Set in the sparkling blue Atlantic ocean, only one hundred miles off the coast of Africa, Tenerife is on the same latitude as Florida and California, and shares the same balmy sub-tropical climate. It’s the largest of what – in the Middle Ages – were aptly called “The Fortunate Isles”, now known of course, as The Canary Islands.
The people of Tenerife are amongst the friendliest in the world, welcoming visitors with a warm smile and generous hospitality.
Tenerife has something for everyone, an island of startling contrasts. To the North the fertile landscape is green and lush, with banana plantations, pine and eucalyptus trees, and wild bougainvillea, nasturtiums and geraniums climbing over white walls. Whilst in the South the sun shines from a cloudless sky on ochre volcanic rocks and miles of black, grey or golden beaches.
Playa de las Americas and Playas de Los Cristianos, not forgetting the other nearby towns, offers a rich variety of entertainment:
- superb beaches and coastal promenade
- lively ‘daylife’ and ‘nightlife’ in the form of nightclubs, bars, restaurants and cafes
- a wide range of retail outlets for those who wish to browse in the local markets and shops OR those wanting to visit more sophisticated and exclusive ‘fashion’ stores
- theme parks
- almost every kind of watersport, boat trips, fishing excursions – accessible from the beaches, marinas or port
- picnicking in the fragrant pine forests of Las Cañadas, the National Park of Tenerife.
On the North side of the island (approximately one hour’s drive away from Los Claveles) the sophisticated Puerto de la Cruz is a beguiling blend of traditional and modern. A visit to the famous Lido Martianez or Botanical gardens makes an enjoyable day out.
Tenerife is rich in history and local folklore, and famous for its lively and colourful fiestas which occur throughout the year.