The Spanish Canary Islands are located a few degrees north of the Tropic of Cancer. The largest of these Islands is Tenerife which is only a few hundred kilometers from the coast of the African continent. The topography of Tenerife is mainly volcanic in nature and thus provides a rare and unique scenery.
Sub Tropical in nature, the average daily temperature is around 23 degrees Celsius with about 300 days of sunshine a year making it an ideal summer and winter holiday destination.
Tenerife is known for the sheer contrast of its beauty with its rugged landscapes and beautiful golden beaches. Tenerife offers everything you could possibly want in a holiday experience and accommodation ranges from 5 star hotels, guesthouses, lodges to a variety of different rental apartments.
The capital of Tenerife is the busy port of Santa Cruz and is the historical and cultural centre of this magnificent island. To top it all Santa Cruz is a tax free shopping haven and I recommend the Plaza de Candelaria and Plaza de Espana for purchasing a vast array of goods.
Apart from the huge variety of outstanding restaurants in Tenerife which cater for almost every conceivable taste, the entertainment is seemingly endless. Whether you would like a quiet leisurely break, a holiday of exploration or you want to literally rock till you drop, then Tenerife has that and more.
The beaches, both natural and hand-made, are in abundance and have wonderful contrasts from fine desert sand to black volcanic sand often decorated with palm trees. Most beaches are well serviced and offer a large variety of different water sports.
There are wonderful coastal boat trips and whale and dolphin spotting excursions which are not to be missed. Snorkeling, diving and scuba diving are also hugely popular because of the warm and clear waters of this island paradise.
However the water activities do not stop there. The themed water parks such as Aqualand and Siam Park offer a diverse range of pleasure activities from exhilarating water slides to dolphin shows, shops and restaurants galore.
Other park attractions include Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz which houses the worlds largest penguin aquarium.
The jungle park zoo near Los Cristianos houses over 500 animals and bird life and Monkey Park is a unique experience which allows you to interact with some of the primates within their enclosures.
The “Largest” attraction on Tenerife is Mount Teide which dominates the landscape. It is the third largest volcano in the world and and the highest mountain in spain. It has a cable car which take you close the summit. The Mount Teide National Park is a world heritage site and you will require a permit to scale the last few hundred meters to the top of the peak of the crater.
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The nightlife such as clubs and show venues in Tenerife are famous and well frequented by the younger generation especially in Playa de las Americas.
The golf courses are famous for the challenge they offer as well as the scenery.