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Tenerife is the largest, and one of the most popular, islands in the Canaries. If you are planning a visit, keep reading to find out more about what makes this such an appealing holiday destination.
If you are looking for a beach holiday, look no further. Tenerife has an array of volcanic black sand beaches, as well as man-made beaches made from imported sand. No matter which one you choose to visit, Tenerife’s beaches are clean and well cared for. The sea surrounding the island is warm and clear, ideal for swimming and water sports. Tenerife has 8 blue flag beaches to choose from, including Playa del Duque which has soft golden sand, Playa de Las Teresitas that stretches for almost a mile, and El Médano if you are looking to surf or try some water sports.
Explore the towns and cities
Tenerife has a number of beautiful and historic towns to visit and explore. The islands capital is Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Situated beside the sea, this is a cosmopolitan city full of interesting architecture, museums, sculptures and galleries. If this wets your appetite for culture, visit San Cristóbal de La Laguna as it has been declared a World Cultural and Heritage spot. There is also Villa de la Orotava, a town of historic and artistic interest. It has some amazing architecture to take in, including the church of San Agustín and the Constitución Square.
Get closer to nature
Tenerife is a beautiful island, as well as its beaches, towns and cities, it has some beautiful nature that is not to be missed. If you want to see the third largest volcano in the world, visit Teide National Park. This is the highest peak in Spain. There are also nature parks such as Parque Rural de Teno that is both scenic and cultural, and Parque Rural de Anaga on the northeast of the island that has some exceptional landscapes.
You are spoiled for choice when it comes to sport in Tenerife. If you are looking for water sports, why not try diving and see some marine life, such as barracudas, rays, and turtles. There are lots of diving schools on the island. If you don’t want to dive, you could either go whale watching, or even swim with dolphins. Other water sports on offer include water skiing, jet skiing, parasailing, surfing and windsurfing.
If you want to combine sport with sight seeing, rent a bike and go cycling. There are lots of routes to take along the coast, or if you want something more challenging, get a mountain bike and head for the hills. If you want to explore the scenery at you own pace, you could go walking or hiking. Tenerife is a beautiful island with a striking countryside. There are 21 marked trails to follow at the Mount Teide National Park.
We hope that these suggestions have inspired you to start planning your trip to Tenerife today!
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