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Tenerife, Spain

On the Atlantic side of Spain sits an archipelago of stunning islands collectively known as the Canary Islands. Though owned by Spain, the islands sit closer to Morocco than the mainland and offers strong equatorial sunshine that lasts year-round. Its ideal weather, lush greenery, far reaching mountains, and gorgeous beaches are all reasons  why travelers continue to flock to its shores.

The largest of the seven main islands, Tenerife, owes its contours and cliff sides to the volcanic activities of Mount Teide. Still a natural wonder today, the 12,198 ft. snow-capped volcano is protected by a national park and is one of two UNESCO World Heritage sites on the island. The other being San Cristóbal de La Laguna, or more commonly known as  “La Laguna”, the island’s former capital and one of the most picturesque towns for its brightly painted buildings lining narrow historic streets.

Tenerife’s beaches are magnetic, with hues that reflect the rich earth that surrounds it, and its pristine qualities. Nearly 7 miles of Tenerife’s beaches have been awarded a prestigious Blue Flag designation, certifying quality, cleanliness, and security. The other big attraction to the island: Golf. Golfers traveling to Tenerife are like kids in a candy store with a variety of courses, views, challenges, and ambiance.

In Tenerife, the nightlife is seemingly never-ending with a constant flow of vibrant energies from sundown to sunup pulsing through the various pubs and nightclubs on the island. Second only to Brazil’s Carnival, the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival held in February tempts more and more travelers annually. Droves of tourists and locals alike flood the streets of Santa Cruz decked out in fancy dresses dancing well into the night while street performers, bands, and singers festively compete. The celebration lasts for days, culminating with the crowning of a Carnival queen. To say this island has a lot to offer doesn’t even begin to cover it.

 

The tastes of the Canary Islands

An unforgettable experience awaits in the traditions of the Canarian gastronomy. On the island, seafood is understandably a staple in many recipes. The dishes are notably simple and fresh by design, which highlights basic ingredients and brings a newfound love of their subtleties. Gofio (toasted grains mostly consisting of wheat or maize) is the flour-like base included in many Tenerife dishes, most commonly seen as gofio escaldo (a thick porridge usually served with red onion slices). Accompanying almost any dish, whether it’s papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes) or cerdo (pork), is some version of mojo or marinade that adds a burst of flavor For dessert, a local favorite of ground almonds, egg yolk, sugar, lemon rind, and cinnamon served with cream called bienmesabe which means “tastes good to me”— is also worth a try to see if it’s aptly named or not.

 

The sights of Tenerife

Known to some as the “Island of Eternal Spring” for its warmth and rich natural landscapes, Tenerife offers endless to-dos year-round. Costa Adeje, in the south of the island, undoubtedly attracts the most visitors to the island because of its stunning sandy beaches. Snorkeling, diving, sailing, surfing—beachgoers are treated to a little bit of everything. From sea level to Spain’s highest point, the second most visited site on the island is Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a 12,000+ ft. dormant volcano. Mount Teide, the third largest volcano on earth, may be dormant but its 12-million-year old craftsmanship in shaping the entire island still amazes travelers to this day. The volcano draws hikers seeking a challenge and nature enthusiasts are enthralled by the surrounding exotic gardens, lava caves, and calderas. The magnitude of its volcanic activity are best seen at Caldera del Rey, a 440-acre depression in the earth left by erupting magma, and the 10-mile long Cueva del Viento (Wind Cave). The underground cave was formed from flowing lava and is the largest lava tube in Europe. On the edges of the island natural pools have formed, crystal clear waters sheltered from crashing waves by rock formations created from ancient lava flows.

In the north, Anaga Nature Park takes visitors back to see the island in its purest form, post eruptions, when natives settled the land. The protected land preserves much of the exotic flora native to the area and features a handful of archeological sites. Fast-forward a couple hundred years and visit the 14th-century Spanish colonial town of La Laguna (the lake), the island’s second UNESCO World Heritage Site, or the 16th-century town of La Orotava, a historical treasure filled with cafes and local shops. Finally, step into the 21st century in Santa Cruz, the island’s capital and largest city, where modernity meets grandeur.

It may be hard to venture beyond the idyllic beaches, but those that do are rewarded with a journey through time. Even the skies above Tenerife are one of a kind, its exceptional atmospheric clarity make it absolutely perfect for stargazing.

 

The luxuries of Tenerife

In the south, alluring sandy beaches draw crowds to Costa Adeje. While in the north, beautifully painted historic towns set against mountainous landscapes offer travelers a different side of this intriguingly multifaceted island. Whether travelers want beachfront views or a quiet urban retreat, they have their pick of three IBEROSTAR Grand Collection locations. Grand Hotel Salome delivers an all-inclusive experience and the Grand Hotel El Mirador offers 5-star luxury with direct access to the idyllic Duque beach down south. Santa Cruz, once named in the top five best places to live by The Guardian, hosts the Grand Hotel Mencey—a treat for guests in the island’s capital.

 

The best time to go

The island’s average yearly temperatures are never too hot and never too cold—ranging between 63° F and 77° F—but always just right. Very few destinations can boast such ideal weather, with only a handful of days seeing rain.

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Country Spain

Capital city Madrid

Time zone GMT+2

Currency Euro

Language Spanish

Meet the Grand Collection’s Tenerife Hotels

Set within the glittering Costa Adeje, located in the south, are two resorts within steps of the beach. The Grand Hotel Salome is an adults-only, all-inclusive resort perched above the picturesque Fañabé beach. Just steps away is the Grand Hotel El Mirador, another beautifully designed adults-only beachfront resort that boasts lush gardens and Andalusi-style architecture. Further north, in the heart of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Grand Hotel Mencey immerses travelers in the island’s rich history and natural splendors.

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Pampered in Tenerife

Lounging in paradise is hard work and requires some much needed R&R (re-hydration and rejuvenation). At the Grand Hotel El Mirador the SPA Sensations specializes in revitalization through hydrotherapy, which includes underwater massages, Turkish steam baths, floating centers, and sensation showers. Zen Suites at the Grand Hotel Salomé offer eastern methods to revitalize mind, body, and spirit through yoga classes and cutting-edge treatments as wells as the western methods like Jacuzzis and steam saunas. In the north end of the island, Grand Hotel Mencey guests can drift into bliss in the spa’s floating tanks or leave it to the experts for a skin renewing facial treatment. No matter which of the three Grand Collection hotel spas a traveler visits, they’re all perfectly designed to deliver unique world-class spa treatments that cater to every guests’ relaxation needs.

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Grand experiences in Tenerife

Located in select areas of the island, IBEROSTAR’s Grand Collection Hotels each strike a different note to not only cater to different travelers but to also highlight different aspects of the richly interesting isle. At each hotel the impeccable spa services, state of the art fitness centers, world-class gustatorial experiences, and access to multiple premier golf courses across the island are just the basis for an unforgettable getaway in Tenerife. The Grand Hotel El Mirador is the Garden of Eden reincarnate, offering travelers generous suites and seafront access. While the Grand Hotel Salomé, delivers the all-inclusive experience, priding itself on the little things that elevate a guest’s experience like in-suite whirlpool baths and pillow menus or access to a picture perfect infinity pool. At the Grand Hotel Mencey, which seeks to reflect the colonial history of the island itself, guests can partake in culinary classes or wine tastings that refine palates and expand horizons.

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Plano general del Hotel IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Salomé

Grand Hotel El Mirador, Spain

A boutique hotel designed for adults only, this gorgeous destination is situated in the south of Tenerife in Spain’s coveted Canary Islands.

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Vista nocturna del Hotel IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Salomé

Grand Hotel Mencey, Spain

Located in the north of Tenerife, this Canary Island hotel immerses visitors in the island’s rich history and natural splendors.

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Piscina del Hotel IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Salomé

Grand Hotel Salomé, Spain

Excellent service is the foundation of our all-inclusive, adults-only resort in the south of Tenerife, right on the Costa Adeje.

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Tenerife’s finest beaches

Costa Adeje & Santa Cruz Beaches

The beaches in the south of the island speak for themselves, known the world over many of these beaches are perfect in their own way for whatever beachgoers prefer to do, whether it’s watersports or purely for lounging. The best known and well-maintained sandy beaches in the area are Troya, El Duque, Fañabé, Torviscas or El Bobo. In the north, far from the reaches of many tourists is the paragon of picture perfect beaches at La Teresitas. At Las Gaviotas beach, with the island’s trademark black volcanic sand, provides a smaller secluded respite nearby surrounded by steep cliffs. On the other side of the north end is another black sand beach, a true natural beach secluded from almost everything but worth the trek as it’s one of the island’s treasured escapes.

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Golfing in Tenerife

Costa Adeje & Santa Cruz Golf Courses

Lush vegetation abounds on the island and offers incredible fairways at four different courses available to guests of both the Grand Hotel Salomé & Grand Hotel El Mirador. On the list is Golf Las Américas, Amarilla Golf & Country Club (designed by Donald Steel), Costa Adeje Golf (designed by Pepe Gancedo), and Golf del Sur. Guests of the Grand Hotel Salomé also have a fifth option with Real Club de Golf, Spain’s second oldest golf club. The north end of Tenerife is no different in offering sweeping views and challenging terrains to golf-enthusiasts. Guests of the Grand Hotel Mencey have access to two golf courses on the island: Buenavista Golf (designed by Severiano Ballesteros) and the Abama Golf & Country Club (designed by Dave Thomas).

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