I recently had to find a photo which typified Tenerife for me. It was, I knew, a hopeless task. We all have our own versions of what Tenerife is.
If you’ve read only a few of the posts on this blog then you cannot help but be struck by what an amazing variety there here: variety of landscape, variety of activities, foods, culture. Visitors often ask me what the “speciality” of each of the Canary Islands is. I have standard responses, e.g. Fuerteventura for its beaches, El Hierro if you’re a diver, etc etc, and inevitably I leave Tenerife to last because – Tenerife is the island that has it all.
To try to describe the contrasts between the glitzy nightlife of Playa de las Americas, the magical forests of Anaga, and the historical city of La Laguna would be to write an entire book. To attempt a photo essay that would span a culture that includes the diverse elements of the Stone Age Guanche aboriginals, the world’s second biggest Carnival and an opera season in the Santa Cruz Auditorium would be to make a movie.
Given that it wasn’t practical to make a movie, for fun, I made a slide show. I did it off the top of my head. I looked back through photos I’d taken since I got my first digital camera, around ten years ago now, and thought about what I loved most about the island; its landscapes, its beaches, its foods, traditions and fiestas. And then I had to stop, because it was on its way to becoming that movie I mentioned! I didn’t touch on its villages or architecture, its flowers or wildlife, its history, art, music or shopping.
I do find that living in Tenerife I sometimes take all of this for granted, and it does no harm to remind myself. Of course, a visitor isn’t likely to experience all of this diversity in one holiday. If you want to experience Carnival, then you have to come around Shrove Tuesday …. and, let’s be honest, if you’re really going to experience Carnival like a local, then you won’t have very much time for anything else. If you are going to enjoy everything that El Médano offers by way of water sports, then you’re unlikely to break off to trek around the island. On the other hand, a good walk might be just the thing if you’re overindulging in the cuisine, say, La Caleta has to offer!
What I mean to say is that, if you’re choosing an island for a family or group vacation, then Tenerife has something to offer everyone. If you want to know what’s going on around the dates you’re planning your trip, then flip through this blog, which is packed with observations and experiences from locals.
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