Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and attracts over 10 million people from all across the globe every single year. However, while your first impression of Tenerife is beaches, sunsets, and an endless supply of sangria, there is more to this island than you’d expect. Not only is Tenerife a land of natural beauty, there are excellent dining options, dozens of activities, and tremendous cultural events to enjoy whenever you arrive. Here are the top 5 reasons to visit Tenerife, brought to you by Flyavel:
1. Eternal Spring Climate
Tenerife has one of the best climates in the world, with January seeing temperatures of 17°C (62°F) and August at 25°C (77°F). For this reason, Tenerife is often called “Isla de la Eterna Primavera,” or “Island of Eternal Spring”. Though weather varies from the north and south of the island, Tenerife sees over 300 days of sunshine in a single year.
2. Whale and Dolphin Watching
The waters of the Tenerife Sea are home to about 30 species of whales and dolphins. Because of this there are boats that depart from Los Gigantes and Los Cristianos throughout the day. Some boats even look like pirate ships and have dinner onboard. If you’re looking to see several types of whales and dolphins in a single trip, you’re definitely going to want to get your sea legs.
Before Lent, the island is caught up in the excitement of Carnival. Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Rio de Janeiro have twin carnivals that are some of the most flamboyant in the world. The Grand Opening Parade is fantastic and shouldn’t be missed. The main reason is the Burial of the Sardine ritual that happens on Ash Wednesday. Watch a giant sardine on a throne get carried through the streets that’s followed by the widow wailing. Last, the sardine is set on fire at the Plaza de Espana.
We at Flyavel are all about reaching for the stars. Thanks to a fortuitous location between the Atlantic and Sahara Desert, the skies above the island are crystal clear. If you’ve ever watched to see the Milky Way unobstructed, Tenerife is the place. Many hotels offer summer stargazing parties (like at the Abama Ritz-Carlton), but there are also a number of tours.
5. Teide National Park
There are a number of hiking options around Tenerife, but one of the most famous is Teide National Park, which features the 3,718 meter high Mount Teide. Not only is Teide National Park one of the oldest in Spain, it is also part of Canary Island history. The park is also incredibly diverse, with volcanic land, forests, mountains, and outstanding views. If you’re not one for hiking, you should consider using the cable car to the peak of Mount Teide, because the view that awaits will take your breath away.
There you have it—the top 5 reasons Tenerife should be your next island destination. Whether you like partying it up in the city or enjoying all the natural wonders of the island, there is something for everyone to enjoy.