Tenerife - the island of eternal spring
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands which are situated just off the north coast of Africa which is why the islands enjoy a fabulous climate of year-round sunshine.
The island of Tenerife is the largest of the Canarian archipelago - 2,053 square kilometres - and it has the shape characteristic of a triangle. It is referred to as the ‘island of eternal spring’ because its peerless climate is full of huge contrasts and has a great variety of scenery in the different regions. A mountain chain runs through its centre from Anaga to Teno and on both of its slopes there are large, exuberantly fertile valleys, among them especially La Orotava and Gumar.
The island is just over 300 km from the African coast, and about 1,300 km from the Spanish Mainland.
Here are some ideas of what to do and where to visit during your stay in Tenerife. The island offers something for everyone from places of historical interest to attractions to excite any child (however old they may be!)
There are a whole range of exciting theme parks in Tenerife that will ensure you have a fantastic holiday.
Aqua Park Water fun for everyone
Camel Park Fantastic camel farm
Loro Parque The islands best theme park
Parque Las Aguilas Great day out
Siam Park Tenerife’s newest attraction
Santa Cruz is the capital of Tenerife. - A bustling city and shipping port (one of the busiest in Spain and deepest in the world). Shopping is excellent from the Plaza de España on the seafront to Plaza de Candelaria. The most visited place in Santa Cruz is "La Plaza de España" by the sea, where the futuristic auditorium stands. The city also has large landscaped areas, which maintain the calm of the modernist architecture. There are also lots of tree-lined avenues, parks and squares, which are ideal for taking a stroll.
La Orotava a beautiful old town full of magnificent architecture, shady squares and mellow houses. The old historic centre should certainly be visited. The town also has a botanical garden - "La Hijuela del Botánico" with more than 3,000 different tropical and subtropical plants.
Icod de los Viños one of Tenerife's oldest towns, with a famous Dragon Tree that is said to be over 1000 years old.
Inter-Island Tours from the South of Tenerife you can see another Island, La Gomera. Unspoilt by tourism this island is very traditional. You can visit the capital San Sebastian where Columbus set sail on his voyage of discovery and you can also experience the native whistling language unique to the island.
Mount Teide At a height of 3,718 metres, the summit of El Teide is the highest point of not just the Canary Islands, but also the whole Iberian Peninsular. Declared a National Park on the 22nd January 1954, its 130 square kilometres extend through the municipalities of Santiago de Teide, Icod de los Vinos, La Orotava and Guia de Isora. In 1998 it received 3,500,000 visitors, outnumbering any other National Park in Spain. The ascent through the foothills takes in an abundant variety of flora and fauna and offers spectacular views over the lower lying parts of the island. At the height of about 2,000 metres the vegetation starts to give way to the characteristic lava landscape of Las Cafladas and then to the central plateau from which the impressive mass of El Teide's peak towers upwards.
There are two superb golf courses just 10 minutes drive from the villa; Golf Del Sur and Amarilla Golf.