The temperatures are rising, the wild flowers are blooming spectacularly and there’s a distinct feeling of newness in the air. This spring nature on Tenerife is being matched by man (and woman) as a list of projects which have been simmering slowly for years have suddenly reached near completion.
Direct flights from London touching down at Los Rodeos in La Laguna are going to make life easier for British visitors who want to experience the parts of Tenerife where most Canarios have set up home since the conquest just over five centuries ago.
The council in Santa Cruz, the capital of Tenerife, has just announced that cafés, bars and restaurants will have to standardise their chairs, tables, parasols and wind screens in order to help improve the appearance of the city.
Under the culinary auspices of Chef Lucas Maes whose La Orotava restaurant is one of the gastronomic highlights of Tenerife, Bravo! bistro opened its doors in December and last week, Jack and I went along to see if it lives up to its spectacular setting.
Now there are plans afoot for Puerto which include the renovation of 7,833 hotel beds, that’s almost 37% of all the beds in the resort, and the creation of 329 additional beds. Over the next three years, 30 hotels will be involved in major renovations and improvements to help to reposition the town and to give it the profile it deserves.
Be prepared to be raised from your Tenerife sun bed on the morning of Sunday 15th December by the rhythm of drums and the cheers of a large crowd. It’s the annual Walk For Life in aid of breast cancer and it will be threading its way past the hotels and apartments of Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos.
This month Teide National Park has been officially declared a Starlight Tourist Destination and a Starlight Reserve by the Starlight Foundation, the UNESCO supported body set up to protect the world’s ‘Right to Starlight’. So now the rest of the world knows what we who regularly visit or live on Tenerife have known for years – this is a brilliant place to see the stars.
Just like last year’s winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins, the roads of Teide National Park have proved once again to be the ideal training ground for the crème de la crème of British cyclists on their journey from Tenerife to the Arc de Triomphe.