TEIDE BY NIGHT (THE SOBER EDITION)

Back in March when I first arrived back in Tenerife, we went on an excursion called Teide By Night which if you read back over it was an event I had really been looking forward to since my previous stint in Tenerife. However, due to attending bar crawl the previous night and getting far too merry, the event was ruined by a hangover. I was exhausted and just wanted my bed which resulted in me not enjoying the evening the way that I should have done. I knew that this season, I wanted to do it again, to appreciate it fully. Ash agreed with me about doing it again so we did and here I  give to you – TEIDE BY NIGHT: THE SOBER EDITION!

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When you’re exploring with someone who sees the world the same way that you do and enjoys discovering it too, it makes everything that little bit more enjoyable. Even things you have seen a million times before, you see with a new light, everything has a new spark. That’s why, even though this was my 6th time journeying up to Mount Teide, I appreciated every single second and marvelled at the wonder of the nature, all because I was with my travel buddy. It was an absolutely gorgeous day to venture up there. Beautiful, blue skies and clear as day giving us the views of all the neighbouring islands; La Gomera, El Hierro, La Palma and even the edge of Gran Canaria. Seeing the silhouettes protruding out of the ocean and into the perfect skies was magnificent as they were perfectly framed by the greenery of the national park. Even just the drive up there gave us some incredible views.

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The first place we stopped at was for a coffee stop at Villaflor and whilst everyone else popped in for a toilet break and a cuppa, Ash and I decided to go wandering and ended up in the village. We found a beautiful church which we quickly left due to fear of interrupting someone in prayer, a weirdly abandoned house and also took in some beautiful surroundings.

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Our next stop was a viewpoint over the island with amazing views and really gave you perspective of how high up the national park actually is. A fire truck was also situated here and that’s because at the moment, they are expecting a forest fire. Luckily, due to evolution and the history of volcanic eruptions plus fires, the pine trees in the national park have developed their bark to withstand the fires so they are unlikely to be destroyed. Still, better to be safe than sorry and have a fireman on duty.

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We then made it into the national park where we stopped at the two most famous points. Firstly, The Queen’s Shoe which is a natural lava rock formation which resembles a woman’s footwear, however, I personally think it looks more like a seahorse. This viewpoint also gives you a magnificent background of Mount Teide.

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We then stopped at the most stopped at the most visited point in the national park Roques de Garcia. I could now consider myself a frequent visitor to this area and every time it reminds me of a miniature version of the Gran Canyon. The views are absolutely breathtaking in this area, it’s easy to see why it is so well visited. Usually, there are coaches and people everywhere but at this time of day, it was very quiet and relaxed which was a lovely atmosphere. Last time we stopped by here when we ventured up in the cable car, we noticed a rock protruding over the canyon, however, the queue to take photos was crazy. This time round, no queue so we could enjoy a little photo shoot.

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Next, it was dinner time. We headed further into the national park and stopped at Papillion which is the same restaurant we ate in last time and in my previous blog post about this trip, I raved about. This meal was slightly disappointed compared to the last. Previously, I fell in love with the vegetable soup, however, this time it was a peppery, tomato gazpacho. Not really a cold soup fan. The main course was the same, still incredible pork. The desert was the biggest let down of all. Instead of the delicious chocolate desert of before, we were presented with a weird looking sponge on a plate which was like a cupcake that hadn’t finished baking. Safe to say I left mine. Our dinner table was very nice, we had great company. We sat with a fellow rep and her friend who also used to be a rep, an older couple who were lovely and clearly well travelled then also a young Armenian couple who mentioned that they had been to quite a few places. A very cultured and well travelled table of lovely people, it was a nice, refreshing atmosphere considering most of the table were strangers.

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After dinner, we were dropped off at a viewpoint with a glass of cava to watch an incredible sunset over the neighbouring island of La Palma. This location was different to where we watched it last time and it was so much better. The colours were unreal and the views incredible. Wrapped in blankets, nursing glasses of cava, it was the perfect romantic setting for me and Ash. Apparently it was for a few others too as one couple even got engaged while we were up there. It was an amazing sunset.

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Whilst the sky was turning pitch black, we were dropped back off at the restaurant for another drink so we snuggled up with cups of hot chocolate.

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Now jet black with only the light of the moon illuminating it, the sky was not perfect for stargazing. We timed our trip this time with the moon. Last time, it must have nearly been a full moon and so the sky was bright with moonlight blocking out some of the stars which was slightly disappointed. This time round, we planned it for not long after the new moon so it wouldn’t be giving us so much light pollution. The view was incredible, so many stars in the sky, we even saw Mars and Saturn. All those photos of stargazing with the gorgeous Milky Way running through them which you believe have to be fake because how can the sky ever look like that? We saw the Milky Way and it’s just as gorgeous, however impossible to capture unless you’ve got a super industrial camera. We were given so much information about the stars, planets and constellations from out comedic guide Fernando. Plus, just when he was wrapping up and he aimed his laser at one of the last constellations, a shooting star flew past. The perfect ending to the perfect evening.

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I had such an incredible evening, every aspect of it was amazing and it was extra special that I shared it with my love. I’m so happy I got to experience it again and actually appreciate it this time.


All opinions are my own and just that: opinions.

This blog post was not sponsored or endorsed in any way.

I attended this event free of charge through work.

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