A Brief Guide to Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands

The largest of the Canary Islands off the coast of West Africa is Tenerife. This is an island that has become modernized since the 1960's when it became a tourist destination for English and German travellers. Today, it is the best of beautiful coasts, beaches, mountains and resorts. It offers lots to see for people who are looking for an exotic getaway.

It is dominated by Mt. Teide and is known for its pre-Lenten celebration of Carneval de Santa Cruz. There are festivals, parades and marvelous costumes. The islands beaches are famous the world over for being a blend of yellow to black. The most popular resort areas are Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas.

Playa de las Américas is located in the Southern part of  Western Tenerife. Built in the 1960's, it offers nightclubs, bars, attractions, beaches and fine dining. The sands were actually imported from Africa and still add to the luxury and glamour that Tenerife is known for.

While the nightlife is spectacular, there are plenty of things to do including taking drives along the roads which are in decent enough shape. Visiting the island’s zoo or climbing Mt. Teide which is a volcano and the highest mountain in all of Spain. There is an observatory there too and the park is listed with UNESCO.

Tourists are free to take the 10 -minute cable  car to the top of the mountain from the car park at the park. It is important to note that you must get a ticket for both ways and you must be careful. Altitude sickness can occur. Advanced climbers may wish to climb on their own but must get permission first from the National Park Office in Santa Cruz. The view is one that will dazzle as it provides a glimpse of the entire island.

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