Tenerife

Tenerife is the biggest of the Canary Islands, a place known for rugged beauty, rich history, and the highest peak in all of Spain (Mount Teide). The island, from the mountains to the shore, is a place of contrasts, home to black- and golden-sand beaches, lush green laurel forests, and bright blue skies from an endless stream of sunny days. With plans for Tenerife travel, you'll have the chance to experience an island getaway filled with fun and relaxation.

Many holidays to Tenerife begin with an airplane flight. The island is serviced by direct flights from Madrid or a short flight from Gran Canaria. At this airport, Canary Island flights originate from the mainland as well as several international countries. Visitors also can include a visit on cruise holidays or include a ferry ride in their Tenerife travel plans. Regular service is available from Cadiz on the mainland, as well as interisland routes from Gran Canaria.

Once you've arrived, you'll need to get situated in one of the Tenerife hotels; many provide shuttles from the airport or ferry terminal. Diving in Tenerife, like the rest of Spain, is open to travelers 18 years and older who have been driving for at least a year, but the minimum age to rent a car is 21. Visitors from the European Union and assorted other countries can use their regular driver's license. U.S. citizens need to obtain an international driver's license, which are available at AAA offices throughout America. Talking on mobile phones if prohibited for all drivers. If you don't want to worry about driving on your holidays to Tenerife, don't worry—there's a network of buses, taxis, cars for hire, and even a cable car that will get you where you're going.

After you're ready to start exploring Tenerife, the hardest question will be deciding what to do first. Spain's islands are known for sunny days and beautiful beaches, and this one is no exception. Temperatures are pleasant all year, with the best beach weather in the summer.

On your holidays to Tenerife, you'll also have the chance to enjoy a chance to relax. The island is home to a wide of array of golf courses, spas, and marinas. The local cuisine, served at hotels and restaurants all across the island, is another way to taste the good life. You'll have the chance to taste super-fresh seafood, served with boiled potatoes and a spicy sauce. Other local flavors include vegetable stew, corn on the cob served with ribs, and tasty almond desserts.

You can connect with the culture of Tenerife as you explore its towns, historic sites, and museums. The capital city, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, shares capital status with Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It's home to a wide variety of things to do and interesting places to explore.

An early city, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, and the volcanic landscape of Teide National Park have both have declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, the cultural arm of the United Nations. When you include one of both of these in your Tenerife travel plans, you'll have the chance to peek into the past of the Canary Islands and admire its beauty.

The island's museums are an excellent choice when planning budget holidays to Tenerife. For a small entry fee, you can explore such topics as photography, archaeology, architecture, wine, castles, and contemporary art. There are many other ways to save money on Tenerfic holidays. Consider visiting in the off season or look for a package deal. And don't forget, it doesn't cost a thing to soak in the sun and admire the scenery.

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