DAY ONE | MON 8TH SEPTEMBER
Took off from Gatwick Airport to Reina Sofia South Terminal in Tenerife at 8:30pm but our plane was delayed for 1hr 45mins due to problems with the luggage loader. Had breakfast in Frankie’s and Benny’s and met Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) from Game of Thrones and had a selfie with him before our flight! 😀 Landed around 12am in Tenerife and checked into our hotel Hotel Isabel in Playa Fanabe, Costa Adeje around 1am.
DAY TWO | TUES 9TH
Had a continental breakfast buffet in our hotel as we was too tired to venture out for food. Spent the day chilling by the pool and getting acclimatised as it was super hot! Then we went our for dinner to a restaurant called Colala, which I had a Long John Pizza (prawns, chicken, ham, cheese) and I was only able to eat half the pizza because it was so big and my tummy had shrunk from the flying. Then stopped for drinks after dinner at the Blue Cactus Bar (an old favourite from our previous holidays Tenerife as they do really good cocktails and live bands) so we could get WiFi. Funny story was that the WiFi password was the same as last year so I could get WiFi as my phone recognised the password and my Dad couldn’t get onto it because none of the waiters knew the password and they couldn’t afford to keep it running, yet it still worked – for me anyway.
DAY THREE | WED 10TH
Had a full english breakfast in a breakfast/sandwich bar a few minutes walk from our hotel room and spent the day by the pool. Today was my mums birthday so she opened her presents and cards whilst we was having breakfast. I had a chicken sandwich! Then we drove up Mount Tiede to have a picnic in a picnic area which was above the clouds and then watched the sun set and star gazed before heading back to the hotel. Our picnic was more of a lunch/dinner so we didn’t eat out but did have a few snacks when we got back to our hotel room/bungalow. There was a lot of bus tours which come up Mount Tiede at night to star gaze and watch the sunset but we did it ourselves and cheekily got a glass of their wine each (of course I didn’t drink mine).
DAY FOUR | THURS 11TH
Had breakfast and lunch in our hotel room with left overs and rolls from the picnic and spent the day by the pool. Then walked to La Caleta across the beach to a tapas and fish restaurant called El Caldero – I had Canarian potatoes which are quite salty and served with a guacamole/mint and tomato type sauce which is really nice, whitebait and Russian salad for dinner. We watched the sun set whilst having dinner and then stopped for drinks in Babushkas bar for drinks and WiFi.
DAY FIVE | FRI 12TH
Went out for a walk around Adeje but Dad couldn’t find the start of it and it was super hot – almost unbearable. So we gave up and just explored a little village in Adeje which was setting up for their fiesta the week after. Then we headed to El Puertito, a small fishing and diving village we have visited before and had some tapas brunch: tuna salad, patatas bravas etc. Then chilled on the beach for most of the day, which was also really hot as there was no shade. For dinner we booked a table for the next Wednesday at Harley’s, an American themed restaurant and booked our table in a red Cadillac car. But for tonight we had dinner at Carlos which we’ve eaten at before and their food is soooo good. I had Hawaiian chicken and Home made banoffee pie for desert.
(*** BONUS: Attractive waiter!!***)
my mums cheese and biscuits desert at Carlos.
DAY SIX | SAT 13TH
Had brunch in Los Abrigos in a lovely restaurant called Maria. I had a cheese and salad bagel which came with chips. They were preparing for the final night of their fiesta which they do it big!! They had boats in the harber as it’s a fishing village all decorated with bunting, religious iconic people and lots of other decorations and loud speakers blaring out music. Then we spent most of the day on El Medano beach which is famous for being really really windy and is where all of the wind surfers go to practice. Then spent the afternoon by the pool before heading to dinner at Tony Romas, which is famous for it’s ribs and burgers. I had a Boston Burger. Then we had a night cap in our old friends Sabine & Leon’s cafe/bar at Cafe Stairs.
DAY SEVEN | SUN 14TH
Full English Breakfast at Aberdeen Steakhouse, which was pretty basic but was enough to fill me up ready for the day. Then we walked around Playa Fanabe’s shops, which I was on the hunt for new perfumes. Then we walked to La Caleta via the beach to a new favourite restaurant 88 Oriental. I had sweet chilli chicken. My favourite waiter was kind enough to make me training chop sticks as I fail to use proper chop sticks – it was so embarrassing but he was so nice about it and a bonus – he’s really attractive.
DAY EIGHT | MON 15TH
Had brunch in Cafe El Duque which I had a chicken sandwich. Then we spent the day by the pool. Once it reached 5:00pm: We headed to the Colonial bar for dinner to watch West Ham play Hull. We both drew 2-2. I had gammon and pineapple with chips.
DAY NINE | TUES 16TH
The day we had all be dreading. Was the day of our big walk down Masca. It is one of the most popular walks on Tenerife – walking down a massive gauge. Dad woke us up at 7am – the earliest I had been up all holiday. We drove to Los Gigantes and caught a taxi up to Masca – up massive long windy roads which really didn’t help my travel sickness. Then we found a nice little cafe up the top of the mountain and had some breakfast and drinks – I wasn’t particularly hungry due to feeling sick but my mum got me a bag of little hand made Spanish biscuits which I ate when I felt better. Walking the Masca took us about 5 hours for 5 miles constantly going down hill. The state of the pathway was really scary at times – I felt like I was in the movie 127 Hours and at times I thought we were never going to make it alive. I warn you if you do this walk you need to be able bodied, have sensible shoes (don’t do it in flip flops like my Mum did, although she coped very well – even with all the hikers laughing at her) and make sure you take plenty of supplies (water, snacks, a walking stick etc) – as you can tell in the pictures I wore my brightest clothes in case I got lost so people could see me from far away and my dungarees were the most comfortable thing that was easy to move in! and once you start the walk – it’s very hard to get back up to the top due to large inclines. After completing the walk and being exhausted and aching and bruised every-where we finally caught the water taxi to Los Gigantes – or so we thought. Oh no – we had to endure 30 mins of dolphin watching which we didn’t pay for and weren’t particularly ready for – also me and my Dad suffer from sea sickness and didn’t have any sickness pills with us – but we survived it anyway. Had drinks and relaxed a bit in Los Gigantes harber before heading back to the hotel to get ready for dinner, I had grilled chicken breast and greek salad on the side. Then had desert and drinks in the Colonial before heading back to bed. (Ah it felt like heaven – our bodies ached like hell. )
DAY TEN | WED 17TH
Waking up and realising how much your body hurt after that walk – it killed. I could definitely feel it in my thighs, knees and feet. It all really hurt for about 4 days afterwards before easing. I could hardly walk at times. We had a well earned breakfast in the Colonial bar which was yummy! Then we walked around the shops near us a bit more and I had another look at perfumes. In which I bought a new love of mine Daisy Dream by Marc Jacobs and then we had drinks before heading back to the pool. We had dinner at Harley’s in which we reserved the red Cadillac. I had a pulled pork burger bun which was far too much for me – I think I underestimated how hungry I actually was. I only ate one and a half with a fair bit of the side and chips to go. Inside the restaurant a guy was eating a massive burger for a ‘Man V Food’ challenge in order to win money and some other small prizes. Which he did pretty good in it but had about 1/4 left with 20 mins to go but he couldn’t eat anymore. We had drinks in Harley’s and watched a rock band play. I wore my new retro polka-dot dress and new black heeled boots I got in Playa Fanabe shops – I went for a retro/50’s vibe.
DAY ELEVEN | THURS 18TH
Drove to a part of Tenerife we’ve never visited before called Los Mercedes and visited the famous forest that’s like a rain forest. On the drive up we found a nice view point in which you can see some of the island and we found a lovely lady who makes bookmarks, place mats and other things from lace and sews them all by hand. My Spanish is ok and I managed to understand what she was saying about the things she makes and the meaning behind them. And we got some doughnuts from this guy also at the viewpoint. We then explored the forest. And then we drove down to find this really nice beach and spent the day there and got lunch at Casa La Olga – I had a chicken sandwich. The waiter looked just like Peter Andre. We drove home for dinner at Harriet’s Tearoom which I had fish and chips and then strawberry cheesecake for desert.
DAY TWELVE | FRI 19TH
Had breakfasts at Harriet’s which I had a full english. Spent the day by the pool. And finally had dinner at 88 Oriental again, this time I had noodles.
DAY THIRTEEN | SAT 20
Breakfast at Harriet’s, this time I had a bacon and egg roll. We spent the day by the pool soaking up the last of the sun we will be getting until next year as it’s our last few days coming up. 🙁 Then watched West Ham play Liverpool at the Colonial with Dad before dinner. We won (West Ham) 3 – 1!! 😀 Then had dinner at Carlos again – I had the same Hawaiian chicken and banoffee pie which is my favourite of all time there. And finally had drinks and live music at Harley’s afterwards.
DAY FOURTEEN | SUN 21ST
Breakfast at Harriet’s. Had my bacon and egg roll again. Day by the pool and relaxed. Then we had dinner at Jamon Jamon which is in Playa San Juan and we’ve been there before as they do really nice tapas and flamenco performances whilst you eat your dinner. You can choose as much Tapas as you want – we choose garlic bread, sangria, salad, patatas bravas, mixed meat skewers, prawn parcels, some other tapas dishes and berry cheesecake for desert.
DAY FIFTEEN | MON 22ND
Our final day in Tenerife! 🙁 I didn’t want to leave the sun. We packed our suitcases and put them in the car before heading to breakfast at Harriet’s – I had my bacon and egg roll again. I bought my last perfume I decided on which was Bon Bon by Viktor & Rolf. We took off at 12:30pm from Reina Sofia Sur Terminal. Landed at home in the UK at around 5pm-ish due to traffic on the motorway (typical)
PLACES TO EAT IN TENERIFE
Carlos – portuguese (San Eugenio, Costa Adeje)
Harley’s American Restaurant (Fanabe, Costa Adeje)
Rodeo Buffet – meat buffet (Playa Fanabe, Costa Adeje)
Tony Romas – ribs and burgers (Playa Fanabe, Costa Adeje)
Colala Pizzeria (Playa Fanabe, Costs Adeje)
El Caldero – tapas and fresh fish (La Caleta, Costa Adeje)
Maria Restaurant (Los Abrigos)
Jamon Jamon – tapas and flamenco (Playa San Juan)
Casa La Olga – tapas (Roque de las Bodegas)
THINGS TO DO IN TENERIFE
Siam Water Park
Masca Walk (v. dangerous though)
Dolphin and Whale watching
Stargazing & Sunset Watching up Mount Teide
Have you been to Tenerife before? What was your favourite bit?