Our blog post series “What we love about Tenerife” – Part 14: Adán
Tenerife, my home, the place where I was born and raised, where I grew as a person, enjoying the incredible contracting environments.
I really would like to explain what it feels like to live in Tenerife, but I don’t know how to describe this feeling… maybe a sense of freedom? Tranquility? I don’t know, but if you would like to experience it you will have to come to visit Tenerife, the magic is everywhere.
It’s an island where peace seems to reign over every area… but it’s only a sensation, because you’ll find adventure and adrenaline rushes in every corner of the island.
I still remember, as if it were yesterday, catching my very first waves as a “little surfer”, and the tortillas my mum made, but the truth is that more than 20 years have gone by since then. 20 years during which I never went anywhere without my surf and bodyboard.
My friends asked me what I like most about Tenerife and I don’t know what to answer. On the one hand there are the beaches like El Soccorro, Los Patos, Santana, el Ancón, Bollullo, la Fajana, Castro… I could describe the beauty of each of them, but the one that affects me most is the “Playa del Socorro”, where I have spent half of my life.
On Socorro beach, Julián, the lifeguard, taught us how to become great surfers. His first rule was to respect our environment, the beach, as well as the people. Señora Carmen, who is always there in her kiosk, where she sells great hot dogs, has taken care of us all our lives, with a smile on her face and a willing helping hand whenever needed. You can even leave your car keys at her kiosk while you go surfing and she will keep them safe for you.
On the other hand I love the sensation of living here, where you have the sun, mountains, the sea, rain, clouds… and all of this on a small island, which doesn’t even appear on some maps :-))
Walking, roller skating, climbing, hiking along a gorge or through one of our forests, while our father, Mount Teide, is always taking care of us, running or cycling until you get to one of those magical places, where we can disconnect from the rest of the world, where you take a deep breath and think: this is my country!
I remember a couple of times I went running to Corona, a beautiful hillside in the area of Los Realejos, where you will see paragliders from all over the world. They come here, because it is the only place in Europe where you can fly all year, winter or summer, it doesn’t matter if it is cold or warm… I love to sit and watch them dance in the sky… it’s amazing. I think one day soon I’m going to try to take off with them too to get the feeling of freedom and a bird’s eye view of my island.
Moreover, you can find many things that make Tenerife special down on the seabed – you can go diving during all year round to discover the underwater world and discover the variety of flora and fauna there. I think this connection with nature makes it so special. If magic exists, you can feel it in your own bones here!