Tenerife: Island of eternal spring

Taking a winter sun holiday on the island of Tenerife seems like it has been the thing to do for as many years as we can remember. In fact, we don’t think it has lost any of its appeal and is as popular as it has always been. In this travel blog article we take another look at Tenerife and what the island has to offer as a tourist destination.

The largest of the seven Canary Islands, Tenerife sits in the Atlantic Ocean, what seems like a mere stone’s throw away from neighbouring Africa. The volcanic island is one of clearly divided contrasts, both in terms of weather and landscape. The southern part of the island is hot and dry, while the north is humid and lush with pine forests and banana plantations. Known as the Island of Eternal Spring – where trade winds bring in mild weather even in winter – snow-capped mountains even provide a backdrop to the sunny beaches in the winter months.

The island’s population of 852,945 is boosted by around 3.5 million tourist every year and that’s excluding numbers for Spanish tourists who make up a huge number of total arrivals to the island’s airports. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the second biggest city in the archipelago and the island’s capital.

The south is more tourist-based being hotter and drier with well-developed party resorts such as Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos. These seaside resorts offer attractions by the bucketful including restaurants, aqua parks and animal parks so are perfectly suited to family holidays. Interestingly, the spread of development has been slowed with an act passed by the Canarian government stating that no more hotels should be built on the island unless they are of five star quality! Continue reading “Tenerife: Island of eternal spring”