An out-of-season trip to Tenerife

The weather is getting colder and it’s all too tempting to jet off to sunnier climes. If you’re looking for a bit of travel inspiration this autumn then Tenerife might just fit the bill. At this time of the year the weather is still warm but not as unbearably hot as it can be in the summer. Tenerife might not be the first destination you think of when choosing a holiday. If you enjoy going out and drinking then you will be well catered for, but if you prefer activities such as hiking or taking in the natural scenery then you might be pleasantly surprised by Tenerife.

IMG_7816Of course, many people go to Tenerife for the nightlife and if that sounds like you then you won’t be stuck for places to go. Los Christianos or Playa de las Americas are the best places to head for clubs and bars. Don’t expect anything too alternative or quirky, the music is most likely to be chart and dance music, and cheap drinks will be in plentiful supply.

If you’re tired of partying and want to fit in a bit of culture to your trip then Mount Teide volcano is a must-see for anyone visiting Tenerife. The volcano is still classed as active, but rest-assured it’s last eruption was over 100 years ago. Those of us who are particularly fit and active might want to try and hike to the top, but as it’s the highest point in Spain don’t expect an easy walk. On the other hand, there is a public road so you can take the bus up to the top, or you can take the cable car which departs from goes from the roadside at 2,300 metres and nearly to the summit.

IMG_7863You definitely need to take a warm jacket. Although you might be quite happy sat on the beach in your bikini or swimming trunks down at the bottom, once you get to the top of Mount Teide it does get rather chilly. The landscape is well worth the trip to the top. When you get there you’ll see an almost Martian landscape with interesting rock formations and a green tinge.

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After you’ve experienced the volcano, a boat trip is a good way to see the coast. Take a catamaran trip and you’re likely to see a few dolphins jumping around. Plus, many of the catamarans stop in a quiet section of water so you can hop in and have a swim.

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For a relaxing end to the day you might want to try a fish pedicure. Being on your feet all day can really put a strain on your feet, but the fish love to nibble. It does sound a little strange at first and it will definitely feel very weird but it does make your feet lovely and soft.

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Of course, being by the sea means you have to sample some of the local seafood, and ordering a big bowl of paella is a great way to do this. You’ll be spoilt for choice with all the seafront restaurants offering the traditional dish.

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So, don’t put up with the cold weather. Whether you decide to take a short break or visit as a stop-off on your travel adventure, Tenerife is definitely worth a look.

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