Guest Post: Tenerife is An Island of Two Halves
It is little surprise that Tenerife remains so popular with British holidaymakers, with its year round good weather, great food and fantastic night life. That it is just a few hours’ plane journey from the UK is another huge benefit, of course.
However, this most wonderful of Canary Islands is far more than just a sun-soaked party paradise. It is also an island of contrasts, most particularly from the north to the south.
Most Brits traveling with Coop Travel tend to migrate south for the Tenerife sun, as this is where the majority of the action takes place. With the strips of Las Americas and Los Cristianos both down here, it is all about a good time, having a party, and enjoying the facilities as much as possible.
The weather here is also a little warmer through the year. In the summer though, there is scant difference between the averages from the north to the south.
Where the real difference lies is in the pace of life, with the northern parts of Tenerife being somewhat quieter and more laid back. It is altogether more rural and, while the whole of this Canary Island is full of awe-inspiring natural sites, getting to see them is easier from the north.
It is all rather less developed too, so holidaymakers here will have an entirely different view of the Canary Islanders way of life. One trip to make to see this clearly is to the Anaga rural park, which has nearly 14,500 hectares of pristine woodlands and forests. Well over 100 endemic species are also found here.
There are also many great opportunities to take a look at the cultural side of Canarian life. For a little more modernity, heading to the capital of Santa Cruz is easy from the north.
Southern holidaymakers can get there easily enough too, and it does make for great shopping and eating. Many travellers in the late spring and early summer also take the chance to watch a Club Deportivo Tenerife football match. With great deals constantly on offer from Co-op Travel, any time is a great one to visit.
There are also some great stretches of beach here, most notably the 4.5 mile long Las Teresitas. Palm-fronted, the golden sand is popular with locals, while families can relax in the calm waters helped by the breakwater.
Anyone heading to Tenerife this year will always have their eyes on the good weather, and most on the good parties. For those willing to look a little further though, there is much more to be explored on this wonderful island.
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