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“I’ve driven around Tenerife several times, but have never really taken to it. It’s as though Mount Teide, the great volcano which sprawls across the middle of the island, has corroded everything, and left only black wilderness behind. Black beaches, dark mountains, barren rocks, and a deserted landscape between the scattered settlements. I was pleased at first to see the greenery in the towns and villages, but only until I spotted the cunningly concealed irrigation pipes. It’s as though without these, there would be no vegetation whatsoever, and everything would be lifeless. In the north it’s often cloudy and rainy, with strong winds, while the south is almost always sunny but crammed with tourists, while the beaches are lined with rows of dull, nondescript hotels.

We had a look at the thousand-year-old dragon tree, which may or may not be a thousand years old. We sunbathed on Las Teresitas, the only beach with white sand, which was blown there from the Sahara Desert. We also visited the famous Loro Park, where the animals have so little space it move we felt pity for them. However, walking in the historic quarter of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, built by Spanish Conquistadors, we felt like time travelers. This, along with the soothing sound of the ocean waves, was just about the only interesting thing we saw at sea level in Tenerife.


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“I’ve been to a lot of places, and Tenerife is one of my favorites. The island is so diverse that everyone is sure to find what they’re looking for somewhere: the southern part is bare, the north is green, and in the middle of the island looms the volcano of Mount Teide. The south is characterized by mass tourism, and there are many enormous hotels. I much preferred the north of the island, e.g. Puerto de la Cruz.

I’d definitely recommend renting a car to explore the island – it isn’t expensive, and can be arranged on the spot. Mount Teide itself is one of the most unique places I’ve ever visited, and even the drive up to it is captivating, as you see the landscape gradually transform. The crater, which is approximately 80km in diameter, is an almost lunar landscape, and offers great hiking opportunities along well-marked trails. There is a cable car to the summit of Mount Teide, but you can only go right to the top with a pre-booked ticket.

If you prefer sunbathing, Teresitas Beach, formed of sand from the Sahara, is right next to the capital, and is (almost) the only white sand beach on the island. My secret tip, however, is Taganana Beach, on the north-eastern tip of Tenerife, is great, and don’t forget to try the freshly fried fish at a seafront bar! (Attila, 2016)


Practicals

Transport

Driving

Speed limits: on motorways 120 km/h, other country roads 90/h, in urban eras 50 km/h.

Almost all the country roads are mountain roads, which are narrow and winding in the mountains (like the road to Masca in the Teno Mountains), often with no roadside barriers.

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"I told Bunny that we’d rent a car in Tenerife because it's not true that we never rent one, and it's cool that you go wherever you want, stop whenever you want, and you're not tied to schedules or sullen drivers – you can just enjoy your holiday. And it’s well worth it anyway – only 74 euros for the whole holiday. I even booked and paid for it from home, which seemed great, but then they wrote in the confirmation email that when we got there 330-euro security would be temporarily charged to our credit card (which we don’t have). Bunny said that obviously, they would charge our bank card, and not to worry. I didn’t worry.

Everything went smoothly – almost too smoothly. The plane landed with us on it, and we went to the correct counter, where the correct lady directed us to the correct minibus, which was right where they said it would be. Orlando Rent a Car was written in pretty red letters. Mrs. Orlando smiled and led us to the vehicle … and about nine and a half minutes later I was already in tears at an unknown suburban location, pleading with a total stranger who indifferently told me that if we don’t have a credit card, we don’t get a car. Even the embossed MasterCard isn’t worth a thing – if you ain’t got a credit card, you ain’t really a person. Either we pay another 81 euros for the car and they would overlook our lack of a credit card, or we could make a complaint, but not to him because he doesn’t have the authority. And he really didn’t. Tourists arrived, picked up their gleaming cars, and headed off on vacation. Evidently, they had credit cards. Bunny was tired of my theatrics, which she’d watched for free alongside about twenty foreigners, and heroically paid out 81 euros, just so we could finally start our holiday. And then we'll spread the good word about this car rental, Bunny promised. We didn’t get any of the gleaming cars in the garage, obviously because of the crying and a credit card, but a Ford Fiesta, which is a pretty good car, was waiting for us on the street. Over the next two hours, it became clear who my best friend was: Google, of course, because it took us and our Ford Fiesta to Taoro Garden as confidently as any local, and we never got lost.” (sushi, 2019)





Food

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Tenerife - Playa Fanabe - Krista photo

Shopping

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Tenerife - Playa Fanabe - strip mall at the beach - Krista photo (November 2020)

Tenerife - Puerto de la Cruz - sales activity - s.u. photo

Fun

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Puerto de la Cruz - bike-guitarist - Krista photo

Public safety

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Tenerife - La Orotava - police - Krista photo

Health

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Tenerife - La Laguna - bishop in mask - Krista photo (November 2020)

Others

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Tenerife - Los Cristianos - sculpture - Krista photo

Tenerife - Puerto de la Cruz - Lago de Martiánez - a sculpture of César Manrique - Krista photo

Tenerife - Puerto de La Cruz - street art - Krista photo

Background

Destination in brief

Size: 2,034 km² (785.5 mi²)

Population (in 2020):12,100

Capital city: Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Geography

“The reason this island has such a special place in my heart here is the duality of nature here. The towering mountains and, at their base, the crystal-clear waters of the Atlantic. For a tourist on a one-time visit, it can be a perfect place to relax at the beach, but I also fell in love with the other side. When I’m at home and I look out the window I see a huge volcano surrounded by “smaller mountains.” The mountains are covered with beautiful green vegetation. When I’m down on the shore and I look up, I see the same thing. Wherever I go I just have to look up to see these huge mountains that seem to rise ever higher into the sky.”

Tenerife -Teide seen from the highway - Krista photo

Tenerife - Icod de los Vinos - The Dragon Tree (El Drago) - tourism PR say 800 and 1,000 years old - experts say 400-500 years old - Krista photo

Climate

"Tenerife is the island of eternal spring. The plants are always green, the bananas are always ripe, the birds are constantly twittering, and people saunter about in flip-flops.
However, the weather changes at such a rate that by the time you’ve picked up a cardigan because you’re cold, you’re already taking it off because you’re warm. The differences are also significant in terms of region, with a tropical effect in the north and a sub-Saharan influence in the south. It rains a lot in the north, but rarely heavily. If it does begin to really pour, you have to run down the barranco, the camino, and the callé, and find some shelter.
The north is greener and more vibrant, while the south is drier and more barren.” (sushi, 2019)


History

Much of Tenerife's history consists of adventure stories: legends, pirates, fierce battles between natives and European soldiers, adventurers, naval battles, volcanic eruptions, floods, hurricanes, beautiful princesses, generous military officers, explorers, Drake, betrayal, and heroism. Tenerife is geographically part of Africa, but presumably, its natives were not Blacks, but rather tall people with light skin and hair. They were posteriorly called Gaunches. No one knows where they came from.

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“The people of Tenerife do not consider themselves Spanish. The Spaniards are generally short and have dark hair, while the natives of the island are tall, blond, and blue-eyed. Today's islanders are a mixture of natives and Spaniards. The natives were able to protect their island for a long time, making it impossible for outsiders to land. Seven tribal chiefs ruled the island and, so long as they ruled in unison, they were able to repel any outside attacks. Eventually, as usual, one betrayed his comrades, so the island fell. A statue of the seven tribal chiefs was erected in Candelaria.”


Nowadays

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Tenerife - Los Gigantes - overdevelopment - densely built-in rockside - Krista photo

Tenerife - Santa Cruz - poor locals waiting in front of the soup kitchen - Krista photo

Tenerife - Puerto de la Cruz - 25th November - The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - Don't forget about them - Krista photo

People

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Tenerife - Los Cristianos - Drunken Brit - Krista photo

Attractions

Puerto de La Cruz

Playa del Duque

El Bollullo

Puerto de la Cruz - Plaza del Charcho - Krista photo

Puerto de la Cruz - thrashing, foaming waves - Krista photo

Tenerife - Puerto de la Cruz - touristy walking street - Krista photo (November 2020)

Tenerife - Puerto de la Cruz - Church of Nuestra Señora de la Peña de Francia - Krista photo

Tenerife - Puerto de la Cruz - Playa de San Telmo - Krista photo

Puerto de la Cruz - Avenida de Colón - Krista photo

Teide

Masca

Costa Adeje

Tenerife - Costa Adeje - Krista photo

Tenerife - Costa Adeje - Playa Fanabe - Krista photo

Tenerife - Costa Adeje - Playa Fanabe - Krista photo (November 2020)

Tenerife - Costa Adeje - Playa Fanabe - Krista photo (November 2020)


Costa del Silencio

El Medano

Los Cristianos

Tenerife - Los Cristianos - promenade - Krista photo

Tenerife - Los Cristianos - Krista photo

Tenerife - Los Cristianos - beachside park - Krista photo

Playa de las Americas

Los Gigantes

Tenerife - Los Gigantes - Krista photo

Tenerife - Los Gigantes - marina - Krista photo

Tenerife - Los Gigantes - built-up rockside - Krista photo

Icod de los Vinos

Tenerife - Icod de los Vinos - Krista photo

Tenerife - Icod de los Vinos - fig trees - Krista photo

Tenerife - Icod de los Vinos - Church of San Marcos - Krista photo

Tenerife - Icod de los Vinos - a sort of belvedere - Krista photo

Playa de la Arena

Playa Paraiso

Tenerife - Playa Paraiso - Krista photo

Tenerife - Playa Paraiso - Krista photo

Tenerife - Playa Paraiso - Krista photo

Puerto de Santiago

La Laguna

Tenerife - La Laguna - Krista photo

Tenerife - La Laguna - walking street (calle Obispo Rey Redondo ) - Krista photo

Tenerife - La Laguna - Clock tower of the church de la Concepcion - Krista photo

Tenerife - La Laguna - Krista photo

Tenerife - La Laguna - Krista photo

La Laguna 2

Tenerife - La Laguna - The Cathedral of San Cristóbal de La Laguna (Catedral de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios) - Krista photo

Tenerife - La Laguna - The Cathedral of San Cristóbal de La Laguna (Catedral de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios) - Krista photo

Tenerife - La Laguna - old house - Krista photo

enerife - La Laguna - patio of the old house - Krista photo

Tenerife - La Laguna - Krista photo

Tenerife - La Laguna - Casa Bigot - 17th century - Krista photo

Punta del Hidalgo

Tenerife - Punta del Hidalgo - Krista photo

Tenerife - Punta del Hidalgo - Krista photo

Tenerife - Punta del Hidalgo - natural pool (in red flag time) - Krista photo

Tacoronte

,, This city was almost dull to us. The lucky exception was a super Italian restaurant where we had excellent pasta: Giulio is its name."

Tacoronte - Sanctuario - Krista photo

La Orotava

La Orotava - Church of San Augustin - Krista photo

Tenerife - La Orotava - Church of the Immaculate Conception - Krista photo

Tenerife - la Orotava - Krista photo

Tenerife - La Orotava - Krista photo

Tenerife - La Orotava- sea view from the Old Town - Krista photo

Garachico

Tenerife - Garachico - Santa Ana Church - Krista

Tenerife - Garachico - Santa Ana Church - Krista photo

Tenerife - Garachico - Krista photo

Tenerife - Garachico - hillside - Krista photo

Tenerife - Garachico - Plaza de la Liberdad - Krista photo

Tenerife - Garachico - Castillo de San Miguel - Krista photo

Garachico

Canary Islands - Tenerife - Garachico - e.k. photo

Tenerife - Garaicho - Krista photo

Tenerife - Garaicho - Krista photo

Tenerife - Garachico - Krista photo

Tenerife - Garachico - ex- Convento de San Francisco, now a cultural center - Krista photo

Tenerife - Garachico - Plaza De La Liberdad - Café Kiosko - Krista photo

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