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Holiday on Tenerife: discover this Canary Island

With a pounding heart, I increased my grip on the steering wheel and reminded myself that the view would be worth it. Just a couple of hairpins to go. When I arrived on the other side of the mountain, I could not believe my eyes. A small-scale holiday on Tenerife is a constant search for hidden gems with stunning landscapes wherever you go. All you need to do is hop in your rental car and explore. And be brave enough to take the most breathtaking roads in Spain. If I can do it, you can do it too. This is how you’ll find the most beautiful locations while island hopping between the Canary Islands!

Small-scale hotels & apartments on Tenerife

The largest island of the group, Tenerife, is perfect for a road trip. A great way to explore the island and discover all kinds of nice places to stay. I like to find myself a charming hotel or apartment for the first part of my holiday and switch to a luxurious and serene Adults Only location by the end. In any case, there’s always something to do near the hotels and apartments on Tenerife. It all depends on how I spent the night before; in a Spanish finca or out and about. The islanders love a good party. This makes it very tempting to stay out late!

My authentic picks for the Spanish islands are small-scale and the owners don't have a lot of rooms available. Be sure to book your flying holiday to Tenerife in time. Still looking for holiday inspiration? Check out my latest discoveries or last minutes to Tenerife.

Fly & Drive on Tenerife

Good to know: my flying holidays to Tenerife always include a rental car and a place to stay.

A fly & drive holiday on Tenerife will often take you on a challenging drive through the mountains to reach your destination. With the exception of the highways and ‘autopistas’, roads tend to be steep and narrow and require your utmost attention. The roads are secured with guardrails.

Tip: All of my flying holidays to the Mediterranean include a rental car of the smallest category. You can book a car with a more powerful engine to brave the steep roads a bit more comfortably. Just upgrade your car in the booking process; a surcharge will be applied automatically.

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Places to visit on Tenerife

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary islands. It is home to the El Teide volcano, which is the highest point of Spain  at nearly 4000 metres. An island full of contrast due to hundreds of flowers and lava-coloured dark beaches. This makes Tenerife a remarkable place for a beach holiday and a true feast for the eyes. Especially if you combine it with endless hikes around the island's beautiful nature, just like I do. When it comes to hiking, I recommend Montañas Negras, Anaga Natural Reserve and Montaña Chayofita. Los Campeches natural reserve is yet another great place to visit for nature enthusiasts.

The people of Tenerife love a colourful celebration and carnival is definitely an annual highlight on the island. Colourful flowers, swinging music and beautiful floats take the central stage in Santa Cruz. Another great festival to experience is the Romeria de La Orotava Festival, which is the considered the most beautiful in the region.

Tenerife is home to the oldest town of the Canary Islands and is well worth a visit. The former capital is called La Laguna and it is a protected UNESCO world heritage site for good reason. The town offers so much diversity: Gothic towers, baroque-style domes and colonial houses. Every alley has something different to show you. The authenticity is remarkable and the town is a true gem to visit.

Culinary trip on Tenerife

It goes without saying that a holiday on Tenerife is synonymous to enjoying the most delicious fish dishes. I prefer to go for a grilled catch of the day. When it comes to meat, local specialities tend to include goat and rabbit. Though you'll also find plenty of pork, beef and chicken by the coast. Papas arrugasas are potatoes boiled in their skin. A popular side dish to go with meat or fish, not just on Tenerife but Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, La Palma and Lanzarote as well. They are usually served with mojo sauce for dipping. My personal favourite is red mojo, a spicy and aromatic variety. Mojo verde is green and less spicy. If you find yourself in the south of Tenerife, make sure to try some Abona wine. And don’t forget to taste the island’s speciality, ‘cobana’, a type of banana liqueur. One reason why the island is rich in banana plantations.

The weather: from Tenerife with love

Before travelling to Tenerife, it is good to know what part of the island you should start your holiday in. The north of Tenerife can be a bit cloudy and will have more precipitation than the south. This does mean that the north is very green! The weather in the south of Tenerife is sunny. Summer temperatures remain around 25 degrees, which makes the area perfect for a sun holiday.

Late summer in September and October still has warm temperatures of around 23 degrees. Between November and March, the average temperature is 19 degrees and the evenings can get quite chilly. Contrary to the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands are a great place for a winter holiday. Do make sure to pack an extra sweater.