One week in Tenerife, Spain

Happy New Year, everyone! I can’t believe it’s almost mid-January and this is my first post of 2015! My husband and I kicked start our New Year with a one week trip to Tenerife and we just came back on Tuesday. We had an amazing holiday – it was beautiful, the food was delicious, and the weather was great (we had sunshine all week; temperature was in the region of 21 degrees celcius all day… not bad, huh?). I think Tenerife (south Tenerife, in particular) is a great destination if you’re looking for a bit of sun, sea and sand in the winter. It’s only 4-hour flight away from London and it’s a place that won’t break your bank account.

We flew British Airways and was treated to this view as we approached the island – it was a promising start to our holiday:

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We stayed in the south west of the island, around Costa Adeje, Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos – one of the most popular resorts on the Canary Islands and definitely the place to be for sun worshippers. I don’t recommend staying in the north if your purpose of going to the island is to escape the winter chill – we did a day trip there and it was freezing!

So, in the south, we love…

The beaches (of course), feeling the warmth of the sand under our feet, soaking in the sun, swimming in the sea, and just lazing around all day.

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The food… particularly tapas and fresh seafood! I love seafood! Two restaurants that we really like and highly recommend is Cafe Epoca in Los Cristianos and El Mago in Costa Adeje. Both are highly rated on Trip Advisor and rightly so. They serve great and tasty food minus the hefty price tag. El Mago is more expensive, but it’s not overpriced… we paid around 45 euros for 3 tapas, 2 mix paellas, and 3 drinks (the beer was 1 euro for a pint). And it’s a beach front restaurant, so the view was amazing. But if you’re after cheap eats, then go to Cafe Epoca – you probably won’t pay more than 15 euros for 2 persons for a decent lunch.

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I know I said that we went to Tenerife for the sun, and of course, we got plenty of that, but we also spent a couple of days exploring the north of the island and the mountain. We had to wear our winter coats most of the time, but these places were worth it. Rent a car – you’ll be glad you did, it’s the best way of getting around the island (we pre-arranged with British Airways when we bought our tickets and picked up our car at the airport).

So, away from the sun, we love…

The majestic El Teide – the highest volcano in Spain and the highest point above sea level in the Atlantic. It has a lunar landscape (a must-go if you want to experience how it feels like to be on the moon) and it has been a popular filming location for many sci-fi directors. Do take the cable car to the peak (well, almost… you need a special permit to climb to the actual peak), but a 10-minute ride on the cable car takes you close enough and it costs 26 euros. My husband went, I didn’t – pregnant women are not allowed on the cable car! There’s a cafe at the cable car station though and with a very good wifi connection too… so, it was okay.

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Pyramids de Guimar. These pyramid-shaped structures were built from lava stones; they were discovered in 1998 and have been dated to the 19th century AD though their origins remain a mystery. It costs 12 euros to enter and takes about 2 hours to explore. You can ask for an audio guide (or not)… I think it’s worth a visit if only for the views.

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The cliff of Los Gigantes. It doesn’t need much explaining. There’s a beautiful port and town at the foot of the cliff – popular with tourists and I think it’s a nice place to stop for lunch. We did; we had a paella at a restaurant called La Paella Rustica – it was really nice, but that was before we tasted the paella at El Mago. Still, it was a good lunch.

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The mountain village of Masca… simply stunning… enough said! My only advice is: go when it’s still bright… navigating in the tight twisty mountain road at night is really not fun!

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There you go… the highlights of our trip to Tenerife. We wished we could have stayed longer, but hey, London calling!

So, to wrap it up, here’s what we brought back with us…

The recipe for our favourite coffee ‘Barraquito’: coffee with milk, condensed milk, cinnamon powder and a slice of lemon. So yummy! I’ve been making it since we came back – a perfect winter warmer.

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And of course, souvenirs. We bought quite a few things (the usual: fridge magnets, arty crafty stuff, etc), but these are my favourites: raw pearls (and I even got the seller to give me the shell which still has pearls in it for free), a bracelet made of volcanic stones, and another bracelet made of Olivine or Peridot (that is, green minerals that grow inside lava stones in Lanzarote). I’m happy!

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Yoga for pregnancy: my first session

“Don’t get me wrong, I love yoga! But my first pre-natal yoga experience was just awful.”

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I went to my first session this weekend. To be honest, I’m quite disappointed. I mean, yes, I expected to do a lot of breathing exercises, but I thought there was going to be a lot of stretching as well. Maybe it’s just me; I’m a beginner at pregnancy yoga after all. But the session that I went to didn’t leave me feeling amazing or revitalise (which is so unlike all the yoga sessions I’ve been to before I was pregnant). It certainly didn’t relieve any tensions in my muscles; in fact, it made my lower back pain worst (which, again, never happened before). The studio itself wasn’t great – it was dirty and didn’t have a relaxing feel to it. Anyway, I didn’t feel good. There are quite a few more other places that offer pre-natal yoga in my area; I’m going to try another one next weekend and I’ll let you know how it goes.

In the meantime, I found this YouTube video and the routine looks pretty good – I might just try it out before the weekend.

Pregnancy massage

“Pregnant? Treat yourself to a nice pregnancy massage. Your body will thank you afterwards.”

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Don’t underestimate what pregnancy can do to your body. I’d like to think that I’m quite fit – I mean, I do yoga every week and I cycle to work everyday. Still, my body aches, my muscles hurt and I’m constantly feeling tired; most nights, I’m in bed by 10pm, and even then, I rarely get a good night sleep. So, I’ve decided to give pregnancy massage a go. I love getting a massage. I used to go at least twice a month. I don’t know why I stopped (let’s just blame my hectic work schedule, or maybe I’m just downright lazy), but it’s a habit that I really want to get back into. I mean, everyone needs a ‘pampering me’ time every now and then, right? I just have to make that effort of calling the centre, booking for an appointment and actually go. Anyway, the pregnancy massage – I’m lucky because there’s a centre that offers it not too far away from where I live, and it’s really good! The price is a bit steep: £48 for 60 minutes and £68 for 90 minutes, but it’s worth every penny; my therapist was amazing, I felt so relax and rejuvenated afterwards. I’m definitely going back. If you live around the area, try them out: Greenwich Natural Health Centre, 70 Royal Hill, London SE10 8RF. I think you won’t be disappointed. They don’t just do pregnancy massage, they offer many other therapies as well.

Disclosure: this is a non-sponsored post; all opinions are completely my own based on my personal experience.