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Destination the Canary Islands: why not head to… Tenerife?

From the top of its majestic Teide volcano, which has an altitude of 3,718 metres, Tenerife sits on a breathtakingly beautiful archipelago. With old towns steeped in history with contrasting modern architecture, vast natural parks which invite you to experience some unforgettable hikes, and of course, beautiful fine sand beaches, expect to spend a few days discovering all the treasures Tenerife has to offer.

A rich historical heritage at the heart of breathtaking nature

Between nature excursions and visits to the old towns, you'll be spoilt for choice. History lovers might start by discovering La Laguna, for its buildings with coloured façades, its worked doors and windows and its ancient palaces, churches and monasteries that have been carefully restored. With its patchwork of architectural styles, the setting has an undeniable cachet. The island also offers other charming towns to visit, such as Santa Cruz. You will enjoy the César Manrique Maritime Park, a universe which combines happiness with water, volcanic rock and vegetation. The Palmetum, an entirely ecological park, is home to the largest collection of palm trees in Europe, which have been collected from all over the world. And don’t miss the impressive and very modern auditorium, with its 50 metre high floating wing which wraps around the building!

Last but not least, La Orotava is beautiful in June, when it’s covered with carpets of flowers for the celebration of the Feast of Corpus Christi. But of course, Tenerife is best known for its wilderness, beautiful landscapes and its volcano, the peak of Teide. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007, it is one of the most spectacular manifestations of volcanism in the world. Hundreds of cones, flows and caves, of which it comprises, make it a particularly interesting place for visitors of course, but also for scientists.

And, as if the island was afraid of lacking magnificence, it offers an extraordinary choice of excursions, hikes and walks. Visit Malpaís de Güímar, this incredible volcanic reserve is home to the most spectacular cave, Cueva Honda or Burros cave, which is more than 100 metres long and up to 5 metres high in some stretches. You can also follow the jokes of the cetaceans: depending on the time of day, or simply their mood, you can surprise them making bubbles, playing, surfing, floating, hitting the water with their tail. But, sometimes, they will watch you, full of curiosity!

If, after so many emotions, you long for simpler pleasures, the beautiful beaches on the island, such as Playa de la Tejita, welcome you for an afternoon of relaxation.

Top 10 must-sees

  1. La Laguna: Walk amongst the churches, noble houses and historical buildings in this ancient and dazzling town, which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. As the archipelago’s first university town, it is also a place which is full of life, with streets lined with bistros and beautiful shops offering a very pleasant atmosphere at any time.
  2. Former monastery of Santo Domingo de Guzmán: This Catholic temple is part of the former monastery of the Order of Preachers which was in use until 1834. An interesting fact about this place: the native pirate of La Laguna, Amaro Pargo, is laid to rest in this building, which has been declared “an asset of cultural interest”.
  3. Santa Cruz: Cosmopolitan and opening on to the sea, the current capital of the island of Tenerife is a dynamic city, which features museums as well as the César Manrique Maritime Park which you will definitely enjoy. From the jetty, you can see an extensive view over the mountain slopes covered in buildings, with Teide and the Anaga mountain in the background.
  4. Tenerife Auditorium “Adán Martín”: This work of art by architect Santiago Calatrava is sure to fill you with wonder, with its gigantic wing and its fully rotational body which almost brings the structure to life.
  5. La Orotava: On the north coast of Tenerife, staggered on the mountain side, La Orotava is a beautiful and enjoyable town to discover, particularly for its historical quarter from the 16th century, which brings together countless treasures of Spanish heritage. It is also the starting point of one of the four access roads to the peak of Teide.
  6. Teide National Park: Without a doubt, the most spectacular excursion during your stay: breathe in the fresh air on the top of Spain’s highest peak, walk amidst volcanic lava and revel in absolutely breathtaking landscapes.
  7. Malpaís de Güímar: This nature reserve, declared as a protected area since 1987, is of great ecological importance. From Montaña Grande to the coast, the almost desert ground brings together the black solidified lava and the red sand, plunging you into a setting which is like something from another planet. Due to its mild climate, it is home to many endemic species.
  8. La Tejita beach: In isolation from the urban world, this vast, fine and golden sand beach stretches for a kilometre, an ideal retreat for a day of relaxation.
  9. Los Gigantes cliffs: In Santiago del Teide, at the heart of the Teno Rural Park, these towering cliffs rise to a height of 600 metres in some places. Their almost vertical slope will make you dizzy. And at their feet, the rocky seabed, nearly 30 metres deep, is home to a great natural richness which attracts those who love diving and deep-sea fishing.
  10. Watch the cetaceans on the south-west coast: Meet up to 26 species of cetaceans: whales, dolphins, killer whales and even blue whales. A unique and magical experience.

 

Tasty island cuisine

Simple, yet tasty, cuisine in the Canary Islands is made from local produce. A speciality not to be missed: potatoes in mojo sauce, made with pepper, chilli and coriander. Puchero is a stew made with vegetables and meat, one of the most nutritious and healthy dishes of Spanish cuisine!

A traditional product of Canarian gastronomy, gofio is a flour made from roasted grains, of which there are different varieties. It is liked so much for its taste and its health benefits that it find its way into all dishes: with milk at breakfast, in escaldón, if it is mixed with fish stock, or kneaded with honey and almonds as a dessert.

The island offers several varieties of honey which are unique in the world, due to its endemic species of bees and flowers. Teide Broom Honey is one of the most distinctive.


Events Calendar

February to March: Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival

The big carnival in Tenerife takes place from February to March. The streets are animated with dancing, music and parades. Every year, the costumes are impressive and the themes are always different. The entierro de la sardina parade is held in Puerto de la Cruz to close this event.

August: Baile de Magos

During this traditional event, which forms part of the celebrations in honour of San Isidro Labrador, dancers, musicians and participants all dress in national costume. People enjoy eating potatoes and cheese as well as drinking wine, to the sound of folk music.

16 August: Romería de San Roque: In Garachico, in honour of San Roque, the patron saint of the city who had the merit of saving it from the disaster of the plague in 1601, the Romería (folkloric pilgrimage) of San Roque is one of the greatest traditions of the Canary Islands. During this celebration, processions relating to agriculture and livestock are organised, the streets are decorated with baskets, etc.

November: Festival of San Andres

The day before San Andres, the inhabitants of Puerto de la Cruz city join together in a rather interesting ritual. Children and adults go out into the streets with pots to make noise. According to some people, this custom was intended to ward off evil spirits...


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