Another great blog post written by Elisha Ramage, our favourite blogger:
1. Take the cable car up Teide
You will need a good day to go up to Teide, not just because the cable car shuts in high winds (which happens often), but also to be able to enjoy the best views from the top. It is possible to access the peak, but to do this you need permission from the Canarian government, and there is quite a long waiting list. However, the cable car stops just 200m below the peak, so taking the cable car is definitely worthwhile. Although a word of warning – because of the altitude (3555m), it will be cold, and it might be a little more difficult to breathe than normal. Once at the top, marvel at the absolute silence, the volcanic landscape and the breath-taking views – it’s an unforgettable experience.
2. See the dolphins and whales in their natural habitat
Tenerife has a diverse ecology thanks to its unique location and climates. Thanks to the particularly deep water between Tenerife and La Gomera, there are bottle nose dolphins and pilot whales that have made a permanent home there. There are many different boats (especially in Los Cristianos, Las Américas and Los Gigantes) that go out to see every day to see these creatures in their natural habitat. It’s almost 100% certain that you will see whales and dolphins, and if you’re lucky, you might see turtles too!
3. Enjoy the Canarian culture
Spain is famous for having many regional differences, and the Canary Islands are no exception. Tenerife has gastronomy distinct from not just that of mainland Spain, but from the other Canary Islands too. For me, a perfect Canarian meal would be, bread with almogrote (a type of pâté made from mature cheese, peppers and garlic), papas arrugadas (wrinkly, salty potatoes) with mojo (two types of sauce – a green one, and a red one which has a kick to it), goat meat (or if you don’t like meat, goat cheese is also very popular in the Canaries), and gofio mousse (there are a million and one ways to eat gofio, a type of wheat flour, but this is my favourite). All accompanied by a good, local, fruity wine, and followed by a barraquito (a coffee made with condensed milk, cinnamon, lemon and liqueur).
There are also many cultural events throughout the year. Without a doubt, the most popular is the Carnival of Santa Cruz which takes place in February/March every year. It’s two weeks of partying, with music, dances, murgas (imagine singing clowns with a political agenda), beauty queens and fancy dress – an unmissable date for your calendar! During the summer months, most towns have their own romerías (a festival in honour of their patron saint), which are one of the best opportunities to see Canarian culture. The locals wear traditional outfits, and celebrate their patron saint with processions, dances, and a lot of food. To find out more, see the other blogs!
4. Learn the language
There is no better way to learn a language than to live it, and practice practice practice! Bla offers Spanish courses at all levels, and also arranges events to help you practice with native speakers. Be prepared to learn how to speak like a Canarian, and greet everyone with a big “Hola muchacho/a” or “Hola mi niño/a”. For those that are feeling adventurous, you could even learn German or Russian at Bla too. You never know what doors languages might open!