Tenerife: Spain’s Must See Volcanic Island

 

Imagine being in a place where everyday there was a different adventure to be had. A place in which one felt that around each corner a whole different world was waiting to be discovered, thanks to some of this earth’s most unique and beautiful geographical landscapes. Welcome to Tenerife, the Spanish island created from volcanic activity. Tenerife is a UNESCO world geological sight, and although many people never even think to go there in their travels, it’s actually a more and more affordable destination. Whether you’re planning a quick getaway or a more long-term stop while traveling the world, places like cheapflights.co.uk have great deals on flights to Tenerife, allowing the dream of visiting the island to become a reality. Here we take a look at a few of the reasons Tenerife should absolutely be on your must-see list this year.

It’s commonly assumed that the Canary Islands, of which Tenerife is one, get their name from the popular birds. But in fact, the name comes from a breed of ferocious dog that used to be found on the islands. Canary birds, which also frequent the area, were later discovered and named after the islands themselves. Tenerife in particular is the result of volcanic activity, and resides in a place that was known as a place of hell by early settlers. The island has a rich culture and history, and is the most populated island in Spain.

Tenerife also boasts the highest point in Spain, Mount Teidi. This beautiful mountain is actually an active volcano, and is the third highest volcano in the world. The mountain is visible from almost every point of Spain. The amazing thing is one can get to the top of the mountain. Trams are used for this purpose but for revelers, the hike is welcome. The mountain is surrounded by a beautiful botanical feel of amazing flora and fauna, thanks to having been dormant since its last eruption in 1909.

The beaches on Tenerife are to die for. This includes the Arena which is one of the most popular beaches for a relaxing day of sun bathing. Many of the island’s beaches offer great activities like scuba diving, submarine safaris and water sports. Not all beaches are safe for swimming though, as the waters around are filled with cliffs, reefs and creatures that can only be referred to as phenomenal. These offer a breathtaking view of the island. Besides beaches, Tenerife offers some of the most unique and breathtaking geographical features the world over, thanks to having a volcanic history. One particularly noteworthy geographical sight is the Roque Cinchado, a unique rock formation so renowned throughout Spain that it used to be featured on the country’s old currency, the peseta.

The Masca valley and the Anaga Mountains are also great rock formations to explore and provide trails that are great for hiking. These breathtaking sites often come with guides for those who prefer to learn a bit more about what they’re seeing. Guided tours often include interacting with island residents and visiting some villages that can be found in the valleys.

Due to the rich culture, Tenerife boasts of some great archeological and historical sites. About five million tourists visiting the island each year, and that number is only going to get higher as people spread the word about all the amazing things to see and do. So if you’re itching to take a trip to Spain, make sure to include Tenerife on the itinerary.

Photo Credit: Félix González

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