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September holidays in Tenerife

Are you going to spend your September holidays in Tenerife? We welcome you to an island full of adventures, where you and your family can fill your album with memories for a lifetime. Will you join us?

Cosmopolitan cities with their own identityPuerto de la Cruz Vacaciones de septiembre en Tenerife

Who doesn’t like to discover unique places? Puerto de la Cruz combines the modernity of an open-air museum, Puerto Street Art, with the identity of a city that has not lost its peculiarities.

Stroll through the La Ranilla neighborhood with its murals, take a dip in the Atlantic ocean at the beautiful beaches of San Telmo and Playa Jardín, or relax in idyllic surroundings such as Lago Martiánez. Puerto de la Cruz is a miniature universe with a small treasure on every corner.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Vacaciones de Septiembre

In Santa Cruz de Tenerife, avant-garde and history takes you to places such as the Guimerá Theatre, the oldest theatre in the Canary Islands, or the Tenerife Auditorium, designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava, which is part of the city’s landmark.

The capital of the Island is fortunate to host one of our visitors’ favourite beaches, Las Teresitas, as well as the César Manrique Maritime Park, a large swimming pool complex in the shade of El Palmetum, the largest collection of tropical palm trees in Europe. No matter what you choose, we assure you that in Santa Cruz you can find a place you will always want to return to.

Rural getaways in Tenerife – get to know the villages and hamlets

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If you are looking for a rural getaway, we can also give you some recommendations. In Tenerife you won’t get tired of seeing all the different places!

One of the most famous places is the hamlet Masca in Buenavista del Norte. It is framed in a spectacular setting, in the shadow of an imposing rock. It is one of the most popular places in the Teno Rural Park, where you can not only enjoy the breathtaking scenery, but also try local food.

Taganana Santa Cruz de Tenerife

In the northeast of the island you will find Taganana. You look from above on countless white houses, which meander to the coast.  If you are looking for breathtaking views, then you must visit the viewpoint El Bailadero. We assure you that the trip is worthwhile.

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Do you want to see Los Gigantes as you have never seen the cliffs before, maybe even a beautiful panorama of our neighbor island La Gomera? Punta de Teno is our recommendation for a very different perspective.

Tenerife nature routes

Now that we’ve presented you to the towns and hamlets of Tenerife, how about submerging into the most curious and most spectacular nature of our island?

Tenerife – whale sanctuary

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One of the favourite activities by our visitors is whale watching. If you want to explore the southwest coast of Tenerife and admire these beautiful animals, remember to embark with one of the companies of the Sustainability Charter. You will ensure a respectful experience with the environment, as well as the guidance of the best professionals.

A charming valley

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Finally, the north of Tenerife deserves part of your time on the island. Small municipalities, each with its own magic, populate the entire Orotava Valley. If you continue your journey to the northwest you will find some natural wonders such as The Millenary Dragon Tree, the oldest in the whole archipelago.

Cueva del Viento Tenerife

Among these wonders we must also highlight the Cueva del Viento, the largest volcanic tube in Europe. You can do guided tours to discover the underground of Tenerife.

A wonderful September is waiting for you on our island. So, what are you waiting for?

Los Gigantes in 360 degrees – a unique experience

Exploring Los Gigantes 360 degrees is, without a doubt, a fantastic virtual journey. At a glance you can go from the intense blue of the Atlantic Ocean to the white snowy Mount Teide. Join us to discover all the secrets of this corner of Tenerife!

Puerto Santiago

If you look to the right, you will see a small coastal town: Puerto Santiago. It belongs to the municipality of Santiago del Teide and you will find cozy beaches like Playa del Puerto Santiago or Playa de los Guíos, with Los Gigantes in the background.

Strolling through the streets, you can taste the gastronomy of Tenerife, including one of the restaurants with a Michelin star: El Rincón de Juan Carlos. You can also go to the Archipenque lookout point if you would like to have another perspective of the town.

Whales and dolphins swimming in front of you

One of the most beautiful activities in this area of ​​Tenerife is the observation of whales and dolphins. You can make boat trips of different duration to see the graceful cetaceans swimming in their natural habitat.

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The observation of marine mammals is worthwhile in Tenerife, as they are seen at 80% of the days throughout the year. Depending on the length of the excursion you can even take a little snack on board and take a dip in some remote coves of Los Gigantes. Highly Recommended!

Los Gigantes, guardians up to 600 metres high

But undoubtedly, the absolute protagonist of this 360-degree image is the steep coast of Los Gigantes. At some points it reaches a height of up to 600 metres and is therefore one of the most impressive natural monuments of Tenerife.

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This “geological accident” is of volcanic origin and extends over several kilometres in the municipalities of Santiago del Teide and Buenavista del Norte. In the Guanche era, this natural wonder was called „Wall of Hell” by the ancient inhabitants of Tenerife who believed that the end of the world was behind these cliffs.

Fortunately, we can still admire this gift of nature as much as the Guanches.

Punta de Teno, an almost hidden natural treasure

The last treasure on this 360-degree image is Punta de Teno, one of the most remote and beautiful corners of Tenerife.

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On the left side of the picture is a small plain. This is the beach of Punta de Teno. To protect nature, access is restricted on certain days and Punta de Teno can only be reached by public transport.

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Dolphin watching in Tenerife – don’t miss it

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Dolphin watching in Tenerife is one of the most popular activities among our visitors, as there are up to 21 different species of whales and dolphins. If you want to experience such an adventure on the Atlantic Ocean, then read this blog post.

Respect and care for the environment with the Quality Charter of Whale Watching

If you want to see cetaceans in the wild, the best way is to book an excursion with one of the companies attached to the Quality Charter of Whale Watching.

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This not only ensures that you are accompanied by experts who can answer all your questions and tell you interesting things about the animals, but also follow guidelines to avoid disturbing the animals and protecting the environment.

Companies that voluntarily participate in the Quality Charter commit working together to clean up the oceans and to collaborate with various scientific teams to conserve the marine environment.

Watch whales and dolphins in Tenerife

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The chance to see cetaceans in Tenerife is very good, as the probability on boat trips is up to 100%, on 80% of the days of the year.

The reason why we have so good possibilities is because in the waters of Tenerife there are resident populations of pilot whales and Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.

Where to observe dolphins in Tenerife

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The southwest coast of the island is the ideal place to observe cetaceans in Tenerife because it is the area where most of the populations of marine mammals live and where companies offer their excursions. Los Cristianos, Puerto Colón and Los Gigantes are the main ports, with different options according to your needs:

Two-hour excursion to watch dolphins in Tenerife

If you don’t have much time then it is best to do a short two-hour tour. In this case the boat drives directly to the animals. You can also combine this trip with other activities in the south of the island.

Three to four hour excursion to observe cetaceans in Tenerife

If you have more time, it will be worth to spend two or three hours. Here you can enjoy a meal on board as well as a small break in a nearby cove where you can take a dip.

The boats that offer this type of excursion tend to be larger and therefore you have more space of movement and comfort.

Five-hour boat tours in Tenerife

These trips are made on the largest and most spacious boats, as you will spend a lot of time at sea. Not only can you spot whales and dolphins in Tenerife, but you can also visit the most iconic places on the coast of our island. Los Gigantes for example are imposing cliffs of up to 600 metres high. In the time of the Guanches, the indigenous people of Tenerife, the imposing natural monument was called “The Wall of Hell”.

Would you like to read more interesting articles about Tenerife? Don’t miss anything on our blog; information about beaches, culture, places of interest…

Must-see places in Tenerife (part 1)

The most important places in Tenerife? There are so many cool corners… Therefore it’s really difficult to choose the best places to visit. If you don’t know where to go and what to do, no problem! Here we will give you a little summary of some of the must-see places and sights.

The cliffs of Los Gigantes

One of the most impressive places in Tenerife are the cliffs of Los Gigantes, a huge rocky colossus and also volcano that reach a height of 600 metres. The Guanches, the natives of Tenerife, called the cliffs the “wall of hell”. By the way, nature lovers will find up to 21 different species of cetaceans in the surrounding waters, such as the bottlenose dolphin or theshort-finned pilot whale (pilot whale).

Whale and dolphin watching

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As mentioned before, Los Gigantes is one of the best areas to spot whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. You shouldn’t miss this activity! If you book a trip on a boat, make sure that it has our Quality Charter. This guarantees not only a great excursion, but also environmental protection with regard to our marine environment.

The millennial dragon tree

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The thousand-year-old dragon tree (which actually dates back some 800 years) stands proudly in Icod de los Vinos as one of the most imposing natural sites of northern Tenerife. With a height of 16 metres and a circumference of 20 metres, a garden with different native plants such as small dragon trees, cardones and tabaibas has been created around it.

Mount Teide National Park

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In a list of the must-visits or must-sees of Tenerife, Mount Teide can’t be missed. Perhaps it is the most recognisable and emblematic silhouette that makes our island unique with its majestic appearance. World Heritage and the highest peak in Spain, it is worth spending a whole day (or even more) to explore the beauty of the national park. Surely, you will never forget the unique and colourful flora, as well as one of the most beautiful sunrises you can witness in Tenerife from the summit of Mount Teide.

Anaga Rural Park

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Anaga Rural Park, declared a green Biosphere Reserve, will awaken all your senses with its unique corners and trails. The landscapes seem to be drawn from fairy tales. The laurel forest (Laurisilva) is a living fossil because it is from the Tertiary and is the best preserved of the island. You can also visit remote villages like Taganana with its long fishing tradition.

Teno Rural Park

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To finish the list of natural landscapes in Tenerife, we go to the other side of the island, to the extreme northwest. Here we find the Teno Rural Park. Its great attraction are the spectacular landscapes of Isla Baja with the small villages and the high mountains, as well as Punta de Teno with the old lighthouse. Here you can enjoy one of the best views of the cliffs of Los Gigantes and the most romantic sunsets.

The best leisure parks in the world

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If you do not know what to do in Tenerife first, how about starting with the best water park and the best zoo in the world? Siam Park and Loro Parque have been awarded with this grandiose title by Tripadvisor users. An oasis of guaranteed fun!

The beaches in the south of Tenerife

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Costa Adeje, Playa de Los Cristianos beach, El Médano beach… Sounds good, right? Some of the best coves are located in the south of the island, in municipalities such as Arona, Adeje, Santiago del Teide or Granadilla de Abona. All you have to do is explore the south coast and find your favourite spot to relax.

Now you have a list of the most important places in Tenerife! Let’s start planning your trip for a fantastic holiday on our island.

Whale & dolphin watching in Tenerife

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The observation of cetaceans in Tenerife is undoubtedly one of the activities you shouldn’t miss. There are many whales and dolphins in the waters of Tenerife. Some are huge and reach a length of up to 30 metres, others are small and fast as the lively dolphins that love playing with the boats. Take a trip to Los Gigantes on a sailboat, refresh yourself in the Atlantic, enjoy an aperitif on board and relax…

Cetaceans in Tenerife: Bottlenose dolphins, short-finned whales and many more

Up to 21 different species of whales and dolphins coexist in the waters of Tenerife, 8 belong to the dolphins (including orcas are among them) and 13 belong to the whales. From the charming bottlenose dolphin with its characteristic gray color, to the short-finned pilot whale of five metres in length.

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The chance to see cetaceans, by the way, is almost 100% and throughout the whole year, because there are resident populations of the bottlenose dolphins and short-finned pilot whales living in our waters. For the other species it depends on the season.

Whale watching trips: everything you need to know

We recommend you to check the offer beforehand, because there are very different activities with different timetables and duration. Check out and choose what’s best for you, because some of them include a stop for swimming in the coastal waters!

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Normally the activity takes about two hours; ideal if you do not have much time and still enough to say “hello” to the cetaceans. But if you want to spend a few more hours on the Atlantic Ocean and prefer a relaxing trip, then choose one of the companies that offer three hours and even five hours with a stop for swimming in the sea and a delicious meal on board to recharge your batteries.

Tips for boat trips in Tenerife

When you’re on the sea, you want to immortalize whales and dolphins with your camera. As the cetaceans are very playful and it may become difficult to take a picture of them as they are constantly moving and the boat also rocks.

Be patient! If you have a SLR camera, try to use a fast shooting mode (“Sports” setting) or, if you can adjust it manually, choose a fast shutter speed to capture that moment when the dolphin jumps out of the water. For photos with your mobile phone, it is advisable to avoid zoom as it often adds blur to the photo.

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By the way, to make sure it really will be a nice trip, do not forget to pack suncream and take some medication with you to prevent sea sickness. You can also bring binoculars with you and think of warm clothes, because at sea it can become windy.

Respect the nature: Quality Charter for the cetaceans

When you book the trip, make sure that the company has a Quality Charter, as this indicates its environmental commitment.

According to the certificate, companies undertake to use recyclable products during their excursions, actively collaborate with the cleaning of the seabed, maximize the tourist experience with minimum environmental impact and ensure the satisfaction of the tourist, surveying at a minimum to 5% of their daily customers. Therefore, if you are on a blue-flag boat, you know that you will not only have a unique experience with whales and dolphins in Tenerife, but also do something for the environment.

5 curiosities about whales and dolphins

A few things you have probably never heard of…

  1. At the back fin you can distinguish a shark (vertical position) from a whale (horizontal position).
  2. The common dolphin is very fast! It reaches speeds of 45 km/h (28 mph).
  3. If whales had to go to the dentist, sperm whales would have expensive dentistry! Because they have up to 50 teeth, each weighing up to 1 kg!
  4. Have you ever wondered how dolphins breathe? They make it through a hole in their head, which is called blowhole.
  5. The waters of south-west Tenerife are Europe’s largest mating ground for the bottlenose dolphin!

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So, after this little insight, you certainly would love to get to know the whales and dolphins personally. Are you coming?

Tenerife, an adventure for the whole family

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More than 2,000 square kilometres under your feet and a summit over 3,000 metres high; discover a universe of landscapes… And the adventure begins right from your landing in Tenerife: a world receives you with an annual average temperature of 23º degrees.

A lot of relaxation will be found in nature or if you are on action, you can boost your adrenaline levels in the leisure parks and sports activities. No matter what your family likes, Tenerife has many surprises for you.

Paddling along the coast of Tenerife, Kayak in Los Gigantes

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If you love being in nature and want to explore the coast, feeling the sea under your feet, then put the life jacket on and let’s get started your adventure in a kayak along the coast of Los Gigantes. These gigantic cliffs, which reach more than 600 metres in height in some points, will leave you speechless and, with some luck, you may even have some companion during your journey, dolphins!

Discover the marine fauna from nearby

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Do you fancy an experience at sea but prefer something more relaxing? Then perhaps you should book a tour on one of the whale and dolphin watching boats. You can see from very close many of the species that inhabit the waters of Tenerife and watch the dolphins playing. A relaxing experience on the Atlantic.

In addition, there is a quality certificate for whale and dolphin watching companies, which ensures that they respect the environment in order to preserve our wildlife and actively participate in scientific projects and trainings.

Ascent to the sky: the Mount Teide National Park

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Getting to know the highlands of the island and watching as a large cloud cover sway in a white sea is definitely one of the experiences that must be „stored on your retina“ when you come to Tenerife. In addition, our Mount Teide celebrates this year its 10th Anniversary as an Unesco World Heritage Site. This confirms that it is a unique place and icon of our island for a good reason. No matter if you are watching star galaxies at night, or the volcanic landscapes of the National Park (where Clash of the Titans was filmed) during the day, you will remember this special place forever.

A lighthouse that leads you on your journey: Punta de Teno

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Punta de Teno is one of the most beautiful and idyllic corners of the island, with over 8,000 acres of green nature, volcanic landscapes and laurel forests… One of the most popular attractions in the northwest of the island is the lighthouse of Punta de Teno, where you can enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the Cliffs of Los Gigantes. If you want to experience a romantic sunset, just follow the lighthouse and enjoy the moment.

Pure adrenaline and water fun in Siam Park

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Here you can try out the most breathtaking water slides, or relax at the artificial sand beach… Siam Park has been awarded for four years in a row as the „Best Water Park in the World“ according to Trip Advisor and yes, it deserves it. Why? Find it out by yourself, navigating the calm Mai Thai River or slide down, almost to gravity, The Dragon… Children love it and parents have at least as much fun as their kids or even more.

But that was not all…

The best? This is just a small sample of what awaits you in Tenerife, there are still many more corners, parks and experiences that you should explore for yourself. Just make the first step, embark on your adventure and land in Tenerife

 

Intensive Tenerife Part 3

A 4-day trip – don’t be a tourist, be a traveller!

By plane, car, boat and the most authentic one: by our own feet

From the stars in the skies to the stars of the ocean.

This morning we went to a breathtakingly beautiful place on the west coast of the island, called Los Gigantes, or “Cliffs of the Giants” in English…

Los Gigantes

We swapped our car for a boat and our casual wear for swimwear – can you guess what we did next? Yes, we went journeying out on the Atlantic Ocean where we enjoyed the warm sun, swam in the sea and were overwhelmed by the Cliffs of the Giants. It is hard not to be impressed by the volcanic walls which reach up to 600 meters high and fall dramatically into the ocean. You feel so small looking up at their walls yet so empowered by the experience at the same time…

Apart from the stunning scenery, we did something that I never expected to do at sea in this part of Europe: whale and dolphin watching!
Tenerife has become the most important place in Europe for spotting whales in their natural habitat.
The south-west of Tenerife is home to twenty-one different species of marine mammals that live close by to the coast or are journeying through on vacation like us ;-).
Some of the species you can observe are Bottlenose dolphins and Short-finned pilot whales which settle in the same place all year.

Whale and dolphin watching

It was really amazing to see them jumping out of the water so close to our boat with the families or pods of whales proudly presenting us their cute babies (calves). On board, the children’s eyes sparkled with joy and the adults were moved by the dance of the Cetaceans.

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As we drove further out to sea, somebody shouted something I struggled to understand at first…all my fellow passengers’ eyes had turned to watch the horizon. And then I saw a big water fountain and a huge dark shadow… I couldn’t believe it! We were one of the few lucky ones that day to observe the biggest traveller of the marine mammals – the giant blue whale! What an experience!
So, when you are in Tenerife, take this chance to see up close marine mammals in their habitat; I only can not recommend this highly enough to you!

Apart from whale and doplphin watching you can do a lot more activities in the clear blue Atlantic Ocean: kitesurfing, windsurfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle surfing, sailing, diving…

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Go on and try something new! A holiday is the best time to challenge yourself.
And this is exactly what I will do on my next trip to Tenerife: diving. I can’t wait to go underwater and see more marine life thriving in their ocean home.

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So, all there is left is to leave you with all the best water sports companies and diving centres on the island.

This was our third day exploring this little-big island. I can’t wait to tell you about the secrets of Isla Baja, which we discover on the last day of this amazing 4-day-trip. Keep on reading 😉

Yours, Eileen

Whale and dolphin watching in Tenerife all year round

Whale and dolphin watching in Tenerife all year round

I’m on board a beautiful sailing boat, enjoying the amazing experience of watching pilot whales close up. They are impressive, very sociable and they glide smoothly alongside the boat. I think they’re delighted to have some visitors!

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Of the 79 whale and dolphin species in the world, 25 are found in the Canary Islands and 21 of them have been spotted in Tenerife’s waters. It’s hard to believe that the chances of seeing pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins are nearly 100%, but it’s true! They live in the waters between the islands of Tenerife and La Gomera and you can usually see them when they come up to the surface to breathe and enjoy the warm rays of sunlight. Watching whales and dolphins in the wild is a wonderful gift you can enjoy in the island all year round thanks to Tenerife’s great weather.

These marine mammals have found paradise in southwest Tenerife, around 3 miles offshore:  crystal clear water, plenty of food, a wind-protected stretch of sea and a mild climate that they love.

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There are many relaxing boat excursions with an expert guide to explain interesting facts about the way of life of these incredible creatures that are able to give birth and suckle their offspring underwater.

There are plenty of companies specialising in whale and dolphin watching trips departing from Los Cristianos harbour (Arona), Puerto Colón (Adeje) and Los Gigantes (Santiago del Teide). Ten companies take part in a quality charter created by the Tenerife Tourism Corporation and are committed to maintaining a high quality service and respecting the environment.

If you’re wondering about whale and dolphin care and preservation, it’s great to hear that the Canary Islands Government put in place Decree 178/2000 (6th September 2000) which regulates whale watching activities and lays down strict measures for boats, crew and visitors to respect the natural habitat of these marine mammals and protect them from any disturbance or threat.

See more at: http://www.webtenerife.co.uk/activities/in-the-sea/whale-and-dolphin-watching/