When one thinks about Tenerife the first things that usually comes to mind are the three S’s: sea, sun and sangria. However, if you take time to scratch beneath the surface, you’ll find an island filled with history, culture and adventure.
Why visit Tenerife?
Tenerife, with a land area of just over 2030 square kilometres, is the largest and most populous of the seven beautiful Canary Island. A mammoth five million tourists visit Tenerife every year and the reason why they do becomes very apparent after one single visit. The climate is simply fabulous with an average yearly temperature of 21°C and 4,800 daylight hours. Some refer to Tenerife as having one season all year round, namely spring, but it’s this comfortable temperature that has tourists coming back for more at varying times of the year. Due to its popularity, cheap flights are always available from leading travel agencies of major cities such as flythomascook for the UK.
What’s on offer?
Looking at Tenerife from a typical tourist’s perspective you may like to spend a day at Siam Park which is the island’s biggest theme park. It offers adrenalin pumping activities such as the opportunity to throw yourself down a twenty-eight metre high vertical waterslide! There are also many water sports available and numerous reasonably priced introductory courses into diving.
If you’d prefer to while away the day on the sandy shores, you’ll be thrilled to know that Tenerife boasts no less than 12 Blue Flag beaches. From pure volcanic rock to shimmering golden sands the variety is endless.
Should you wish to find out a little more about the island and its history a visit to one of the museums is in order. Themed guided walking tours through the museums are available – but you need to ask as these aren’t well advertised. Many of the older parts of Tenerife are often compared to South America as they are very similar in appearance. There are also a whole host of exquisite art galleries and churches one can visit, but don’t get so caught up in exploring that you forget to eat.
Food, glorious food!
Food is fresh and simplistic, yet original. Flavours range from being clean to very complex, and if you’re a seafood lover you will be delighted by the variety of fresh seafood on offer. Especially the local island’s Pejines, which are not exactly appetising to look at but are incredibly addictive when you have one taster and they go well with a chilled glass of wine or beer because the salted fish nibbles enhance the flavour of your apéritifs. Another great island dish is literally just potatoes…these comforting fried wedges are smothered in a unique Canarian sauce that varies in its spicy punch from island to island but gives these local and tourist favourites an extra kick of flavour.
Your holiday to Tenerife can be as relaxing or active as you choose it to be. If you’re opting for the latter, I can promise you that you certainly won’t be bored.