For the Explorers
If you're interested in seeing Tenerife like a true local, the first thing you need to do is to take a trip to El Teide National Park.
El Teide alone is a must-do, for those of you that may not know, the Canary Islands are all part of the same active volcano so as you can imagine, the view from the highest reachable point is definitely quite the sight to see. If you're up for a challenge, there are tracks to the top as well as 6-hour-long guided tour you can take if your direction skills are not exactly the best. If this doesn't appeal to you, there is of course a cable cart with impressive views the entire journey for 27 euros.
One of the most incredible attractions is the Lava Tubes which consist of some of the longest in the EU with over 17km in distance across three levels. In order to check them out, multiple guided tours take place in a variety of languages every day giving you the opportunity to stare in awe at the ancient fossils and lava formations that are hidden beneath Tenerife's surface.
On top of this, for the astronomy lovers, there are also guided visits of the Observatory where you have the chance to see inside a nocturnal telescope and be astounded as you observe the Sun from the same spot. Whilst you're there, why not also stay for the Sunset and appreciate the stars in the clear night sky? The cable cars operate especially for these tours so there's no need to worry about being stranded on the top.
For those of you that would like to simply relax after the stress of exams, the south of the island is the perfect spot. One of the best beaches is El Camisón in Playa de las Américas, it is considered to be one of the more intimate and natural beaches as it sits between Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje which is seen as a luxurious part of Tenerife. For a night of cocktails head to Monkey Beach Club is also not too far if clubs are not really your thing.
If surfing is your way of relaxing, Playa la Tejita in El Médano is the place for you. Whilst being incredibly picturesque, it is also on the east coast which means there is a lot of wind and so it creates the perfect spot for surfers holding some of the biggest competitions in the world.
If you want to get the best of both worlds, Playa Jardín bridges the gap between tourists and locals as the sand is black and with a view of Mount Teide towering above it, it becomes a great spot with a great landscape. Then, if you're down for a night out, the same beach holds a lot of big events and beach parties holding a lot of students also.
A good idea for day trips would be to head to Siam Park where you can go on some of the craziest rides, especially the Tower of Power, it is not for the faint hearted as it has a height of 28 metres and you can reach a spread of 80km/h due to the verticality of the ride. You can try to open your eyes and watch as you go through a glass tunnel which lets you see the aquarium full of sharks and sting rays.
Food & Drink
Tenerife has a great variety of restaurants, fitting the tastes of international tourists however the south is known for its' excellent fish and seafood delicacies.
In Adeje, one of the most well-known restaurants that goes by the name Restaurante La Vieja specialises in fresh sea produce from within the area whilst also preparing the typical Canary dishes containing Mojo, a delicious sauce served with potatoes, meat or fish, the sauce can also be made to suit the taste of those who enjoy spice to a whole other level.
Within Playa de las Americas, there is also Brewers Droop where the people are incredibly friendly and you can sit and watch acts whilst the bar staff bring your fresh drinks to you. It is one of the best bars in the south with one of the warmest welcomes and great live music in general.
All in all, it is fair to say that Tenerife has plenty to do for whatever type of tourist you may be with activities for any occasion, with the north being a completely different environment, expect a post on a more traditional side to this marvellous island.
Till next time!