Tenerife Travel Guide

Tenerife is a land of sheer ruggedness and of colossal beauty

Arona - Tenerife

Arona – Tenerife

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.

 

The Beach at Playa de las Americas in Tenerife

The Beach at Playa de las Americas in Tenerife

 

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.

 

 5 Interesting facts about Tenerife

 

  • Tenerife has the same national flag as Scotland for one very simple reason; they both share the same patron saint St Andrew.
  • Many people believe that Tenerife was actually the mystical Atlantis before the volcano erupted and brought it up above sea level. This will probably never be proved or disproved, but its a nice thought!
  • When you look at the Peak of Teide volcano bathed in glistening snow its hard to imagine red hot lava spewing out of it but it is still officially classed as active even though it hasn’t erupted since 1909.
  • If you are a lover of the paranormal you have the best chances of seeing a UFO in Tenerife. There have been more sightings reported here than anywhere else including one in 1976 which lasted for 40 minutes, was witnessed by hundreds, and for which there is still no explanation.
  • Mystery writer Agatha Christie spent a lot of time on the island and sought inspiration for many of her books from the idyllic surroundings. Several locations around Tenerife are mentioned by name in her novel “The Man from the Sea”.

 

Tenerife - Spain

Mount Teide

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.

 

Los Gigantes Tenerife

Los Gigantes Tenerife

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.

 

 

San Andres beach in Tenerife

San Andres beach in Tenerife

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.

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.

 

Los Cristianos – South Tenerife

Sitting on the south coast of Tenerife, Los Cristianos has long been a popular destination for British travellers who want more from their holiday than just a great nightlife.

It enjoys a superb location on this sunshine island and having a rental car at your disposal allows you the freedom to explore the area and get more out of your holiday.

Los Cristianos has managed to avoid the mass tourism route by retaining its traditional village charm despite having a plethora of accommodations available. The original architecture is simply stunning and the beaches in the area are some of the best on the island.

 

5 Facts about the Costa Adeje

  • Los Cristianos is only 15 minutes  from Reina-Sofia, the main airport on the island so you can collect your rental car and be at your resort in super quick time.
  • There are several top end shopping centres in the area offering quality goods at great prices for those who need a bit of retail therapy on their holiday.
  • There are dozens of picturesque towns and villages which are well off the beaten track and you will have the freedom to explore these hidden gems where, for many, time has stood still.
  • Teide National Park is home to Spain’s highest mountain; Teide Volcano. This UNESCO listed site is only a 51 minute drive north and is the volcano which erupted to give parts of the island its famous black sand.
  • Water sports are a big deal on Tenerife and many are offered on the quieter beaches away from central Los Cristianos

 

Places to visit of interest

El Medano

This traditional small town has a wonderful surfer vibe and is a wonderful contrast to the big resorts. The town boasts a host of great places to eat and the annual fiesta in August is a must see.

 

Santa Cruz

The capital of Tenerife is an attractive beach city which gives visitors an insight into how life was on the island before the tourist invasion. While much modernisation has taken place in recent years it still manages to retain a charm found in few capitals.

Fun theme parks on Tenerife

»  Siam Park
»  Loro Park
» Aqualand Costa Adeje
»  Jungle Park

 

Eating out – Go Local

Patatas Arrugadas is a typical dish served in Tenerife

Papas Arrugadas

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.

 

 

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 chicken in garlic for under a fiver and the authentic Tenerife wrinkled potatoes.

 

 

Hotels in Tenerife

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