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7 Reasons Why I Fell in Love with Tenerife

After nine months spent on the Island of Eternal Spring between October 2019 and May 2021, I can say with all my heart that I love Tenerife. This article outlines my passion for this island, and I will tell you the reasons why I fell in love with Tenerife (and why I think you would, too).

I have to admit that, before visiting the island for the first time in 2019, I had a lot of misconceptions about it: I thought it was a fancy, touristy, tacky holiday destination for party animals and club lovers.

Oh, how wrong I was!

I would say that Tenerife is the perfect destination for travelers and digital nomads. Whether you’re looking for chill days by the beach, hikes full of adrenaline, delicious food, surf, and other water sports, or relaxing walks through colorful little houses, there’s something for everyone here on the island.

Now, let me tell you how Tenerife stole my heart for ever:

Perfect Weather

For me, Tenerife weather, especially in the North, is perfect. Not too hot, not too cold, sometimes windy and cloudy, but super comfortable all year round.

Beach Day Every Day

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I love chilling at the beach and a day without a few moments spent under the sun, reading near the ocean, or by the pool is a lost day for me.

With so many beaches to choose from, ones with golden yellow sand, others with black volcano sand, it’s hard not to enjoy some well-deserved time relaxing or practicing water sports.

You Can’t Get Bored in Tenerife

There are so many activities you can do from hiking to surf to simply chilling at the beach, wandering through beautiful cities and villages, paragliding, stargazing, discovering the fascinating animal’s world at Loro Parque, or experiencing some adrenaline at Siam Water Park.

 After almost nine months spent here, I still discover new and fascinating things.

The great thing about the island is that you can get from one point to the farthest destination in about 1-2 hours, depending on the chosen means of transportation.

Varied Landscapes

Magnificent view in Puerto de la Cruz: ocean and volcano.
Teide lunar landscape

Tenerife is not only about beaches. Fascinating mountains, out of this world lunar landscapes at the foot of Volcano Teide, bright green forests, and banana farms make this island a wonderful place to be.

Palm Trees

Is there someone who doesn’t love palm trees? I mean, they are the epitome of relaxation and good vibes. Thankfully, Tenerife is a palm tree paradise, and living under the palms is our happy place for me and Alex.

Tapas

Tapas Tenerife
Canarian Tapas

tapas

/ˈtapas/

noun

small Spanish savoury dishes, typically served with drinks at a bar.

I simply love this word – tapas (as much as I love the word sangria) and they go pretty well together in the same sentence as well as on the same table. Puerto de la Cruz offers some of the most delicious traditional Canarian tapas on the island, and how lucky I am to live near the best tapas restaurant in Tenerife – El Comino Bar.

Overall, the Canarian food is delicious. And if you love fish dishes and seafood, this is the place to be.

Traditional Canarian Ropa Vieja with chicken and mustard sauce.

Barraquito

Cortado natural (on the left) & Barraquito (on the right).

I am not a coffee drinker, but recently I’ve discovered this delicious coffee drink with a spicy twist.

The most famous coffee in Tenerife, baraquitto, is a multi-layered drink made of condensed milk, a little bit of liqueur, especially Licor 43, coffee, milk foam, ground cinnamon, and a slice of lemon peel. It’s so good and sweet that it often replaces the dessert after a savory meal.

The best barraquito in Puerto de la Cruz, an probably on the island, is at Bar El Camino as well.

If you want to find out more about my adventures in Tenerife, I invite you to read about Our 3 Month Adventure In Tenerife and about Traveling in Tenerife During the Pandemic.

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