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Where to Stay in Tenerife

I spent two winters in Tenerife (one north, one south) and visited all corners of the island multiple times. Each place has strengths and weaknesses, and none is best for everybody. This is my guide to places to stay in Tenerife. Short Answer: The South Is Best (for Most) By [more…]

Visiting Mount Teide: Cable Car, Climbing, Permit & Tips

I am one of those people for whom a holiday in Tenerife would not be complete without a visit to the peak of Teide. Its colourful volcanic landscape and particularly the views continue to amaze me even on repeated visits. On this page I have tried to summarise all useful [more…]

Refugio Altavista on Mount Teide

Refugio Altavista (Altavista Refuge; alta means high or upper; vista means view in Spanish) is a simple refuge on Mount Teide, about 450 (vertical) metres below the peak. It is the only accommodation option available at such high altitude. You can stay there if you want to get to the [more…]

Loro Parque Review, Useful Info & Tips

When I first arrived in Tenerife and saw the billboards and ads promoting Loro Parque all over the island, my first impression was that Loro Parque was just another tourist trap and over promoted attraction. Its tagline is El “must“ de Canarias, which in my particular case had the opposite [more…]

Tenerife Introduction, Facts and Figures

Location Together with the neighbouring Gran Canaria, Tenerife forms the centre of the Canary Islands. Tenerife is located 60 km to the west-northwest of Gran Canaria. Nearby islands to the west of Tenerife are La Gomera (28 km) and La Palma (84 km). The coordinates of Tenerife are 28°16′ N [more…]

Mount Teide Facts (and Some Less Known Things)

On this page I summarize facts and interesting information about Mount Teide. For practical info for visiting it, see Visiting Mount Teide: Cable Car, Climbing, Permit & Tips. Height The peak of Mount Teide is 3,718 metres (12,198 feet) above sea level. Therewith the Teide holds the following superlatives: The [more…]

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