Once conquered by Spanish 500 years ago, Tenerife has been strongly influenced by the Guanches (original inhabitants). As the largest one among Canary Islands, the place is the home to the popular resort beach of Los Gigantes and Mount Teide, the tallest peak in Spain. Many visitors rush to see the tropical birds in Loro Park, or visit Parque Nacional Las Canadas del Teide for the volcanic rocks. The Tenerife Zoo Monkey Park is another popular place for family vacation. It is flexible to explore by vehicle or use a “bono bus” ticket for discount.
Tenerife, Canary Islands- December 20, 2014: Picturesque view to the Fanabe beach in Costa Adeje. Tenerife. Canary Islands. Spain (Alexander Tihonov / Shutterstock)
Beautiful sea water of tropical El Duque beach, Tenerife, Canary islands, Spain (Copyright: Nanisimova)
Tenerife, Canary Islands- January 5, 2015: People swimming and sunbathing on the picturesque El Duque beach, Tenerife. Canary islands, Spain (Alexander Tihonov / Shutterstock)
Two beautiful women sitting on wild ocean beach and watching parasurfers. Tenerife. Outdoor shot. (Copyright: Svetography)
Two beautiful young women sitting on sandy beach near ocean, Tenerife. Outdoor shot. (Copyright: Svetography)
TENERIFE, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 23. Mediterranean palace hotel in Las Americas on February 23, 2016 in Adeje, Tenerife, Spain. Las Americas is one of the most popular and touristic resorts, in Tenerife (David Herraez Calzada / Shutterstock)
Beautiful girl on the terrace of the hotel Tenerife Spain (Copyright: Anatoly Sokolov)
Costa Adeje, Tenerife, Spain – July 31, 2015: Mai Thai River in Siam Park. Siam Park is a water park opened in 2008 and it is the most spectacular water attraction in Europe. (Darios / Shutterstock)
PUERTO DE LA CRUZ, TENERIFE – JULY 12: New Orca Ocean exhibit has helped the Loro Parque become Tenerife’s second most popular attraction on July 12, 2014 in Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife (nodff / Shutterstock)
TENERIFE, SPAIN – JANUARY 15, 2013: Penguins on the artificial glacier in Loro Park (Loro Parque), Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain (chasdesign / Shutterstock)
TENERIFE, SPAIN – JULY 15: Aquatic tunnel in the Loro parque aquarium on july 15, 2014 in Tenerife, Spain. This aquarium consists of twelve themed exhibits in a total of 1,200,000 litres of seawater. (nodff / Shutterstock)
Lemur sitting on the tree at Monkey park, Tenerife, Canary island (Copyright: gumbao)
Young woman sitting on the road and enjoying the sun on snowy Volcano Teide in the Teide National Park. Tenerife. Canarian Islands. Spain (Copyright: Ninelle)
Woman photographing mountains while sitting on cliff. Young female is using smart phone to click picture of beautiful nature. Rear view tourist visiting Tenerife, Masca Valley, Canary Islands, Spain. (Copyright: Maridav)
Tenerife. Woman traveler tourist looking at beach view. Playa de las Teresitas, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. (Copyright: Maridav)
Atlantic view fron mirador de Abrante, Agulo, La Gomera, Canary islands, Spain. (Copyright: acongar)
Atlantic and Teide view from La Gomera, Canary islands, Spain.
Tenerife island, Canary, Spain – March 30, 2013. Caucasian girl is resting in the cafe in front of Los Gigantes cliffs. Young woman is enjoying view of serene ocean. (MarKord / Shutterstock)
El Teide, Tenerife, June 06, 2015: Unidentified people runs from the top of El Teide Volcano, Tenerife, Spain (Dziewul / Shutterstock)
TENERIFE, SPAIN – JULY 7: Tourist visiting telescopes at Teide astronomical observatory on July 7, 2015 in Tenerife, Canary Island, Spain. (David Herraez Calzada / Shutterstock)
Windmill with tropical plants in Tenerife,Canary Islands,Spain. (Copyright: svf74)
Basilica de Candelaria church in Tenerife at Canary Islands [Photo Illustration] (Copyright: holbox)
Architectural detail in the old Town of San Cristobal de La Laguna, Tenerife, Canary Islands (Copyright: Mikadun)
Typical church in Puerto de la Cruz town on coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain (Copyright: Pawel Kazmierczak)
Architectural detail in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain (Copyright: Mikadun)
Tenerife, Spain-December 22, 2014: People walking along the Las Americas street. Las Americas is one of the most popular and well-known resorts with plenty of restaurants and shopping stores (Alexander Tihonov / Shutterstock)
ADEJE, TENERIFE, Canary Islands, SPAIN Shopping center Siam Mall. February 28,2016 This is one of the biggest shopping center in Tenerife with a wide range of specialty stores and restaurants. (vasanty / Shutterstock)
Roques de Garcia, Tenerife, Spain (Copyright: Dziewul)
Old giant dracaena tree in los Realejos – Tenerife – Canary islands – Spain (Copyright: AliZ59)
Tenerife famous dragon Tree, Dracaena draco or Drago in Icod de los VInos, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. (Copyright: Maridav)
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 18: Queens of the Carnival during the “Coso” or “Final Parade” on February 18, 2015 in Tenerife (Canary Islands) Spain. (Ninelle / Shutterstock)
Tensei Tenmoku sculpture (Puerta sin Puerta) on pier in Garachico harbor Garachico, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain (Copyright: Serj Malomuzh)
Tenerife Spain 05 June 2014. Flamenco dance at sunset in the restaurant. Canary Islands (Anatoly Sokolov / Shutterstock)
Amazing sunset at the peak of volcano Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. Aerial view over clouds above ocean water with last sunshine . (Copyright: Petr Vorobev)
Evening sky over Los Gigantes. Tenerife, Spain (Copyright: alexilena)
Los Cristianos night church in Tenerife Arona Adeje coast Canary Islands (Copyright: holbox)
TENERIFE, SPAIN- FEBRUARY 29: Pull & Bear store on February 29, 2016 in Tenerife, Spain. Pull and Bear is a Spanish clothing and accessories retailer. (David Herraez Calzada / Shutterstock)
Starry night and milky way in Teide national park, Tenerife canary Islands, Spain. (Copyright: David Herraez Calzada)
the Milky Way above volcano Teide at the Island of Tenerife (Copyright: Traveller Martin)
Tenerife Holidays – A Guide to the South of Tenerife
By Steven Culshaw
Tenerife is the ideal place to take a holiday for north Europeans due to its close proximity to the northern Europe (only a four and a half hour flight from the UK). The island has great weather, numerous beaches, plenty of activities and pass times available. This article has been crafted with a view to giving anyone interested in holidaying in Tenerife some general information on the island.
If you are a sun worshiper, then Tenerife may well be the place for you. The temperature rarely rises above 30º in the summer and below 16ºC in winter. The average yearly temperature is 21ºC and the south of the island receives an average of 6.9 hours of sunshine per day.
The climate here is subtropical and makes for the perfect holiday as even when it is cloudy it is still warm. The weather can vary from area to area due to the geological uniqueness of the island, the winds from Africa which warm the island and the cooling effect on the Atlantic. The South is considered to be warmer compared with the North and usually receives more sun, where as the North is a little cooler and receives more rain. During the winter months Mount Teide is often covered with snow, but skiing is not possible.
There are many beaches to choose from in Tenerife, and they can found all around the island. Many of the beaches are made up of naturally occurring volcanic black sand and a number of the beaches have white or yellow sand imported from Africa. You have a multitude of beaches to choose from, but one of the most exclusive beaches in the south is Del Duque beach. Del Duque beach sits at the front of one of the islands most exclusive hotels called the Bahia del Duque. This hotels attracts many well heeled guests which often include stars and celebrities.
Water sports can be found on many of the more popular beaches, so if you want you can have a go at jet skiing, kite boarding, wind surfing, bob diving, scuba diving, para-scending and speed boating. El Medano beach is a popular destination for wind surfers and kite boarders due to the constant strong winds blowing through this area.
All of the major beaches have lifeguards and first aid facilities. On some beaches you will even find disabled aids to help those who have a disability into the water.
People who enjoy food often choose to return to Tenerife due the vast number of restaurants available. You can be sure that Tenerife will cater for what ever style of food you like, and usually prepared to a high standard. The main resort areas offer a bewildering and excellent choice of restaurants which serve all tastes and budgets.
As you know by now, Tenerife is an island, and as such you will find numerous seafood and fish food restaurants. There are many fishing villages in Tenerife, so the fish and seafood is normally fresh and often caught the same day it is prepared in the restaurants. You will find menu prices reasonable, and the standard of food high. The island plays hosts too many restaurants, so you can be sure that whatever your taste or budget, Tenerife will have many restaurants which suit you. I would not be lying if I told you I’ve gained a few pounds in the years I have been here and I blame it squarely on the food served in the various Tenerife restaurants!
Tenerife Pubs, Bars and Entertainment
Most people like the odd tipple and a bit of entertainment when they are holiday, and the south of Tenerife does not disappoint such people with its vast choice of drinking and entertainment venues. All of the main resort areas will have something to suit your tastes without a shadow of a doubt. There are numerous entertainment show bars which show live acts, theme bars, Irish pubs and Scottish and English bars. If you like a night out in club land, then you should visit the Veronicas and Starco areas. The larger clubs in these areas tend to book some of the UK’s top DJs. If you fancy a bit of jazz and blues, then that’s covered too. Generally speaking, whatever type of venue you are looking for, Tenerife will have something for you.
There is a varied choice of excursions, attractions and places to visit available to tourists who visit Tenerife. I have listed a sample of some of the popular excursions below to give you an idea what Tenerife has to offer you when you are on holiday.
Loro Parque Ecological park
Pargue las Aguiles Jungle park
Excursion to Icod, Garachico and Icod
Classic Island Tour
Excursions to La Gomera (Island neighbouring Tenerife)
Mount Teide excursion
Santa Cruz and Taganna
Full day island tour
Santa Cruz shopping
Castillo San Miguel
Yellow Submarine – A Sumarine excursion
Piramide de Arona – Piramid in Arona
Cinema – a 7 screen cinema
Whales and Dolfins boat trip
Quad bike safari
The Loro Parque is an ecological park driven by the goal of conservation, and as such worth a particular mention. This is not your run of the mill zoo, as the animals are well cared for and the park actively breeds animals in captivity and supports world wide conservation efforts. The park has a penguin attraction where you can see penguins kept in a large enclosure. The enclosure is specially built to mimic conditions the penguins would live in the wild by where the light and temperature are controlled. The enclosure even produces snow to help the penguins feel at home. Periodically the park adds new attractions, its latest being a killer whale show. The park has other shows which include sea lions, dolphins and parrots. The park is located in the North of the island, near to an area called Martiniez and is well worth a visit.
There is more to see and do in Tenerife than I have listed above and as such, what is listed is to give you a flavour of what is available to the tourist.
Accommodation in Tenerife ranges from self catering apartments right up to grand luxury hotels, and anything else you can think of in between. The majority of accommodation can be booked through your travel agents. Self catering and holiday lets can be usually be booked directly with the owner or through specialist booking agents. Many people like a little luxury mixed with self catering when on holiday. How can that be possible? The answer is luxury villas. These can usually booked through booking agents and specialist websites. What ever your accommodation needs, you are sure to find it in Tenerife.
With its excellent subtropical climate, beaches, restaurants, excursions, activities and more, Tenerife is the ideal place to take your holiday. I really cannot recommend it enough. It is a little piece of heaven on earth. Tenerife is an island paradise for tourists and residents alike.
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