Tenerife is a destination best experienced by boat and is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. The beautiful beaches and ocean life are sure to wow you on your next vacation. There is something for everyone whether you are a foodie, nature enthusiast, or sun-worshipper. Continue reading below for more information about what Tenerife has to offer and why it should be your next yachting destination.
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is only recently getting the attention it deserves as a top-of-your-bucket-list holiday locale. Home to endless golden and black sand beaches, hidden coves, mesmerizing ocean life, scenic hikes, a thriving culinary scene, and lively nightlife (not to mention an abundance of newly built five-star hotels), the island is a hidden gem. As restrictions continue to ease, Tenerife should find itself at the top of your post-pandemic travel itinerary. Below, we break down the must-see elements of your next holiday – whether you’re a sun worshipper, a yacht dweller, a nature enthusiast, or just a good old-fashioned foodie.
THE SUN WORSHIPPER
The phrase ‘spoiled for choice’ springs to mind when discussing Tenerife’s abundance of sun-baked beaches and natural pools – made all the more enticing by the fact that the island stays warm all year round. Playa Jardín, located in the resort of Puerto de la Cruz and known for its unusual black sand, is a swimming beach beloved by locals; while the sprawling bay of Playa de las Teresitas, 20 minutes north of the capital Santa Cruz near the sleepy village of San Andrés, will fulfill all your dreams of glistening golden sand and an endless blue horizon. Playa de la Tejita, which sits alongside the magnificent Montaña Roja (red mountain), and Playa Del Duque – set on a bustling strip of bars and restaurants – are also well worth a visit.
THE NATURE ENTHUSIAST
Tenerife is home to some of the most picturesque natural scenery in the Canary Islands. Visit the Teide National Park for a half-day hike or leisurely stroll and be treated to unparalleled landscapes, including the towering Mount Teide volcano. And don’t stop your exploring once the sun goes down – Tenerife is famously one of the best spots in the world for stargazing, even hosting astronomical festivals with the likes of Professor Brian Cox at the peak of summer. The twinkling nightscapes give the visual delights of the daytime a serious run for their money.
Lest you think there’s no more to Tenerife than sandy beaches and natural wonders, the island is also a serious culinary hotspot. La Vieja – nestled in the fishing village of La Caleta – is the perfect place to stop for lunch. Opt for the ceviche or lobster salad, with an ice-cold glass of Vidonia. And for dinner hit El Muelle Viejo, located in Alcalá and specializing in fresh fish, or El Secreto de Chimiche, which serves authentic local dishes. Bonus tip: whenever you order seafood, request salsa mojo – a local delicacy made with spicy piquillo and chili – and do your best to get a bottle to take home.