Wednesday, March 13, 2013

What to See in Tenerife

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

There are plenty of fantastic sights to see while on your holiday in Tenerife. Here are some of our Tenerife favourites.

The most memorable holiday destinations all share one important trait. They all have breathtaking and unique sights! The “trip of a lifetime” should entail more than sandy beaches and a thriving night scene, and there must be something to distinguish it from all of your other travels. In Tenerife, you will find many opportunities to set your trip apart from all the rest. An island so rich in culture, history, and landscapes has much to offer its visitors, and you would be doing yourself a disservice by keeping only to the beaches. Do some research to discover some attractions that will mean the most to you, and then take the time to check them out. You won’t regret it!

Near the island’s eastern coast – just south of Santa Cruz –you’ll find a bit of ancient history in the Pirámides de Güímar, an ethnographic park comprised of numerous step pyramids. These structures, known by natives as the “Black Pyramids,” are similar to the ones in Egypt that you saw in your high school history book, but they have their own story to tell! Within the complex is a museum you might enjoy that displays artifacts and includes presentations from world-renowned anthropologists. There is much to see here, so you should reserve a few hours for your visit.

While the pyramids are fantastic, no holiday to Tenerife is complete without seeing the spectacular Teide volcano that towers over much of the island. It is easier now than ever to get an up-close look at it because new driving routes have been devised specifically for visitors hoping to catch a view. You will want to invest in a detailed map, but the trek starts from La Laguna and climbs through the National Park up to higher elevations at Las Cañadas. This will put you above the clouds and you will have an unobstructed view of Teide’s tip. Make sure to bring your camera and binoculars, as you will never see anything else quite like it.

When considering what to see in Tenerife, you will inevitably have to make choices. There is such an abundance of natural beauty that you cannot see it all in one trip. Whether it is the ancient pyramids, the towering Teide, or the lush and rugged farmlands of the north, you will have rich landscapes at your disposal everywhere you turn.

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