If you’re exhausted from the daily grind of the working world and you’re looking for a relaxing break in the sun that won’t cost you the earth, then look no further! Tenerife has the answer.
With so much to see and do on this beautiful island that’s totally free of charge, you’ll never want to leave. Here are just a few to get you started…
- Catch the sun on one of its many beaches
If you’re a serious sun-seeker in need of some rest and relaxation, then you’ll be pleased to know that Tenerife is home to a huge sandy coastline, so you’ll be able to visit a beach a day on your next visit. If you’re on the southwest side of the island, you can choose from Tierra Negra, El Bobo, Las Americas and Troya. These artificial beaches are the most famous that Tenerife has to offer, and are the perfect place for aqua sport lovers if you’ve brought your own equipment.
If you prefer the peace and quiet of the northwest though, then head to Buenavista del Norte. There’s 400m of secluded, hidden black sand beach with calm waters that swimmers will adore. Be prepared to walk though, as it’s only accessible by boat or with a 4km hike.
- Dance to the crazy rhythm of a carnival
Vivid colours, bright lights, terrific dancers and feasts full of traditional Spanish fayre – you haven’t visited Tenerife unless you’ve been to the Carnival of Santa Cruz. The all-night street parties are not for the faint-hearted, but you’ll have tremendous amounts of fun dancing with the locals at the biggest fiesta that their calendar has.
You should bear in mind though that each town has its own carnival at this time, so if you’d prefer something a little quieter then don’t be afraid to stray away from Santa Cruz to somewhere like Puerta de la Cruz instead. People are just as spirited, but with 30,000 people as opposed to over 100,000, it’s a little calmer for the quieter tourist.
- Walk through history and be at one with nature
If you’re a bit of a culture-vulture, and you’d prefer to spend your days learning about the rich history that the people of Tenerife have to share, then you’re in luck. You could visit the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre (Museum of Natural History and Archaeology) in Santa Cruz, which is revered as being the best Natural Library of the Canary Islands, housing many paleontological, botanical and marine collections.
Or, if you’re a nature lover, you’re sure to find the tranquillity you seek out in the wilderness of Teide National Park. This world heritage site of 18,990 hectares all focuses around Mount Teide, the highest mountain of Spain (3,718 metres high), and its very own volcano, Pico Viejo. Whether you want to camp out under the stars, or trek to the 3,135m peak of Pico Viejo, this is another exhilarating way to spend your time in Tenerife for free.
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