Having way too much fun in Puerto De La Cruze, Tenerife
Sun. Fun. O-ce-an. ... Tenerife! (and a failed attempt at rhyming ;). )
This year, I've spent a relaxing (ok, as much as I could allow myself to be relaxing - in my world, #NeverNotWorking might still be a thing ;) ) Tenerife.
Tenerife is a beautiful volcanoes island in the Atlantic ocean. It belongs to Spain - which I can definitively attest to, even if only judging by the enthusiasm for the Spanish national soccer team during July's Euro 2016 tournament - though, geographically it is located closer to Africa than Europe.
I chose Puerto De La Cruz, for my holiday destination. It is a small town in the north part of the island. It is very pretty: old Spanish architecture, beautiful coast line, livery promenade and great ice cream. ;)
Pro traveler tip:
First: One of the reasons I love Canary Islands for a relaxing holiday destination, is because the temperature there stays around 85 all year round - it is very unlikely that the thermometer will ever show there 100.
Second: Keeping that in mind, let's take a closer look at Tenerife in particular: The Mount Teide volcano divides the island into a northern and southern part. The weather in the two areas is widely different: The southern part, in places like Costa Adeje is much sunnier than the northern part (where Puerto De La Cruz lies). If you want to come home tan, I would recommend choosing a hotel on the southern coast.
When looking for a place to relax, Puerto was perfect for me: not to hot, but also very much a true beach-town, and I would recommend it to anyone wishing to regain peace of mind. However, if you are looking to plan a holiday on a truly "tropical island" Tenerife might not be the best choice.