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What to Do in Tenerife

March 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Activities, Attractions, Travel Guide

A holiday in Tenerife can be the most relaxing time of your life. With white sandy beaches, crystal blue ocean, and a tropical climate, the island practically begs its visitors to kick back and rest amidst the boundless beauty and ideal weather. But some travelers equate a relaxing holiday to a dull one, and are not content to merely pamper themselves between their arrival and departure flights. For the more active visitors, the largest of the Canary Islands boasts a number of exciting and educational alternatives to rival the allure of its tropical coastlines. There is no need to sit around and wonder about what to do in Tenerife! Check out attractions that will help you fill a rainy day or give you a break from the beaches.

Despite the island’s vast beauty, some of its most intriguing attractions actually reside indoors. Tenerife has an abundance of quality museums that tell of its rich history and culture. In Santa Cruz de Tenerife – the island’s capital – there is a complex of museums called the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre (MNH). Comparable to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., the MNH combines three separate compounds: The Museum of Natural Sciences, The Architectural Museum of Tenerife, and The Canarian Institute of Bioanthropology. A trip here could consume a whole day, as you view such remarkable exhibits as Guanche Mummies and Mediterranean and Aegean Amorphas.

Though the MNH presents the grandest collection of relics and artifacts, there are many worthy alternatives throughout Tenerife. The Museum of the History of Tenerife is located in La Laguna and highlights the island’s cultural, social, and economic advancements tracing back to the 1400′s. Also in La Laguna is the Museum of Science and the Cosmos, which is unique in how it presents the laws of nature in a series of exhibits and hands-on activities.

Also of interest is the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts (Santa Cruz), a comprehensive gallery of famous Spanish paintings and sculptures. Much of the artwork on display is representative of Tenerifan culture and history. While you probably won’t want to spend a whole lot of your holiday indoors, it might be nice to catch a break from the sun and learn a little about your destination. Museums are a small but important sample of what to do on your Tenerife holidays.

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