The largest island of the Canary archipelago, Tenerife is a unique sight to behold. This volcanic island attracts 10 million tourists every year with its stunning beaches, forests and breathtaking landscape.
Sandy beach and amazing turquoise sea in Tenerife (credit: passportto.iberostar.com)
Through dense forests & sandy beaches
The volcanic origin of the island ensures it has one of the most unique landscapes on Earth. Tenerife is riddled with vegetation and lush, beautiful forests. The laurel forests, which are sprinkled through the island, make for an interesting sight, as they are rare in the world, and offer a beautiful contrast with some of the island’s rougher, volcanic features. The island also boasts a number of milky white sandy beaches, perfect places to relax and take a moment to enjoy life.
Stunning view of pine tree forest on the island (credit: todotenerife.es)
Visiting the island's giant - Mount Teide
The highest peak on Spanish soil, Mount Teide, is located in the middle of Tenerife. This 3718 meter giant towers over the whole island, and is like a big brother watching over the entire island. If you’re lucky, take the opportunity and climb on top of the mountain and enjoy a spectacular view of Tenerife and the surrounding islands. The Teide national park, which stretches out around the mountain, is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, especially during the spring when the whole park blossoms and comes to life, and a must visit for anyone in Tenerife.
Teide, the imposing volcano (credit: Nikodem Nijaki via wikimedia.org)
Enjoying the numerous water sports
One of the most popular pass times on Tenerife are water sports. The perfect, year round warm weather ensures that sports are extremely popular and that the sport offer is diverse and plentiful. Water skiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, sailing and diving are all popular and widely available at Tenerife, but the hottest offer right now is fly boarding. Glide over the water like a superhero and have fun, but don’t forget to be safe!
Sailing along Tenerife coast (credit: mydestination.com)
A soul & body relaxation - wellness & spa
After a day filled with excitement and adventure, treat yourself at one of the many wellness & spa centers located at Tenerife. Full body massages, Thai massages, spas, therapy and fitness centers will leave you stress free and without a care in the world. Your body and mind will thank you.
The offerings of Santa Cruz
Panoramic view of Santa Cruz (credit: Mataparda via wikimedia.org)
The capital of Tenerife, Santra Cruz, is one of the most important harbors in the Atlantic. The city was historically used as a port, which helped fund its rapid growth during the 19th century. As a result, the city buzzes with life and activity, interesting places, architecture, restaurants and much more. If you happen to be in Santra Cruz in February or March, the town turns into a party hotspot, as the plazas and street of the town fill up with the arrival of the carnival. Amazing colorful costumes, parades, singing, dancing, laughing, drinking, all of this and much more make up one of the largest carnivals in the world.
Playa de las Teresitas (credit: todotenerife.es)
Santa Cruz also houses the Playa de las Teresitas, a golden sanded beach with beautiful palm trees and clear water. The town also has an active nightlife, with lots of clubs and discotheques to dance the night away. Santa Cruz is also an excellent base for your exploration of the whole island, as it has numerous hotels and rooms available for rent. If you are in Tenerife, don’t miss out and come to Santa Cruz!
Plaza Espana (Spanish square) in Santa Cruz at night (credit: rockroutesholidays.com)
With beautiful sandy beaches, stunning volcanic rocks, a huge mountain, sprawling cities, and lush vegetation, Tenerife has a lot to offer. Whether you like to spend your vacation relaxing, lying around on the beaches, sipping on a cool drink in the shade of a palm tree, or you’re a more adventurous type and find nature exploration and sports relaxing, you’ll feel at home at Tenerife. So pack your bags and book a flight, you won’t regret it!