Sunday Special – Tenerife, Canary Islands (Spain)

Feel like a having a beach getaway? It would be lovely to relax on a sun-soaked strip of sand with drink in hand while hearing the waves lap against the shore. There certainly is an abundance of beaches to choose from in the world. Some places are synonymous with beach life: Miami, Rio, Thailand’s islands, Goa, most Caribbean Islands, Cancun – the list goes on and on. As much as I love a holiday filled with history, architecture and good beer a fine beach holiday can be inviting. Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, has sent me an invite that I hope to RSVP to soon.

The Canary Islands consist of seven islands that lie approximately 100 km/62 miles west of the southern coast of Morocco with Tenerife being 300 km/186 mi from the coast. Not only is Tenerife the biggest Canary Island, it is also has the largest population. As a tourist destination it is one of Spain’s main ones. Aside from the 67 km/41.6 miles of beach, Tenerife also claims natural beauty in a variety of forms. The varying contrasts on this small volcanically formed island is remarkable. Tiede Volcano is the world’s third tallest at 3718 m/12,198 feet. The land around it (in Tiede National Park) is a thriving pine forest. Moving about the island you will encounter the rock cliffs of Acantilados de Los Gigantes (Cliffs of the Giants) and then desert-like regions to flourishing semi-tropical oases.

In addition to the spectacular nature of this isle there are plenty of fun activities for all. Hiking, biking, beaches, SCUBA diving, golf, water parks, arts, music and sailing are all on the agenda. The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a lively and colourful festival that is held every February in the island’s capital, Santa Cruz. Second only to Rio’s infamous Carnival, it is hoping to gain status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

So what do you say? Think maybe Tenerife may worth checking out?

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Tenerife, Canary Islands – Photo: Public Domain

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View of Tiede Volcano, Tenerife – Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons – Taken and owned by Fornax

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Beach in Tenerife – Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons – Taken and owned by Peng

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