Tenerife (Canarische Eilanden)

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The Canary Islands lie at around 28° North and enjoy a pleasant sub-tropical climate with average daily maximums of over 20°C throughout the year. Cooled by the Canary Current and the prevalent north-easterly Trade Winds, temperatures are slightly cooler than would normally be expected at this latitude (the same as Orlando in Florida and less than 300km from the Western Sahara). This north-easterly breeze is at its most consistent during the summer months and helps to keep temperatures in the high twenties rather then the mid thirties.
Micro-Climates

The Rain Shadow effect caused by the mountainous interior keeps the South-west very arid. Conversely, most of the island’s rainfall is received on the northern slopes between 600 and 1800 meters above sea level. An interesting phenomenon that can often be observed on Tenerife is known as the Sea of Clouds. This happens when the moist trade winds (sea level) condense as they rise over the steep northerly slope of the Island and then meet a temperature inversion layer (drier and warmer air at a higher altitude) at around 1700m.

These factors combined with the island’s diverse topography mean that there are a number of micro-climates on this relatively small island. The south, lying in rain shadow, is the driest and warmest part of the Island, however temperatures and rainfall aren’t as radically different to Santa Cruz in the north as one might expect. The most dramatic differences in climate are often between areas that are actually adjacent to one another; Santa Cruz receives an average of 214mm of rain per year and has an average temperature of 21.2°C, travel just a few kilometres to the Airport near La Laguna (at an altitude of 617m) and the average temperature is just 16.5°C and it receives a whopping 557mm of rain per year.

Looking for the sunniest spot on the Island? Head inland and drive above the clouds – the observatory at Izaña records an average of 3433 hours of sunshine per year.

Tenerife, the most popular holiday island in Europe!

The island of Tenerife is the largest island of the Canary Islands, an archipelago located west of Morocco. Concerning the Canary Islands in Spain, there is a fairly extensive form of self-government. One does not even speak of a country in a country. Like all the other Canary Islands, Tenerife has a volcanic origin. Tenerife’s largest volcano is the Pico del Teide. With his impressive form, he is largely sight-determining for the island. You can see the snow-covered point from many places on the island, for example, from Costa Adeje to the southwest, but also from Puerto de la Cruz to the north. Chances are you will see this highest mountain of Spain as you fly on Tenerife. The aircraft must first turn south of Tenerife to fly well on the runway. If you are visiting Tenerife, visiting the Teide National Park can not be missed. There is plenty to see and do in Tenerife, but especially here you can see what volcanism is like. Within the park you will see almost all the landscapes that belong to a volcano. Even if you have visited the park several times, it remains impressive to see.

Holidays to Tenerife:

With around three to four million visitors a year, Tenerife is one of the most important holiday destinations in Europe. Tourism has not even suffered from the economic crisis that broke out in Europe in 2008/2009. This is mainly due to the fact that Tenerife is interesting throughout the year as a solar destination. It is therefore not necessary to have only the summer months. The Canary Islands are for the winter, even for the Germans, British, Scandinavians, Dutch, Belgians and French people, even the only holiday destination where you can enjoy flying for up to 5 hours of summer. Tenerife has for many years been the most important winter zone destinations among Western Europeans. The most important reason for booking a holiday Tenerife is the pleasant climate. The majority of tourists therefore come to Tenerife for days to enjoy the sun and the warmth. Most of the holiday is spent mainly at the pool, on the beach or on the terrace. Whoever wants more than just sun, sea and beach that can enjoy beautiful villages all year round, impressive scenery and sights. If you want an active holiday that can be enjoyed in Tenerife, you can choose from many walks or enjoy cycling. For cyclists, Tenerife is a nice challenge due to its many turns and altimeters. Tenerife is really something for everyone. Not for nothing that so many people fly to this beautiful island every year.

Candelaria:

The main attraction of Candelaria is the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria. You do not have to be religious to appreciate the outer beauty of this church. The triple basilica is made in white with camee and has three towers. The sacred building is still very young. It dates back to 1959. Behind the altar is the most important Catholic relic of the island: the Virgin of Candalaria. The sacred virgin is remarkably built into the wall. Twenty a year pilgrims from all over the island come to this important pilgrimage place. The first time is on February 2, on the name of Candelaria. The second time is the largest pilgrimage of the whole of the Canary Islands. This takes place during Maria Hemelvaartsdag, on August 15th.

Climate south of Tenerife
The south of Tenerife is dry, sunny and warm. Almost all year long, temperatures range between 20 and 30 degrees and at night between 15 and 22 degrees. This is why Tenerife is such a popular destination in winter.

Nature Tenerife:
Tenerife is of volcanic origin, which is still well visible on the island, for example, by the black lava edges, lava formations and altitude differences. The famous volcano El Teide is immediately visible when arriving on Tenerife. This mountain is 3,718 meters high (7,000 meters above sea level) and is considered one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the world. At the top of this mountain you have a beautiful view of Tenerife. You can pick up three sides from the top.
The first option is to the left, towards the lookout point Pico Viejo. From this place you have a view of the Pico Viejo volcano (3.135 meters high) and the south of Tenerife.
Option two is right to the La Fortaleza viewing point, with view on the north of Tenerife.
The third option is to walk the crater. This is only possible if you have obtained permission from the Oficina del Parque Nacional.
The volcano is considered to be dormant, which means that the volcano is not active at the moment. The last eruption was in 1909.

Parque Nacional del Teide
El Teide is in a crater of another volcano, the so-called caldera volcano. This crater is of great landscape significance and therefore received the status ‘national park’ in 1954. In addition, the National Park ‘Parque Nacional del Teide’ has been listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 2007. The area is 13,571 ha in size. In the southern part of the crater are sandy plains (the so-called “canadas”) with weathered rocks and high caldera walls. In between lies fossilized lava rivers, making it clear that the area knows a volcanic active past.
Next to this volcanic area there are also beautiful green, high mountainous areas like Angana, Monte de Las Mercede and Punta del Hidalgo in Tenerife. These areas are in the north of the island and have steep cliffs and cliffs.

There are also forests in Tenerife. Until the 14th century, Tenerife was even completely covered with forests. However, after the introduction of sugarcane crops, many forests were cut, after the introduction of mass tourism. Fortunately, there are some forests, Bosque de la Esperanza is the largest forest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking:
Apart from a healthy dose of winter sun, Tenerife is especially suitable for walking. The barrancos (valleys) of Masca and Adeje are popular, but the Tenerife hiking paradise is the rugged volcanic Anagas mountain range in the northeast. For rare flowers, unforgettable panoramas and forgotten villages.

BARRANCO DEL INFIERNO:

The tour on this trail begins 300 m above sea level, in Adeje, a natural balcony with magnificent views to the landscapes in the south of the island. This hiking trip will take approximately three and a half hours and the whole tour will be of approximately 6500 meters. Because of the low-medium difficulty tail, it is recommended that you bring appropriate shoes for slippery and stony grounds.

Great Canarian food:
Where can you still have authentic Canarian food?

On holiday in Tenerife you can of course enjoy the most delicious Spanish restaurants and bars or lounge bars, of typical Canarian culinary cuisine such as; Papas arrugadas with Mojo of Canarias (grilled potatoes with sauce), a Paella, Spanish tortilla (stuffed egg omelette) or a Spanish Tapas bar where you can have a delicious evening at a sunset at sunset with a view of a glass of wine and Tapas can be enjoyed, or just relax while enjoying a lunchtime drink on the lounge bar lounge.

Along the coast of southern Tenerife you will find an abundance of fish restaurants (especially in the fishing villages like El Medano, Playa San Juan and Los Cristianos).
There is also a wide choice of (Dutch harbor in Los Cristianos ( https://www.facebook.com/dutchharbour.loscristianos.tenerife/ ) and Belgian bars and restaurants, where you can have a nice evening with a bite and a drink!
You will find these mainly in the most popular seaside resorts in southern Tenerife; Los Gigantes, Adeje, Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos!

General information
Currency: Euro
Time difference: One hour earlier than in the Netherlands
Spoken language: Spanish
Fee: Approx. 5-10 percent
Telephone: The dialing number for Spain is 0034
The number for the Netherlands from Tenerife is 0031
Tel. Emergencies: 112
Tel. Ambulance: 061
Tel. Fire brigade: 080
Electricity: The current voltage is 220 Volt AC
Siësta: From 12:00 to 15:00 a 16:00
Prices: Something cheaper than the Netherlands
Water: Water from the tap contains a lot of chlorine and lime. It can basically be drunk, but it is better to choose a filter system or bottles from the supermarket
Provinces: The Canary Islands are divided between two provinces and belong to Spain
Overwinter: Tenerife is one of the most popular winter destinations
Airports: Tenerife has two airports: Tenerife-Norte (TFN) and Tenerife-Sur (TFS)
Flight Duration: The flight time to Tenerife is approximately 4.5 hours from Schiphol Airport.
Insects: Little nuisance of insects, cockroaches are sometimes experienced as annoying.