There are hundreds of good reasons for visiting Tenerife in 2013, but the sheer natural beauty of the landscape of this exquisite volcanic island is probably the most compelling of them all. The awe-inspiring volcano of Mount Tiede is over 1,200 feet in height and, even though Tenerife has a fabulously warm climate, the top of Tiede is covered in snow. The landscape has a lunar feel to it and is quite different to anywhere else in the world. Holidaymakers can absorb the wonder and beauty of the area with cheap flights to Tenerife available from Jet2.com.
Beautiful beaches and all-year-round sunshine
Another factor that makes Tenerife such a popular holiday destination is the wealth of wonderful beaches and the near permanent sunshine on the island. Tenerife is near the coast of Africa and always enjoys warm weather. One of the most spectacular beaches is the Playa de las Teresitas, just over seven kilometres from Santa Cruz. This beautiful sandy beach has palm trees, mountains in the background and tropical fish in its waters. There is also a manmade reef suitable for young children to bathe in.
Playa del Socorro, meanwhile, is an award-winning black sand beach and is great for surfing. It is located on the west of the island. Playa de San Marcos is yet another black sand beach protected by cliffs and is suitable for swimming and sunbathing.
Party all week long with the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is full of excitement and fun. The joyful music and flamboyant costumes create a fabulous atmosphere of gaiety and celebration as murgas (street musicians) and Rondalla de Tenerife perform and celebrate all week. The theme for 2013 is Bollywood and it takes place from February 8 – 17.
Later in the year, ‘Funeral of the Sardine’ will be seen on April 13. The ‘Entierro de la Sardina’, as it is known locally, is a symbolic burning of the sardine and it represents the past being discarded to make way for renewal and regeneration.
The architecture of Santa Cruz and Laguna Santa Cruz and Laguna have some unique architectural features. The Auditorium of Tenerife (Auditore de Tenerife) in Santa Cruz was designed by Santiago Calatrava Valls and constructed beside the Atlantic Ocean. Housing the Tenerife Symphonic Orchestra, it is an iconic building and an example of the excellence of modern Spanish architecture.