Located just off the coast of Africa, Tenerife is unique, having six distinct 'climatic zones.' This results in a diversity of plant and animal life rarely found anywhere else. Nature lovers will have a field day exploring the wonders of the flora and fauna of Tenerife.
What to Do and Where to Go
Singles, couples, working class or retired, young or old, Tenerife beckons to all. For the sightseer, locations such as Los Gigantes, La Laguna and the Pyramids at Guimar top your list. The many festivals allow visitors not only a glimpse life on Tenerife, but also enables interaction.
The Pyramids at Guimar is very similar to those found in Peru and Mexico. The pyramids have been dated back to sometime in the 19th century. There is now an ethnographic park at the site. Visitors will find information on a Guanche cave found under the edge of one of the pyramids. There is also a small museum with information on the main researcher, Dr. Thor Heyerdahl.
Classical music lovers can plan to start their summer by being a part of the Music Festival of the Canary Islands. Held annually in June, the Music Festival is one of the major cultural events on the island.
If traditional folk music is more your thing, then September is the time to visit. The Sabandeno Festival features not only local Canarian groups, but also an offering from foreign groups as well.
A visit to Aquapark will be a hit with children. They will especially love Dolphin Lake where the popular dolphin show takes place. The thrill is multiplied with the number of rides and water slides available. Adults too can find a lot to keep them entertained for hours.
The highest point on Tenerife, El Teide (Mount Teide) is an official national park. From the point of this majestic mountain, climbers can view the lavic landscape. The brave souls who venture to the top can smell the sulphur from the now dormant volcano.
Not to be outdone, the black sand beaches of Tenerife are available year round. Many of these beaches have received Blue Flag recognition. (Blue Flag award is given to beaches that are not only environmentally friendly, but also well kept.)
Tenerife During the Recession
Tenerife is one of the few tourism destinations that seems have weathered the economic storm. Long known as the place to vacation, Tenerife has lost some of its pull. All this is about to change as the local government moves to bring the island back to its glory days.
Efforts are afoot to improve the physical infrastructure to bring it in line with more popular vacation spots. The Spanish government has earmarked 358 million Euros for the regeneration of tourism in Spain and her territories. This means that funds will be available in Tenerife for upgrading older hotels.
The new tourist attractions will serve to add to the allure of Tenerife. The island's almost year round perfect weather and breathtaking scenery continues to be popular. The beaches are an added attraction that beckons those seeking sun, sand and fun.
Many of the visitors are from the UK. Tourists from other European cities visit in droves as well. Apart from the economy, the weakening of the pound against the euro is also responsible for the declining number of tourists. This is all about to change if recent statistics are right.
Tourists looking to escape for a while from the turmoil of life will find it easy to do on this idyllic island. Natural beauty, calming breezes and serene oceans help to keep the maddening world at bay. Accommodation is available to suit every pocket. The discounted airfares also make holidaying in Tenerife affordable for many British tourists.