Tenerife, known by many as “the sun of Europe” , is part of the Canary Islands and has become one of the “trend destinations” in Spain that increases, every year, its number of visitors.
But why is there such a tourist demand? In West Tenerife, we have plenty of reasons why you should visit the island, but we give you 10 reasons why you should come, at least once in a lifetime.
10 reasons, 10 wonders
Without a doubt, it is its greatest attraction. Tourism visits the island throughout the year thanks to its subtropical climate almost 365 days, which makes it a mandatory tourist destination.
In general, there are no seasons of cold or intense heat, since the average annual temperature is about 23ºC, although the atmosphere cools with the sea breeze and trade winds.
The rainfall is low and is considered one of the regions with the most hours of sunshine in the European Community.
2. CULTURE AND HISTORY
Before the Canary Islands were conquered they were inhabited by the so-called Guanches, ancient aborigines of different ethnicities.
As a result, some municipalities of the island such as Candelaria maintain sculptures that refer to these inhabitants who did so much for the island.
As a result of emigration, the Canary Islands combine tradition and folklore with modern life, offering richness and cultural diversity adapted to a series of defined uses, customs and ways of life.
You will be surprised by the kindness and humility of the “chicharreros” locals, always ready to always cooperate with the tourists who arrive on the island and offer an always friendly service.
And why chicharreros? The use of this term was used among the inhabitants of the fishing port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, humble fishermen who consumed chicharros, fish and cheap fish of low quality. From that moment, he would become the gentilicio of the population of Tenerife.
4. CARNIVALS AND PILGRIMAGES
Considered the second-best carnival in the world, Tenerife welcomes thousands of people who fill the streets of the capital with great shows and original themed costumes.
The pilgrimages, another great attraction of the archipelago, which consists of pilgrimage to a sanctuary or hermitage with the help of floats or on foot that, over the years, has become a celebration suitable for the whole family.
5. WATER SPORTS
If the island of Tenerife is characterized by something, it is because of the variety of activities and water sports that can be done, thanks to the number of beaches available for it.
In this sense, if you are one of those looking for adrenaline, in West Tenerife you can cross the waters on our jet ski. If, on the other hand, you like to explore the seabed, you can do it with our latest generation torpedoes and discover the richness of the seabed.
6. COUNTLESS BEACHES
Of black, white, reddish sand, natural pools or many coves; In the variety is the spice. Tenerife has more than 70 kilometers of coastline where many of the beaches considered most beautiful in Spain are located.
In the northern area, beaches such as El Bollullo, El Socorro, Benijo or Los Patos stand out, volcanic black sand that leaves no one indifferent. The southern area stands out for its white-sand beaches, among which are Las Vistas beach or La Tejita, the largest one with more than 1 kilometer in length.
Wrinkled potatoes with mojo, considered one of the 7 gastronomic wonders of Spain, top the list of star dishes of the Canarian cuisine in the well-known guachinches , traditional food establishments located, mostly, in the northern part of the island.
The peculiarity of its dishes is in the simplicity, flavor, and variety of foods, with a marked heritage of the Guanches (previously named) and Latin American cuisine.
In general, the Canarian architecture is characterized by having stately mansions in front of the humble and popular. With typical balconies and interior courtyards, they form a set of great architectural beauty.
With regard to public buildings, we are facing an original architecture, which has been changing style since the neoclassical, through modernism and postwar architecture.
Each of the architectural pieces that Tenerife has attracts the attention of each one of you who visits them.
9. WHALE WATCHING
There is no doubt that a large percentage of tourists who come to Tenerife in search of new experiences. One of them is the possibility of sighting cetaceans in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
The west coast of the island, specifically the Los Gigantes Cliffs area is ideal for this type of activity, where it is common to see bottlenose dolphins and tropical calderones (better known as pilot whales).
10.FLORA AND FAUNA
The variety of endemic species that inhabit the islands make them a tourist attraction. In relation to the fauena, some stand out as the blue finch of the Teide or the lizard blight, known for being endemic to the islands of Tenerife and La Palma.
On the other hand, among the flora, we can find the Teide daisy, the malpaís flower or the red tajinaste , a kind of high mountain that can grow up to 3 meters.
Those who choose to make excursions and trails through the places where these species live have the possibility to observe some of these species and take a good memory.