Why Tenerife Is MORE Than Just The Resorts! | 🇪🇸Tenerife Travel Guide 🇪🇸

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Why Tenerife Is MORE Than Just The Resorts! | 🇪🇸Tenerife Travel Guide 🇪🇸 4.5
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Welcome to Tenerife! 🇪🇸The largest Canary Island and one of Britain's favourite destinations. In this guide we take a look beyond the year-round sunshine and glistening beaches.

From the capital of Santa Cruz to the formidable and awe-inspiring summit of Mount Teide, we uncover everything Tenerife has to offer, for sun worshippers and adventure seekers alike.



We're in one of Britain's favourite destinations. Is there anywhere that defies expectation as much as Tenerife? For decades the Canary's largest island has been a package holiday mecca. With miles of beautiful beaches, year round sunshine and top quality all inclusives encouraging over 5 million of us to visit every year. But for those with an adventurous spirit, Tenerife gives so much more. Cycling, hiking, water sports, caving and some truly epic drives are just a sample of what's waiting for you outside the resort. Tenerife was formed by eruptions by Mount Teide, the highest peak in Spain, and the volcano at the centre of the island. These eruptions gave birth to some of Tenerife most iconic landscapes such as the black sand beach at Los Gigantes, the boulder strewn National Park and the rugged mountains and rainforests of Anaga, all of this melts away at the coast into some of Spain's most idyllic beaches and lively resorts. Tourists began visiting north Tenerife in the 1960s but it wasn't until the 80s, when tourism boomed in the south, where the hotter and dryer climate attracted British holidaymakers looking for guaranteed sun. Costa Adeje, Las Americas, Siam Park, Los Cristianos, these are all firm favourites for Tenerife's British visitors. However I hope I can inspire you to explore Tenerife and experience everything it has to offer. It has never been easier to hire a car, go on an adventure, and make the most of your holiday. Join us as we head north into the heart of Tenerife. Would I find authentic Canarian culture? Could I find adventure on this well travelled path?Could I discover what made Tenerife into such an attractive destination in the first place? We leave the south behind to explore Tenerife's capital, Santa Cruz and then on day two we'll adventure into Teide National Park to discover some of the most epic landscapes I have ever seen. This is Tenerife like you've never seen it before.

Like any good adventure, our journey begins at the airport. After dropping the car with a handy meet and greet service we were straight into a lounge before our flight. A quiet seat, all the food one could want, free drinks and high speed WiFi make a lounge a great way to start any trip abroad. Soon enough we were boarding and on our way. After a four and a half hour flight, we touched down as most tourists do at Tenerife South Airport. From here, we had a Holiday Extras transfer already booked. We followed the instructions on our confirmation and were picked up by our driver at the car hire desks before being taken directly to our accommodation in Santa Cruz. After a long day's travel this really does take the hassle away from what can be the most stressful part of any holiday. The next morning, I woke up ready to start exploring Santa Cruz. First on the agenda was heading out to get a classic Spanish breakfast. So it might not be the healthiest way to start your day but it's definitely the tastiest. So we've got freshly squeezed orange juice, good churros and the star of the show, which is this thick, chocolate sauce. It's come in a mug. I'm not sure if you're meant to drink it because that would be something else. But I know what you are meant to do is get these guys and dunk them in, and then enjoy. Churros are a traditional Spanish and Portugese breakfast snack made from dough created by mixing, flour, water and salt. They're fried until crunchy and served with thick hot chocolate. So after all that chocolate I'm thinking it's a good idea to walk it off, so we're heading to Parque Garcia Sanabría and to do that we're using the trusty Google Maps. So you type in where you need to go and follow the blue dots. Now there is a tram system that runs through town but actually it's quickest just to walk most of the time so we're going to do exactly that. Parque Garcia Sanabría is an oasis of calm in the heart of Santa Cruz. Covering 17 acres, the park is named after the mayor who approved its construction in the 1920s. The park is used by locals for dog walking, exercising, relaxing and just generally unwinding. As I walked along the sun-dappled pathways, I didn't see any tourists at all.

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I was here back in 1984, I think they filmed “ moon raker” here . This was truly an awesome video of and awesome place THANK YOU 🙏

Author — Aviation Iceman

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When you come to Tenerife you should ask for the guachinches, they are small restaurants that the grapevine farmers open to sell their own wine, they can be found in the North of the island and their prices are very affordable.
You didn't mention a beautiful place called Masca, it's a litle village surrounded by a stunning mountain scenery it's located to the Northwest part of the island.
I'm a native from Tenerife

Author — Andres Gonzalez

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There is so much more in Tenerife than you show. What about Masca, Natural pools, Siam and loro parks, Whales, dolphins, nude beach where hippies live, Anaga mountains etc. looks like you had a little time there to film your travel guide.

Author — hardijs janovskis

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I’m from Tenerife but living in London for the last 5 years, every single person that I’ve meet here in uk told me that they’d spent their holidays in Las Americas, no one went to the capital this video is great and I hope it will help to other tourist to try to discover other places, Tenerife is such an amazing place, even for us, we still discovering places every time.

Author — Ibaute guanche

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Hi, I'm from Tenerife and I want to thank you for your video. Great job, congratulations !!!

Author — Ignacio Acosta ARJECENTER - TENERIFE

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The local restaurants up near the mountains is some of the best ones I have ever been to in my life, they are so nice and makes the food fast

Author — Norwegian Heimdall

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_A beautiful presentation of my favourite island. I love the north of the island most. ℳ∁ 💕_

Author — Michael Crowe ᄊc

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Stunning video & stunning Island! This is my favorite! But also MASCA is AMAZING! The roads are also outrageously brilliant to drive (or ride, like we did)

Author — Simon Stepsys

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Going in a few hours time for the second time this year. Absolutely love Los Cristianos

Author — Jude Price

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Tenerife muy lindo yo estuve hace 2 años y la gente son muy amables gracias por compartir lindo vídeo
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Author — Tino González

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Been to Tenerife and the Mount Teide part just reminds me how I missed the place! Cool~

Author — Wei Siang-Eyu

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I live in Tenerife and I'm glad someone has highlighted, very positively just what it has on offer (other than the awful south resorts) I love Santa Cruz and the little towns, villages and eateries around Anaga....

Author — Lynne Cartwright

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Thanks for doing such a amazing video about my island, I’ve been telling people for years how amazing it is.

My parents are from puerto De la Cruz in Tenerife. They immigrated to to the UK in the late 70s when times where really hard there, back then it was all gravel roads and hardly any tourists,

I was born in the Uk, my parents went back to Tenerife in the year 2000 and I stayed in London.
I go back at least twice a year and love exploring there.

There’s a amazing beach called Playa Benijo, it’s past playa las Teresitas in Santa Cruz, you have to drive up the mountain towards la Laguna, you have to park up and walk down the mountain it’s literally paradise.

Thanks again.

Author — David mZ

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This is so underrated! The video is so cool in so many ways! Thank you for sharing and keep on exploring!

Author — Juri Jakimuk

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I really like these travel vlogs. Great job, looking forward to more videos.

Author — DJ Red X

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Yall should try the “gofios” traditional canarian sweet bread

Author — Accountant Plays MC

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I'm glad somebody decided to finally talk about "the other side of Tenerife".

It's a pitty that, of all the many tourists we get all year round, only just a handful of them actually leave Las Americas/Los Cristianos to explore the rest of the island.
Tenerife is a unique island with many wonders awaiting to be explored, and I don't just say so because I'm from here myself, it really is a beautiful island.

Thanks for making a video like this. Even though it was short (as there are even more amazing stuff to do and see in the North of Tenerife), the purpose behind it was very creditable.
Hopefully it will inspire more tourists to not miss out on the many attractions the island has to offer.

Author — Miguel Ángel Betancor Brito

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Next time you have to go to masca...
I was there a few weeks ago and it's one of the most amazing places I've ever been too..
With all due respect it is better than the mountain..
The view at the top before you drop into the valley is jaw dropping.
You can see la gomera in the distance and it looks like it's floating in the clouds.
The drive is a adventure and the actual village is just incredible.

Masca valley, heaven on earth..

Author — Antony the Old Dog

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Hello, I was so amazed end inspired by your video. Now definitely would want to visit Tenerife. Thank you.

Author — Rita Berdar

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Going there for 2 weeks in september, Puerto de la Cruz area

Author — Bastiaan Oskam