Guide to Tenerife
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife has long been a popular holiday destination due to its warm tropical climate. Known as the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’, it is dominated by its volcano, Mount Teide.
But Tenerife is more than beaches and nightclubs; with a mix of colonial towns, museums, forest walks, designer shops and a Carnival that is second only to Rio, there’s so much to see and do you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Places to Visit
Los Cristianos & Playa de las Americas
In the south-western tip of the island this resort mecca has large sandy beaches, all-inclusive resorts and a nightlife that will leave you sleepy by the pool for a day or two.
Los Cristianos old town still has hints of the fishing village it used to be, while Playa de las Americas is vying to be the Las Vegas of Spain with fake pyramids, dazzling shopping centres and high-rise hotels.
Quite possibly the most attractive area of Tenerife, the town of La Orotava has street after street of beautiful traditional houses leading the town centre to be declared a Historic-Artistic Site. Formerly home to the island’s aristocrats, the architectural treasures include churches, monasteries and convents and the highlight – Casa de los Balcones.
There is much to explore here, with stylish restaurants offering excellent opportunities to recharge your batteries. If you visit during the Feast of Corpus Christi, the streets are covered in a carpet of flowers, a beautiful sight to behold – and very Instagram friendly.
A beautiful island off the coast of Tenerife, La Gomera is green, fertile and popular with nature lovers. The wooded areas have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and for those who love to hike, there are a number of paths crossing the slopes.
The last place that Christopher Columbus stopped at before heading off in search of the new world in 1492, La Gomera is a fabulous day trip from Tenerife.
Nature has a way of levelling the playing field and 300 years ago, with the eruption of Montaña Negra, the island’s main port Garachio went from a town of riches to one where lava ran through the streets.
The destruction of the port and subsequent outbreaks of disease, fire, flooding and plagues of locusts did not bring the town to its knees though. The lava created wonderful rock pools to swim in and, despite the tourists that rush to swim in those pools, the town itself is unspoiled with a picturesque plaza and enchanting quiet streets to explore.
The town’s motto, Glorious in Adversity, is most fitting.
Things to Do
Tenerife’s climate makes it the perfect choice for those who love water sports. From deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, kitesurfing and jet-skiing, the only reason to set foot on dry land is to eat and sleep!
Mount Teide National Park
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mount Teide National Park contains Spain’s highest mountain and is home to hundreds of different species of flowers, insects and birds. While the peak and crater are restricted access, you can reach 2,200 metres up by cable car.
The park’s location off the coast of Africa and with the vast expanse of the Atlantic on the other side, there is little light pollution which makes it an excellent place for stargazing. In fact, Tenerife has been designated a Starlight Destination and one of the world’s leading observatories is situated on the island.
Just a couple of reasons to make your way into the park’s interior.
Voted the best water park in the world for 5 years running, Siam Park has something for everyone with a choice of rides for family, adrenalin junkies or as a way to relax. There’s also a sandy beach, bars, restaurants and a baby zone.
Located only 1km from CLC Monterey, there’s no reason not to visit!
Voted number 1 Zoo in Europe by TripAdvisor, Loro Parque was originally conceived as a parrot paradise – hence the name. It has since developed to become a top Tenerife attraction.
Tenerife offers a range of courses for players of all levels and just a short drive from CLC Sunningdale Village is Golf del Sur for those who have radar-like precision on their shots.
Food & Drink
Canarian cuisine is an important part of the islands’ culture with its mix of seafood and meat dishes. The Canarian appetisers or tapas are known as enyesques. The cheeses of the Canaries, and particularly Tenerife, have been voted some of the world’s best over the years.
A selection of local food and drink includes:
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