Observatory of Izaña in front of Teide in Tenerife
I have always had a very different idea of the tourist attractions of the island of Tenerife , compared to the idea that seems to be widespread that it is a destination of sun and sand. The reason is that for a long, long time I lived on that island for a little over a year, specifically, in La Laguna , and then I had the opportunity to get to know it thoroughly and discover its many charms. At that time, the tourist center of the island was the Puerto de la Cruz and the Orotava Valley, an area that is a big orchard, but that has the ” problem ” that during much of the year, and specifically in summer , it is usually covered by the sea of clouds resulting from the alíseos winds.
Sea of clouds north of the island of Tenerife At the same time, the Tenerife South Airport had been inaugurated recently in the semi-desert zone in the south of the island. There was in full development the great tourist bet of Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos , this area yes, with sun insurance throughout the year. Which also, in relation to the beaches, Tenerife does not benefit from the large sediments of sand that come from the African continent to the islands of the east of the Canary Islands, and therefore its best beaches are artificial, influenced that for nothing You will see this island as a priority destination for sun and sand. This does not mean that Tenerife is not attractive from the tourist point of view. On the contrary, it is a great jewel that is not sufficiently known and appreciated by the Spaniards. Viewpoint northwest of the island of Tenerife Next, I’ll give you 4 important reasons to visit the island of Tenerife.
What to see in Tenerife
1.- If you do not know the Canary Islands and you consider visiting a first island, without a doubt that must be Tenerife . The Canary Islands each have very different characteristics, but in Tenerife you find a large mosaic of them all. Rincón del Barranco de Masca in the park of Teno in Tenerife You will be surprised by the enormous variety of landscapes that this island can offer, from the orchard in the area of Puerto de la Cruz, to the desert landscapes of the Cañadas del Teide , But you will also find landscapes with large forests of Canarian pine and areas of very lush vegetation that will transport you to Galicia , as a result of the humidity of the alíseos winds. The sea of clouds resulting from the effect of these winds is another of the great scenic attractions of Tenerife. You have great mountains, deep cliffs and great ravines, like Masca’s in Teno Park . And, of course, beaches.
Path from the cable car to the peak of Teide in Tenerife 2.- On the island of Tenerife you will see volcanic landscapes of such characteristics and dimensions that in the world you will only find similar landscapes in Hawaii, northern New Zealand or Iceland. The Teide It is not only the highest mountain in Spain, but also the third largest volcano in the world from its base. The astronaut Neil Armstrong said that it is in the surroundings of the Teide where he has seen on Earth the landscapes most similar to those of the Moon. And, also, the Cañadas del Teide is one of the places in the world where you can see a brighter and starry sky.
Church of San Agustín in La Laguna in Tenerife 3.- But in addition to landscapes, in Tenerife you also have sites of great cultural interest, such as the historic city of La Laguna, which once was the capital of the island. And now, completely remodeled after the declaration of World Heritage by Unesco, is a beautiful villa to walk enjoying its monuments and colorful palatial houses. Rabbit with salmorejo with potatoes crumbled with mojo 4.- Another great attraction of your visit to Tenerife will be discovering its culture , with its great differences from the peninsula, and its peculiarities compared to that of the other Canary Islands, although sharing traditions such as the Salto del Pastor Canario. On your trip to Tenerife you can not stop tasting its cuisine, with specialties that go beyond the famous potatoes wrinkled with mojo. And of its historic wine, which in recent years has had a great development with the production of new varieties. And the sun and the beach ? Well… you also find it in Tenerife. Specifically, in the aforementioned tourist area of the south of the island, in Playa de las Américas. There you have large resort hotels with all kinds of luxuries, which will allow you a pleasant holiday, and which can be an excellent starting point for your essential excursions to the rest of the island. But if you only look for sun and sand of dunes and fine sand, Fuerteventura or Gran Canaria may be your islands.