Hotel Gauyarmina Princess

We decided to treat ourselves to a week off, so we contacted a travel agent and booked a week in Tenerife through Tui Holidays.

News item on local social media.

The week after we booked, the holiday providers started delaying and cancelling flights. We began to get concerned when they then stated cancelling holiday destinations. It was an anxious few weeks wait to see if our holiday would be cancelled.

We were pleased to discover It wasn’t

To give some context regarding Tenerife. It has a landmass of 2,084 sq/km has a population of 966,000, with over 5 million visitors each year. It is situated 28 degrees north of the equator and 4 hours flying time from Manchester.

28degress north of the equator
4 hours flying time from Manchester

We drove up from Pradoe and got to Manchester Airport in plenty of time for our 5:45 pm flight, only to find that it had been delayed. The outcome was that we finally arrived at the hotel after 2.00 am.

The weather couldn’t have been better. There was a nice cool breeze which kept the temperature at a comfortable level. We got out and about to explore what the Island had to offer within the constraints of ensuring plenty of downtime either at the beach or beside the pool.

The hotel was fabulous

Looking over dinning room, bars & out to the pools
Pool area
Ann enjoyed the water aerobics
Outdoor dining
The coastline seemed to be wall-to-wall resorts
Strolled along the coast from resort to resort.
Not much shade (29°)
We fitted right in as tourists.
Best way to cool down.

We felt like we needed a bit of action, so we booked a bike ride. This entailed a two-hour shuttle ride up to the drop-off point at the crater of Mt Teide at 2,180mtrs. We then climbed on two old-school mountain bikes and rode the 35km down to the sea. We left in the sunshine, down through the cloud and back into the sunshine, passing little mountainside villages before winding through narrow streets on the city’s outskirts to the beach.

Crater to the Sea
Coffee Stop to adjust to the altitude
Teide Crater (2,180mtrs)
Still above the cloud
Lunch stop at 1,000mtrs
Old School Mountain Bikes (no such thing as disc breaks)
The only non-Irish people on the tour
Heading through the narrow street to the coast
Another Good Ride

The evening consisted of dinner between 7:00 & 8:30 pm, accompanied by a 500mil bottle of Spanish dry white wine. Returning to our suite to watch the sunset before heading down to the pool at about 9:30 pm, ready for a 10:00 pm start of the evening’s entertainment.

Amazing sunsets each night
The Sangria was a delight.
Motown & Soul

Each night was a different genre. We had the Two Tenors, Motown & Soul, ABBA, The Rolling Stones and the Bee Gees. They were all enjoyable in their own right.

On our last day, we took to the bikes again and cruised further around the island, checking out the beaches, views and local streets.

Promenade outside our hotel
Colourful houses
Breakwaters protect the beaches

Then all too soon, it was back to the airport for another delayed flight back to Pradoe. We were expecting to be back in Manchester at 3:45 am and be able to get a few hours of sleep before getting into catch-up on the lawns. Instead, we arrived back at 8:30 am, bringing with us a freshly brewed dose of COVID.

Ann having an airport coffee. We were the only people on the plane wearing masks

4 thoughts on “Tenerife

  1. So sorry to hear about COVID-19. I hope you feel better soon and that the lawns can wait a little longer.


  2. Thanks so much for sending! Looks fantastic. I love to live vicariously. Hope COVID soon vanishes 🙏 Love, Heather


  3. So sorry you got Covid at the end of what sounds like a fabulous trip. Bill said you sounded quite miserable this morning when you rang. We are self isolating for 5 days as Al took us to EyeClinic yesterday and Kirsty has Covid and they were with her the previous day. You Dad not very happy about it but they are very strict here. Take care. Lots of love Dad and Jill


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