With the average temperature of 22 C, Tenerife is the perfect location to enjoy many outdoor activities.
Water-parks – Both of Tenerife’s water parks are in the south of the island in Costa Adeje. Siam Park is an extravagant Thai-themed water kingdom with plenty of slides for all the family to enjoy, while Aqualand combines the thrills of the water slides with the opportunity to see a dolphin show.
Animal attractions – Situated in the north of the island is Loro Parque, just outside Puerto de la Cruz its home to hundreds of parrots, an aquarium, sea lion and dolphin shows and the worlds’ largest penguinarium. Back in the south, not far from Los Cristianos is Jungle Park a zoo which is home to over 500 animals which also features a bird of prey show and Monkey Park is a breeding centre for endangered species which allows you to enter the numerous enclosures and enjoy close-up time with friendly species of small monkeys and lemurs.
Dolphin & whale spotting – Tenerife is on one of the main migration routes for whales, with one third of all the world’s species passing through the Canary Islands every year, the most frequently spotted are the Bottlenose Dolphins and Pilot Whales, though sightings have been made of Sperm or White Whales.
Submarine safari – With an abundance of marine life along the coastline, enjoy the mysteries of the undersea world whilst dry and comfortable.
Teide National Park – Dominating a large piece of the centre of Tenerife’s and visible from almost anywhere on the island, Mount Teide is the third biggest volcano in the world. Along with Mount Teide and the giant crater, other features of the park include peculiar rock formations, a second volcano ‘Pico Viejo’ and its 800 metre crater.
Santa Cruz – The capital city of Tenerife, Santa Cruz is one of Spain’s busiest ports and home to most of the island’s cultural and historic facilities. Probably best known for its shopping, which is tax-fee, Santa Cruz has many well known retailers lining the seaside from Plaza de Espana to Plaza de Candelaria.
The Guimar Pyramids -In 1998, the Guimar Pyramids were opened to the public as an ethnological park, along with the six pyramids, the park includes a leisure area and a museum.
Icod de los Vinos – Situated on the west coast, here you can visit the Cueva del Viento (Cave of the Wind) which is the largest volcanic cavity in the world and also the place to see the ancient and mythological dragon tree (Los Dragos), said to be some 800 years old.
The year round sunshine makes this an ideal choice for enjoying a round of golf or two. There are nine courses to choose from offering varying levels of play, with shorter nine-hole course to the larger 27-hole courses.
With over 30 major dive sites along its coast, the warm Canarian waters are clear making Tenerife a great place to enjoy scuba diving.
The island offers great conditions for windsurfing all along its coastline; the most popular spots are along the south-coast near the resort of El Medano.
There are several hiking routes varying both by length and difficulty at the Mount Teide National Park, and should you wish to venture to the very top of Mount Teide you’ll need a special permit, a limited number of permits are granted each day (by the National Park offices), so plan your hike in advance.
Barranco del Infierno in Adeje is a walkers paradise, the ravine is an oasis of lush green flora and one of the few areas of Tenerife that has natural running water, this walk takes three to four hours.
Vilaflor is the highest village in Spain it’s surrounded by magnificent pine forests and a popular base for hikers.
La Caldera del Rey horse riding stables are just a 15minute drive from Playa de Las Americas, here you’ll find the traditional working farm nestled in a lush valley, surrounded by stunning scenery. Treks last from one to two hours and are available for both beginners and experienced riders, with a maximum of four riders per guide.
The island offers a variety of beaches, some with natural, volcanic black sand, shingle and rock beaches as well as man-made beaches with sand imported from the Sahara Desert.
For beaches of fine golden sand, services with all the necessary tourist facilities such as sunbeds, toilets, watersports, bars, shops and restaurants, the main tourist centres of Playa de las Americas and Los Critianos are the best places to visit. While in the north of the island, Teresitas Beach is the most popular beach, it stretches for 1.5km and is scattered with palm trees providing plenty of shade.
And for those looking for an all over tan, the most popular naturist beaches are Playa de la Tejita at El Medano, Playa de los Patos at La Orotava and Playa de las Gaviotas is Santa Cruz.
Well known for its lively nightlife and often what attracts the younger crowd particularly to Playa de las Americas, whether you’re in search of family or adult entertainment from cabaret to nightclubs Tenerife has it all.
The main shopping areas are in the north of Tenerife, Santa Cruz for department and well known high street stores, and La Laguna for unique clothes, arts and crafts shops. South Tenerife however offers the best weekly markets selling everything from fake bags to arts and crafts. Los Cristianos has a market every Sunday morning, Costa Adeje has markets on both Saturday and Thursday mornings and Golf del Sur complex has a market on Friday mornings.Posted : Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 at 14:15