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 Why Tenerife?
 Tenerife is called the Island of Eternal Spring maintaining a very agreeable subtropical climate all year round. With its black and white sandy beaches, clear blue waters and friendly people, Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and the most varied in landscape. It is dominated by Mount Teide, at over 3700m the highest mountain in Spain, with its moonscape of craters and lava fields, exotic flora and fauna and banana plantations. Whilst the lifestyle is relaxed, the Tenerifians love to socialise and every week there seems to be a Fiesta in one or another town or village! The Mardi Gras carnival in Santa Cruz each January or February (depending on the date Easter falls), which lasts for nine days, is reputed to be the second or third biggest in the world. Most of the other towns on the Island celebrate carnival too-equally exciting and great fun-just a little smaller than the event in the capital!! Property prices in Tenerife remain significantly lower than in mainland Spain, France, the UK and the rest of Europe and so represent excellent value for money. There is also a strong rental market which makes Tenerife an excellent place to invest.

Mount Teide National Park
The real Tenerife...
Sports and Hobbies...
Few places can offer the style of life enjoyed here and at such an affordable price. PGA Tour Championship golf courses, excellent watersports (El Medano has hosted the many International windsurfing championships), wonderful scuba diving, tennis, unrivalled hiking and cycling -to name but a few! Touring is most enjoyable as Tenerife is sufficiently large and varied to ensure it will take you a long time to really get to know the island. For the "party animals" there are excellent night clubs to suit all ages and styles. If your are interested in culture, there are many art galeries, churches and, of course, the Teatro Guimera , the 19th Century Opera House where you can enjoy ballet, opera and theatre productions. Touring shows-pop, classical and theatrical visit the Island and there are open air concerts during the summer. Horse riding, pony trekking or even camel safaris are a great way to see and explore the countryside.
Golf del Sur
Fascinating churches...
Food and drink...
Eating out in Tenerife is a fabulous culinary experience, catering for all tastes and pockets! From local Canarian specialities, through an eclectic mix of African, Spanish and Latin American influences, to European cuisine and even egg and chips, the island is a gastronome┤s delight! Freshly caught local fish, usually served with wrinkled canarian potatoes is a favorite and inexpensive choice...washed down with a selection of local, award winning wines. Restaurants VistaMar, El Mirador and Perlas del Mar, in the port in Los Abrigos, are just some of the best to try for fish and seafood anywhere! Los Abrigos even boasts a Michelin starred resatuarant - Los Roques!! CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO LOS ROQUES WEBSITE.
Los Abrigos for the finest seafood!
A drink, some tapas or just a snack...
If you want something lighter-a snack, a drink, some delicious tapas whilst enjoying the view..then look no further than one of the friendly bars along the port in Los Abrigos, like La Cana or La Tasquita. Whether it's morning coffee, a light lunch, or just a place to sit and watch the wonderful sunsets, this is the perfect spot to do it!
A little bit of Britain in the sun....
If it's a bit of "home comforts" you are after, look no further than The Phoenix in Los Abrigos. Offering traditional, home made English food, pub games, sports on TV and a great welcome all in a friendly pub atmosphere, this bar is very popular with locals and expats alike!
Views from San Miguel...
Punta del Hidalgo
The amazing modern (1993) lighthouse in the North of the Island is well worth the trip to see. The countryside is green and wild, the spectacular coastline natural and volcanic. You may even see Papaya fruit growing on planations! A total contrast to the more arid South.
Papaya fruit & the coast
Santa Cruz market
The Sunday Market in the capital Santa Cruz is well worth a visit! Situated in the streets around the permanent market, in the flea- market you will find everything from food to clothes to household goods to, well, anything someone can sell!! Stop at one of the pavement cafes for a coffee, hot chocolate and Churros and just watch the world go by - the perfect way to spend a Sunday morning!
Sunday Market & market building
Santiago del Teide
In the North East of the Island lies the historic town of Santiago del Teide. Nestling in the foothills of the national park, inland from Los Gigantes, this beautiful, peaceful town is an ideal stopping off point on the way to Masca. Even on sunny days the amazing puffy clouds seem to roll down the mountains like cotton wool.
Fantastic views...
San Blas Village
San Blas Village on the Golf del Sur is an ideal location and much sought after. The shopping centre, built in the traditional style has shops, a supermarket, banks and many good bars and restaurants catering for all tastes from local to Chinese and Indian to English.
San Blas shops and church
Las Galletas
Las Galletas retains many of the features of the traditional fishing village that were its origins: the harbour and fresh fish market where you can buy direct from the fishermen! Today it has become a popular destination for Spanish tourists as well as British, French, Belgium and German visitors and expats attracted by the relaxed atmosphere. Its natural pebble beach is good for swimming and diving and the seafront has many bars and restaurants. The pedestrianised town centre is full of interesting little shops - greta for window shopping!
Las Galletas centre and beach
Costa del Silencio
Costa del Silencio has been a popular area for some time with a wide variety of tourists and residents from all over Europe. The main town is set back from the coast but is only minutes walk from pebble beaches excellent for swimming in the crystal clear waters. It is only 15 minutes drive from both the airport and the main tourist areas of Los Cristianos and Las Americas.
Wild, stunning coastline!
San Miguel de Tajao
Situated on the East coast yet under 15 minutes from the airport, is the little fishing village of San Miguel de Tajao.This quiet Canarian village, with its excellent fish restaurants, little port and crystal clear waters, is being hailed as the "new Los Abrigos" and is becoming a popular place to live, along with the neighbouring, even quieter, village of La Caleta.
San Miguel de Tajao
La Caleta de Abona (East Coast)
The Night of San Juan...
Every year in June on San Juan night, there are big celebrations all over the Island. Bonfires are lit on the beach and people have BBQ's whilst burning away the "sins" of the past year. The brave also go into the sea to let 7 waves break over them to complete their cleansing!
Bonfires on the beach..
Port of Guimar and beach
Listed as one of the 10 most beautiful places in the world by The Times, Masca is certainly one of the places to visit on the Island! Be prepared for the drive up a narrow road with hairpin bends and massive drops....but amazing views down the gorges to the sea and over to the neighbouring island of La Gomera. Often the clouds will be below you and the mountains seem to rise up out of them like islands from the ocean! Stop for a drink and tapas at one of the wonderful bars which seem to hang off the side of the mountains..or for the more adventurous, walk down the gorge to the sea and take a boat back to Los Gigantes.
Masca -village
Playa De La Arena
Fiesta of the Black Madona
In August thousands make the pigrimage by walking to Candelaria on the East coast to attend the festival in honour of the Virgin of Candelaria-the Patron Saint of the Canary Islands.The procession carrying the statue of the virgin is attended by political and religious leadrs as well as thousands of pilgrims. This national holiday is marked by fiestas and fireworks in many other towns and villages.
Fiesta fireworks...
One of the largest and most famous firework displays to celebrate the Festival of the Virgin of Candelaria is held at Alcala on the West coast, North of Puerto Colon. Thousands of people go by boat and moor offshore to party and watch the display which starts at midnight!! Late night or early morning and sore heads but one to remember!
Fantastic Fireworks at Alcala
La Tejita
Situated between Los Abrigos and El Medano you will find the largest and only natural golden sand beach on the Island -La Tejita. Parasols and sunbeds are available for hire and the swimming is safe with a gradual shelving beach and wonderful clear water. All this and the Montana Roja nature reserve as a backdrop too!
La Oratava
Situated in hills above Puerto de la Cruz on the North coast, is the beautiful old city of La Oratava. With its cobbled back streets, typical Canarian architecture and fantastic views down to the sea and up to Mount Teide, this is the perfect place for a stroll around, stopping at a pavement bar for coffee or a beer. There is a walking tour (maps available from the Information Office) which takes in the famous old residences and wonderful, interesting boutiques to browse in.
La Oratava-Villas and Gardens
Town Hall-Christmas Nativity scene