About The Real Tenerife
We relish experiencing the differences in cultures when we travel and, despite the way it is generally portrayed, Tenerife is a destination that has tradition and culture by the bucket load – black, volcanic sand bucket load clearly.

Simply put, The Real Tenerife is aimed at travellers with similar tastes to us. It won’t suit, or probably be liked, by anyone who only wants to spend a fortnight snoring on the sand but hey, there are plenty of other websites around for them. Our continuing mission is to promote those aspects of Tenerife that we think would appeal to those discerning travellers out there.

In some ways it is a love letter to Tenerife but, like most love affairs, there are the occasional spats – so not everything in The Real Tenerife is presented through rose-tinted spectacles.

Who Are We?
We are Andrea and Jack Montgomery – professional travel writers. In 2003 we swapped our lives in Manchester for the north of Tenerife. Since then we’ve written two guidebooks about Tenerife (Real Tenerife Island Drives & The Real Tenerife – The Insiders’ Guide) and contributed to others.

We also write walking guides (Island Walks) and work closely with specialist travel company Inntravel; manage a Tenerife blog for the travel company Sunshine.co.uk and are Tenerife destination experts for The Telegraph and Simonseeks. We’re owners of the travel website Buzz Trips which specialises in hiking and dining on and off the beaten track. We write travel articles and provide photographs for newspapers (Independent, Telegraph), travel magazines (Ling, Thomas Cook, Easyjet) and websites (Cosmos, Monarch, Huffington Post, Viator, Spain-Holiday). The upshot is that we know – and have written – a lot about Tenerife.

Contact Real Tenerife: If you’d like to chat to us about anything, then just drop us a line at jack@therealtenerife.com

What Makes The Real Tenerife Different?
The Real Tenerife is different from most websites about Tenerife because we have actually experienced the things we write about.

We’ve watched sunrise from the summit of Mount Teide and bathed in midsummer waters at midnight; belted out This Sex is on Fire in bars in Playa de las Américas and cried to Ave Maria at fishermen’s fiestas; downed too many mojitos in Cuban salsa bars and shared vino del pais from goatskin bottles with caballeros in the mountains; slept in palatial hotels and under canvas all on our lonesome in the pine forest; cross-dressed at carnaval and been spellbound at silent, religious parades; battled Atlantic rollers and floated in the rock pools at Garachico, trekked through ravines to remote hamlets and followed tapas trails through Tenerife’s capital. We’ve also spent hours sitting in libraries pouring through volumes of Spanish text translating mind-numbingly boring prose in order to find obscure details that just aren’t mentioned anywhere else. And we have conducted business within the Canarian community as well as the ex-pat one, so The Real Tenerife isn’t just about information for visitors.

We don’t just write about Tenerife; we experience Tenerife – the good, the bad and the ugly bits – then we write about it.



  1. I have read so much about Masca and would love to walk it but not with all the traffic of people that do it. I understand that these trip walkers end up on the coast get picked up by boat and get shipped off to Los Gigantes. Is it possible to do it the opposite way round ie. Take the last boat from Gigantes and walk up the Maca Valley with no one coming down and enough light and catch a bus to eventually get me back to Peurto de la Cruz, early October would be the plan.

    David Lowe

    • It’s a super walk David. We last walked it a few weeks ago and got there early enough to be ahead of the big groups so only encountered a few people along the way. It’s definitely possible to do it by catching a water taxi from Los Gigantes to Masca Beach and walking up to Masca, plenty of people do it that way. The later you leave it though the logistically more problematic it becomes where public transport is involved. Your main problem would be the service which connects Masca with either Santiago del Teide or Buenavista del Norte (you can pick up a bus to Puerto from either depending on times) as there are only about 6/7 buses a day between Santiago and the last stops relatively early as there’s no demand outside of main tourist visiting hours. The other thing is you might encounter groups heading down the barranco anyway as I think the last water taxi from Los Gigantes is quite a bit earlier than the last boats leaving Masca Beach (I could be wrong though). The bottom line is the Masca walk is so popular that if you’re restricted to public transport it’s going to be difficult to avoid walking groups. This could all have changed by next October as there are currently plans being discussed to restrict numbers to Masca. We’ll be posting any updates on our Walking Tenerife website.

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