The rugged island of Tenerife is located just off the west coast of Africa. Created by giant, underwater volcanoes, Tenerife is just one of a collection of volcanic islands called the Canaries. A combination of spectacular vistas, a year-round climate of warm sunshine and a selection of modern resorts in Tenerife make this island one of the most popular destinations in Europe. And with so much to do and see, it is easy to see why people keep going back for more.
Mount Teide is an active volcano that serves as the centrepiece of the Teide National Park. Organised walks take visitors on a journey to the summit; taking in beautiful areas of flora and fauna along the way. Reaching the top of Spain’s highest mountain will allow you to take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding islands.
Fun-Filled Family Excursions
Tenerife is a place where families of all ages can enjoy a welcome break. Just a few miles north of Puerto de la Cruz is Loro Parque Zoo – featuring a huge collection of animals from around the world. If you’re in the mood for something a little more adrenaline-fuelled, a trip to Siam Parque should definitely be on your itinerary. This huge water park features 2-metre waves, a variety of exciting water slides and some more gentle attractions for younger children. You can also get your fix of adrenaline at the nearby Karting Club Tenerife, as it gives you the opportunity to take the controls of powerful racing cars on a dedicated track.
Explore the Atlantic Ocean
Scuba divers and snorkellers travel to Tenerife from all over the world to sample some truly stunning diving conditions. The water temperature rarely drops below 18C, and it can reach 25C during the height of summer – perfect for diving. Take a trip to the harbour wall of Puerto de la Cruz and you could spend the day feeding the stingrays. Water sports are also very popular on Tenerife, and there are countless opportunities to try your hand at surfing, wind surfing, water skiing and jet skiing.
The Old Tenerife
Tenerife is also home to a tight-knit community of permanent residents, and the old town of La Laguna is well worth a visit, as it provides a glimpse of island life that hasn’t changed much during the last 4 centuries. Such is the beauty and cultural importance of La Laguna, it has been awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO.
At every turn, the resorts in Tenerife conjure up fun and excitement for all the family. A constant supply of sunshine, a distinctive way of life and stunning natural beauty make this wonderful island one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
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