Tenerife Travel Guide
Tenerife is a land of sheer ruggedness and of colossal beauty
Tenerife is a perfect holiday destination
Tenerife is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, due to its year-round warm climate and stunning natural landscapes.
Over nine million holidaymakers choose Tenerife as their prime holiday destination each year – come and see why.
Tenerife is the main hub of the Canary Islands, boasting a huge variety of attractions and festivities. No matter where or when you visit, you are sure to find 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 nice promenades. It is lined with shady palm trees with small shops and enticing 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. With good 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 highest point in Spain, the peak reaches a staggering 3700 meters. El Teide visible from all over the island.
Nearby, you will find the incredible Draco Tree, an unusual tree which is thought to be between 650 and 3.000 years 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. 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.
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.
Fun theme parks on Tenerife
Best places to visit in Tenerife
» Acantilado de los Gigantes
» Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos
» Teide National Park
» The Draco Tree
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.
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.
Recommended restaurants in Tenerife
Restaurante El Rincon de Carlos
For a high end fine dining experience the El Rincon de Carlos comes highly recommended. The restaurant boasts 1 star from the Michelin guide and is located at the picturesque Los Gigantes resort. Try the gastronomic menu priced between €55 and €120 including a selection of fine wines. Dishes include Pigeon with onion, lemon, anise and tonka and Ravioli of 30 month aged parmesan cheese with lentil soup. Oyster gillardeu nº3 with spicy coconut and galanga and Dumpling of Canarian black pork with onion and fennel will treat your pallet to many flavours and sensations.
Los Roques Restaurant
Los Roques opened in 2005 and has become a top point of reference when it comes to eating out in Tenerife. It offers an ideal location overlooking Los Abrigos harbour in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The a la carte menu us well though out and includes delights such as Cod fish cream emulsified with black velouté of fish and Squid Roses with slow-cooked chick-peas with thyme and a crisp of ¨jamon¨. One of their signature dishes is lobster out of the shell with spinach puree and vegetable spaghetti
Restaurante Bar Otelo
The Bar Otelo is located on Molinos Street, 44 in Adeje. For a relaxed dining experience the Otelo is the place for you. They serve food for all the family from typical Canarian dishes to some nice salads, Spanish omelettes and steaks. Try the chickn in garlic for under a fiver and the authentic Tenerife wrinkled potatoes.
Where to stay?
Hotel Las Madrugueras
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, lovely honeymoon suites are available at the hotel.
It is also perfectly located to explore Arona’s well-known night-life attractions.
The Costa Adeje Gran Hotel
Costa Adeje Gran Hotel provides 5-star accommodation with amazing facilities. There are also popular amenities, such as a Turkish steam bath, a sauna and outdoor tennis courts, to ensure a satisfying stay in Playa de las Americas.
The hotels also offers all its clients body treatments, squash courts, miniature golf, a ballroom and a beauty and fitness centre.
The Hotel Paradise Park
There are large number of dining options either at the hotel or nearby Playa de Las Americas.
Hotel Paradise Park Tenerife is a convenient place to explore nearby Adeje and Playa de las Americas, as well as everything the local area has to offer.
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