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Six of the most spectacular Tenerife sunsets

Tenerife’s unique sunsets turn places that are already special into something truly wonderful. Here are five Tenerife sunsets that look like they are taken from a work of art.

A Tenerife sunset with spectacular purple hues

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For our first sunset we head to Playa de Las Vistas, in the Arona municipality. If a day in the sunshine and the cool breeze here already sounds good, then wait until it is the magic hour  and you experience one of the best sunsets in south Tenerife.

This purple sunset is a rare event caused by an atmospheric anomaly but every sunset at Las Vistas is the cherry on the cake of a perfect beach day.

Benijo, Tenerife’s most photogenic beach

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From the south to a spot in north Tenerife that is famous amongst photographers; Benijo beach. This hidden spot in remote Anaga has some of the best and most photogenic sunsets in all of Tenerife. 

The beautiful rock formation called Roque de Benijo is the perfect backdrop for your Instagram stories and if you capture it at the magical sunset hour, all your friends are bound to ask you where you took such a spectacular Tenerife photo.

When the sun hides behind the lighthouse at Bajamar

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Bajamar is a low-key spot north of La Laguna where locals and visitors go to swim in the natural pools or walk along the pretty shore towards the iconic lighthouse.

The lighthouse is also the focal point that allows you to have fun with your sunset photos by hiding the setting sun behind its silhouette. This dance of light and shadows adds to any photo of the beautiful sunsets and gives you images and memories that last a lifetime.

The city of many sunsets, Puerto de la Cruz

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If you think you’ve seen all the best beach sunsets in Tenerife,  Puerto de la Cruz still has a few aces hidden up its sleeve. This town may be in the smallest municipality in Tenerife but it is justifiably popular with tourists thanks to its wide variety of landscapes, experiences and activities.

Puerto de la Cruz’s sunsets are a big part of its appeal. For a beach sunset like the one in our photo, head to Playa Jardín. For spectacular sunset views out over the Atlantic, you’ll see superb blues and golden hues from the Atlantic Mirage hotel.

A sunset across the Tenerife fairways

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Tenerife is a golf paradise because its courses were designed by top players and because of its climate and spectacular landscapes. 

The Buenavista Golf course, designed by Spanish golfing great  Severiano Ballesteros, offers unmatchable views out over the rugged northwest coast of Tenerife. From the nearby El Burgado restaurant you can watch the sun drop behind the horizon while you listen to the waves washing against  La Arena beach.

Tenerife’s most spectacular sunset, at Teide

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There is no other place to end this list of Tenerife’s top sunset spots than at the Teide National Park. Whether you at the Montañas de Guajara, like our photographer, or at the peak itself, you have the island at your feet and the landscapes as the sun sets behind Spain’s highest mountain will stay with you forever.

What about you? Do you have a powerful sunset memory from Tenerife? Please join us on social media and tell us about it. We’d love to have the best collection of Tenerife sunset photos on the internet and we’re sure that your photo deserves its place in the gallery.

The best places to stargaze in Tenerife

There are many places to observe stars in Tenerife. In fact, Granadilla de Abona and Mount Teide are recognised as Starlight tourist destinations, which certify the quality of their starry skies. Do you want to know which are the best places to observe stars in Tenerife? We tell you below:

Mountains of Guajara

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To reach this place, you first have to walk along the Degollada de Guajara path to get to Alto de Guajara. The first section takes about an hour and the final stretch can be reached in another hour and a half.

The impressive panoramas of Mount Teide reward the effort and the Guajara Mountains are the third highest point in the National Park, with 2,715 metres of height.

Here the astronomer Jean Mascart made some observations of the comet Halley in 1910. For this purpose, he built a hut and some remnants are still on the top of the path.

Parador and surroundings

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If you prefer a simpler place to access and do not want to go for a long hike, you can try the Parador de Turismo Las Cañadas and its surroundings. In fact, the hostel itself can serve as a base camp and location for planning your excursions to the stars.

There is ample parking and the opportunity to visit nearby places for stargazing such as the viewpoint La Ruleta or the Roques de García. Did you know that on Mount Teide there are many viewpoints (miradores) from which you can take a look into space?

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Viewpoints of El Teide for stargazing

In the Teide National Park there are many viewpoints, like the one mentioned before La Ruleta. The viewpoints are located in strategic areas of the park, with good visibility and a higher level, which makes them ideal for stopping to gaze into the cosmos.

Some of the best viewpoints to observe stars are:

Mirador del Llano de Ucanca

Mirador Llano de Ucanca

This viewpoint, located at the foot of the TF-21 road, offers magnificent views of the Teide. The great plain that gives it its name makes it an ideal place to stop and enjoy the immensity that surrounds you.

Mirador del Tabonal Negro

Mirador Tabonal Negro

Here we will turn our backs on the Teide for an impressive view of the Guajara Mountains. This viewpoint is especially frequented during the daytime when the Teide bugloss is in bloom, but at dusk it is a great meeting point to watch the night sky. It is also on the side of the TF-21 road and has a small parking lot.

Mirador de La Ruleta

Mirador de La Ruleta

Located right next to the Roques de García, this viewpoint offers plenty of space to set up your telescope and observe both the Teide in all its splendor and the rock formation of La Fortaleza and its surroundings.

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In this mountainous enclave, at over 2,000 metres, is the Teide Observatory, part of the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, which houses telescopes and instruments from up to 60 institutions from 19 different countries.

If you are interested in astronomy and want to know more about the work of the scientists, you can even take part in one of the many astronomical experiences that Tenerife offers you.

Now that you know which are the best places for stargazing, all you have to do is gather your team, prepare your camera and telescope and launch yourself into the adventure of discovering the cosmos in one of the best places in the world.

Experiences on Mount Teide – stars, hiking trails and Martian landscapes

The experiences in the Teide National Park can be very different. From challenging hikes that reward you with breathtaking views, to exploring the constellations and galaxies in the night sky.

A tour to El Teide and the National Park in all its splendor

A trip to El Teide is certainly one of the most important experiences that can be done in Tenerife. There is a lot to see and to discover! After all, the size of the National Park is 18,990 hectares or 26,000 football fields!

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The duration of an excursion is approximately eight and a half hours. Here you will discover volcanic landscapes, typical Canarian villages and some natural monuments of the park while getting to know the geological history of our islands.

Ascent to Pico Teide, the summit of Spain

The ascent to Pico Teide is an experience that you can’t describe in words. You have to live it to really understand what it feels to stand on the summit of Spain, at 3,718 metres, and the third highest volcano in the world, measured from the seafloor.

When you reach the top and raise your gaze, you will see two seas. The first is a sea of ​​fluffy clouds rocked by the trade winds, the second is the vast Atlantic Ocean with its intense blue.

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In favorable weather conditions you can also see the silhouette of the rest of the islands that are closest to Tenerife: La Gomera, El Hierro, La Palma and Gran Canaria. An immaterial experience that you will surely keep in your heart and memory.

Stars of El Teide – close to the galaxy

Stargazing on El Teide is undoubtedly a galactic experience. The Teide Observatory is the world’s largest solar observatory with instruments and telescopes from various nations and international institutions.

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After visiting the facilities you can wait for the sunset to finally see the stars. Depending on the night you will see stars and radiant galaxies or a bright moon full of craters, landforms and mountains… As you’ve never seen it before!

Did you know that you can also find the mountains Tenerife, Pico and the crater Piazzi Smyth on the moon? The latter was named in honour of the Scottish astronomer, who wrote “Tenerife: The Experiences of an Astronomer” and whose studies made a great contribution to the scientific interest on the island.

Trails in the Teide National Park – paths between volcanoes and rocks

Walking at more than 2,000 metres can be a challenge. Mount Teide offers several routes that lead from the difficult paths to the summit or the refuge of Altavista (although you can always take the cable car as an alternative) to the trails that pass through the natural heritage of the National Park such as the Roques de García or the Cathedral of the Teide.

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No matter which route you choose, always remember to bring water or isotonic drinks in your backpack, and stop occasionally to rest and recharge batteries. Also wear warm clothes, regardless of the season in which you make the trip, as the temperature can change at that altitude and then it gets very cold.

Precisely this is what makes Tenerife unique. You can sunbathe on the beach, then put on your coat and be in a few hours above the clouds. Do you want to discover it?

A different Christmas in Tenerife

Christmas in Tenerife is lived in a different way, with a special atmosphere in the streets where people walk comfortably thanks to the mild and warm climate. Will you accompany us on a short trip to everything that awaits you during these dates on our island?

A sky full of Christmas stars

Can you imagine enjoying Christmas at more than 3,000 metres? On Mount Teide it is possible. Here you can ascend and observe the starry winter sky.

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Whether as a family, as a couple or even alone, you can come up with the perfect plan to enjoy one of the most visited National Parks in Spain to the fullest. Would you like to reach the summit without effort? Then remember to book your ticket for the Teide Cable Car b. Or would you like to challenge yourself before the end of the year? Then take a look at the different routes that lead to the summit.

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If you want to spend your holidays a little more relaxed, then you can take a guided tour of the facilities of the Teide Observatory, combine it with nocturnal astronomical observation or simply walk through the various natural attractions in the National Park. No matter what you prefer, Mount Teide is a must when travelling to Tenerife!

Winter under palm trees, Christmas on the beach

Another great option to enjoy Christmas in nature is to put on your best swimsuit and relax at one of the many beaches in Tenerife. There is something for every taste: blonde sand, black volcanic sand, pebbles, family beaches, lively or secluded beaches…

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With a pleasant climate also in December, you sometimes wonder if you have not travelled in time towards the summer. Nevertheless, you can enjoy a slightly different Christmas atmosphere, which is accompanied by the sound of the waves. You should definitely make long beach walks or coastal walks, so you can enjoy the sun of Tenerife and the Christmas atmosphere.

Christmas in the streets of Tenerife: lights, shopping and festive atmosphere

Nougats, marzipan, nativity scenes… Christmas is simply unique! The festive mood in the streets, the people walking around, the Christmas stalls and the Christmas fair, the coloured lights that illuminate every step…

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People meet with friends and family, Christmas parties… If you want to experience the authentic festive atmosphere of Christmas in Tenerife, we suggest you to visit the cities and historic centres. One of the most emotional and expected moments for all the locals on the island is the famous Christmas Concert of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, which always takes place on December 25th in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Oh! And do not forget to visit the cribs and traditional Christmas performances. Craftsmen, weavers and typical figures of the culture of Tenerife can be seen in the cribs created by neighboring communities, institutions or individuals with much enthusiasm and dedication.

Christmas in Tenerife – an unforgettable experience

Whatever your plan for this Christmas on the island, we assure you that it will be an unforgettable celebration that will always remain in your memory. Merry Christmas!

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.

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

 

STATEMENT FROM TENERIFE TOURISM CORPORATION – SEISMIC ACTIVITY

The Tenerife Tourism Corporation, a public entity under the Tenerife Island Government, wants to refute the incorrect information recently published by some British media in which it is stated that a volcanic eruption in Tenerife is imminent.

Such information is untrue and not based on any official reports or data. Both the Volcanology Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan) and the National Geographic Institute (IGN) – official sources on this matter – report that the island experienced a series of micro earthquakes, following a northeast-southwest direction, in the early hours of last Sunday. None of them were detected by the people of Tenerife and, as confirmed by the IGN, they were not due to any seismic activity but to low intensity tectonic movements.

Involcan states that the tremors could be related to the hydrothermal system of the volcano, and not to a magmatic intrusion, which would, in any case, be a “common situation which should not frighten anybody”.

Due to its volcanic origin, Tenerife is continuously monitored and any seismic activity associated with magma would be detected in very early stages. It is worth pointing out that the last volcanic eruption that took place on the island happened over 100 years ago, causing no personal injuries of any kind.

Therefore, everything is as calm as usual in Tenerife; there have been no changes related to these micro earthquakes and there are no current risks. Everyday life remains the same in the island’s cities, towns and tourist areas – the situation is totally safe.

The Tenerife Tourism Corporation advises obtaining information exclusively from official sources rather than from sensationalist articles to avoid unnecessary fear and confusion.

Cabildo bus shuttle to Teide

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Free bus service to the Teide National Park this weekend

For safety reasons, access by car is only one way – up through Chío and down via Boca Tauce and Vilaflor from 08.00 am to 18.00 on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February

 This weekend the Cabildo has activated Operation Nevada (8.00-18.00) to ensure the safety of visitors to the Teide National Park after heavy snow fall 18-22 February.

The decision is subject to change, depending on the number of vehicles and the weather as AEMET is forecasting winds with strong gusts in lower hills and highlands and rain is also expected in the north tomorrow.

President Carlos Alonso explains: “Currently, access to the National Park is complicated because we have not yet cleared all the roads and because it is a natural area so this operation is to ensure orderly and secure access.” Alonso is calling for patience and prudence on the part of visitors and residents to prevent accidents.

Access to the Teide National Park is only from the south of the island. Northern access roads remain closed as teams work hard to remove the ice and snow from the tarmac. For this reason the following roads remain closed:

TF-24 La Esperanza, which is cut off at Arafo at kilometre 24

TF-21 La Orotava, cut off at Ramón Caminero at kilometre 24

Recent snow falls of up to 135 mm high in Izaña should continue on the ground for at least a couple of weeks, which means that Operation Nevada may well be repeated next week but with more roads open to vehicles.

The Teide National Park can be visited to the cable car station but only by using a discretionary bus service offered free by the Cabildo on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February departing from Vilaflor. Bus company TITSA is also operating the normal services to Vilaflor: line 482 from Los Cristianos to Vilaflor and line 342 El Teide to Costa Adeje.

Access by car is only permitted to Boca Tauce one-way via Chío (TF-38) and going down by Vilaflor (TF-21). It will not be possible to go into the National Park due to the lack of sufficient parking spaces to ensure the transit of bus emergency vehicles. To reach the cable car, you must take the free shuttle bus departing from Vilaflor.

Bus shuttle

The free bus service will depart from Vilaflor to the cable car and not make any stops. Parking areas for cars will be provided in Vilaflor.

15 buses will operate a continuous service between 10.00 hours and 16.00 hours:

 The first bus from Vilaflor to the Cable Car will be at 10:00 am and lthe ast departure from Vilaflor to the cable car at 15:00. The first bus will return from the Cable Car to Vilaflor at 11.30 am and the last at 16.30 hours.

 If necessary, the number of buses will be increased.

The Civil Guard will activate special traffic controls at these points to regulate the movement of vehicles. The Red Cross will have two ambulances on standby for evacuation.

Under Operation Nevada there will be a free lane on the road for emergencies so vehicles will have to drive on the right. A field hospital and three ambulances will also be available near the Teide

 

Forest tracks, footpaths and BBQ areas

For security reasons, any recreational forest trails leading to or from the closed road sections in the mountains will be cut off.

For more information on closed tracks

http:// www.tenerife.es/pistas/

More information on the website of the Cabildo of Tenerife

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www.diariodetenerife.info

Or call the Citizens Service Centre (901 501 901) and Highway Information Centre (CIC) 900 210 131 www.cic.tenerife.es

The information will also be updated on the Cabildo’s social networks.operativo_nevada (002)

Snow white Teide

Shiny white Teide

A webcam shows the island’s snow covered peaks while visitors enjoy sun and beach at the coast

Snow has fallen like never before in Tenerife. This weekend, the sun rose on Mount Teide completely covered in white, offering a spectacular picture postcard view of the National Park and the island’s peaks. Road maintenance teams from the Cabildo are working hard to clear the heavy snowfalls and ice from the roads but for now, all access to the National Park remains closed as a precaution.

If you are on the island and waiting to go up over the next few days to enjoy the snow, or if you are at home and want to see what is happening live at Teide, this is the image broadcast live from one of the cameras at the Astrophysics Institute of the Canary Islands:

And while this is happening in the highest part of Tenerife, the temperatures in the rest of the island are still like spring. The sun is shining and the beaches continue to be there for you to enjoy the over 20 degrees Celsius marked by the thermometers.

Have you ever heard that Tenerife is an island of contrasts? Well, over the last few days we have had the clearest example of this. Check out this camera, also live from one of the island’s southern beaches, Las Vistas in Los Cristianos (Arona):

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https://www.skylinewebcams.com/es/webcam/espana/canarias/santa-cruz-de-tenerife/playa-las-vistas.html