View of Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands. Image: © Fornax
Getting up early (a lot) on a Monday knowing that you do it because you are traveling is one of the best ways to start the week. The icing on the cake is that I'm going a few (few) days to the Canary Islands with other bloggers, to discover a Tenerife that has nothing to do with the sun and the beach that comes to mind when we think of the Lucky Islands.
In the agenda of activities that the tour operator Iberojet has prepared for us, with the collaboration of Iberostar Hotels and Resorts, there is not a single mention of the beach. Not even one. I think I will not step on the sand either in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (where I will stay at the Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey) or in Costa Adeje (where I will spend a night at the Iberostar Anthelia Hotel).
And the idea is to know better the gastronomy, culture and nature of Tenerife, something that usually stays in the background when any of those 5 million tourists who visit it annually plan their trip. Although, with average temperatures of 18 ° C in winter and 25 ° C in summer, who can blame them for thinking first of sun and beach?
With regard to nature, it would have been unthinkable that a visit to the Teide National Park and the ascent to the third largest volcano in the world from its base and highest point in Spain, the Teide.
In the gastronomic section, among other activities we will taste typical products and visit a winery where its wines have the peculiarities of flavor that the volcanic soil gives them in which the grapes grow. There will also be a possible occasion for disaster (I speak for my foreseeable awkwardness) with a cooking workshop at the Grand Hotel Mencey.
In short, when I land on Thursday in Asturias I will not return brown but I will surely have discovered, and enjoyed, the hospitality and attractions of Tenerife.
On this trip, three friends and bloggers will accompany me, all of them in the Travel Inspirers adventure: José Luis Sarralde (from Guias Viajes), Rafa Pérez (from The Traveling Photographer) and Jordi Busqué (from the homonymous blog, Jordi Busqué).
Through twitter and Instagram you can continue our journey with the hashtags #TenerifeTrip and #starTrip in real time: