Tenerife is the largest Canary island in Spain and one of the most popular holidaydestination in Europe with numerous reasons to visit at least once. This beautiful islandhome to Spain’s highest point, Mountain Tiede, many amazing beaches, The Masca Valley,Piramide de Arona- one of the largest auditorium in Europe, picturesque Los Gigantes andmany unique water parks. It is host to world’s second-largest colourful carnival – Carnaval deSanta Cruz. the total area of this island is 2034 square kilometres with a total population ofaround 950 thousand. The capital city is Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the official languageSpanish and the official currency the Euro. it attracts tourists from all over the world becauseof its enjoyable warm climate, it is also known as ‘Island of Eternal Spring’.
1. Picturesque beaches
Tenerife has beaches of all kinds with a huge number of varieties from white sandy beaches, to golden sand beaches, to yellow sand beaches. to black sand beaches with incredible views. There are beaches with natural beauty surrounded by mountains and bays. Volcanic beaches with glittering black sands are one of the most popular kinds of beaches in Tenerife. Teresitas is one of the many beaches with natural beauty with the pine forest behind. If you like some kind of concealed beach then El Bullollo a secluded beach is ideal. To experience the flavour of white-sand Caribbean beach, head to amazing Playa Americas beach. Los Gigantes is the must-visit black sand beach. La Tejita is a golden sandy beach ideal for naturists to spend a relaxing day by the sea. Playa del Duque and Playa de Las Vistas are also two very popular sandy beaches with the turquoise clear sea.
2. Dormant Volcan Mount Teide
The main attraction in the centre of Tenerife is the world 3rd largest volcano and 3718 meters tall Mount Teide the highest peak in Spain. It is in the centre of the Europes most visited national park. The national park is one of the most beautiful places in the Tenerife with the volcanic landscape, deep pine trees, lush green beautiful basins. Great place for adventurous hikers with numerous hiking trails. The view of the landscape around from the high mountain is breathtaking. You have also the opportunity to drive around the shielded national park and enjoy the magnificent scenery.
3. Carnival Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Tenerife is the host to worlds 2nd most popular carnival taking place in February every year. This pre-lent carnival starts with a grand opening parade, with music and dance in colourful costumes passing through the streets and end on ash Wednesday with the burning of sardine as it reaches Plaza de Espana. It is worth joining this colourful great festival.
4. Quirky water parks
In hot sunny weather, there is nothing better than spending a day at a water park with numerous world-class rides and slides. Tenerife is the home to world most magnificent water park Called Siam Park. This Siamese themed water park one of the most popular tourists attractions in Tenerife. It has many adventures rides and slides, a wave pool, a mile-long river, sandy beach, many kids activities facility and an amazing Thai floating market. A great place to spend an adrenaline-fuelled day with family and children or with loved ones. The 100 feet vertical slide called Tower of power is a unique experience that slides you through an amazing aquarium.
5. The amazing Masca Valley
Masca Valley is one of the most majestic places on the island and a great place for hikers. This amazing sky to sea hiking trail starts at a village and turning down to the beach end to the sea. There is a facility to have a guided walk for new starters. While you walking through the trek you can enjoy the picturesque view of the beautiful landscape. As you finished your hike by the sea you have the opportunity to take a boat trip to the Los Gigantes cliffs.
6. Spectacular Los Gigantes
Los Gigantes is a very beautiful harbour town on the west coast of Tenerife. The view of this beautiful town is like a piece of painting. The steep giant rocks with the height up to 800 meters save the town from the wind. The secluded resorts of Los Gigantes with volcanic black sandy beaches, many sheltered bays and turquoise water are amazing. The stunning view of the sunset when the high rocky mountain shine with the golden light of the sun with a numerous sailboat anchored in the marina is second to none. However, this must-visit place is picturesque at any time of the year and day.
7. The sea life
In Tenerife, you have the opportunity to see 30 different species of gigantic dolphins and whales swimming around the sea. To experience that very rare view get on board on a boat trip from Los Christiano or Los Gigantes, explore the sea and see the dolphins and whales.
8. The most amazing Star Gazing
Star Gazing is one of the most amazing things you can do in Tenerife. Because of its propinquity to the equator, low Luminous pollution, high elevation, clean air and unusually clear sky Tenerife is one of the best places to experience and enjoy stargazing. Starlight foundation has recognised the Teide national park as one of the leading stargazing sites in the world. You have the opportunity to enjoy the stargazing on your own or with a guided tour. In summer The Ritz Carlton in Abama organises stargazing through the world largest telescope.
9. The Loro Parque
According to Trip advisor Loro Parque is the best zoo and theme park in Europe with a huge range of diverse collection of animal and plants. It has the largest dolphin pool in Europe and the largest population of penguins outside the polar region. The main attraction of this tropical paradise is an amazing live show performed by dolphins and orcas. You have the opportunity to meet most of the wild animals including many endangered ones. You will see lions, tigers, sea lions, parrot, pelicans, gorillas, chimps, crocodile, sharks and many different species of birds including emus, cockatoos, kookaburras and many more tropical birds. It is a great attraction for a family visit and must-see.
10. Lively Nightlife
Tenerife is also known for its dynamic nightlife with many hotspots and a great selection of world-class clubs, bars and restaurants. Playa La des Americas is one of the popular spots for a dynamic nightlife with 3 different areas packed with clubs and bars including the legendary Veronica strip.
11. Delicious Traditional Food
The most popular traditional dish is Pappas Arrugadas, a dish made of boiled potatoes and green pepper sauce. Tenerife is also known for its traditional Spanish cuisine with African, Arabic and French influence. Being an island and in the middle of the sea, It has also a name for its fresh seafood including delicious Charred Octopus. Do not forget to try Barraquito, the traditional canary coffee with ‘Vitamina’. Gofio is also a staple food for islanders.
12. Beautiful Anaga Rural Park
Whether you are hiking or driving the view is breathtaking. Start from Mirador Cruz del Carmen and hike through the Anaga forest and enjoy the magnificent view. Other popular places in Anaga are Tanaganana and the beautiful hidden natural beach Playa de Benijo to enjoy the best sunset in Tenerife.
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