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Spain’s winter sun-trap, Tenerife
Spain’s Canary Islands, just off the coast of West Africa, have one of the finest climates in the world. Tenerife is the largest of the islands and winter and summer temperatures here don’t vary hugely. This scenically stunning island is a sun-filled winter hot spot and a busy, year-round holiday destination. Appealing beaches vary from volcanic black to shimmering white and as winter depresses other countries, Tenerife erupts with a huge Carnaval that’s colourful, garish and second only to that staged in Rio.
On top of the world
You’ve landed in Tenerife and the one thing you can’t escape is the presence of the towering mountain of Mount Teide. At almost two and a half miles high, it is certainly the welcome elephant in Tenerife’s room as well as the highest peak in Spain. It lures you to pay it a visit and guests are never disappointed. The views from the top are space-age and span over any clouds to Canary Island neighbours. These include Gran Canaria and smaller volcano sibling, Mount Telde. More Tenerife spectacles include the mysterious Black Pyramids at Guimar. Natural history buffs don’t want to miss out on Adeje and Barranco del Infierno, also known as Hell’s Gorge. Here, walking a two-hour trail, you’ll experience magnificent island scenery and ancient burial caves. It’s well worth taking these excursions from your hotel; after all, the beach will still be there tomorrow and the Tenerife sun will still be shining.
February fun in Tenerife
Throughout Spain there are some very trendy and stylish fashion stores. This is the case in Santa Cruz, but in the lead up to February’s Carnaval, it’s mega-business on the cosmetic and costume counters as women are joined by men, eager to become Tenerife’s most outrageous participant. This is no easy task and throughout the many hotels, towns and villages, folk prepare well in advance for Carnaval time in Tenerife. Following Carnaval, there’s Entierro de la Sardina, the traditional burial of the sardine. On these occasions and ever year, a giant fish-shaped vehicle is accompanied through crowd-filled streets by pseudo- mourning fishermen’s widows. All is not as it seems, and there are plenty of laughs to be had along the way. The best and biggest events are in the island’s capital, Santa Cruz. Everyone joins in, including visitors holidaying in the Tenerife hotels. Many historical and hysterical fictional events are re-enacted in unique Carnaval style. The secret is to book early so that, next February, you won’t be frozen out.
Tasting the difference
Tenerife hotels tend to follow the usual trend of offering tourist menus that guests are used to back home. There’s much to savour though, away from your hotel and as you discover some of Tenerife’s traditional cuisine. Breakfast will never be the same again once you’ve experienced Churros Con Chocolate. This consists of delicious, diet defying, deep fried dough dipped in a thick, hot chocolate sauce. Examples for later meals include the very filling chicken and potato soup, Rancho Canario. Ropa Vieja is another stew, with a beef, chicken or pork base. Pollo al Salmorejo is a marinated chicken dish. Papas Arrugadas is an absolutely essential side dish, consisting of small Canary potatoes, boiled in salted water and served in their skins. You’ll soon get a taste for dining out in Tenerife!
Most arrivals and departures are to and from Tenerife Sur (South) Airport. This is the second largest of the Canary Islands’ airports. The convenience is a real joy with transfer times of around only 20 minutes to Tenerife’s major resorts of Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos and the slightly quieter Golf del Sur. If heading to the lusher, greener and somewhat cloudier resorts in the north and around Santa Cruz, the transfer is likely to take in excess of an hour. Inclusive holiday visitors will have their transportation included. Otherwise, you can get a taxi, but get the driver to quote before you jump in. TITSA buses are much cheaper and go to a number of resorts. Once you’ve settled in, there are plenty of trips designed to get you off the island again. Catamaran cruises and whale-watching excursions are very popular. There are regular ferries from Santa Cruz to other Canary Island locations including La Palma and Las Palmas. Don’t confuse the two, they’re entirely different.
What’s in a name?
The romantically sounding Canary Islands weren’t named after that twittering little bird at all. Canaria is in fact the Latin word for dog; but Isle of Dogs doesn’t have the same ring to it! On some of the more remote beaches and around hotels in Tenerife, particularly those in the sun-drenched south, you’ll still see packs of harmless dogs roaming around and scavenging for food. Another theory is that the Canary Islands were named after the seals that used to inhabit the islands and called sea dogs by the Romans. Whatever the preferred version maybe, the largest island, Tenerife, always gets that universal seal of approval! Another name to conjure with is the popular tourist resort of Los Gigantes, The Giants. The cliffs surrounding the resort were once believed to be sacred. Today, they are best viewed from the sea to experience their true spectacle. They are majorly impressive and will form one of many treasured memories of Tenerife.
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Hotel Mova Santa Cruz
Pensión Mova is located in central Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 5 minutes’ walk from García Sanabria Park. The harbour, the ferry station and the main shopping streets are 1.5 km away. This guest house has a 24-hour reception with free Wi-Fi and offers daily room cleaning and luggage storage. Functional rooms at the Mova come with a desk, bed linen and towels, as well as a private or a shared bathroom. A TV can be rented upon request at the reception. Tenerife North Airport is 15 minutes’ drive away. Please let the property know your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking or contact the property. Please note that free Wi-Fi is offered at the reception area. more
Hotel Dream Homely Santa Cruz
Dream Homely is our largest property, featuring 5 rooms, 2 bathrooms, a big kitchen and a spacious living room. The apartment can easily accommodate up to 11 people. It offers nice views over Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the ocean. The rooms feature either double bed, two single beds or just a single bed. Two of the rooms have their own LED TVs with about 40 free channels. The living room offers the comfort of 3 sofa beds, 2 arm chairs, a big dining table for 8 people, as well as a large smart LED TV with over 100 international channels. Free high-speed wifi and reliable internet connection by Vodafone is available throughout the Dream Homely apartment. The brand new kitchen has a fridge, a microwave, an oven and a washing machine. It also features a kettle and a toaster. A coffee machine is also available to out guests. One of the bathrooms has a shower and the other features a bath. Located in the area of Cruz del Señor, near the Tenerife Beer Factory Dorada, this big, yet cosy apartment is easily accessible by tram (3 mins. walk), bus (3 mins. walk) and car (via calle de Benito Perez Armas to the TF-1 and TF-5 motorways). Free public parking available in the area. more
Hotel Hotel Atlántico Santa Cruz
HOTEL ATLANTICODella hotels are one of the most traditional hotels in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Hotel Atlántico and Hotel Océano are both located in the heart of the city. Located in calle del Castillo, next to Plaza de España is surrounded by the best shops in the town. The excellent location makes the Hotel Atlántico a perfect setting for your vacation or your business trip. Hotel Atlántico has60 spacious and comfortable rooms. All rooms have television, fridge and telephone. We have wi-fi free wireless cafe area. We offer you a delicious breakfast courtesy of the hotel. We also have a laundry and a fax service, as well as a fantastic terrace. more
Hotel Silken Atlantida Santa Cruz Santa Cruz
Silken Atlantida Santa Cruz was opened in 2001 and is a four-star hotel. It is located in the new part of the town, near the port of Tenerife, the business area and TTeresitas beach. Rodeos airport is 12 km away. The hotel has 144 rooms and suites, divided into 5 categories, each with a capacity up to 2 guests. Two floors are reserved for smokers. All rooms are air conditioned and equipped with minibar, safe, trouser press and TV with 30 channels. The bathrooms offers facilities like hair dryer and massage shower. Throughout hotel building, guests can enjoy free wireless internet. The restaurant serves local cuisine, and thee is as well cafe and piano bar with live music. The equipped fitness center features a Jacuzzi, sauna and solarium. Parking is intended for customers of the hotel and has 60 parking spaces. Meeting rooms at the hotel are 7 and they are equipped with audio-visual technique and have a max capacity up to 400 people. more
Hotel Iberostar Heritage Grand Mencey Santa Cruz
This colonial-style getaway in the Canary Islands has been declared a Spanish cultural heritage site. The IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey in Santa Cruz was renovated in 2011, and is bound to make architectural lovers delight and culinary fans swoon. The 5-star hotel has 261 rooms, all of which have been fully refurbished to bring a sense of glamour reminiscent of the mid-20th Century. The hotel also has rooms adapted for guests with special needs. Relax at the spa, get revved up at the casino, or take a romantic stroll through the tropical gardens. At the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey guests can dine at Los Menceyes gourmet restaurant, or sip drinks at one of the on-site bars. The hotel even offers a kitchen classroom. The hotel is near the historic town centre of the island of Tenerife. It’s just 50 metres from Garcìa Sanabria Park and a 5-minute drive to the ferry port, which has regular crossings to the other islands. more
Hotel Hotel Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley Santa Cruz
Situated in the mountains, Hotel Hilton Santa Cruz-Scotts Valley hotel is a 3.5-star hotel offering an outdoor pool and a fitness centre. LCD TVs with premium channels and pay movies, private bathrooms with free toiletries and hair dryers, and MP3 docking stations are some of the amenities that guests get to enjoy in the 178 smoke-free guestrooms. Others include refrigerators, coffee/tea makers, laptop-compatible in-room safes, and free Wi-Fi. Guests can take advantage of the available phones to make free local calls. Hotel Hilton Santa Cruz-Scotts Valley guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool then lounge in the free pool cabanas, soak in the spa tub, or simply stroll in the garden. Additionally, guests can visit the library while guests on business can make use of the 24-hour business centre. Other amenities available in this four-storey hotel include a 24-hour front desk and safe-deposit box at the front desk. Guests can enjoy a full breakfast (surcharge) as well as Californian cuisine at the Stonehouse Bar and Grill. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is 5.6 miles from this hotel while Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is 2.4 miles away. more
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