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Tenerife

Flights to Tenerife

Tenerife is considered the largest of the Canary Islands. Interestingly, as one of the last European paradise isles, one might consider Tenerife as a lost and found paradise. Tenerife will leave you lost for words with its lush forests, unusual flora and fauna, landscape deserts, mountain ranges, breathtaking coastlines and amazing beaches. Suffice it to say that the island somehow found a way to spruce up its nightlife, going beyond the norm of a paradise, with almost 10 million visitors being allured to experience an exotic party in paradise.

Split into two personalities, the south of Tenerife offers a vibrant experience, which is usually flocked by the younger crowd because of its almost consistent summer, beach-perfect weather, and amazing nightlife experience. Los Cristianos, Playa de Las Américas, and Costa Adeje are the south’s go-to place with its large multi-pool resorts and an array of all-you-can-eat buffets all out in the beach shoreline. While in the south, an opportunity to try multitude of water sports such as surfing, wind surfing, speed boat parascending, and jet-ski should not be missed. For an ultimate thrill, also visit the biggest theme park in southern Tenerife, the Siam Park. In Siam Park, get a chance to surf in a swimming pool, or slide down a 28 metre waterslide all day long. Before heading elsewhere, visit the Jungle Park, which is notable for its bird of prey show.

Take a momentary respite after partying and enjoying the great outdoors and head to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the Canary Islands. The small port city is sure to make anyone feel relaxed with its quirky shops, finely painted buildings, and tropical surroundings, minus the tourist fiasco. While in the city, get a chance to visit the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre, considered as one of the best museums in the Canary Islands. Highlights of the museum include the Guanche mummies and skulls, preserved with portions of skin masses, hair and bone, faces contorted into bizarre expressions. Apart from this, informative displays on the geology and the wildlife of the islands are present much to the tourist’s delight. Veer away from the museum and take a light stroll in the Parque Garcia Sanabría, which is brimming with a delightful collection of Mediterranean and subtropical trees and flowers. This is a perfect place to while away time, spend an afternoon picnic and imbibe the goodness of nature, with the Indian parakeet birds lulling tourists to sleep.

Do not leave Canary Islands without visiting Parque Nacional del Teide, Spain’s largest national park. Spanning over 189.9 square metres and visited by a total of four million visitors annually, it would be a shame to miss this place. The park is home to 14 exotic plants not found anywhere in the world, and 80% of the world’s volcanic formations, including deeply eroded barren areas, lajial lava, and pebble-like lapilli can be found here. Tourists are guided with 21 walking tracks on the volcanic terrain. The most noteworthy of visit to the park is the peak of El Teide (Pico del Teide), the highest mountain in Spain. To reach the peak, tourists can take the 10 minute cable lift going up 3550 metres off the ground.

How to get around within Tenerife

From the airport, an option to arrange an airport transfer via Tenerife Airport Transfers gives the tourist a range of selecting vehicles for travel such as shuttle, buses, minibus, limousines, and coaches.

To discover Tenerife, an option to take TITSA buses, which covers most of the island, or tram line, which operates between Santa Cruz and La Laguna, can be chosen depending on the tourists’ discretion.

Unlike most places that offers multitude of public transportation, a hired car is essential to go around Tenerife’s wilderness regions.

How to get there

Get into Tenerife either by air or sea travel. Canary Islands have two airports, the first of which is the Tenerife South (Reina Sofia) located near Los Cristianos, and the second one is the Tenerife North (Los Rodeos) by La Laguna.

Meanwhile, Trasmediterranea ferry runs weekly cruise going to and from Cadiz to the Canary Island and vice versa. Other ferries going to other Canary Islands are also available. From the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a ferry going Gran Canaria is feasible, as well as to La Gomera from Los Cristianos.  

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