is part of the Canary Islands and is one of the most popular tourist spots in the small archipelago. The island attracts thousands of visitors every year including many from the UK and Germany. It’s little wonder why Tenerife is so popular with tourists - Tenerife is known as one of the last ‘paradise islands
’ due to the forests, lush fauna, mountains, volcanoes and of course, amazing beaches. There’s much to see and do on the island including historical monuments, water sports, climbing, hiking and museums. Cuisine on the Canary Islands is excellent and the lush, volcanic landscape means fruit and vegetables are very tasty!
Where to stay
Tenerife’s economy depends quite heavily on tourism and you’ll find a wide range of holiday accommodation on the island such as hotels, hostels and bed and breakfast options. If you’d like a little more space, the freedom to cook something and a more personalised holiday experience, why not consider staying in a holiday apartment, villa or guest room when you visit Tenerife? Wimdu have a wide range of accommodation options on Tenerife – find your ideal place to stay today!
The Canary Islands are extremely volcanic – Mount Teide
on Tenerife is the third largest volcano on earth!
Mount Teide is also the highest peak in Spain!
Writer Agatha Christie
loved the Canary Islands and set two of her novels there.
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands!
On Lam Gomera there’s a language made up of whistling – it’s a very rare language!
What to see and do on Tenerife
Here are some of our favourite things to see and do on Tenerife!
‘The most spectacular water attraction in Europe’
In Southern Tenerife you’ll find Siam Park
, regarded by many to be up there with the best water parks in Europe. The spectacular park cost 52 million euro to build and features an exotic Thai film on the many rides, pools, restaurants and buildings throughout the park. It’s the largest collection of Thai buildings outside of Thailand! There are adrenaline pumping slides, rock pools, sunbeds, wave machines and children’s pools. It’s a great family day out!
Natural Swimming Pools
In the old town of Puerto de la Cruz
there are several natural salt water pools that are amazing to swim in that were designed by famous Canarian Manrique. Lago Martiánez
contains 7 pools, tropical trees, Jacuzzi and also an underground dance hall! Tenerife’s year-round good weather means it’s always the right time to go for a swim!
Auditorio de Tenerife
Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the Auditorio de Tenerife
has a Sydney Opera House feel to it and boasts excellent acoustics and comfortable seating. The Auditoria has been open since 1997 and has seen the likes of Spanish president Felipe de Borbon and Bill Clinton pass through its door. The amazing profile of the auditorium has come to represent not just Tenerife but the Canary Islands as a whole!
Tenerife has several interesting historical landmarks that are well worth checking out. The Basilica of Candelaria is a Roman Catholic basilica located in the town of Candelaria. It is dedicated to the Virgin of Candelaria and has origins in the 14th century. The interior of the basilica is beautiful and there are several impressive mural paintings located inside. Another religious building of interest is the Iglesia de la Concepción
which is the only church in the Canary Islands to have 5 naves. The church was built on the remains of a chapel established by the Spanish Conquistadors when they landed on the coast!
There are two ways to reach Tenerife – either by plane or by ferry. There are two airports on the island – Tenerife South
near Los Cristianos and Tenerife North
by La Laguna. Buses operate from the airport to the various towns on the island – check the timetables for more information. A weekly ferry operates between Cadiz on mainland Spain and Tenerife – it takes two days. Ferries also operate between the various Canary Islands such as Lanzarote
and Gran Canaria
. The best way to get around Tenerife is by car – you’ll make your own discoveries and have the freedom to go where you want!