The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is known for many things. From its sandy beaches, world-class diving, and prominent Carnivale to its 3,718 meter tall volcano, picturesque historical towns, and epic seaside cliffs; the reasons people flock to its ever balmy shores are obvious, as is the reason for its nickname: The Island of Eternal Spring.
Whether you like your sand black and volcanic or golden and fine, Tenerife has plenty to go around. For those looking to chill out and relax, Playa de la Arena has the clean shore and tapas bars to put you in the mood. For those looking to party, look no further than the party Mecca of Playa de las Americas. Finally, for the thrill-seekers, there is some first class wave action at El Cabezo Beach.
Going hand in hand with the beach life is a wealth of seafood available for the hungry traveler. Whether you head to a fancy restaurant or a food stall on the street, the fish will be fresh and savory. To really get a taste of local flavor, have your dish con mojos, doused in a spicy sauce.
The clincher for me? Tenerife is home to some quality dive spots, I can’t wait to go someday and explore beneath the waves.
On the northwest coast of the island stretch Los Gigantes, a monolithic ridge of cliffs jutting out of the sea like sleeping giants—hence the name. Reaching up to 600 meters in height, they are best appreciated from the deck of a boat floating in the sea.
This next attraction might be a strain for those loath to leave the beach, but Tenerife’s hiking opportunities are not to be missed. The island is home to several mountains, among them Montana Blanca and Mount Teide. There is even a large pine forest in the Parque Natural Corona Forestal, if you’re looking to avoid some serious elevation gain.
Climbing Mount Teide
The crown jewel of Tenerife’s landscapes is unquestionably the soaring Mount Teide—recommended by just about everyone, including First Choice. At 3,718 meters tall, it is the highest mountain in all of Spain. Though still technically an active volcano, this one has been quiet for the past 100 years. A cable car ferries visitors to the summit, or they can choose to hike the distance to the top. The views from the peak are singularly epic.
Village of Garachico
Inhabited for over 2000 years, Tenerife is home to some amazing historical sites as well as natural ones. A great historical stop is the traditional 15th century village of Garachico. For such a sleepy place, it has a surprisingly exciting past. The bubonic plague swept through its streets, as did swarms of locusts, ravaging pirates, and the devastation of volcanic eruptions. Try to imagine all of those catastrophes as you walk the cobble-stoned lanes, then forget them all as you soak in the peaceful atmosphere.
Beautiful La Gomera
Off the coast of the main island is the tiny La Gomera, the launching point for Columbus’1492 trans-Atlantic voyage to the Americas. Craggy ravines, beautifully terraced villages, and creaking forests decorate this place. If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of beach resorts, La Gomera is the place to do it.
When one thinks a holiday in Europe, an image of a stunning island paradise isn’t usually the first that comes to mind. That’s why Tenerife is so special. Though it is easily accessible from mainland Europe, Tenerife and the other Canary Islands are a world apart.
Have you visited Tenerife or any of the other Canary Islands? How was your experience? What recommendations do you have? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
*Disclosure of Material Connection: This is a “sponsored post”. The company sponsoring it has paid me, but the views expressed herein are my own. I genuinely believe this would be a great place to visit! This disclosure is in accordance with the FCC’s 16 CFR, Part 255.*