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About Tenerife

From a gay perspective, Tenerife, although the largest and most cosmopolitan of the Canary Islands, doesn't have a huge gay scene, but over the last 2 years - the scene is definitely growing in both the North and South of the Island.

It's a favourite winter destination with Northern Europeans as the sun shines all year round. It's a fact that there is more sunshine, less rainfall and warmer temperatures than any other destination within 4 hours from UK/Ireland. So forget about long flights to glamourous overpriced destinations, if you want to get a tan, relax, have fun ...it's perfect!

transport / airports /weather in Tenerife

Here's a very short guide to give you a flavour of what Tenerife can offer:

 
In the South
 
Las Americas
 
 
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Once the horrid nasty tourist town of Tenerife, but not anymore...it's improving everyday and now is surprisingly swanky in parts...with Blue Flag beaches, great beach bars, bars with wonderful sunset views, great clubs - now branded as Costa Adeje!
 
Los Cristianos
 
  las vistas beach los cristianos  
Not so noisy neighbour to Las Americas, great beaches, seafront bars, home to the Aguavivas festival (Jamiroquai headlined in 2008) The beachfront has all just been rejuvenated so it sparkles! Great place to be on New Year watching the fireworks from the beach
 
Los Abrigos
 
 
Los Abrigos tenerife
 
Pretty fishing village once full of smugglers, now full of fishermen! -The place to eat fresh fish caught that day. Facing west, its a great place for sunset drinks & dinner ... after a hard day on the beach! But ask for our recommendations on which restaurant to choose
 
El Medano
 
 
El Medano beach front
 
On the circuit for the World Windsurfing Championships: the skies are filled with kites and sails, the sea with surfers, it's great to watch. Most of the shops and bars cater for a younger crowd - good shops - long beach - safe swimming - tight rubber suits!
       
 
In the West
 
 
Los Gigantes
 
  Los Gigantes tenerife  
Home to some of the largest sea cliffs in Europe and truly amazing - they rise up 500m from sea level - great dolphin and whale watching tours from here - all under conservation rules. Take a dip in clear waters in Masca Bay...bit like pirates of the caribbean ..ish!
 
Buenavista
 
 
Buenavista Tenerife
 
Our little secret, undeveloped and away from mass tourism, A beautiful bandstand sits in the main square surrounded by original and traditional Canarian buildings. The coast here and along Punto Teno is untouched & stunning.
 
Garachico
 
 
Garachico
 
Formerly the capital of Tenerife until Mount Teide erupted and lava came down the mountain and put a halt to the export of the famous tenerife wines - Malvasia still being a world beater. Traditional buildings, good food, lots of history and tradition
 
La Oratava
 
 
La Oratava
 
Wonderful architecture, great little bars, cobbled streets, good nightlife, close to Puerto De La Cruz and is home to the world famous annual corpus cristi flower and sand carpets. Also looks stunning at Christmas (they have the largest Nativity scene on the island!)
 
 
In the North
 
Santa Cruz
 
Santa Cruz De tenerife
Capital of Tenerife & the whole Canaries. Admiral Horatio Nelson had his arm shot off on his ship out at sea near here...Cosmopolitan, great nightlife, shops galore, lovely park...and a beach down the road - with imported white sand from the Sahara!
 
Puerto De La Cruz
 
Puerto de la cruz
It's a little bit 70's in parts, but in general the centre is very pretty and bustling. Popular with german tourists. Lots of 'people watching' and sitting in cafes around pretty plazas. The sea is quite rough here, so they built fantastic swimming pools along the seafront.
 
Candelaria
 
Guanche kings
The most religious town on the island, due to a girl having a vision of the Virgin Mary many years ago. The Basilica is worth a visit, to see the black Madonna. Large open square with statues of the ancient 9 kings (Menceyes) who ruled before the Spanish conquest.
 
La Laguna
  la laguna convent
University Town of Tenerife and a UNESCO World heritage site. You can get a tram from Santa Cruz up to La Laguna. Not many tourists around, but plenty of students lots of streets to explore, typical canarian fayre and great tapas for lunch.

 
 
National Park
 
Mount Teide 3718m
Another UNESCO world heritage site. The National Park of Tenerife is fantastic. You don't expect the wonderful smell of pine trees, the unique lunar landscape the 3rd largest volcano in the world. Driving through the clouds to reach the base of Teide is a one off experience.
  cable car to teide
Did you know that Mount Teide casts the largest sea shadow in the world? And while we are on the subject of being high...you can catch the cable car right to the top of Teide...you might have to queue, but not for long. Seriously great views from the summit.
 
National Park Tenerife
Throughout Tenerife there are many scenic viewpoints known as 'Miradors' they are dotted around the island, if you see one...it's a must to stop, get out of the car and take a few moments, the view are breathtaking. Look out for Mirador Chirche and Mirador on the Dorsal route.
 

Transport
Sadly taxis are not cheap in Tenerife.
If you drive, thankfully car hire is a reasonable cost and we recommend a car to explore parts of the island that are away from the main resorts. We also provide you with a glove box guide to Tenerife, which points out great places to stop for a coffee, great views, lovely unspoilt towns in the mountains and wonderful scenic drives.
If you don't fancy driving on your holiday we are on hand to provide you with private island tours, we'll tell you all about the island and drive you to the most wonderful locations.

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Airports
There are 2 airports Reina Sofia in the South and Los Rodeos in the North. If you are flying into the south and are staying in Puerto De La Cruz / Santa Cruz etc expect an hour long drive to get there.

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Weather
Tenerife is roughly 170km from the NW coast of Africa (Sahara/Morocco). If you draw a straight line from Florida over the Atlantic, it would pass through Tenerife. The weather is warm throughout the whole year, which is why it is a popular destination from October to April.

 

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TENERIFE FACTOID No.5: Sir Elton of John graced Tenerife with an open air concert in Adeje in February 2008    

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