Christmas Break on Teneriffe Island, a little island west of Africa but belonging to Spain as part of Canary Islands.
Relaxing in the warm sun after winter started early and quite harsh at home
I will be on the island in Puerto de la Cruz for one week. Not much but enough to enjoy some sun and have some adventures.
During my journey I get reminded of the European winter by these snow covered Spanish mountains about half an hour flight before reaching Madrid
The hotel has a nice pool
with a nice view over the town of Puerto de la Cruz
and towards Teide, a 12,198 feet high volcano and the highest Spanish mountain
I go for Wale-Watching to Los Christianos
Panorama view of Los Christianos' coast line
Pilot whales in front of La Gomera island
Cliffs in the north west of Teneriffe
La Gomera in the distance
A little sightseeing tour to Puerto de la Cruz
Cannons protect the harbor
The highlight is a tour to Teide on 31 December. It brings us literally above the clouds. A nice way to close a year.
View back to Puerto de la Cruz
Fantastic view at the base station of the cable car
The cable car brings us up to 11,663 ft elevation - about 600 ft below summit
The crater of the volcano up above us
West coast. We are just below the clouds
View to Garachico at the northern coast
On the flight back home there were still things to watch
Adios Teneriffa (Santa Cruz de Teneriffe)
A view over the Pyrenees reminds me of the winter in Europe