Living in the South of the island, there’s only a few places in the North we have explored. The most Northern point contains the Anaga mountain range, famous on the island for it’s hiking and a place I have been itching to go to since the start of season. Visiting Anaga has proven difficult. Being without a car on our days off means that it is not an easy task to get there with the options being either a day trip or an incredibly long and complex public transport journey. The continental division of our team run an excursion up to Anaga, a trip I’ve been trying to get booked on since July but up to this point it’s been full. Finally, we got booked on and were heading up to Anaga!
First of all, I got completely the wrong end of the stick with this trip. Being famous for it’s hiking and the trip only mentioning Anaga in the name, I assumed it a drive up to the mountain range with a guided hiking tour around the national park. Instead, it was more like a Northern island tour. Not what we were expecting but enjoyable nonetheless.
After thinking we were in for a difficult day of language barriers due to being only English speakers on a German/French excursion in a Spanish island, we thought it could be difficult but to our luck, we were guided by a lovely Belgian called Glen who had perfect English. The English speaking family of four we were to be guided with didn’t turn up so we began our journey and tour with a private tour guide. Glen was incredibly knowledgable about the island, especially as he’d only lived here for four years. Even the places we’ve previously visited, he provided us with new, interesting information. Our first stop off was La Laguna which we have previously explored. Glen showed us around a few places we hadn’t encountered last time and then instead of going to the hotspots we’d previously visited, we had a wander around the market instead. Picking up some strawberries from a nice, little stall owner, we headed to the park and watched the ducks while enjoying our strawberries.
When we headed back to the meeting point, we were informed that the English family were on their way to meet us in a taxi and we had to wait around 20 minutes for them to arrive. This was slightly annoying as it was wasting our day but we couldn’t really complain seeing as we were attending this trip free of charge. Once the family arrived, they were actually really nice and it wasn’t their fault they were late so we let them off.
We were then driven up to Anaga and taken to a few viewing locations. It was quite foggy up there so views were difficult and it was quite chilly but the scenery was still beautiful. It’s weird seeing so much green as greenery is sparse in the South of the island due to the volcanic activity. After the twisty, turning roads of the park, we ended up in the town of Taganana where we stopped for lunch. We ate a meal of vegetable soup followed by pork and Canarian potatoes, a traditional meal here in Tenerife, before leaving the restaurant a little early to take in some of the views.
Driving back through the park, we ended up at Las Teresitas which is the only golden sand beach on the island. It was beautiful and we vowed to come back and spend next week’s day off relaxing there. After a drive through Santa Cruz passing the harbour and auditorium, our last stop of the day was in Candelaria. Having visited only two weeks ago, we had already taken in the sights so we went for ice cream as well, getting a delicious combination of mint chocolate and Oreo.
The day was not what we have initially expected but it was still thoroughly enjoyable and a fantastic way to see more of the North of the island.
All opinions are my own and just that: opinions.
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I attended this excursion free of charge through my company.