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 guidebooks about Tenerife (Real Tenerife Island Drives & The Real Tenerife – The Insiders’ Guide, the Rough Guide Tenerife and La Gomera) and contributed to others, including updating the DK Eyewitness Travel Guide for Gran Canaria.
We also write walking guides (Island Walks) and work closely with specialist travel company Inntravel to develop Slow Travel holidays in the Canary Islands and across Europe. In the past we’ve managed a Tenerife blog and the social media for the travel company Sunshine.co.uk and were Tenerife destination experts for The Telegraph and Simonseeks until we expanded our travel horizons beyond Tenerife. We’re owners of the travel website Buzz Trips which specialises in hiking and dining on and off the beaten track. We’ve written travel articles and provide photographs for newspapers (Independent, Telegraph), travel magazines (Ling, Thomas Cook, Easyjet, GEO) and websites (Cosmos, Monarch, Huffington Post, Viator, Spain-Holiday). The upshot is that we know – and have written – a lot about Tenerife.
In recent years we’ve authored books. First, The Banana Road by Andrea, a personal account of our life on Tenerife that has surprised and shocked even close friends. The follow up to that is Camel Spit & Cork Trees by Jack which, although it does include bits about Tenerife, is about a year of Slow Travel through Portugal.
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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.