Tenerife

The Island of TENERIFE

Tenerife is known as the island with a thousand experiences. You can do a lot in Tenerife, due to its mild climate and wide range of activities. 

The Tenerife Island is located off the coast of West Africa. Spain’s Canary Islands are without doubt the warmest place in Europe during the winter months. With 935,000 people and millions of tourists each year. Spanish is the official language. However, many speak English. Spain Currency is Euro. The climate is Tropical, desertic, with a few microclimates.

You can spend a day on the beach or walk one of the trails through the dense forests. You will find impressive volcanoes, stunning ravines, and otherworldly landscapes. Enjoy a relaxing evening looking at the stars with good company, or making your dream of seeing dolphins or whales in the wild come true. 

You can also find beautiful historical quarters in Tenerife that are still of artistic value. There are museums, charming villages, and other places where you can chat with locals.

Perhaps you are feeling like playing sports. Many courses on the island allow you to play almost any sport, even those related to golf and the sea. For those who want to feel more intense emotions, the island’s fun parks are a great place to go. Children will have unforgettable memories of their holiday. There’s always something new and exciting to do each day.

Tenerife is a great place to relax and unwind. It is a well-known tourist destination with a wide range of accommodations, including the most luxurious and modest options. You can also relax in the company of all the amenities.

Teide National Park in Tenerife

Teide National Park in Tenerife at 3,715m in height, Teide is the third-highest volcano in the world. It towers over Tenerife, which is the most well-known of the Canary Islands. The entire mountain is part of Teide National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A visit inside the crater will be a highlight on a trip to the Canary Islands.

Teide National Park in Tenerife at 3,715m in height, Teide is the third-highest volcano in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Teide - Tenerife - Canary Islands
Teide – Tenerife – Canary Islands

The caldera, or crater floor, is located within the crater’s outer rim. It measures 19 km in diameter. Driving across this barren moonscape feels like you are driving into the middle of the earth. The crater is the remnants of a larger mountain, which blew it’s top three million years ago and collapsed into itself. It left behind walls that rose 457m above the crater floor in some places

Stargazing at Mt. Tiede The volcano and its huge caldera are the main tourist attractions on the island, but Tiede National Park has another attraction after dark. The Starlight Foundation has designated it a “Starlight Destination” in recognition of its exceptional stargazing.

See The Most Amazing Constellations From Tenerife’s Mountains

Due to low levels of light pollution, trade winds, and the location close to the Equator, you can see all constellations in the Northern Hemisphere and most of those in the Southern Hemisphere. Only 83 of the 88 constellations are officially recognized and can be seen from Tiede. Stargazing is a popular activity in Tenerife at night.

Meteor showers are some of the most amazing stellar phenomena. The Perseids in August are well-known, but smaller ones can be seen throughout the year. Night Sky Observation in Tenerife is a great way to observe the stars, planets, and other celestial phenomena. You can stargaze with a professional telescope, with an expert guide who will explain the wonders that the night sky has to offer.

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El Portillo Visitor Center makes a great place to begin. It has an excellent museum with interactive exhibits that explain how volcanoes are formed and explore the crater’s surroundings. A path leads to the botanic garden. Here, labels help visitors identify and recognize native plants that they might see within the park.

The “Teleferico” Cable Car Up Teide’s Cone

Teide Teleferico - Tenerife - Canary Islands
Teide Teleferico – Tenerife – Canary Islands

The Teleferico Cable Car up Teide’s cone – This volcanic peak was formed over the massive crater by the original mountain top that fell off.

The cable car view is spectacular, but it cannot compare to the experience of walking across the crater floor and seeing the various remnants of volcanic activity: lava fields, lava boulders, lava dunes, and red, yellow, and black volcanic stones. English signs are posted at different points to describe the fauna and landscape. Walking trails lead to the top highlights.

The Best Beaches in Tenerife

The Tenerife Beaches are similar to Gran Canaria’s beaches and lie along the sunny south coast. The Playa de Las Vistas, a family-oriented beach, is one of the most popular and has many hotels, restaurants, and other sports options. You will find the more upscale areas around Playa del Duque on the Costa Adeje to the west

You’ll find luxury spas, shopping, golf, windsurfing, and jet skiing at the latter. Puerto de Santiago and Los Gigantes are the last two beaches on this stretch of beaches. They are located in a stunning location beneath the soaring cliffs.

The entire coast east of Los Cristianos, up to El Medano, is covered by smaller beaches with darker sand. El Medano, a world-class surf beach, is too windy to enjoy comfortable sunbathing and swimming. Further west is the Playa Santiago and Playa de la Arena. They are protected by rocky heads and located below a lush forest.

Tenerife’s Luxury Resorts

Adeje is a luxurious resort with luxury spas, shopping, golf, windsurfing, and jet skiing. Playa de las Teresitas is the ideal beach for families, located just outside Santa Cruz. The beach’s golden sands are imported from North Africa and are protected by artificial coral barriers. This makes it ideal for swimmers and children, as well as the gentle slope.

There are many options available. You can choose from catamarans and sleek sailboats to luxury yachts. You’ll be accompanied on the Tenerife Whale and Dolphin Cruise departing from Los Cristianos by trained crew members who can help you identify and spot the marine life. Also, you’ll get different views of Mt Tiede as well as the coastline. 

Tenerife’s pilot whale On boat excursions departing from different harbours, you can see whales and witness pods of dolphins swarming. A lot of cruises include a stop in a quiet bay to snorkel or swim.There are also tours for kayakers and divers for those who want to get closer to nature.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife’s capital, is lively and charming. It boasts many outstanding architectural landmarks. The Auditorio de Tenerife is a Spanish-designed opera house and concert hall that overlooks the ocean. 

Tenerife’s Concert Hall & Museums

The Tenerife’s concert hall is home to world-class performers, conductors, orchestras, and other musicians. Santa Cruz also has many cultural highlights, such as the Museum of Fine Arts. Here you will find works by Flemish, Spanish and Canarian painters.

The Museum of Nature and Man is a fascinating place where you can learn more about Tenerife’s indigenous people before European settlers arrived. It also has information about the volcanic history of Tenerife. The lively Mercado Nuestra Senora de Africa, located close to the museum, is a great place to shop for local crafts. Santa Cruz is the place to shop for Tenerife’s best products. It also hosts the Canaries’ most celebrated event, the Carnival. This Carnival features extravagant costumes, parades, and shows.

Tenerife’s Wildlife Park

Tenerife’s wildlife park is located just outside Puerto de la Cruz, Loro Park in Tenerife. It is one of the most visited tourist attractions in the Canary Islands. The park combines high conservation standards with entertainment. It has one of the largest collections of parrots in the world, a large dolphinarium, and an enormous aquarium with an underwater tunnel that allows you to walk while sharks and other marine creatures swim overhead.

Tenerife's wildlife park - Tenerife - Canary Islands
Tenerife’s wildlife park – Tenerife – Canary Islands

The park is home to a bat cave, a gorilla forest, a large penguin habitat, and many other exotic animals such as tigers, crocodiles, and lions. Is located in: Calle San Felipe, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife San Cristobal de la Laguna, Tenerife is a must visit!

Tenerife’s Charming Towns & Churches

San Cristobal de la Laguna. This charming colonial town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its outstanding cultural heritage. San Cristobal de la Laguna is known as La Laguna in Spanish. It was once the capital of all the Canary Islands. This charming historic town is home to many architectural treasures such as its impressive cathedral, Renaissance and Neoclassical churches, and the magnificent mansions that wealthy families built in the 17th and18th centuries.

“San Cristobal de la Laguna is known as La Laguna in Spanish. It was once the capital of all the Canary Islands”

The Iglesia Nuestra La Concepcion is the town’s parish church. It was built in 1496. The sanctuary is unadorned and features Mudejar coffering. Another important church is the 17th-century Iglesia Santo Domingo, with Plateresque details on its facade and a Mudejar ceiling with intricate designs. The interior is decorated with paintings by Cristobal Hernandez de Quintana, a Canary Island artist.

Iglesia Nuestra La Concepcion - Tenerife - Canary Islands
Iglesia Nuestra La Concepcion – Tenerife – Canary Islands

The History and Anthropology Museum is a great place to get a historical overview of the area. It’s located in Casa de Lecaro and dates back to 1593.

La Orotava. This colonial town is located in a picturesque valley of banana plantations and designated a National Historic-Artistic Site. Many of the historic homes are elegant and have wooden balconies that are ornately carved.

Casas de Los Balcones is one of the most unique architectural gems. It was built in the 1630s to be a residence for a wealthy colonial family. It is now a museum and gallery that exhibits traditional Canarian needlework and crafts. Step inside the patio, which is filled with plants, to admire the interior balconies. The Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, a 16th-century Baroque Church, has two remarkable bell towers.

Hijuela del Botanico, a beautifully landscaped garden with over 3,000 rare tropical plants, is set in lawns with decorative swimming pools. Puerto de la Cruz is a nearby botanical garden. It was once part of La Orotava and is known for its fishing. The boats that bring in daily catch are still used to make Puerto de la Cruz’s gardens. The Jardin Beach was designed by Cesar Manrique, an artist, sculptor, and architect from Lanzarote.

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Virtual Tour - Canary Islands
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