Places to Visit in and around Tenerife

June 22, 2011   Filed under Travel Destination

Tenerife is somewhere that exploded in popularity during the 1960s. Before then it was a practically unheard of corner of Spanish territory, to UK residents at least, but since then it’s become one of the main holiday hotspots of Europe. People head here to check out the famous nightlife scene, making use of top clubs and bars to get the most out of their leisure time. But it’s also somewhere that appeals to families who want to relax on beautiful beaches and enjoy trips into gorgeous countryside.

Tiede National park is a place that offers plenty to do in a daytrip. The centrepiece of the park is El Tiede Mountain – the highest peak of Spain – but the journey there offers plenty of things to draw your attention. The unusual rock formations of Zapatilla de la Reina are something that hint at the volcanic past of the island, and leads you nicely in to some similarly stunning scenery. If you’re active enough to trek up the mountain you’ll be treated to a view of the valley of Orotava, and might also be able to make out the sea on a clear day.

The coast of Tenerife is best known for its sunbathing opportunities. You can’t beat the Mediterranean for catching some rays, and the sand here is fine and soft. But an alternative way of enjoying the coastline is to head out on one of the many whale tours that leaves from quays around the island. You’re most likely to see Pilot Whales, but you never know what else might turn up. People even get the chance to touch a whale if you’re lucky enough for the great animals to drift close.

Another place that you have to travel to by boat is La Gomera. This is an island that was home to the explorer Christopher Columbus, and still has his house intact and on display to the public. Make sure to take along a camera.

It’s easy to see that you’re spoilt for choice in terms of places to visit. In fact you’ll have a hard time fitting in everything you’d like to see.

Find a great deal on all inclusive holidays to Tenerife on the internet.

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