Posted January 8th, 2018, 05:40 AM
In Funchal, Madeira, a trip on the cable car up to the Monte Tropical Gardens is reasonably inexpensive and well worth the money. Price includes a sample of madeira wine. Catch the ship's shuttle to the centre of Funchal, short walk to the cable car, fab views of the bay. From here you can also do the wicker toboggan run if you want. We were there on a Sunday and the day before a major public holiday, so the toboggan wasn't open, nor was the church at Monte. You can also visit wine lodges, with tastings, in the town centre (again, being Sunday, they weren't open during our visit).
If you're stopping at La Palma and want a lazy day, Bajamar beach is very nice. It belies its looks - despite being very near the port and surrounded by industry, the beach and water are spotlessly clean (it's a blue flag beach), there are basic facilities which are also clean, a little café, it's lifeguarded and frequented by locals who were very friendly. No loungers and only a few parasols though.
For excursions on Teide I can highly recommend John Reid from Tenerife Private Tours http://tenerifeprivatetours.com/
and/or Guillermo and Maria from Montes de Tenerife www.montesdetenerife.com
. We tried to book with John, but he was on holiday, so he arranged for Guillermo and his mother to take us on a tour of Teide and other parts of the island, including a great lunch stop (extra charge). The tour was 6-7 hours and we had the best day. Guillermo and Maria were charming, kind, funny, informative and looked after us really well. Last August, on the day we went up Teide the union which operates the Teide cable car was on strike, so people who had purchased cable car excursions were unable to go up. I think it also depends on the weather conditions. Also it gets very, very busy - long queues for the cable car and packed at the key sites. Guillermo and Maria set off early and did things in a certain order so that in all but one place we avoided the crowds.