Tenerife

Photographs from two holidays on Tenerife - November 2006 and March 2008

A view from the pool area of the Paradise Park hotel sundeck

A view from the pool area of the Paradise Park hotel sundeck

Looking down at the family pool area

Looking down at the family pool area

More hotels and apartments further up the hill

More hotels and apartments further up the hill

The hotel has an atrium in the centre

The hotel has an atrium in the centre

A view from the top. Good job it doesn't rain very often!

A view from the top. Good job it doesn't rain very often!

This is supposed to represent the banana plantation building that used to be on this site

This is supposed to represent the banana plantation building that used to be on this site

Plants grow very well in the sheltered atrium

Plants grow very well in the sheltered atrium

We just loved the colours used on this building

We just loved the colours used on this building

Another view - it's well maintained

Another view - it's well maintained

part of the beach in Los Cristianos harbour

part of the beach in Los Cristianos harbour

Prickly Pears were abundant to the south of the harbour

Prickly Pears were abundant to the south of the harbour

A view of Los Cristianos bay

A view of Los Cristianos bay

One of the excursion boats

One of the excursion boats

Off to spot whales - Mount Teide, as usual, is obscured by clouds

Off to spot whales - Mount Teide, as usual, is obscured by clouds

All we spotted for certain were the ever-present pilot whales

All we spotted for certain were the ever-present pilot whales

Female archers in Playa de Las Americas ?

Female archers in Playa de Las Americas ?

Actually it's the entrance to the Palacio de Congresos

Actually it's the entrance to the Palacio de Congresos

Quite a good stance !

Quite a good stance !

And there are more women !!

And there are more women !!

The beach at Playa de Las Vistas. We lunched here often but didn't bother with the beach

The beach at Playa de Las Vistas. We lunched here often but didn't bother with the beach

Mount Tiede is the 3rd largest volcano in the world. This view is from within the older, extinct crater

Mount Tiede is the 3rd largest volcano in the world. This view is from within the older, extinct crater

The scenery in this crater is fascinating and is where they filmed 'Planet of the Apes'

The scenery in this crater is fascinating and is where they filmed 'Planet of the Apes'

You can take a cable car most of the way to the top, but beyond that requires a permit in advance (free but limited numbers)

You can take a cable car most of the way to the top, but beyond that requires a permit in advance (free but limited numbers)

Another view of the mount, 3718 metres (12198 ft) high at the peak

Another view of the mount, 3718 metres (12198 ft) high at the peak

Travelling down again, about to pass through the layer of cloud that often obscures the peak

Travelling down again, about to pass through the layer of cloud that often obscures the peak

The Dragon Tree of Icod de los Vinos is reputed to be a thousand years old

The Dragon Tree of Icod de los Vinos is reputed to be a thousand years old

Inside the 16th century church of San Marcos in Icod de los Vinos

Inside the 16th century church of San Marcos in Icod de los Vinos

The alterpiece was made around 1703 and gilded and polychromed towards 1730

The alterpiece was made around 1703 and gilded and polychromed towards 1730

Val on the rocks at Garachico where we stopped for lunch

Val on the rocks at Garachico where we stopped for lunch

Me on the rocks too. Garachico was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1706

Me on the rocks too. Garachico was destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1706

There were large crabs of many different colours around the rock pools

There were large crabs of many different colours around the rock pools

I shouldn't have stood here - I nearly got washed away by the next big wave!! - atmospheric piccy though

I shouldn't have stood here - I nearly got washed away by the next big wave!! - atmospheric piccy though

Palms at the remote village of Masca.  No road through here until about 30 years ago!!

Palms at the remote village of Masca. No road through here until about 30 years ago!!

Every house is guaranteed a beautiful view

Every house is guaranteed a beautiful view

Once occupied by pirates who controlled the straits between Tenerife and La Gomera

Once occupied by pirates who controlled the straits between Tenerife and La Gomera

The hairpins were definitely hairy - coaches only went one way and did three point turns on some!!!

The hairpins were definitely hairy - coaches only went one way and did three point turns on some!!!

The cliffs of Los Gigantes

The cliffs of Los Gigantes

A view towards the island of La Gomera

A view towards the island of La Gomera

One of the many different palm trees

One of the many different palm trees

... and another

... and another

Another view of the beach at Playa de Los Vistas

Another view of the beach at Playa de Los Vistas

Motor boat in Los Cristianos harbour

Motor boat in Los Cristianos harbour

Colourful boats moored in the harbour

Colourful boats moored in the harbour

More boats moored in the harbour

More boats moored in the harbour

.... and yet more

.... and yet more

An amazing sand sculpture

An amazing sand sculpture

Across Los Cristianos from a short walk up the hill from our hotel ....

Across Los Cristianos from a short walk up the hill from our hotel ....

.... and the view towards the Tiede National Park

.... and the view towards the Tiede National Park

Exotic plants were everywhere, this one a red bottle brush (Callistemon) ....

Exotic plants were everywhere, this one a red bottle brush (Callistemon) ....

.... and exotic birds - this is a Hoopoe

.... and exotic birds - this is a Hoopoe

.... Parrots too

.... Parrots too

Another colourful plant ....

Another colourful plant ....

.... and another

.... and another

An interesting cactus

An interesting cactus

Enormous seed pods

Enormous seed pods

Lots of lizards too

Lots of lizards too

One day we climbed the hill to the south of Los Cristianos.<br />Beyond the harbour is the bay of Playa de Los Vistas.<br />The island of La Gomera just peeps above the haze (to the left)

One day we climbed the hill to the south of Los Cristianos.
Beyond the harbour is the bay of Playa de Los Vistas.
The island of La Gomera just peeps above the haze (to the left)

A few plants thrive on the dry slopes of the hill

A few plants thrive on the dry slopes of the hill

It's a bit like a miniature forest

It's a bit like a miniature forest

Prickly Pear rising from the ashes

Prickly Pear rising from the ashes

Cacti get everywhere

Cacti get everywhere

Back down by the harbour

Back down by the harbour

What a texture!

What a texture!

The harbour again - I wonder where that boat goes? ....

The harbour again - I wonder where that boat goes? ....

.... The island of La Gomera, that's where. So we took a day trip

.... The island of La Gomera, that's where. So we took a day trip

The north side of the island is very lush

The north side of the island is very lush

Standing in front of the largest dandelion I've ever seen

Standing in front of the largest dandelion I've ever seen

Up above the clouds again

Up above the clouds again

These heads were about 20cm across

These heads were about 20cm across

The ever-present succulents

The ever-present succulents

Now that's what I call a wine press!!!

Now that's what I call a wine press!!!

With almost no flat ground agriculture requires terraces

With almost no flat ground agriculture requires terraces

A Banana plantation - and oranges

A Banana plantation - and oranges

Ripening Avocado pears

Ripening Avocado pears

The Tower of 'El Conde' in San Sebastian, capital of La Gomera. Dating from 1447 it is where Beatriz de Bobadilla, the wife of tyranical Hernan Peraza (La Gomera's governor) barricaded herself in during the 1488 battle between the Gomeros and Spanish colonialists

The Tower of 'El Conde' in San Sebastian, capital of La Gomera. Dating from 1447 it is where Beatriz de Bobadilla, the wife of tyranical Hernan Peraza (La Gomera's governor) barricaded herself in during the 1488 battle between the Gomeros and Spanish colonialists

Christopher Columbus (who was rather fond of Beatriz!) stayed in San Sebastian before sailing to discover the New World

Christopher Columbus (who was rather fond of Beatriz!) stayed in San Sebastian before sailing to discover the New World

On the way back to Tenerife

On the way back to Tenerife

All good holidays come to an end

All good holidays come to an end