Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and one of the most popular holiday destinations with travellers from the UK, basks in the Atlantic waters just off the coast of exotic North Africa and has much to offer. Majestic Mount Teide dominates Tenerife across the southern strip’s sunshine coast to the lush, green plantations in the north. The island offers a host of activities such as golf and watersports, accommodation ranging from budget to luxury, a variety of volcanic and golden beaches (many with the Blue Flag for cleanliness) and superb facilities. Tenerife is a superb destination for relaxing holidays with its wonderful beaches but we would recommend keeping away from the main tourist areas such as Los Christianos and Playa De Las Americas
Mount Teide dominates the island with its huge crater measuring 10 miles across and attaining high temperatures in summer. Declared a national park in 1954, the Parque Nacional de las Cañadas del Teide includes an enormous volcanic crater 48 km in circumference, out of which rises Mount Teide (pronounced the same as Lady) at a staggering 3.718 metres, making it the highest mountain in the whole of Spain. It’s well worth driving up to the National Park the views are amazing and the higher you get the more amazing the landscape.
The park itself lies at around 2000 metres above sea level and in winter snow falls, gale winds blow and the roads are sometimes closed off. During the summer months this arid landscape which gives the impression of having walked into a cowboy movie, can reach temperatures above 40C. Access to the now extinct volcano is either by foot or by cable car that will carry you almost to the very summit. From the peak, on a clear day, you are in heaven and have breathtaking views of Gran Canaria, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. This is the Canary Islands most visited tourist attraction and should not be missed! See more details on the tourist site http://www.webtenerife.co.uk/
Puerto de la Cruz is a pretty fishing port and one of Tenerife’s most established resorts, lies towards the north of the island and is noted for its sand beach, banana plantation, Loro Parque parrots and famous lido pools. The Lago Martianez is an amazing series of seawater bathing pools, sculpted from natural basins by the Canary artist Cesar Manrique and encompassing over 9 acres on the seafront – a quite unique spot for swimming and bathing. http://www.spain-tenerife.com/UK/b-martianez.php
Just on the north-western outskirts of Playa de Las Americas is the resort of Costa Adeje which is much quieter than its larger than life neighbour with a more relaxed atmosphere. Sitting behind the beautiful beaches of Fanabe and Duque, Costa Adeje has flourished into a quite exclusive resort with some elite hotel complexes, elegant bars as well as a great golf course at Golf Adeje, a championship 27-hole golf course with spectacular views towards the Atlantic and island of La Gomera.
Golf is very popular with visitors to Tenerife, with some resorts built specifically with the sport in mind. Courses include: Golf del Sur, which has hosted several international tournaments, Amarilla, whose course lies on the southern coast of Tenerife with views of the Atlantic. Just south of Playa de las Americas is Golf de las Americas a new nine-hole course. Los Palos, outside Los Christianos is praised for its friendly, relaxing atmosphere and is suited to players of all abilities. See Golfbreaks.com if you would like to see more details of courses http://www.golfbreaks.com/europe/spain/tenerife/default.aspx
This delightful and peaceful little resort still retains the charm of a small Canarian fishing village and features beautiful rocky coves and a small beach with the spectacular Los Gigantes cliffs towering above. The beach has been awarded the internationally recognised Blue Flag for cleanliness, water quality and local amenities, every year since 1989 The nearby Playa de la Arena is a beautiful black sand cove, touted as one of the finest on Tenerife.
Dolphin and whale watching
The Atlantic Ocean around the Canary Islands are one of the world’s best locations for seeing dolphins and whales in their natural habitat with an estimated one third of the world’s populations either living or passing through the waters of the Islands. The channel between Tenerife and La Gomera is especially rich in dolphin sightings with boats sailing regularly from Los Gigantes. Many tourists take a day trip to see these amazing creatures
There are a lot of charter flights with Thomas Cooks, Thomsons and Monarch from many UK airports to Tenerife. You can enjoy lowest price lastminute holidays and find cheap last minute holidays to Tenerife with tour operators like www.lastminute.com and www.travelrepublic.co.uk offering a selection of 3 star, 4 star and 5 star Tenerife hotels and a range of meal plans to suit all tastes from all inclusive resorts to self catering apartments.
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