The largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, Tenerife sits southwest of the Spanish coast in the Atlantic Ocean. Tenerife is just west of Africa, and the continent has influenced this island over the years.
Tenerife has long been known as the island of eternal spring, and has some of the best weather of all the Spanish holiday destinations. The island enjoys warm, comfortable weather year round, thanks to the trade winds that blow across it. These winds provide warm breezes, ample sunshine and comfortable ocean waters to swim in.
The Teide National Park is one of Tenerife’s most popular attractions. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Teide National Park is a 10-mile-wide volcanic crater. Mount Teide, located in the centre of the crater, is Spain’s highest peak, and provides a panoramic view of the island. Garachico is one of the top daytrip destinations on Tenerife. Submerged in lava in 1706, the town is best known for its rock pools, where you’ll generally find families playing and looking for sea creatures.
Playa de las Americas is located on Tenerife’s south coast, and is a perfect beach to enjoy the island’s 365 days of sun, no matter what month it is. The beach is not only perfect for sand, sun and surf, but also has plenty of restaurants and bars to relax away the day in.
Tenerife’s cuisine has been influenced as much by settlers and explorers as it has been by the volcanic soil that makes up the island. Papas Arrugadas are potatoes cooked in saltwater and served in Tenerife’s famous “mojos” (tangy and spicy sauces). The tasty sauces come in two varieties: spicy (mojo picon) and green (mojo verde). Like the other Canary Islands, fish is one of the most popular dishes on Tenerife. Tourists can find restaurants advertising the catch of the day at many of the eateries around the island. Sancocho is a favourite fish dish made from sea bass. It is typically eaten on Good Friday, but many restaurants have it on the menu season-wide.
Tenerife has three well-known nightlife areas: Veronica Strip, The Patch and Starco, which are host to numerous bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Tourists will find plenty of clubs with DJs pumping out the latest tunes in all three areas. For those looking for a quieter night, there are also plenty of bars with outside space for customers. Tapas restaurants are another locals’ favourite and visitors can bar hop around the three areas all night, sampling delicious snacks alongside refreshing drinks.