Look at a map and find out this island is part of an archipelago off the coast of Morocco. Do some research and you will learn it is the capital of a Spanish autonomous community. Talk to their people and understand the special bond with Latin America and its cultural implications.
Black-sand beaches, jaw-dropping cliffs, 20 million-year-old forest, Spain’s highest point (it is on the African plate though), volcanic tunnels and eternal spring, are some of Tenerife’s best-known claims to fame; but what about the ones only locals know about? Let us take you to a “guachinche” (typical and delicious home-like restaurants), where you will enjoy local wine and specialities. Let us show you the hidden lighthouses, docks and beaches, where we grew up diving and enjoying sunsets. Let us walk you through the alleys of our favourite villages and learn how the local architecture inspired some of the most beautiful colonial towns in Latin America. Let us tell you about the “Guanches”, the mysterious aboriginal inhabitants of the Islands and their mummies. And most importantly, talk to some of the friendliest people you will ever meet and let them explain you, why the local carnival rivals Rio de Janeiro itself.
The Canary Islands is a one-off location in the world - Join us. Bienvenidos a Tenerife!
Today our adventure begins. This afternoon you will meet your localhost and settle into your new home. As you will soon discover, we choose comfortable flats/houses in convenient locations (away from the crowds), as we want you to enjoy the time you spend home and we want you to be able to move easily through the city whilst discovering less known quarters. After freshening up, we will go for some drinks to one of our hidden spots, before heading for an included welcome dinner at one of our favourite local restaurants and indulge yourself with some Canarian delicacies! Tonight is all about breaking the ice, sharing, having fun and having your first encounter with the local cuisine. Our culinary journey will begin with traditional Canarian food (we hope you are hungry and thirsty). The Canary Islands are well known for their goat’s cheese, as well as the famous “papas arrugadas” (wrinkled potatoes) which are always served with “mojo picon” sauce; spicy or not, yours is the choice. Relax and taste some local beers, sweet white wines or try the local red wine with its unique hints from grapes grown in volcanic soil. This will be an intro you will not soon forget, but it is only the beginning. Your Spanish lessons start today:
Bienvenido a Tenerife!