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A Travel Guide to Tenerife

Playa de las Americas - Tenerife


Tenerife is a land of sheer ruggedness, of colossal beauty. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, visited for its year-round sunshine, sub-tropical climate, strong Hispano-Arab culture, and magnificent physical geography and picturesque scenery. Over 9 million holidaymakers choose Tenerife as their prime destination every year come and see why.

Tenerife is the main hub of the Canary Islands, boasting an infinite variety of attractions and festivities. No matter where or when you visit, you are sure to run into something truly exotic and unique. The most popular area of Tenerife is its southern flank, where fabulous resorts such as the Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos offer amazing value-for-money accommodation and a wealth of things to do and places to see. Of course, this southern shoreline is bordered by stretches of golden beaches and paradisiacal promenades lined with shady palm trees and charming local shops and eateries. Whether relaxation or exploration is on your agenda, you are sure to be spoilt for choice.

On the other hand, northern Tenerife offers the more traditional and cultural view of the region and its people. Its coastline is much more rugged and scenic, with cliffs and towering headlands jutting out into the blue. A wonderful holiday is one which combines the best of the north and the south a very feasible option, considering the small size of the island and the fantastic transport and road links around the island.

Coming to Tenerife means exploring its photogenic nature. Take a few days to admire the majestic Acantilado de los Gigantes on the south-west coast, before venturing inland to really explore what Tenerife is all about. Visiting the Parque Nacional del Teide, one of the most visited national parks in the entire world, is a definite must-do. The Teide, the highest point in Spain, reaches a staggering 3700 metres. Nearby, you will find the incredible Draco Tree, a unusual 350-year old tree, perfect for that everlasting holiday photo.

Hotel Iberostar Gran Hotel Salome "Superb dining - Fantastic bar - Big balcony"  This beautiful 5 star hotel offers large rooms just a short drive from Aqualand on the Costa Adeje. It features a rooftop terrace with uninterrupted views across the pool and the sea. Kids are well catered for with their own kids and pool specially for them. Relaxation options at the hotel include a Turkish steam bath and a spa & wellness centre, a finnish sauna, a beauty centre and a plunge pool. With a selection of Mediterranean dishes, the Iberostar Grand Hotel Salome's on-site restaurant offers a variety of delicious meals to try. The Las Aguilas Jungle Park and Los Roques Restaurante are 20 minutes away by car.


Mount Teide - Tenerife

Tenerife is the big brother of the well known Canary Island chain, and guards over the smaller Islands of La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro. Located between the 28th and 29th parallel north and between 16 and 17 west, it is also the highest with the impressive volcano El Teide visible from all over this lush green isle. El Teide also happens to be the highest mountain in Spain and supports a diverse landscape and micro climates.

It has a pleasant all year climate with an average temperature of around 23 degrees Celsius making it an extremely popular all year round destination for millions of Europeans each year.

Tenerife has much to offer the traveller with so many from those who like spending long hours on golden sandy beaches to the visitor who prefers exploring an abundance of tropical species of flora and fauna to exploring the impressive and beautiful national parks of Teide, Caorono Forestal Natura park, Anaga and the Teno Rural Park. You will be amazed at the arid unearthly like landscape scattered around the base of the teide volcano, it wasn't for nothing that the famous Hollywood blockbuster One Million Years BC was filmed here in the early 70s.

Tourists with other tastes will find a great nightlife in Puerto de la Cruz, Las Americas, Santa Cruz and La Laguna. Theme parks, exhibition halls, cinemas, museums and other centres complete the top-class range of activities.

Visitors who come here appreciate the open, liberal and hospitable nature of the Islanders, who are proud to show off the countless charms of their land to outsiders.

Tenerife is also an island of delicious feasts and dishes, the cuisine of the Canary Islands combines traditional Spanish recipes with African and Latin American influences. Try the Papas Arrugadas ( Wrinkled potatoes ) , salted fish in a Mojo sauce and the Potaje de Berros a hot chick pea stew. You will also find a good selection of the usual well prepared Spanish Tapas all over the Island.

Hotel Botanico & Oriental Spa Garden Tenerife "Comfortable room - tasty breakfast - Well-equipped gym" This popular hotel is located in Puerto de ls Cruz in the north of the Island. The Hotel offers an outdoor pool and jacuzzi with luxurious massages and beauty treatments awaiting the guests at the hotel's day spa. The hotel has recently undergone refurbishment. The hotel is very family orientated babysitting / child services, and a kids pool. The spa facilities include a mineral bath, hydrotherapy facilities and a Turkish steam bath. Dining at the hotel is a pleasure with restaurants specializing at local, Italian, Asian and Thai cusine.

Gastronomic Time: Eating out in Tenerife

Being a sub-tropical island with lovely summers, Tenerife plays an important role in Spain tourism by attracting millions of tourists yearly. It is always a pleasurable experience to enjoy a full evening meal or lunchtime snack dining out in Tenerife. With a wide range of tapas bars and restaurants around, the food outlets serve Canarian food as well as cuisines of most of the Mediterranean countries. Being well known for its fantastic fish restaurants, seafood lovers will definitely have a good time savoring the seafood.

Go Local
To get the best out of Spain Tourism, the general rule of thumb is to go native when eating out in Tenerife. Immerse in the free entertainment of local fiestas as you drink and eat at local restaurants. It is generally reasonable to eat out in Tenerife. One can get top-notch food in most local restaurants at an affordable rate. Go for menu del dia to get the best value for your money. In Spain tourism, menu del dia is a three-course meal which consists of a glass of wine, water, or beer and bread. They usually cost around seven to ten euros.

Another interesting local eating place in Tenerife is the guachinche. Featuring prominently in Spain tourism, they are makeshift stalls that serve a menu of traditional local food. In these guachinche, you can discover the locals' way of life and how they enjoy a meal at the guachinche. The produce is fresh and the portions are huge as the stall owners are very generous with their servings. This is perfect for budget-conscious tourists who are on a shoestring budget as the prices of the meals are extremely wallet friendly. Some guachinches have become permanent fixtures, especially those around the harbor at Puerto de la Cruz. Other guachinches spring up around the holidays and fiestas.

Tapas Bar
Another favorite pastime of the people in Tenerife is to eat out in a Tapas bar. They can be anything from a beautifully decorated restaurant that specializes in cooking freshly prepared food in unusual combinations to a small local bar with a wide selection of different snacks such as sardines, stewed meat, potatoes, meatballs, and salad among others. These tapas bars usually serve local wines from Tenerife to make a delicious pairing with your food.

It is a simple task to find food places and restaurants in Tenerife to suit any kind of taste, preferences, and budget.

Beach Holidays To Tenerife: Soak Up The Sun!

An all year-round holiday destination, Tenerife's success lies in the beaches. The amazing white sandy beaches make beach holidays Spain perfect for friends, couples and families. Anyone can pack so much variety and activities into these beach holidays.

Beach Scene
The island's south coast is home to beach resorts such as Los Cristianos and Playa Las Americas. The watersports can see you though the day, while the bars and restaurants can keep you occupied through the night. The great range of water sports varies from wind surfing, diving and surfing to jet skiing and other activities. Enjoy a relaxing day strolling along the beaches or sitting in front of the waterfront cafes. People-watching can be a fun activity as you embrace the warm rays of sunshine. Take the boat trip from the marina to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience watching the dolphins and whales at the south shores. If water sports are not of interest, you can explore the hidden peninsulas and rock formations, as well as secluded coves along the coastline.

The food lover will be delighted with the assorted choices of restaurants and bars that Tenerife's beaches have to offer. One will be spoiled for choices as you savor the traditional Canarian and Spanish cuisines. With a wide array of fresh produce and food available at affordable prices, there is a reason to rejoice and indulge in the finest. Enjoy the beach life at Tenerife by sipping the famous drinks and dining on sumptuous seafood.

Gold and Black Beaches
One of the best reasons to visit Tenerife is its unique golden and black beaches. Beaches that are located on the southern coast have fine sand with a golden tinge. These include Playa de la Arena and Playa de las Teresitas. Black beaches such as Playa De Las America boast black sand due to volcanic activities in the past.

Beach Resorts Beach resorts in Tenerife tend to be located right on the edges of the beaches, allowing guests to enjoy panoramic views of the coastline and wake up to the sea horizon. There are many different themes for the beach resorts. With a wide range of variety of beach resorts for your beach holidays Spain, there is bound to be one that suits your needs and requirements. Whether you are looking to party, have an adventure or for relaxation during your beach holidays Spain, Tenerife is the perfect getaway in the sun and a paradise waiting to be explored.

 Best Value Hotels in Tenerife - Book Online and Save Money!

Tenerife is the undeniably one of the kings of holiday destinations and there is a vast array of accommodation that will suit all tastes and pockets. Tenerife Hotels come in many different standards and types from upmarket Spa resorts to delightful boutique hotels to quality budget accommodation. Tenerife is popular with holidaymakers of all ages and the accommodation on offer reflects that. They are located all around the Island but mainly centred on the coast in the south around Los Cristianos, the western side at Los Gigantes and along the popular holiday resorts of Playa de la Americas, Costa Adeje, Puerto de Santiago.

Hotel Las Madrugueras
"Golf course -Good value -Excellent service"
This highly rated hotel offers elegant and stylish rooms with free Wi-Fi. It has a fitness centre, a jacuzzi, a spa & wellness centre and a sauna. Las Madrigueras is a worthy 5-star hotel offering a range of modern luxuries including an outdoor pool and a Turkish steam bath. All rooms are spacious and modern, honeymoon suites are available at the hotel. It is also perectly located to explore Arona's well-known nightlife attractions.



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