Let’s go to LORO PARK, TENERIFE with kid(s) !

And off we go… The Tenerife adventure is just about to start …I have to admit that I was a bit surprised not to say shocked this morning when I opened my eyes and saw darkness outside …  It was 7 a.m. when I woke up, cause the schedule is overcrowded as it is … But still, darkness at 7 am … (ok it’s winter and the days are a bit shorter than during the summer, and I know we’re on vacation and I should keep calm bla bla) … At 8 am there was still no sign of sun …  Only a few rain drops on our window …  Wtf  … RAIN ?!?,  it’s raining approximately few times a year on Tenerife and one of those days is one of the days I am spending here…. But luckily it was just that, a few drops and a false alarm before the sun came out …

OK Step1 of the day is a hotel restaurant where we had breakfast… Because, when you eat good the world is a much better (or in my case sunnier) place… And in his case worths „ when you’re hungry you’re not yourself” … so, Step 1- breakfast- checked.

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I evo nas možemo krenuti … Avantura Tenerife službeno počinje … Moram priznati da sam se neugodno iznenadila da ne kažem šokirala jutros pogledavši kroz prozor i shvativši da umjesto sunčevih zraka koje sam očekivala na prozoru vidim mrak … vani je mrak … Probudila sam se oko 7, jer raspored je takav natrpan kakav je, ali ipak mrak (ok siječanj je i dan je kraći nego u ljetnim mjesecima, i da znam na odmoru smo i trebala bih keep calm i uživati) … Oko osam sati još nema naznaka sunca i ne samo to nego vidim i par kapi kiše na prozoru … WTF… Kiša !?! … koja na Tenerifima pada par puta godišnje je izabrala da se taj jedan dan poklapa sa mojih nekoliko koje provodim tu … Srećom to je bila samo lažna uzbuna i doslovce par kapi prije nego se pojavilo sunce …

Ok, step 1 današnjeg dana je hotelski restorančić u kojem imamo organiziran doručak … Jer kad se fino najedeš svijet je odmah ružičastiji ili u mom slučaju sunčaniji … A i u njegovom slučaju vrijedi „kad si gladan nisi svoj“ tako da Step 1- breakfast – checked.

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We decided that today we’re gonna explore Loro parque, but before enjoying it, we just have to find some cell phone service, cause the camera on my phone decided that this could be a good time to cancel obedience . The photos, instead of beautiful photos taken with Sony experia 20,7 MP camera, are looking just about like a view through the window a day before the trip ,on a cold foggy day in Zagreb …  But fortunately that view is about 3500 km air distance away from us at this moment … Cool guys on a hotel reception gave us the address of a  cell phone service, told us where to park in town for free and gave us some tourist maps and a whole bunch of other information, and all that in my favorite foreign language , his majesty Spanish. We are entering the address in our gps in a car and in ten minutes we are in front of the service, where we have met for the first time „ face to face“ with the relax manner of the Canary islands … Working hours 10-12 and 16-18 … Really ? Too cool … Since we had about an hour of spare time we decided to walk along the town streets. Long story short, they didn’t have the camera so we left for Loro Parque. Right accross the street from the main entrance to the park, there was another cell phone service, where a nice ( and cute) „chico“ told me : I can fix it in 2-3 hours since that is so important to you, cause „el cliente es el mas importante para nosotros“… bling bling … So this is the second reason today why I want to move to Tenerife permanently ( ok it seems it’s not too hard to impress me )  🙂 . Right after first round of Loro parque I’ll have my phone back and I won’t feel like I’m handless anymore ( yeah I know, my name is Martina and I’m an addict).

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Na današnjem rasporedu je Loro parque, ali prije uživanja u istom moramo samo na brzinu pronaći neki servis mobitela jer mi je kamera na mobitelu baš sad odlučila otkazati poslušnost i slike umjesto divnih fotkica slikanih sa Sony experia kamerom od 20,7 MP ispadaju blago rečeno kao i pogled kroz prozor dan prije puta, usred zime na oblačan i maglovit dan u Zagrebu … Ali takav prizor je sada 3500 km zračne linije iza nas …  Super ljubazna ekipica s hotelske recepcije nam je dala adresu servisa, objasnili su nam gdje besplatno parkirati u gradu i dali još niz korisnih informacija i turističkih karata, i to sve na „melemu za moje uši“ španjolskom. Upisujemo adresu u gps u autu i kroz desetak minuta stižemo pred servis i tu se prvi put susrećemo „face to face“ sa potpunom opuštenošću Kanara …  Radno vrijeme 10-12 i 16-18 … Onak stvarno ? Prejako… 😉 Budući smo imali nekih sat vremena viška odlučili smo ih potrošiti na šetnju gradom. Long story short nisu imali navedenu kameru i mi smo se uputili u Loro park.
Točno preko puta ulaza u park evo još jednog servisa i kaže mi neki super ljubazan ( a i kjut) „chico“ da budući mi je to tako važno isti može popravit kroz 2-3 sata jer kao „ el cliente es el mas importante para nosotros“ … bling bling … Znači ovo je već drugi razlog danas zakaj se tu želim trajno preselit ( da ok možda i nije baš preteško impresionirati me) …  Taman nakon prve ture Loro parka imam ponovno mobitel i prestat ću se osjećati kao bez desne ruke… ( da da znam ja sam Martina and I’m an addict ).

Leaving the service, right in front of us, there it is, the main attraction of the island or as their logo says „ el „must“ de islas canarias“. Buckle up …  here it comes …

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Izlazimo iz servisa i evo ga tu je glavna atrakcija Kanara iliti  „el „must“ de islas canarias“… Vežite se polijećemo …

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Top ten things to do/see in Loro parque ( not neccesarily in that order) :

  1. Orca ocean ( with orca show)
  2. Dolphinarium ( with dolphin show )
  3. Sea lion show
  4. Parrot show
  5. Aquarium
  6. Naturavision
  7. Penguin planet
  8. Enjoy the beautiful nature surrounded with interesting animals
  9. Visit baby station where, if you’re lucky, you can see baby parrots feeding
  10. Eat something nice and if possible traditional in one of many restaurants

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Top 10 things koje nikako nemojte propustiti u Loro Parku( ne nužno tim redoslijedom) :
1. Predstavu s orkama
2. Predstavu s dupinima
3. Predstavu s morskim lavovima
4. Predstavu s papigama
5. Aquarium
6. Naturavision
7. Planet pingvina
8. Uživanciju u prekrasnoj prirodi okruženi zanimljivim životinjama
9. Posjetiti baby station gdje ćete ako vam se posreći vidjeti kako se hrane bebe papige
10. Pojesti nešto fino i po mogućnosti tradicionalno u jednom od mnogobrojnih restorana

Right at the entrance there is a palm tree alley and a beautiful environment … the mood level is rising …

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Već na ulazu očekuju nas palme i prekrasno uređen okoliš… Raspoloženje raste …

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Loro Parque is a 13.5-hectare (33-acre) zoo on the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz, founded at 1972. With more than 40 million visitors by now. It’s a home to over 4000 parrots ( loro is Spanish for parrot) – 350 different species and subspecies and is world’s no 1 for parrot research. A few more interesting information about Loro parque :

  • The biggest dolphin show pool in Europe
  • Biggest world indoor penguin exhibition
  • Biggest thai village outside of Thailand
  • One of two places in Europe that holds orcas

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Loro park se prostire na 13,5 hektara površine u neposrednoj blizini grada Puerto de la Cruz, osnovan je 1972 godine i do danas ga je posjetilo više od 40 milijuna posjetitelja. Dom je preko 4000 papiga (loro je na španjolskom papiga) – 350 različitih vrsta i podvrsta te je svjetski broj jedan za proučavanje i rad s papigama. Još neke važne zanimljivosti vezane uz Loro park :

• Najveći bazen za show sa delfinima u Europi
• Najveća svjetska „izložba“ pingvina na zatvorenom
• Najveće Thai village izvan Tajlanda
• Jedno od dva mjesta u Europi koje drži orke ( info zbog koje ljubitelji životinja i nisu baš oduševljeni)

 

Loro parque, so as his brother the biggest water park in Europe, Siam Park are decorated in Thai style …

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Loro park, kao i njegov brat, najveći vodeni park u Europi Siam Park uređeni su u tajlandskom stilu…

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I bought the tickets from the comfort of my chair in Zagreb, because that is the way to speed up the procedure, because the line for prepaid tickets is much smaller and faster …  Since this is the main attraction of the Canary Islands the waiting line can be pretty long …  Any way it’s really simple, a few clicks to log in to Loro park page http://www.loroparque.com/ and a few more clicks to buy a ticket ( we bought a Twin ticket that is worth for Siam park as well, since that is the cheapest version … and you get to park without lines, waiting, melting on the sun or similar ( you can go out and re-enter as many times you want you just have to get a mark at the entrance ) … which is pretty handy while dealin’ with kids … So the heaven and the kingdom of parrots, and other animals that perform all kinds of shows are right in front of you … The animal shows are often criticized by the animal organizations … Each show performs few times a day, and this is the schedule http://www.loroparque.com/index.php/el-parque/prepara-tu-visita/horarios-shows-y-atracciones, the time between shows should be used for park sightseeing, enjoying the nature or a short food break ( we prefer traditional food ) http://www.loroparque.com/index.php/el-parque/prepara-tu-visita/restaurantes.

Ulaznice sam kupila iz udobnosti fotelje preko neta jer na taj način ubrzavate proceduru, red za unaprijed kupljene karte je puno manji i puno brže se kreće. Budući da je ovo glavna atrakcija Kanara zna bit popriličan red na blagajnama … Ugl jako je jednostavno, par klikova da bi se logiralo na stranicu http://www.loroparque.com/ i još par klikova za kupnju karte ( mi smo kupili Twin ticket koja vrijedi i za Siam Park na jugu, jer je to najjeftinija verzija) i bez ikakve tlake , gužve ili topljenja na suncu ulazite u park ( može su ulaziti i izlazite nebrojeno puta … Teta na ulazu vam stavi štambilj na ruku, ko nekad u discu i you’re good to go) što je dobro kad ste tu s klincima … Carstvo i raj za papige a i niz drugih životinja gdje se održavaju predstave sa treniranim životinjama … orkama, dupinima, morskim lavovima, papigama … zbog čega se loro park često nalazi na meti organizacija za zaštitu životinja je pred vama … Predstave se odvijaju prema rasporedu koji možete ovdje vidjeti http://www.loroparque.com/index.php/el-parque/prepara-tu-visita/horarios-shows-y-atracciones , vrijeme između predstava koristite za razgledavanje ili za kratak predah za klopicu (mi preferiramo tradicionalnu) … http://www.loroparque.com/index.php/el-parque/prepara-tu-visita/restaurantes.

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As I said earlier, we like traditional food of the country that we are staying in so today’s choice are Papas arrugadas ( wrinkled potatos) – smaller potatos boiled in pretty salty water in their „jackets“ served as a side dish to meat or fish or as a single dish but mandatory served with Mojo. We ate at a cool rustic place across the street from the main entrance to the park. It’s Punta Brava restaurant. Mojo –  is a piquant sauce which may be orange, red, or green depending on its ingredients, that is eaten with fish or meat or potatoes and is the most typical food of the Canaries. This dressing has olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and spices. For red mojo, the spice is paprika. For green mojo, the spice is coriander, and it may contain cilantro and parsley. For mojo picon, the spice is hot chili peppers. The green mojo usually accompanies fish and the red and picon accompanies meat. The green mojo usually accompanies fish and the red and picon accompanies meat.

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Kao što sam rekla ranije, budući da kad smo negdje preferiramo tradicionalnu hranu tog kraja današnji izbor pao je na Papas arrugadas con mojo – manji krumpiri kuhani u kori u dosta slanoj vodi servirani kao prilog uz meso ili ribu ili kao samostalno jelo, u prekrasnom rustikalnom restorančiću Punta Brava preko puta glavnog ulaza u park .
Mojo – je pikantan umak koji može biti narančast, crven ili zelen ovisno o namirnicama od kojih je pripremljen i jede se s ribom, mesom i krumpirima. Smatra se jednim od najtipičnijih kanarskih jela/umaka Ovaj umak sadrži maslinovo ulje, ocat, češnjak, sol i začine. Za crveni mojo začin je paprika. Za zeleni mojo začin je korijander i može sadržavati peršin. Za spicy mojo začin su ljute čili papričice. Zeleni mojo se obično poslužuje uz ribu a crveni i ljuti uz meso.

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With our stomachs full and with fixed phone ( whose repair was cheaper than we thought, cause the camera wasn’t broken but there was just some short circuit and it was really easy and fast to fix, so they won’t charge it much  🙂 don’t you just love canarians ) we can conclude that this day has met the expectations fully. This is surely the location that I highly recommend to everybody, especially if you are with kids.

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Punih trbuščića i popravljenog mobitela (čiji je popravak ispao jeftiniji nego je trebao jer kad su ga otvorili skužili su da nije kvar u mobu nego se samo nešto otpojilo i bilo je brzo gotovo i jednostavno pa će mi naravno i manje, gotovo ništa naplatiti …- don’t you just looove canarians-( i opet se želim tu preselit) zaključujemo da je današnji dan u potpunosti ispunio sva očekivanja. Ovo je definitivno lokacija koju preporučam svima a pogotovo ako ste u dječjem društvu jer ovo je doslovce raj za klince.

 

Stay tuned…. Puerto de a Cruz coming up pretty soon…. :*

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Stay tuned slijedi Puerto de la Cruz … :*

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