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Tenerife Gardener’s World

Tenerife Gardener’s World

I remember being surprised by the scent of roses in the church square in Icod de los Vinos. Roses are difficult to grow in the drier south of the island. Likewise, hydrangea, amaryllis and wisteria...

Get Your Tenerife Mojo Working

Get Your Tenerife Mojo Working

A staple of the Canarian kitchen, every cook will have their own recipe for mojo, often using their own, home grown herbs, and improvising on ingredients depending on what's available...

Lots of Sunshine but not Many Tourists in East Tenerife

Lots of Sunshine but not Many Tourists in East Tenerife

As a disgruntled visitor was complaining on a travel forum about a cloudy, miserable day (apparently no blue skies equals miserable) in a tourist resort in the south of Tenerife, I was on a hillside above Tenerife's east coast being frazzled beneath a cloudless sky.

What do Expats Really Think About Tourists?

What do Expats Really Think About Tourists?

When my friend said I didn’t like tourist places, what she’d picked up on is that there are some expat hangouts I avoid. And as expats, we do come across bad behaviour...

Tenerife’s Worst Disasters

Tenerife’s Worst Disasters

Blissfully free from typhoons, tornadoes and hurricanes, the Canary Islands don't usually suffer too many ill effects from meteorological conditions. But that's not to say they haven't witnessed some terrible disasters in their time. These are amongst the worst...

Behaving Badly or Having Holiday Fun on Tenerife?

Behaving Badly or Having Holiday Fun on Tenerife?

Even people who don't watch Channel 5 must have spotted headlines in the British tabloids about OAPs behaving badly on Tenerife. The Canary Island has been portrayed as a holiday hell where you're as likely to have a septuagenarian in a thong as a sun-scorched teenager, who's had too many shots, throwing up over your new shoes on their inaugural outing.

PWA Windsurfing World Cup Breezes in to El Medano

PWA Windsurfing World Cup Breezes in to El Medano

The PWA World Cup returns to El Cabezo beach (beyond the swimming beaches and pier, a few minutes walk around the headland) on the Granadilla coast, and the 32 men and 16 women have plenty of tricks to wow the public...

The Guachinches of Tenerife

The Guachinches of Tenerife

But if you want to know where the real locals, ie the Canarios eat, follow the signs to a guachinche...

International Water Polo Comes To Puerto Colon Beach 18th – 20th July

International Water Polo Comes To Puerto Colon Beach 18th – 20th July

Most visitors to Tenerife plunge into the sea to cool down but when the international water polo players take to their floating sea court in Puerto Colon, things will really hot up...

Ten Ways to Stay Cool on Tenerife in Summer

Ten Ways to Stay Cool on Tenerife in Summer

Why is Tenerife known for having one of the best climates in the world? Because it's warm in winter and rarely gets oppressively hot in summer. Saying that, the other night we fled our back patio to seek a triangle of shade at the front of our house to get out of the sun. When it's hot every day you sometimes have to escape the heat.