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A nice holiday in the Canary Islands is what you need to switch off a bit. Whether for a week, whether for a few days or forever, Gran Canaria and Tenerife remain super popular destinations, also because they are considered really economical. In fact, we did escaped to Tenerife last month, at the beginning of May, to take off a bit from the routine and enjoy a good bit’ of sun.. More or less. (PS I also showed you all my outfits that I wore in Tenerife plus some tips to make the perfect suitcase HERE).
What to do in Tenerife (even when it rains!)
It is not sure that you will always have good weather. Like us, we did found clouds and a little bit of rain. But not all evils comes to harm: the clouds have made us discover wonderful places! But let’s go by order.
Tenerife with the sun
We were in Costa Adeje, near the Tenerife South airport. It is the modern hotel area, both luxurious and not, shopping centers and discos. It is the tourist area par excellence, you can easily walk the whole coast by feet, passing through the Playa de las Americas (ours area). In the southern part there are the most luxurious and quiet hotels, a great relaxation area for couples or families. The more you go to the North, the more noisy it becomes, where you can find discos and restaurants, aperitif areas or shopping centers. The beaches here are a mix of sand and rocks, while strolling you would have plenty of choices. Many hotels also have a swimming pool, in case the sea is too rough. This happens often, considering that it is a popular destination for surfing! We relaxed trying all the restaurants on the sea/coast side that we could, tasting tapas, mixed paella or just sipping a fresh mojito with the sound of the waves. Recommended with sun and clouds, the sea breeze is too relaxing!
If you have the opportunity to have/rent a car, I suggest you reach “La Caleta“, north of Costa Adeje. That area is one of the richest, you can find villas and ultra modern houses. This is also the best starting point to get to the Hidden Beach Playa de Diego Hernandez, famous for being a nudist beach difficult to get to (you literally have to go between the rocks and go down from the cliff) and also because you can find the home of people who have decided to live without money, living in nature in small houses arranged with towels and umbrellas. A definitely suggestive place, I recommend closed shoes to walk.
Tenerife with clouds
Monkey Park is the choice. It is the smallest zoo in Europe (and one of the smallest in the world) and has literally only monkeys and birds / parrots. The best thing is that it has an area where lemurs and guinea pigs are free to wander among people, so that you can touch and feed the Lemurs themselves, while the little pigs scurry between your legs, little adorable furry and smelly balls. To be visited absolutely. In Costa Adeje.
There is a parkland, the Loro Parque, on the north coast. We did not go for a matter of time, but they say it’s really nice. To do in a day where the absence of the sun does not give you the opportunity to enjoy the sea.
If the weather is not too bad but not beautiful, I recommend a nice car ride. In a few hours you can really go around the island. For example, we went to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital (really industrial and without having really something to see). We left on a day of almost rain in Costa Adeje, we crossed several semi-deserted beaches and we arrived in this city where we found a sun that broke the stones – how strange this island is! We took a trip to the sandy beach of Playa de Les Teresitas, near the capital. From there, we visited the quaint town of Puerto de la Cruz on the fly, heading north, and then stopping for dinner in Garachico, where there are the famous rock natural pools, where water enters through natural rocks and forms small pools. Quiet and relaxing, you eat well and you don’t pay much, since it is a little less touristy area. Ah, near there there is a famous old oak tree, but beware: it’s inside a park, so check the opening and closing times!
We toured the island in one day, from Costa Adeje counterclockwise. Warning: the area after the Garachico is all on the mountains around the Teide volcano park (which unfortunately we did not do but we recommend it if you have time during a cloudy day – note well, it’s really colder up there!) Then coming back at night can be a little disconcerting: you pass very high peaks and there are very few lights (and the temperature is lowered by 10 degrees!).
Tenerife with the rain
Thank goodness we did not really find a heavy rain, but in case, there are several spas in which you can hide in the event of a downpour. Quiet, usually not that expensive either!
I hope you enjoyed my experience and my photos! And you, have you ever been to Tenerife? What have you done?