Tenerife is the largest of the 7 Canary Islands and the most popular for holidaymakers. Most people know about the year-round sunshine, the beaches, bars and all-day-breakfasts, but there’s a whole lot more to this epic island, that may just surprise you.
The beaches are black
Most of the beaches in Tenerife are not the expected, golden yellow sands but instead they are black volcanic sand. There are golden beaches but these are generally man made, Tenerife’s authentic beaches, come in black sand form which is the result of the volcanic coastline being eroded by the sea.
Home of the biggest Carnival in Europe
After the world famous Rio de Janiero Carnival in Brazil, the Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the second biggest in the world, and the largest in Europe. It takes place in February or March every year with thousands of people dressing up and joining in the fun.
A VAT-free island
The Canary Islands are not within the EU and as such it means Tenerife offers duty free goods, which is good news for drinkers and smokers, as cigarettes and alcohol are extremely cheap compared to the UK.
Home to a volcano
Have no fear the volcano is dormant and last erupted back in 1909. Mount Teide is the highest mountain in Spain and the volcanic terrain is one of the best sights in the Canaries. The lava flow has created a sparse, moon-like landscape with unique rock formations and colourful flora.
One of the best places on earth to see whales and dolphins
Over one third of all whale and dolphin species either live in or pass through Canarian waters, including bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales and sperm whales. Visitors on Tenerife holidays are almost guaranteed to see whales and dolphins on whale watching trips anytime of the year.