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How to Go About Exploring Tenerife

March 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Travel Guide

When taking your holiday, it is easy to miss out on much of what your destination of choice has to offer. To get the most out of your trip, you’ll want to see what other travelers have to say about their own experiences. What makes a certain spot different from others? What is worth seeing and what isn’t? A place like Tenerife has such an abundance of history, beauty, and fun that you’d never fit everything into a year, much less a week long holiday. Design an itinerary that is manageable but slightly ambitious, and that includes a touch of everything. Exploring Tenerife can be overwhelming, but if you do it right, it can be an experience of a lifetime.

Because it is the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is somewhat sprawling. Everywhere you look… there is something to see or do, and it is important to be familiar with the different regions of the island so that you know where to look for things that specifically interest you. The southern coast is resort-laden and traced with pristine beaches, giving the feel of a relaxingly tropical location. La Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos are two large resorts that accommodate hundreds of tourists, and shopping centers and golf courses abound through the area.

Tenerife-VolcanoIn perfect contrast to the beachy southern region of Tenerife is the more rugged north. The adventurous traveler will enjoy its rural feel and the mountainous spots perfect for exploring. Agriculture replaces tourism in the north as the predominant money-making venture. Tomatoes and bananas are harvested coastally, while maize (corn) and potatoes are grown in the midlands. You will find many opportunities to explore agricultural zones in the form of farm tours.

Something else to consider is how to best go about seeing the island. Though the land area is vast, public transportation can be unreliable. Between the two major airports at either end of the island are only bus lines. There is no railroad system, but one is currently in the works. This leaves you with two choices: bus and rental car. Each method has advantages, but one key perk to rental cars is that you can do more venturing off the beaten path. Buses typically keep to the main highways. However you wish to go about exploring Tenerife, you’ll find that there are more than enough ways to keep you busy.

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