Common Misconceptions About Tenerife

Much loved by many, Tenerife is a popular holiday haunt that has been attracting holidaymakers for decades. Over the years, common misconceptions about the island have surfaced and become widespread, so it is clearly time to separate fact from fiction.

It Is Cold Up North

There is a common belief that you should only go to the south of Tenerife if you want to enjoy holidays in the Canary Islands that involve plenty of sunshine. Indeed, there is a slight difference between the north and south of the island with regard to temperature and climate, but you need to put this in perspective. The north may get more cloud and rain than the south, but the climate there is still sub-tropical, so even in the north you can still expect to bask in hot and sunny weather for much of the year.

Tenerife Is Like Britain in the Sun

It is not uncommon to hear the unfounded notion that Tenerife is just like Britain but with better weather. This could not be further than the truth. If you want all-day breakfasts, karaoke, British-style boozers and baked beans in the shops, you can find them in a small pocket of well-established resorts, but the vast majority of Tenerife has its own distinct Canarian character, a far cry from anything resembling Great Britain. If you are looking for an authentic Spanish holiday, you can easily find this in many parts of Tenerife.

The Sand Is Black

If you have been put off visiting Tenerife for your holidays in the past because you do not like the idea of sunbathing on black-sand beaches, think again. You can, of course, find black-sand beaches on the island, and these typically tend to be in the north and west. But in many parts, especially in the south and east, you will find plenty of long stretches of beautiful golden beaches. Certainly, if you do not want to make black-sand beaches a feature of your holiday in Tenerife, you do not have to.

Mount Teide Is Covered in Snow All Year Round

There are lots of misconceptions about the highest peak on Tenerife, Mount Teide, many of which are false. The most common myth is that the mountain is covered in snow all year round. In fact, snow is usually only found on the mountain during winter. It does, occasionally, stick around a bit longer, but if you come during the summer, you are not likely to find snow on the mountain. A visit at any time of year is both spectacular and memorable whether snow is present or not on this majestic peak.

Tenerife Is Pronounced Ten-er-eef

Most of us probably call this popular Canary Island Ten-er-eef, but locals actually pronounce it Ten-er-if-eh. You certainly won’t be misunderstood if you do not pronounce the name correctly, but it is always rewarding when on holiday to make the effort to grasp a few basics of the language.

First published in Holidays Tenerife
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