By Jennifer Anders
Best Canary Island – TenerifeLooking for exotic black –grey or pebble beaches instead of the traditional white sands? You don’t have to look too far to find many of them here in Tenerife due to the fact that this island, a member of the Canary Islands, was formed from a volcano. It is also known as the best Canary Island and is home to of the world’s largest Carnivals: The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Therefore, you don’t have to look too hard to find a few tourists either!
While in Tenerife, take a visit to the town of Santa Cruz. It is a village that is full of history, churches, amazing architecture and lots of places to eat al fresco. In fact, don’t eat at the hotel restaurants, but instead choose to eat fresh seafood and gazpacho from the local cafes outdoors. Stroll Calle Noria from La Plaza de la Iglesia de la Conception and find great places to eat among its brightly painted building. This place is jammed packed full of cafes and bars. The streets are lined with tables and chairs, so you can eat outdoors year round.
And if you want to go shopping, the Market of Nuestra Senora de Africa is the place for that. It is an amazing food market that you will not only enjoy the produce of fruits and vegetables but also the people-watching is just as fun!
Then, just minutes outside of Santa Cruz, you will find one of the island’s prettiest beaches, Las Teresitas, where you can spend the day. But from what I hear, the most spectacular sunset on the island is right here or in the hills above the beach, so don’t leave too soon!
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You could also take an excursion to the volcano in Tenerife. You can ride the Teide Cable Car at the Teide National Park to the highest volcano on Tenerife at 12, 189 feet! You can live the experience of gliding over a geological gem where the lava flows underneath you! The best time to visit is either at sunrise or sunset. A visit there is always different depending on the timing of your visit. The seasons has weather patterns changing around you and the light effects are different on the lava below depending on what time of day it is. But the place itself it stunning and will leave you in awe and silence.
Another place to visit while you are there is Loro Parque on the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruiz, which is similar to American’s SeaWorld.
Photo by By Wouter Hagens (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
They have dolphin and killer whales shows, as well as many different types of exotic animals, from sea lions to chimps, parrots to tigers. It is a well-established and well-known zoo in the area.
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From what I hear, Spring is the best time to visit Tenerife. The weather is milder and the flowers have sprung. But from what I understand from the locals, anytime is a perfect time to visit!
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