The island of Tenerife often gains a slightly bad reputation of being a party destination, for those wanting to spend all holiday clubbing but in reality this island has so much more to offer.
Tenerife is positioned off the west coast of Africa and is part of the Canary Islands which belong to Spain, meaning a large amount of Spanish cuisine and culture is present on the island. Located in the heart of the island is the Teide National Park, home to an active volcano, Mount Teide, which is Spain’s highest peak. The small fragments of basalt which come from the volcano have led to the formation of black sand beaches which are studded along the coastline, making for an unusual trip to the beach. But be warned this sand gets very hot in the sun, you’ll be running into the sea to cool your feet off! If this sounds too strange for you, fear not, there are plenty of man-made beaches which offer vast stretches of golden sand, the perfect place to relax and unwind. The Corona Forestal National Park is also worth exploring and is home to a whole host of wildlife, including birds, lizards and bats which can all be found nestled among the pine trees.
For those who are feeling more adventurous there is plenty of opportunity around the coast to try your hand at parasailing. Not being a huge fan of heights I was rather apprehensive to being strung to a parasail and pulled along the sea by a boat, but once in the air the incredibly unique birds-eye view you get is definitely worth it. The boat moves rather slowly as well, which in my opinion made the experience all the more enjoyable, giving plenty of time to look around and take in the surroundings but may not be what adrenaline junkies are after.
The plunging cliffs of Los Gigantes offer some stunning views across the Atlantic Ocean and have given the town its name, which means ‘The Giants’. And of course there is plenty of opportunity to get stuck in and try some traditional Spanish food whilst on your travels, enjoying an incredibly diverse location. With breath-taking views, an abundance of nature and plenty of water sports on offer this definitely disproves the theory that Tenerife is just a party island.