Our blog post series “What we love about Tenerife” – Part 11: Sandra
“Sandra, what do you like about Tenerife?”
I think this question is rather hard, because there is not one single answer to it. First of all I will tell you how many of my students would answer: The light, the clean air and the warmth of the sun. To this I have to add the diversity of the landscapes for which we have to thank the microclimate. Also Canarians are noted for their friendliness wherever you go.
My favorite spots on the island are on the “corners”, by which I mean, Anaga in the east, Teno in the west, El Médano in the South and of course I also have to mention our majestic Mount Teide and the National Park of Las Cañadas.
For those who like hiking and the natural world there are several main trails (in Anaga, Las Cañadas, the Teide, and Teno). If you prefer relaxation and sun bathing there are plenty of beaches in the North (Playa Jardín, Lago Martiánez, El Bollullo, El Socorro) and in the South (Puertito de Güímar, Los Cristianos and Las Américas, Costa Adeje, and El Médano), as well as natural seawater pools in Garachico or Bajamar and Abades.
The island is perfect for sports fans – for altitude training and enjoying cycling, paragliding, surfing, wind surfing etc. Photographers are spoilt for choice with countless picture opportunities (Las Cañadas and the Teide, the valleys of Orotava and Güímar, Masca and Santiago del Teide, the farms in Anaga…).
For gourmets and wine lovers there are many restaurants and Guachinches (rural family run restuarants) which offer delicious local specialities (the later can mostly be found in the centre or the north of the island: Los Realejos, La Orotava, Santa Úrsula, La Victoria, La Matanza, Ravelo and el Sauzal, Tacoronte…)