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    Tourist Guide to Tenerife, the Queen of the Canary Islands

    Tenerife is the largest of the seven spellbinding Canary Islands, a collection of heavenly destinations that are like the jewels in the crown of Spanish tourism. Apart from two world-heritage sites and a National Park, there are no less than 42 protected natural spaces in Tenerife to be visited. A plethora of fun, entertainment and adventure activities ensure that tourists have the time of their life exploring this enchanting island.

    Topographic map of Tenerife-en
    TenerifeFoter / CC BY-SA

    The availability of two airports and affordable prices of the flights makes reaching Tenerife a breezy affair (try http://book.flythomascook.com/cheap-flights/to-Tenerife-Canary-Islands/ for flight bookings). Once there, you can easily move around in a rented car or taxi, apart from the boats that take you around the shoreline and to the rest of the Canary Islands.  The temperature is steady around 19 degrees centigrade during winters and 23 degrees centigrade in summers, which makes the climate in Tenerife one of the best in the world.

    Things to Do in Tenerife

    Tenerife Beaches: Tenerife boasts an endless variety of flabbergasting beaches. The island is brimming with the sheer variety of landscapes because of its volcanic origin, and the beaches are all unique and different from one another other than their white sands and turquoise blue transparent waters. Whether you want to spend a romantic day with your beloved, play around with your family or kids, or go for surfing or water-sports, you’ll find more than a couple of beaches always perfect for your purposes. Maspalomas, El Castillo, La Graciosa, and the sprawling Grande beaches are just some of the most attractive seafronts to visit.

    Playa de Benijo 9 - Beach
    Tenerife Beachesperlaroques / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

    Tenerife Countryside: Hiking is an extremely popular activity in Tenerife, thanks to the multitudes of tracks and a breathtaking landscape rich in ravines, volcanoes, mountains, forests and coastlines. The hiking paths are available for all difficulty levels, so you’ll have a good time whether you are a serious hiker looking for challenge or just a regular tourists looking for some fun with your kids.

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    Tenerife CountrysideOlga Díez (Caliope) / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

    Water-sports on Tenerife: Apart from 265 kilometers of sandy beaches Tenerife is rife with underwater coves and volcanic gardens. The underwater visibility is clear and you can enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling. There are many marinas located all along the coast, from where you can sail away into the ocean and to other islands. Boating, paragliding, jet-skiing and a host of other water-sports make your vacation memorable.

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    Water-sports on Tenerifeomnia_mutantur / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

    Tenerife Restaurants: There’s no shortage of fine restaurants in Tenerife, which serve what is known as “Canarian Cuisine”. This delectable class of cuisine has been evolved by combining elements from Spanish, Portuguese, American and African recipes, and comprises of vegetables and pulses, papas (which are wrinkled potatoes), mojos (local sauces), fish, meat, and desserts. Simple and natural, the food will keep you healthy and energetic during your stay at Tenerife.

    Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife
    Tenerife Restaurantsszeke / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

    Must-see Places on Tenerife: Parque Nacional del Teide is the volcanic park that is home to Spain’s highest peak, which has been declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You’ll be stunned by the strange volcanic formations filled with flora and fauna. Parque Rural de Teno is another extremely beautiful park that is a bit difficult to access because of its high elevation, but features the most breathtaking views of the ocean and some unique architectural relics.

    Retamas en las cañadas - Brooms in
    Parque Nacional del Teideperlaroques / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

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