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Tenerife, your next holiday destination?
Ø 8.5 hours of sunshine per day
466 km2 Natural park
An island - a light protection zone
21 - 29°C Temperature
19 - 23°C Sea temperature
For the Romans the Canaries were the “islands of the blessed”, for the world traveller Humboldt the "happy islands". Politically Spanish, geographically African and culturally South American. Tenerife is today praised as the “island of eternal spring”. - with bathing season all year round (with restrictions). The climate is very pleasant - temperate, warm, rarely hot, sometimes cool, rarely rainy.
“Here there is no autumn with grey November days, no humid cold and no icy winter. Even summer remains in contrast to the dry, hot Mediterranean countries... very tolerable and relaxing”. (DuMont Landscape Guide) And there are no dangerous animals as far as we know.
“Eternal Spring” - this is especially true for the coastal region of the northwest green with the Orotava Valley - and Puerto de la Cruz. It is also said that the climate of the Orotava Valley has special healing properties.
Tenerife is the largest and most scenic and culturally diverse of the Canary Islands. Tenerife offers an extraordinarily rich and varied range of destinations for excursions, walks, sightseeing and other activities:
Rocky coasts, luminous and dark beaches, small fishing and mountain villages, fields and courtyards, conifers, deciduous, mixed forests, hillsides, mountains, ravines, craters, plateaus, bizarre rock formations, lunar landscapes, the Teide, the highest mountain in Spain, historic urban centres with idyllic squares, mansions, balconies, romantic squares, churches, traditional folkloric festivals, etc. - the second largest carnival in the world, Burial of the Sardine, processions.... Great park of animals and leisure (Loro Parque), with the largest collection of parrots in the world, best water park in the world (Siam Park), underwater with windows, whale watching ... Tenerife also offers the greatest biodiversity of the Canary Islands and is home to more than 140 endemic plant species.
Tenerife for connoisseurs
Tenerife is not only known for its banana, but also for its wine cultivation. Of Tenerife's five main wine-growing areas, Tacoronte, close to us, is the most famous. With 24 predominantly autochthonous grape varieties, Tenerife has a unique treasure. The wine museum in nearby El Sauzal offers a good overview.
Excellent fresh fish prepared in a variety of local restaurants is offered at comparatively low prices.
The typical mojo sauces of the Canary Islands, red or green, are traditionally served with many dishes, such as Canary Island potatoes without peeling marinated in salt (,papas arrugadas´). The Canarian rabbit is one of the other specialities of the archipelago. The stew "Puchero Canario" is considered to be one of the most nutritious and healthy dishes of Spanish cuisine.
Another Canarian speciality is gofio, the basic food of the indigenous people, ground with roasted cereals.
Possible destinations for excursions beyond the surroundings, include among others:
La Laguna with the historic center of the city as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The capital of Tenerife
Santa Cruz, which retains the canyon with which the British admiral Nelson was shot down when trying to conquer Tenerife with his fleet.
Las Teresitas beach near
Santa Cruz, relatively protected against strong waves and suction.
The Anaga mountains range with laurisilva, a detour for example to the coastal village of Taganana; some claim they have the best fish restaurants on the island.
Candelaria with one of the most famous churches in the Canary Islands, the Basilica of the Virgin of Candelaria from 1526.
Guimar with staggered pyramids.
Granadilla with a lunar landscape as a peculiar natural monument: pyramids of volcanic origin of up to ten meters high and that narrow predominantly at one point.
El Médano, paradise for windsurfers.
Los Cristianos - an old place around the port. Las Americas, Siam Park, a great aquatic pleasure, Adeje with a beautiful promenade.
Icod de los Vinos with the dragon tree of 800 years, symbol of Tenerife, also with the beach of San Marcos.
Garachico, where you can still see from above the flow of lava that destroyed the city for the most part in 1706.
Along the coast, in the mountains of Teno, up to the village of Masca. Perhaps a walk down the gorge to the sea, then back (exhausting) or a boat trip and be transferred to Los Gigantes.
Die Cañadas, a huge volcanic crater over 2000 m high, about 17 km in diameter, a volcanic plateau-shaped landscape at the foot of the Teide.
Paragliding from Las Cañadas to the beach is particularly popular with some brave people. Next to the Cañadas there is an observatory. Night observation tours are offered.
Teide with 3.718 m is the highest mountain in Spain. You can take the cable car up to 150 m below the top. To climb to the top you need a permit (with identity card or passport), which must be obtained in time (!) through the Internet: www.reservasparquesnacionales.es. Book a ticket for the cable car in advance: www.volcanoteide.com.
You can also climb the Teide. It can be particularly charming to climb the Altavista shelter one day (reserve!), before dawn (flashlight!) the next day up to the top and experience the sunrise with magnificent scenery at your feet.