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Canaria Islands, Tenerife – European Pearl in the Ocean

Published: 25.5.2019
If you are thinking about this year's holiday, be sure not to forget the Canary Islands in your choice. Although geographically a part of the African continent, it belongs to Spain. Tenerife is their largest island and attracts not only the tranquil atmosphere, but also the more demanding tourists for its unique beauty of volcanic nature.

The island is very civilized, you can speak almost anywhere in English or Spanish. The euro is paid here and the prices in the shops are fairly acceptable. Medical assistance is also available - it is enough to submit a European health insurance card to basic treatment (even at the emergency room). In the restaurants you can taste typical specialties such as tapas, paella, canarian mojo sauces or potato tortilla. The roads are very good and you can get to the north and south of the island within two hours.

landscape below Pico del Teide volcano

Generally, an island can be divided into three distinct areas. South is very touristy, full of hotels, beautiful sand and warm weather. Some places are right here for surfers who can also visit the surfing school.

a view with the ocean and surfers, Tenerife   ash coastline on the north of the isladn (Puerto de la Cruz)

street in San Cristóbal de La Laguna

North of the island is no longer so touristy, but the better it is to see the true face of Tenerife. There is the capital of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where the seat of the Canary Islands is located. Just outside the city you can take a trip to the artificially created Playa de Las Teresitas Beach, where fine sand from the Sahara was imported. Just get on the local bus and in a few minutes you'll be there. Other beaches are known for black volcanic sand. The weather is windy and wetter, but you can sunbathe in the autumn, only the ocean is a bit colder. Not far from the capital is the university city of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, which is a cultural and historical gem of the island (since 1999 it is rightly registered in the UNESCO list).

Playa de Las Teresitas  artificial beach with sand from Sahara

roads are very good on Tenerife, this one is below Pico del Tepe volcano   Pico del Teide volcano, Spain's highest peak  (3 718 asl)

a vista oer Tenerife from beneath of volcano's summit

In addition to cultural enjoyment, you will also enjoy nature as nearly 50% of the area is covered by protected areas. And nature is typical of the third, inner part of the island. The most famous natural area is the Teide National Park with an area of less than 190 km2, dominated by the still active volcano Pico del Teide. This volcano is also the highest point of Spain (3,718 m asl).

GPS: (airport) 28°29'06.2"N 16°20'35.8"W

 

Text and photos: Šárka Hylmarová



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