The Camel Park Tenerife

El Cerro de la Luna was one of the first restaurants we visited when we moved into our home in Chayofa and we became regular visitors getting to know the owner Samantha quite well. The food was always good, the views nice and I knew that Sam always provided the camels for the Kings Day parade  each 5th January.

El Cerro

So the question begs to be asked … ¿Why when I have tried many tourist attractions on the island have I not tried the one that is closest to home, the Camel Park in La Camella? The answer is probably because the last time I mounted a camel I thought that the price to pay would be a set of false teeth as the ungainly animals get up by straightening their hind legs then jerking up on their front legs and go down in a similar manner. Hence, me being a bit dubious as the last thing I wanted before my holidays is a new set of knashers.

The park in La Camella is a large, while you are waiting for your camel ride, you can shelter from the sun under a canopied area and enjoy a glass of sangria.

Camel Park

Dani, the guide tells us he has over 15 years experience, as he leads everyone to the camel compound. I needn’t have worried about the teeth because to ride these camels you need to be far less energetic, than we were in India, as there are steps up and seats to sit in rather than uncomfortable camel saddles. Dani also delighted us with his stories as we went round.

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He told us that camels were first used like shire horses and oxen for tilling the land but it is relatively recently they have been used as an attraction for tourists. The owners of the Camel Park were the first breeding centre on the island and started with 15 camels back in 1988 on a banana plantation. By 1993 they had 60 animals and took holiday makers on trips from Mount Guaze to Palm Mar. It was in 1995 they bought the finca in La Camella and since then it has become very popular, as there aren’t too many places you can ride a camel in Europe.

As well as the rides and a play area for children, there is a farm with goats, donkeys, ducks, hens, dogs and even a parrot. When in the UK I remember children from London coming to a school I worked at, some had never been on a farm before so it was a unique experience.  Similarly in La Camella children learn about the different lifestyles of each animal. 

I used to feel sorry seeing the camels sitting in the sun when they were at the side of the road but I didn´t realise how strict Sam and her staff are with their diet. Eating the wrong things can affect their health but the camels here are so well treated some have exceed their average lifespan of about 20 years, to be almost 40.

The opening hours of the park are from 10:00 to 17:00, 7 days a week and tickets cost €5,00 adults and €3,00 for children farm only,
Farm plus 30-minute camel ride: €15,00 and €8,00.
Farm 50-minute camel ride and appetizer: €20,00 and €10,00


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You have mail!

When faced with a decision, it is natural to seek advice and because I am on many social networking fora, I regularly receive messages from strangers. This isn’t a problem, I quite like getting messages from people who are genuinely interested in what Tenerife has to offer, but I’ll admit I don’t have all the answers. I make it clear I will not recommend accommodation or restaurants because whether they are good or not is all down to personal taste so my reply will be purely my opinion and nothing else.

So what has pissed me off to write this blog? I was asked what the weather would be like in the middle of June. The conversation went along the lines of…

(Him) … We are concerned about the amount of cloud, as we really would like unbroken sunshine. Can you tell us what to expect.

(Me) … Unfortunately, like everyone I have to wait and see. June is generally nice but whether it is cloudless is another thing.

(Him) … I didn’t explain properly. What I’m after is advice on what the weather is generally like in June. If someone asked me, what it would be like in Greece I would confidently say loads of sunshine with maybe a bit of cloud but 98% chance of blue sky. Friends say Tenerife tends to get a lot of cloud… not just a few bits. As we like to sunbathe that is off putting. Could you tell us if in your experience this is true?

I thought ‘in my experience’ I had answered the question but before my fingers went tippety-tap composing a reply that would only take a moment, I remembered words on the internet live forever. Therefore, I suggested the person may benefit by seeking the opinion of others and subsequently I received the reply… Ok. Just your reply didnt answer my question!

Now after a fair time span, I cannot see that they have asked the question of others. Indeed looking at their personal page it doesn´t look as if they have returned to the website. So why did they suddenly choose me to ask their question

  • Is it that they wanted to validate or disprove their friend’s advice?
  • Were they seeking approval they should continue going to Greece or
  • Did they want a decision making for them and if wrong, they had someone else to blame?

As humans, sometimes it is easier to agree, we tend to get that warm and fuzzy feeling when we’re all on the same page but I certainly would not be giving any guarantees as to what weather would be doing two months down the line.

So rant over….I’m not saying that just because someone gives you advice you have to take it. Heck, I’ve ignored lots of advice in my day! Ultimately, only you get to decide what’s best for you. However, remember that when you ask for information you are imposing on that person’s time and attention so should at the very least whether you like what it says or otherwise read the reply!

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La Tejita – El Medano

I have said it many times El Medano is one of my favourite places in Tenerife and whilst I am not a lover of beaches, I enjoy the wild and rugged beaches around this area, particularly Playa La Tejita.

When we take our girls for their haircuts, we often park up by La Tejita, the longest natural beach on the island. I should add that this is not to see the naturists who wander along the beach, we are very boring and are fully clothed (being naked isn’t obligatory) as we read our books and watch the boats and windsurfers. We are never alone; this part of the beach is very popular with locals, walkers, and people driving over the rough ground to park up by the sea while having their lunch but while it is always surprising how many people visit it never gets crowded.

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Ruta del Hermano Pedro

In April, we celebrate the Ruta del Camino del Hermano Pedro. He is acknowledged as the first, I think the only, native saint of the Canary Islands, and the first saint of Guatemala.

The route covers more than 20kms following the path the saint used as he moved his goats from Vilaflor, the highest village in Spain, down to a cave in El Medano where he spent the winters in the south of the island. I suppose he could be regarded as a ‘swallow’ and this as his holiday home. Since 2005, thousands have trod the route, the cave is considered one of the most important pilgrimage spots in all of the Islands, and each year attracts over 300.000 visitors.

Taken from Noticias Parroquias de San Miguel

As regulars know, I am not big on religion but I a fan of those old B&W movies, and learning about our island saint reminded me the A J Cronin novel ‘The Keys of the Kingdom’.

Briefly Hermano Pedro story is, he was a descendent of Juan de Betancourt one of the Conquistadors sent by the King of Spain to conquer the Canary Islands. The intervening years must have been harsh because by the time Pedro was born in Vilaflor in 1619, the family were poor and Pedro was a goatherd. As a young man, he hoped to better his life through contacting a relative who worked for the government in Guatemala. Like all good tales, nothing went quite to plan and Pedro ran out of money in Cuba and had to work his passage from Havana to Honduras. He then walked to Guatemala some 350 miles by which time he was so poor he had to rely on the catholic monks for food.

After working in a factory, Pedro decided to study for the priesthood, (enter Gregory Peck in priest garb) but gave the idea up after several years.

Image taken from film Keys of the Kingdom

He moved into the suburbs where he taught the children to read and write and at night, he wandered the town helping and comforting the sick and needy. All in all a real good guy humbled by his experiences but determined to succeed. As time went by several wealthy individuals replaced, his improvised hut where he helped the sick back to health by provided him with a convalescent hospital. This was followed by a shelter for the homeless and a schoolhouse for the poor. In true missionary style, Brother Pedro formed a new religious order, The Order of Bethlehemites.

He died, from exhaustion at the age of 41 in Antigua. He was beatified in 1980 and canonized by Pope John Paul II in 2002. His tomb is in the San Francisco Church, in Antigua Guatemala.


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Today rain, Tomorrow new life!

The rain started and has fallen steadily, uniformly and with confidence for the past hour and as I write the water is dripping from the leaves in the garden. I don’t mind, in fact I enjoy the rain because it is so rare for us in this part of Tenerife.  I know that when the sky begins to clear the air will become pure and the earth feel cleansed.

Even in somewhere that looks as arid as our little park once the rain has gone new buds appear and flowers start to bloom and the caked earth springs to life with pretty grasses.

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Ah, the cleansing, satisfying, cooling rain that is full of the promise of summer…

 I wrote the above on 24th March and since then the flowers have bloomed.

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K9 March Newsletter

It was only as I was gathering information for April that I realised I had not mentioned what was happening at K9 during March.  So here we go, in true Tenerife style, late but getting there eventually.

It has been a hectic few weeks at the kennels, with a large number of dogs and cats arriving and happily departing.

We are an ever-changing family of dogs and cats, young and old, tall and small, all looking for their second chance and a happy new life like Micra who is flying to Edinburgh on Friday 6th to join her sister. If you are looking for a steady, friendly and sweet natured dog, Adidas is 2 years old; she is good with cats and might well be the dog for you. Puma is a little female, around 8 weeks old; she is eating solids and ready for re-homing.  Come and see the girls for yourself but prepare to be charmed!  Alternatively, visit our website


Older animals are popular, as they have settled personalities.  One of our favourites that fits the bill is a small cross we call Reebok. He is getting used to people after his sad start – found by the police tied up in a garage, with no owner nearby. Reebok is great company on a walk. Or Gato a very friendly old cat around 7 years old. She is very affectionate and would be happy to sit on someone’s knee all day long. She has been with us for nearly 2 years.

An important thing to know about dogs is that there are always lots of walks involved so if you want to help, come and join our friendly volunteer dog walking team and spend a couple of hours a week getting fit in the fresh air, meeting new people (and dogs). The kennels are open from 9.00am for exercising the dogs and daily from 11am until 2pm for anyone wishing to visit and perhaps adopt one of our ‘inmates’

The only fund raising event planned at the moment is Sunday 12th April at the Terrace Bar, Amarilla Golf. It is being organised by Karen one of the dog walkers so if you can donate to the raffle or offer help in any way please do not hesitate to contact the kennels on 667638468 or just call in.

With little fundraising going on, the K9 shop in Alcala Plaza has become our lifeline with all money raised going directly to the care of the many animals at the refuge. As you can imagine we need to tempt buyers with a steady turnaround of stock so if you have anything you can donate, please bring it along between 10am to 2pm any day, except Sunday, alternatively if it needs to be collected ring 646 561 035 or 611 353 801. We also have a clothing stall at Alcala market each Monday and a second hand bookstall each Thursday at Fanabe Market.

We are looking for land to buy or rent within a 4 mile radius of our existing kennels, which have become harder to maintain. We are regularly pushing the San Miguel Council to help find us somewhere suitable, bearing in mind a lot of spare land is not approved for building kennels on. So if anyone reading this knows of somewhere we would love to hear from you.

Finally, we like to remind everyone that no matter in what capacity you help, K9 Animal Refuge would not be possible without each and every one of you so thank you for everything you do to make our shelter a safe haven for all our four legged friend.

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La Pasión de Cristo in Adeje – Tenerife

While Easter week is celebrated across Tenerife, some fiestas are particularly well known for their uniqueness.

Every year since  1999, the town of Adeje re-enacts the last days of the life and passion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday.  It is an event that is not only special, but defines Adeje’s roots and history. Hundreds of people come from all corners of the island, their numbers swollen by tourists who have heard of the event and flock to the town to see the spectacle.  It makes no difference whether you are religious or not, this stunning piece of street theatre attracts in the region of 25,000 people each year.

We were lucky to get a good spot, but once you have found it,  don’t think of moving, as it will be quickly filled.  For those less fortunate and who don´t get a good view there are huge screens in the plaza and a sound system that carries right across the town as the whole event is televised.

The attention to detail is impeccable all road signs, lampposts and street crossings are covered in sawdust and disguised by leaves so you feel you have stepped back in time to Jerusalem.  The backdrop of mountains and the gentle swaying of the palm trees add to the illusion and so the stage is set.

From the moment the first tableau springs to life with The Last Supper, everyone is spellbound.  Cameras click furiously as Jesus is betrayed, the mob take him to Pontius Pilate, he is flogged and crowned with thorns then paraded through the streets by the Roman centurions, carrying his cross to the point of crucifixion.

The power and realism are graphic every cry of pain felt by the sombre silent crowds.  The climax draws gasps as well as tears as the cross is raised high and Christ looks down on the crowd below.

The whole procession takes around two hours and is extremely moving but well worth a couple of hours of anyone’s time.


And for anyone who missed it, the following was recorded yesterday by the Ayuntamiento. There are a few interviews with the main characters first and then the ‘action’ starts at around the 19/20 minute mark.


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Things to do in Tenerife in April 2015

What to Expect

The weather in April is pleasant with average temperatures in the south usually around 26°C during the day, and nighttime temperatures dropping to 18-20°C. In the North of the island, you can expect highs of 21-22°C and lows of 13°C. Most days are filled with sunshine so ideal for enjoying the beach and the sea is warm enough for those who fancy a dip.


April Highlights

Easter in Tenerife is one of the most important holidays and religious events. Every year a programme of cultural and religious activities takes place in all the major towns across the island.  Each has its own uniqueness and idiosyncrasies that bring together neighbours and tourists alike. Enjoy the spectacle and excitement of processions and celebrations in an atmosphere of great devotion.

Other Events in April

And just when you think Carnival is over another comes along.

The Sea Carnival Parade 8 performances are scheduled (see poster for dates) and will start at 18:00 from Plaza Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Los Cristianos and end at the Plaza de La Pescadora.

Songkran Festival 2558 Experience Thailand while in Tenerife and celebrate Thai New Year (2nd 3rd and 4th April at Siam Park, Loro Parque and Hotel Botanico)

Yes Sir – southern Tenerife vibrates with a unique spectacle of R & B (2nd April, Location: Magma Centre Las Americas)

Romeo Santos Concert American rapper, songwriter and actor (3rd April, 8.00pm at Adeje Football Ground)

I Love Music Festival – Think BIG and something BIG will happen.  What better way to party in a stunning venue and to the best DJs. (3rd April, Location: Siam Park)

Special Easter Myths and Legends Come to an illuminated Pueblo Chico and listen to live music …A different night! (4th April, 19.00 – 23.00 Pueblo Chico, Family discount tickets available at park includes tapas and drink)

La Maretas Arico Trail II for more information on this exciting sporting event visit the Website  (4th April, Location: Risco la Puente La Maretas)

Moscow Ballet Presents Swan Lake (9th April, Location: Auditorio Infanta Leonora, Los Cristianos – Price: €35)

Breads of the World This original and appetizing fair held since 2007 displays the south of Tenerife as one of the great bakeries of the region. (April 11th April, Arico el Nuevo) 

Canicross this is the first official Canary canicross.  It consists of running tied to your dog. It is a test that mixes the love of sports, nature and animals. (12th April, Icod de los Vinos)

19th Half Marathon competitors have been training hard to beat last years race when three minutes were shaved off the scheduled time (12th April, Las Galletas)

Hänsel and Gretel Opera, The timeless tale by the Brothers Grimm is a trip of fantasy and imagination for all ages. (12th April, Location: Auditorio de Tenerife Santa Cruz)

Jazz at La Casa del Vino until June next.  Kike Perdomo and Albert Bover Quartet will perform 17th April, the Zaida Almeida Quartet on 15th May. Finally, Esther Shepherd Quintet will close the cycle on June 19th. Tickets can be purchased for €10 at the Casa del Vino and include a glass of wine and a discount in the restaurant.

THE HOLE SHOW Arrives in Santa Cruz. A fresh and shameless mix of  cabaret, theatre, burlesque, circus, music and humour. A unique experience that raises the temperature and turns each city upside down (between April 20th and May 10th Beside Recinto Ferial – Tickets range from €2 to €45 some with discounts.  More info )


The XI Food Fair Arona Canarios features a vast array of kiosks overflowing with cheese, wine, bread, honey and more. (25 and 26 April, Plaza del Pescador, Los Cristianos)

IV Demolition Bike 50K (April 26th Garachico ).

Espectáculo de Flamenco CoLLage Music, dance, video, texts … are cut, glued, overlapped, to compose a multidisciplinary show a collage, where emotions, memories, pieces of life, blur and blend in a vision of flamenco. (April 30th Location: Auditorio Infanta Leonora Los Cristianos, Price: € 8)


Guided tours which commemorates the 164 year history of the theatre, (The Guimerá Theatre April 7th and May 7th.  Tickets €3 from box office open Tuesday to Friday 11:00 to 13:00 and 18:00 to 20:00).

Tour Puerto de la Cruz A new tour will uncover the history of this tourist destination, with its charming corners loved by many a famous celebrity. The initiative begins this March, with the depature point from Plaza Viera y Clavijo at 10am with groups of 15 maximum and costs €15 per person.  The if popular, the initiative will continue until May.

Quantum Ensemble – A modern way of interpreting classical music, more flexible and directed to a wider audience. Concerts take place in a friendly atmosphere in which a direct dialogue with the public is set to place the works in context through the experiences of musicians. (April 30, and May 28,  Auditorio de Tenerife Santa Cruz)

Visit the Dorada Brewery The local brewing company opens its doors to unveil the manufacturing process of Dorada beer, from the collection of raw materials to bottling, at the end of the visit you will be invited to a Dorada in the Tasting Room. (Booking is necessary. Every Tuesday and Wednesdays Avda. de Ángel Romero Santa Cruz to 31/12/2015)

EarthSky’s meteor shower guide for 2015

Photo by Justin Ng

Sit in a moon shadow with an otherwise open view of the predawn sky, and if you’re really lucky, you might see as many as 40 meteors in one hour. Good luck! Click the links below to learn more about meteor showers in 2015.

April 21-22, 2015 Lyrids
May 5-6, 2015 Eta Aquarids
July 27-28, 2015 Delta Aquarids
August 11-12, 2015 Perseids
October 8, 2015 Draconids    October 21-22, 2015 Orionids
November 4-5, 2015 South Taurids November 12-13, 2015 North Taurids November 17-18, 2015 Leonids
December 13-14, 2015 Geminids

Tenerife – Attractions

Tenerife offers a wealth of attractions follow the LINK to get just a few ideas.

Tenerife – Tours

Guided tours both free and private as well as numerous excursions are available throughout the year.  For a few ideas follow the link to Tenerife Tours and Days Out

Tenerife – Sporting Activities

Year round temperatures averaging 22 degrees combined with a low level of rainfall provide an ideal climate for outdoor ventures. Whether on land, at sea or in the skies, Tenerife provides outdoor adventure for all types of travellers. Check them out HERE

Tenerife – Markets

Everyone loves a market and the island is home to a wealth of covered, outdoor and street markets. Many specialise in a particular type of goods while others selling the same product move from site to site. Most open early in the morning and close early afternoon. Follow this link for a list of Tenerife Markets

Tenerife – Museums

The museums of Tenerife are accessible to all sections of the community regardless of limited mobility or communication. Follow the link to find a comprehensive list of Tenerife – Museums

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The Benefits of Coconut Oil.

When Jim was in the UK last week and I stayed at home, I woke one morning at 5.00 am. I was brewing coffee before the sun was up and it seemed I was listening to the whole world snoring gently, well at least two girls in my house were and I didn´t want to disturb them.

There is something about being productive at 5.00 am that is foreign to me and probably, because of the ungodly hour and the jobs I managed to get through, by the time breakfast came around, I was starving. Usually I just have freshly squeezed orange juice, a coffee and a slice of toast spread with Marmite but that day I couldn´t distract my taste buds from wanting something sweet.

Generally, I am not a lover of sugar and loath sweeteners; I have never had either in my coffee, believing that replacing one sweetener with another simply keeps the addiction alive. So out came the blender and I made this smoothie which is rich with fruit, creamy and very filling. I used some coconut oil, as I believe it is supposed to give you an energy boost and unlike other oils, it has a mild coconut flavour and scent, which adds a little extra to the smoothie. I can´t honestly say that I found much of a boost to my energy levels but at least I still managed to go for our walk rather than fall back into bed. For anyone trying to find it here I have seen it in Lidl but I got mine from Tesco in the UK where it is very cheap and keeps for ages.

Ingredients – as always very adaptable

175ml Milk (or as I did 1 small yogurt and 100ml milk)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
dash ground nutmeg
3-4 tablespoons rolled oats
6-8 oz. fresh or frozen fruit whatever you have
1 tablespoons coconut oil

I had strawberries but I always keep a pack of frozen mixed berries in the freezer for whenever I get the urge for something that feels decadent. 

Place all ingredients except coconut oil into a blender and blend until smooth while pouring coconut oil into blender in a steady stream.



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Multicultural Craft Market – Los Cristianos, Tenerife

It was fortunate that I wasn´t busy one sunny Saturday in February so Jim and I took the girls down to see what was on offer at the Mercado de Artesanía Multicultural, set up around the Culture Centre in Los Cristianos. I say fortunate because I made the mistake of reading the poster, which indicates the event runs from 21st February to end of March….. But you can´t always believe everything you read.

I love these sort of events where you can pick up local goods such as pottery, basketry, hand-made jewellery, wooden toys, leather goods and of course, food and drink. The advantage of this particular fair was you could learn about the different cultures living in this part of the island, as there were 40 stalls all offering high quality goods relating to their own ethnicity – so something to attract and interest most people.

I took the opportunity to stock up, on Almond and Orange Bread, Honey from San Miguel, Cheese from Santa Cruz and buns and biscuits made in Arona town.  I slipped up by not taking the opportunity to buy some hand-made soap or sweets as I thought I could visit the following weekend. NOT SO!  It was a one-day only ‘happening’, which if I had missed it I would have been very disappointed.  Luckily, it will be repeated again on 28th March, but folks do not make plans for visiting at any other time as it won´t be around.  

Whilst we were shopping there was traditional music being played in the background that gave the whole area a fun and energised feeling that was obviously attracting lots of residents as well as tourists. We sometimes forget that Los Cristianos was not always a resort but a very old fishing town and that particular Saturday afternoon was like stepping back in time to see how possibly commerce was carried out during the 50s and 60s.

I am posting this now as both a reminder to myself and a heads up to anyone who missed the last event to get down to Los Cristianos between 10.00am and 6.00pm on the 28th and I will make sure I get those soaps, sweets and possibly some wine as a couple of people I know have birthdays coming up.


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