Guide to Tenerife
December is only just around the corner and the thought of preparing for Christmas, along with the arrival of increasingly colder temperatures, may seem like a daunting prospect at this moment in time. So, what better way to clear your mind prior to Christmas than embarking on a journey of sun, sea and sand? Average temperatures across the Canary Islands regularly pass the 20-degree mark throughout the winter, making them a perfect choice for anyone looking to escape the cold.
To coincide with Pullmantur Cruises’ Canary Islands season, we have spent the past couple of months taking a closer look at each of the islands you can visit on selected itineraries. This week, we take a look at the fifth and last island of the collection with our blog focussing on the towering island of Tenerife.
El Teide Mountain
…And by towering, we are referring to the highest point not only within the Canary Islands, but also within Spain. Measured from its base on the ocean floor, this volcanic mountain is the highest volcano in the world and the third highest in the world. Covering an area of 47,000 acres, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. A 10 minute cable car ride can carry you from the bottom to the 3,550m mark and will offer amazing views over the island.
Another remarkable landmark in Tenerife is Los Gigantes, which is home to a series of extensive and dramatic cliffs. The height of these cliffs is staggering, ranging from 985 feet above sea level to a huge 1,967 feet. The best way to be able to admire this mesmerising landmark is from the coastal town of the same name – where you will also find a number of restaurants serving traditional and delicious Canarian cuisine.
With temperatures this warm, there is only one place ideal for soaking them up. The beaches of Tenerife offer perfect respite from the cold British weather and are available in abundance. Whichever part of the island you decide to visit, you are certain to find a beautiful collection of sandy expanses brushed by turquoise waters. The pristine sands of Costa Adeje are highly regarded on the island and form one of the island’s best beaches. The blue flag beach of Playa del Duque is also worth visiting for its impressive and beautiful clear-blue waters and unparalleled golden sands.
Santa Cruz is the capital and largest city on the island of Tenerife and is also, along with Las Palmas, in Gran Canaria, regarded as the capital of the Canary Islands. This city is a bustling hub of culture, with many interesting museums, particularly the Natural History Museum, which houses a collection of interesting mummified human remains. There is a regular market here, where locals come to purchase seasonal produce, and a number of restaurants which specialise in exceptional fish.
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and is perhaps the most cosmopolitan of these volcanic islands. In addition to cities and extensive beaches, it is also home to a collection of magnificent geological and man-made cultural landmarks that will take your breath away. While this blog may provide an insight, the best way to experience everything is to see it all for yourself.Tweet