Following up on my previous post regarding my desire to visit Menorca, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands, another Spanish island that I have on my “wishlist” is Tenerife, one of seven Canary Islands located off the northwest coast of Africa. Known as the “Island of Eternal Spring”, holidays to Tenerife are perfect for a wide variety of travelers. Those looking for an active nightlife should plan to visit during the island’s Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which apparently rivals that found in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Since I’m more of a nature lover, I’d probably opt to go at a quieter time to enjoy the beaches and mountains. Tenerife is the home of Mount Teide, the highest point in Spain. Still an active volcano, Teide is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited national parks in the world. Cable cars take park visitors to about 500 feet below the summit, offering incredible views of Tenerife.
For those more inclined towards watersports, Tenerife offers a variety of breaks for beginner to experienced surfers as well as plentiful opportunities to snorkel or SCUBA dive. Of course, there is always the option of simply laying on the beach absorbing some much needed Vitamin D, with cocktail in hand.
As you might expect, the local cuisine in Tenerife is heavy in seafood. Canarian dishes also incorporate pork and meat (The popular Cuban dish “ropa vieja”, Spanish for “Old Clothes” was actually a Canarian dish that was introduced to Cuba by Canarian emigrants). Although I am a steadfast beer fan, I’d have to try Tenerife’s wines while I was there; this island is so renown for its wines that William Shakespeare often referenced them in his works.