Everyone has different reasons to go on holiday, but when it comes to an island like Tenerife, you need no reason at all. You just have to go sometime! Tenerife is my favourite Canary Island! The climate, the nature, the beaches, the walks, a vibrant nightlife … There is plenty of fun in Tenerife for everyone. What are the reasons to visit Tenerife?
13 reasons to visit Tenerife
The island of Tenerife
Tenerife is the largest island in the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands consist of Tenerife, La Palma, Lanzarote, La Gomera, Gran Canaria, Fuertaventura and El Hiero and belong to Spain. The islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean and are all of volcanic origin. Tenerife is located about 400 km from the coast of Morocco and the Western Sahara. The island with almost 900,000 people is the island with the most inhabitants of Spain.
With about three and a half million visitors per year, Tenerife is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe.
13 reasons to visit Tenerife
1. The climate is perfect
Tenerife is also called the island of eternal spring. This makes it a perfect holiday destination 365 days a year. The climate on Tenerife is subtropical and this means that in winter the temperature is somewhere in the 20 degrees. There are on average only 6 days in the year it rains and there are no less than 300 days of sunshine. The warm winds from the Sahara keep the south of the island warm and dry, while the green north is slightly cooler and wetter. The Canary Islands, and therefore Tenerife, are almost the only holiday destination in the winter months where you can enjoy the summer weather at a maximum of 5 hours by plane.
2. Teide National Park is spectacular
Pico del Teide is a 3.718 meter high volcano and is the highest point of Spain. Every year more than 3 million people visit this park, making it one of the most visited national parks in all of Europe. The park consists of a diverse volcanic landscape, pine forests and green valleys with beautiful views and numerous hiking trails. You can also admire the beauty of this park by car. In this park you can see all possible landscapes that belong to a volcano and this is impressive to see.
3. The cliffs are breathtakingly beautiful
One of the most spectacular sights on the island is the Los Gigantes cliffs. These cliffs are located in the west of the island and in the vicinity are remote resorts. The steep formations rise to a dizzying altitude of 800 meters. The beaches are volcanic so there is black sand, but the bays consist of very clear water.
4. The beaches are diverse and beautiful
There are two types of beaches in Tenerife: soft and golden or black and volcanic. The golden beaches consist of fine sand from the Sahara desert. The volcanic beaches are black and look incredibly exotic. Tenerife has some very nice beaches. A popular beach is Las Teresitas, which is surrounded by pine trees. This beach is just a 10 minute drive from the capital. El Bollullo is located on the northern coast and is a beautiful secluded beach. Playa del Duque and Playa de las Vistas are also recommended to visit.
There is a wide choice of beautiful beaches in Tenerife!
5. The food is fantastic
Tenerife’s cuisine is a fine blend of traditional Spanish and Catalan specialities with a touch of African, French and Arabic influences. The popular dish on the island is papas arrugadas and this is a dish of boiled potatoes with a spicy green pepper sauce. Due to the large number of tourists, Tenerife has a nice restaurant for everyone. Whether you want to enjoy the local cuisine in a traditional Spanish restaurant or enjoy a spicy Indian curry.
6. The Masca valley is impressive
A great place to walk on the island is the Masca Valley. The Masca Walk is a total of 4.5 kilometers and goes through the Masca Gorge. It is one of the most spectacular sky-to-sea walks in the world. The walk starts at the village and during the trip you descend to the rocky beach. This walk you can make independently or under the guidance of a guide. At the end of the walk you can take a boat and sail along the majestic Los Gigantes cliffs.
7. Stargazing is heavenly
Tenerife is located between the Sahara and the Atlantic Ocean, close to the equator and there is little light pollution. This makes it the perfect place to see the impressive bright starry sky. Teide National Park has even been recognised by the Starlight Foundation as one of the largest stargazing locations in the world. There are several possibilities for stargazing on the island.
8. Dolphin and whale watching
The seas around Tenerife are home to almost 30 different species of whales and dolphins. The boats with which you can spot these animals in the wild depart from Los Cristianos or Los Gigantes.
9. Diving and snorkeling is fantastic
Throughout the year you can snorkel and dive perfectly in the waters of Tenerife. The underwater world is beautiful with fish, turtles, barracudas, parrot fish and rays.
10. Celebrating carnival is great
After Rio de Janiero, Tenerife is the most popular place in the world to celebrate carnival. Especially the one in the capital Santa Cruz is the scene of this feast. Every year the carnival starts with a parade of floats and the people dressed to go with it. The end of the carnival is on Ash Wednesday and then there is a procession of people carrying a gigantic image of a sardine sitting on a throne through the streets of Santa Cruz. This sardine is then set on fire at Plaza de España.
11. The golf courses
There are nine golf courses on the island and therefore there is a suitable golf course for every level. There is the Buenavista Golf course and this course is situated on top of a cliff and has a fantastic view of the azure blue Atlantic Ocean. But also the exclusive Real Club de Golf, the second oldest golf club in Spain, is great with breathtaking views of Pico El Teide. You’ll find all kinds of golf courses in Tenerife.
12. The population is friendly
The inhabitants of Tenerife always have a smile on their face. They welcome all visitors with open arms and their friendly character. Many of these residents have moved to Tenerife after spending their holidays there and have simply decided to settle here permanently. Most of the inhabitants also speak good English.
13. Travelling around the island
It’s very simple to see the whole island. You can easily travel from the north to the south of the island in one day, as this is a distance of about 45 minutes. This can be done by public transport or by renting a car. It is impossible to get lost on the island.
These are my 13 reasons why I would like to visit Tenerife! Do you have any additions to this list of reasons to visit Tenerife?
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