Why you should visit Tenerife?
To be honest I visited Tenerife long time ago – I was there in 2008, so almost 10 years ago. However, I really enjoyed this place and I would love to come back one day. Like my dad, who has also visited Tenerife with his company. He liked it so much and after some time he came back to this Island with my mom and me. We went there with the travel agency -Neckermann and we stayed at Jacaranda Hotel in Costa Adeje (south part of the island). When you choose accommodation please consider the fact, that the north part of Tenerife is a lil bit clouder and less sunny than south. That is why is a lil bit cheaper. The best way to travel the island is by car. It took us two days to visit everything what we wanted. If you are curious why we liked thie biggest canary island so much, I invite you to read 10 reasons to visit Tenerife 🙂
10 reasons to visit Tenerife
Based on my experience from the trip, I prepared a subjective list of reasons why you should visit the largest of the Canary Island.
1. One island, two colors of sand
Although the surface of the island is relatively small, the diversity of the Tenerife is able to amaze! Costa Adeje sand was gold and it was propably deposited by the wind from the Sahara. In contrast, in the northern part of the island you may find the black volcanic sand, which has also medicinal properties. At first glance, the beach with black sand gives the impression of dirty, but nothing further from the truth. It looks really awesome and since that experience I’ve never seen black sand again in my life 🙂 Luckily, I brought this gold and black sand in small bottles as a souvenir and I can enjoy it in my room all the time 😉
2. Ability to admire the endemic species
Icod de los Vinos is not only a place where you can buy local wines, but above all, it draws crowds of tourists because of Dragon Dracaena also known as the Dragon Tree. This is the oldest tree in Tenerife, which reportedly has 1,000 years (there are some doubts). It has a 17 m height and trunk diameter at its widest point is 6 m. Dragon tree looks very exotic and original. Again, I’ve never seen such an outstanding and different tree like Dragon Dracaena🙂
3. The perfect weather almost all year round
Even in winter days, the temperature often exceeds 20 degrees. Only the nights are a little cooler, but still so much you can endure. Given the fact that the Canary Islands are not that far away from european destinations, they are perfect for people who want to escape from colder region in Europe. What’s more, one of the locals told us that during winter time you can even go skiing in the higher altitude villages, and on the same day, after you go down to the ocean, you can even bathe in it. Sunds great, doesn’t it? 🙂
4. Moon / Volcanic landscapes
How many of you know what is the highest peak in Spain? Hint: Don’t look for it on the Iberian peninsula 😛 It is in Tenerife and its name is Pico del Teide. The top of the volcano reaches the altitude of 3718 m above sea level and if you count the height from the bottom of the sea it has around 7500 meters!! A large part of Tenerife is shaped precisely by the activity of the volcano – most of the island is covered by the basalt, pumice and obsidian rock formations. Teide National Park was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Crossing the roads of Tenerife, we often had the opportunity to admire cracked volcanic cones that looked almost magically! Despite the danger of the still active volcano, many inhabitants live on this island and some of them even quite under the Volcano. Being on the island you must see this amazing National Park 🙂 This is a key point of the program!
5. Beautifully situated villages
Landscapes are not the only treasure of the island. Being on Tenerife you must visit La Orotava and lovely Masca. Unfortunately, I haven’t been to La Orotava (another reason to come back), so if you are looking for more informations check here 🙂 Gorgeous Masca is namely a true gem. To reach it, you have to overcome the weight of the winding and steep streets where a big bus passing is horrible. Masca is located on the northwestern tip of the island at an altitude of approx. 600 m. The village itself lies within the ethnographic area of Parque Rural de Teno.
6. Beautiful coast
Tenerife from the ocean looks also great because of the cliffs and beaches. That is why I highly recommend to go for a catamaran cruise. In bigger resorts you will find a great variety of different sea trips 🙂
We’ve already talked about flora, so let’s switch to fauna now. Again, it is worth to leave the land and be a seaman. Imagine that in the world live 79 species of cetaceans and 19 of them can be found in the waters around the Canary Islands. I also had the opportunity to admire these beautiful creatures in their natural environment, but unfortunately I don’t know what is the species. Maybe some of you know or remember from the trip? 🙂
8. Excellent surfing conditions
Especially the town El-medano. We stayed additional day in Tenerife, because our plane did not arrive to pick us up on time. Therefore, they accommodated us in the El-medano village, in an amazing hotel, which at high tide was on the water!! It was enough to go out on the balcony to see how the waves are flowing below us 🙂 By the way, it turned out that the town is a paradise for surfers, who were actually the only guests of our hotel 🙂
9. Unusual Hotels
Maybe it’s not the best reason, especially as the holidays should not be spend in the hotel, but I would not feel good about it, if I omitted this fact! I had the pleasure to spend two weeks in the Jacaranda Hotel. Food was just delicious there and hotel looked gorgeous! In addition, they had the cool promotion that a child up to 16 years of age didn’t have to pay for the stay. Here you can book accommodation!
10. Only an hour away by ferry to La Gomera
Being in Tenerife it’s also good to visit the less known and less crowded Gomera. It’s the second to last in terms of area (378 square km) of the Canary Islands. It has wild landscapes and beautifully situated beaches. That was the last stop for Christopher Columbus before he discovered America. If you have more time in Tenerife, check also this charming island.
And how did you like my 10 reasons to visit Tenerife? Do you have your own top 10 from Tenerife? If so, please share! What would you add to this content? 🙂