With its volcanic peaks rising high above the turquoise sea, a scattering of cultural pockets of wonder and a fantastic tapas scene, Tenerife is more than a laid-back island. Ruptured by spectacular valleys, Tenerife soars with the highest elevations in Spain and offers plenty of things to do and see.
With its old harbour and waterfront cafes, Puerto de la Cruz inhabits the northern shores and with a simultaneously cosmopolitan and relaxed charm, it’s a favourite for those who are looking for a quiet place to rest their head on Tenerife holidays.
With its museums, restaurants and stunning contemporary architecture, the islands capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife packs some significant historical and cultural gravitas just a stone’s throw away
The lush, volcanic landscape of Spain’s highest point, El Teide, is home to an explosion of wildlife as diverse in colour and creed as the rare conditions that created it. Frequented by whales, dolphins and sea turtles, the abundant nature of Tenerife far exceeds the beady-eyed lizards that bask among the rocks and scrubland.
The local produce is plentiful and includes bananas, tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco, grapes, flowers and of course fish. Tenerife holidays will not be complete without trying the prolific catalogue of food and regional delicacies that comes from the islands fruitful harvest. Besides traditional Spanish dishes such as paella and tapas, tuck into the fried Moray Eel for a more exotic flavour. For the faint of heart, the islands cheeses are world renowned.
Enclosed by pure, sapphire seas, it’s not surprising that one of the best things to do in Tenerife is investigate the bewildering selection of watersports. With its paragliding, waterskiing and kite-surfing, your holiday in Tenerife will be chock full of thrills and spills and you’ll be screaming all the way from the beach to the horizon.
Acclaimed as a significant national and international spectacle, the Carnival of Santa Cruz is an absolute feast of frivolity and mayhem. Celebrated across the island, the biggest bash takes place in the capital and is accompanied by ten days of masquerades, bands of wandering minstrels and raucous street parties.
An outing to the oldest city on the island is one of the wisest things to do in Tenerife. You’ll learn a thing or two among the history and glamour of La Gomera, a UNESCO World Heritage site. With a thriving university and some of the most stunning historical monument in the Canaries, it’s the perfect place to swot up and soak up the authentic flavours of Tenerife.