Tenerife (5/5) – Last Day

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All we do here is eating and eating… we ate so much the last few days! But the food is just too good here. So today in the morning we went to the beach next to our apartment to do a little workout – but honestly my motivation wasn’t that great haha. So no more workouts on vacation. I rather go full power after the vacation again. I’ll just see it as a little break.

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Today we wanted to go up to the Teide again because yesterday the tickets were sold out so we bought tickets online for today. In the morning right before going up there I got an SMS and an e-Mail saying that the cable car is closed because of meteorological reasons. So we had to cancel our tickets and they gave us the refund – what a pitty! So we went to Tenerife without ever being on the top of the Teide…- but I would say that this is a good reason to come back to Tenerife in the future!

So instead we had to make other plans and decided to go to the south of Tenerife – to the beach of El Médano.

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It was nice but we definitely prefer the north of Tenerife over the south of Tenerife. We had lunch there and ordered a very interesting salad. It was a new salad they added to their menu and it tasted great. It was a fruit salad with grilled cheese and the bottom of it was a crepe.

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On a hot day like today it was just perfect and so refreshing. Really yummy.

Then we went to the botanical garden. It was 3 euros to pay entrance. We actually only went there because we were tired of lying around the beach all day. It was nice there but not a must see of Tenerife.

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In the evening we went to the pool terrace on top of our apartment and then for dinner in the city and that was our last day in Tenerife – tomorrow we are going to Gran Canaria!

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Tenerife (3/5) – North and West Coast

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Today we went to Garachico, to the so-called natural swimming pools. We went really early because we had a lot of things planned. It was really nice and quiet there and lots of big waves ❤ Later more and more people came and at around 10:00 it was already crowded so we left. If you go there I recommend you go early – it’s worth it, because there is not a lot of space!

I didn’t go swimming because there were so many crabs – BIG crabs! Never saw real crabs that big ever haha.

Garachico is next to Icod which is also a tourist attraction but we did not go there because it’s about a tree. I am sure it’s beautiful but we don’t really wanted to go there and maybe even pay entrance just to see a big tree.

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Then we kept driving along the coast to the west to “Buenavista” and from there we took a bus to go to “Punta de Teno” because cars are not allowed there. The bus only costs 1 Euro but only goes once per hour. The good thing was, that there were almost no people. The bus ride is really nice (sit on the right side of the bus!) because the view is amazing! You can also see the huge banana plantations.

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After that we continued our way down to the “Gigantes” but first we stopped in “El Palmar” to get lunch and in Masca (very nice landscape there). Unfortunately I don’t remember the name of the restaurant in “El Palmar” but it was so good and they gave us a dessert for free called “mousse de gofio”. It’s typical from the canary islands and soooooo yummy (unfortunately didn’t take a picture of it 😦 ). The waiter told us that he has the best mousse de gofio ever. We thought it’s probably just some try to tell us how good they are but the truth is that after 10 days on the canaray islands and trying other mousse de gofio, he was right. The mousse de gofio in el palmar is THE BEST.

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Then we went to see the “Los Gigantes” which are cliffs right next to the ocean. They are really amazing but the beach wasn’t that special to be honest. We liked the Playa de Bollullo in the north much more.

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In the evening we went to discover Puerto de la Cruz a little bit (where we stay at the apartment) and we were positively surprised by how nice it is at night. The walk next to the beach is really long and nice and there are many restaurants, bars and shops.

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Tenerife (2/5) – Mountains, Beaches and Good Food

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Today we went to the north of the island, to the ANAGA mountains. Before going there I watched videos and photos and was so excited about it. When you have a look at the map of the island you see that it’s a rather small part of it but driving there actually takes a long time because the roads there are so curvy and small that you have to go really slow. We spend almost the whole day there.

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On our map (we got it from the tourist office and the guy there was so nice and showed us so many beautiful places) are typical viewpoints marked. So we went to the first one called “Jardina”. When we arrived there it was all of a sudden really cold, very foggy and the clouds were so fast it was incredible. I recommend you bring a light jacket just in case because up there it’s cold, it turned from 26 degrees Celsius down to 15!

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After that we kept going on the “main road” (road TF-12) to go to other viewpoints and enjoyed the incredible view of the majestic moutains (that once were volcanoes), the deep blue ocean, the white and fast-moving clouds and the incredible nature of this island. We went until the end of that road to “Chamorga” but I would recommend you not to do that because there isn’t really anything to see. You better take another smaller road and go down to the beach. We took the road TF-134 to go down to Taganana and the beach “Playa de Benijo”, it’s a black beach and really nice.

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On the way down there we stopped at the restaurant (which recommended us the guy from the tourist office) called Bibi & Mana… the food was amazing and the waiters too!! Such a cute little restaurant (“Guachinche”).

In the late afternoon we went back to a beach close to the city we stayed at. This is my absolute favourite beach of Tenerife!! It’s called Playa BOLLULLO. It’s also a black beach. The waves were so big, the red flag waving but we had so much fun. Parking there was 2 Euros (because it was after 18:00, otherwise it costs 3 Euros).

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So the first day here in Tenerife was amazing! I am already in love with this island ❤

 

 

 

 

Portugal

∴ LISBON∴ PORTO

When: April 2018

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I have been wanting to go to Lisbon for a very long time. The pictures always looked so amazing and in April I finally went to Portugal during the Easter holidays. Marina and I wanted to spend the holidays together since we don’t see each other that often, because I live in Spain and she lives in Austria. First she thought about coming here to Valencia to visit me but in the end we decided to go somewhere else and explore a new place we both haven’t seen yet. So we decided to go to Portugal! We booked our flights to Lisbon and the return flight from Porto.

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I flew with the portuguese Airline TAP to Lisbon and it was the scariest flight I ever experienced. Since the wind in Valencia was REALLY STRONG (no exaggeration…) I already felt a little scared although usually I don’t mind going by plane at all. It was a really small plane with only 4 seats per row. After taking off the plane soon started shaking a lot and moving around and people screaming…and I thought: “that was it” haha. I honestly always wanted to know how I would react in situations like that (I know.. maybe weird but true) because I always thought that I would just keep calm and that it would not affect me that much. From the outside I actually kept calm, I did not scream, but from the inside it felt like an explosion. I got so sick I thought I would have to throw up and my heart was racing like it never has before. It was a horrible situation, probably my first panic attack in my life. Anyways,… the pilot handled the situation well and we arrived safely in Lisbon. Never was I happier to be on the ground again.

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Marina and I met on the airport and we went to the city together. We stayed at the Passport Lisbon Hostel (Link: http://www.passporthostel.com/en-EN/lisbon-rooms/). We stayed in a double room which was great. Every room is very funny and creative. The only thing I did not like but it seemed to me that it is a general problem in Lisbon is all the mold on the walls.

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We spent 3 days in Lisbon and walked around a lot. We went to see the LX Factory which is a little far from the city center but you could also take the bus. There are many handmade souvenirs, clothes and jewellery, book stores, bars etc. It’s definitely a nice place. We also went to see the Tram No. 28 because it’s the most famous but we did not go on a ride, we just took several pictures of it. If you go to the Santa Justa it is not necessary to take the lift. You can walk up on the other side, passing the restaurant “Bellalisa”. If you want to go all the way up you would have to buy a ticket and take the stairs from there, but if you stay at the platform there is a nice view and in my opinion it’s not worth it paying extra money just to go up a few meters more.

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On the third day we went to Porto. The plan was going by train but when we arrived to the train station they told us that there is no train because of a strike. It was a little complicated but in the end we found a very cheap bus going to Porto. We spent two days in Porto.

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While we were very lucky with the weather in Lisbon, the weather in Porto was not that nice. It was cold and rainy. Porto is also a nice city, especially when you walk through those little streets next to the river. The bridge is truly amazing and on the other side you can go for a walk along the river. We found a really cool breakfast place called “Zenith” but it was sooo full. Luckily we were the first ones because we were there before it even opened. But if you arrive just 10 minutes later you will already have to wait to get a table. It was crazy!! But their food is really amazing (see pictures below).

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All in all I liked Lisbon more even though many people told me that they preferred Porto. Lisbon is a little hippy, many tiles on the walls and a lot of street art, many handmade things etc. The trams and the bridge remind a little of San Francisco (the bridge is a mix of SF’s two bridges “Golden Gate Bridge” and “Bay Bridge”). The typical dessert “Pastel de Nata” is also really yummy and you should definitely try it.

I really liked Lisbon a lot and would definitely visit it a second time too 🙂

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Spain

ALBARRACÍN

When: June 2018

 

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We have been wanting to go to Albarracín for a while now and fiiiinally did it! The reason why it took us so long to go there is because the weather in Albarracín is completely different than the weather in Valencia. In winter it gets really cold there and even minus degrees (I know, I am from Austria and people always tell me that I should be used to the cold – but I am NOT! In fact, I don’t like cold weather at all, that’s why I live in Spain now haha)

Now in June we finally went there. We left the hot and sunny Valencia and then arrived to a cold and windy Albarracín. It is a 2 hours drive away from Valencia. We walked up to the castle walls and had an amazing view over the old town of Albarracín. It looks like a town stuck in medieval time but it’s incredibly beautiful.

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Everything there has the same colour and is made out of stones and wood. Even bigger companies/banks blend in perfectly by adapting their logos to a brown colour. We enjoyed a lot walking around there.

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After lunch we wanted to explore a little more but right after we stepped outside it started pouring – but… A LOT! We waited for a while under a little roof because usually in Valencia when it starts to rain that much, it stops quickly afterwards. So we waited and waited and nothing. It was getting really cold, my shoes and socks were already soaked and then we just decided to run to our cars. So we ran and got completely soaked, it was crazy. Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of it. We then drove back to Valencia, 2 hours in a car with completely wet clothes and hair so we turned on the heating just to get a little dry. And 2 hours later we arrived back to our hot and sunny Valencia 🙂

Here are some more pictures of Albarracín:

btw. the first time I heard about this place was on a spanish TV show called “Volando voy”. http://www.albarracin.es/