Tenerife - "The Island of Contrasts"
Planning a trip? here's the best time to go.
A little over four and half hours flying time takes you to Tenerife one of the four islands that make up the Canary Islands. The name Canary Island has nothing to do with little yellow birds but comes from the Latin word for dog. Tenerife is the largest and probably the most popular island, basking in an all year round climate just off the north west coast of Africa. The temperatures vary only slightly throughout the year as the gulf stream warms the atmosphere in winter and the trade winds cool the island in summer.
The island is divided across the middle by a range of mountains which give the island two distinctly different climates. In the north there's lush tropical beauty whereas to the south its an arid, barren volcanic landscape. between the two distinctly different resorts is Mount Teide, at 12,000 feet it's the highest point in Spain. A cable car runs almost to the top where a spectacular view of the island can be obtained. Mount Teide is a constant reminder of Tenerife's volcanic past where scenes from planet of the apes were filmed on its slopes in the lava encrusted landscape.
In the north you'll find Puerto De La Cruz with its more sophisticated atmosphere and fantastic scenic views. Check out the Lido Martinez, eight acres of rock pools, fountains and lagoons mixed in with sunbathing terraces and restaurants. If you fancy a round of golf then the island can offer three, eighteen hole courses for you to have a go at. In the south families enjoy Playa De Las Americas for its excellent facilities endless watersports, varied entertainment and popular waterpark. It's also the first choice for young couples who return for the staggering choice of bars, restaurants and non-stop nightlife. There's also a wide range of sundrenced beaches, scuba diving, water-skiing, parascending, jet-skiing, banana boats, pedaloes the list goes on.
Tenerife caters for all kinds of tastes. Local dishes include papas arrugadas - little wrinkled potatoes boiled in salt water and served with a fiery paprika sauce. There's also potaje - Canarian soup with vegetables, very similar to a stew. They also produce a gooey liqueur made from bananas that grow everywhere on the island. Of course there is a wide choice of international cuisine and if you really must there's the British favourites like sausage, egg and chips.
The Canary Islands are duty free and the biggest bargains are on spirits, perfume and tobacco, Canary Island cigars are also very popular. From the dramatic scenery in sophisticated Pureto de La Cruz in the north to the hot sunshine and lively nightspots in Playa De Las Americas to the south.
The island has everything needed to make for a fantastic holiday vacation.
Check out these web sites for more details...
All about Tenerife
Tenerife tourist guide