Ten years ago when we were looking for somewhere to relocate to, a friend who lives on La Gomera told us:
“Don’t dismiss Tenerife until you’ve been to the north.”
Taking her advice, we headed to Puerto de la Cruz where we found an island a million miles away from the purpose built resorts of the south. We haven’t looked back since.
The Weather. Linda has it right when she says if you move here from Britain you will love the climate. I do. But it’s not just the non-existent winters and the long, hot summers that I love, it’s the fact that I still have three seasons. By the time November comes around I’m tired of the heat and crave cooler nights for sleeping. I’m happy to spend eight months a year in shorts and sandals but then I want to be able to wear long sleeved T shirts and high boots and skinny jeans and a jacket. And I love the winter rains when they fall in November, fast and refreshing, followed by December and Janauary’s sun. Then when spring comes around it brings that delicious sense of rebirth, fresh growth and the promise of a hot summer ahead.
The Landscape. I thrive in the tropical landscape of the north of Tenerife – it’s how I know I live abroad. I may struggle to stay on top of my gardening as we have a year-round growing season, but I wouldn’t trade the palm groves, the orchid and flamboyance trees, the hibiscus hedges and the riotous profusion of oleanders, passionflower and sweet jasmine that grow like weeds in every inch of earth. Having the Botanical Gardens on the doorstep is just the pollen on the stamen for me.
The Culture. The north is where the vast majority of Canarios choose to live, probably for all the same reasons I do. It’s where the default language is Spanish; where fiestas are traditions dating back centuries and not just something staged for the tourists; where the history of the island unfolded; where people live, work and play. Living in Puerto it’s just a 25 minute drive into Santa Cruz for the shops, the bars and the festivals. I’m a seven minute drive from the heart of La Orotava, 15 minutes from La Laguna and half an hour from Garachico and Icod de los Vinos.
The Restaurants. Going out to eat in the north is a constant test for the decision making skills. Apart from the proliferation of traditional Canarian restaurants providing menus that range from hearty to gourmet, I have the wonderful Ranilla District; a large and burgeoning tapas scene, areperas and the best burgers I’ve eaten on Tenerife at La Oficina.
The People. They may frustrate me on a regular basis but there’s no denying, the Canarios are indeed ‘amable‘. I love that they’re always smiling, that they go out of their way to help you and that they appreciate the fact that you communicate with them in Spanish, albeit imperfectly. The British have been a part of history in the north for centuries, helping to shape the society that exists today. In the south, they mainly come to lie on the beaches. For me, it’s a different world.
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