play for the Guanches.  The team is still active today, and they will continue to be, as long as they get the necessary support from local authorities and corporations.

We cover more sports in our travel mag, as well as many other subject!

By emanuel

Imported Sand in Tenerife

Sand. It might seem like it’s a matter that has no real usefulness. But that is factually wrong. Sand is one of the most used matters by man in building concrete and asphalt for example. Besides that, it’s hard to beat the feeling of warm sand under your feet when walking on a sandy beach.

There is a history of imported sand in Tenerife. Tenerife does not really have any natural sandy beaches, most of the natural beaches are rocky or have small lava rocks. That’s why there have been enormous imports of sand from West Sahara to Tenerife.

The origin of the sand import was that it was very expensive to make volcanic sand for the beaches of Tenerife. It proved to be far more cheap to import sand from West Sahara which is a region largely occupied by Morocco. The key-phrase here is occupied. As Western Sahara is often called “The last African Colony” as after the Spanish colonization it was taken over by Morocco.

There is still a conflict between Morocco and Sahrawi native rebels that want to be free from their occupiers. Therefore, the imported sand has been a controversial subject as many have called it a theft from the Sahrawi people. It sure is an infected subject and it has been a really violent conflict throughout the decades. It should be stated that the conflict does not revolve about sand but it is more a question of independence and national identity for the Sahrawi.

The imported sand in Tenerife were far greater in the early days of Tenerife tourism however. In 1970 when Western Sahara was still a Spanish colony a 270 000 tonnes of sand were imported to build the Las Teresitas beach. Today the sand import to Tenerife is much smaller which can be seen a positive thing due to the infected conflict between the Sahrawi and Morocco.

Read more news and stories in our Travel Mag.

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.