Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Island’s sits just off the West Coast of Africa and has been a favourite holiday destination for many people since the 1960s when cheap flights and holiday packages started to bring people to this hot, sunny isle.
The South of the Island is a favourite destination with the younger crowd staying in places such as Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas where you will find great white sandy beaches and a real buzz in the bars and restaurants in the night. The South also has a constant summer climate with great beach weather for most of the year, little wind and plenty of sunshine.
The North side of the Island reveals its quieter side and is a popular destination for couples and families staying in resorts such as Puerto de la Cruz. Although the weather in the North can’t rival the South it is still very pleasant for most of the year, even in the Winter months you will be looking at temperatures of 20 degrees.
Tenerife is not just about beach holidays though and if you can tear yourself away from them for a few excursions you will find plenty of interesting and entertaining things to do. This is an Island after all with lush forests, deserts, volcanoes and mountains, all kinds of exotic fauna and flora not to mention dramatic coast lines and stunning black and yellow sandy beaches. On Tenerife you can indulge in exploring fabulous National Parks, try out a variety of different water sports and immerse yourself in history and culture.
Terrific Tenerife the Best of What to Do
Mount Teide is a giant volcano that sits in the middle of the Island and towers some 7,500 meters above sea level and is one of the world’s largest volcanoes. Mount Teide is Tenerife’s most visited tourist attraction so wherever you stay you will have no problem booking a trip to see it.
This monster of a volcano is still active though the last eruption was in 1909. You can walk up the mountain on foot though you will need to get a permit to do this and it can be heavy going in places and will take around 5 hours or alternatively you can ride up in a cable car in a very speedy eight minutes which will take you almost to the summit.
The views at the top are quite breathtaking and you will be able to see Gran Canaria and La Palma. Mount Teide is situated in a sprawling National Park and as it is 2,000 meters above sea level it can have very fluctuating weather, with heavy snow in the Winter months and soaring heat of over 40 degrees in the Summer months. The pine trees that grow in the region are what keep the Island lush and watered unlike other Islands around that can be very barren and desert like.
Pyramids of Guimar.
Located on the East Coast of the Island south of Santa Cruz lie the Pyramids of Guimar. These six step pyramids are a source of mystery as no archeologist has yet been able to identify what they were for or their origins.
The pyramids now lie an Ethnographic Park, where there is also a museum, coffee shop and gift shop. Although there is no information on what the pyramids were for this does not spoil your visit to this site as there is a lot to do when you get there. The pyramids are a worth while sight in themselves and there is also a Secret Garden that is dedicated to poisonous plants as well as there being a rich offering of plants native to the Canary Islands. This is a great place to go to if you are interested in archeology and botany as there will be much to interest you.
Visit La Laguna.
La Laguna is considered by many people to be Tenerife’s most beautiful town. It is just a short journey away from Santa Cruz or Puerto de la Cruz, in the Northern part of the Island. The historical center of the town was given World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1999.
Its history stretches far back though and it was the Ancient Capital of the Cananry Islands. Now there are many points of interest in this stunning town which make it well worth a visit to. Whilst here you can meander through the narrow streets lined with historic houses and mansions. There is plenty to keep you entertained whether you are here for a day trip or a longer break.
The Cathedral of San Cristóbal de La Laguna which was completed in 1915 is well worth a visit and if you are interested in history and archeology then take a trip to Museo de la Historia de Tenerife, where you will be able to see not only the stunning 16th Century mansion but also artefacts and documents on the history of the Island.
Enjoy the Water parks.
A great day out for the family is to go to one of the many water parks that Tenerife has to offer. Siam Park, in Costa Adeje,is one of the best parks if you love water attractions with this one having 14, including an attraction called the Tower of Power that has a 28 metre drop, not one for the faint hearted.
This park set in a lush green environment is for every one to enjoy, whether young or old swimmer or none swimmer there is something for everyone and a great way to keep cool on a hot day and an even better way to keep the kids entertained.
Visit Playa De La Arena Beach.
If a beach holiday is really what you are after then Tenerife has some of the most unusual around. Playa De La Arena beach is not your usual white sandy coast line but instead has dark volcanic sand giving you a completely different experience.
This blue flag awarded beach is a very popular destination for families because it is clean and safe and has a good assortment of shops and restauraunts near by that will keep you stocked up on all the essentials that you will need. Life is quieter and more relaxed around this area so it is a great place to go to really relax and unwind.