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Walking the Samarines Coastal Path Behind Candelaria Basilica

Walking the Samarines Coastal Path Behind Candelaria Basilica

On a day when even the statues were sweating I chose the Samarines coastal path. The hardest part was the steep steps at the back of Plaza de la Patrona de Canarias to curl up and around the back of the basilica...

Where To Buy Local Wines in the South of Tenerife

Where To Buy Local Wines in the South of Tenerife

When Andy asked me about buying local wines in south Tenerife recently it set me off on a quest – to find a wine she’d understood wasn’t available here. So, where do I shop for wine?

Five Top Burger Bars in the North of Tenerife

Five Top Burger Bars in the North of Tenerife

When I fancy a burger, I'm not going to settle for some cheap and nasty, frozen, tasteless piece of homogenised rubbish. When it comes to what to put in a bun, quality counts, and here in the north of Tenerife we're lucky enough to have some great burger places...

Getting to Know Traditional Tenerife Restaurants

Getting to Know Traditional Tenerife Restaurants

Understanding there's a difference between Spanish and Canarian cuisine helps, but that isn't the end of it. Canarian restaurants come in various shapes and guises. Knowing what the sign above the entrance to a restaurant means can help newcomers to the world of Tenerife dining negotiate their way around quite a diverse range of eating experiences.

From Net To Plate At Cofradia De Pescadores in Los Cristianos

From Net To Plate At Cofradia De Pescadores in Los Cristianos

The lone fisherman dangling his rod off the Los Cristianos quay could only dream of landing fish as big and tasty as the two lubina (sea bass) that basked on my plate...

Banana Products in Tenerife

Banana Products in Tenerife

Last night I enjoyed banana ice cream, and a glass of the beverage which began this musing, the island’s latest offering – banana wine...

Avant Garde Design in the North of Tenerife

Avant Garde Design in the North of Tenerife

In the midst of all that island tradition, modernity can either complement or jar and one man's architectural gem is another's eyesore. These are just some of the designs that work for me...

Searching for Drago Trees on Tenerife

Searching for Drago Trees on Tenerife

The hills above the northern coast are good hunting grounds for drago trees. San Juan del Reparo, not far from Icod, has a good specimen behind the main street. You'd never spot it unless you follow the merchants' trail linking the village with Garachico on the coast.

How Los Cristianos Got Its Name

How Los Cristianos Got Its Name

Do you ever wonder about place names? When I first came to Tenerife there were all these mysterious names, like Las Galletas or Guia de Isora. What did they mean, I wondered...

Valley Views and Tasty Food at El Calderito de La Abuela

Valley Views and Tasty Food at El Calderito de La Abuela

From its cosy dining room, views spread right across the valley and along the north west coast as far as Buenavista lighthouse, and you can watch the sun sink behind La Palma and cast its pink dye over Puerto de la Cruz...