by Lance Sprewell
The largest of the seven Canary Islands, Tenerife, is home to golden beaches, volcanic landscapes, and luxury resorts. It’s the perfect holiday destination with great weather and attractions to keep everyone happy. Here’s some of the top places to visit on your next Tenerife adventure.
Playa de las Teresitas
This sweeping stretch of beach is a glorious spot to unwind in the sun and enjoy some seaside activities. At almost 1.5 kilometers, you’ll have no problem finding a secluded area to lay your towel. With its swaying palm trees and crystal clear waters, it could be mistaken for an exotic paradise. There’s also plenty to keep you busy; from daily aerobics classes to yoga and beach football. Facilities are impressive with showers, no shortage of sunbeds, and a great selection of restaurants line the beach.
Playa de las Americas
This vibrant resort town is one of the island’s most popular, attracting families, couples, and party goers. There’s six beaches to choose from with a great variety of water sports. You can try some jet skiing or take a certified scuba diving course. The area is also famed for its nightlife scene with plenty of trendy bars and clubs pumping out music into the early hours.
Many villages in Tenerife have preserved their historic charm and important architectural sights. The town of Adeje is one such place with colonial era buildings, stately homes and beautiful churches. The 16th Century Santa Ursula Church is well worth a visit, as you can see its intricate adorned ceiling and French tapestries. You can also visit the Museum of Sacred Art which showcases religious pieces and artifacts from the 14th to the 19th century.
The volcanic rock pools in the town of Garachico are a unique attraction. They were formed in 1706 when an eruption caused lava to flow through and block off the harbor. This disaster has now become a major tourist attraction. Walkways have been paved around the pools and there’s even an area where you can sunbathe. The pools are various depths and sizes with some shallow enough for small children to enjoy.
The imposing volcano, Mount Teide can be seen from many spots on the island. Pay a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site for a fun filled day out. There’s a choice of hiking trails, which weave across the lunar like terrain. If you’re feeling brave, you can climb to the summit and enjoy spectacular views.
With so many great things to see and do, a holiday in Tenerife doesn’t have to be endless days at the beach. Try exploring some of the island and you won’t regret it.