This is a bit of a self indulgent post. At the end of the year it’s quite interesting for us to look back at some of the things we’ve seen and where we’ve been on Tenerife over the previous twelve months.
Chunks of the year have been spent walking on pastures away from these shores, but there’s still been plenty of time for continuing to explore our adopted home.
These are some snapshots of 2014
January – The Big Waves
There always seems to be big waves in January, amongst other times. This is the month when huge waves can sweep into Punta Brava, bringing adventure seeking surfers from across the globe. These ones in the harbour in Puerto de la Cruz were just the average big waves.
February – Mount Teide
With a planned trip to help design a new walking and discovery holiday on Fuerteventura on the cards, Teide National Park was ideal for getting into the arid, volcanic terrain walking groove and testing out a new rucksack for holding camera equipment. The testing involved leaving it open as I stood up, learning a vital lesson about how camera rucksacks work.
March – Carnival
April – What Happened?
Apparently I didn’t take one photograph during April which is highly unusual. We spent the first half of the month on Fuerteventura, the rest putting together a ‘Discovery Guide’ for the island, so we must have been housebound for the second half of April.
May – Los Gigantes
June – Vines in Candelaria
Summer temperatures arrived with a hot day strolling amongst the vines on the slopes above the east coast… and tasting some wonderful wines from Bodega CHP. It was a favourite Tenerife wine before, more so after we discovered what great people they were as well.
July – the Summery South
August – Dolled Up Garachico
September – Perfect in Buenavista del Norte
September, always perfect weather and more suited to floating in one of the rock pools at Buenavista del Norte than notching up 20km walking along the coast.
October – Astounding Anaga
A last minute change of plan took us into the Anagas on a blistering hot October day… because it was a blistering hot October day. We were treated to clear skies and views we hadn’t seen before, even though the route we took nearly did for us for the second time in succession.
November – Stormy Weather Below Vilaflor
December – Mixed Weather in Güímar
We’re only halfway through December, but the weather that lingered throughout November still hangs about. A walk through the Güímar badlands at the start of the month revealed the sort of weather much of the island had been experiencing – cloud in the hills, partly sunny on the coast and the hint of a rainbow revealing moisture wasn’t far away.
A trip back to Blighty resulted in us not only picking up Christmas presents but also a couple of nasty little bugs which have kept us both housebound since. As Belenes and Christmas lights bring a festive feel to Tenerife, we’ve not see, or photographed, one yet.
For us Christmas on Tenerife has still to start.
Bah Humbug… or whatever the Spanish version is.
Jack is co-editor, writer and photographer for BuzzTrips and the Real Tenerife series of travel websites as well as a contributor to online travel sites and travel magazines. Follow Jack on Google+