Tenerife is a fantastic island to take a holiday. We know this, and so do the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the island every year. Nonetheless, somehow it has developed a reputation that isn’t exactly accurate. We take a look at the Tenerife stereotypes you may have come across, and separate the truth from fiction.
Tenerife Stereotypes #1. “El Britannia”
One of the most common stereotypes is that Tenerife is full of pubs and bars owned by East End landlords, where the culinary delights on offer are mainly what you’d find in a greasy spoon in Romford. You’ll find a lot of reviews that will have customers complain that there was nothing Spanish about Tenerife. However, this is far from the truth. To experience the ‘real Tenerife’ you have to venture out of your resort and you’ll see the true Canarian beauty of the island.
Tenerife Stereotypes #2: “Tourists Have Spoiled Tenerife’s Beauty”
Another common Tenerife stereotype is that mass tourism has destroyed the island’s beauty. Again, this is far from the case. Tourism has actually transformed the island, especially during economic downturns.
In addition, many residents do not live close to the resorts – and no, they haven’t been turfed out of their homes to make room for those resorts, either. Tenerife’s unique flora and fauna are still intact for everyone to view and enjoy, and sustainable tourism has been put firmly on the Tenerife map. Those seeking an alternative break have been captivated by Tenerife’s natural beauty.
Tenerife Stereotypes #3: “Tenerife Is Just A Place To Get Drunk And Sunbathe”
There is more to life than drinking pints and sunbathing hungover – yes, really! Adventurous types hike in Tenerife and exploring the La Orotava Valley or getting to the top of Mount Teide. There’s also a whole wealth of Canarian culture to get involved in, just beyond the door of your Tenerife resort. Life in Tenerife might be slow, but make the most of it before you return home to the rat race!
Tenerife Stereotypes #4: “Planet of the Apes and Star Wars Were Filmed in Tenerife!”
A lot of tour guides will tell you that the Planet of the Apes and Star Wars films were respectively shot on Tenerife. There is a film commission on the island which shows a list of films that were shot in various parts of Tenerife. However, neither of these films are mentioned. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit Tenerife, the island’s unique landscapes make it feel like you’ve literally stepped into another world!
Tenerife Stereotypes #5: “It’s Grim Up North!”
There is this rumour that in the north it rains a lot and it is cold. In reality, yes, it is a couple of degrees less warm compared to the south of the island and also rains a fraction more during the winter months. Nonetheless, sun-worshippers will be glad to know that you can sunbathe just like you can in the south. Trust me, it’s nothing like a wet weekend away in Skegness!
Tenerife Stereotypes #6: “Tenerife’s Famous Black Sand Beaches Are Dirty”
Another stereotype or myth that is widely believed is that the island’s black sand beaches are dirty. This, of course, is totally false. Tenerife is a volcanic island, and that means, that when you visit a black sand beach, you’re stepping on volcanic sand, filtered down over many years from Mount Teide. In short, you have nothing to worry about. Your feet won’t look like you have just visited a coal mine, we promise!
Tenerife Stereotypes #7: “Mount Teide Always Has A White Overcoat”
You’ve guessed it, wrong again. This stereotype of visiting Spain’s highest mountain and seeing it with a white overcoat, no matter what time of the year, is false. The majority of the year, the mountain top is without snow. Snow does settle on the top during the winter months and it does occasionally stay longer than expected.