Look at those mountains!
Trip Start Jun 12, 2007
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We didn't get chance to get any provisions when we arrived so we made our first port of call a small café where we ordered a croissant and coffee each. When they arrived we realised that we could have actually shared one as they have to be the most enormous croissants we've seen. After breakfast we bought supplies at the local supermarket so that we can have breakfast on our balcony for the remainder of our stay.
There was a market which had set up opposite where we are staying, so we decided to take a wander round as John likes looking round markets - this one though was pretty much full of the general tourist tat that you find, with everything labelled up with 'Tenerife' on it - except one stall where I saw a bag I wanted to buy and had good fun haggling the price of it and eventually bought it at a much lesser price
As we had got up late it ended up being lunchtime before we were ready to get in the car and go, so we had something to eat then got on our merry way. First impressions of Tenerife are that it's extremely mountainous and has masses of banana plantations, it's beautiful. Upon seeing the banana plantations my mission for the day was set - find a stall selling fresh bananas.
First stop was Los Gigantes - this is a small tourist harbour, it's fairly low-key and the main reason for the visit here was to see Acantilados de Los Gigantes (Giants' Cliffs). These lava formed cliffs rise around 600m out of the sea, there isn't really anything other than the cliffs here to see, but they are quite dramatic.
We decided to make our way along to Masca, which is a village that sits isolated amongst wild mountain scenery. We had read plenty that advised us not to attempt driving a hire car round these winding roads, but as John is such an excellent driver and can turn any car on a sixpence, I thought we would do it anyway
Along the way there was a viewing point where we pulled off the road to find a small stall selling - amongst other things, fresh bananas! I'm not quite sure why, but the stall owner seemed to find it extremely funny that we only wanted to buy two - maybe it was the way we said it - who knows, but we got our bananas and very nice they were too
When we reached Masca there was a small café still open, so we ordered banana cake and coffee and sat outside taking in the dramatic views. The sun was going down and it was glistening on the sea, there was also a haze around the mountains which made it quite atmospheric.
On the way back we didn't really come across any other cars, we more or less had the whole ravine to ourselves. It was very strange actually because John pulled over for me to take a photograph of the sun going down through the gorge and within a minute of us pulling over we were suddenly joined by 4 cars and a mini bus!! It was like they came out of the rock face, no idea where they all came from, but it kinda took the moment away to be surrounded by other people, so we got back in the car and moved on - the sky glowed a golden colour and the sun disappeared into the sea - I love watching the sun set.
It was wonderful feeling the sun on my face today, bearing my legs to the elements for the first time after winter and going along barefoot in the car - these things made me feel free and happy today.