About the island of Tenerife
Tenerife is the biggest island of the seven Canary Islands with a land area of 2,034 square km (786 square miles) and 43 % of the total population of the Canary Islands.
About 5 million tourists visit Tenerife every year, the most of any of the Canary Islands. It is also one of the most important holiday destinations in Spain and in the world. Tenerife hosts one of the world’s largest carnivals: The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which is attempting to become a World Heritage Site. Tenerife has two airports, Tenerife North Airport and Tenerife South Airport, and is the tourism and economic centre of the Canaries archipelago.
The Teide National Park (World Heritage Site) is situated in the centre of the island and the Teide volcano is the highest elevation in Spain, the highest of the islands of the Atlantic Ocean and the third largest volcano in the world from its base and is the place that has the largest number of endemic species in Europe.
A little History of Tenerife
In December 1493, the Catholic Monarchs (Queen Isabel I de Castilla and King Fernando II de Aragón) granted Alonso Fernández de Lugo (a Spanish military man), the right to conquer Tenerife. In April 1494, hauling from Gran Canaria, the conqueror Alonso Fernández landed on the coast of today´s Santa Cruz de Tenerife and disembarked with around 2 thousand men on foot and two hundred men on horseback. After taking the fort, the army was ready to move inland, capturing the native kings of Tenerife and presenting them to the Spanish monarchs Isabel and Fernando.
Tenerife is sometimes called the “Island of Eternal Spring”, because it has a warm climate during the whole year, with an mean temperature of 18–25 °C (64–76 °F) in winter and 24–29 °C (75–84 °F) in summer.
There are many climatic contrasts on the island, especially during the winter months when you can enjoy the warm sunshine on the beach and go on a trip in the snow within a few miles, at 3 thousand metres (9,850 feet) above sea level, on the Teide volcano.
The north and the south of the island also have different climatic features. Although there are climatic differences in rainfall and sunshine around the island, overall annual showers are low and from May to September (the summer months) are usually completely dry.
A real world traveller understands that tasting the local cuisine is one of the main cultural experiences. We will offer you the best places to enjoy local dishes. The food in Tenerife was created for the wave riders: it’s simple and very nutritious, yet the prices will put a smile in your face.
We know the best spots where you can purchase local products of great quality: seafood, local goat cheese, Canary Islands wine, Jamón Serrano, Jamón Ibérico, and wonderful Chorizo sausages. Vegetarians and vegans may enjoy a variety of great local fruits.
Tenerife has many places for grill parties/barbeques. Once a week we will invite you to a grill party: cooking food on the fire, enjoying the landscape and sharing the experiences of the day.
Travel information about Tenerife
Are you planning to visit Tenerife soon for a holiday or a break?
Here you will find all the info you need about travelling to this beautiful island off the coast of Africa. We want you to enjoy your time on the island, and we hope your visit will include joining us for some of our Stand Up Paddling activities (SUP trips, SUP Yoga , SUP Pilates, Trekking, etc).
However, there is much more to do on the island, and we hope these info pages will be of some help to you during the planning of your visit/holiday!
Please, use the menu above for specific information, or follow the links below:
- About Tenerife: We tell you all about this amazing island, about its weather, its topography, cuisine, history and we include a map for your info.
- The best beaches: Tenerife boasts amazing beaches you can go and visit.
- The best towns and villages: We show you the best ones, off the beaten track (the secret, non-touristy places), like Icod de los vinos, Garachico, Vilaflor and more.
- What to do in Tenerife: We would like you to Stand Up Paddle with us, but there are also lots of different activities and places to go out in the evening you should not miss, here you will find info about some of them.
- Getting to the island and local transport: Tenerife is a big island and there is many flights and ferries you can take to get here from Europe, mainland Spain or the other Canary Islands. We also give you info about local transport you can take to visit different places on the island in an affordable way.
- Accommodation in Tenerife: We give you advice on the best areas and the friendliest hotels to stay on a budget.
We hope you enjoy your stay in Tenerife, if you need any help with anything, please get in touch!