Tenerife, the “Island of Eternal Spring” is located just around 100 miles from the coastline of Sahara, West Africa. It is one of the largest islands of the Canary Islands and plays host to over 10 million tourists every year. It is a land that brings nature to man and exhibits this in the most dramatic fashion. There is a plethora of sites, activities and cavalry like celebrations that you and your family can attend and have the time of your life. Life in the outer world is momentarily forgotten once you arrive at Los Rodeos Airport.
Tenerife has a rich history that stretches all the way back to the years BC. There is rich recorded history, both captivating, sad and full of emotions, but looking at the land as it is today, it has every indication of being here since the start of eons. The island itself was formed as a result of volcanic reactions which forced lava to rise above the ocean and join some three small islands into one huge Tenerife. the island is so diverse in so many aspects that while a person is enjoying a sun tan on the southern Playa des la Americas, Puerto de la Cruz beach among others, there will be a person freezing because of snow just a couple of miles northwards. This happens especially during winter.
There are a lot of places to enjoy for a family to get maximum fun in Tenerife but most of these locations are in the southern part of the island. Although it has hundreds of kilometres of coastline, the only part that people can enjoy the beach is around 100 kilometres. The beaches on this island are another nature’s fete that every visitor goes home remembering and happy about. There are black pebbled beaches, gray sand beaches and white sandy beaches, all of which not only give a perfect view and entrance into the ocean, but give the tourist a chance to swim, surf and have a whole lot of beach activities.
The further a tourist moves away from the south where every other tourist is headed to, the less the number of tourists one encounters. For those who love nature walking and seeing the different type of fauna and flora that Tenerife exhibits, take a tour to the fields of Anaga or the Pyramids of Guimar. Tenerife is the home to the highest point in Spain and those who love challenges, cycling and other sports are presented with a good chance here. The cliffy coastline can also be a breathtaking adventure for a family and when planning for a vacation to this ever elegant land all these factors should be considered.
Shopping for gifts and such things can be done in the busy Santa Cruz and other parts of the Island. But the one thing that one shouldn’t go back home without experiencing is the exotic, detour tasty cuisine. Sampling of mojos, gofios, and local wines gives one the idea of just what diversity means. It is a destination that is worth a try.
Tenerife holidays offer fantastic sporting opportunities, perfect for the man who loves a challenge. Whether you’re heading out on a stag do, or just a group outing away with the boys, Tenerife promises to provide an adrenaline-filled break in the sun for everyone. There’s plenty to choose from with the best on land and water based activities summarised below you’ll not be short of things to try out.
Tenerife is famous among divers, and with scuba schools across the island, you can ensure your whole party gets to give it a try. As a volcanic island, Tenerife’s diving sites are outstanding, with amazing marine life and a huge number of coves and reefs to discover. Head to some of the deeper dive sites, like those at Puerto de Santiago or La Caletta, and you’ll see colourful corals, rare sea life, underground caves and even shipwrecks to explore!
Jet-skiing is the perfect way to enjoy Tenerife’s calm waters and warm sunshine, whether jumping the waves or just cruising along the coastline and enjoying the scenery. Jet-skiing is a major activity on the island, and you’ll find rental stalls on all of the major beaches. Head to Playa de Los Cristianos, in Arona, where you’re sure to find some fantastic views of the beach and mountains, and plenty of space for the whole group to bomb around on the water, for an unforgettable day out at sea during your time in Tenerife.
- Surfing and Wind-surfing
Tenerife promises a perfect surfing environment throughout the year, particularly in Summer, when the nearby Atlantic ocean provides water swells that meet with the volcanic structure of the island’s coastline to form excellent waves. Combined with the Canary cold-stream, which ensures a steady breeze, the conditions are ideal for experienced surfers and beginners alike! The best wind-surfing zones can be found at El Medano, La Jaquita and El Cabezo; top-notch surfing sites that have, in the past, hosted several international windsurfing events, like the famous World Cup Grand Slam.
- Mountain Biking
Holidays to Tenerife offer an excellent opportunity to explore one of the largest volcanic regions in the Canary Islands. Mountain biking trails are a popular way to do this, and tearing through the rocky countryside promises a buzz like no other! The routes across the island vary wildly, from flat, clear roads to dirt tracks through the pine forests, or dusty climbs through the mountains, ensuring there’s always a route to suit all ages and abilities. The steep tracks up the mountainsides can prove tricky, but the views, such as those over Mount Teide or Santa Cruz, are a great reward – and the exhilarating journey back down is even better!
- Quad Biking
For some off-road excitement, Quad bike safari is a fun and exciting way to enjoy the island’s landscape. Quad trails wind through some fantastic surroundings, with plenty of hills and ditches to jump, and some fantastic views over the beaches and resorts. Trails vary from challenging forest trails to exciting skill-based rock lava tracks where you can show off and practise your jump technique. To make a day of it, take the Teide Tour, a no-holds-barred Quad Safari that takes you through the peaks of the mountains and into las Cañadas del Teide, the volcanic national park, for the best way to see the sights during your holiday to Tenerife.
Tenerife’s maze of underground structures is incredible, and exploring the caves and potholes is an unforgettable journey, not for the faint-hearted! The most famous route through the volcanic tubes and galleries is the Barraco del Rio, a challenging course that starts with a succession of abseils through stunning scenery and waterfalls. The smaller Barranco de Badajoz is drier and offers a much easier abseil, offering even beginners the chance to see and understand the powerful process that takes place deep beneath the island. You could also explore the caves at Cueva del Viento, the “Cave of the Wind”, either alone or with a guide; this 17-kilometre lava tube is an incredible example of the unique subterranean landscape, and a breathtaking way to explore the volcanoes from underneath.
Entertainment in Tenerife
If you’d rather chill out for a day or two on your holiday in Tenerife, the island boasts a number of golden and black beaches, perfect for topping up the tan and mingling with other holidaymakers. The Tenerife nightlife is spectacular; in particular head to Playa de las Americas, which boasts a 24-hour party scene and a huge number of bars and clubs to hit after the sun goes down. The best way to cure a hangover in Tenerife is to take a boat trip out to sea, especially on the calmer waters on the south coast. Then you can let the wind and water do the work, while you relax in the sun and enjoy the views over the mountains and bays of the Canary Islands!
Written by the easyJet holidays travel writers team.Categories: Guides
Localities: Canary Islands, Spain, Tenerife
Travel Themes: Fun, Sport and Adventure