Let’s go to SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE & ICOD DE LOS VINOS, TENERIFE with kid(s) !

Day three … As I announced in the last post, today we’re headed to Icod de los Vinos to visit El Drago Milenario, and after that we’re planning to explore the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Today’s plan also includes leaving the northern side of the island and move to the south. To be exact to Palm Mar (a small town a few kilometers away from Playa de las Americas) … Let’s go step by step…

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Dan treći … Kao što smo i najavili u prošlom postu, danas krećemo u Icod de los Vinos kako bismo posjetili El Drago Milenario, nakon čega nas put vodi u glavni grad Santa Cruz de Tenerife, te selimo na jug otoka gdje smo smješteni nekoliko kilometara od Playa de las Americas u malom gradiću PalmMaru. Krećemo stvar po stvar …

So we set off from Puerto de la Cruz to more northern part of the island (surrounded with banana plantations) to get to Icod de los Vinos.

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Krenuli smo iz Puerto de la Cruza  još prema sjeveru otoka (okruženi plantažama banana) kako bismo stigli u Icod de los Vinos.

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The village got its name from its winemaking tradition, but its reputation is mainly due to his most famous resident El Drago Milenario, about three thousand year old tree. The tree is 22 meters high, the lower trunk diameter is 10 meters, and the estimated weight is 70 tones. The territory around Icod de los Vinos is known for the fact that it is surrounded with fertile fields and that is why banana plantation and wine making are very outspread here.

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Maleno mjesto koje je naziv dobilo po svojoj vinogradarskoj povijesti. No međutim danas je mjesto poznato po svojem najpoznatijem „stanovniku“ tri tisuće godina starom drvu poznatom pod nazivom El Drago Milenario. Drvo je visoko 22 metra, donji promjer debla je 10 metara, a procijenjena težina je 70 tona. Područje u okolici Icod de los Vinosa poznato je po činjenici da je okruženo plodnim poljima zbog čega je ovdje raširen uzgoj banana te vinogradarstvo.

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You also have a beautiful view to El Teide volcano ( it’s visible from every part of the island )

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Također se pruža divan pogled na vulkan El Teide ( vulkan je vidljiv iz svakog djela otoka, gdjegod se nalazili)

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After we conquered northern part of the island we’re off a bit more south-eastern … To be specific 47 kilometers souht eastern, to the capital city Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It has about 200 000 inhabitants and is the most important center of the island. Right next to the city is a small village named San Andres where you can find one of the most beautiful beaches of the island or maybe of all Canary Islands, Las Teresitas. In the past it was a small rock made beach with just some black volcanic sand, but then in 1973. 270.000 tones of white sand was imported from a Sahara desert and then again in 1998.  to replace the sand that was missing. The artificial wind protection was also made so that visitor would enjoy the sea without waves bothering them. Of course that we decided to take a walk around that famous sand. The day was pretty cloudy, so no swimming today …

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Nakon sjevernog dijela krećemo malo jugoistočnije (jel jugoistočnije uopće riječ ? 🙂 ) točnije u 47 km udaljeni glavni grad Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Trenutno ima oko 200 000 stanovnika i glavno je središte otoka. U blizini grada, točnije u malom selu San Andres nalazi se jedna od najpoznatijih plaža otoka, čak i cijelih Kanara, Las Teresitas (prvotno manja plaža načinjena uglavnom od kamenja i nešto malo crnog vulkanskog pijeska) , za koju je bijeli pustinjski pijesak uvezen iz Sahare te su izgrađeni molovi i nasipi kao zaštita kako jak vjetar ne bi ometao uživanje na ovoj ljepotici. 1973 uvezeno je 270.000 tona pustinjskog pijeska te ponovno 280.000 tona 25 godina kasnije 1998 kako bi se dopunio pijesak koji je nedostajao. Naravno da smo odlučili prošetati po čuvenom pijesku iako je dan bio poprilično hladnjikav zbog naoblake, tako da opet ništa od kupanja …

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Ok Las Teresitas – checked … We’re off to Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The first stop is the city Auditorium (one of the most famous canary construction, or maybe even of the whole spanish architecture). It’s located in the central part of the town, next to the canary „twins“ the tallest buildings of canary islands and it’s on the southern part of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife port at the coast of the Atlantic ocean. Lots of cultural and music events were held at this place.

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Ok Las Teresitas – checked … Krećemo u Santa Cruz. Prvo stajalište nam je gradski Auditorium (jedna od najpoznatijih građevina Kanara a i španjolske arhitekture općenito). Smješten je u centralnom dijelu grada, u blizini “twinsa”, najviših zgrada kanara i nalazi se na južnom dijelu luke Santa Cruz de Tenerife na obali Atlantskog oceana. Ovdje se održava niz kulturnih i glazbenih događanja.

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The rocks that are sourounding the building are decorated with the pictures of worlds famous music artists.

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Kamenje koje okružuje građevinu ocrtano je poznatim svjetskim glazbenim umjetnicima.

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After some culture it’s time to do some shopping … Not everyday shopping cause we are headed to popular african market known as Mercado Nuestra Senora de Africa.

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Nakon kulturnog uzdizanja došao je red na malo šopinga … Ne baš svakodnevnog jer smo se uputili na dobro poznatu afričku tržnicu poznatu pod nazivom Mercado Nuestra Senora de Africa.

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It can be called a typical city market but unlike the others I have visited there are lots of things like fish and fruit and vegetables that I could consider to be less familiar or even unfamiliar to me … ( ok I just realized that I didn’t take the photos of the most unfamiliar things…. 😦 )

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Tipičnu gradsku tržnicu samo što za razliku od onih na kojima sam do sada bila ovdje ima puno veći izbor ribe i voća i povrća koje bih ja mogla okarakterizirati kao manje poznato ako ne čak i nepoznato … ( ok sad sam skužila da je moja oduševljenost i očaranost nepoznatim rezultirala činjenicom da isto nemam ovjekovječeno na slikama… 😦 )

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Ok it’s really time for a coffee break ( and an ice cream of course ) … Luckily there is a cute playground right in the middle of the market so we can combine ” business with pleasure”… and take a quick break.

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Ok sad je stvarno vrijeme za coffee break ( i sladoled naravno)… Srećom usred tržnice se nalazi fora parkić za klince pa ćemo spojiti ugodno s korisnim i malo predahnuti…

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Since time was not on our side we decided to look around the city by car with just quick stops …

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Ostatak gradskih znamenitosti odlučili smo pogledati brzinski iz auta uz kratke stanke jer nam vrijeme baš i nije bilo saveznik …

 

 

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Santa Cruz browsed and off we go towards south … Since the distance between north and south of the island isn’t more than 100 kilometers, we got there in about an hour of light driving (light driving cause the island is perfectly connected with highways – which are free of charge by the way … and I just wanted to point out that there are no traffic lights on the island … I’ve literally seen only two of them … the traffic is regulated with rotors). The ride is really pleasant and we are using her to look around the banana plantations, windmills, other natural beauties and all that under the eye of el Teide which you can see from every part of the island. After stopping at one of the plantations so we could try banana “straight from the tree”, we are arriving to Palm Mar and accommodating in the apartment. I just have to mention that bananas here are much smaller and at least three times sweeter than the ones that we are used to eat in Croatia.

Our host is more than kind, he is very friendly, gives us maps of the island ( southern part), tells us what we shouldn’t miss, gives us a key to the garage so we wouldn’t bother with the parking (which is not hard to find and is also free of charge) and generally leaves a really good impression. Our plan is to freshen up a little and get some dinner at Los Cristianos. and according to food … I forgot to show you today’s traditional food … So here it is … Rancho canario – this is a soup that resembles the cocido Madrileño and contains chicken, pork, chick peas, thick noodles, potatoes, cabbage, and carrots. There are many variations but the vegetables are always present. Sometimes the dish is prepared as a creamed soup.

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Santa Cruz razgledan i krećemo prema jugu … Budući da od sjevera do juga ima samo stotinjak kilometara na odredište stižemo za sat vremena lagane vožnje (lagane jer je otok savršeno povezan autocestom koja je uz to i u potpunosti besplatna … I da ne zaboravimo, i gorivo je dosta jeftinije nego kod nas a i do sad sam na otoku vidla samo doslovce dva semafora … Cjelokupan promet reguliran je rotorima). Vožnja je stvarno ugodna i koristimo ju za razgledavanje plantaža banana, vjetrenjača, ostalih prirodnih ljepota i to sve pod budnim okom El Teide-a koji se vidi sa svake strane otoka gdje god se nalazili. Nakon zaustavljanja na jednoj od plantaža kako bismo probali bananu “ravno s drva” stižemo u Palm Mar i smještamo se u apartman. Moram samo napomenuti da su banane puno manje i barem tri puta slađe od banana koje smo mi ovdje navikli jesti.

Domaćin je i više nego ljubazan, upoznaje nas sa svime što bi nam moglo trebati, ponovno nam daje karte otoka (juga) govori što ne bismo smjeli propustiti, daje nam i ključ od garaže kako se ne bismo gnjavili s parkingom (kojeg ima i besplatan je) i generalno ostavlja i više nego dobar dojam. Plan je nakon kraćeg odmora i predaha otići na večeru i večernju šetnju u Los Cristianos. Kad smo već kod hrane zaboravila sam vam pokazati današnji tradicionalan ručak … Here it is …  Rancho canario – nešto između juhe i variva koje se sastoji od piletine, svinjetine, slanutka, širokih rezanaca, krumpira, kupusa i mrkve. Postoji puno varijanti ovog jela ali povrće je uvijek prisutno. Ponekad je jelo pripremljeno kao krem juha.

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Since we had a pretty active rhythm today and we saw and experience a lots of things … we decided that tomorrow would be much slower and more relaxed day so we could recharge our batteries … so we’ll spend a day in Siam Park  …

Stay tuned … Siam Park coming up soon … :*

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Budući je današnji dan bio poprilično aktivan i puno toga smo vidjeli i prošli za sutra smo odabrali malo sporiji i ležerniji ritam kako bismo napunili baterije, pa smo odlučili posjetiti Siam Park …

Stay tuned …  Slijedi Siam Park  … :*

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