Mention Tenerife and many people will think of crowded beaches, superclubs and big nights out. Perhaps as an afterthought, they might think of rugged mountains, vast volcanic craters and secluded rocky coves too. But this remains a side of Tenerife that few visitors are truly acquainted with.
Mention Tenerife and many people will think of crowded beaches, superclubs and big nights out. Perhaps as anafterthought, they might think of rugged mountains, vast volcanic craters and secluded rocky coves too. But this remains a side of Tenerife that few visitors are truly acquainted with.
The island has a somewhat split personality, with a bustling South coast that attracts beach bums and revellers alike to its dense hotel jungle, sunbed-laden beaches, water sports and that famous night scene. But travel further North, past the magnificent mountain range with the soaring Mt Teide as its centrepiece, and you’ll find an entirely different animal. Home to quaint hillside villages, rugged countryside, rocky cliff tops and such gems as the coastal town of Garachico, this is Tenerife at its best.
One of the most efficient ways to explore this beautiful area is to hire a car. If you’re staying in Puerto de la Cruz, car hire is easy to come by and you’ll find numerous options either in the town or near the airport. Many agencies are located in the North but one of the best ways to secure a good price is to compare the market and book online. You can find car hire deals at Canarias, a local agent that specialises in the Canary Islands, or book online at one of the other major car hire companies.
Puerto de la Cruz is actually a great town to use as a base, as it gives you easy access to the winding hairpin bends that lead to Mt Teide – a definite must-see on any trip to Tenerife. Or for something a little more civilized, take the coastal road past the airport to Santa Cruz and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city with its art galleries, museums, sandy bays and high street shops. Whether you choose to stay here or somewhere a little quieter, affordable Tenerife hotels are easy to come by and can accommodate virtually every taste and preference, from bustling locations in the town centre to quiet rural retreats.
Come and enjoy a holiday in Tenerife and experience the ‘other’ side of this enthralling island for a wonderful holiday you’ll never forget.