When planning a holiday in Tenerife, except for buying airline tickets and booking accommodation, you must take many other factors into account. The largest island of the Spanish archipelago has so much to offer – beautiful beaches, charming towns, mountain tours, numerous amusement parks, tasty food – you need to see, experience and try everything. How to prepare for the trip to have a feeling that we’ve made the most of it?
First: mandatory points on the map of Tenerife
On an area of 2000 km2, the Canary Islands offer a lot of tourist destinations and sights. Particularly worth visiting is one of the highest peaks in Europe, i.e. the volcano Pico del Teide, Vilaflor town located at its feet, the pyramids Güimar and the sea cliffs Acantilado de las Gigantes. Equally fascinating is a tour of the typically colonial town of La Oratova and the capital of Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Amusement parks – Siam Park, Loro Parque, Jungle Park, Barranco del Infierno and Aqualand Costa Adeje will provide us with great fun. Beach lovers will be most impressed by the fabulous beaches of Playa de la Troja, Playa de las Vistas and Playa Fanabe, as well as the volcanic Playa de las Teresitas, hidden in the mountains Anaga Playa de Benijo and the nudist beach of Playa de los Patos.
Second: moving around the island
Taking into consideration that each of the numerous tourist attractions is located in a slightly different part of the island and that Tenerife is only about 80 km long and 50 km wide, the most convenient means of transport is a rented car. It is safer to book it before departure to read the terms of the contract and to be sure that it is exactly the car we want to travel with. Importantly, a small, compact vehicle is often not enough, especially when we go to hilly terrain.
Third: Spanish phrasebooks
In Tenerife and other islands of the archipelago, in tourist resorts and larger cities, there is no problem to communicate in English. However, there are no obstacles to learn a few Spanish phrases, or take the so-called “phrasebook” with us. Canaries appreciate when foreigners at least try to greet, ask questions and thank them in their native language. Such people are much nicer and better served by them.