Tenerife, the Eternal Spring Island, greeted us with a gentle wind, but with a temperature of many degrees above those in the country, where, in anticipation of the snowdrops, we found a fluffy and consistent snow layer. The Wizzair plane landed smoothly on Tenerife South Airport, and in a few minutes we were in front of the Cicar Car Rental Office and, after we signed a pile of documents, I received the key of the car that I had booked from the country. Or at least I thought so 🙂
It was already a night, and we were in the parking lot where our ladybug, an Opel Astra, was supposed to be waiting for us, as I had already requested in the country. Only the machine number that was entrusted to us corresponded to a seven-seater Opel! A real tragedy for these small islands where almost all tourists rent cars, parking lots are very hunted, and many streets are so narrow that you are slipping hard. True, we thought it would be good to have a stronger car, because the Canary Islands have many roads through the mountains, but we did not imagine we would spend the next 16 days in such a big car.
Guided by a GPS that did not respond to our wishes, we headed to Guimar, the town near Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where we were supposed to spend the night and much of the next day.
We got to the Rural Casona Santo Domingo Hotel, a place I liked from the first moment. It is a small rustic hotel, built in the traditional Canarian style, but it has all the facilities of a modern location.
The rooms are individually decorated and are very clean with the same rustic look.
Nathalie, the lady who manages the hotel, was extremely friendly and presented us with the hotel as well as the inner courtyard of the hotel, which left us without words: colorful, full of flowers and tastefully decorated, I did not want to go anymore from there 🙂
Then we went to the hotel’s restaurant, where only traditional homemade dishes were waiting for us, and the waiter, a cheerful canariot, curious to learn about Romania, brought us near the table menu.
We were not very much in the theme of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, so I asked him to choose for us, saying I also want papas arrugadas, the famous small potatoes, cooked in shell and served with sauce Mojo … a delight. Plus a liter of Sangria and everything was perfect 🙂
We had breakfast outside in the inner courtyard of the Rural Hotel Casona Santo Domingo in the morning and would have stayed for many hours on this terrace if we had not been under the threat of time.
The room price was 68 euros, a little expensive, but for February, when Tenerife Island is full of tourists and for the very good accommodation we found there, I say it was worth it.
We left behind this little corner of heaven and, for a price of 11 Euros per person, we visited one of the most important attractions of the area, the Guimar Pyramids, runned by the Guimar Pyramid Ethnographic Park, funded by the Norwegian company Fred Olsen, which also has several shipping lines linking the Canary Islands. Also in the administration of the Ethnographic Park is the Casa Chacona Museum, which has an impressive collection of photos of the world’s most important pyramids, an Auditorium, models of vessels that crossed the oceans, and some permanent exhibitions.
Discussions about the origin of Guimar Pyramids have created many controversies over time: while some archaeologists believe that they are just natural terraces made of stones, others believe they were made by humans and would resemble the pyramids from Peru, Mexico and Mesopotamia.
In fact, we found there six structures made of volcanic stones, without any mortar between them, and we admired their beauty, beyond the origins and purpose for which they were created. These pyramids are surrounded by sumptuous gardens, giant cactus and palm trees.
We walked among the Aloe Vera plants and the cacti of the garden for two hours, then went through the souvenir shop, bought something symbolic and left Guimar for other attractions we were waiting for in Tenerife and not only 🙂
The next article will be about a very important event taking place every year in Tenerife and where we spent in the most beautiful time !!! 🙂 But, until then, watch Wizzair’s offers to Tenerife and do not forget that they are flying directly to the Island of Evergreen Spring 🙂
I hug you!