Whether you’re already plotting this year’s winter escape, or simply looking for a fun getaway, Tenerife has something for you! You probably don’t need a lot of persuading to visit this slice of paradise in the Canary Islands, but in case you do, here is why I’m dying to revisit Tenerife:
Tenerife may be a beach getaway, but Teide National Park should not be missed. Teide boasts breath-taking views, loads of trails, and unforgettable scenery. The mountain is always covered in snow, which provides an interesting contrast amongst the island’s subtropical background.
Teide National Park was built around the world’s third largest volcano, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If hiking isn’t your thing, there’s a cable car that takes visitors from the park’s main parking lot to Mount Teide’s peak. This is a must-see, as the views are spectacular and encompass the entire island On a clear day, you can see as far as El Hierro, La Gomera, La Palma and Gran Canaria. Mount Teide isn’t just the island’s highest point, but it is also the largest mountain in all of Spain!
Parque Rural de Anaga in the northeastern part of the island is massive and offers diverse hiking option ranging from dense jungle areas to rustic cliffs. The island has over 100 endangered species, and many of them can be spotted along the park’s trails. The park’s deep valleys and ravines stretch towards the ocean, forming a series of isolated beaches where you can take a refreshing dip. The park covers much of the island’s northwestern mountain range, and expands over 35,8000 acres.
Thanks to the island’s volcanic composition, most of the island’s sandy beaches are black. Playa de Teresitas is a manmade beach in Tenerife, is one of the only golden beaches on the island. El Médano Beach is another local favorite, and is popular for surfing, kitesurfing, and windsurfing.
Other local favorites include Teresitas Beach, El Bullullo Beach, and Playa de las Americas. Playa Socorro is also perfect for surfing, as the waves roll in gently near the shore, but gain a lot of height if you swim just a few meters out. It’s easy to arrange windsurfing, snorkeling, diving, and horseback riding tours throughout the island.
Tenerife is located on the same latitude as the Sahara Desert, so it’s no surprise that the island has a warm climate throughout the year and is fondly referred to as the “island of the eternal spring.” During the winter, the temperature ranges between 20-22 degrees celsius. In summer, it reaches 26-28 degrees celsius on average.
Festivals and Nightlife
The nightlife in Tenerife is considered to be the best among the Canary Islands. If you want to party the night away in Tenerife, Playa de Les Américas is your best bet. This area boasts cabaret bars, karaoke and clubs open every night of the week. Tenerife also boasts a wide selection of festivals yearlong, including Carnival, which is the second largest in the world after Rio de Janeiro’s.
For blues lovers, the Santa Blues festival offers free entertainment in June. The Heineken Jazz festival in July also features several free shows and is a favorite among Europe’s jazz lovers. August in Tenerife is like one long fiesta, with makeshift bars opening up outdoors. La Laguna hosts a large romaria in August as well, which can be best described as a cross between a May Day festival and Harvest Celebration.
This is a sponsored post. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.
Travel-obsessed girl making her way around the world via standby tickets. Thanks to a family member's job in the commercial airline industry, I can fly almost anywhere essentially for free! So far this year, I've visited four continents with no plans to stop anytime soon. I'm always looking for new adventures and places to explore. Follow me as I go!
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