The Spanish island of Tenerife is 785 square miles of beaches, volcanic mountains (including, Teide the world’s third largest volcano). It hosts over 5 million tourists per year – that’s more than one tourist for every local. And it’s easy to see why the largest island of the Canaries is so popular – the locals of this tropical island are friendly and they put on one of the largest carnivals in the world, Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Tenerife hotels are mostly clustered around the white sandy coasts of the island as well as the main towns of Santa Cruz and San Cristobel de la Laguna. There are luxury resorts from just £50 per night that provide full board as well as swimming pool, entertainment and sporting facilities – in fact will do everything they can from keeping from leaving – and spending you cash with them.
For backpackers accommodation in Tenerife offers excellent which can be found all-year round – although clearly the better deals will be found off-season. A rural option set in vineyards is the Albergue Mamio Verde near Teide, for a great social scene check out La Isla Bonita in El Fraile or for a poolside hostel go to Los Amigos in La Mareta.
Tenerife restaurants serve great food – much like mainland Spain but with the emphasis firmly on fresh seafood. Recommended eateries include La Tasca Casa Paco, which specialises in Andalucian tapas with live music in Adeje, Hacienda Miranda is a great Tex-Mex in Arona and there are also fine dining options like Poseidon at the Iberostar Hotel Anthelia, which has won several awards for its dishes.
Tenerife bars vary from the classy to cheap tourist dives. But it’s not about price – just choice – so if you want a reasonably priced drink but a great atmosphere with maybe a little live music thrown in you can still find it. Check out the Bluebell Bar in Los Cristianos or Bobby’s at the Veronicas. Then again if you fancy a bit of a cheesy free-for-all try AJ’s Bar None, “Best karaoke bar in Tenerife”.