If you are planning a late summer break abroad and you haven’t decided yet where to spend your holidays, you are in the right place.
Today, our featured top Spanish destination is Tenerife, part of the Canary Islands.
The Canary Islands
The Canary Islands are a group of 7 islands located in the Atlantic Ocean: Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.
If you are looking for a Spanish destination with summery weather all the year round, these islands are the perfect destination. However, we are going to be focusing on Tenerife.
Tenerife is the largest island of the Canary Islands and also hosts the highest Spanish mountain called El Teide, which is in fact a volcano, and dominates the island. The capital is Santa Cruz de Tenerife and it is located in the north side.
How to get to Tenerife?
There are two possible ways to get to Tenerife, by air or by sea.
The first one, by plane, is the most comfortable, faster and the most used by visitors. There are two airports in the island: Los Rodeos Tenerife North Airport and Reina Sofia Tenerife South Airport.
But if you are afraid of flying, you can go to Tenerife by boat. The trip lasts two days from Cadiz, in the South of Spain. The only thing you have to know is that the boat just sets sail from the Peninsula on Tuesdays and come back on Fridays.
Best places to stay in Tenerife
Tenerife is a really good family destination, but it is also an amazing island for couples and friends.
The north of the island is what I would recommend for families or visitors who want a more relaxed stay where to enjoy the green nature of this beautiful island like in Puerto de la Cruz, the centre of the international tourism.
The north side is a calm area, surrounded by more green zones than the south, with black sand beaches, with the exception of Las Teresitas, that is an artificial beach with sand from the Sahara dessert of 1.5 km longer that makes Las Teresitas the perfect beach for all the family.
In addition, there are amazing natural pools in Puerto de la Cruz located in Lago Martiánez. The entry ticket costs 5.50€ for adults and 2.50€ for kids. I promise it is worth it.
For summer holidays with friends, the south side of the island is the perfect choice. More parties, more young international tourism in comparison with the north, a lot of famous beaches like Las Americas and Los Cristianos with white sand and loads of hotels with great services where you can accommodate yourself.
What to see in Tenerife?
TEIDE NATIONAL PARK
As you must know, Teide volcano is the highest Spanish peak at 3,718 metres. There are excursions during the day as well as at night. If you decide to visit the Teide at night, you could see the stars. There are also other experiences like wine tasting for those who love drinking wine with an awesome view.
Tenerife is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the south west coast of the island is a great place to watch whales in their habitats. You will take a catamaran on the coast and you will navigate into the ocean to probably see killer whales, dolphins and even blue whales.
THE 1000 YEAR-OLD DRAGO TREE
The Drago Tree is the typical tree from the Canary Islands and in Tenerife, especially in Icod de los vinos; stands a Drago Tree called The Thousand Year-Old Drago Tree. It is the biggest and the oldest specie tree in the world.
Its height is 17 metres and 20 metres of perimeter and its weight is around 150 tonnes. People do not know exactly its age, but nowadays it is suggested that the Drago Tree is no more than 800 to 1000 years old.
As the Drago Tree trunk is empty, visitors can see what there is inside it trough a door for 4€ for adults, 2.50€ for students and pensioners and 2€ for children (3-8). It is free for children under the age of three.
What to do in Tenerife?
SWIM IN GARACHICO’S ROCK POOLS
El Calentón is the place where you will find these natural pools created by the lava’s hardening of the volcano Trevejo in 1706. Spending a day there is completely free and really worth it for the natural pool lovers.
Riding a camel is something you don’t do everyday and in Tenerife is possible for 10€ for adults and 5€ for children (3-12). There are different camel rides where you will see the Canary flora and fauna. In addition, these types of camel rides offer a lunch menu to try the typical Canary food like papas arrugadas.
Loro Parque is a zoo park located in Puerto de la Cruz that opens the 365 days of the year. Loro Parque offers a diversity of animal and plants’ species to see and loads of shows like the Loro Show or the Orca Ocean among others.
There are three possible ways to get there. By a free express train, by bus or by car. You will find more information on its website.
The ticket entry costs 34 euros for adults and 23 euros for children (6-11). It is free for children under age 6.
Siam Park is the biggest aquatic park in Europe. It is located on the Costa Adeje, in the south of Tenerife and you can get there by bus, by the free guagua Siam and by car.
Once there, you just have to enjoy all the attractions like the Mai Thai River, the Volcano or the Tower of Power; a 28 metres of free fall. In addition, you can relax on the Siam Beach and watch or surf in the Wave Palace.
The ticket entry costs 34 euros for adults and 23 euros for children (3-11). If you are planning to visit Loro Parque and Siam Park during your holidays, it is recommendable to buy the twin ticket for both places. It costs 58 euros for adults and 39.50 euros for children (6-11).
Best Beaches in Tenerife
As you know, Tenerife is a volcanic island. For this reason some of its beaches have black sand like El Socorro.
El Socorro is located in Los Realejos beach, in the north side of Tenerife. El Socorro is a black sand beach and if you are a surf lover, this is your beach. Its morning waves with the amazing views are a must-see, not just for the surfers, but also for the rest of the visitors who want to enjoy the black sand and the beautiful sunrise.
But in Tenerife, there are many other beautiful beaches with white sand like Los Cristianos in the south side of the island.
Los Cristianos is located in Arona, the most touristic zone. Nevertheless, it offers great services for people and it is perfect for who wants a relaxing time on the beach.
Tenerife is an island plenty of beautiful beaches, awesome views and great food that you can’t miss out.
I’m pretty sure that choosing Tenerife as your holiday destination it won’t disappoint you!! I promise!