Tenerife is one of those holiday destinations that attracts a huge population of tourists all year round due to its constantly tolerable (heavenly) climate. However, it is so much more than that! Much like many holiday spots, there are tourist-heavy areas and there are remote, hidden gems. Tenerife is no different and it is a place of undeniable beauty. It is a huge island with many spots that aren’t always covered by the masses!
Teide was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. Teide National Park lies in the middle of the island, at an altitude of around 2,000m. It is then topped by the island’s highest peak at around 3,718m above sea level. The views that can be seen from this sight are truly breath-taking, not only looking at the landscape but the site itself. Flora and Fauna can be found there and no-where else, it is simply incredible. You can partake in a number of tours whilst up there, seeing varieties of different things dependant on which season you visit. One of the most popular tours is stargazing. There are seven observation points around the national park, in which you can learn about the link that matches the site with the stars and planets.
Dolphin and Whale spotting
The south coast of Tenerife, leaving from Costa Adeje is one of the best opportunities you will have to see these marine animals in their natural habitat. Around 20 species have been observed in these waters, counting for almost a quarter of all species totalled. The resident species are bottlenose dolphins and pilot wales, when travelling out on a boat there is a 99% chance of seeing them. Other species that can possibly seen in this area, dependant on season are: Sperm Whales, Humpback Whales, Rise Dolphins and on rare occasions, the blue whale. It is worth researching the natives of each season, dependant on the time of your visit.
According to tripadvisor, this is the best water park, worldwide and has been declared a winner for the past seven years. The park was opened by the Princess of Thailand, Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in 2008. They have numerous attractions around the park, catering for all ages. The attraction shown on the image to the left is the Tower of Power, a flume that hosts a huge 28-metre-drop before pushing you through a shark-filled aquarium. On the other hand, Siam Park also hosts one of the world’s longest lazy rivers, allowing for a calmer experience around the park.
Playa de las Americas
Near to the Southwestern tip of the island, lives an upbeat resort, built in the 1960s. It is known today by many young tourists as the place to be for partying. The nightlife of Veronica’s strip draws masses of attention. It is not only great for nightlife but also activities such as riding quad-bikes, wind-surfing, golfing. These activities often draw a much larger crowd.
Santa Cruz Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a major city capital of the island, with nearly half the population of its residents living here. The port city serves a communication hub between Europe, Africa and America, with cruise ships arriving at this venue from many nations. The building that can be seen in the image is ‘Auditorio de Tenerife,’ an opera house that resembles that of the one in Sydney. The building was inaugurated in 2003 with Felipe de Borbón, Prince of Asturias. It was also visited by the US President Bill Clinton.
Puerto de la cruz
Puerto de la cruz is a city found on the north coast of the island, also referred to by Paddy McGuinness as ‘the isle of Fernandos’ on Take Me Out. The city is known for its dark, volcanic-sand beaches and for hosting ‘Loro Parque’. The former fishing village is full of picturesque sights, from colonial architecture to the narrow streets of the old town.
Casa del vino – El Sauzal
A stunning Canarian country house was restored and transformed into this glorious museum and visitor centre. The name Casa del Vinos literally translates to House of Wines. At this location, you are able to learn about the history of vineyards and wine-making whilst sampling high-quality wines before you buy. At the venue, you can also find a gorgeous restaurant that serves authentic Canarian cuisine.
Eat Canarian foods
Tapas isn’t a traditional style of Canarian dining, however in recent years, it has been a popular way of eating for both tourists and locals alike. More or less the same dishes are served at different venues around the island. Examples of these are: Papas arrugadas, (Wrinkled potatoes in very salty water) Pimientos de padrón, (Peppers in olive oil and rock salt) and Churros de pescado (Similar to what you would refer to in the UK as ‘fish and chips’).
Initially intended for a parrot’s paradise, Loro Parque was founded in 1972, with only 25 staff. It is now a huge zoo with an incredibly diverse list of both animals and plants. In 1994, Loro Parque developed an organisation ‘Loro Parque Fundación’ with the highlighted aim for conservation of nature and the environment. This foundation has spent over $10,000,000 worldwide on conservation projects. Additionally, the zoo was also awarded the title of ‘best zoo’ on TripAdvisor in both 2017 and 2018.
Visit Masca, the hidden village
The village is situated in the North-West of the island, not too far away from Santiago del Tiede. Masca is based in the mountains, at an altitude of around 750m. The village is quaint an idyllic, housing around 90 occupants. It is a place of mystery, with tour guides often telling the story of pirates previously occupying it, hiding in the valley. The vegetation is also astonishing with a huge variety of greenery, the village has been very looked-after by the locals and it is so refreshing to see.