The island of Tenerife is one of the seven Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago located in the Atlantic ocean. This island is known for its volcanic origins and its reddish dunes.
Take a tour around the Timanfaya Natural Park
The Timanfaya Natural Park is one of the must see places on this island. This large park is known for its red sands and geological structures formed by volcanoes. The bottom part of the park can be explored on camel back. At the top of the park you will be find a large restaurant where the food is cooked above a geothermal hole. If you ever wanted to taste a variety of fish, meat and vegetable cooked above what used to be a volcano, then do not miss this place.
Climb up the Teide
The Teide is an ancient volcano and the highest peak in Spain. Guided tours are organized around the Teide National Park, a place known for its sunsets and for its views towards the island, covered in green forests with the Atlantic ocean shimmering in the distance. Take the cable car to the top and, if you want to reach the peak, do not forget to book a special permit that lets you hike to the peak. Even if you do not reach the peak, the views from the observation decks are worth the visit. If you go up early, you will be able to see the sea of clouds, a phenomenon that covers the usually green island with white fluffy clouds until only the highest mountains can be seen.
Explore the southern beaches
Tenerife is an island known for its beaches. There are several volcanic, black sand beaches, and many golden sand beaches along the southern cost. Playa Jardín, located near the city of Puerto de la Cruz, is one of the most visited black sand beaches on the island.
Costa Adeje is known for its variety of seaside resorts, beaches offering water sports and promenades filled with bars, cafés and restaurants. The nearby municipality of Arona is where you will find the famous Playa de las Americas, one of the island’s most popular destinations. The nearby Playa de los Cristianos is another must see, with its clear waters and fine sand. Do not forget to book a beach hotel in Tenerife in advance, for the island, with its perpetually warm weather and sunshine, is a very coveted destination. From this coast you will be able to hire one of the many tours to Los Gigantes, a set of large cliffs. During the boat ride to see the cliffs you will be able to see dolphins, whales and snorkel in the dark blue waters.
Visit Santa Cruz de Tenerife
The city of Santa Cruz is known for its museums. The Museum of Man and History is a natural history museum located close to the city center. There is a variety of exhibitions dedicated to the geological structure of the island, its variety of plants and animals and its history. Apart from the museums, the city is known for its restaurants, where you can taste the traditional papas arrugadas, potatoes boiled with their skins and served with thick salt, an olive-oil and garlic based sauce and the traditional spicy mojo picón sauce.
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