The beautiful scenery of the Canary Islands combined with the Atlantic culture contribute to the pleasures derived from the excellent weather of Tenerife and the beauty of the sea without having to give up nature excursions or cultural visits. Tenerife is an island of amazing contrasts, breathtaking landscapes, and rich traditions, which visitors can enjoy in any of the two large, renowned tourist centres: one in the fertile north, the other in the sunny south.
Puerto de la Cruz is the oldest tourist centre in the Canaries. Since the 19th century, it has been a famous venue for rest and relaxation due to its mild climate and lovely surroundings. It is located by the sea at the foot of the fertile Orotava valley on the northern coast of the island. The harbor is an enclave that blends with the tropical valley, and its streets, filled with trees and flowers, are ideal for strolling.
Particularly interesting in Puerto de la Cruz are the Paseo Marítimo promenade and Lake Martiánez, a spectacular area of natural pools created by the great artist from Lanzarote, César Manrique. In the outskirts of the city, there are lovely spots that should not be missed, including the prestigious Botanical Gardens, and the aviary, Loro Park. A large number of excursions to all kinds of places of interest are possible from here by foot and by car, only a short distance from the city.
Another way to enjoy the sun and sea is at the tourist resorts of the south of Tenerife, more arid and with a better climate. Playa de las Américas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje certainly stand out with a wide variety of lodgings, restaurants, bars, night spots, and other amenities for the comfort of the tourist. All along the southern coast, there are other smaller resorts, including El Médano for windsurfing, Costa del Silencio and the cliffs of Los Gigantes; each one worth a visit.
The southern part of the island is perfect for relaxing on the beach, swimming in the sea, and practicing water sports, especially windsurfing.
A good way to visit most of the interesting sights in the island is to hire a car in Tenerife which is usually a cheap option and will allow you to travel at your own pace.