The Canary Islands have long been popular for holidays, positioned just off the northwest coast of Africa. Tenerife is the largest of these isles with a population of more than 900,000 and it boasts consistently mild weather throughout the year – perfect for an autumn/winter break! For those who haven’t experienced the convenience before, you can enjoy drinking, dining and entertainment at no additional coast, leaving plenty of spending money for other attractions. Here are some top things to see and do in Tenerife:
Tenerife truly has it all when it comes to beaches so those who want to spend long days with golden sands between their toes need look no further. Playa del Duque has Blue Flag status with outstanding facilities on offer while those such as El Camison provide plenty of water sports forthose who want to get active in the tranquil seas. Discover fine volcanic black sands on Playa de la Arena, where you can soak up the sun before chilling out in bars and cafes situated close by.
An architectural feast awaits in La Laguna, located near the capital of Santa Cruz. Homes, palaces and monuments date back to the 16th century and religious buildings of significance include the magnificent cathedral and Iglesia de Santo Domingo. Its layout as an urban space is treasured, meaning it has been granted status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it was used as a model fora number of colonial towns in the Americas. Consisting of the Upper and Lower Towns, philosophical principles were used in the design, and the original settlers were almost all soldiers.
Spain’s highest mountain is located in Tenerife, Mount Teide, which also stands as the third largest volcano in the world. Transport yourself into what seems like another world amid the black basalt fields, volcanic cones and lava streams that make up the interesting terrain here. A cable car will take you close to the summit of the mountain where you can see breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes and the old crater of Pico Viejo.
Las Ramblas, Santa Cruz
The bustling capital is well worth a visit even for a stroll down the wonderful boulevard of Las Ramblas in Santa Cruz. Sculptures adorn this street, including offerings from talented artists Henry Moore and Joan Miro. Marvel at mansions and look out for small details before you come to the large fountain at the bottom of Las Ramblas and enjoy some time in the shade under large trees.
Rock Pools at Garachico
In 1706 the harbour in this town was destroyed by a volcanic eruption but Garachico has since been redeveloped and now houses Moorish churches and Indian laurel trees, making it a picturesque place to explore. Venture along paths through the black basalt where large pools in the lava are perfect for floating in to wonder at tropical fish.