Don’t think twice. If you are looking for a place to spend a well-deserved holiday, Tenerife is the place for you. No other place in the world offers so many possibilities for the visitor: a privileged climate, spectacular beaches, delicious gastronomy and plenty of options for fun. If you have already made up your mind, find your flight, your hotel, book a transfer to get to your accommodation and get ready to spend a few days of your dreams.
A visit to Punta de Teno
Punta de Teno is the most westerly point of the island of Tenerife. Just to enjoy the winding access road to this small peninsula, winding between spectacular rocky cliffs, is worth a visit. However, it is advisable to be aware of traffic restrictions, as from Thursday to Sunday, between 10am and 5pm, the road may be closed to private vehicles. In that case, or if you don’t want to drive, the best bet is to take one of the cheap and comfortable buses run by the local Titsta company. Once in Teno all the effort will have been worth it, breathtaking scenery, a beach for a dip and a different view of the biggest cliffs in Europe, Los Gigantes.
Descent of the Barranco del Infierno
If you like hiking, there are many options in Tenerife. Without a doubt, one of the most recommended is the Barranco del Infierno ravine. This is a beautiful route along a low-difficulty path in the Barranco del Infierno Special Nature Reserve, located in the municipality of Adeje. The route takes about 3 hours to cover, as the round trip takes about 6.5 kilometres. Along the way you will find several viewpoints with privileged views and at the end, a surprise, a waterfall where you can cool off on the hottest days. Entrance is restricted to 300 people a day, to preserve the site, so it is highly recommended that you book in advance to avoid being left without a place.
A route through the Anaga Mountains
The Anaga Rural Park is a mountain massif in the north-east of the island of Tenerife, and has been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Of the many trails in the park, the most famous is “El Bosque Encantado” (The Enchanted Forest), within the El Pijaral reserve. To enter this laurel forest with giant ferns, which looks like something out of another planet, you have to ask for permission in advance. This is to ensure that the place does not suffer from human impact. Nearby there are other outstanding trails from which you can enjoy the views of Taganana or Roque Benijo.
A swim in Garachico
All over the island of Tenerife there are several natural pools, known as “charcos”, although those in Garachico take the cake. An ideal place to take a dip and cool off from the heat. There are several puddles for everyone, and you can even bathe in the sea itself in an inlet between the rocks, although it is important to be careful and check the state of the waves. The village of Garachico is also highly recommended, thanks to its colonial-style architecture and its well-kept squares, streets and houses, full of bars, restaurants and ice-cream parlours.
A trip back in time in Puerto de la Cruz
Puerto de la Cruz was one of the first tourist destinations in Spain. Since the end of the 19th century there has been uninterrupted tourism in this northern town in Tenerife. It is well worth strolling through the historic centre, eating on the fishing pier and bathing in Lago Martiánez. In addition, the beaches in the El Castillo area are ideal for spending the day and have all the necessary services.
A trip to the future in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
The island’s capital, Santa Cruz, has undergone major renovation in recent years and has become a 21st century metropolis. Thanks to the incorporation of avant-garde architectural buildings, such as the International Trade Fair and Congress Centre of Tenerife, built in 1996, and the Tenerife Auditorium Adán Martín, built in 2003, both by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. To these should be added the Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, completed in 2008. These modern buildings, together with more classical spaces such as the García Sanabria Park or the La Recova market, make Santa Cruz a good place to spend the day.
Diving on the seabed
Few places on the planet have a seabed like the island of Tenerife. Whether snorkelling or scuba diving, it is highly recommended that you take advantage of your trip to Tenerife to explore the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. There are numerous outstanding spots, one of which is located in the area of La Caleta. Consult the numerous specialised companies to enjoy the sinuous shapes, fish, starfish and other marine flora and fauna, always with the maximum safety guarantees.
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