Tenerife: An Island of Two Halves

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Tenerife: An Island of Two Halves

Considering holidays to Tenerife? Then you’ll already know that this sun-baked holiday destination is like an island of two halves.

On Tenerife’s southern shores you’ll find a number of bustling resorts such as Los Cristianos, the upmarket town of Costa Adeje, and the exclusive Golf Del Sur which, as you might have guessed, is surrounded by golf courses. Another major spot on Tenerife’s southern coast is the huge, lively resort of Playa de las Americas, one of the most popular holiday resorts on the island.

You’ve probably heard of Playa de las Americas. It’s the one with all the pubs and clubs that’s filled with a non-stop club 18-30s crowd. By night, this party town comes alive with plenty of action throughout the summer months, which ranges from booming bars and lively pubs with live music to karaoke joints and cheesy discos. By day, the resort is full of sunbathing bodies lined up on the beach, sleeping off the effects of the night before.

Playa de las Americas is one of the few Tenerife resorts with a golden sandy beach. Much of the island’s coastline is made up of the Canaries’ characteristically black volcanic sands; however in this resort the beach is actually manmade, with sand shipped in from the Sahara.

Head up to the northern fringes of the island, however, and it’s a different story. Here you’ll find much more in the way of dramatic rocky coastlines, with pockets of shingle and black sand beaches. It’s a strikingly beautiful area backed by craggy hillsides and mountains, which speaks volumes about the type of holiday you can experience here.

Head to Puerto de la Cruz for a large, popular resort with plenty of local amenities, or get away from it all in one of the local villages or traditional towns that are dotted along the northern shores.

Whatever type of holiday you fancy, Tenerife is a superb holiday island with a distinctly split personality. So, which ‘half’ gets your vote?


About Ted Campbell

U.S.-Canadian writer, translator and university teacher in Mexico. Travel stories and practical tips on my blog No Hay Bronca: nohaybronca.wordpress.com Twitter: @NoHayBroncaBlog // Contact: nohaybroncablog (at) gmail.com

Posted on November 12, 2013, in Travel and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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