Earlier this year Tenerife Tourism Corporation decided to drop the ‘Enjoy It All’ slogan that has graced the cover of leaflets and advertising campaigns for over a decade, in favour of ‘100% Life’. Whilst I have nothing against the new slogan, I think Enoy It All works better for letting visitors know that there’s a great deal more to Tenerife than the face they usually see. So instead of going back to the same resort year on year, why not split your week or fortnight in half and get twice the Tenerife? Here are my suggestions for a two faced Tenerife holiday.
The classic North versus South Tenerife
It might be clichéd but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true, Tenerife is an island of two halves. Why not get a feel for both by pairing the island’s oldest resort with its newest – Puerto de la Cruz and Costa Adeje.
It’s not just the differences in scenery that will amaze you but the architecture, the restaurants, the beaches, the people and the hotels in these diverse resorts. From traditional balconies, a bustling centre, leafy plazas and rampant foliage in and around Puerto to chic hotels, manicured gardens, golden beaches and designer shops in and around Costa Adeje. The contrast couldn’t be more marked.
Beach versus rural
There’s no denying the fact that the vast majority of visitors come to Tenerife for the sun, but that shouldn’t stop you having your cake and eating it. Why not spend a few days exploring the hills and the interior of the island and then head to the coast for some quality sunbathing and relaxation time to end your holiday?
You don’t have to go far from the beach to find rural Tenerife. In the south you simply move inland to San Miguel, Granadilla or Vilaflor and in the north you can choose from any number of places such as La Orotava, Icod de los Vinos or Los Realejos. You’ll find beautiful rural hotels, great walking routes and lots of local markets and fiestas to enjoy.
You could even combine both of these and get what many would consider the best of both Tenerife worlds by combining a rural retreat in the north with a beach break in the south.
Hotel versus self-catering
In recent years Tenerife’s southern hotel scene has transformed itself from cheap and nasty to chic and snazzy and can now hold its head up amongst the best in Europe. If five star comfort, thematic architecture and poolside pampering are your thing, you’ll love what they have to offer. But they’re not cheap, nor are their dining rooms or the restaurants that grace the designer pavements alongside them.
By opting to spend some of your time in self catering accommodation, you can not only save money but also get to try some of the island’s local specialities both at home and in traditional restaurants away from the more upmarket resorts. Staying in an apartment gives you more personal space, more freedom to eat meals at times to suit you and greater flexibility of choices, particularly for families. Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Américas both have good budget self catering accommodation in easy reach of supermarkets and restaurants.
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