Owning to be the largest and most populous island of the seven Canary Islands and of the island of Macaronesia, Tenerife is also the most populated island of Spain. Famous among tourists with a record of five million tourist visits each year, Tenerife is also the most famous island of the Canary Islands. Tenerife houses one of the world’s largest carnivals, the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which is also in the running as a World Heritage Site. Lying on a latitude of the Sahara Desert, Tenerife is internationally known for its all-year-round warm climate, perfect for nature and beach lovers. Despite this being said, there are also major climatic contrasts in the island. During winter season, although the warm sunshine is enjoyed on the coast, snow is also experienced on Teide which is located at 3,000 metres above sea level. Simply put, the northern and southern regions of the island have different climatic characteristics. Renowned for its ecological diversity, the island of Tenerife possesses a fair share of various flora and fauna despite its small surface area. There are about 1,400 species of plants that inhabit the island, with more than a hundred entirely endemic to Tenerife. Endemic invertebrates also reside in the island such as unique reptile, bird, and mammal species. Nature lovers would definitely find the island one of the finest in the world.
What to see & do
Do you want to marvel at the beauty of Tenerife from 3,550 meters up? You can do so by taking the 10-minute cable lift from the car park towards El Teide, the highest mountain in Spain. You also have the option of climbing the peak of the mountain at 168 more metres up, however, you will need a special permission from the National Park Office in Santa Cruz. Either way, you get to ascend by foot starting at the base of the Montana Blanca at an altitude of 2,200 metres. For hikers, Parque Rural de Anaga offers a wonderful spot. You can also go to the Pico del Ingles viewpoint to get a clear top view of the island while you’re there. If you have the appetite for some road trip adventure weaving along the sides of mountains, then you should get behind the wheel and travel through the narrow mountain roads leading to Masca Village, around an hour north of Los Gigantes. If you’re not renting a car, you can still experience the thrill by availing of coach trips from various companies. Are you in for under water adventures? Tenerife also offers great scuba diving spots, as well as other water sports such as surfing, wind surfing, speed boat, jet ski, and canoes. Don’t forget to shop for souvenirs from the many big and busy markets across the island.
How to get around within Tenerife
If you want to make the most of your visit in the island and discover the remote wilderness regions of Tenerife, renting a car would be your ideal option. Buses run frequently around the city and connect various towns in the island. If you intend to travel around the city by bus, getting yourself a BONO travel card will save you around 50-70% on fare costs. This card can be bought on bus stations and tobacconists. BONO card is also valid for use in the tram line that connects Santa Cruz and La Laguna. But if you want to have a more seamless travel across the island, you can also pre-book airport transfers with Tenerife Airport Transfers. You can choose from shuttle buses, minibuses, limousines, and coaches.
How to get there
As Tenerife is an island surrounded by water, there are only two ways you can enter it. First option is through air. There are two airports serving Tenerife: Tenerife North Airport or Los Rodeas, located by La Laguna and Tenerife South Airport or Reina Sofia, located near Los Cristianos. From the airport, there are buses that will take you to the town proper. Buses operate from five in the morning and stop operation around midnight. Second option is aboard a ferry. From Cadiz, Spain, Transmediterranea run a weekly ferry and the travel runs for two days. Other Canary Islands are also serviced by ferries running from Santa Cruz de Tenerife to Gran Canaria and to La Gomera from Los Cristianos.
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