Backpacking is a quite interesting way of travelling but….is Tenerife backpackers welcome?
Of course! There are many affordable places all over the island and recently proper hostels are opening.
While I was looking for a place to spend a family weekend I found Lagarto Backpackers, between Tejina and Valle Guerra in the North of Tenerife.
I love that area, it’s not crowded, there’s plenty to do and the price was afordable, so I booked.
Lagarto Backpackers is a small youth hostel ( I’m 40, but I’ve been a backpacker for years ), where you can share or book your private room, what I did.
When we arrived we had a great warm welcome by Rey, a fabulous labrador and Vitto, one of the owners, who on the phone assured and guaranteed me the hostel wasn’t fully booked and there was no party going on.
My daughter, just disapeared with Rey, her new bestest friend, to check the garden and the pool, while I started my own inspection of the place.
For me everything was just fine.
- Clean place
- Free wifi
- Friendly international atmosphere
The great value of this hostel is not the rooms or facilities, it’s the atmosphere.
For 10€ we could join other guests for dinner, what we happily did. We had great Italian evening meal with an interesting group with people from Russia, Netherlands, Italy, Chile and Spain and shared tips about Tenerife and our countries. It was such a cultural exchange, something you might not get in hotels or similar.
Backpacking is sharing, is like living in comunity even if you are travelling solo, and that’s simply what we did at Lagarto hostel.
Being based in this hostel we spent some time in the area and took some of the other guests with us.
We went to natural pools in Jover and el Pris
and enjoyed great local seafood : lapas, octopus , camarons… at Punta del Hidalgo and EL Pris and went to local market in Tegueste on Sunday morning to get fruit and veges from the area.
Just a simple weekend, in a simple hostel, with simple meals ….but awesome experience