Why Now is the Perfect Time to Visit Tenerife

So you think you know Tenerife? It’s all beaches, bars and sunburnt tourists right? Well if that’s your only perception right now it’s time to totally reconsider this beautiful island paradise. It is the  largest and most populated of the seven main Canary Islands and with around five million visitors each year, it is also the most popular tourist destination of the Spanish archipelago. In fact it is one of the most important Spanish and global travel and tourism destinations in the world. What you will realise is Tenerife is so much more than first meets the eye.

Of course one of the biggest draws of Tenerife, along with all of the Canary Islands is the amazing year-round spring like climate. It is not an overstatement to say that there is sunshine and bright blue skies almost every single day of the year, with very little variation in the temperature whichever month you choose to go. You can practically stroll around in shorts and t-shirt whether you choose to visit Tenerife in the winter or summer with a winter average of 18ºC in winter and 23ºC in the summer. This is in stark contrast to the rest of Europe!

While there are undoubtedly those that visit Tenerife to spend a week laying on the beach or by the pool getting sunburnt and drinking cheap beer, we know that most of you are looking for a far more interesting and exciting vacation. We are here to tell you why now is the perfect time to visit Tenerife.

Action Packed Water Parks:

The amazing year round climate in Tenerife lends itself perfectly to outdoor activities and fun. The island boasts a number of excellent water parks which are great for all age groups, and are perfect for a day out as a couple, with a group of friends or with your family. Not only that, but you will find Siam Park, voted the best water park in the world for the fourth consecutive year in the TripAdvisor 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards!

Plenty of Activities to Enjoy on the Beautiful Atlantic Ocean:

The beautiful climate of Tenerife also offers the perfect opportunity to get out onto the open ocean waves. There are a number of excellent activities to try out to suit many different interests. For those looking for an adrenaline fuelled adventure you can try jet-skiing with West Tenerife.

If you want a more relaxing activity where you can take in your surroundings more peacefully, including seeing beautiful dolphins in the wild you should definitely try out kayaking with Tenerife in Kayak.

For those of you that prefer to sit back and relax and let someone else take care of the sailing, then you can enjoy a luxurious VIP sailing adventure with Blue Jack Sail.

The waters around the Canary Islands are some of the best in the world for whale and dolphin watching, and one of the most established companies in Tenerife for an excursion to see these magnificent ocean animals is Freebird Catamaran.

Discover Life Under the Ocean Waves:

It’s not just above the waves that are amazing, but down below the surface the ocean is teaming with wonderful aquatic life. There are many different ways to experience the fascinating wildlife that exists there, but surely one of the most unique must be in a submarine! Tenerife has one of the only submarines in the world that is available for tourist excursions, operated by the fantastic Submarine Safaris.

Experience the Incredible Natural Beauty of the Island:

Tenerife itself is an incredibly diverse island with amazing natural beauty. This includes a stunning coastline with beautiful beaches, natural pools and gorgeous palm tree lined promenades. While most people head to the coastline of the island, especially in the sunnier South, you definitely shouldn’t miss out on the stunning inland landscape.

As with all of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a volcanic island with a multitude of mountains. This includes Mount Teide which stands at an amazing height of 3,718-metres, making it not only the highest point in Spain, but also the highest point above sea-level in the islands of the Atlantic. It is described as the third-tallest volcanic structure in the world by UNESCO and NASA.

As you ascend up Mount Teide away from the coast the vegetation changes from palm trees to pine forests and you will truly get to appreciate how diverse this amazing island really is. The surroundings and the volcano comprise Teide National Park, the most visited national park in Spain and Europe. If you are looking for somewhere amazing and unique to explore on your next vacation to Tenerife, then you absolutely must take a hiking trip around Teide National Park. For a variety of excellent specialised tours and activities on Mount Teide and around Teide National Park, then head over to the Volcano Teide website.

See Stunning Tenerife from the Air:

To experience how stunning the landscape of Tenerife is from a completely unique perspective, you should definitely consider heading up into the air. From up above you can take in much more of the island at once and see it in a way that most other visitors will not have ever tried before. There are a variety of options available to suit different tastes. If you are looking for an adrenaline packed adventure, then you will absolutely love a paragliding flight with Airsports Tenerife.

If you are looking to soar above Tenerife in a more luxurious style but still with the stunning views from above, then choose a helicopter flight with Helidream Helicopters.

Enjoy An Up Close Encounter With Incredible Animals:

As well as the animals native to the Canary Islands, you can also enjoy an up close encounter with incredible animals at a number of excellent zoos in Tenerife. One in particular, Loro Parque, is especially worth a trip to considering it was rated the Number One Best Zoo in the World in the TripAdvisor 2017 Travellers Choice Awards.

A Huge of Variety of Excellent Places to Eat and Drink:

While you can come to Tenerife and simply eat and drink at the onsite restaurants and bars in the hotel or resort you decide to stay at, or alternatively go to the same boring British themed pubs and Irish bars, we definitely don’t recommend this. Instead there are a huge selection of excellent places to eat and drink across the island to suite all different tastes and price ranges.

These include restaurants with Spanish, British, Asian, Italian, Mexican, French and traditional Canarian cuisines and a whole host of other styles. One excellent choice, especially for those who are partial to top quality American style meat dishes is Brunelli’s Steakhouse located in Puerto de la Cruz.

Huge Selection of Stunning Places to Stay:

Too many people in the past have chosen to stay in large, boring all-inclusive resorts when visiting the Canary Islands. While these can serve a certain purpose as they take some of the stress out of holidaying for families, with less to worry about with all meals provided. Unfortunately what often happens is that those who choose to stay in all-inclusive resorts don’t end up experiencing much of the amazing things that Tenerife has to offer as they tend to stay most of the time in the resort. This means that these tourists don’t see the real Tenerife and also this is very negative for many of the businesses across the island.

Instead here at Tenerife Magazine, we recommend staying in hotels and resorts that are not all-inclusive, and also of course for you to explore the island and try many of excursions that we have suggested. One of the best hotels on the island is the gorgeous luxury 5* Hotel Suite Villa María located in La Caleta, Adeje.

As you can tell there are so many amazing things to see, do and experience in Tenerife. While you will undoubtedly enjoy the sun, sand and sea, the island is so much more than the typical stereotypes you may have heard. Make 2018 the year you decide to discover the true nature of this sun-filled Spanish paradise!

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Why Tenerife is the Perfect Place for Whale and Dolphin Watching

If you are looking for something to do on your next trip to Tenerife that will leave you truly awe struck, then we have the perfect excursion for you! The opportunities for most people to see animals in the wild are severely limited these days, especially when living in big cities. The only animals in the wild that many people might see are the odd fox, bird or possibly some stray cats or dogs. Not exactly very exciting I’m sure you’d agree!

Well we have some good news for you! The waters surrounding the Canary Islands are some of the best in the world to see some of Earth’s most majestic and incredible creatures; whales and dolphins, enjoying their natural habitat. You might have seen these animals on the TV before or perhaps in a zoo, but nothing prepares you for the time when you get your first glimpse of a whale breaking the surface of the water for air, or dolphins leaping in and out of the waves.

Seeing these animals in their natural habitat is like nothing you will have ever experienced before, because of how majestic they are in the water. The ocean is where they belong and they are able to glide through it effortlessly. Apart from the odd Olympic swimmer (think Michael Phelps), most people look rather ungraceful in the water when they swim. Humans are simply not naturally designed for swimming around in the ocean. Not so for whales and dolphins of course, who move in a seemingly effortless way. This is especially true for dolphins who move with an absolutely breathtaking speed and agility, as they leap playfully in and out of the water.

A superb option for a whale and dolphin watching experience is with the excellent catamaran excursion company Freebird One who are based in Puerto Colon in the South of Tenerife. The company offers two excellent options to see whales and dolphins either on their three or four and a half hour excursions. Both of these will take you out into the open ocean in between Tenerife and La Gomera which is literally one of the only places in the world where you can see Pilot Whales and Bottlenose Dolphins together enjoying their natural environment.

In fact, when you head out on either of these sailing excursions you can almost be guaranteed sightings of these stunning animals which literally leaves those on board gasping in amazement. Most of the time it is not just one or two solitary creatures, but multiple whales and whole pods of dolphins. The dolphins especially put on an incredible show as they swim alongside the luxury Freebird Catamaran. It’s almost as if they know exactly how to please the crowds. At certain parts of the journey you will witness 20 or more of these majestic animals swimming, leaping and playing. It is clear that they are not doing this for anything other than the shear fun of racing the catamaran and putting on a show!

While onboard the catamaran you will be looked after by a friendly, attentive and professional crew who will make sure you are comfortable and safe at every stage of the journey. You will be provided with refreshing drinks (alcoholic and drinks throughout the trip and you a tasty lunch. Towards the end of the excursion after you have enjoyed the whale and dolphin show, the crew will drop anchor near a beach where you can dive into the beautiful ocean for a refreshing swim or alternatively you can just stay onboard relaxing in luxury while you top up your tan. The choice is entirely yours on this luxurious sailing journey.

 

So if you love Tenerife but are looking for something more adventurous and interesting than laying on the beach or by the pool all week, you should definitely book a whale and dolphin watching adventure with Freebird One, who are one of the most well-established and highly rated companies on the island.

For more information about Freebird One make sure to check out their website: http://www.freebirdone.com/en/ and follow them on Facebook.

 

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Eldorado Casts A Stylish New Reflection In Tenerife Waters

Rusting, neglected and with it’s glory days behind it, the fishing cutter Eldorado has undergone a total sea change and was taking a breather in San Miguel marina with a new image and new purpose. Forty years of fishing out of Ostend, Belgium took it’s toll but Jan Van Klaveren from Holland rebuilt from the water line up to extend it to a two mast gaff sail schooner ready to take slow sedate cruises to La Gomera from 26 November 2012.

Sat on deck surrounded by mahogany and steel Jan described the five year labour of love to make the ship a floating home for 12 guests and four crew. ” The hull was strong but all the fishing gear had to go and myself and three helpers cut away eight metres at the front and back and rebuilt to increase the length from 30 metres to 37. Dutch inspectors visited us each week to make sure we used the minimum amount of wood to avoid fire risks and also to check the quality stamps on the local steel, we could have brought it in from Poland for half price but it wouldn’t be approved.”

Home comforts are important for crusing, I couldn’t help noticing the lounge bar was well stocked and the galley was well equipped for cooking. The cabins had showers and toilets as well as decent sized bunk and double beds and a compact laundry room, fridge and freezer completed the functional must haves. Being nosey I had a good look around on deck, reclining on the rear netting, there was even a Jacuzzi waiting to be filled ““ perfect to soothe the sea legs. The masts looked imposing at 28 metres but sturdy enough to display the crowning glory, 325 square metres of sail.

Eldorado has already tested the European waters. ” We took to the sea in May 2012 and have sailed to Germany and Denmark, and came over to Santa Cruz to deliver a lady from Madrid. It took six hours to sail down to San Miguel, it will take a day to ease across to La Gomera from Los Cristianos, perfect for a weekend cruise and the other islands are well placed for slightly longer voyages.”

Eldorado carries her 170 tons with grace and style, it’s a far cry from the days of fighting the waves for the best of the catch. A new lease of life will see the sails billow with the spirit of adventure to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace.

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Tenerife Is The Gateway To Cruise Ship Adventures

If you wait long enough history is sure to repeat itself. For hundreds of years Tenerife was an important trading hub for sailing ships as they introduced new tastes and experiences across the globe. That spirit of adventure is back in Santa Cruz port again but this time with ample rations of comfort and style as cruise ships welcome aboard a new generation of adventurers.

The walkway from the docking area to the city centre has taken a good pounding over the last year as ships pull in four or five at a time. January 2012 saw records tumble as 16 ships unleashed 44,000 visitors and another 28,000 called in during Carnaval week, it seems people can’t get enough of luxury cruises. Tenerife is not just a stop off point, many cruises start and end in Santa Cruz and another ship is about to make a temporary home here.

Braemar is part of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines and has traditionally had a winter base in the Caribbean, but from January to March 2013 it will be rubbing shoulders with its owners well known inter-island ferries. Cruises will run from seven to 14 days and take in Senegal, The Gambia, and the Cape Verde Islands. Sounds like a great way to combine two types of holidays; sort some cheap return flights to Tenerife and have a few days here either side of a voyage of discovery. Many Brits with homes in Tenerife use their base to test the waters with a five day jaunt to one of the other Canary Islands, Madeira, and Morocco. A specialist travel agent like The Cruise Line is a good starting point if you want to see what’s on offer.

Ship spotting has become quite a popular diversion in Santa Cruz. The big new names like the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 always attract crowds but there’s something majestic and proud about all the visitors that call in, and the background of the Anaga Mountains makes for great photos. Even with just a day to discover Tenerife a lot can be crammed in. Santa Cruz will satisfy those shopping urges but liners also pre-arrange a series of coach excursions that take passengers from cabin to Mount Teide, La Orotava, Garachico and beyond.

Things have come a long way since those old creaking timber ships used to drop anchor in Santa Cruz. The world is now more accessible but there is still a hunger for new horizons. Luxury, leisure, and relaxation are on everyone’s wish list and Tenerife is happy to be part of this new golden age of cruise ship holidays.

 

 

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