Memories of The Canary Islands; Tenerife and Lanzarote.

L5The very first time I ever travelled on a plane was to Tenerife in the Canary Islands. I was 14 years old (dare I say 29 years ago!). We went there as a family, 7 children and my mum and dad. All credit to my parents for daring to even take us on a flight, let alone abroad!

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The plane ride was exciting and, ever since then, I have always felt that the whole travel thing is part of the holiday adventure. I can remember that it was February when we arrived in Playa De Las Americas and I couldn’t believe how another country could feel so hot at that time of the year! We were staying in a large hotel right next to the beach. It all felt so tropical to me as the furthest I had been abroad before then was a day trip to Calais. The area, at that point, was up and coming with lots of property and bars being built. I can remember visiting a water park as well as spending lots of time in the swimming pool.

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I was really shocked to have found a few photos I took all those years ago. You know the ones? The tiny little square ones that you used to get back after sending them off to be developed. Thank goodness for scanners – which means I can share them on this post!

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Fast forward to 8 years later in 1993 and I was in my early twenties. I returned to Playa De Las Americas but boy how things had changed! We visited a medieval banquet and there were bars aplenty along the front all vying for your business. I returned to the same water park but, as I always do when I visit anywhere, I go out of my way to see the culture of the country so this time around I can remember visiting a banana plantation – and sampling some banana liqueur – as well as taking a trip to Mount Teide, the volcano on the island. I did lots of dancing, sampled the stereotypical english breakfast abroad as well as eating some of the local cuisine.

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The hotel I stayed in.

Moving forward again to November 2004 and this time I visited Lanzarote. I can remember at the time trying to decide between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote but the latter had the best deal at the time so that is what was settled on. We stayed at the Los Jameos Playa hotel in Puerto Del Carmen, one the of main areas on the island and not too far from the airport or Arrecife, the island’s capital.

The view from the hotel room.

The view from the hotel room.

Puerto Del Carmen had just the right mix of nightlife and I didn’t find it overcrowded or rowdy at all (I can’t speak for the present day of course!). We hired a jeep and managed to drive round the whole island during the course of the stay.

Timanfaya National Park

Timanfaya National Park

I have a number of great memories from Lanzarote including visiting the volcanos up close and seeing a geezer for the first time in Timanfaya National Park, taking a submarine trip in Puerto Calero, taking in the stunning views at Mirador Del Rio and visiting the beautiful harbour at Playa Blanca, sitting out eating lunch on the quayside.

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My favourite memories of Lanzarote was visiting the many underground caves and caverns This included the Cueva de los Verdes, which means Green Caves – named after a family rather than a colour. If you ever get to Lanzarote then you must go and find out it’s secret (which, on the tour, I was lucky enough to be chosen to reveal). There is also Jameos Del Agua. This area is part of the Atlantida volcanic cave system that was formed by the eruptions of the Corona volcano around three to four thousand years ago. It holds a stunning lagoon full of tiny white crabs which are unique to Lanzarote. There was a beautiful bar next to the Lagoon and I can imagine that it was a wonderful place to hold a function.There is also a natural concert hall with wonderful acoustics.

There are 7 islands which make up the Canaries. These include Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.

At the moment kyero.com are offering the chance to win a weeks holiday to Fuerteventura and, one of the ways to enter is to write a blog post about Spain and the Canaries. This is my entry and, if we were lucky enough to win it would mean that I would be able to return to the Canaries taking Ross and Grace who have never been to any of them! I feel certain that they would find the area as interesting and beautiful as I do. Plus, with me never having been to Fuerteventura, it would mean that Ross, Grace and I would get to explore somewhere new together.

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  1. 21/10/2014 / 9:18 pm

    Lovely post! And my gosh….MY first holiday? *thinks* Damn…I’d have to go with Texas to visit my Mum a good 9yrs ago now. Stunning place. Very different from home! Thanks so much for linking up with #MMWBH
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    • Victoria
      21/10/2014 / 9:50 pm

      Thank you Debs 🙂 I would love to go to Texas one day, that would be awesome! Thanks for hosting xx

    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 6:10 pm

      It really is amazing! 🙂 I’ve never been to Majorca, would like to one day.

  2. Izzie Anderton
    11/10/2014 / 6:46 am

    My first holiday abroad was also to Tenerife (in 1980!) and this post brought back lots of happy memories. Thanks for sharing x
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    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 6:14 pm

      I think it was the go to place to go! Lovely though 🙂

    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 6:18 pm

      It is – I really recommend it 🙂

    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 6:25 pm

      It really is 🙂 Thanks for the comment x

  3. 10/10/2014 / 1:49 pm

    What lovely memories, and well done for taking such lovely photos back then. I have hundreds of those little square ones 😉 but you’d probably have a job working out where or when they were taken. How on earth did we manage with just a viewfinder? Good luck with the competition, i would be lovely if you could go back with Grace and Ross x
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    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 6:26 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who has those photos! I used to write on the back of many of mine thankfully 🙂 I didn’t win but I really enjoyed writing this post x

    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 6:41 pm

      I would have loved to have done that x

  4. 10/10/2014 / 1:36 pm

    I scrolled down hoping for some REALLY old pics of Lanza! My parents first “discovered” the island in 1966, when no one else had hear of this third world paradise, there was no coast road, no airport building, just a landing strip. They purchased a house there when I was 5, in 1978 in Puerto del Carmen, when that was a little traditional seaside spanish village. Now it’s costa del concrete with English burger bars and all night casinos and dance clubs 🙁 We moved (our holiday home) to Costa Teguise in 1982 and visited twice a year through to 2005 when he sold it. I haven’t been back since, but knew the island like the back of my hand! So many wonderful childhood memories.
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    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 6:39 pm

      Wow! That is awesome – I wish I had some old photos to share with you x

  5. 10/10/2014 / 1:08 pm

    oh, good luck with the competition! Lovely post and great pics. We have been to Lanzarote a few times, staying in Playa Blanca with the kids are we really loved it. It’s so child friendly and gorgeous!

    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 6:41 pm

      Playa Blanca is really lovely. Thank you so much Sarah, thank you for visiting and commenting 🙂 x

  6. 10/10/2014 / 10:58 am

    The first time I ever went on a plane was to go to the Canary Islands as well! My mum only had me at the time, so it was probably not as animated as your family of 9 travelling there! x
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    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 6:42 pm

      It seems it is the go to family place 🙂 x

    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 6:43 pm

      Afraid not sweetie! Ne’er mind, we’ll get there one day 🙂

  7. Wicked World of Lucas
    10/10/2014 / 9:34 am

    Oohhhh good luck on the giveaway. What a fab prize. I loved Tenereife and we went to the medieval night as well. It was so much fun!! #pocolo

    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 6:46 pm

      Thank you – yay for the medieval night! 🙂

    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 9:55 pm

      Now that sounds like a plan! Me too 🙂 x

  8. 10/10/2014 / 6:48 am

    I’ve never been to any of these places (which is kind of not surprising as I haven’t been abroad much!).
    I’m in awe of your parents for taking seven kids abroad!
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    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 10:26 pm

      So am I Sarah – it is hard enough taking one kid!

  9. 09/10/2014 / 9:51 pm

    What great photos – it’s so interesting to see how much the locations have changed (or not) over the years. I’d love to see Timanfaya National Park and the volcanoes. The white crabs also sound really interesting. 🙂 #MMWBH
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    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 10:28 pm

      Thank you so much – really pleased you enjoyed the post 🙂

  10. 09/10/2014 / 9:08 pm

    Wow you have some great memories there. Amazing that you found some old photos from 1986 from your trip. That’s awesome. I have been there once just recently we stayed in Playa Blanca it was fantastic. I was impressed with the things they had for kids to do too. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme
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    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 10:31 pm

      I know, I was so pleased to find them. It really is beautiful there 🙂

  11. 08/10/2014 / 2:01 pm

    I really enjoyed this post. My dad has lived in Tenerife for 23 years (1991), so I have been visiting the island several times a year since I was 10 years old. It really has changed a lot, I remember when banana plantations covered most of the coast line between the villages.
    I love taking my family there now and letting them explore Teide, me dad is so enthusiastic about the Canarian culture, it’s a big part of our visits as he lives in a very small traditional village, Teide is practically in his back garden! Although my daughters prefer the coast resorts such as Adeje and a swimming pool!
    I loved your old pictures, great post!
    Xx

    • Victoria
      09/10/2014 / 12:02 pm

      I am so pleased you enjoyed it 🙂 You know the ins and outs of Tenerife then! I would definitely like to take Grace there one day. Thank you so much for visiting my blog xx

    • Victoria
      09/10/2014 / 12:00 pm

      You definitely should lovely 🙂 x

  12. ToInfinityAndIVF
    08/10/2014 / 9:35 am

    Oooh I’ve never been to Lanzarote but everyone that does go seems to love it. Its great you have a scanner to let you rediscover the little gems.
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    • Victoria
      09/10/2014 / 11:59 am

      It really is a great place to visit. I know! I am so pleased I have found these photos 🙂

    • Victoria
      19/10/2014 / 4:17 pm

      Yay! Someone else who knows it 🙂 It shocked all of us on our tour!

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