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Tenerife

Tenerife is a surprising island. You'll find a perfect weather all year around, with nice temperatures in the southern part of the island that allow you to go to the beach in Christmas and enjoy a lot of sunlight every day. Enjoy our proposals about Tenerife:

Canarian Sauces- Mojo Picon y Mojo verde

In the Canary Islands, mojos or sauces are made with vinegar and oil and served cold, as an accompaniment to potatoes, meat and fish. These mojos can be red or green and sometimes spicy, as is the mojo picon. Serve this sauce as canarios do - to accompany a meal, or serve it as a tapa with home-fried potatoes or patatas arrugadas – wrinkled potatoes

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Mojo in "canarian" language means passion. Its ingredients are the essence of the earth, all natural...These sauces are  great, great Grandmother’s secret recipe....
The taste of Mojo was enjoyed at canarian festivals using a mixture of Canary Islands and Moroccan flavours. It’s versatile like people here, ready for the taste of life, passion and love.
We want Mojo to enhance your favourite dishes like chicken, fish and meat. It is also great for pasta and salads.
The flavours will dance in your mouth. Don’t forget the tantalizing antipasto full of natural ingredients that can be enjoyed with crunchy bread - great for any occasion!

MOJO PICON ANTIPASTO  – an addictive Cocktail of stuffed spanish olives, oven roasted peppers, baby mushrooms and artichoke hearts, plunged into the original Mojo Picon Sauce. Simply indulge with bread or let your passion Run Wild!
MOJO PICON SAUCE  – the original Mojo to accompany fish, potatoes and chicken. A traditional Canary Island sauce which is part of everyday life embraces the flavours of cumin, paprika and garlic. It’s versatility enhances, meat, game, seafood and salads.
MOJO VERDE  – definitely not a pesto, but a Sensational green spanish sauce harnessing the vibrant combination of coriander, parsley and garlic. This explosion of flavours are accompanied by a hint of freshly chopped chilly. A sauce with magnificent zest to awaken fish, chicken and pasta dishes.

Recipe - Mojo Picon

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(you can also watch this video in the link  as follows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRZzq3r9cDQ)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:
•    4 dried red peppers – bell or any other non-spicy red pepper
•    1-2 slices stale white bread – crusts trimmed if very dry
•    3-4 cloves garlic, peeled
•    1/4 tsp ground cumin
•    2 tsp red pepper flakes
•    1/2 tsp coarse salt
•    1 cup extra virgin Spanish olive oil
•    1/4 cup (approximately) water or chicken broth
•    Spanish sherry vinegar to taste

Preparation:
This red pepper sauce recipe makes about 1.5 cups.
Soak the dried red bell peppers in a bowl or pan of warm water for 10-15 minutes to soften and rehydrate them. After soaking, drain water and remove the stems.
Slice the garlic cloves. Break bread into quarters and set aside.
Process the peppers, cumin, garlic slices, hot pepper flakes and salt in a food processor or blender to create a paste. While blending, drizzle in olive oil gradually. Alternately add small pieces of the bread and small amounts of water or broth until the sauce is thick, but not as thick as a paste. Add 1-2 tsp vinegar or more, according to your taste.
If you will not use the sauce the same day, store in a glass jar, (such as the jars made for canning), then cover the sauce with olive oil, seal tightly and refrigerate.
Serve with potatoes, meat or fish.

We hope you enjoy it, and remember your holiday in Tenerife with our tipical food, while preparing it at your home, at any time you whish!

 

An island in the Atlantic

Holiday in Tenerife means warm weather, delicious food , friendly people, culture and above all, a lot of water. Who is on Tenerife has many opportunities to experience the wet element. You can have a bath at one of the many beautiful beaches or dive at one of the fascinating diving spots.
Banana boats for the little ones or jet ski and parasailing for the older ones are located at a lot of beaches.. Who wants more water should visit the “Aqualand” or the “Siam Park” (Europe's largest water park). The Tower of Power and the "Dragon" slide is an absolute must-see.

But you should even do a boat trip. Go with a glass bottom boats, pirate ships or a catamaran to small hidden beaches and coves or watch dolphins and whales in the south-west of the island between Tenerife and La Gomera in their natural environment. Most tours start at one of the following ports: Las Americas, Los Cristianos or Los Gigantes.

You see, Tenerife offers something for every taste. So come to the island of eternal spring and enjoy your holiday. We offer the best accommodation for this purpose.

Hovima hotels.

 

Why Tenerife?

Every year thousands of Englishmen do their holiday worldwide. Popular destinations are Mallorca, Greece, Italy and Turkey.
But also the Canary Islands are becoming more and more popular. Above all, Tenerife is a very popular destination. But what is the reason?

The largest of the Canary Islands not only offers warm temperatures the whole year, but is also extremely varied and diverse.

For hikers, sportsmen, divers, sunbathers and culture enthusiasts. Tenerife offers something for everyone.

Hikers should make their way into the Anaga mountains, or climb Mount Teide, Spain's highest mountain and the landmark of Tenerife. Pack your walking shoes and a photo camera. You will need both ;)

Also sports fans will enjoy their stay. For cyclists there are many beautiful and varied routes, which often also offer beautiful designs for a snapshot with the camera. Jogger can use the wide beach promenade or the beach to pursue their hobby. But also for high performance athletes Tenerife offers just the right furnishings.

You are on an island in the Atlantic. You are surrounded by water. The ideal place for snorkelers and divers. Ask for the best diving spots and discover the fascinating underwater world.

Or do you just want forget your day-to-day stress and enjoy the sun on the beach? Black or bright sand? On Tenerife you find both and the sun shines the whole year and provides pleasant temperatures, even in the cold winter months.

When you want to see something else than sand and sea, rent a car and explore the island. Worth seeing are primarily Masca, La Orotava, Puerto de la Cruz, Icod de Vino, Garachico, La Laguna, Santa Cruz and of course the Teide. But these are just some of many interesting places.

Find out by yourself what makes this siland so special and come to Tenerife.
The sun is already there;)

 

Where do we go?

In approximately 2 weeks the best time for pupils will start. Summer holidays!
And like every year the same question: Where do we go?

A lot of people have already booked and looking forward to their well-deserved and long awaited holiday. For the spontaneous and undecided amongst you we have a very interesting tip.

TENERIFE.
The largest island of the Canarian Archipelago is known as a miniature continent.
This island offers an incredible environmental and cultural diversity. Sandy beaches with crystal clear water, green meadows and valleys in the north and huge mountain whose center is the volcano Teide.

The whole year you have pleasant temperatures between 18 and 28 degrees.

Especially the south of the island, with its beautiful weather and its many beautiful beaches, is a popular destination for families and water sports enthusiasts. The green north of the island, offering a lot of amazing places, is an attractive place for explorers and culture enthusiasts.

Plant lovers should not miss the Botanical Garden of Puerto de la Cruz.
Plants from all around the world bloom here in all shapes and colors.
If that is not enough, you should go to Icod de los Vinos to see the Drago Milenario. This dragon tree is a landmark of Tenerife and is estimated to be over 500 years.

Hikers should take a detour to the Anaga mountains. Laurel forests and the cave village Chinamada twill be rewarded for your efforts.

A "giant" sight awaits you at the cliffs of Los Gigantes. A 500 meters huge cliff line grows up in the sky .
A unique picture.

City fans will not be disappointed.You have to visit the island's capital Santa Cruz with its stunning Auditorio de Tenrife. But also one of the most beautiful beaches of the island “Las Teresitas“ is very close to the capital.
Those who prefer to explore the old Tenerife should go to Masca, a small mountain village or to La Orotava, a beautiful traditional town.

But what would be a Tenerife holiday without the Siampark or the famous' Loropark?
One of the most beautiful zoos of the world, which houses the world's largest parrot collection.
But also tigers, monkeys, reptiles, penguins, tropical fish and other animals can be seen there.
A very special experience are the shows of orcas, sea lions, dolphins and of course the parrots.
Your children will never forget that day and on the next they will ask again to go their.


These are just some places you can discover on Tenerife. Our online travel guide offers you a small overview.


Still undecided?
We hope not! ;)

Come to Tenerife and enjoy an unforgettable time on the island of eternal spring. Pamper yourself at our hotels and enjoy your holiday on Tenerife.

New guide for Tenerife

boton_inglesHovima Hotels has created a guide to places you should visit, excursions you should take and meet the most important events held in Tenerife. Besides you will find all the information needed to make your holiday unforgettable. Download PDF.

Discover Santa Cruz by "OPEN AIR BUS"

On March 1st 2011 the city of Santa Cruz exposed its first Tourist bus. At the ceremony were the mayor of Santa Cruz, Miguel Zerolo, Ángel Isidro Guimerá of the “Sociedad de Desarrollo” of Santa Cruz, the head of Titsa, Juan Carlos Pérez Frías and the President of City Sightseeing, Enrique Ybarra Valdenebro have been. It was given a great importance to the 5 buses that disabled people also can take easily the opportunity to use this new offer.

 

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The travel times are daily available from 10.00 am to 18.00 pm on every day of the year.A whole round trip takes about 45 minutes if you stay the whole time in the bus. There are 14 stops in the city. Some of them are;

Plaza de España, Mercado de Nuestra Señora de Africa, the port (important for tourists who want to go further by boat), Cuartel de Almeida (with the Tiger Cannon), Parque García Sanabria, Las Ramblas, Plaza Pedro Shwartz (better known as Plaza Militar), Auditorio Adan Martin, Corte Inglés (shopping center), and finally the stop for buses and trams.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zRyapS5eSY

 

The price for a daily ticket of sightseeing is 6 € for children and residents, and 9.99 € for non-residents and adults. Tickets are available at tourist information offices in Santa Cruz, the Sociedad de Desarrollo and at local hotels and at various other places.

Excursions you should not miss on Tenerife!

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There are a few "MUST" in Tenerife you might consider not missing out, when you plan your holiday here...Besides all the atraccions we mentioned in the first article about Tenerife, here are some others...

Tacoronte: This picturesque village is located at the edge of an impressive steep coast is also famous for its excellent red wines.

In Candelaria, a well known place of pilgrimship, is located the church consecrated to the island's patroness, Basílica de la Virgen de la Candelaria

La Orotavais an extraordinarily nice town with manorial houses in the island's traditional style. Particularly well-known are the Casas de los Balcones, 17th. century buildings with those typical balconies of Canarian pine-wood. The best time to visit Orotava is during the celebrations of Corpus Christi, when the streets are covered with earths of six different colors which are found in the surroundings and ornamented with innumerable flowers.

The town is located in the really paradisiac valley Valle de la Orotava. When the peak of nearby Teide is still covered with snow flowers are in full bloom here. Scientist Alexander von Humboldt, after whom is named a viewpoint here, reported that he was on his knees in front of so much beauty when he visited Orotava.

Güimar, located in a valley, is surrounded with breathtaking canyons and large plantations of bananas. Here we find the Ethnographic Park Pyramids of Güímar a complex of six step-pyramids which are oriented astronomically to the summer and winter solstices. The pyramids have been discovered in 1987 and show great resemblance to those found in Egypt, ancient Mesopotamia, Peru and Mexico. The origins of the pyramids are still uncertain and subject to discussion among archeologists. In the opinion of the great explorer and anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl, who was involved in the early researches, they may have been constructed by voyagers who sailed the Atlantic in ancient times and possibly may have established a link with the pre-Columbian civilizations of Central and South America.

Close to Güimar there we find the small village Los Realejos, with the island's oldest church and several monuments of interest.

Icod de los Vinos is popularly called the "Town of the Mythological Dragon Tree". This mighty thousands of years old tree was a sanctuary of the Guanches who believed it had magic forces. The town itself is a nice settlement with buildings in colonial style and is well known for its wine production.

Garachico is a small village of unique beauty with a port that once has been the most important at the whole island. Close to it there are beaches of black sand with beautiful natural basins.

Santiago del Teide shows an extraordinarily nice landscape with an impressive steep coast, the so-called Acantilados de los Gigantes.

With all this to be seen you won't regret having chose Tenerife for your holiday!

National Park El Teide

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This National Park offers a fascinating landscape, created by the elemantar forces of the volcano Teide. Christopher Columbus observed its last great eruption in 1492 from the nearby island La Gomera, just before continueing his discovery travel to America. In 1798 there was another smaller eruption. The Teide has piled up some 12 million cubic meters of volcanic material at its sides, those formations being popularly called the Narices del Teide, "noses of Teide".

With a height of 3718 meters the Teide is not only the highest mountain of Spain  but as well the highest elevation in all the Atlantic Ocean and worldwide the volcano with the third-highest elevation, behind Mauna Loa und Mauna Kea, both on the island of Hawaii. A cableway takes visitors up to 3600 meters. From there you may climb the peak by foot.

On clear days you have a fantastic view. But at least equally impressive is the volcano's immense crater. After previous agreement with the park's administration you may participate (by free!) at a visit. You will then enter the crater, first with a cross-country car, then by foot, until you arrive to still active parts of the volcano.

Around the Teide there are several other smaller volcanos, such as Montaña Chahorra (or "Pico Viejo"), with a height of 3100 meters and a crater with a diameter of 800 meters, and Montaña Rajada, which has great amounts of the black volcanic glass obsidian.

At the side of Teide there is a large flat country called Las Cañadas del Teide, having been used by the island's original population, the Guanches, as pastureland. Today it is covered with petrified lava having very bizarre forms, as the Roques de García and several caves, as Cueva del Hielo or Cueva de los Cazadores.

In this area exist some extremely rare species of plants, as the Guanche Rose, of which are known only some 50 exemplares worldwide, the Teide Violet and animals, in particular lizards.

It is a touristic atraccion you can not miss, when you visit Tenerife!

Travel to Tenerife

Who has never dreamed with "Paradise"?

Even though after thinking about it, each one of us dreams his own paradise, there is an image that generally comes to mind: palm trees, fine brilliant sand, crystal clear water, sun, ideal temperature, pure air, flora and fauna of vivid colours and above all, enjoyment...are we thinking Tenerife?

Tenerife, the biggest island of the Canarian Archipelago (2000 squared Km.) has it all. Nature, sun, beaches, leisure and friendly people. Leisure parks for families, whale watching in exceptional conditions, gastronomy and traditions. Tenerife awaits the visitor with spring climate during all year, and with possibilities to practice all types of outdoor activities. You can't ask for more... Tomás Moro (London, 1478) said: "Paradise is a lost island in the middle of the ocean whose inhabitants have achieved the perfect State: a State distinguished by peaceful coexistence, physical and moral welfare of its people and the common enjoyment of property " It looks like Tomás Moro had it clear. The story says it was precisely in Tenerife where he managed to define the concept of Paradise and give it a name: Tenerife, the island of luck.

Place of location of Mount Teide, the highest peak in Spain, as well as its known beaches of Los Gigantes, Loro Parque (Park of parrots) where many visitors go to se tropical birds, Monkey Park and the rocky volcanic formations of National Park Cañadas del Teide. The island can be easily explored by car or with a bus ticket, that gives you a discount off the normal price in public transportation.

The best attractions

 

...And much more! so... why not come to Tenerife?


















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