Tenerife has been a top holiday destination for a long time. Welcoming tourists since 1890! It is the largest of the Canary Islands and is located off the west coast of Africa.
The island was originally inhabited by cave people who came over from Africa. Over the years this has changed, and in more recent times large numbers of immigrants from Latin America have arrived. This has given a Latin American twist to the place which can see in both the food and music.
The Island is Spanish owned despite several there being attempts over the years from other countries to claim the Island. The most famous being in 1797. This is the Battle of Santa Cruz when Nelson lost his arm!
Tenerife is an island made up of two halves. You have the south with its hot and dry weather. The north is very green with lots of plants and flora. You will find the climate still hot but the rainfall is considerably higher.
Tenerife is famous for having a large number of beaches. Some of these beaches are sandy but the natural beaches are mostly made of black sand. The black sand comes from the volcanic basaltic coastline. As this coastline gets eroded the black sand is left behind.
The south can be very lively in the summer, especially July and August. These are the months when large numbers of younger Europeans flock to party at the many bars and clubs. If this is your thing then Tenerife is sure to please you. If it is not for you I would suggest you avoid the large resorts in the summer or stay up in the north. You will find the Island a lot more relaxed in the winter months.
How to get to Tenerife
Tenerife has two Airports Tenerife south (TFS) and Tenerife North (TFN)
Tenerife South Airport is well served by most major European Airports. There is a good mixture of Low cost and Traditional airlines. Once you arrive at the airport you can get a shuttle bus. These can be booked to most resorts on the island including the North.
Thomson Airways provide a large number of flights here, especially from destinations in the United Kingdom.
Tenerife North Airport is a lot smaller and served by only a few carriers including Iberia. This airport should only be considered if staying in Puerto de la Cruz or Santa Cruz.
Costa Adeje – This is a new and upmarket resort area in Tenerife. You will find plenty of high-end, plush hotels with the latest amenities and most modern attractions. The beaches are all in excellent condition, with first class services on offer. If you can muster the energy there are plenty of watersports to try out in between the hours of essential sunbathing.
Los Cristianos – There is a stunning beach here which is often filled with happy tourists enjoying the fine golden sands. If you like fishing there are many fishing trips that leave daily from the nearby harbour.
Los Gigantes – This chilled out resort focuses around a very pretty marina that is surrounded by restaurants and bars. The area is a favourite with the slightly older customer and there are plenty of places to sit and relax
Playa De Las Americas – The party capital of Tenerife. Each year thousands of young people head here to let their hair down. The great beach and countless bars make this a great place to go wild.
Puerto de la Cruz – A stay here will put you in the most popular part of the north. Despite its increasing popularity it fully maintains its Canarian character. Expect many stylish hotels and restaurants dotted along the coast.
Santa Cruz – The capital of Tenerife and the most populated city on the island. Visitors can enjoy many landmarks and beautiful beaches. Everything a visitor needs can be found in the city. Do not forget to check out the carnival if you visit in February.
Siam Park – Just outside of Costa Adeje is this Thai themed waterpark. It was opened by a Thai princess and cost over 50 million euros to build. Siam Park is a real must for any waterpark lovers. It contains the world longest lazy river, and the largest waves at over 3 meters or 11 feet.
Loro Parque – Located in the north of the island, this large zoo is home to many animals. It makes a great day trip regardless of where you are on the island. It also houses the largest Parrot collection in the world, with over 4000 birds and 350 species. Seas lions, killer whales and dolphins can also be found here.
Volcan El Teide – The most visited Natural wonder in Spain, and the most visited National Park in Europe. Be sure not to miss the volcano that has not erupted for many years. You can take a cable car to the top or get a permit and walk to the top.
Whale or Dolphin Watching – Grab a boat, either yourself or go on one of the organised group trips. Then set sail into the ocean to find the Dolphins and Whales that frequent the seas around Tenerife. Many companies provide the opportunity and most tours leave from the west of the island. However, pick-ups can be arranged from most resorts and hotels.
When to visit Tenerife
Tenerife is a great place to visit all year round. If you want to Party in the south then you should come in July or August. For a more relaxed trip consider getting some winter sun between November and April. Prices during this time of year will also be much lower.
The Island has high occupancy rates all year round due to its everlasting popularity. Due to this, you should book your accommodation as far in advance as possible.+