Tenerife: Favorite Places
Sought-after for its beautiful landscapes, exquisite cuisine, stretches of stunning coastline, and outdoor activities, Tenerife has something for everyone no matter where your interests lie. Boutique hotels in Tenerife are the perfect way to explore the natural beauty and interesting sites of the largest of the Canary Islands, as well as the perfect starting point for island hopping along the Macronesia ecoregion. Since it’s sunny all year round, there is no bad time to visit Tenerife. Book a stay at a chic boutique hotel in Tenerife to rest, relax and unwind or enjoy countless adventures in unspoiled nature away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Boutique Hotels in Tenerife for nature lovers, culture vultures and sun worshippers
Naturel lovers: Soaring mountains & Rugged ravines
The island’s favorable year-long weather conditions and stunning coastal typography provides nature lovers and adrenaline junkies with a wide range of outdoor activities like scuba diving, whale and dolphin watching, cycling, hiking, jet-skiing, kayaking, sailing, hang gliding, and paragliding to enjoy. It’s even possible to ride a camel or go on a submarine safari where you can get up close and personal with exotic fish and manta rays. Hikers will feel right at home in the ancient laurel and pine forests and rugged ravines of the Anaga Mountains or Corona Forestal Natural Park, but no visit to Tenerife is complete without taking the cable car to the summit of Spain’s highest mountain, Mount Teide, to enjoy stunning panoramic views of the island’s rugged natural beauty. Located in the heart of the island, Mount Teide dominates Tenerife. It is a volcano within a volcano boasting a surreal landscape of lava rocks and streams, bizarre rock formations, and ash beds. The best way to take in all of the wonder and whimsy Teide National Park has to offer is a stay at Parador de Cañadas del Teide which boasts prime location right in the park. You can’t get closer to this idyllic natural reserve than that while still being within reach of the vibrant cultural center of La Orotava thanks to a convenient bus connection.
Culture vultures: Historic centers & Pretty plazas
Countless museums, art galleries, historical old quarters, the Teide Observatory and a planetarium will thrill culture lovers. Puerto de la Cruz located in the north of the island is the greenest district, lush with botanical gardens, plazas and easy access to historic centers, while beach time can be combined with gallery visits and shopping sprees in Santa Cruz. Have a coffee in the prettiest plaza on the island in Garachico or take in the sites over an afternoon of tapas dining in the Unesco World Heritage Centre of La Laguna that boasts great shopping and eclectic architecture spanning across four centuries. It’s mandatory to try the signature dish of the Canary Islands, papas arrugadas (wrinkly potatoes) and the traditional mojo sauce it is served with, and the popular dessert of bienmesabe, which is a contraction of the Spanish phrase “it tastes good to me.” Alongside delicious traditional Canarian cuisine, you also have a choice of tapas, Spanish and Mediterranean menus. Island hopping has never been easier with a stay in a boutique hotel in Tenerife. Not only are the seven main islands that make up the archipelago close at hand, but the Portuguese island of Madeira is a mere 3-hour flight away, while Cape Verde and the Azores are a little further off but still within easy reach. Boutique hotels in Tenerife are located off the west coast of Africa, which means that a cultural trip to Morocco is within easy reach. The Moroccan cities of Tangier and Marrakesh both serve as excellent stops on any tour of the Canary Islands.
Sun seekers: Wild coasts & Island hopping
It’s always sunny in Tenerife! Tenerife has some of the best waterparks not only in Europe but in the world even though you can swim and sunbathe on the beaches all year round thanks to the moderate temperatures which reach 26 degrees in summer and 18 degrees in winter. Sun seekers will be thrilled by the wide variety of beaches the island has to offer both in the urban areas around major cities and further beyond. What’s more, an impressive 12 beaches on the island have a Blue Flag rating. Tenerife’s beaches come in all forms, types and colors – they may be nudist or not, sandy or pebbled, black, grey, golden or white. Black sandy beaches like El Socorro in Los Realejos are a nod towards the island’s volcanic nature, whereas Las Teresitas boasts golden sand imported from nearby northern Africa. While the most famous hotels and resorts are located in the south of the island, the north better represents the real essence of Tenerife’s culture in the form of its Canarian villages, alongside manicured beaches. This part of the island also attracts a more sophisticated crowd away from mass tourism. From semi-isolated stretches of sand, secluded natural pools and hidden coves, you are sure to find a little stretch of sand all to yourself and enjoy an idyllic day at the beach while staying at an exquisite boutique hotel in Tenerife. Getting around the archipelago from one island to another also couldn’t be easier, since they all have airports and ports covering a variety of routes. Travelling by boat on a ferry is the cheapest and prettiest route to take, as you can enjoy dolphin and whale watching while crossing the short distance from one island to the other, or simply circling Tenerife. An 80-minute ferry ride connects Gran Canaria to Tenerife via their capital cities. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura can comfortably be combined in a week’s stay on the islands, and if time is on your side, you can hop to La Palma and La Gomera while staying at a boutique hotel in Tenerife.
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