The Canaries are a chain of volcanic islands named as Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, La Palma, El Hierro and Tenerife. Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean, west of North Africa. When you look from above or to a satellite view, what you notice is a volcanic peak on the southern side of the island. This precious sight belongs to Mountain Teide, which is the highest peak of Canaries and Spain.
Tenerife has shaped over a couple of eruptions, and the last one occurred at the beginning of 20th century. A formerly, Teide was in the 15th century, and Christopher Columbus reported in his travel journal about seeing a great fire coming from Orotava Valley when he was on his way to discover the new word in 1492.
Today, Tenerife is a popular holiday destination of Europe. Thanks to the volcanic movements, the island offers activities to its visitors ranging from hiking in the volcanic park, kitesurfing, windsurfing to scuba diving. Tenerife also has many volcanic beaches and a morning swimming should also be experienced when visiting Tenerife.
Tenerife is a heaven for nature photographers. Teide National Park is a volcano park offers spectacular landscapes and it is registered to Unesco world heritage in 2007. Playa del Duque is one of the precious examples of volcanic beaches. The sand in Tenerife beaches has different colours ranging from golden to black. Tenerife is also one of the best places to take an excursion to see to spot whales and dolphins. There are around five to six hundred whales, and dolphins live around Tenerife, and it is possible to see thirty different types.
Tenerife has a warm and tropical climate, during the winter the average is 18° to 24°, and during the summer the average is between 24° to 28°. Usually, it is more sunny and dry in the south compared to the north. I visited south of Tenerife in early July for a week, and to my luck, the weather was not sunny. It was around 27° with the partially cloudy weather. Still, it could be a perfect holiday for people who does not like 40° degrees of dry weather.
Holiday Experience in Costa Adeje
This summer my holiday desire was to enjoy the sunshine, beaches and good food in one of the top holiday destinations in Spain. With some search on the internet, I found that Costa Adeje is a suitable vacation destination which is located in the south of Tenerife. This part of the island is developed after the nineties and became a popular holiday town after the construction of many luxurious hotels, shops, nightclubs and beaches.
Costa Adeje has a beautiful city centre with many shops, small boutiques and restaurants and it is very close to some of the public beaches. The beaches are safe and protected from waves with some sets and cleaned every morning. There are also many nightclubs around the city that it is a lively region day and night. Another reason for me to choose Costa Adeje for vacation is that the region is only 18 km away from Tenerife South Airport that it only takes maximum 30 minutes to arrive at city centre from the airport.
This year I wanted to experience a holiday in a full-pension hotel for the first time in my life. I stayed in one of the hotels in Costa Adeje which was called H10 Costa Adeje Palace. The hotel itself was nice in general, indoor outdoor swimming pools, hot tubs, and various restaurants. I enjoyed my time there, I cannot complain about anything. However, I also realised that staying in all inclusive hotels has also disadvantages as much as advantages. For me, the biggest disadvantage of a vacation in a hotel is that your freedom is limited. As someone who does not have any kids, three main drawbacks that I spotted of a hotel vacation are;
- Hotels have a tight schedule. All the facilities and restaurants have a fixed time and duration for opening and serving a meal. Breakfast, lunch and dinner hours tight, so you need to arrange all your time according to opening hours. The facilities like gym and or swimming pools also have limited opening hours and closes at 6:00 pm.
- Spending all your time in a limited region. I preferred to stay in the hotel most of the time mainly because I paid all the food in advance (In general you need to pay extra to upgrade to all inclusive tariff within European hotels). Even though it is nice not to consider about money and be able to eat drink whatever you desire, you are bounded to stay in the same place for the rest of your holiday. This is not something for people who is looking for an adventurous journey.
- You eat more than necessary. Open buffets are good and bad. On the one hand, it is good that you can try out many different local tastes at the same time. However, it also has some drawbacks such as getting confused from the many choices and consuming more calories than you can spend. Additionally, many foods get wasted and witnessing this every single day may make you feel bad about it especially if you are a sensitive person like me.
Besides the factors I listed above, I had a nice holiday, and Tenerife is a lovely island to visit. I would like to visit Tenerife again, this time during winter and enjoy all the natural attractions it offers and also visit some old villages.