What does Tenerife have to offer?

The Spanish island of Tenerife is the smallest of the seven Canary Islands and rests on the Pacific Ocean off the shores of Africa. This popular holiday destination is famous for its year round sunshine and its developed tourist resorts, particularly in the South which has been a busy area with holiday makers ever since the islands’ tourist boom of the 1980’s. The major tourist destinations including Puerto de la Cruz, Las Americas and Los Cristianos offer excellent beaches and a welcoming atmosphere.

By comparison the quieter and greener North of Tenerife is less densely populated with hotels and its coastal areas maintain some of their original old harbour town charm. When you book your Tenerife flight you will notice that the island has two airports, this is because around five million visitors each year pick Tenerife as their holiday destination. You can book a Tenerife flight to the Reina Sofia (South) or Los Rodeos (North). Besides the obvious appeal of the glorious sun, sea and sand, the island also offers some interesting and unusual places to visit, transforming the standard package holiday into something more extraordinary.

Dizzying heights and Hollywood film sets await those booking a Tenerife flight. Mount Teide is Spain’s highest mountain and the world’s third largest volcano. Surrounding it is Las CaƱadas a giant 16 kilometre wide crater. This bizarre and other worldly landscape consists of endless black basalt fields and solidified lava streams that tumble down the mountainside. It is not surprising that this unforgettable sight was recently chosen as a location for the filming of the 2010 remake of Hollywood blockbuster Clash of the Titans.

Step back in time - a magical world of nostalgia awaits visitors to Masca, a small hamlet of cottages that was isolated from the outside world until the 1970’s when a connecting road was built. A picturesque location situated in the valleys of the 7 million year old Teno Mountains telling its story inside a museum at Lomo de Masca.

The northern town of La Oratova developed throughout the 17th and 18th century has aristocratic architecture that shows visitors the island’s colonial past. A Tenerife flight that will take visitors direct to the North of the island is easily available but at a higher price on average. A volcanic eruption which in 1709 destroyed the seaside town of Garachico has now left behind lava formations which act as welcoming rock pools where visitors can swim alongside tropical fish.

With street sculpture and a world famous carnival, the vibrant city of Santa Cruz acts as Tenerife’s one stop culture shop. The main road Las Ramblas is lined with sculptures by artists such as Joan Miro and Henry Moore. For those who book a Tenerife flight out of season, this city hosts the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife every February visited by around one million party goers. This spectacle of dance, costume and music is considered to be the second most popular carnival event in the world.

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