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Tropical Temptations: Tenerife's Tango of Sun, Sea, and Serenity!

Updated: Feb 4

Collages of pictures taken in Teneife, from beach views to photos of food

When the central European autumn gets a little too cold a little too soon, one looks for the sun and a little bit of warmth elsewhere.


The Canary Islands are located at the height of lower Morocco but are a part of Spain. Spanish is the main language on the islands, but English and German speakers won't have any problem communicating. 


Tenerife is the biggest of the Canary Islands, with an area of 2.034 km², not only it is home to about 900'000 inhabitants, but it also showcases one of its main characteristics: its 28 microclimates.


Tenerife: The Island of Microclimates

Tenerife is a microclimatic wonder. Its diverse landscape weaves a tapestry of climates, earning it the nickname The Island of Eternal Spring.

Costa Adeje: The Sunshine Coast

Costa Adeje in the south offers endless sunshine, with 320 days of sun a year. It's a paradise for beach lovers and sunseekers.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Capital of Contrasts

Heading north, Santa Cruz blends subtropical and Mediterranean climates. Frequent rainfall keeps it lush and green.

Anaga Rural Park: Cloud Forests

Anaga, in the north, hosts cloud forests shrouded in mist, creating a mystical atmosphere for hiking and exploring.

La Orotava: Mountain Oasis

Inland, La Orotava sits on Mount Teide's slopes, with charming streets and botanical gardens filled with blooming flowers.

Mount Teide: Snow in Paradise

Mount Teide, the island's peak, transforms into a snowy wonderland in winter, offering a striking contrast to the coast.

El Médano: Windsurfing Wonderland

On the southern coast, El Médano's constant trade winds make it a mecca for windsurfing and water sports.

Los Gigantes: Dramatic Cliffs and Sunshine

The western coast boasts Los Gigantes, known for its colossal cliffs and sunny weather, making it perfect for boat tours.

Diverse Microclimates Beckon

Tenerife's microclimates offer something for everyone. From sunny beaches to cloud forests and snowy peaks, this island is a meteorological marvel waiting to be explored.


Run, Relax, Repeat: Tenerife's Unconventional Recipe for a Holiday Escape

In the vibrant heart of Tenerife, my dear friend and I embarked on what we envisioned to be a blissfully "relaxing" holiday. Little did we know, our definition of relaxation was about to take an unexpected turn. On the first morning, our internal alarm clocks (or perhaps the excitement of being in Tenerife) had us wide awake at 5:30 am. As the golden sun shyly began to paint the sky, we shared a glance and simultaneously thought, "Why not go for a run?"

What started as an impromptu jog along the picturesque shoreline turned into a daily ritual - is what I would tell you if I were a lier - we did it once, and still laugh about it. But we discovered a newfound joy in racing each other to breakfast and the pool, aiming to secure the prime spots for maximum sun-soaked relaxation. It was a sprint to paradise, fueled by laughter and the anticipation of lounging by the poolside with a good book and the gentle hum of the waves in the background.

But here's the kicker – our grand relaxation plan didn't end there. By 11 am, just when most vacationers were settling into their beach chairs, we were lacing up our sneakers again. Our motto became "Run now, sleep later," as we set off to uncover the wonders of Tenerife. From the breathtaking landscapes of Teide National Park to the charming streets of La Orotava, we embraced the island's diversity with every step.

Our 'relaxing' holiday became a harmonious blend of lazy mornings by the pool, fast paced afternoons around the island, and exhilarating explorations under the Canarian sun. The juxtaposition of our leisurely starts and energetic days perfectly encapsulated the vibrant spirit of Tenerife – a place where every moment holds the promise of adventure and relaxation in equal measure. As we basked in the warmth of both the sun and our newfound routine, we couldn't help but laugh at the irony of our 'relaxing' holiday, realizing that in Tenerife, the best moments unfold when you're in full stride, whether it's towards a sunbed or a hidden island gem.


El Teide National Park

No trip to Tenerife can be considered as such without a visit to the Teide National Park and to the majestic peak of El Teide.

The scenery on this mountain, which is actually a volcano, is truly outerworderly. A rocky landscape going from the deepest of reds to the faintest of yellows hides some real treasures - lonely and vibrant red tajinastes reaching for the sky, lizards and geckos roaming freely among the warm rocks. A lonely road takes you through the park giving you the chance to feel like an explorer on a new planet.


💡 Speaking of new planets. The special landscape of this island glass been chosen for a reason as a testing region for the European Space Agency's rovers.

The Park is reachable by car and by public transport. I've visited with an organised trip, but if you'd like to take your time and stop wherever you like, I can definitely suggest you organise your own getaway.

You can also get comfortably to the top of El Teide via cablecar. Just bear in mind that on windy days this service isn't offered and that it may close depending on the whether changing.


Getting to El Teide

By bus

  • From Puerto de la Cruz - Bus line 348

  • From Costa Adeje - Bus line 342

You can buy your ticket directly on the bus or at the kiosks around town. The price of a return ticket for both routes of the Teide bus should be about 11 €.


By car

  • From Playa de las Américas or Los Cristianos: the TF-21 from Vilaflor, which arrives at the National Park.

  • From Santa Cruz de Tenerife and San Cristóbal de La Laguna: the TF-24 from La Laguna (La Esperanza Road), which connects to the TF-21.

  • From Los Gigantes: the TF-38 to Chío, which connects to the TF-21.

  • From Puerto de la Cruz or La Orotava: the TF-21 from La Orotava.


From Spain to Peru

Masca, a hidden gem nestled within the Teno Mountains of Tenerife, is a picturesque village that seems frozen in time. This remote hamlet, with its charming stone houses clinging to the cliffs, offers breathtaking views of rugged landscapes, lush ravines, and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance. Masca is a haven for hikers and adventurers, with its famous Masca Gorge hike leading through dramatic scenery to a secluded black sand beach. The village of Masca is for sure something you can't miss. There is a reason why the is peculiar formation is sometimes referred to as the Spanish Machu Picchu.


Its isolation has preserved its unique character, making it a must-visit for those seeking natural beauty and a taste of Tenerife's unspoiled wilderness.


A cozy cafe overlooking the valley will be the perfect resting spot after having snakes through breathtaking gorges and cliffs on the sigle-lane road taking to the village.


Getting to Masca

By Car

  • From South Tenerife: Take the TF-1 towards Adeje and then follow signs to Santiago del Teide. From there, follow signs to Masca.

  • From North Tenerife: Take the TF-5 motorway towards Icod de los Vinos and then follow signs to Buenavista del Norte. From there, follow signs to Masca.


By bus and hiking

You can take a public bus to Santiago del Teide or Buenavista del Norte, which are the closest towns to Masca accessible by bus. From there, you'll need to take a taxi or hike to Masca, as there is no direct bus service to the village.

One of the most adventurous and scenic ways to reach Masca is by hiking. There are several hiking trails that lead to Masca, including a popular hike from Santiago del Teide. This hike is challenging but rewarding, offering breathtaking views along the way.


Going Bananas for Platano Canario!

Tenerife is renowned for its stunning landscapes and year-round mild climate. One of the island's agricultural treasures is its thriving banana industry. The unique microclimates across Tenerife make it an ideal place for banana cultivation, and a visit to Finca Las Margaritas offers an immersive banana experience like no other.


Finca Las Margaritas: A Banana Adventure

A visit to Finca Las Margaritas is a journey into the heart of Tenerife's banana industry. This banana farm offers a fascinating guided tour where you can get up close and personal with the entire banana cultivation process.


Your banana adventure at Finca Las Margaritas begins with a warm welcome from knowledgeable guides who will walk you through the farm's lush banana plantations. You'll learn about the history of banana cultivation in Tenerife and the farm's sustainable practices.


No visit to Finca Las Margaritas is complete without a banana tasting. You'll have the opportunity to savor the exquisite flavor of freshly picked bananas, a taste that is unrivaled in its sweetness and quality. You'll quickly understand why Tenerife's bananas are renowned worldwide.


A Memorable Experience

A trip to Finca Las Margaritas is not only educational but also a delightful way to connect with Tenerife's rich agricultural heritage. So, if you find yourself in Tenerife, make sure to peel back the layers of its banana story and savor the essence of this tropical paradise.


Visit Finca Las Margaritas:

FINCA TENERIFE DAISIES S.L.

del Sur, Av. la Calma, s/n, 38631 La Estrella, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain


Guided tours at Finca Las Margaritas are on:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday

  • Start of the tour 10:15

Price:

  • Adults: 12,00 €

  • Children (4 to 12 y.o.): 10,00 €


Desert life

Tenerife, known for its lush landscapes, also harbors captivating desert regions that stand in stark contrast to its verdant scenery. The most prominent desert on the island is the Malpaís de Güímar, a surreal lunar-like landscape formed by ancient volcanic eruptions. This desolate terrain is characterized by its eerie black and red hues, dotted with twisted rock formations. It's a place where silence reigns, and the sense of isolation is palpable.

Another desert gem is the Desert Park in Armeñime, where cacti and succulents thrive in the arid conditions. Visitors can explore this desert garden, marveling at the exotic plant life that has adapted to Tenerife's dry climates.


Tenerife's deserts are a testament to the island's geological diversity, offering a unique opportunity to witness nature's contrasting beauty, from lush forests to arid wastelands, all within the same enchanting island.


Tenerife's Nightlife: Where the Island Comes Alive


When the sun sets over the stunning Canary Island of Tenerife, a vibrant nightlife awakens, transforming this serene paradise into a pulsating hub of entertainment and excitement. With its wide array of bars, clubs, and cultural experiences, Tenerife offers a nightlife scene that caters to every taste and preference.


Playa de las Américas: The Party Hub

Playa de las Américas is Tenerife's nightlife epicenter. The Veronicas Strip and the Patch are legendary nightlife areas teeming with bars, clubs, and discos. Whether you're into thumping electronic beats, live music, or simply sipping cocktails by the beach, this is where the party starts. Be prepared to dance the night away in venues like Tramps or Papagayo Beach Club.


Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Elegant Evenings

For a more refined nightlife experience, head to the island's capital, Santa Cruz. Stroll along the elegant streets and explore chic wine bars and sophisticated lounges. The Auditorio de Tenerife occasionally hosts classical concerts and performances for those seeking a touch of culture with their night out.

In Tenerife, the night is a canvas of possibilities.

Cultural Nights: Fiestas and Festivals

Tenerife's nightlife isn't just about clubs and bars; it's deeply rooted in culture. Don't miss the chance to attend local fiestas and festivals. Carnaval de Santa Cruz is one of the world's largest and most famous carnivals, featuring dazzling parades, extravagant costumes, and lively street parties.


Dining: Taste the Island

As the night winds down, indulge in dining at one of Tenerife's charming restaurants. Try the local cuisine and it's flavourful dishes like:

  • Papas Arrugadas: These "wrinkled potatoes" are a staple of Canarian cuisine. Baby potatoes are boiled in heavily salted water until they become wrinkled, then served with a variety of savory sauces, notably the spicy mojo sauce.

  • Mojo Sauce: Mojo comes in two main varieties - mojo rojo (red) and mojo verde (green). These sauces are made from a blend of ingredients like garlic, peppers, paprika, and vinegar. They are often served with potatoes, meats, or as a dip.

  • Fresh Seafood: Tenerife offers an abundance of fresh seafood. Try vieja a la espalda (grilled parrotfish) or pulpo a la gallega (Galician-style octopus).

  • Tenerife Wine: The island is known for its wine production, particularly in regions like Tacoronte-Acentejo and Valle de Güímar. Sample the local varieties, including white wines like Listán Blanco and red wines like "Listán Negro."

  • Ron Miel: This sweet honey rum is a popular Canarian drink. It's often served as a digestive after a meal or mixed into cocktails.

  • Barraquito: This delightful and unique coffee-based drink is particularly popular in Tenerife and the Canary Islands. It's known for its distinctive layering of flavors and ingredients. Espresso, Condensed Milk, Lemon Zest, Cinnamon and, for the drinkers, Licor 43, a Spanish liqueur with hints of vanilla.


Exploring the local cuisine and beverages in Tenerife is a delightful journey that allows you to savor the flavors of this beautiful Canary Island. Don't miss the opportunity to try these traditional dishes and drinks while immersing yourself in the island's unique culinary culture.


Accomodation

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  • Coral Teide Mar: Situated in Los Cristianos, this budget-friendly hotel features self-catering apartments, making it a good choice for families and travelers on a budget.

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  • H10 Costa Adeje Palace: Situated in Costa Adeje, this mid-range hotel boasts a stunning beachfront location, multiple swimming pools, and comfortable rooms with ocean views.

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  • The Ritz-Carlton, Abama: Located in Guía de Isora, this 5-star resort is synonymous with luxury. It features stunning architecture, a golf course, Michelin-starred dining, and impeccable service.

  • Bahía del Duque: This luxurious beachfront resort in Costa Adeje boasts a colonial-style design, lush gardens, multiple pools, and a wide range of dining options to indulge in.


My presonal suggestion 💲💲/💲💲💲


The Guayarmina Princess is a well-known hotel located in the popular area of Costa Adeje. The hotel boasts a variety of amenities for guests to enjoy, such as multiple swimming pools, a spa and wellness center, a fitness facility, and several restaurants and bars.

One of the highlights of the Guayarmina Princess is its spectacular views, especially during sunset. Guests often gather on the terraces to watch the sun dip below the horizon, creating unforgettable moments.


Tenerife boasts a rich offer and variety of hotels and apartments in most of its areas, especially in its southern regions. Public transport is viale available, so don't feel threatened to look for your accommodation in the outskirts of town.


Insider tips

💡If you are planning on exploring the island, instead of exploring the full pension at your hotel, I suggest renting a car. This will allow you to visit some lovely towns and parks that are not easy to reach by public transport.


💡If like me you're not the best of drivers or simply aren't used to mountain roads, I'd suggest reaching Masca with public transport + hiking or with an organised trip.


💡Tenerife is famous for its many microclimates, so be ready, if exploring, to pack some warmer clothes and a windbreaker.


✈️ If possible try to fly to Tenerife's South Airport, known as the Reina Sofía Airport. There is another airport in the north of Tenerife, known as Los Rodeos; the weather conditions in the North of the island are sometimes not ideal for air travel.


💲For those with a Central European budget, the island of Tenerife is definitely affordable. My suggestion is to explore the islands typical cuisine. Different rave hotels are scattered along the coasts, from extremely affordable youth hostels to high-end exclusive resorts.


🪩 The best area for party goers is definitely around Playa de las Americas, in the south of the Island.


Sports lovers will absolutely love the island and its landscape!

🚵‍♀️ from challenging routes like the ones on the Teide to shorter trips between beaches a deserts: Tenerife is any cyclists dream come true.

🏄 the best area for wave-lovers is El Médano.

🏌️‍♀️ while not a golfer myself, I can assure you that those loving the sport will feel at home in the many dedicated resorts and areas.


Would you like to know more about Tenerife? Feel free to contact me and I'll make sure to help you have the best time on this stunning island!


Ciao ciao, e al prossimo viaggio!




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