Beach in La Caleta
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WILD BEACH IN LA CALETA

I bet you haven’t even heard about it, because it is more a local gem than tourist atraction. To know about this place, some local Tenerife resident have to tell you about hidden beach of La Caleta.

To visit this wild beach, you have to get to small, yet beautiful town of La Caleta de Adeje. Inhabitants here chose to stay very close with nature and further from comfort that we are used to see in a place like Tenerife.

When you reach this hidden, natural beach, you will immediately spot many little huts. All made from branches, palm leaves and rock. These tiny buildings are home for several „hippies”. Some of them are living there for months, some of them even for years. Many will tell you, that they are just dropouts from society who chose to stay aside from modern world influence, goods and responsibility. But I can assure you, that is partly a lie. This beach with its residents is just 5 minutes walk from town of La Caleta. With all of its shops, restaurants and the rest of the modern world.

Some of them have job, which requires computer, smartphone and other gadgets, so they have it. And some of the inhabitants are pretty wealthy, because they can afford not only to buy goods from grocery store, but also eat at the restaurants of nearby town.

This place is must see for everyone who is visiting this side of the island. It have not only unique huts with peculiar inhabitants, but also an amazing landscape. Here you can hike around the cliffs, rest, swim if you want or even try cactus fruits when they are blooming. Give it a try, you will love it!

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ISLAND’S TREASURE – TEIDE NATIONAL PARK

Teide National Park is a must-see, when you are visiting Canary Islands, partly, because it is biggest park on all islands and it won’t leave anyone indifferent. But also, because even the road, you have to take, to reach the very top of the mountain is a fairy-tale. All the landscapes that opens before eyes, huge craters and petrified lava, that surrounds giant volcano that stands great 3.718 tall.

Anyone can find something close to his hearth in Teide National Park. For peaceful rest you can enjoy panoramic view of the whole park, without hiking for hours and getting tired. Here will help cable car that brings you almost to the top of the mighty volcano. And for those, who prefer more active and unique way of relaxation, you can take a hike on the mount Teide with professional guides and even enjoy a sunrise whilst being almost 4 kilometers above the sea level.

On 2.390 meters height, is located Teide Observatory. You can visit it during daytime and have a guided excursion around it, to acknowledge the importance and uniqueness of it. It is worth a visit, because it is largest solar observatory in the world and also you will be amazed, when you’ll see the inside of a nocturnal telescope.

Probably the best time to visit mount Teide would be between April and June, when on short period of time, the spring comes to an island and you can witness  beautiful landscapes with flowers that bloom in the most spectacular colors you have seen. It is also a unique view, because flowers and plants you are seeing there are unique for the area and you won’t be able to see them anywhere else.

Take your time to enjoy Teide National Park, you won’t regret it and most definitely will desire to come back there to see and feel every season possible on this mighty volcano.

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FISHING IN ATLANTIC OCEAN

There are lots of possibilities for deep sea fishing in Tenerife. One of the most popular techniques is bottom fishing, specially in short trips with a shared charter, you fish in rocky areas with natural bait. Normally you anchor in these spots, but sometimes you can also drift. The most common species are snapper, sea bream, ray, moray, etc. In deeper waters, you can catch large snappers, dentex, red scorpion fish, pink dentex or grouper.

With light tackle trolling along the coast, generally are  used small lures to attract bonito, bluefish, barracuda, wahoo. Using live bait in deeper waters you might catch amberjack or pink dentex.

During the warmer months (may – october) Tenerife is a great place Trophy Fishing. This is the time when Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Wahoo, Dolphin fish and several tuna species visit the Canary Islands.

And last but not least, Tenerife offers some great possibilities for vertical jigging and spinning. In rocky areas, drop offs it’s very exciting dropping a large jig to the bottom (70m – 150m) to catch large amberjack, pink dentex, dentex and grouper. With smaller lures you might catch bonito, barracuda, bluefish, etc.

Tenerife is an amazing place for every fisherman and those who want to try fishing. You can choose fishing from the coast, on private boats or group charters to try and compete for biggest fish. It is an extraordinary place also because you can go fishing all year round without worrying about poor weather.

And if you choose to spend your time fishing in Tenerife on your own, don’t forget to read the terms of fishing on the island and obtain fishing licence in order to have the best experience of fishing on this amazing island.

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EVERLASTING SUNSHINE

One of Tenerife’s most unique weather phenomena is  its wonderfully warm temperatures on the coast and more cold looking inland closer the mountains including snow-covered Teide.  The south of the Island has more daylight hours altogether, whilst the rainfall is more plentiful in the north and the atmosphere is more humid. This gives opportunity to feel and enjoy different landscapes for you to admire as you explore the Island. The fact is that Tenerife’s climate allows people to enjoy the sun and the sea at any time of year, as well as observing wonderful countryside, stunning landscapes and dense forests.

Tenerife offers amazing weather all year round, so it depends on what temperature and climate best suits you. Summer in the south of the island will be mostly cloudless, hot and dry with excellent sea temperatures suitable for water sports and swimming. The north will be a little cooler during the same period but still pleasant. Rain is most likely between November and February, but the average six hours of daily sunshine and average peak temperatures above 21 °C.

Like other Canary Islands, Tenerife’s weather is clearly defined between the north and south. Mount Teide is a dormant volcano in the middle of the island and divides the two halves. In the north, the climate is wetter and cooler, which means it attracts fewer tourists. The south has more sunshine and warmer temperatures. This southern half is also less windy with fewer clouds, which gives a hotter climate.

Tenerife is suitable for every taste and wishes. You can enjoy calm ocean breeze while catching sun by the seaside, or if you like more active lifestyle, you can challenge yourself and beat some hiking trails while enjoying beauty of Tenerife. It is an island of neverending summer and joy.

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TOURISM IN TENERIFE

Tourism is the most prominent industry in the Canaries, which are one of the major tourist destinations in the world.

In 2018, almost 12 million tourists came to the Canary Islands. Tenerife had 5.8 million arrivals that year, excluding the numbers for Spanish tourists which make up an additional 30 percent of total arrivals. Most tourists came from United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, France, Ireland, Belgium, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Switzerland, Poland, Russia and Austria.

Tourism is more prevalent in the south of the island, which is hotter and drier and has many tourist visiting places such as Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos. More recently coastal development has spread northwards from Playa de las Americas and now encompasses the former small enclave of La Caleta, place more suitable for those, who seek to enjoy nature and peace.

The area known as Costa Adeje has many activities and leisure opportunities besides sea and sand, such as shopping centres, golf courses, restaurants, water parks, animal parks, and a theatre suitable for musicals or a convention centre. Tourists of any age will find something suitable for them.

In the more green side of the island, in the north, the main development for tourism has been in the town of Puerto de la Cruz. The town itself has kept some of its old-town charm mixed with northern European influences. But tourism outrage in the 1960s changed the outlook of the town, making it cosy and cosmopolitan at the same time.

Tenerife is connected to 160 destinations in 32 countries, operated by more than 60 airlines, a figure similar to that of major European airports.

Tourism generated a total of €4.4 billion for Tenerife in 2018, 169 million more than the previous year. So tourism in Tenerife is blooming and people of all interests can find something special on this beautiful island.

Whale and Dolphin watching in Tenerife
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Whale and Dolphin watching in Tenerife

Out of the 80 known species, about 20 have been observed in the waters of the Canary Islands. It is thanks to a year-long temperate climate, warm waters and the deep seafloors which are protected against the strength of the Atlantic Ocean that the islands attract so many marine whales and dolphins. There is, in fact, such thriving wildlife that the Teno-Rasca Marine Reserve protecting the west coast of Tenerife, was declared one of the most important conservation areas in Europe.

Bottlenose Dolphins and Pilot whales live all year long in the waters between La Gomera and Tenerife. Depending on the season, many other whale and dolphin species travel close to the island. If you are lucky and join a great boat crew, you may have also the chance to spot big marine mammals such as Bryde’s whales, Fin whales or even a Blue Whale!

Between the islands of Tenerife and La Gomera, the seafloor can reach 2,000 m below the surface, which allow the Bottlenose Dolphins and Short-finned Pilot Whales to hunt large amounts of fish and their favourite treat: giant squids. Thereby, these two species can be found lurking around all-year-long. An amazing reason to go dolphin and whale watching in Tenerife any time of the year. The reason why you have 99% chance to observe them, is because they tend to relax at the surface during the day.

The best time to see whales migrating would be from November to February when Humpback whales, Fin whales and sometimes Blue whales pass by the coast of Tenerife. This doesn’t mean you will for sure see one of these species during your boat trip, but you will have more chances than at any other time of the year.