30.10.13

Guest Post: Tenerife (not the one in Brisbane)


I have ventured off to Pottsville for a friend's wedding and a mini holiday, so I have left my blog in the capable hands of my guest blogger for the day, Irene! She is a delightful blogger who has taken the time to share a post all about her home country of Tenerife here at Rowdy Fairy. I hope you enjoy her post and please take the time to visit her blog :-)




Hello, Rowdy Fairy readers! I am Irene and I blog over at Away from Tenerife, where I write about my travel adventures and expat experiences in Europe. When I first met Tania in blogland, she thought I came from Teneriffe, the suburb in Brisbane. My home island is actually a bit further than that and when she asked me to guest post on her blog I thought it'd be a nice idea to share some travel inspiration about (the other) Tenerife, the one I come from.


Where and when?

Tenerife is the biggest island of the Canary Islands, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, just opposite the coast of Morocco. Despite its geographical location, the Canary Islands are an European territory, as they are one of Spain's regions and the official language is Spanish. 
Tenerife is known as the 'Island of Eternal Spring' due to its mild climate, so any time of the year is a good time for a sun-and-sea holidays.





What to see? What to do?

Tenerife's main attraction is the Teide volcano, which is the highest mountain in Spain at 3718 m above sea level. It lies in the middle of Las Cañadas del Teide national park and the area has many unique plant species and makes a great place for hiking. It is possible to take a cable car to the summit - or to walk all the way up – though it is necessary to ask for a permit to climb up to the top.




Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of the island and in the last decade it has become an enjoyable city with good shopping and a lively night life. There is a hop-on-hop-off bus which stops at the city main sites, including the historical city centre, the shiny new auditorium or the Museum for Contemporary Art. And in mid February-March it is home to one of the biggest carnival celebrations in the world with many street parties and parades.




La Laguna is Tenerife's second biggest city and its city centre has been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The city centre is now a pedestrian zone and you can visit most historical houses and take a free guided tour from the tourism office (I did it the last time I was there and I can only recommend it!). My favourite thing about La Laguna are the many cafés with terraces outside where you can enjoy a delicious piece of cake while people-watching.





Loro Parque has evolved from a humble parrot park (as its name in Spanish suggests) to a real zoo with dolphins, whales, gorillas, penguins and tigers,among many other animals. It is a very touristy and quite pricey place but I think it is really worthy. It is in Puerto de la Cruz, a touristic resort town with some nice beaches.




If you want to relax in the beach, you can go anywhere, as most parts of the coast of Tenerife are dotted with beautiful beaches. The northern coast is wilder and more appropriate for surfing, while the southern coast is sunny all year long and has sandy beaches. Most touristic resorts are located in the south of Tenerife and there you can find Siam Park, Europe's biggest water park. Excursions in glass-floored boats are also a popular option to spot dolphins and whales in the sea. And if you're looking for an active vacation Tenerife is also the way to go as there are many hiking possibilities.





I hope you enjoyed this little tour around my home island – writing it has made me a bit homesick! 

Have a lovely day, dear readers of Rowdy Fairy! See you at Away from Tenerife.


And thanks, Tania, for letting me take over your blog for a day :)

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