Tenerife

PHOTO 1 JW’s parents came to visit us on Tenerife. They stayed in a hotel in Puerto Cruz, on the north coast of the island where no marina's are or can be built. We were moored in Santa Cruz; little difference in words but Puerto Cruz is located on the other side of the island. Fortunately a highway stretches over the mountain ridge that separates the two cities, so it is a drive of less than an hour. With a hired car, a great luxury for us because we are now used to travelling by public transport. JW is still a great driver and acted as the chauffeur of “Senior Adventures”, the one and only travelling agency for 60+- people who love heavy mountain rides and small climbs by foot. 
On Tenerife is a lot to do and see because the beautiful landscape has many different faces. Beaches, pine woods, mountains, a vulcano surrounded by a staggering moonscape, steep cliffs and breathtaking views on the clear blue sea.
The cities are attractive. Santa Cruz is a real and very busy Spanish town while Puerto Cruz is crowded with tourists, but its location is spectacular. Between the rocks we discovered a deserted beach. After some climbing over rocks and stones, we reached a typical Canary restaurant, beach entry only and a great destination for the participants of Senior Adventures! They were rewarded with superb dorades with Canary potatoes and mojo sauce. Mojo is a typical sauce originating from the island La Gomera; a spicy red sauce that looks like pesto (but it doesn't taste like pesto at all). 

Despite some problems with gastroentiritis for JW's parents, we were able to make tours to all the interesting parts of Tenerife.
The spectacular northwestern part where you end up in the village of Masca, famous for its special views over the valley (say: abyss) and over the sea (we only saw clouds) PHOTO 2;the rough region named Anaga in the northeast, with sharp ridges and breathtaking panoramic views PHOTO 4, and the highlight of the island: El Teide (almost 4000 m high). PHOTO 8

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5-11 It is hard to describe the landscape around the Teide . Some parts are soft and warm yellow and reddish brown, with orange and all the colours that exist in between, with accents of soft copper green. Other parts are rough, with lots of rock formations or covered by a thick layer of sharp black magma stones. Every eruption had its own colour and by showing this in the various layers around the crater, El Teide tells you his own history. 

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