Things to know about Tenerife
Those who want to really enjoy their holidays in Tenerife should not only bring a good mood to the island, but also the necessary knowledge of what you should not miss there in any case. So here is a selection of sights that will make your holiday unforgettable:
The first thing to mention is the Teide National Park. This is unique due to its volcanic origin and offers magnificent scenic views. For nature lovers a real paradise that you can explore. Pico del Teide refers to the largest mountain there with about 3718 meters.
But not only the mountain is an eye-catcher, but also the lunar landscape which is located in the south of the Teide. A really worth seeing landscape that has arisen from volcanic eruptions and gives you the feeling that you have landed on the moon.
Before we leave the sights of nature and devote ourselves to others, we want to point out one last special feature: The dragon tree - in the place "Icos de los Vinos" there is the oldest dragon tree of all Canarian island groups, which is dated back to 400 years.
Another attraction in Tenerife is Siam Park - a water park for young and old. As the name suggests, the water park has an Asian feel and the founders have brought together the most popular and exciting water attractions from around the world into one park. This also makes Siam Park the largest water park in Europe. So leisure and swimming fun is guaranteed!
The butterfly park is also a place of interest in Tenerife. It is informative and interesting at the same time. The three areas of the butterfly park are divided into the breeding and development of butterflies, the close experience of the butterflies while walking through the park and a room that offers background information.
Those who are interested in technology and renewable energies can also make their way to the ITER wind farm. There you can either explore on your own or take part in a guided tour. These sights and many more you can discover during your visit to Tenerife.
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Frequently asked questions
Each part of Tenerife has its own charm and appeal. Those who would like to have a "fair weather guarantee" are best off in the south of the island. Here the places Playa des Las Américas, Los Cristianos or smaller fishing villages like Playa de San Juan offer an ideal starting point.
One of the longest beaches on the island is El Medano. Surfers appreciate the good weather, wind and wave conditions here.
Those who prefer it green should choose a place in the north of the island like Puerto de La Cruz or La Matanza de Acentejo. Scenically, the north has a lot to offer, but the weather is often more unstable and windy than in the south.
In the northwest you will reach the beach Playa de la Arena - some say it is the most beautiful lava beach of the island.
As Tenerife has sunshine virtually all year round, the best time to visit the island depends on your needs.
The main season on Tenerife begins at the end of November and ends with the beginning of February. At this time, many holidaymakers escape the cold weather in Germany and spend the winter on Tenerife. Also in the times of the school holidays the prices increase again due to the demand. At this time, the prices for accommodation are significantly higher than in the low season.
In the following we would like to show you time periods for a Tenerife holiday depending on the activity:
- Skiing on the Pico del Teide: December to mid-February
- Surfing: Beginners get their money's worth here all year round. The advanced surfers like to use the higher waves in the months of October to March.
- Active holidays: March to early June & October to late November, as there are far fewer tourists on the island at this time.
- Bathing holiday: If you are not a frostbite, you can bathe in the sea all year round. However, the water temperatures are most pleasant from May to October, which is why many families with children spend their holidays in Tenerife at this time.
Always worth a visit is the capital of Tenerife Santa Cruz de Tenerife as well as the cliffs of Los Gigantes, near which is also the Masca Gorge. There, an adventurous hike is recommended with a subsequent boat trip along the cliffs, back to Los Gigantes.
Many people do not know that in February or March on Tenerife the second largest carnival after Rio de Janeiro takes place. At this time you can get to know the island from a completely different side.
One of the biggest attractions and sights on Tenerife is the Teide with its national park. Around the Teide (Spain's highest mountain with 3.718m) is a unique crater landscape, volcanoes and petrified lava flows that you must have seen once.
The Canary Islands and thus also Tenerife are a free trade zone. This allows you to shop on the island significantly cheaper than you know it from Germany or on the Spanish mainland.
Cheap groceries can be bought at Lidl, as the discounter has made it to the Canaries. Other supermarkets such as Mercadona, Super Dino and Alcampo are also good value and have large fresh meat, fish and cheese counters.
Otherwise, there are markets and small grocery stores in almost every city where you can buy fresh food for daily use at a reasonable price.