Our blog post series “What we love about Tenerife” – Part 5 Debbie
Where shall I begin? The wonderful climate, the exotic subtropical plants, the towering palm trees against a clear blue sky? Even after coming to the island for decades and living here for 13 years I never tire of the landscape, the brilliant light and the colors of the flowers which bloom all year – cascades of fluorescent pink, orange, red and white bougainvillea, flame trees that line the streets, purple-blue jacarandas in the spring and hibiscus flowers a big as your hand. What is there not to like in this “Land of Eternal Spring”?
If you get a little rain it doesn’t last for long and you know that in a day or two the whole place will be green and refreshed and you can enjoy the scenery once again.
I can swim outdoors twelve months of the year. Add to that fabulous walks in the hills or along the coast. You can do sports on land, in and under the sea, and in the sky – paragliding is very popular here. Whatever your choice of activity you can probably find it on the island – except for skiing! Although in winter our Mount Teide, at 3,718m is the highest in Spain, is often covered in snow but there is not really enough to develop the sport. However, it is always good for altitude training and is popular with many sports people and cyclists
I love the variety of restaurants. I would say there are more than you can go to in a lifetime and some of the local wines and goat’s cheeses have won many international competitions, but as the production is small they are little known outside the islands.
For culture vultures there are many events – the dramatic auditorium designed by Santiago Calatrava is home to the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra where there are regular concerts, operas, musical and other performances – all at a fraction of the price of other European venues. Everywhere on the island there are local fiestas, which always include music dancing and food. In my experience the Canarian people are friendly and affectionate and it really helps to speaks the language, they always have time to stop and have a chat.
In all, Tenerife is so colourful and full of life it makes me feel lucky to be alive – there is only one disadvantage – sometimes I have to back to my home country to see family and friends, but it is always a thrill to see Mount Teide peeping over the horizon to welcome me home – ¡Viva España, viva Tenerife!