Winter Sun – Escaping the Darkness

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Los Cristianos, Tenerife

Last year I made the horrendous mistake of staying in Norway throughout the cold, dark winter, while all the Norwegians flew south for at least a week of sun.

Not this time.

As soon as the first flakes of snow landed in Oslo, Gerry and I jumped on a plane.

Tenerife has long been popular with Brits, but these days there seems to be just as many Norwegians there too. So much so, an advertising boards outside one restaurant was written entirely in Norwegian! We headed to the trashy southern beach resorts – Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos – a place I never thought I'd visit. Jam-packed with high-rise hotels and British pubs, it used to be my idea of holiday hell.

Not this time.

Perhaps it was the contrast with the dark Norwegian days, or the ability to walk around in shorts in the evening.

Perhaps it was the €1.50 beers, or the extravagant cocktails. Perhaps it was the swimming pools. or the surprisingly warm Atlantic waters.

Perhaps it was the gorgeous Canarian potatoes, or the churros for breakfast. Perhaps it was the company.

Whatever it was – it was wonderful. Roll on next year's winter holiday 🙂

Beach in Tenerife

Graffiti in Santa Cruz

Historic Santa Cruz

Crazy Golf in the Canary Islands

Hiking in Los Criatianos, Tenerife

The sun setting over Playa de las Americas

About David Nikel

Originally from the UK, David now lives in Trondheim and was the original founder of Life in Norway back in 2011. He now works as a professional writer on all things Scandinavia.

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2 thoughts on “Winter Sun – Escaping the Darkness”

  1. Looks great! Us Canadians are accustomed to these winter escapes but after having spent the last 2 years in a tropical climate, I’m so looking forward to the excitement a beach holiday brings after months of winter! We’re looking at February!

  2. *always* recommend a week away in Nov. Miserable month!! Dark, damp and icky!! Although better before the snow hits, more when just persistant rain!!!!


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