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Tenerife: Unveiling the Enchantment of Spain's Eternal Spring

Tenerife: Unveiling the Enchantment of Spain's Eternal Spring
Tenerife, the largest Canary Island, beckons travellers with the promise of an unforgettable European holiday. Bathed in year-round sunshine, this volcanic island offers a captivating blend of nature, culture, and history, all cradled in the warm embrace of Spanish hospitality.
There are plenty of reasons why the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’ is one of the top holiday destinations in Spain. We explore our top travel highlights, which you can discover on some of the excursions included in our 7-night Tenerife Coast & Country tour.

A Land Steeped in History and Legend

Tenerife's rich tapestry unfolds as you delve into its intriguing past.  Settlements date back to 200 BC, and the island was conquered by Spain in the 15th century. Whispers of a bygone era linger, with some believing Tenerife was once part of the mythical sunken city of Atlantis.

Mount Teide: A Majestic Ascent

Image of Mount Teide in Tenerife
Dominating the island's centre is Mount Teide, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Spain's highest peak.  This awe-inspiring volcano, rising 7,500 metres above the ocean floor, is a sight to behold.  The surrounding Teide National Park boasts a kaleidoscope of volcanic formations in an array of colours and shapes.  Take the cable car to the summit and be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views.  Explore the park's diverse terrain, from gentle coastal walks to challenging hikes, all promising encounters with Tenerife's dramatic beauty.

Santa Cruz: A City Pulsating with Life

Image of the sea and pools in Santa Cruz in Tenerife
Santa Cruz, the lively joint capital of the Canary Islands, is a vibrant hub brimming with cultural treasures.  Stroll through Plaza de los Patos, a charming square teeming with life.  Immerse yourself in art and history at the city's museums and galleries, or find solace amidst the verdant expanse of García Sanabria Park.  Santa Cruz is a shopper's paradise, and during February, it explodes in a riot of colour with its renowned carnival, the second largest in the world.  Uncover the island's fascinating past at the Museum of Man and Nature, where interactive exhibits chronicle Tenerife's journey from prehistoric times to the present day.

A Paradise for Nature Lovers

Tenerife's verdant embrace extends beyond its lush valleys.  Explore the island's botanical gardens, a haven for a dazzling array of tropical and subtropical plants.  Breathe in the intoxicating fragrance of exotic flowers and marvel at the towering trees, a testament to the island's diverse flora.

Basking on Tenerife's Enchanting Beaches

Image of a beach in Tenerife surrounded by palm trees and pink flowers
Tenerife boasts a magnificent 213-mile coastline fringed by a captivating selection of beaches.  Indulge in sun-drenched relaxation on golden sands or explore the unique black volcanic shores.  Playa Jardin, near Puerto de la Cruz, offers a haven of tranquillity.  Unwind on the black sand, famed for retaining the sun's warmth, and let the gentle caress of the ocean waves soothe your senses.  The vibrant botanical garden bordering the beach adds a touch of magic to this idyllic setting.

Unearthing Tenerife's Cultural Gems

Venture into the heart of Icod de los Vinos, a charming village nestled amidst rolling hills.  Here, marvel at the awe-inspiring Canary Islands Dragon Tree, a magnificent botanical wonder believed to be over 800 years old.  This ancient sentinel, declared a National Monument in 1917, stands as a testament to the island's enduring natural heritage.

A Journey Through Time in La Laguna

Image of coloured buildings on a street in La Laguna in Tenerife
Step back in time in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife's former capital and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Lose yourself in the city's colonial charm, exploring its grand cathedral and historic centre.  La Laguna's wide boulevards are adorned with exquisite examples of colonial architecture, with churches and buildings dating from the 16th to the 18th century whispering tales of a bygone era.

A Sanctuary by the Sea

Candelaria, a picturesque seafaring town, is home to the revered Basilica de la Candelaria.  This basilica enshrines the Virgen de la Candelaria, the patron saint of the Canary Islands.  Legend has it that a sacred carving of the 'Black Madonna' mysteriously appeared on the shore in the 14th century.  This revered icon, initially revered by the indigenous Guanche people, became a symbol of faith for Christian settlers and is now housed within the basilica's hallowed walls.

A Culinary Adventure Awaits

Image of a table of food and wine on a balcony overlooking the sea in Tenerife
No exploration of Tenerife is complete without a taste of its delectable cuisine.  Savour the island's signature dishes like Caldereta, a rich fish stew, and Sancocho Canario, a hearty meat and vegetable stew.  Don't miss the opportunity to sample Tenerife's unique 'mojo' sauce, a flavourful accompaniment to many local dishes.  For a sweet ending, indulge in a glass of Malvasía, a distinctive dessert wine produced on the island.
Tenerife is an island that promises an unforgettable experience.  From the awe-inspiring volcanic landscapes to the charming towns steeped in history, and the pristine beaches lapped by turquoise waters, Tenerife offers something for every traveller.  So, pack your bags and embark on a journey to discover the magic of Spain's Eternal Spring.
You can travel to Tenerife with our travel partner, Travel Department. They offer excellent value holidays, and you can travel as part of a guided group holiday or take things at your own pace. Speak to one of their friendly travel advisers to find out more and don’t forget to mention Reader’s Digest for some special savings. Alternatively you can read more about their Tenerife trips if you’re keen to find out more before calling. 
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