Tenerife, Canary Islands

East of White Mountain Island

The Santa Cruz Auditorium
Topless bather followed by canine pets, in front of the auditorium of the capital of Tenerife.
tropical tenerife
Mini palm grove in the historic center of La Laguna.
From day to night
Sun sets west of Playa Benijo, southwest of Tenerife.
Mirador Painting
Painting adds color to a stone at the top of the Las Gaviotas viewpoint in Tenerife.
Almost Night in Benijo
Colors of almost night at the low tide of Benijo beach.
Las Teresitas
The great beach and main bathing resort in the capital of Tenerife, Santa Cruz.
Los Roques do Bodyboarding
Bodyboarders enjoy the long waves at Playa Los Roques.
San Andrés House
The unusual San Andrés pueblo, perched on a steep slope in southern Tenerife.
Taganana Pueblo
The rows of houses in Taganana and neighboring towns, adapted to the dramatic slopes of southern Tenerife.
Teresita's bathing landscape
A sports corner of Playa de Teresita, the main beach resort in the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Lands of Anaga
Arid and forested mountains and valleys of Anaga's domain.
One of the numerous palaces that make up the historic heart of San Cristobal de La Laguna.
Los Roques
Los Roques high tide sea generates waves in different directions.
playa roques
A lonely sunbather tans on a rocky beach beside Los Roques.
The almost triangular Tenerife has its center dominated by the majestic volcano Teide. At its eastern end, there is another rugged domain, even so, the place of the island's capital and other unavoidable villages, with mysterious forests and incredible abrupt coastlines.

The sun has barely come out from behind the hills to the east but City of Los Adelantados it is ready to recover from the busy day-to-day, in due moments, which we have seen and rediscovered.

This nickname comes from the fact that the village was founded and governed by a Advanced Alonso Fernández de Lugo, the Andalusian conqueror of the islands of Tenerife and La Palma who handed them over to the Crown of Castile-Aragon, already free from the threat of the Guanche natives.

De Lugo received the title of Advanced. He went down in history mainly for the cruelty and obsession with which he imposed his leadership as governor and chief justice of both islands.

And how he made San Cristóbal de La Laguna work and develop, at that time and for some time, capital of the Canary Islands archipelago, the city in which his tomb is located.

In his honor, in what is now treated only by La Laguna, at least one street and a square that we circle around are called from Adelantado.

More than half a millennium has passed. Much of the heart of La Laguna is pedestrian.

It preserves the grandeur and elegance of pastel from several other villages in the Canary Islands, financed with the income that the eight Islands however, they assured the Crown and its colonial masters.

In such a way that La Laguna is, at the same time, the Cultural Capital of the Canaries and, since 1999, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From San Cristobal de La Laguna to East Island

We met with the guide assigned to us for Tenerife, Juan Miguel Delporte, in the lobby of La Laguna Grande Hotel.

This establishment resulted from an almost-perfect use of the original house (1755) of D. Fernando de La Guerra, home where, even though they were afraid of the Inquisition, the so-called “Los Caballeritos", tertullian who longed for Tenerife to be governed according to the outlawed precepts of the Holy Office of Rousseau, Voltaire, and other enlightened ones.

Juan Miguel offers to lead us. That same morning, we left La Laguna pointing to the Rural Park and Anaga Forest.

In the vicinity of Jardina and Mercedes, a wide valley gives way to a forested slope. We ascend to zigzag, slowly and slowly, behind cyclists who train there.

We stop. At Mirador de Jardina, we enjoyed the scenery in the opposite direction, spread out and diffused in some mist that even enveloped the The Teide, the great volcano of Tenerife, from Canary Islands and from Spain.

Already distant, based on a gentle slope and over what appears to be a large meadow, the village of Jardina gives more meaning to the viewpoint, the village of Jardina, made of a multicolored cluster of houses in warm tones, with some white and blue breaking the monotony.

The Rude and Abrupt Coast of the Northeast of Tenerife

From this kind of meadow, eastern Tenerife evolves into a steep hillside forest, irrigated by the cloudiness that the Alisians push inland.

All around, we see the eastern threshold of Tenerife given over to the Anaga Massif, cut by a range of sharp peaks, some above 1000 meters (Chinobre, Anambro, Roques de Anaga and others).

Where the vegetation clings with efficient roots, the Anaga Rural Park woods proliferate, Biosphere Reserve, a resilient slope forest, full of mysteries and endemic species, one of the most endemic places in Europe, it should be underlined .

At the same time, capricious and demanding home of 2.500 souls, inhabitants of almost thirty children people, with its agricultural and livestock strongholds.

We advance along its verdant crest, with the mist coming in from the north, then held back by the peaks highlighted in the south. Around El Bailadero, we inaugurate an abrupt and winding descent to the island's steep seaside.

Along the way, we stop at the León de Taganana and “Risco de Amogoje” viewpoints. From there, we can appreciate the dramatic peaks and cutouts where the houses of Azanos, Bajo El Roque and, of course, Taganana are housed.

We crossed Taganana. The continuation of road Almaciga leaves us first facing the Atlantic, then progressing parallel to the ocean, at the foot of cliffs parched by the long summer, from which the emblematic Roque de las Animas stands out.

Under a windy weather but warmed by a new wave of top (weather coming from the Sahara desert), more than lively, life went on with pleasure in these parts of Tenerife.

Arriving at Playa del Roque de Las Bodegas, we find the seafront of the inlet full of bathers, surfers and diners at the tables of bars and restaurants that quench the hunger and thirst of the fleeing crowd.

Playa del Roque à Breathtaking Benijo

Viola and jambé tones sound, muffled by much more electronic tones of the reggaeton that swept across the world like an overwhelming Puerto Rican tidal wave.

With the rising tide, the waves hit the base of the sea wall with a crash. When they go back, they collide with the following ones.

They form strange aquatic vectors, temporary fronts of marine foam that contrast with the volcanic blackness of the sand, which we see extending to the rocks of Roque de Las Bodegas that lend the beach its name.

Surfers and bodyboarders throw themselves into the rough sea as if tomorrow's was not the same. Next to it, a solitary bather is sunning herself, lying down, in a thin patch of gray sand lost in a sea of ​​pebbles.

With the morning already much longer than we expected, we sat down at the Playa Casa Africa restaurant determined to replenish energy. The grilled fish comes with wrinkled potatoes and a mixed salad enriched with fruit. We still taste the coffee Barraquito ( zaperoco) typical of Tenerife, enhanced with Tia Maria, Liquor 43 or similar, and lemon.

Then, we took a look at Benijo beach, an unavoidable place for Juan Miguel's adolescence, we would later understand why. At that time, the high tide took away much of the sand and its charm. Okay, we came back another day, about sunset.

The black sand was huge. From it jutted sharp cliffs beaten by great waves.

As the sun set in the west, these cliffs generated overwhelming silhouettes that competed with those of the sharp peaks in the distance.

They originated games of ultimate light and shadow that inspired countless photos, selfies, interspersed with stumbles and dives.

Las Teresitas: the Bathing Recreation of the Capital Santa Cruz

But let's go back to the afternoon before this so-called magical twilight. After another marathon of turns and counter-curves, we return to El Bailadero. From there, we went down the entire slope opposite the one we had explored, towards the south coast of Tenerife.

We face the gentle sea on that side, at Mirador Gaviotas, high above Playa de Las Teresitas, an open inlet of golden sand imported from the Sahara, with an emerald sea, softened by a large jetty and an artificial reef perfect for any type of swimming.

By itself, the beach resort of Las Teresitas gives more meaning to life in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and old pueblos.

The beach doesn't stop there.

Close to the southwest is the village of San Andrés, one of the most eccentric on the island, with its whitewashed houses of assorted colors, huddled almost to the top of a dark brown hill in Anaga, dotted with green bushes.

San Andrés goes further.

On the fringes of its contemporary people and homes, a mummy of a Guanche Indian was found in a nearby cave, not necessarily a real one, although recent sources have found that the Guanche king at the time of the Spanish conquest inhabited the San Andrés Valley.

We skirt the hill on which the village leans. From there, for a few kilometers, the south of Tenerife becomes port and somewhat industrial.

Entry into Santa Cruz, the Capital on the La Laguna Extension

Until we entered the capital Santa Cruz and felt for the first time in an urban and modern domain of the island. Santa Cruz lacks the charm and historical depth of La Laguna. To compensate, Santa Cruz lives on the ocean and its seafront is crowned by two obligatory monuments in the Canaries.

The Castillo Negro de San Juan, from the first half of the 1997th century. And, within reach, the auditorium in the shape of either a wave or a sail, designed by Santiago Calatrava, the most modern civic building in the city, built between 2003 and XNUMX, considered, in fact, the main symbol of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

We circle it, until we are between the castle and the sea. Without expecting it, we find ourselves in a bathing and alternative corner of the city. A sign states that diving is prohibited. Nevertheless, a group of young people take endless leaps from the jetty.

Closer to home, two women, in their fifties or even sixty, are sunning themselves topless, in the company of chihuahuas and irritable and strident little mutts who make our walk a hell of a lot.

A herb aroma, of the marijuana species, hovers and sweetens the unusual marginal. The sun was also starting to relax.

When we return to the starting point, we find La Laguna en masse on the street, enjoying the mode terrace (terrace) which has long governed the city from five in the afternoon.

We sat down on one of them. We celebrate the Canary Day that we had earned.


Tenerife, Canary Islands

The Volcano that Haunts the Atlantic

At 3718m, El Teide is the roof of the Canaries and Spain. Not only. If measured from the ocean floor (7500 m), only two mountains are more pronounced. The Guanche natives considered it the home of Guayota, their devil. Anyone traveling to Tenerife knows that old Teide is everywhere.
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, Spain (España)

Fuerteventura's Atlantic Ventura

The Romans knew the Canaries as the lucky islands. Fuerteventura, preserves many of the attributes of that time. Its perfect beaches for the windsurf and the kite-surfing or just for bathing, they justify successive “invasions” by the sun-hungry northern peoples. In the volcanic and rugged interior, the bastion of the island's indigenous and colonial cultures remains. We started to unravel it along its long south.
El Hierro, Canary Islands

The Volcanic Rim of the Canaries and the Old World

Until Columbus arrived in the Americas, El Hierro was seen as the threshold of the known world and, for a time, the Meridian that delimited it. Half a millennium later, the last western island of the Canaries is teeming with exuberant volcanism.
PN Timanfaya, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

PN Timanfaya and the Fire Mountains of Lanzarote

Between 1730 and 1736, out of nowhere, dozens of volcanoes in Lanzarote erupted successively. The massive amount of lava they released buried several villages and forced almost half of the inhabitants to emigrate. The legacy of this cataclysm is the current Martian setting of the exuberant PN Timanfaya.
La Graciosa, Canary Islands

The Most Graceful of the Canary Islands

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La Palma, Canary Islands

The "Isla Bonita" of the Canary Islands

In 1986 Madonna Louise Ciccone launched a hit that popularized the attraction exerted by a island imaginary. Ambergris Caye, in Belize, reaped benefits. On this side of the Atlantic, the palmeros that's how they see their real and stunning Canaria.

Valencia to Xativa, Spain (España)

Across Iberia

Leaving aside the modernity of Valencia, we explore the natural and historical settings that the "community" shares with the Mediterranean. The more we travel, the more its bright life seduces us.

Matarraña to Alcanar, Spain (España)

A Medieval Spain

Traveling through the lands of Aragon and Valencia, we come across towers and detached battlements of houses that fill the slopes. Mile after kilometer, these visions prove to be as anachronistic as they are fascinating.

La Palma, Canary IslandsSpain (España)

The Most Mediatic of the Cataclysms to Happen

The BBC reported that the collapse of a volcanic slope on the island of La Palma could generate a mega-tsunami. Whenever the area's volcanic activity increases, the media take the opportunity to scare the world.
Lanzarote, Canary Islands

To César Manrique what is César Manrique's

By itself, Lanzarote would always be a Canaria by itself, but it is almost impossible to explore it without discovering the restless and activist genius of one of its prodigal sons. César Manrique passed away nearly thirty years ago. The prolific work he left shines on the lava of the volcanic island that saw him born.
Vegueta, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Around the Heart of the Royal Canaries

The old and majestic Vegueta de Las Palmas district stands out in the long and complex Hispanization of the Canaries. After a long period of noble expeditions, the final conquest of Gran Canaria and the remaining islands of the archipelago began there, under the command of the monarchs of Castile and Aragon.
Santa Cruz de La Palma, Canary Islands

A Journey into the History of Santa Cruz de La Palma

It began as a mere Villa del Apurón. Come the century. XVI, the town had not only overcome its difficulties, it was already the third port city in Europe. Heir to this blessed prosperity, Santa Cruz de La Palma has become one of the most elegant capitals in the Canaries.
Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Fuerteventura - Canary Island and Jangada do Tempo

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Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

Grand Canary Islands

It is only the third largest island in the archipelago. It so impressed European navigators and settlers that they got used to treating it as the supreme.
Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain (España)

José Saramago's Basalt Raft

In 1993, frustrated by the Portuguese government's disregard for his work “The Gospel According to Jesus Christ”, Saramago moved with his wife Pilar del Río to Lanzarote. Back on this somewhat extraterrestrial Canary Island, we visited his home. And the refuge from the portuguese censorship that haunted the writer.
Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, Wildlife, lions
NP Gorongosa, Mozambique

The Wild Heart of Mozambique shows Signs of Life

Gorongosa was home to one of the most exuberant ecosystems in Africa, but from 1980 to 1992 it succumbed to the Civil War waged between FRELIMO and RENAMO. Greg Carr, Voice Mail's millionaire inventor received a message from the Mozambican ambassador to the UN challenging him to support Mozambique. For the good of the country and humanity, Carr pledged to resurrect the stunning national park that the Portuguese colonial government had created there.
Muktinath to Kagbeni, Annapurna Circuit, Nepal, Kagbeni
Annapurna (circuit)
Annapurna Circuit 14th - Muktinath to Kagbeni, Nepal

On the Other Side of the Pass

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Mother Armenia Statue, Yerevan, Armenia
Architecture & Design
Yerevan, Armenia

A Capital between East and West

Heiress of the Soviet civilization, aligned with the great Russia, Armenia allows itself to be seduced by the most democratic and sophisticated ways of Western Europe. In recent times, the two worlds have collided in the streets of your capital. From popular and political dispute, Yerevan will dictate the new course of the nation.
Full Dog Mushing
Seward, Alaska

The Alaskan Dog Mushing Summer

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shadow of success
Ceremonies and Festivities
Champoton, Mexico

Rodeo Under Sombreros

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Table Mountain view from Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa.
Table Mountain, South Africa

At the Adamastor Monster Table

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Cocoa Roças, Corallo and the Chocolate Factory

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Impressions Lijiang Show, Yangshuo, China, Red Enthusiasm
Lijiang e Yangshuo, China

An Impressive China

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Spectator, Melbourne Cricket Ground-Rules footbal, Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne, Australia

The Football the Australians Rule

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End of the day at the Teesta river dam lake in Gajoldoba, India
Dooars India

At the Gates of the Himalayas

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Male Maldives

The Maldives For Real

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Got2Globe Photo Portfolio
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Jerusalem God, Israel, Golden City
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Closer to God

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Lake Sorvatsvagn, Vágar, Faroe Islands
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The Lake that hovers over the North Atlantic

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Northern Lights, Laponia, Rovaniemi, Finland, Fire Fox
Winter White
Lapland, Finland

In Search of the Fire Fox

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Cove, Big Sur, California, United States
Big Sur, USA

The Coast of All Refuges

Over 150km, the Californian coast is subjected to a vastness of mountains, ocean and fog. In this epic setting, hundreds of tormented souls follow in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac and Henri Miller.
Fisherman maneuvers boat near Bonete Beach, Ilhabela, Brazil
Ilhabela, Brazil

In Ilhabela, on the way to Bonete

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Sheki, Autumn in the Caucasus, Azerbaijan, Autumn Homes
Sheki, Azerbaijan

autumn in the caucasus

Lost among the snowy mountains that separate Europe from Asia, Sheki is one of Azerbaijan's most iconic towns. Its largely silky history includes periods of great harshness. When we visited it, autumn pastels added color to a peculiar post-Soviet and Muslim life.
Walvis Bay, Namibia, bay, dunes
Natural Parks
Walvis Bay, Namíbia

The Outstanding Shoreline of Walvis Bay

From Namibia's largest coastal city to the edge of the Namib Desert of Sandwich Harbour, there is an unrivaled domain of ocean, dunes, fog and wildlife. Since 1790, the fruitful Walvis Bay has been its gateway.
Thingvelir, Origins Democracy Iceland, Oxará
UNESCO World Heritage
Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

The Origins of the Remote Viking Democracy

The foundations of popular government that come to mind are the Hellenic ones. But what is believed to have been the world's first parliament was inaugurated in the middle of the XNUMXth century, in Iceland's icy interior.
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Christchurch, New Zealand

New Zealand's Cursed Wizard

Despite his notoriety in the antipodes, Ian Channell, the New Zealand sorcerer, failed to predict or prevent several earthquakes that struck Christchurch. At the age of 88, after 23 years of contract with the city, he made very controversial statements and ended up fired.
Martinique island, French Antilles, Caribbean Monument Cap 110
Martinique, French Antilles

The Armpit Baguette Caribbean

We move around Martinique as freely as the Euro and the tricolor flags fly supreme. But this piece of France is volcanic and lush. Lies in the insular heart of the Americas and has a delicious taste of Africa.
Balinese Hinduism, Lombok, Indonesia, Batu Bolong temple, Agung volcano in background
Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok: Balinese Hinduism on an Island of Islam

The foundation of Indonesia was based on the belief in one God. This ambiguous principle has always generated controversy between nationalists and Islamists, but in Lombok, the Balinese take freedom of worship to heart
The Toy Train story
On Rails
Siliguri a Darjeeling, India

The Himalayan Toy Train Still Running

Neither the steep slope of some stretches nor the modernity stop it. From Siliguri, in the tropical foothills of the great Asian mountain range, the Darjeeling, with its peaks in sight, the most famous of the Indian Toy Trains has ensured for 117 years, day after day, an arduous dream journey. Traveling through the area, we climb aboard and let ourselves be enchanted.
emperor akihito waves, emperor without empire, tokyo, japan
Tokyo, Japan

The Emperor Without Empire

After the capitulation in World War II, Japan underwent a constitution that ended one of the longest empires in history. The Japanese emperor is, today, the only monarch to reign without empire.
Women with long hair from Huang Luo, Guangxi, China
Daily life
Longsheng, China

Huang Luo: the Chinese Village of the Longest Hairs

In a multi-ethnic region covered with terraced rice paddies, the women of Huang Luo have surrendered to the same hairy obsession. They let the longest hair in the world grow, years on end, to an average length of 170 to 200 cm. Oddly enough, to keep them beautiful and shiny, they only use water and rice.
Meares glacier
Prince William Sound, Alaska

Journey through a Glacial Alaska

Nestled against the Chugach Mountains, Prince William Sound is home to some of Alaska's stunning scenery. Neither powerful earthquakes nor a devastating oil spill affected its natural splendor.
Napali Coast and Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii Wrinkles
Scenic Flights
napali coast, Hawaii

Hawaii's Dazzling Wrinkles

Kauai is the greenest and rainiest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. It is also the oldest. As we explore its Napalo Coast by land, sea and air, we are amazed to see how the passage of millennia has only favored it.