08/09/2018

5 days out in Tenerife (away from the tourists)

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Tenerife is an island of tourists, I’m not knocking it though because without them, I wouldn’t have a job. However this does mean that on my days off, the last thing I want to do is be shuffled around on a day trip out and instead, I try to find things to do where I’m not surrounded by crowds of people. Looking at what I’ve done over my time in Tenerife there are some really fun things I’ve managed to do without them either costing too much or being organized for me. I thought I’d share some of the ways I’ve spent my time off and if you’re looking for something to do in Tenerife that might be a little different, hopefully you’ll enjoy this list.

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Go Kayaking in Los Gigantes.

This was a somewhat spontaneous trip as I had originally intended to do the Masca trek but it’s currently closed. Los Gigantes is a really stunning area up on the West coast of Tenerife and you can get a bus up there from the south for around €5. Once you get off the bus there are loads of excursion shops trying to sell you different boat trips, but what my friend and I did, was wander off from the main streets until we found a little surf shop right by a quiet beach. The shop owner hired out kayaks and for one each for two hours they were €20, which was about the same price we would have paid for a boat trip, but we went off on our own around the bottom of the cliffs of Los Gigantes. We were prepared for a hiking trip instead of a kayaking trip though and didn’t take flip flops which was a big mistake, as the black sand can be scorching hot up there and it really hurt our feet just carrying the kayaks to the water. I’d never actually been kayaking before, so for me, it took a little while to get used to it but once out on the water it was actually really stunning to be up so close to the cliffs but completely alone in the water. We stopped paddling and had a swim and something to eat as we brought food with us in one of the waterproof packs. Even though we were only out for two hours it felt a lot longer and after we’d finished kayaking we were knackered, if we had planned better and taken more things for the beach I definitely would have stayed and relaxed on the beach instead of heading back to the south for the evening.

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Hire a bike for the day and explore La Caleta.

Another day out at the cost of €20. My friend and I hired electric bikes for the day to explore the south coast. We started off in Adeje and Fañabé Beach and cycled along to La Caleta all along the front. We actually ended up going much further than La Caleta and went inland and up some hills but it wasn’t too much of a struggle as the bikes were electric so when cycling became too difficult you could turn the electric on and it would take the pain of cycling uphill away for you. La Caleta is a traditional fishing village with some beautiful beaches, you could even stop at a local restaurant for lunch or dinner as the views were so stunning out along the edge of the village and the food is meant to be incredible. We only stopped for a drink but I will definitely be heading back there one day for a meal overlooking the sea.

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(Me, definitely not diving or snorkelling but just practising my gopro skills in the pool)

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Take part in a snorkeling / diving trip.

This day out is a little bit more pricey but one that is definitely worth it. The picture above is the beach we went from in Abedes and it was really picturesque and quiet with mostly locals on the beach. I went diving with a company called Blue Explorers and I did a snorkel / diving day, where you get to snorkel in the morning as part of a guided tour, and then dive in the afternoon in much smaller groups. I’d never been snorkelling or diving before so was a little scared but the guides are really helpful and so lovely when things go wrong, like they did for me of course, when I freaked out and just wanted to get to the surface! The snorkelling really surprised me too as I was amazed by how much you could see. The area we were in had so many caves and rocks and different things to see that I wish I could have dived for longer but for a first try I was happy with everything we did. It was a long day but if anything, it makes me want to dive again now! 

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(The view from the top of the cliffs, looking over Los Cristianos)

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(Palm Mar beach and the cliff we walked over)

Hike the Los Cristianos cliffs to Palm Mar beach.

A free day out but one that is hugely tiring but rewarding in equal measures. The views you get from the top of this cliff were stunning every way you turned but sweet baby jesus, was that a climb. We actually walked down quite a sheer drop to get to the beach and I did have a few scary moments but managed to hold it together (barely). It was a different way to spend my day off for sure, and I do want to do it again but I’m pretty sure there are different paths that you can take that don’t take you down a sheer drop! The beach itself is very quiet, with just one beach shack selling food and drink (they only take cash) and pretty much nothing else until you get into the centre of Palm Mar. We spent a few hours on the beach and swam in the sea before starting the hike back which we had to start from a point further back to try and avoid more sheer drops. 

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www.travelwithgabriella.com days out in tenerife

Go on a sailing boat for the day (Seaquest)

A different way to see Tenerife, is by boat. There are so many different boat trips you can arrange from the south of Tenerife but one of my favourites is the Seaquest boat. It’s a sailing boat so only fits 10-11 people on it, and because it’s a smaller group of people it feels a lot more cosy. We saw dolphins and whales and also got the chance to have a swim in the sea quite quickly. The views of Tenerife as you are on your way out are so beautiful and you don’t realise how many tiny little beaches there are purely because you can’t access them by road. 

Those are five days that I’ve had in Tenerife that I would happily re-live over and over. I tried to get a good mixture of fun things to do, as well as slightly adventurous and athletic and then the more fun and relaxing. There are so many things to do and see in Tenerife and I’m hoping that this means I won’t get bored as I am here until November so I do have a lot of time. Have you been to Tenerife?

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