Sightseeing in Tenerife
The Canary Islands are a fantastic holiday destination all year round and there has never been a better time to plan a trip to the island. Much of the sights in Tenerife revolve around the island's beautiful and dramatic scenery caused mainly by past volcanic activity. One of the must do activities to add to your list is to take a drive into Mount Teide National Park where the mountain has the highest peak in Spain.
You can take a driving tour around the base of the mountains where you will see stunning volcanic rock formations, colourful lava fields and large craters that sculpt the landscape. You can also take a cable car ride up the mountain and see some of the imposing yet extinct volcanoes that once caused havoc and mayhem in Tenerife. Many visitors to Tenerife plan a trip to the National Park each year so make sure you've packed your camera!
Los Gigantes, Tenerife
Another truly awe-inspiring sight is Los Gigantes, or The Giants, which are huge sheer black cliffs on the west coast of Tenerife. The scale of these cliffs can only really be appreciated by taking a short boat trip from Puerto Santiago to the foot of the cliffs. Historically the people of Tenerife thought these cliffs were sacred and also that this is where the world ended, and it's easy to understand why! This stunning landscape should certainly be on your list of places to visit whilst on the island so pack your camera and sensible footwear and discover why so many people visit Los Gigantes each year.
A Wide Choice of Attractions in Tenerife
Tenerife is also home to some beautiful churches and cathedrals such as the Basílica Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria and many museums such as the Natural and Human History Museum, which is located in the town of Santa Cruz and housed in a magnificent 16th century building.
The famous black pyramids, Pirámides de Guímar, are well worth a visit whilst on holiday in Tenerife. You can take a tour around these huge stone step pyramids and learn about the different theories surrounding their construction. There are also several interesting exhibitions where you can learn about hispanic history.
With so much to see and do on the island, your holiday will certainly be a fun packed break in the sun!
Fun Seekers in Tenerife
There is so much to do for the fun seeker in Tenerife that it's difficult to fit it all in on one holiday. One of the best times of year to visit Tenerife is in February at it's Carnival month. Every day is filled with people in fancy dress, salsa dancing, street bands and processions and is arguably one of the best carnival scenes after Rio de Janeiro.
Water Sports for All in Tenerife
If you're not flying to Tenerife in February don't panic, there is still plenty to do! There are a huge amount of water sports to try your hand at in the various coastal resorts. El Medano beach on the east coast of the island is one of the best for surfing and windsurfing. If surfing isn't your thing then all around Tenerife there are facilities for diving, parasailing, sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, hiring jet skis and of course the traditional banana boat.
Catch the boat from Playa de Las Americas and you can go whale watching, which is sure to thrill everyone as you sail alongside graceful whales and playful dolphins. A holiday to Tenerife is certainly a memorable experience.
Golf Holidays, Shopping and Wine Tasting in Tenerife
There are plenty of great golf courses in Tenerife suitable for all abilities including Golf Las Americas, Gold del Sur and Amarilla Golf. You can also spend a day wine tasting at Casa del Vino in El Sauzal.
If you haven't spent all of your money hiring jet skis and golf clubs then head to the capital of Tenerife, Santa Cruz. It is here that you will find the best shopping districts including Plaza del Espana and Plaza de la Canelaia where you will find large shopping centres and fashion boutiques.
Fantastic Casinos, Restaurants, and Nightlife for All in Tenerife
Casino Traoro in Puerto de la Cruz is a grand casino built in 1892 and also houses a fine restaurant. If you're feeling lucky it's a great place to practice your bluffing; just don't forget to save some beer money for later, you'll need it!
Be sure to visit the resorts of Santa Cruz and Playa de las Americas which is where everything happens after dark. You will find every kind of pub, bar and club including many names you will probably know from home such as Yate's and Wetherspoons as well as Irish bars, sports bars and cocktail bars. Playa de las Americas is a mecca for partying with an array of clubs with some of the most popular being Bobby's, Metropolis and Tramps.
As well as great nightlife there is also great food in Playa de las Americas with every style of cuisine on offer including tapas, traditional English, Italian, Canarian, Spanish and Mexican. The list is endless and you may never want to go home!
Family Fun in Tenerife
Tenerife is a popular holiday destination for the whole family and the fun to be is very much focused around the coastal resorts. In Los Cristianos you will find the Aquapark Octopus where it won't be long until you have the kids begging you to let them spend their whole holiday there. There is a dolphin show, a dolphin lake, children's area, water rides, slides, pools, sun beds, restaurants, shops and snack bars, so it's a fantastic place that the whole family will enjoy.
Animal Parks for Family Fun in Tenerife
Spend a day visiting one of the fantastic wildlife parks which will certainly keep the kids entertained for a few hours. Loro Parque is a wildlife park and a definite place to visit as it is home to some of the finest exotic animals in the world. Located in Puerto de la Cruz it contains the largest penguin populated iceberg outside of Antarctica, one of the best dolphinariums in Europe and a vast array of different animals, birds and fish including the largest parrot collection in the world.
Another animal park that is well worth visiting is Las Aguilas Park. The vast majority of the park is made to recreate a jungle and you can see animals roaming freely including many different birds of prey. The park has a large number of exotic birds and animals including the white lion which is critically endangered with estimates of only 300 left world-wide.
Beach Fun for the Whole Family in Tenerife
Of course the beaches all along the coast of Tenerife are great for family fun. Mum and Dad can relax on a sun lounger with a book or join the kids as they build sandcastles and frolic in the waves. You can also take advantage of the numerous water sports facilities that are located on most of the major resorts. The Canary Islands are certainly a popular destination for year run sunshine and fun for the entire family.
Romantic Breaks in Tenerife
The landscape of Tenerife provides the perfect backdrop to a romantic break with your loved one. Why not treat your loved one to a holiday to the Canary Islands this year? With many types of accommodation to choose from you can stay in luxurious and charming surroundings with views of the island's mountains or ocean.
Pampering and Relaxation on Holiday in Tenerife
For a day of total pampering and relaxation together you can visit one of the many spas in Tenerife such as Aequor Spa which boasts a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and mud bath, as well as many treatments and massages that will leave you feeling simply gorgeous. Why not try a chocolate relaxation massage? From start to finish, your entire trip could be so relaxing. With a wide choice of pampering treatments on offer, a holiday to Tenerife could be the perfect destination for you and your loved one.
Evening Entertainment in Tenerife
In the evening you can stroll hand in hand along one of Tenerife's famous black volcanic sandy beaches and stop off in a bar or restaurant for a romantic meal by candle light. For a quiet and more intimate break away from the hustle a bustle of the main clubbing resorts you could stay in Los Cristianos. It is the location of the aptly named restaurant Restaurante Romantico where you can enjoy beautiful cuisine with after dinner liquors and a rose for the ladies. If it's romance you seek, Tenerife is the perfect destination.
Top Tips for Tenerife
Italian restaurant Bianco is fantastic, as is the Banana Garden which is great for after dinner cocktails and dancing; both are in Playa de las Americas.
Don't forget to go shopping, Tenerife enjoys duty free tax status so get spending!
Visit the Sunday market in Santa Cruz on Avda for some great souvenirs.
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