Tenerife is neither a country nor a state – it is one of the islands west of Africa that belong to Spain.
This is pretty obvious, but I still want to mention it just for completeness. The language spoken in Tenerife is Spain. Yet a lot of the people who live there – especially in the touristic regions of big hotels – they are able to understand many more European languages.
The island was created due to a volcanic eruption. Therefore parts of the island are very barren, with almost no vegetation but black and brown volcano stones. The crator in the middle of the island is called El Teide and the Spain’s highest mountain.
North and South are very different; not only in terms of vegetation but also in terms of tourism, agriculture, … But the differences between those two parts will be covered in more detail in another blog post (stay tuned for that one :))
Since the entire island is basically a huge mountain, temperature variations are felt every 100 metres. The average temperature throughout the year though varies between 17°C and 25°C. Tenerife is also known for the island where many senior citizens from cooler countries overwinter.
I found that the island offers a good range of sports facilities. From water sports such as wind-surfing and kiting or jet-skiing, over hiking some of the many trekking trails (even led tours are available), riding road bikes up and down some major hills, to even paragliding down from the highest mountains.
You will find a lot more tourists in the South than you do in the North. In range of an hour drive from the southern airport, are most of the giant hotel complexes. Big hotels, promenades, tourist cities, cafés, shopping malls, tourist attractions, swimming pools, … are located in the southern part. This is also the area where one will be able to find some artificial white beaches. Since this is a volcano island, there are no white beaches, but rather they are black, stone beaches or cliffs.
Again north and south are separated, as both of them have their own airports. The island is not too big, so even though one’s accommodation may be in the north it still is possible to fly in to the south. This brings me right to the next point: Tenerife’s streets.
Roads on Tenerife were surprisingly well established, big, new and safe. Compared to some roads in Italy – where sometimes bits of the road were completely missing and therefore not too trust worthy – even the small and steep serpentines are all neat and good.
If you don’t plan on booking an all-inclusive flight-transportation-hotel package, I would highly recommend renting a car. There are some bus lines, but unfortunately they aren’t too well established outside the big touristic cities. It is very easy to rent a car. We previously booked it online and had no problems at all.
After all Tenerife is a great place to travel to. It offers something for everyone, no matter if you’re looking for a time-out and some relexation, some hiking and activity, or some all-inclusive hotels and tourist attractions.
Stay tuned for the following posts about Tenerife or head over to my Instagram to follow my explorations across the island 🙂 I hope you enjoy.