Winter Tenerife, or how we stepped into the summer at the end of December
In winter everybody talks about the sea and the sunset, how to dress children warmly and not to freeze yourself. A year ago we decided to live two winter months in a completely different way and travel. Where? To the sea and the sunset, of course, so that we wouldn’t painfully regret staying in cold winter.
We considered a dozen options and finally chose Tenerife. And now I’ll tell you a little story about why we decided to spend this winter there.
It all began with the fact that the children once again became ill. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon in Kiev at this time of the year. We got the idea that our climate doesn’t suit us at all, so why not to change it. The trip we planned wasn’t a usual holiday, we weren’t going to have rest but to change outside conditions, so the task was not an easy one: we had to take 8 people on a 2 months trip that wouldn’t be that much expensive. We decided to consider something closer, especially since our friends in Tenerife have a house. So we finally decided and got ready!
The first impression was deceptive: we, lovers of authentic culture and quiet corners, were met by a bustling tourist resort, which even in non-season was overflowing with the French, British, Germans and our compatriots. We planned to practice our disappearing Spanish, too, but we didn’t have such an opportunity as everyone was communicating in English.
But you know, you forget all this instantly when you dissolve in these landscapes and the endless sun. Sunsets and nature in Tenerife are something truly special! So our terrace with a view has become a working place from our dreams.
It was also exceptionally comfortable to live there. The prices for fish and seafood in these places are at least twice lower than in Kiev. Everything was very fresh and high quality, and we also cooked ourselves with great pleasure. Moreover, the cuisine of local restaurants did not impress us at all.
But the local weather was beautiful! It was around 25 degrees all day long, it didn’t get too hot even at one o’clock in the afternoon, so the weather was perfect for long walks. As for the ocean, of course, it was quite cold in December and January – about 19 degrees. But we did not plan to bathe, and at least it was possible to touch the ocean with our feet. By the way, the ocean air instantly cured all our colds and so we just forgot about them for two months.
I need to tell you about the beaches, too. We lived in the Los Gigantes area, which is very popular among tourists. And now I’ll share a lifehack with you. If you walk about five kilometers along the ocean, you’ll be alone there with waves, surfers and small cozy beaches fully equipped with everything you need from a cafe with ice cream to children’s playgrounds – and no tourists around! Of course, we often spent our leisure time there, it was one of the best places there.
Other great places included a huge Loro Park, number 1 in Europe, in the north of the island. We visited it several times. If you ever happen to go there, don’t forget to see the show of killer whales.
We also visited Siam Park – one of the best water parks in the world. There were practically no people at that time, and we could ride all the slides with great pleasure and without queues. There were also some zones designed for little kids, so our 1-year-old Tasia also had a great time there.
In addition, we planned a trip on a yacht all around the Canary Islands with our sons. I have to admit that none of us had any experience of taking a boat in the ocean. It turned out that it’s not the same as taking a boat in the sea! The ocean waves caused seasickness even among the most persistent. So the dream of seeing Lanzarote and Fuerteventura with your own eyes remained a dream.
And yet we managed to conquer the nature, and the boys had a chance to experience being real ship boys. Our brave team made a short but fascinating boat trip from Tenerife to Gran Canaria. Needless to say that the boys had a pure delight in their eyes when we were near the volcano Teide with absolutely Martian landscapes. By the way, it was the place where one of the Star Wars episodes was filmed!
What else? Well, a lot of things! Of course, something remained behind the scenes, but I want to say one thing: it was the warmest and most inspiring winter ever. And although we continued working during the holiday, the change of atmosphere became a real journey full of vivid impressions. It was a journey that charged us with incredible energy and health for the whole year.
Would we like to repeat this? Definitely, yes!
Even though we considered trying something else this year, but the prices, quality of life and nice weather outweighed Tenerife again.
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