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Tenerife

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Best Time: Spring and Autumn Read More

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Nearest Airport: Santa Cruz de Tenerife Check Flights

"Tenerife: The paradise in Canary Islands"

Tenerife Tourism

Largest among the Canary islands, Tenerife is a popular place for tourism. The spectacular beaches and the lively nightlight attract a lot of people, especially the British and the Germans to visit this place every year. It is one of the last European Paradise isles and offers an exotic range of flora and fauna, lush green forests, mountains, volcanoes and beautiful coastlines.

Tenerife is an island in Spain that is popular among visitors of all kinds. It is the largest of the seven Canary Islands that is a part of the Atlantic Ocean archipelago. Santa Cruz, the capital city of Tenerife comes alive every year during the time of the Carnival in Spring, and is considered as one of the biggest in the world. The most exciting part of the island is the volcanic lunar landscape of the highest peak of Spain, Mount Teide National Park. It is packed with beautiful peaks, coastlines, sandy beaches and is also home to two World heritage sites, namely San Cristobal de la Laguna and Teide National Park. This is the perfect place to escape from the hustle bustle of daily life or may be for a romantic getaway. The island also provides facility of various water sports, clubbing and other fun activities.

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Language of Tenerife

The native language spoken here is Spanish. German and Italian are also a bit common in the Southern parts of the Island.

History of Tenerife

The native inhabitants of Tenerife were primitive cave dwellers known as Guanches who were originally from North Africa. They were staying here since 200 BC. It was the last island that fell under the Spanish in 1946 and then gradually it became an important centre for trade. It was also subject to invasion by the marauding pirates. In 1821, Santa Cruz de Tenerife was declared as the capital of the Canaries by Madrid. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria remain incensed till 1927, when Madrid split the archipelago in two provinces. Economic links started developing in a better way between the Canaries and Americans. In later years, emigrants like Latin Americans brought influences that are still evident in the food and music of present Tenerife.

Nightlife in Tenerife

Tenerife is an amazing destination for nightlife. Playa de las Americas is the nightlife capital of the island for the tourists. Cabaret bars, clubs and karaoke places remain open every night of the week. The Patch is a popular area where you will find numerous bars that provide lively music at night. Veronicas and Starco attracts the young clubbers. If you are looking for partying with the local, head towards north.

Shopping in Tenerife

There are many shopping centres in Playa de las Americas, such as Siam Mall and Safari Centre which houses a lot of clothes shops as well as restaurants. There are also weekly markets in Las Americas and Los Cristianos and some other small villages. One can get a wide range of souvenirs from these markets.

Currency in Tenerife

Being a part of the European Union and the Euro Zone, the currency used in Spain is Euro. People from any of the countries under European Union could travel to Spain without worrying about exchanging currency. Notes with denominations of five ten, twenty, hundred. two hundred and five hundred are made available. The coins start with a one cent piece and ends with a two euro one.

Exchanging Money in Tenerife

The rate of exchange of currency keeps varying from time to time. Travellers are advised to bring traveller cheques, credit cards and about 2 days worth of Euros. There are Spanish auto banks where anyone with a visa based card can withdraw cash in Euro. One may also withdraw cashing using switch cards. The credit cards are acceptable in most shops and restaurants.

Daily Budget for Tenerife

The daily budget in Tenerife ranges from 60-70 EUR. Apart from the accommodation charges, money is spent mostly on food and travel costs. A set lunch meal costs around 8-10 EUR.

Religion of Tenerife

There is no official religion in Tenerife, but most of the population belong to Roman Catholic.

Tenerife Customs

The customary form to greet any person is by a handshake. Women may be greeted with a fleeting kiss to either cheek. Normal courtesies include that one should take a small gift it he is visiting someone's house. Casual conservative wear is acceptable but one must try and refrain from wearing beachwear outside resorts. For tipping, one can pay 10-15 percent of the bill as the tip price.

Restaurants and Local Food in Tenerife

The major part of their local diet is the fish and you can get a large range of fishes to choose from. These are generally hand caught and freshly prepared for you. Another native dish is papas arrugadas which is basically black potatoes served unpeeled and covered with rock salt. These are best eaten with local sauce. The most special dish of Spain, Tapas are eaten with a lot of local specialities like refried beans, garlic sauces and squid. Spanish meals such as paella(rice dish with seafood) and tortilla (potato omlette) are pretty common here. The southern part of the island has a lot of junk food restaurants that serve chips, pizzas and hamburgers. The traditional Canarian restaurants that one can try are Meson Era las Mozas in Valle San Lorenzo and El Cordero in Guargacho. They serve different types of meat prepared on a barbeque.
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