Five Things You Want to Know About Tenerife, Canary Islands

Cost Adeje, Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Tenerife is one of the Canary Islands which people call the islands of permanent spring because the weather here is good all year round, about 18-27 C. In the second half of June, we stayed on the south of the island in the town of Adeje.

Playa de Duke, Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Tenerife is a slightly unusual vacation place and I’d like you know why

1. Its beach is not a golden-yellow color, but grey-black, and the surf is not silvery-white, but black. I had the constant impression that an oil tanker had wrecked somewhere not far away and we were seeing the consequences. But in fact, this sand (and the island, too) is made by a volcano, and the color of the sand has nothing to do with an ecological disaster. This is simply exotic. In short, don’t bring a white swimsuit on a Tenerife vacation.

Torviscas Playa, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

Torviscas Playa, Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Torviscas Playa, Tenerife Canary Islands.

However, fans of pebble beaches can also find those here.

Stone beach, Adeje, Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Stone beach, Adeje, Tenerife, Canary Islands.

2. The food is good in most cases, but have your lunch and dinner not in a hotel, but in any of the numerous cafes in the city or on the beach. Fresh seafood dishes and gazpacho (cold tomato soup) are especially good. Compared with London, Tokyo, or Moscow, the prices are wonderfully low.

Check every bill carefully. Local waiters can simply include the charge for a liter of Sangria you didn’t order, and it will be about 12 Euros extra! Sellers in Indo-Arab shops along the beach may try to give you change from your ten Euros as if you had given them five.

Seafood of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

The second breakfast on Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Seafood paella. Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

3. Select excursions carefully. Many of them are far-fetched, and if you buy them, the sensation of lost time and money can appear very soon. However, I highly recommend visiting Loro Parque. Why? Because this is one of few places where you can see these beautiful animals so close. Another place is northern Norway, for example, where Oceanwide Expeditions organizes its Arctic cruise. Okay, okay I admit it will be a little colder than here, yes, but the landscapes, animals, and people of Arctic are unique.

Orca show in the Loro Parque, Tenerife, Canary.

Orca show in the Loro Parque, Tenerife, Canary.

People say the excursion to the crater of the volcano of Tenerife is breathtaking. We have not been there and don’t know, but we believe it.

4. A permanent pleasant breeze blows from the Atlantic Ocean, so you don’t feel the burning sun; however, its rays are very strong. If you tan quickly, like me, the wise step would be to buy a broad-brimmed hat and long-sleeved shirt, and take the sun bath as gradually as you would do in Egypt or Thailand.

Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.


5. Spanish waiters are not very smiley. Here, you will not get as many smiles as in Italy, but don’t take it personally. Maybe this is a national feature. Tenerife and all the Canary Islands still smile at you.

Adeje, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.

Adeje, Tenerife, Canary Islands.


Playa de Duke, Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Torviscas Beach, Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Adeje, Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Adeje, Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Now you know! Happy vacation!

Victor Tribunsky

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Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi. The Sand Castle
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78 Responses to “Five Things You Want to Know About Tenerife, Canary Islands”

  1. Mike Says:

    Great pics and it looks like you had a wonderful time. Sorry, but I don’t understand this statement. Are the euro amounts correct or backwards? “A sellers of indian-arabish shops along the beach can try to give you a change from 10 euro like you have given them 5 euro.” Thanks and safe travels.

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  2. Holly Michael Says:

    Adding this to my list of places I want to go. Thanks for sharing.


  3. thekaydays Says:

    Your photos are so splendid. I really enjoy your posts — keep up the great work and enjoy your travels! Following because I absolutely can’t wait to see more! 🙂



  4. wordsfromanneli Says:

    What a beautiful place, but it sounds as if the locals are numbed by all the tourists.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. photosfromtheloonybin Says:

    Thank you for giving us such an amazing tour of Tenerife, Canary Islands. Your photos and descriptions were so wonderful that now I want to move there!!!! What a beautiful place and climate :).

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  6. Andrew Petcher Says:

    Good stuff Victor! Great pictures!


  7. KatZ Says:

    Fantastic photos!!!


  8. Garden Walk Garden Talk Says:

    Loved this tour. You have a great life visiting all these locations. I like your friend the cockatoo. I have a cockatoo and he would love a friend.


  9. 2 Rivers Photos Says:

    I hate it when I read they try to take advantage of tourists… I just feel they take away from the experience!! Great photos as usual 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Victor Tribunsky Says:

      Not all of them are the same. In one cafe, the bill was near 10 Euros. I gave the money and left the cafe. But in 15 minutes, the waiter found me and returned 10 euros. It turned out I gave him 20.


  10. Mary @ The World Is A Book Says:

    Wow, these pictures and scenery are so beautiful. I’ve always wanted to visit the Canary Islands and this just showed I need to move this up my list. I love the first two photos.


  11. Debra Kolkka Says:

    I think non smiling is a Spanish trait. We found it all over Spain. This place looks lovely but I am not sure about that black sand and sea. I think I will stick to our gorgeous Australian beaches.


  12. Country Skipper Says:

    This looks beautiful! I had no idea the sand was so dark. And the food? Looks delicious – just like you’d imagine at the sea 🙂


  13. Jaclyn Kader Says:

    Fabulous photos, Victor and your story made me very smiley, so thanks!


  14. iwtkangaroo Says:

    The stone beach looks beautiful 🙂


  15. travelingmarla Says:

    Hooray for building a rockpile on the stone beach. Reminds me of a rockpile I want to blog about. I’ll tag you when I do since you jogged my memory on that. ❤ Great blog. I'm enjoying your posts.


  16. wordswithnannaprawn Says:

    Ah yes, Tenerife. We didn’t go to the volcano either, but given that the island had the aroma of sulphuric eggs in the afternoon I’m guessing it may have literally taken our breath away if we’d got any closer. And can you imagine my particular horror after leaving my homeland of beaches with pebbles bigger than your own head to arrive on holiday to a beach with black sand?! Other than that I do agree that it’s a lovely place to visit and the all year temperate climate was the biggest attraction for us to escape an English winter (my kids would probably vote for the Water Park though!) – thanks for stopping by my blog today fellow ‘truthful traveler’!


  17. wingclipped Says:

    The trip up teide is well worth it – we have just come back from Tenerife and it was the highlight of our trip. The cable car station is at about 7,500 feet and the cable car then takes you to just over 11,000 feet, though it is quite expensive at 25 Euros each (half that for children). The top station is about 150 metres below the actual summit crater and you can only get right to the top if you get a pass (you can apply for them online but need to book well in advance). The views are amazing and despite al the people it is a very peaceful place to be. There is a lot to see on the way up and down, too.

    Great pictures! I was glad to see you built a rock tower – we walked along that beach and there are hundreds there now.


  18. 24/7 in France Says:

    Looks like a great place with your wonderful photos! Thanks for visiting my blog.


  19. rosieinspirations Says:

    I hope to visit here some day… Your photos are lovely, thanks for sharing!


  20. Angela Says:

    I’m going to Spain in late Aug, so sad that I won’t have to visit this island with my tight schedule… What a lovely place!


  21. RDoug Says:

    Never been to Tenerife, but I have made it to beautiful Palmas de Gran Canaria. Great pictures you’ve posted here, Victor.


  22. Champagne Vacations Says:

    What gorgeous pictures… thanks for liking my blog and giving me the opportunity to then visit yours! Am going to add you to my list of blogs I follow! Thanks again!


  23. greenskis Says:

    Excellent photography!


  24. Sandra Says:

    Beautiful photographs. Wish I was there.


  25. wordsfromanneli Says:

    The food here looks absolutely delicious. I love seafood anyway so I’m not hard to convince.


  26. Lukas Petereit Says:

    Thanks for the information about tenerife. I’ve been there 2015 to photograph the island, it’s an amazing area for travel photographers!

    Best regards,

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Lerroy Wick Says:

    Hi Victor
    This is nice. My wife and I are excited for the vacation we’ve booked in Spain and definitely we will go to the Canary. Tenerife is one of our eyeing place for our 1st stop 🙂 There so many thing we want to do from a page we’ve read Is there anything you can recommend aside from that page?


  28. Tom @ Airport Tranfer Tenerife Says:

    Yes, Tenerife is such a good place to spend vacation but you are right, their beaches aren’t that attractive anymore. Its sand isn’t that white but grey. One thing good for Tenerife is excursions… Just an advice when traveling to Tenerife, better get a car for hire. Some of their cab driver is a scammer. They would charged you 300 euro for just a few kilometer ride but if you ask other cabs, you will learn the fare is only 100 euro. So, better hire a car for rent.


  29. eldinvan Says:

    Yeah Im too. Tenerife is my favourite. 🙂


  30. holiday villas in tenerife with private pool Says:

    Briliant blog! i love the photos very much top quality pictures. keep it up !

    Liked by 1 person

  31. Search A Holiday Says:

    Great illustration and vivid description. Amazing way to capture various pictures, also the article was quite informative pertaining to cuisine and the explanation regarding the sightseeing.

    Liked by 1 person

  32. Nathalie Says:

    Nice post, really helpful! When I was in Tenerife, I actually thought it would be much nicer seeing dolphins in the wild! I did this tour, which was so amazing.


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