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Spain’s winter sun-trap, Tenerife
Spain’s Canary Islands, just off the coast of West Africa, have one of the finest climates in the world. Tenerife is the largest of the islands and winter and summer temperatures here don’t vary hugely. This scenically stunning island is a sun-filled winter hot spot and a busy, year-round holiday destination. Appealing beaches vary from volcanic black to shimmering white and as winter depresses other countries, Tenerife erupts with a huge Carnaval that’s colourful, garish and second only to that staged in Rio.
On top of the world
You’ve landed in Tenerife and the one thing you can’t escape is the presence of the towering mountain of Mount Teide. At almost two and a half miles high, it is certainly the welcome elephant in Tenerife’s room as well as the highest peak in Spain. It lures you to pay it a visit and guests are never disappointed. The views from the top are space-age and span over any clouds to Canary Island neighbours. These include Gran Canaria and smaller volcano sibling, Mount Telde. More Tenerife spectacles include the mysterious Black Pyramids at Guimar. Natural history buffs don’t want to miss out on Adeje and Barranco del Infierno, also known as Hell’s Gorge. Here, walking a two-hour trail, you’ll experience magnificent island scenery and ancient burial caves. It’s well worth taking these excursions from your hotel; after all, the beach will still be there tomorrow and the Tenerife sun will still be shining.
February fun in Tenerife
Throughout Spain there are some very trendy and stylish fashion stores. This is the case in Santa Cruz, but in the lead up to February’s Carnaval, it’s mega-business on the cosmetic and costume counters as women are joined by men, eager to become Tenerife’s most outrageous participant. This is no easy task and throughout the many hotels, towns and villages, folk prepare well in advance for Carnaval time in Tenerife. Following Carnaval, there’s Entierro de la Sardina, the traditional burial of the sardine. On these occasions and ever year, a giant fish-shaped vehicle is accompanied through crowd-filled streets by pseudo- mourning fishermen’s widows. All is not as it seems, and there are plenty of laughs to be had along the way. The best and biggest events are in the island’s capital, Santa Cruz. Everyone joins in, including visitors holidaying in the Tenerife hotels. Many historical and hysterical fictional events are re-enacted in unique Carnaval style. The secret is to book early so that, next February, you won’t be frozen out.
Tasting the difference
Tenerife hotels tend to follow the usual trend of offering tourist menus that guests are used to back home. There’s much to savour though, away from your hotel and as you discover some of Tenerife’s traditional cuisine. Breakfast will never be the same again once you’ve experienced Churros Con Chocolate. This consists of delicious, diet defying, deep fried dough dipped in a thick, hot chocolate sauce. Examples for later meals include the very filling chicken and potato soup, Rancho Canario. Ropa Vieja is another stew, with a beef, chicken or pork base. Pollo al Salmorejo is a marinated chicken dish. Papas Arrugadas is an absolutely essential side dish, consisting of small Canary potatoes, boiled in salted water and served in their skins. You’ll soon get a taste for dining out in Tenerife!
Most arrivals and departures are to and from Tenerife Sur (South) Airport. This is the second largest of the Canary Islands’ airports. The convenience is a real joy with transfer times of around only 20 minutes to Tenerife’s major resorts of Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos and the slightly quieter Golf del Sur. If heading to the lusher, greener and somewhat cloudier resorts in the north and around Santa Cruz, the transfer is likely to take in excess of an hour. Inclusive holiday visitors will have their transportation included. Otherwise, you can get a taxi, but get the driver to quote before you jump in. TITSA buses are much cheaper and go to a number of resorts. Once you’ve settled in, there are plenty of trips designed to get you off the island again. Catamaran cruises and whale-watching excursions are very popular. There are regular ferries from Santa Cruz to other Canary Island locations including La Palma and Las Palmas. Don’t confuse the two, they’re entirely different.
What’s in a name?
The romantically sounding Canary Islands weren’t named after that twittering little bird at all. Canaria is in fact the Latin word for dog; but Isle of Dogs doesn’t have the same ring to it! On some of the more remote beaches and around hotels in Tenerife, particularly those in the sun-drenched south, you’ll still see packs of harmless dogs roaming around and scavenging for food. Another theory is that the Canary Islands were named after the seals that used to inhabit the islands and called sea dogs by the Romans. Whatever the preferred version maybe, the largest island, Tenerife, always gets that universal seal of approval! Another name to conjure with is the popular tourist resort of Los Gigantes, The Giants. The cliffs surrounding the resort were once believed to be sacred. Today, they are best viewed from the sea to experience their true spectacle. They are majorly impressive and will form one of many treasured memories of Tenerife.
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Hotel Hotel Andorra Tenerife Playa de las Américas
Hotel Andorra Tenerife is situated in Playa de Las Américas in southern Tenerife. This area offers shops and restaurants and access to several fantastic beaches, including the nearest, Camisón Beach, an eight-minute walk away. The studio, one and two-bedroom apartments feature a balcony with seating and a kitchen with a cooker, a microwave and a fridge freezer. Free Wi-Fi is standard and some options include a living room and air conditioning. Hotel Andorra Tenerife has two on-site swimming pools, one of which is heated, and a sundeck. There’s also a 24/7 reception where guests can seek assistance from English-speaking staff. A breakfast buffet is served in the morning each day and the hotel’s restaurant also offers lunchtime snacks and a dinner menu. Next to the pool is a bar serving refreshments. Ten minutes on foot, Playa de Las Vistas is another popular beach with golden sand and plenty of bars. Around two miles, Siam Park features thrilling water slides and an adjacent shopping centre. more
Hotel Tigotan Lovers & Friends Playa de las Américas
The Noelia Sur is a 4-star rated hotel situated directly in the centre of Playa de las Americas. Within easy walking distance guests will be able to reach a large variety of shopping and entertainment facilities and the next beach is just 400 metres away. The 416 air-conditioned rooms are spread over 4 floors. All offer mini bars, safety boxes, direct dial telephones, TV with satellite channels and en-suites with shower and hair dryer as standard amenities. Dining options are either half board or all inclusive and all meals are served in buffet form. The hotel offers a large pool with sun terraces, a snack bar, sun loungers and parasols. Complimentary wireless access to the Internet is available in the lobby, and there are a kiosk and a hair dresser. Further there is a sun terrace on the rooftop of the hotel which is reserved for nudists. Sports activities on site include volleyball, table tennis, mini golf and darts and there is a gym. Guests can relax in the wellness area and take part in the hotel's entertainment programme. For children in between 4-12 years there is a miniclub. more
Hotel Tenerife Royal Gardens Playa de las Américas
Beautifully located amidst tropical gardens just off Las Vistas Beach, Tenerife Royal Gardens is a condo resort just steps away from both the popular Tenerife areas of Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos. The vast studios and apartments include private baths, and are simply but tastefully decorated, featuring sofa-beds in the living areas. Standard amenities include a flat-screen TV, while some enjoy private balconies. The well-equipped kitchens include an oven and a fridge, as well as cookware and crockery. Accommodations lead directly to the large central pool area, with a special section cordoned off for children. Tenerife Royal Gardens guests like to hang around the poolside bar, which there is a myriad of eateries, shops and entertainment spots in the vicinity, and along the beachfront. Guests like to head to Siam Park, as well as the Los Cristianos Port, under a kilometre away. more
Hotel Hotel Regency Country Club Playa de las Américas
Regency Country Club offers luxurious accommodation set around an infinity pool, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and La Gomera Island in Tenerife. This beautiful resort offers 2 restaurants and a free shuttle service to the beach. Regency Country Club Apartments Suites features Asian-style design with stone and marble finishings. Each spacious,air-conditioned apartment has a well-equipped kitchenette and bathroom. All bedrooms have 4-poster beds. The hotel's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Drinks and snacks are available at the poolside bar. Regency Country Club Tenerife features an on-site gym, and offers massage on request. The beaches at Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas are approximately 4 km from the resort. more
Hotel Caribe apartments Playa de las Américas
Caribe is located right in Tenerife’s Playa de las Americas. This hotel is next to Magma Art and Congress Centre. Siam Park is within a half mile. The apartments boast tiled floors throughout. Most have private balconies or terraces, too. Spacious, clean rooms will greet every guest. Caribe features a tennis court, mini golf course, and games room. A tour desk is also available – guests can hire a car, motorbike, or bike to enjoy for the day. The in-house restaurant features a la carte menu. The on-site bar and snack bar provide guests with cocktails and snacks throughout the day. Guests are within a mile of Barrance del Infierno Cliff, Teide National Park, and many popular smaller towns. more
Hotel Hotel Mediterranean Palace Playa de las Américas
The Mediterranean Palace Hotel is a 4 star resort in Arona, Tenerife. It is nearby to the Los Cristianos and Playa de Troya beaches, and attractions such as Siam Park and the Magma Art and Congress centre. The hotel counts 535 guestrooms, suites and family rooms over 6 floors. Standard rooms feature balconies, air conditioning, a minibar, an in-room safe, free wireless Internet and marble ensuite bathrooms with hairdryer and phone. 24 hour room service is available. The Mediterranean Palace offers 2 outdoor swimming pools, a spa with a sauna and hair salon, a fitness centre, a club house and a tennis court. Hotel services include a 24 hour reception desk, free parking, multilingual staff, express check in and out, a children's club with activities, shoe shine, laundry and dry cleaning services and an airport shuttle service for a fee. There are 3 restaurants in the hotel to choose from serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Several small meeting rooms can be reserved. Pets are not allowed in the hotel. more
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