Tenerife Travel Guide
Tenerife holiday and travel guide – a land of sheer ruggedness and of colossal beauty
Tenerife is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, visited for its year-round sunshine, beaches and beautiful scenery. Over nine million holidaymakers choose the Island as their prime holiday destination each year – come and see why.
Tenerife is the main hub of the Canary Islands, boasting an huge variety of attractions and festivities. No matter where or when you visit, you are sure to run into something truly unique.
The most popular area for visitors on holidays to Tenerife is the south coast, where resorts such as the Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos offer value-for-money accommodation and a wealth of things to do and places to see. The southern shoreline is bordered by stretches of golden beaches and paradisical promenades lined with shady palm trees and charming local shops and eateries.
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 sea. A good holiday option to the island is one which combines the best of the north and south, and with the appointed transport and road links around the island, this could be the right option for you.
Coming to Tenerife means exploring its natural beauty. Take a few days to admire the majestic Acantilado de los Gigantes on the south-west coast, before venturing inland to explore the authentic Tenerife. Visiting the Teide National Park, 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 meters. Nearby, you will find the incredible Draco Tree, a unusual 350-year old tree, perfect for that everlasting holiday photo.
Tenerife is the big brother of the 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 16º and 17º west, it is also the highest with the impressive volcano El Teide visible from all over the island. 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 who book the holidays to Tenerife.
Tenerife has much to offer the traveller like spending long hours on golden sandy beaches or exploring the abundance of tropical species of flora and fauna.
Holidaymakers with other tastes will find 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.
Eating out – Go Local
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.
It is always a pleasure dining out on the Island either for full evening meals or lunchtime snacks. With a wide range of tapas bars and restaurants around to try as well to enjoy local and international food. Tenerife is also well known for its fantastic fish restaurants, seafood lovers will definitely have a good time savouring the seafood a la Isla de Tenerife.
To get the best out of your holiday experience 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 still generally very reasonable to eat out in Tenerife , for around 30 Euros per person you can eat and drink good quality food at many places around the island. Go for menu del dia ( basic 2 course menu ) including bread and a drink for around 10 Euros per person, this offers the best value for your money.
Another interesting local eating place in Tenerife are the famous local guachinches. The locals create makeshift stalls that serve a menu of traditional local food. In these guachinches, you can discover the locals way of life and enjoy authentic Canarian cooking. 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 looking to make their holiday budget go a long way as the prices are very good for the quality of food served. Some guachinches have become permanent fixtures, especially those around the harbour at Puerto de la Cruz, even more spring up around the holiday season and during the local Canary Island festivals.
Best places to visit in Tenerife
» Acantilado de los Gigantes
» Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos
» Teide National Park
» Draco Tree