The island of Tenerife is one of the Canary Islands. Belonging to Spain and located off the coast of Morocco, these islands are the ideal destination for a summer vacation.
Tenerife has two airports, one located on the north of the island and one on the southern tip. There are several ferries that connect Tenerife to other Canary Islands, including Gran Canaria. It is recommendable to rent a car in order to be able to explore the island's many beaches and landmarks.
Where to stay?
If you are looking for some beach relaxation, book a hotel near the beach on the southern coast of the island. If you are here for a longer term and have a budget, rent one of the many apartments located close to the beach. There are many hotels, resorts and villas adapted to any budget in this area.
Those who prefer to explore the island's natural landmarks and want to spend some afternoons visiting cultural sights should stay in the north of the island. Most of the island's largest towns and cities, including Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Puerto de la Cruz, are located here.
What to visit: natural landmarks.
Do not miss the symbol of the island, the Teide volcano. Enjoy a guided tour to the Teide National Park before taking the cable car to the top of the volcano. From here you will be able to enjoy views towards the island and the sea.
There are many more natural landmarks on the island. Visit the Sierra de Anaga rural park, the ideal spot for a hike. Explore the Cuevas del Viento caves located near the traditional town of Icod del Vino.
What to visit: beaches.
The island's main attractions are its beaches. Many of the beaches are black sand beaches. Some of the most famous beaches include the Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos, located a short distance away from each other.
In this area you will find many beaches ideal for surfers and windsurfers, and most have clubs from where you can rent surfing equipment. If you are less into sports and more into nature, enjoy a boat trip to Los Gigantes, a set of giant cliffs located on the west coast of the island. During the boat ride you will be able to see dolphins and whales and dive in the clear waters near the cliffs.
What to visit: museums and towns.
In the main city, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, you fill a wide range of museums. Do not miss the Museum of Man and History, dedicated to native settlements and the island's natural history. In the center of Puerto de la Cruz you will find many cafés and restaurants serving traditional papas arrugadas, potatoes boiled in their skin accompanied by mojo picónspicy sauce. If you are looking for colonial towns with cobblestone streets and pastel houses, La Laguna and Orotava are your ideal destinations.
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