Above the Clouds on the Island of Tenerife

Article by Lauren

This place took you to another world. Have you ever experienced a black-sanded beach, made with volcanic rocks?

The weather, on the other hand, was always hot in the 20 to 26-degree mark, and the island was absolutely gorgeous, with the towering mountains, beaches and ocean breezes. 

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Alaa Alba

Photograph by Alaa Alba

This island is located just off the coast of Africa and is at the south-west end of Spain.  With every towering cliff, you could stand and look out beyond the shores horizon, feel the breeze and take in the beauty this island had to offer. 

Photograph by Alaa Alba

Photograph by Alaa Alba

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

The beautiful resorts on the island were very Mediterranean, with a greek-inspired design. The palm trees also never get old... they keep following me (ha-ha).

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Below are some photos from the balcony of our villa, our street and the ocean view. The villa was also located on a beautiful golf course.

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin - The Resort Area

Photograph by Lauren Martin - The Resort Area

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin - Villa Pool Area

Photograph by Lauren Martin - Villa Pool Area

Now, I couldn't experience this place alone, and I had two amazing friends come. Alaa travelled from Abu Dhabi, Maria from Madrid and I came from Valencia. We all met in Tenerife and decided to go on an epic road trip across this volcanic island, and one of our excursions was to visit the third highest volcano in the world... El Tiede. 

Say "Hola" to my friend Alaa, he is from Syria and we met in Toronto last summer (and is moving to Toronto). He happened to be travelling through Europe, so we decided to meet in Tenerife and plan the trip together.

This is my friend Alaa! Photograph by Lauren Martin

This is my friend Alaa! Photograph by Lauren Martin

Alaa, Photograph by Lauren Martin

Alaa, Photograph by Lauren Martin

Alaa, Photograph by Lauren Martin

Alaa, Photograph by Lauren Martin

Lauren and Alaa, Photograph by Maria 

Lauren and Alaa, Photograph by Maria 

Say "Hola" to my friend Maria from Washington D.C. She was staying in Madrid working as an Aupair and we decided to meet in Tenerife as well! We met through backpacker's Europe on Facebook.

Maria, Photograph by Lauren Martin

Maria, Photograph by Lauren Martin

Maria, Photograph by Lauren Martin

Maria, Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Alaa Alba

Photograph by Alaa Alba

Photograph by Alaa Alba

Photograph by Alaa Alba

Lauren and Maria

Lauren and Maria

These are the clouds on the mountain - Photograph by Lauren Martin

These are the clouds on the mountain - Photograph by Lauren Martin

We explored the 3rd largest volcano in the world, and had the most epic road trip together! This is something I will never forget, and I did it with some really amazing friends.

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Here, I am sitting on the top of a cliff, photograph by Lauren Martin

Here, I am sitting on the top of a cliff, photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Alaa Alba, with Lauren and Maria

Photograph by Alaa Alba, with Lauren and Maria

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

This is a picture with the El Tiede volcano behind me! This volcano is the third highest volcano on a volcanic ocean island in the world after Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa in Hawaii

Photograph by Alaa Alba

Photograph by Alaa Alba

Lauren and Alaa

Lauren and Alaa

Photograph by Alaa Alba

Here are a few more photo's of the islands! It was sooo beautiful.

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

Photograph by Lauren Martin

This was an incredible experience! I will always remember these incredible memories.

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