Tenerife!..That`s Amore!

The Story of a Wanderer Intoxicated by Wanderlust

Probably the first thought after reading the title will be why amore, Tenerife is in Spain right?…Well, the story goes like this, “That`s Amore“ it is the name of a pastry shop in El Medano, Tenerife. I came across it while walking around that little town on the south shore of the island. I was hungry like a wolf, I was cold, unfortunately, I was wearing some short pants, and I should not have to, wind turns out to be not so friendly, and since I love pasties I entered immediately the moment I have seen the shop. Hmmmm..it was a delight.

Teide National Park, Tenerife
Teide National Park, Tenerife

 

Anyway, this is not a gastronomic report, so let`s do continue..“That`s Amore“ it is also the name of a song I was singing while I was in Parga Greece last year when I was having a stroll along the shores, under the sun through the olive orchards. So, to cut the story short, I started to sing while I was still in the shop. Probably everybody thought I am insane, including the friends I was with, they did not know the song and did not notice the name of the shop either…they were having a pretty perplexed face…“When the moon hits your eyes like a big pizza pie.That`s Amoreeee..“

Sunset, Teide National Park, Tenerife
Sunset, Teide National Park, Tenerife

Enough blubbering lets`s begin.
Took me 8 years to return to the islands of my dreams, but, I finally did it. I went in a vacation to Tenerife Island. Since last time I visited Fuerteventura, I did not know what to expect, and I did not try too hard to figure out what is going to be there, I just wanted to see, and eventually, to be amazed. Ohh..I was so right when I was waiting to be amazed, because right from the beginning while the plane was getting closer to the island I could see the peak of El Teide Volcano rising like a lighthouse from the surrounding sea of clouds. My face looked like it was glued to the small airplane window when I was trying to see every feature of the island, and felt like drops of excitement were starting to pour through my veins. Adrenalin was pumping and at that moment, I was feeling like the happiest person on Earth while I was keeping under scrutiny the entire island from above.

Puerto dela Cruz, Tenerife
Puerto dela Cruz, Tenerife

Any respectable blog will give to its readers tons of information about the island, how to get there, where to go or what are the costs.But, this is not a respectable blog, this is my blog, and this is my experience, with tons of emotions and feelings instead.But seriously now, if you the reader want more information, you can go to The Lonely Planet site or any other site and found out more.

The fields of lava in the old crater
The fields of lava in the old crater

Although I have seen the island from above, I do not think I realized how beautiful it is until I was knocking at the gates of Teide National Park and I entered a realm so fascinating that kept me hooked up till my last day on the island, and even now, my mind is still there walking on those fields of lava
Spending so many time up there made me realized that all I could see were, in fact, the evidence of a perpetual transformation undergone by this island.

The old Crater which bores evidence of chemicals deposits from the past gas emissions during volcanic eruptions
The old Crater which bores evidence of chemicals deposits from the past gas emissions during volcanic eruptions

It is not the presence of volcanoes that made me feel like right under my eyes these transformations occurs, but by looking around, what I could see was a permanent fight between all the five elements.
The fire, which with its incredible power made the crust of the Earth crack and reveals its basaltic lairs while melted lava was flowing down towards the ocean. Rising little by little the island above the ocean.

Lava field around Boca del Teuce
Lava field around Boca del Teuce

The earth which after being cooled off by the ocean`s waters was creating a mountainous landscape full of ravines and gorges on which roads were winding in the most unexpected curves opening in front of the traveler the most spectacular views.

The roads winding across the mountain which looks like the back of a stone dragon, in Teno Rural Park
The roads winding across the mountain which looks like the back of a stone dragon, in Teno Rural Park

Tracking in the gorges I had the most amazing experience I ever had. Felt that I was walking in some lost world expecting to see some extinct animals to appear any moments, and the more I was deepening in the gorge, I felt like my admiration towards nature`s beauty was even bigger than before. I was joking saying that this hike is truly orgasmic taking me to the highs of ecstasy, and anyone who was taking the hike from Masca Village on Teno Mountain to la Playa del Masca knows I am right.

Masca Gorge, Teno Rural Park, Tenerife
Masca Gorge, Teno Rural Park, Tenerife

The water, that ocean which seems to be an immensity of water surrounding the island from every corner and its waves which are trying to conquer once more the very territories which were once underneath its cover. Shores are battered by masses of water, a powerful force which keeps the entire island under siege carving its shores.

Las Tersitas wall, Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Las Tersitas wall, Santa Cruz, Tenerife

I would have walked on the shores around the island if it could have been possible just to see every single beach and bay formed by the permanent clash between water and earth and feel their energies releasing the moment are colliding.

The west part of the island, from the Teno Rural Park
The west part of the island, from the Teno Rural Park

The air, the wind is taking its toll on the island as well sweeping its surfaces and molding its appearance.There isn`t anything escaping its touch. Mountains are carved getting more pointy features. Rocks are smoothed or ripped from the bosom of the mountains. Trees are slapped and all the plants are bullied by the touch of the wind. Although the island is the wind`s playground, moving the fog and the clouds over the tops, surfers are the happiest in the South when the winds are bringing the waves they want.

The back beach in Puerto dela Cruz
The back beach in Puerto dela Cruz

The wood, probably millions of years when the entire island was in flames nobody would have thought that there could be ever growing something there. But it did. Inch by inch, rock by rock, nature was sending its green threads all over the island.

Anga park
Anga park

The black rocks were covered with a hint of green, trees were deepening their roots in the lava fields and against all odds, the island was brought to life. Being green lavish in the North, desert like in the South, pine forest on the mountains and palm trees and all sort of vegetation in the ravines bringing green clothes to islands burnt body, trying to protect the island from the sun burnt or from the wind whipping.

Shores of Amarillas Natural Reservation
Shores of Amarillas Natural Reservation

The entire island fascinated me, showing me the entire process of creation. That moment I realized that nothing else matters, we are coming and going, keeping ourselves imprisoned in our own petty world in our minds, missing so much when we are not out there, listening to the lessons nature is giving us..

El Medano Beach, Tenerife, Canary Islands
El Medano Beach, Tenerife, Canary Islands