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Location and the most important island information

Tenerife is one of the islands which make up the Canaries archipelago. Part of Spain since the 15th century and one of the top tourist destinations for Europeans. Canary Islands, including Tenerife belong to the European Union and the Schengen Area, even though they are located in the Atlantic Ocean at a distance of around 300 kilometers from the coast of Morocco. The official currency in Tenerife is the euro and the official language is Spanish. However, in the tourist regions, one may easily communicate in English and German, as according to statistics, most tourists holidaying in Tenerife come from Great Britain and Germany. The whole archipelago consists of 7 inhabited islands, with several hundred smaller islands around these, unfit to be used by humans. Tenerife is not only the biggest island of the archipelago (its area spans more than 2000 sq. km), but also the most populous, as there are around 900,000 residents. The largest cities in Tenerife include: Santa Cruz de Tenerife (the autonomy’s capital), San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Arona, La Orotava, Puerto de la Cruz, Los Realejos and Adeje.

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Landscape and climate in Tenerife

Similarly, to other islands of the archipelago, Tenerife is of volcanic origins, which means that is was created by solidifying lava erupting from the bottom of the ocean, which gradually formed the highlands. One of the first highland areas created in such a way was Adeje, which rose out of the sea around 7 million years ago, and currently it is situated in the southern part of the island. Other volcanic massifs on the island are Teide, Teno and Anaga, out of which the former is the highest - 3718 m above sea level and one of the highest mountains in the European Union. Mountain ranges clearly divide the island into two parts and have a substantial influence on the differentiated climate and greenery of Tenerife. Its north-eastern part is more humid, has larger temperature fluctuations throughout the year and better conditions to cultivate plants (e.g. bananas). In the south-western part of the island on the other hand, dry and hot air dominates (the average annual temperature is 25 degrees Celsius) and a landscape lacking in vegetation. Such perfect weather conditions make the southern part of the island and especially Costa Adeje ideal for holidays.

The greatest tourist attractions in Tenerife

The small Tenerife offers surprisingly many attractions and ways to relax, for both the lazy and the more active. Apart from lying on the beach one may enjoy water sports here, take advantage of the extended food and entertainment facilities as well as climb the mountains and discover interesting parts of the island. It is worth visiting at least the most important attractions, especially that distances in Tenerife are quite small and they can be covered quickly and comfortably in rented car for example. See below for the island’s “must sees”:

1. Volcano Pico del Teide
The highest mountain in Tenerife (3718 m above sea level) and also one of the greatest island attractions. Both the mountainsides and plains around it are protected (Teide National Park) on account of the numerous unique plant species which flourish there. In order to reach the volcano, first one needs to take a bus or drive a car (around 60 km from Adeje) to an elevation of 2356 m above sea level, where there is a car park. The lower station of the Teleferico del Teide cable car is also located there. By cable car one may reach an elevation of 3555 m above sea level, with overwhelming views of raw volcanic hillsides. In favorable weather conditions, there are amazing views of the ocean and neighboring islands of the archipelago.
2. Vilaflor
a town situated at the foot of the volcano (at an elevation of 1400 m above sea level) famous for its historic building complex and production of excellent wine. It is also a starting point for many hiking trails through Teide National Park.

Amusement parks

are one of the best parks in Europe, which provide both children and adults with loads of fun. It is worth visiting at least one of them!
1. Siam Park
the biggest European water park, is located on the Costa Adeje coast. Oy is brimming with exotic greenery, gigantic water slides, rivers, falls, bridges, an artificial sandy beach with a pool, buildings associated with ancient Siam (today’s Thailand) and numerous bars and restaurants.
2. Aqualand Costa Adeje
Spans a large area with many slides, pools and playgrounds for children. Here one may spend an entire day without a moment of boredom. A major attraction of the park are the dolphins’ acrobatic shows, which were acknowledged by the International Marine Animal Trainer's Association as the best in the World in their category.
3. Loro Parque
a zoo connected with a botanical garden and an amusement park, located in the northern part of the island in Puerto de la Cruz, around 63 km from Adeje. There are many wild animals at the park (e.g. chimpanzees, tigers, meerkats, iguanas, alligators), exotic birds and ocean depth dwellers. There are also animal shows, e.g. dolphins, sea lions or parrots.
4. Jungle Park
is situated less than 15 km to the southwest from Adeje and there is a real jungle full of exotic plants, caves and streams within its boundaries, which you can admire walking along paths with bridges. These also include suspended bridges. Tigers, crocodiles and several hundred species of other animals live among the exotic thick greenery. The major attractions are the exotic and predatory birds shows and the Jungle Raid, i.e. a 300 m obstacle course similar to a ropes course.
5. Barranco del Infierno
the 'Hell's Gorge is situated right by the eastern boundary of Adeje. There are numerous caves in the vicinity of the gorge, which were used by the Guanches, original Canary Islands inhabitants. A trip to the gorge entails a 6 km long scenic route leading to a 200 m waterfall.
6. Güimar Pyramids
located on the eastern coast of Tenerife, around 63 km from Adeje. These are terraced constructions made from volcanic stones, whose age and purpose have not yet been discovered. The most recent discoveries prove that the pyramids were built not later than in the XIX century, but many researchers see a similarity with the construction of pyramids in Mesopotamia and claim that they also fulfilled astronomic functions.
7. La Orotava
according to many people, it is the most beautiful city on the island. It is located on the northern coast and is a perfect example of colonial architecture. A walk along the narrow cobbled streets makes it possible to admire impressive XVII and XVIII century estates, for example the famous Casa de los Balcones. Other places of interest in the city include: the XIX c. Palacio Municipal town hall from or the Hijuela del Botanico botanic garden which is already almost 100-years old.
8. Santa Cruz de Tenerife
the capital city of Tenerife is situated on its eastern coast and attracts real crowds of tourists. There are numerous restaurants, shop, nicely arranged squares and promenades, a port, beautiful beaches and other interesting places, such as the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion church (with a historic cross dug into the ground by conquistadors, who conquered the island), Plaza de Espana, the main town square with a fountain and a monument, the XVII century San Juan Bautista castle and Auditorio de Tenerife - a futuristic building. When in the city, it is worthwhile to walk along Calle de Castillo, the main commercial street and sit in one of the cafes by the Plaza de Candelaria square.
9. Acantilado de las Gigantes
these are seaside cliffs up to 600 meters tall, which can be admired on the western coast of Tenerife, 20 km north from Adeje. They are best seen from the deck of a ship, and there are many local cruises available.

How to reach Tenerife?

Polish tourists have many options for reaching Tenerife. First of all, there are charter flights organized by the majority of travel agencies which run trips and holidays to the Canary Islands. Moreover, there are many airlines flying to Tenerife, including low-cost airlines. Example connections were available in 2016:

  • Rynair – direct flight to Tenerife – from Warsaw Modlin Airport and Wroclaw Airport
  • Wizzair – direct flight from Katowice
  • Air Berlin – indirect flight from Kraków with one change in Berlin

The airlines mentioned above use Reina Sofía airport situated in the south of Tenerife, about 20 km from Adeje.
Apart from this, one may find a range of connections with several changes at any date that are operated by other airlines.