Sunrise from the Summit of Mount Teide

At some point during the night someone strapped a pair of lead boots to my feet. Either that or I’ve just stepped into quicksand. My legs are moving as though some ethereal being has hit slo-mo on life’s remote…[Read More]

The Best Places for Walking on Tenerife

Move inland and away from the purpose built resorts of Tenerife and you’ll find an island whose variety of landscapes and terrain far outweigh that of its quiet neighbour. [Read more]

Tenerife
Largest and most populous of the Canary Islands, as well as the most visited in tourism terms, Tenerife is landmarked by its vast central volcano of Mount Teide. At 3718 metres, Mount Teide is Spain’s highest mountain, the third highest volcano on the planet and the iconic symbol of the Canary Islands. Set within a 17km crater, Teide National Park is a UNESCO  World heritage site.

Tenerife Overview
Born of volcanic eruptions between 7 and 12 million years ago, Tenerife is shaped like an anvil and is 86km in length and 56km at its widest point. The extraordinary ratio of land mass to height gives Tenerife a diversity of landscapes rarely seen and the island contains three impressive mountain ranges, laurisilva forests which pre-date the Ice Age, great swathes of volcanic fallout, verdant pine forests and desert-like malpaís.

Coupled with the varieties of terrain come a multitude of climate zones and the presence of Mount Teide at the centre of Tenerife prevents rainfall in the south and east of the island for much of the year which creates desert-like conditions with a near-constant breeze. In contrast, the north and north west experience adequate rainfall in winter, and cloud brought by Trade Winds in summer creating tropical conditions.

The first place in Spain to be developed for the holiday industry in the 1960s, Tenerife has since seen exponential growth in tourism, particularly from northern Europeans who flee winter temperatures to spend their vacations on its sun-soaked beaches. The most popular tourism resorts on Tenerife are Los Cristianos, Playa de Las Américas, Costa Adeje and Los Gigantes in the south and south west, and Puerto de la Cruz in the north west.

Buzz Trips Opinion
For 50 years Tenerife has been the number one destination for millions of visitors annually, most of whom think they know it like their own back yard and most of whom don’t know it at all.

Tenerife’s notoriety reached a peak in the early 1990s when the island was vilified in a UK TV documentary showing the very worst of Brits-abroad behaviour. Since then, multi-Euro investment and endless makeovers have sought to move the island’s destination image to a more upmarket slot, resulting in the development of Costa Adeje with its four and five star hotels and designer label culture.

Ultimately, Tenerife has always been a predominantly sun and sea destination but a small and growing market is currently emerging for a more rounded experience with cultural highlights and rural activities coming to the fore. Many visitors are now looking for what has become known as The Real Tenerife and when they find it, it exceeds and confounds all their expectations.

 

Hotel Beatriz Atlantis and Spa, Puerto de la Cruz

Located opposite the Playa Martiánez beach and just a stride away from the lovely Lago Martiánez swimming pool complex, the recently refurbished four star Beatriz Atlantis is a comfortable, modern hotel on the sea front in Puerto de la Cruz.[Read More]

Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Grand Hotel Mencey is situated in a peach of a position beside Las Ramblas. Opposite is one of the highlights of Santa Cruz, Parque García Sanabria. It’s only a few minutes walk to the main shopping areas and about 20 minutes from the port.[Read More]

Hotel Barceló Santiago, Puerto Santiago

Fronted by the neighbouring Canary Island of La Gomera which provides the stage for the sun's nightly adieu performance, and occupying the best seats on the island for views of the monolithic cliffs of Los Gigantes, when it comes to fabulous Tenerife coastal vistas, the four star Hotel Barceló Santiago holds pole position.[Read More...]