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Two sides to Tenerife
Member Name: bettyboop2002
Advantages: Year round good weather
Disadvantages: Las Americas
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, the main resorts include Los Cristianos, Playa De Las Americasand Puerto De La Cruz. English is widely spoken so the language isn't a problem here. The currency is the Euro. There is no doubt about it, Tenerife is a beautiful country with amazing scenery year round good weather and plenty to see and do. For the most part it is a lovely place but certain areas are nothing short of hideous.
I decided to go in November as I really wanted a bit on sunshine before Christmas and saw a cheap holiday for about £150 self catering for a week. The flight time from the UK is around 4 hours and most UK airports fly to the Reina Sofia Tenerife South airport.
The first apartments I looked at were in the middle of Playa De Las Americas resort, I wanted to stay here as I thought it would be the busiest resort for the time of year. The apartments had sold out by the time I went to book them and I opted for apartments in Costa Adeje which turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
The first apartments I had looked at turned out to be in the middle of the red light district. Costa Adeje was nice and peaceful, the views from the apartments were spectacular, especially on an evening when you could watch the sun set and see the island of La Gomera in the distance and snow covered mountains up in the clouds.
On the first night we stayed around the Costa Adeje area which was pleasant, although extremely quite at this time of year. There are a good number of bars and restaurants around the area but it was just a bit too quiet for our liking.
The second day we visited Los Cristianos which was really nice, had an impressive harbour, many beaches lines with bars, restaurants and cafes of all nationalities. There were a few water sports available on the beaches and the beaches weren't too crowded at this time of year. It is quite built up but there are still plenty of old buildings and many parts of the old fishing village it once was can still be seen. There was a really mixed group of holiday makers in this area both young and old and couples and families and there was something for everyone. There was plenty of evening entertainment on offer and I think if I was to go back to Tenerife this would be where I would choose to stay.
The third day I had to visit the famous Playa De Las Americas and it's strip. I really wish I hadn't bothered. There was a football match on at lunch time so we visited a famous sports bar to watch it. The place was dirty, the staff didn't seem to notice or acknowledge us when we walked in and when we finally got a drink it was considerably more expensive than the other areas we had visited. A group of young men were really drunk, some were asleep and one of them fell into a tray of glasses smashing them all over the floor, they were not told to leave and the staff seemed to find it funny. We had to leave our drinks and go somewhere else because they were so annoying. We found somewhere else to watch the match and headed to the beach. The beach was large and clean and had plenty of bars and restaurants around and after a couple of hours we decided to head back to the apartment before going to see the strip at night.
At 8pm we went for a meal and into a bar, a young girl vomited in a bar and then went up to the bar where she was served even more alcohol. I am by no means a party pooper and love a good time and a few drinks but each bar was offering free shots and a lot of 2 for 1 drinks. Most of the crowd were very young and extremely drunk, I really feel the bars were very irresponsible serving people who could barely walk or talk even more alcohol. It was cringeworthy watching young girls who didn't seem to know what planet they were on be talked into taking part in wet t-shirt competitions and proceeding to fall off tables. We left as each bar we went into seemed like more of the same it was just uncomfortable to be around and certainly not a place for families.
Things to do in Tenerife
Teide National Park - Here lies Spain's hightest mountain, Mount Teide, which is over 3700 metres tall. When we were here we saw it from a distance which was enough for us it was snow covered and stunning. You can get a cable car to the peak or for the more energetic people you can take a guided 6 hour walk up to the peak. In winter the temperature at the top drops to below freezing which is why we decided not to go any closer than we had to but we saw the views from the top in guide books and it really did look amazing. In the summer it can be over 40 degrees as the top. You can see four other Canary Islands from the top and when you get near the top you are above the clouds. I have spoke to others who have gone here as a day trip and say it really is one not to be missed. The Jeep Safaris look like a load of fun.
Festivals - There are many religious festival's throughout the year. Tenerife is a popular Christmas destination due to it's warm winters, the Christmas dinner is traditionally had on Christmas Eve in Tenerife and Mass is attended on Christmas Day.
Large colourful carnivals take place throughout February and March and a lot of festivals happen in the capital of Tenerife, Santa Cruz.
Water sports - There is diving, jet skis, whale and dolpin watching, paragliding, fishing and boat trips on offer all over the Island of Tenerife these are available all year round although more frequently in the summer.
Water Parks - Siam Park is the probably the most popular park in Tenerife, it is located in Costa Adeje and has lots of slides for all ages, a floating market where you can buy souvenirs and snacks, a lazy river, small beach and pool areas. In high season it gets extremely busy and at a hefty 33 euros per adult many people opt for Aquapark in Costa Adeje which is a smaller water park with a dolphin show and plenty of slides and pools.
Loro Parque is like a sea life centre full of animals including whales, dolphins and penguins.
Tenerife has a monkey park, camel park and jungle world as well for the animal lovers out there.
Golf - There are many golf courses around Tenerife including the stunning 18 hole Golf Las Americas and Golf Costa Adeje. There are plenty of practise courses, 9 hole courses and pitch and putt courses for beginners.
For older tourists who might want something less energetic there are shopping trips, bowls, ballroom dancing and bingo all over the island.
There are plenty of walking tours to do in Tenerife including the coastal walk from Loc Cristianos to Playa De Las Americas which is also suitable for those in wheelchairs.
There is a miniature park, which features some of the Canary Islands most famous buildings in stunning miniatures.
The food and drink in Tenerife is reasonable with a meal with drinks under 10 euros per person. There are all kind of restaurants to choose from including local canarian restaurants, fast food chains, italian, mexican, indian, chinese, roast dinners and much more. Drinks are around 2 euros, a bit more in Las Americas where they can vary depending on the time of year, time of day and whether there are any specific events on at the time. Some bars charge a small entrance fee which comes with a free drink and shot. There are karaoke bars, sports bars, bars showing comedy dvd's and soap operas, quiz nights, bingo, cabaret and much more.
With all of the above and much much more to do in Tenerife there is something for everyone. It is not one of the first places I would choose you visit although I would visit again but would definitely not go in peak season and would steer well clear of Las Americas.
As the weather is good all year round and most of the theme parks, attractions and day trips open all year round it is a perfect winter destination.
Summary: A year round destination with some beautiful scenery and plenty to do