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Top 8 must-see Tenerife attractions

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June 18, 2019 Europe, Spain


The following is a guest post by Nick Dean of When Nick reached out about a Tenerife, Spain guest post on my site, I immediately thought of the song “Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran. When my blue-eyed daughter Vayla was a baby, Ed’s album X was new and I’d dance around the kitchen holding her and singing that song. It cheered me up on the hard days. I haven’t been to Tenerife, but I hope to visit one day. Thank you Nick, for the insightful information about the best Tenerife attractions.


“You look so beautiful in this light
Your silhouette over me
The way it brings out the blue in your eyes
Is the Tenerife sea”

(Ed Sheeran)


Tenerife is a fabulous island getaway and the capital of the Canary Islands, Spain. More than 1300 kilometres Southwest from mainland Spain and 100 kilometres west of Morocco, it’s part of a volcanic chain and offers 785 square miles of land to keep the six million adventurers that visit each year happy.


Some of Tenerife’s popular attractions felt overrated to us, while some of the more obscure ones took our breath away. From our experiences, we’ve narrowed down a list of our top eight must-see Tenerife attractions.


1. The Historic Quarter of Santa Cruz de Tenerife


Santa Cruz de Tenerife – Old Town


Tenerife’s capital, Santa Cruz, has one of the oldest village sectors on the island, and is a great place for history lovers to check out. There’s a nearly four-hundred-year-old church named La Concepción, with magnificent architecture. The church was initially built in 1500, but was later destroyed by fire. It was rebuilt in 1650, and has become a tourist hub.


Other must-see spots in the old town are the ruins of the San Cristóbal castle and Castillo Negro, also known as the Black Castle. This wonderfully immersive experience got us feeling a bit medieval. The Nuestra Señora de África marketplace is also a great spot to stop for fresh produce and treats to feast on after touring.


2. Teide National Park


Teide National Park


With three million visitors annually, this park is the jewel of the island, with the infamous Mount Teide volcano towering at 12,198 feet. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, you can explore Teide National Park on your own (stop in at the tourist office by the entrance for information), or hire a guide. Our guide explained that Mount Teide has the highest elevation in Spain and all the Atlantic islands. It’s the third largest cone volcano on earth with an eleven-mile-long crater.


A cable car ride up Mount Teide provides stunning views of the mountains and out into the staggering 47,000 acres of land within the park. We learned that Mount Teide last erupted in 1909 and is considered an active volcano, with the possibility of another eruption. It experienced visible activity as recently as 2003.


Return or stay late enough for star-gazing at the world-renowned Teide Observatory – a breathtaking Tenerife attraction at 7000 feet. I could hardly believe how lit up the sky was with stars and planets. The guides at the Observatory provide information and viewing tips as you peer through telescopes.


3. Tenerife’s beautiful beaches


Playa de Las Americas black sand beach


A list of Tenerife attractions without a mention of its dozens of beaches would be a shame. A volcanic island isn’t complete without black sand beaches, and there are several, many with quiet coves. Our favourites were Los Cristianos, Playa de las Américas, and Costa Adeje.


If you like traditional brown sand beaches, we found the best to be Los Gigantes, with giant cliffs that rise from the ocean. This quintessential Mediterranean beach intertwines multiple sandy and rocky coves via a promenade. Find a quiet spot for the day or plant yourself on a happening stretch – the choice is yours.

Tenerife is one of many destinations in Europe with beautiful beaches. Check out this article on the best beaches in Europe.


4. Hiking and forest adventures in Anaga Rural Park


Anaga Forest Hiking Trail


Hikers and nature lovers must explore the magic of Anaga Rural Park, Tenerife’s tropical forest, and one of the few laurel forests of the world. We put on our hiking backpacks and explored this luscious forest for a full day. There are amazing cave houses built into the mountains and we enjoyed a sumptuous Spanish lunch in the hillside village of Chinamada.


The Path of Sense (Sendero de los Sentidos) trail is an easy and popular hike at Anaga Forest. The visitor centre at Cruz de Carmen will provide you with free maps and hiking trails.



The Viking Experience


Tenerife Ragnarok Viking Tour


The Ragnarok Viking Tour is a two or three-hour excursion on a traditional Viking ship that weaves its way through several of Tenerife’s bays. This fun-filled tour provides lunch, a Viking theatre show (the staff are hilarious), and an OPEN BAR.


The boat also searches for dolphins and whales, and we had the privilege of seeing a few dolphins up close. It’s a unique option for all ages on my list of Tenerife attractions, and who doesn’t love getting out on a boat?!


6. Island hopping


La Gomera Island


While Tenerife is lovely, we were anxious to see the other Canary Islands too. We booked day tours through Tenerife Sunshine, but you can hop on a ferry from Los Cristianos. First we island hopped to check out La Gomera Island. We visited the village of San Sebastian to see where Christopher Columbus prayed before he journeyed to America, and also hiked in Garajonay National Park.


We also visited El Hierro, the smallest Canary Island. To say the food is delicious would be an understatement. The bakers and chefs offered exquisite delicacies, and the village of Valverde was incredibly authentic. When you feel you cannot eat another bite, you simply say, “estoy abollado” (I’m stuffed).


7. Snorkelling and marine life experiences


Snorkelling in Tenerife


Another awesome Tenerife attraction is snorkelling with the abundant marine life. We booked with Tenerife Snorkelling and Kayaking, which has great reviews on Trip Advisor. The water was teeming with marine life – friendly sea turtles greeted us with curiosity, while stingrays, crabs, colourful fish, and a lone manta ray also made appearances. The whole experience was amazingly vibrant and safe.


If kayaking to snorkel isn’t your thing, there are many snorkelling operators in Tenerife. You may also want to check out a whale and dolphin boat tour with underwater viewing, or one of the dolphin kayaking experiences available on Tenerife.


8. Nature jeep safari


Tenerife Jeep Safari


We booked with Tamaran, a professionally run tour company offering a plethora of Canary Islands tours and excursions. There is an eight-hour safari that combines touring the wilds of El Teide with Spanish culture. Since we had already visited the Mount Teide volcano, we opted to take a nature jeep safari from Playa de las Américas. The tour includes a visit to the rustic mountain village of Vilaflor, which feels like stepping back in time. It has the highest elevation of any village or town in Spain, with beautiful shops and the most incredible views of Tenerife.


Our entire trip was a vacationer’s paradise. I hope these Tenerife attractions will push you closer to booking that ticket.


Looking for more on beautiful islands? Check out my article on the incredible Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.


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Tourists love Tenerife for its glorious beaches and great weather, but there are all kinds of attractions to see on the island. From nature parks to hike in to observatories to delight astronomers, to water parks that will entertain visitors of all ages, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Tenerife.

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Teide National Park

This national park contains Spain’s highest mountain and volcano, Mount Teide, and is a great place to go hiking, take bike rides, and learn about nature. It’s also the home of the Teide Observatory, home to some of the largest and most important telescopes in use today.

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Teide Observatory

The Observatorio del Teide contains several solar and nocturnal telescopes that are in use daily for astronomical research. Budding astronomers can book a guided tour of the facility where they can learn all about what it takes to study the stars.

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Loro Parque

Loro Parque is a zoo that is home to the largest collection of parrots in the world, plus apes, tigers, dolphins, penguins, and sea lions. There are shows featuring some of the animals daily, or you can take a behind-the-scenes tour to learn about the zoo’s conservation projects.

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Pyramids of Güímar


Pyramids of Güímar

The unusual pyramids outside Güímar are one of Tenerife’s most intriguing mysteries. They were built in the 19th century, but we still don’t know why! Visit to see the odd structures and to see the exhibition showing what was discovered during the excavation.

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Siam Park

The Siam Park water park offers a range of slides, pools, and activities that will be enjoyed by family members of all ages. It’s also home to Mai Thai – the world’s longest lazy river.

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Casa de los Balcones


Casa de los Balcones

This historic house can be found in the picturesque village of La Orotava and is a great example of traditional Canarian architecture. It’s also a Museum of Folk Art and a great place to visit to learn more about culture in the Canary Islands.

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Castillo de San Miguel


Castillo de San Miguel

This fun attraction offers visitors the chance to travel back in time to medieval Spain. You can watch knights compete in a medieval tournament before enjoying a banquet and a show featuring dancers and acrobats.

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Palmetum of Santa Cruz de Tenerife


Palmetum of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

This botanic garden features stunning waterfalls, streams, and ponds, a shade house containing tropical plants, and an Ethnographical Palm Museum. It’s a great place to explore while cooling off from the beach.

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Lago Martianez

This huge complex was designed by local artist César Manrique and, in addition to the cool seawater pools, visitors can enjoy his abstract sculptures. The attraction also hosts concerts and cultural festivals.

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Parque del Drago


Parque del Drago

This botanical garden contains one of the most important symbols of the Canary Islands, the thousand-year-old Icod Dragon tree. It’s also a great place for nature-lovers since the garden is bursting with examples of local flora.

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Written byAnneliese O’MalleyAnneliese is a former Londoner, keen traveler, and total word nerd. As a Content Management Specialist she knows the TicketLens inventory inside out and curates, matches, and writes about the most interesting attractions worldwide.

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The largest of the Canary Islands is dreamy for catching rays, but there are more great things to do in Tenerife


The largest of Spain’s seven Canary Islands, there has always been a bit of a “Brits abroad” rep to lists about the best things to do in Tenerife. But away from the all-inclusive hotels, theme parks and Irish pubs on the south of the island, there is a softer side to the Archipelago.

From delicious wine and tapas that rival what you’d find on the Spanish mainland to stunning botanical gardens and interesting art, Tenerife, which you can drive across in no more than three-and-a-half hours, has something for every discerning traveller.

Its position off the coast of Africa means it is usually warm and sunny all year round, making it the perfect place to escape the British weather, check into one of chicer hotels and soak up some much-needed vitamin D.

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Volcano Teide Experience

1. Mount Teide

What is it? Tenerife is dominated by Mount Teide, a dormant volcano that is Spain’s tallest peak. The peak is surrounded by a stunning national park, where you can go stargazing thanks to the clear night skies.

Why go? From Teide you can see 83 out of the 88 registered constellations in the sky. A guide will walk you through the history of the skies, and even give you the chance to see the Andromeda Galaxy, a staggering 2.537 million light years away, using a telescope. Finish the night off with tasty tapas at the foot of the volcano.

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Georg Taupe

2. ARTlandya

What is it? A quirky museum near Santa Cruz de Tenerife, ARTlandya is home to a collection of over 600 dolls and teddy bears.

Why go? Eccentric owner Georg has spent years building up his unusual treasury of toys, made by more than 50 different internationally-renowned artists. He will talk you through his colourful world over a cup of coffee in his bohemian, traditional Canarian house, while artists work around you.


Siam Park

3. Siam Park

What is it? The self-described ‘most spectacular water attraction in Europe’, this giant water park features the biggest collection of Thai-themed buildings outside Thailand.

Why go? With its large number of exhilarating rides, this suburban theme park is definitely a must-visit for adrenaline junkies. The tall, free-fall slides, river rapids and flumes are set against a backdrop of sensational Thai architecture, which has the seal of approval from none other than the Thai Royal Family themselves.

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La Cueva Caprichosa

4. Restaurant La Cueva

What is it? What makes this restaurant in Tenerife’s capital Santa Cruz special is the fact that it is partially located in a cueva – or cave.

Why go? Tourists usually opt to sit outside in the sun, but make like a local and have your dinner inside one of the dramatic stone cave rooms, decorated with local artefacts. A must-try is the traditional papas arrugadas, a Canarian boiled potato dish served with a chilli pepper garlic sauce, called mojo rojo.

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Ocio Costa Martiánez


 Lago Martiánez

What is it? An open-air swimming pool complex located in the northern town of Puerto de la Cruz, it has a total area of approximately 100,000 square meters centred around an artificial lake.

Why go? Lago Martiánez is well-worth the 5.50 Euro entrance fee for a day of sunbathing and chilling out away from the packed beaches, which can get particularly busy during the summer. It is also home to several of Tenerife artist César Manrique’s incredible sculptures.

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Jardin Botanico, Tenerife

6. Jardin Botanico

What is it? A botanical garden dating back to the 18th Century, with a large range of stunning subtropical and tropical flora, including a 200-year-old fig tree.

Why go? Take some time out from the bustling streets of Puerto de la Cruz by stepping into this beautiful garden, where you can see all sorts of flora and fauna: from pineapple plants to tall palm trees. It’s the perfect place to capture some Insta-worthy holiday snaps that will leave your pals feeling jealous.

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Casa de Los Balcones

7. Casa de Los Balcones

What is it? Dating from 1632, this historic house and museum is highly distinctive, featuring five ornately-carved balconies.

Why go? The Casa de los Balcones is an architectural gem in the historic centre of La Orotava on the island’s north side. It’s not just a pretty face. Step inside and you will discover a Canarian patio surrounded by samples of typical handicrafts from Tenerife. Here you can learn all about the way of life on the island in the past few hundred years.

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Casablanca Gin Bar

8. Casablanca Gin Bar, by George and Gina

What is it? Gin is very popular on the Spanish mainland, especially in Barcelona, and it’s now arrived in Tenerife thanks to this quirky little bar run by a friendly couple.

Why go? The bright blue or green cocktails of the all-inclusive hotels might be the first thing you think of when you imagine boozing in Tenerife, but this smart establishment has over 50 different gins to sample. George and Gina are highly-knowledgeable about how to pair their drinks with the perfect tonic – cheers!

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9. La Arena 53

What is it? This fancy restaurant is known for its so-tacky-it’s-great decor; large flamingo sculptures and leopard print dining chairs are the order of the day here.

Why go? La Arena 53 has had rave reviews since opening last year thanks to its experimental twist on traditional Canarian dishes. Start off with tantalising scallops and black rice, and end the night with a decadent white chocolate and passion fruit pudding. Your tastebuds will thank you.

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Pyramids of Güímar


 Pyramids of Güímar

What is it? Six mysterious pyramids dating back to the 19th Century, located in Güímar, a valley in eastern Tenerife.

Why go? Nobody knows for sure why these Mayan-esque pyramids, made from lava, exist. All experts can say is they haven’t been there as long as they look, though this is controversial with some conspiracy theorists saying they were made by ancient peoples as part of summer Solstice worship, or even due to a secret Freemasonry ritual.

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Restaurante Regulo

11. Restaurante Regulo

What is it? An atmospheric restaurant spanning three floors located in a traditional Canarian house, this establishment is so popular it is advisable to ring up and book ahead.

Why go? Both tourists and in-the-know locals love this restaurant, which serves traditional food and is known for its seafood. Go for the mushrooms stuffed with prawns and garlic butter, which are an absolute delight, and a fish platter showcasing the best catches of the day. Compliment your meal with a glass of one the large selection of locally-produced wines on offer here.

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    There are many awesome things to do in Tenerife, and with its year-round good weather, diverse landscape, stunning beaches, buzzing nightlife, and cultural attractions, I guarantee you won’t want to leave once you arrive.

    If you’re looking for a breathtakingly beautiful and diverse travel destination, Tenerife is the place for you. The island offers something for everyone and in this guide, you’ll discover some of the best Tenerife attractions and activities to help you plan your trip ahead of time.

    So what to do in Tenerife? Let’s get started!

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    Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands, an autonomous community of Spain located in the Atlantic Ocean off the southwest coast of Morocco, Africa.

    Tenerife is known for its black sand beaches, dramatic landscapes, and Teide National Park, which features Mount Teide, the highest point in Spain.

    Click here for an interactive map of Tenerife.


    The island has a subtropical climate with warm weather all year round, however, the best months to visit Tenerife are from April to June or from September to December when the weather is mild and there are fewer tourists.


    The average temperature in Tenerife in summer is 29°C, with highs of up to 44°C. While it’s certainly hotter than the winter months, you will want to consider the crowds as Tenerife gets very busy in the summer.


    Tenerife and the Canary Islands have a mild climate and in fact, are the warmest places in Europe during the winter months.

    In winter the islands experience average temperatures of around 20 degrees Celcius and it rarely rains. It’s perfect weather for sightseeing and exploring the coastal towns and phenomenal volcanic landscapes.


    I had the awesome opportunity to visit Tenerife with P&O Cruises who offers many cruises to the Canary Islands and allows plenty of time to get off the ship and explore.

    P&O Cruises has a shore experience program for the Canary Islands and Tenerife, from once-in-a-lifetime adventures to simple, convenient transfers, there is a huge range of experiences and fun-fuelled activities on offer for everyone to enjoy.

    The brand new Fly-Canaries itineraries start in October 2022 and the ship Azura will be based in Tenerife for the full winter program.

    In this guide, I’ll show you all the amazing attractions in Tenerife which you’ll have the opportunity to experience when visiting Tenerife on one of the Canary Islands Fly-Cruises.


    The best way to get around Tenerife is by car. There are plenty of car rental agencies at the airport and in South Tenerife, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a vehicle that suits your needs.

    If you’re not comfortable driving in Tenerife, there are also plenty of taxis that can take you where you need to go. Just be sure to agree on a price with the driver before getting in, as taxi fares can be expensive.

    Alternatively, a great option to get around is by joining a tour. Excursions are convenient and not as expensive as taxis and you’ll have a guide to show you the best parts of the island.

    Last but not least, taking the bus (called “guaguas” by the locals) is a cheap and good option, but you won’t be able to reach more remote areas, which is surely what Tenerife is best known for. To give you an idea, taking the bus from Adeje to El Portillo, which is about 1 hour away, will cost you 8euros ($8) per person.


    Spain is a country that is full of culture, art, and history. Tenerife, one of its many islands, offers just as much to visitors in the way of things to do and see.

    Here are the best things to do in Tenerife that are not to be missed on your itinerary.


    Los Gigantes is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tenerife, and for a good reason. The cliffs here are simply breathtaking, and the views of the ocean are truly unique. Kayaking is one of the best ways to experience Los Gigantes up close.

    You can paddle through the waters at your own pace, taking in the stunning places to visit in Tenerife as you go on the kayak. There are plenty of places to stop and take photos, or just soak up the atmosphere.

    But that’s not it! Kayaking is a great workout and a fun way to spend time with friends. So if you’re looking for an unforgettable experience in Tenerife, be sure to go kayaking at Los Gigantes!

    I took a tour with Teno Activo and, for only 30 Euros, you’ll get to paddle around for 2 hours in a double kayak with a friend or a new acquaintance. Teno Activo also provides you with a drink, a photo book, and a life jacket if you’re not experienced.


    There’s no better way to see the stunning coastline of Tenerife than from the deck of a catamaran. As you sail across the waves, you’ll enjoy amazing views of the cliffs, beaches, and caves. And if you’re lucky, you might even spot some dolphins or whales.

    A catamaran cruise is a perfect way to relax and soak up the sunny weather of Tenerife. You can lie back on the deck and soak up the rays, or take a dip in the sparkling ocean. With its gentle pace and calm waters, a catamaran is an ideal way to explore the coast.

    So why not book a cruise today and enjoy an unforgettable experience? I personally recommend Freebird Tenerife, which is the company I chose for the tour. They offer 3-hour tours to Costa Adeje and 4.5 hour tours to Los Gigantes and Masca.

    This tour includes free pick-up and drop-off from your hotel, a specialized guide, and lunch and drinks on board. All this from 39 Euros per person!


    One of the better places to visit in Tenerife is Masca Valley. The journey to the viewpoint is an adventure in itself as you wind your way up narrow, winding roads through the mountains. But when you finally reach the top, the view is simply breathtaking.

    You’ll be greeted with extensive panoramic views of the island and the azure waters of the Atlantic stretching out before you. Whether you visit during the day or at sunset, it’s an experience you won’t soon forget, so make sure to add a visit to the Masca Valley viewpoint to your Tenerife itinerary.

    Other than hiking to the top, you can reach Masca Valley by car or join a day tour. The trip from Costa Adeje will take around 45 minutes, which is pretty convenient. Or you could take bus 355 to Masca which takes around 15 minutes from Santiago del Teide or about 40 minutes from Buenavista del Norte.


    Mount Teide is a must-see for any nature lover visiting Tenerife. Standing at 3,715 meters, it is the highest point in Spain and an active volcano. The area around the mountain is home to unique lava formations, as well as a wealth of plant and animal life.

    There are several trails of varying difficulty that wind their way up the mountain, offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

    If you’re not into hiking, there is also a cable car that takes you almost to the summit for only 21 Euros per person. No matter how you choose to experience it, Mount Teide is sure to take your breath away and this is definitely one of the best things to do in Tenerife.


    The turquoise waters of Playa de Las Teresitas in Tenerife are a sight to behold. The golden sand and palm trees create a postcard-perfect setting, and the gentle waves make it an ideal spot for swimming, sunbathing, and stand-up paddleboarding.

    While located up north on the island in the municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, it is one of the most beautiful sand beaches in Spain. The crescent-shaped beach has an awesome view and is a perfect place to take a dip and relax.

    You’ll also find numerous beach bars along the shoreline to grab a refreshing cocktail and something to nibble on.


    Tucked away in the northwest of Tenerife, Garachico is a hidden gem that you can’t miss. This quaint little village is steeped in history, dating back to the 15th century when it was founded by the Genoan banker Cristóbal de Ponte.

    In recent years, Garachico has undergone something of a renaissance, attracting artists and musicians from all over the world. The result is a vibrant and creative community that is welcoming to visitors.

    On the seaside skirts of the village, you’ll find some natural pools which is the perfect setting to take a dip in the ocean to cool off.

    With its whitewashed houses, cobbled streets, and stunning natural setting, Garachico is a must on your list of Tenerife attractions to see!

    The best things to do in Garachico include:

    • Castle of San Miguel
    • Relax at Plaza de la Libertad
    • The natural pools El Caleton
    • Mirador Garachico


    San Cristóbal de La Laguna, also known as La Laguna, is a UNESCO World Heritage town located in the north of Tenerife. This lovely Spanish town was once the capital of the Canary Islands and is now a popular tourist destination.

    The historic center of La Laguna is well-preserved, and its architecture is a mix of Spanish colonial and Canarian styles. The streets are lined with colorful houses, and there are several beautiful churches to explore.

    You can also enjoy plenty of souvenir shopping and dining options in town while exploring the different squares. The nicest things to do and see in La Laguna include:

    • Wander around Conception Square
    • Visit Catedral de la Laguna
    • Visit the House of the Captains General
    • Relax at the Adelantado Square

    With such a picturesque setting and friendly locals, visiting La Laguna is simply one of the Tenerife attractions you can’t skip.


    Tenerife is one of the most beautiful islands in the world and one of the most popular activities on the island is jet skiing. In fact, jet skiing is a great way to explore the coastline while getting an adrenaline rush.

    There are a number of companies that offer jet ski safaris in Tenerife, generally around Adeje. Jet ski safaris typically last for two hours and include incredible views over the different beaches and coastal areas.

    Alternatively, you can rent a jet ski directly at the beach but, typically, you will only find rentals for 20 to 30 minutes. While that might sound enough, the experience is better when booking a safari.


    Siam Park is one of the most popular attractions in Tenerife, and it’s easy to see why. With its theme inspired by Thailand (hence its name), sprawling grounds, dramatic slides, and lush landscaping, the park has something for everyone.

    You can cool off in the lazy Mai Thai river, take a spin on the Mekong Rapids, or slide down the Tower of Power.

    For those looking for a more relaxed experience, there are plenty of sun loungers dotted around the park where you can soak up the Canary Island sun. You’ll also find restaurants and bars inside the park.

    All in all, whether you’re young and traveling with friends or a family with kids, Siam Park is one of the best things to do in Tenerife.


    Just a short car ride from the bustling Santa Cruz de Tenerife, you can find yourself in a world of calm and natural beauty. Anaga Rural Park is a protected area of mountains, forests, and coastline that covers a big part of the island of Tenerife and is 14,419 hectares big.

    With its dramatic scenery and diverse plant and animal life, the park is a popular destination for walkers, birdwatchers, and nature lovers. Here, you’ll be able to hike, get to the different viewpoints and take in the amazing views of the sea, and even visit the terrace fields in El Batan.

    And on top of that, no there are no entrance and parking fees! What else could you want for a day away at one of the best places to visit in Tenerife?



    Hard Rock Cafe is a great place to enjoy American cuisine while in Tenerife. The menu features a variety of burgers, sandwiches, ribs, and salads, as well as a wide selection of entrees.

    But there’s more… Hard Rock Cafe offers Happy Hour events almost every day from 5 to 7 PM and you can get your favorite drink and cocktail for 50% off while enjoying the rock and roll show.


    El Calderito de La Abuela is an unmissable dining experience in Tenerife! Run by the Torres brothers Fabian and Mario, they enjoy their work as much as their customers enjoy their dishes and the atmosphere of their restaurant in the north of Tenerife.

    Come and try the delicious Canarian cuisine dishes and specialties from the area, paired with a nice glass of wine and incredible views over Orotava Valley and the sea.


    Papagayo Beach Club is much more than an amazing nightclub; Here, you can enjoy delicious pizzas and pasta dishes, burgers, salads, and freshly squeezed orange juice and smoothies.

    After a fantastic meal, don’t hesitate to stay here and wash the night away – their cocktails only cost 8.50 Euros!


    Tenerife has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to suit the needs of budget, mid-range, and luxury travelers.

    See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:












    When visiting Tenerife, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;

    • Sunscreen – the Spanish sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
    • Quick-dry travel towel – a must for drying off after a dip in the ocean or lying out on the sand.
    • Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
    • Dry bag – protect your gadgets from any water damage while you’re at the beach.

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    • GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
    • Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
    • DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.


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    14 Attractions to make your stay unforgettable

    Tenerife is the biggest island of the Canary Islands and has so many amazing attractions to offer! I went to Tenerife for 10 days in September and absolutely fell in love with it. What you will find in Tenerife is a paradise of black sand beaches, good weather all year round and amazing Canarian food. And the whole island is full of little villages and beautiful beaches ready for you to explore. We had so much fun renting a car and exploring the best attractions and hidden gems on the island. And the best part: Visiting Tenerife was much more affordable than we expected! And if that does not convince you, then I hope the following list will make you book your ticket to Tenerife soon. Here comes my Tenerife Bucket List with 14 Attractions to make your stay unforgettable!


    This Post is part of my Tenerife Series, just like the following posts:

    • The most beautiful beaches in Tenerife and how to reach them
    • 9 Canarian Expressions you need to know before visiting Tenerife
    • Spend a Day in Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife
    • What to do in Tenerife in one week
    • Where to stay in Tenerife, guide for all budgets
    Interactive Map with all attractions I mention during this blogpost:

    Participate in a free walking tour in Tenerife!

    Free walking tours are one of my favourite activities to do when I am travelling. It is the perfect way of getting to know a new city from the eyes of a local. And I already checked out their website: In Tenerife, there are free walking tours in San Cristóbal (So much history! Very recommended!), Garachico, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and La Orotava.

    How do free walking tours work? Free walking tours do not come at a specific price, which is why they are free. The local guides always do an amazing job showing you the best parts of the city. You get to ask them questions and get recommendations for food places or museums from a person that actually lives there. At the end of the tour, you have the chance to leave your guide a tip. And it’s completely up to you how much you would like to tip them. It usually depends on your own budget and how much you liked the tour. Advertisements


    Look for all free walking tours in Tenerife here!

    1. The Number One Attraction in Tenerife: National Park Teide

    Going to the National Park of Teide must be at the very top of your Tenerife Bucket List when you visit Tenerife. Tenerife is known for its volcano and visiting it is absolutely worth going to the National Park surrounding it. There is a bus that takes you to the National Park of Teide but one of my friends that used to live in Tenerife really recommended me to go there by car.

    The reason is that there are countless viewpoints on the way up to the National Park. Do not forget that the drive takes you from sea level to a height of almost 3000m. There are so many places to stop, walk around, explore, read the signs and take photos. So if you decide to go by car you can stop at every single one of them. In case you decide to go by bus, I am not able to tell you how many times they stop on the way to the top. That’s why I think it is better to go to the Teide National Park by car. You are more flexible and you will have more opportunities to take photos!

    There is a cable car at the end of the streets that go up the Teide National Park. You can park your car for free and enjoy the surroundings or go up the cable car. When I went there it was very cloudy so we decided not do it. Sadly, the clouds were blocking the whole view around the volcano. I was very disappointed because I have heard amazing things about it. The cable car costs 21 Euros per person and you can buy your tickets in advance here.

    Make sure to buy your tickets for the cable car in advance. You can find more information here.

    2. Rent a Car to Explore the island!

    I have to admit that public transport in Tenerife is very great. I found that it ran pretty much according to the data in google maps. And every bus station has a QR code you can scan in order to find out when the next bus (locals call the buses “Guagua”) is arriving. Apart from that, taking the bus in Tenerife is very affordable.

    But, of course, if you want to be more flexible you should rent a car. Especially, if you want to explore remote attractions on the island, a car will be a better choice. I must say that I would recommend reserving a car a couple of days in advance. We were trying to get a car for the same day but no place had any care available! Regarding the price, you should calculate around 23-50 Euros per day, which is a very fair deal.

    I found the places at the airport to be quite expensive. I would recommend checking prices and availabilities on

    3. Try Local Canarian Food in a Guachinche

    Did you think Tenerife as a small island would not have any good cuisine? You were wrong! You should definitely try some typical Canarian dishes in a Guachinche, that is what local Canarian restaurants are called. If you see a place called “Guachinche” it means it will be a traditional and affordable place. And there are so many things that you can try! The Canary Islands are famous for Papas Arrugadas con mojo. Those are potatoes with a salty crust with a sauce made out of herbs. Believe me when I say this is heaven. Make sure to put Canarian Food on high priority on your Tenerife bucket list. It is worth trying!

    You must try Papas Arrugadas with Mojo in Tenerife!

    By the way, if you want to find out more about typical Canarian Food and Canarian Slang, you should check out this blogpost.

    Advertisements4. Stay in an old town house, villa or even farmhouse!

    There are some really beautiful gems when it comes to accommodation in Tenerife. Of course, you can just stay in a modern All-inclusive resort and enjoy your time on this tropical island. But I encourage you to be a little bit adventurous. You do not even need to go to the remote areas of Tenerife to find magical places to stay. Here, I will show you a couple of my favourites. I found colonial townhouses, villas, cottages and even monasteries!Advertisements

    €€: Stay in an old townhouse at

    Hotel Marquesa in Puerto de la Cruz

    This beautiful hotel in Puerto de la Cruz is located in a beautiful house from the 18th century – a true gem! Look at this beautiful interior patio full of plants. This is the perfect hotel if you are looking for a unique place to stay in Puerto de la Cruz.

    €€: A hotel in a 16th century mansion: Laguna Nivaria Hotel & Spa in La Laguna

    San Cristóbal de la Laguna was one of my favorite places in Tenerife. This little town is so historic and there are so many things to see. This hotel is a villa from the 16th century and looks so authentic: from the colourful windows to the walls of the building. Very authentic. Advertisementsreport this ad

    €€: Stay in a former farmhouse surrounded by nature at Hotel Rural el Patio

    This former farmhouse is completely surrounded by nature and only a short walk away from the beach. The rooms are decorated in such a detailed way that fits perfectly into the vibe of this hotel. And it includes a really great breakfast. What else could you ask for?


    5. Go to Playa las Teresitas, the famous beach with white sand

    Tenerife is famous for its black sand beaches. But not all beaches in Tenerife have black sand. Playa las Teresitas, for example, is a beach on the North East side of the island and is a loooong beach with white sand. It is right next to the city of San Andres and is only 9km away from Santa Cruz.

    An interesting fact about Playa de las Teresitas is that the original beach used to be of tiny rocks and black sand. But in the 1950s several beaches in Tenerife kept disappearing as locals would use the sand for construction work. So the city of Santa Cruz decided to build an artificial beach instead. Since black sand was too expensive due to its scarcity on the island the Spanish government bought Sand from Western Sahara. White sand also has the advantage that it’s more appealing to tourists who were not used to the typical black sand in Tenerife.

    If you are looking for more beautiful beaches, I wrote a blog post about the best beaches in Tenerife, that you can find here.

    Playa Las Teresitas

    This beach is also very popular amongst tourists as there are not many waves which makes it very family-friendly. Apart from that, it is very easy to get there as you do not need to climb any rocks. Other beaches in Tenerife tend to be very wild with strong waves. Make sure to visit this top attraction in Tenerife for a beautiful beach day!Advertisements

    6. Visit San Christobal de la Laguna and admire the colonial architecture

    San Christóbal de la Laguna is a very important city as it is the first one to receive UNESCO World Heritage status in Tenerife. It was built in the 15th century and is famous for its colonial architecture and its old, beautiful (and pedestrian-friendly!) streets. But not only that! La Laguna also has a university so many young people live there as well. But at the same time, La Laguna is also full of churches and other religious buildings and museums. A city full of contrasts with some very interesting museums!

    Casa Museo Cayetano Gómez Felipe must have been my favourite little spot in San Cristóbal de la Laguna. It is located in a typical Canarian house from the 18th century which is absolutely beautiful and has a stunning interior patio. It owns a very big collection of art pieces and things related to the Canary Islands from the 18th century. Apart from that, there is a very cute cafe inside, so you can relax in the Interior Patio for some time. There are tours through the inside of the house, but I would definitely recommend making a reservation beforehand.

    What about joining a free walking tour in San Cristóbal? To me, it is one of the best ways to explore a new city and to find out more about its history.

    7. Explore the most beautiful beach of Tenerife: Playa Benijo

    Playa Benijo has been on my Tenerife Bucket List for years! As you probably already know, Tenerife is famous for its black sand beaches. And Playa de Benijo is one of the most beautiful and remote ones. I was so happy I got to go there during my trip. It is not very easy to get there, which is why I would recommend going by car. But I know there is a bus that brings you to the closest village called “Tanagana”, and then you can walk to Playa Benijo in about 15 minutes.

    Then, you have to walk downstairs which leads you to the beach. And voila, you reached paradise! We went right before sunset and the lighting was absolutely gorgeous. The water is so clear and sets a strong contrast to the black sand. When we went, the waves were very strong, so the lifeguards did not allow us to go too much out into the water. But still, I was so glad we decided to come here.


    Once you are at the beach, unfortunately, there is no way of buying water of snacks. Keep that in mind when you go there. Apart from that, Playa Benijo was the highlight of my Tenerife trip!

    8. Go down the countless water slides in Siam Park

    Okay, who does not like water parks? And do you know where the biggest water park of Europe is? You guessed right. It’s in Teneriffe! The Siam Water Park is one of the most famous attractions in Tenerife and can be an amazing one-day trip for the whole family!

    The Siam Park in Tenerife is so big that you definitely need to plan to stay your whole day there. It is located in the South of Tenerife so keep that in mind if you are planning to go there. The Entry costs 38 Euros for adults and 26 Euros for children.

    You can buy your tickets for the Siam Park  here.

    9. Visit Puerto De la Cruz and explore the historical town!

    Puerto de la Cruz used to be a small fishermen’s village in the North of the island that due to increasing trade is now one of the island’s biggest cities. Nowadays, it has many big hotels and resorts. But if you want to have it a little bit quieter you can go to the old part of the city, which consists of beautiful colourful houses and narrow streets. You will be surprised by the contrast between the old town and the hotel resorts by the beach. I am sure you have seen the colourful ‘Agatha Christie’ stairs if you have researched Puerto de la Cruz before. It is a tribute to the writer who visited the island in the 1920s and fell in love with it.

    I wrote a complete blog post about what you can do in Puerto de la Cruz that you can find here. (I even tell you what our favourite sunset place is!)

    10. Go swimming in a Piscina Natural (Natural Pool)

    A Piscina Natural (A Natural Pool) should be very high up on your Tenerife bucket list! Often, the beaches in Tenerife have very high waves and the current is strong. So you have to be careful when you go swimming. But that is why those so-called Piscinas Naturales are the solution! They basically are an artificial pool filled with seawater. Or they can also be an area at the beach that is protected by rocks, kind of like a little lake in the water. Perfectly hidden from the crazy waves of the ocean! Piscinas Naturales are very swimming friendly and are usually accessible by ladders. Advertisements

    AdvertisementsA Piscina Natural (not the one in Bajamar)

    I went to the Piscina Natural in Bajamar, Tenerife. This one actually looked like a separate pool. But the close waves could still reach the water in the pool area. It was an amazing experience. There are many piscinas naturales all over the island. I definitely recommend you to try out this attraction during your stay in Tenerife!

    11. Go hiking to Playa del Castro or the Elevador de Gordejuela

    Playa del Castro Tenerife

    Playa del Castro is the perfect one day trip from Puerto de la Cruz. Why did we choose this destination for a one day trip? So, there are two beaches next to each other: Playa del Castro and Playa de Gordejuela. Playa del Castro has a small waterfall running down the cliffs to the beach. It is absolutely beautiful to look at and very refreshing since you are able to stand underneath it. And honestly, there cannot ever be too many beaches on your Tenerife Bucket List.

    Playa de Gordejuela is very unique since on the top of the cliffs is the “Elevador de aqua de Gordejuela”. It is basically a bridge connecting two different points of the cliffs. Apart from that, there are ruins of a mansion on the cliffs. It almost looks spooky how these ruins stand so firmly on the dangerous cliffs over the sea. If you are to go there, you really should go to the Elevador to have a look at those beautiful ruins.

    Advertisements12. Explore the famous Parque Rural de Anaga and Casa Santiago

    The rural park of Anaga is a mountain landscape in the north-eastern side of Tenerife. It is famous for its variety and beautiful viewpoints. The higher areas of Anaga are like the rainforest of Tenerife. It rains a lot and it’s very humid overall. Other parts of the park are quite dry and very sunny. The Parque Rural de Anaga is perfect for hiking and exploring the unique nature of Tenerife. It is home to over 120 different plant species, some of them endangered.

    Parque Anaga is famous for its horizontally growing trees!Advertisements

    A very special point of the Anaga park is the viewpoint “Mirador la Jardina“. Make sure to visit this special viewpoint during your trip. By the way, if you are a fan of hiking you will find amazing hiking places in Tenerife. You can book a hike with a local guide here.

    When you get hungry, I would definitely recommend “Casa Santiago” for homemade Canarian Food. This will be a lifesaver after a long hike!

    13. Visit Garachico, a town that used to be controlled by pirates

    Garachico is a small town on the North West side of the island. If you are doing a road trip through Tenerife you should do a stop in Garachico to your Bucket List. It is famous for its White Castle at the harbour that was initially used for defence when Tenerife was attacked by pirates! Yes, Pirates used to control the area between Tenerife and the Spanish mainland during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Crazy, right?


    Apart from that you can spend the time swimming in the natural pools of Garachico. This one looks much prettier than the other ones on the island! I think the natural pools were one of my favourite attractions in Tenerife. Make sure to always check them out if you see one close!

    14. Take in the views at Punta de Teno and admire the light house

    Punta de Teno is the far western point of the island of Tenerife and has a lot to offer. The mountains and cliffs are pitch black as they were formed by lava from the volcano millions of years ago. The best part about Punta de Teno is that it’s quite far in the South of the island so you will have amazing weather and sunshine the whole year-round. And if you are lucky, you might see La Palma from there as well!

    Punta de Teno is famous for its beautiful lighthouse. Seriously, it looks like it could be from a children’s book. The lighthouse was built in 1897 and fun fact: The stones used came from the close island of La Gomera. It was easier to get them transported from there than getting them from Tenerife. This place is just very remote and that is why it’s a very famous attraction amongst travellers.


    By the way, you can reach Punta de Teno by bus 369 (or la guagua)


    Visit the famous Casa de los Balcones in La Orotava


    Some people call La Orotava the most beautiful town of Tenerife. La Orotava is known for its beautiful architecture and many historical buildings. The most important is “Casa de los balcones” (House of balconies) from 1632. This building, as well as the museum inside, is probably the most popular attraction of La Orotava. The inside of the house, which is the actual museum, shows typical Canarian furniture and decoration from Colonial times. A must-see attraction in Tenerife!

    Apart from that, you should visit the historical town hall, the botanical garden or one of the many churches in La Orotava. Everything is so colourful and well preserved. If you are interested in the history of Tenerife this is definitely the place you must visit.

    What about you? I really hope you enjoyed this Tenerife Bucket List! What were the highlights of your Tenerife trip? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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      Roque Cinchado – der „Finger Gottes”

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      The Roque Cinchado, also known as the “finger of God”, is considered by some to be the symbol of the Cañadas. It is certainly the most spectacular and popular highlight among the Roques de García.

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      Beautiful hike with lots of natural features. Absolutely take provisions, especially water.

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      Urwald bei Cruz del Carmen

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      Breathtaking views of the strange rocky landscape at the foot of the Teide – a must for all Tenerife visitors.

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      Playa de Bollullo

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      Mirador de la Ruleta

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    FABULOUS LORO PARK IN TENERIFE » Travel Portal | Travel | News about tourism

    Loro Parque in Tenerife is a place that can be enthusiastically recommended to everyone, regardless of age. Loro Park is a zoo, a botanical garden and a circus at the same time. It is located in the north of Tenerife, in the city of Puerto Santiago.

    If you start searching the Web for the words “Loro Parque”, the search engine will return dozens of links to sites that claim that the park is Tenerife’s most visited attraction. This is probably true, but the dry statistics of visits are not able to convey the delight that a trip to this amazing place brings.
    However, it is better to move from theoretical reasoning to practice. To begin with, it should be clarified that a ticket to Loro Parque costs 33 euros for adults, and 22 euros for children. That is, for a family, something like a hundred comes out. But it’s better to immediately buy Twin Ticket for 56 euros for adults and 37.5 euros for children. It turns out a little more expensive, but there is an opportunity to visit the Siam Park water park, which also deserves attention. Since the water attraction is located in the south of the island, you can go to Loro Park and ride the water slides on different days.
    A bus transfer from south to north to Loro Park (or from north to south to Siam Park, here who is coming from which part of the island) costs about 13 euros. In agencies that sell tickets, you can (and should!) bargain. You can count on a discount if you plan to purchase several excursions or a company of several people goes to the park.
    We started from the south of the island and headed to Loro Parque along the TF-1 and TF-31 roads to the north. The journey takes about one and a half hours. Destination of the route – Puerto Santiago. It is inappropriate to say that the northern part of the island is more humid and cool, so the vegetation here is much more lush and interesting, with rich greenery and a tropical riot of colors.

    This is what Loro Park looks like from the outside. At the entrance, visitors receive a map with the show schedule to navigate the park and plan their stay.

    Near the entrance of the “Thai Village” – buildings, sculptures in the Thai style; in one of the houses there is a museum of porcelain parrots. Inspection of the “village” is better left “for later”, when there is some free time left after exploring the park and you need to pass the time before the bus leaves.

    There is also a pond with Japanese koi (this is the breed of carp – koi). The fish in the pond are of a wide variety of colors, there are a huge number of them and they are all of very decent sizes, so that when they begin to be fed, a real pandemonium begins in the water. If you have a bun or a cookie with you, then you can also get great pleasure from feeding the fish.

    At the entrance, some people come up to the tourists (I find it difficult to say how much they are “employees” of Loro Parca – we could not find any mention of such a service on the Loro Parca website) and offer their services as a “VIP escort”. The price is 10 euros per person.

    It is assumed that there is a tour of the park, some interesting facts are told, the route is planned in such a way as to be in time for all the shows, and VIP seats are provided at the performances themselves, there are also additional visits to some interesting places in Loro Park, which inaccessible to ordinary visitors (for example, “apartments” of gorillas). Our friends decided to resort to their services, we did not. Bottom line: in any case, everyone enjoyed it a lot, regardless of the money spent.

    Walking through Loro Parque, you can admire the rich tropical vegetation and observe animals in conditions that seem as close to natural as possible.

    What immediately catches the eye is a minimum of cells. Everywhere there are glasses that allow you to conveniently observe the animals and sometimes it seems that by stretching out your hand you can touch the fluffy inhabitants of this “glass zoo”.

    Pavilion 9 impresses0003 Planet of the Penguins. Appropriate climatic conditions are created inside: there are installations for the production of snow, and in the pavilion there is a change of day and night, just as it happens in the habitats of these birds, in Antarctica. There is a moving walkway for visitors. Standing on it you can observe a large number of birds. Since the path is quite long, during this time you can watch plenty of how nearby, behind the glass, the penguins swim swiftly in a large pond, how they behave, walk in groups . .. In general, “In the world of animals” in 3D. What is nice is that everyone can see the amazing thoroughness in creating ideal conditions for birds.

    And of course, Loro Parque is famous for its shows that you can’t miss: killer whales, dolphins, fur seals, parrots. It’s best to familiarize yourself with the schedule of these shows from the very beginning in order to plan and see everything.
    Killer Whale Show ( ORCA OCEAN) we liked so much that we even visited it twice. Next to the “stage” – the pool – there are several rows, which during the show are the “Splash zone” – Splash zone, so before the start of the show, capes with hoods are offered for 2 euros.

    During the show, interesting facts about the life of killer whales are told, the show is broadcast on the big screen.

    It is very touching to watch how killer whales, these huge marine predators, diligently carry out their program. The second time, we deliberately sat as close as possible to get under the spray and even waves from the blows of the killer whale’s tail.

    The dolphin and fur seal show was also impressive.

    In general, there was a very clear feeling that all the animals whose shows we saw do their “work” with love and get great pleasure from it. Naturally, this can be said about the trainers.

    These shows charge you with some extraordinary positive and delight.

    Such an arrangement of birds in one of the sections of the park seemed very interesting: somewhere high, behind the crowns of trees, there is a net that forms a dome. You walk along paths suspended in the air and watch small bright tropical birds and parrots next to you. They fly around, fly up to the feeders, which are located next to the path; some even allow themselves to be fed and touched.

    It is impossible to describe everything that can be seen in Loro Parque within the framework of a small note. There is a large collection of parrots of various types, sizes and colors, as well as many other birds. These are various reptiles, primates, giant tortoises, jaguars, white tigers, anteaters.

    There is an aquarium with sharks. On the territory there are ponds where various fish swim. The Baby station pavilion is very interesting, where, if you’re lucky, you can get to feed the chicks.
    Of course, there are numerous souvenir shops, cafes and playgrounds.

    Loro Park is a whole day of positive, which you continue to remember even after time has passed. To be honest, I would visit Loro Parque again with great pleasure.

    About Siam Park on the island of Tenerife (official site, ticket price)


    • Aqualand
    • Siam Park
    • Attractions of the water park


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    Tenerife, one of the Canary Islands (Canary Islands, Spain), has many attractions, including Aqualand City Park.


    Aqualand – Tenerife water park (formerly Octopus) – official site. It was opened in 1975.

    It is located in the south of the island, near the city of Las Americas. The park occupies a small area. All attractions and pools are located compactly. Pools of different depths are filled with water from the Atlantic Ocean.

    11 dolphins live in the water park, most of them were born and raised here. The performances with them are the best on the island. They run daily, all year round.

    Additional information! A very interesting and unusual fountain is the symbol of this park, a water tap suspended in the air, from which water constantly runs under pressure.

    Aqualand – a good water park with water attractions for adults and small children aged 3-5 years, but outdated.

    Unique Fountain

    The park was popular until it had a competitor. With the opening of Siam Water Park in 2008, the main flow of travelers has moved there. Geographically, they are close to each other. Since there is little entertainment for small children in Siam Park, it is better to visit Aqualand Park for families with children. For young tourists, many attractions are built for their growth.

    Siam Park

    Siam Park Tenerife is considered one of the finest water parks in Europe. Official site.

    Rock Creek Park or rocky stream park in the center of Washington

    On the territory of Costa Adeje (a resort in Italy) on the island of Tenerife, 650 km from the ocean, there is a wonderful water park. It is popular among the population, but more popular among tourists. The park was built for a long time, continues to be built and grows every year, becoming more and more exciting.

    Important! Here everything is made of high quality and durable materials, with the latest technology. The park is safe despite the extreme rides.

    The entire area (185,000 sqm) is surrounded by greenery and flowers. Mostly tropical exotic plants grow. Plants were delivered from different parts of the world. They are planted by hand, creating stunning compositions. Architectural structures imitate the Thai style, even the names copy Thailand. The park was designed by a Thai architect who was invited from an agency in Bangkok.

    Tenerife Siam Park water park area is equipped for the perfect holiday. There is everything here for a comfortable rest. The beach has free sun loungers with umbrellas, Wi-Fi throughout, towels for rent, safes for storing valuable personal items. Showers and toilets are free.

    Thai style area

    Aqua shops, restaurants and bars are located in all corners. Bringing your own food into the water park is not allowed, only for visitors with small children, these rules do not apply.

    Additional information! Right at the entrance there is a swimming pool with cute sea animals – sea lions that swim and frolic in the water. Next to this pool is the “Tea House”, a floating market on the artificial Mai Tai River. The market is similar to the famous floating markets of Asia.

    Water park attractions

    Gülhane Park – the oldest park in Istanbul

    There are few attractions here, but they are impressive.

    • “Tower of Power”, which is 28 m high. Having accelerated in an almost vertical chute, extreme people fly into a glass tube through an aquarium with fish, stingrays and sharks.
    • Visitors love the attraction “Jungle Snake”. This is a design resembling four twisted snakes that fly down the jungle at high speed.
    • A steep mountain with funnels “Giant”, on which adults and children descend at a crazy speed.
    • Downhill (Naga Racer), consisting of six lanes of descent, on which they move down headfirst on special mats. The most exciting water attractions in Siam Park are for adults, there is an age limit.
    • Lost City is the only entertainment for kids. 120 different games for children: castles, bridges, waterfalls, in the only children’s pool. Reminds me of a playground on the water.
    • Along the lazy river, the length of which is 1 km, you can take a circle on a journey with surprises, past landscapes with waterfalls, aquariums, beaches, palm trees. When you are tired of extreme falls, you can relax and calmly swim along the river, admiring the unusual landscapes for this area.
    • Grand show “Volcano”, depicting a volcanic eruption with sound effects. On an inflatable balloon, sliding down, you have to fall into a fiery volcano, plunging into complete darkness.
    • Very long “Mekong” (Mekong Rapids) – from a large mountain, four of us on an inflatable circle, you can slide down a fast river, while throwing from side to side on sharp turns.
    • “Kinnari” – a descent of 213 meters, while sliding along which, on an inflatable raft, it sucks into a funnel, throws and twists in different directions. Vegetation grows on the sides, the impression is as if it is a mountain river in the jungle.
    • Four people can ride on an inflatable sleigh on the high attraction “Dragon”, slide on the water. Suddenly, the slide becomes vertical, which is breathtaking. This attraction is the only one in Europe, decorated with a large statue of a dragon.

    Dragon Attraction

    • Wave Palace is a huge swimming pool with a sandy beach around it, which can accommodate more than a thousand people. Every hour, artificial three-meter waves rise above the pool.
    • “Sawasdee” – children’s large slides for all age categories of children.

    Please note! Water in all pools is heated to 24°C in all seasons. Salt water is desalinated in special plants. Used is used for watering vegetation in the territory.

    You can relax, have a good time or some special event in the hut and VIP houses. In the “Cabañas Hut” there are things for a good rest: a hammock, a shower on the terrace, towels, a fan, a sofa, a TV and a minibar. This building is designed for a group of 6 people. If the group is larger, an additional fee will be charged per person.

    The VIP house has the same purpose as the hut, but it also has a Jacuzzi. Capacity 10 people.

    VIP – the villa can accommodate 15 people, is comfortable and has a larger area. A large terrace and a toilet with a shower are located in it.

    A variety of food can be bought in every corner of the territory. Bars and restaurants, cafes with various pastries and pancakes, tea and coffee. The restaurants serve both European and Thai cuisine.

    Entrance fee to the water park

    Tenerife (attractions)

    Entrance to the park costs: adult ticket – 37 euros *, children from 3 to 11 years old – 25 euros *. Children under three years of age enter free.

    Houses and villas

    You can pay in cash or with a bank card VISA, MASTERCARD. In the service center in Russian, they offer to order tickets and many other services that will be useful. This will make it easier to visit the park, there will be no need to stand in long queues. In the high season, many tourists come to the island and Siam Park is visited by a large number of people, especially the visited months of July and August.

    There is a VIP package for VIP clients. This makes it possible to get access out of turn to all the rides in the park. Free food and drinks, villa rental at full disposal for the whole day. In order not to stand in tedious queues, you can buy a pass for 10 euros *, which allows you to enter all attractions without a queue.

    Important! When going to the park, all decorations must be left at home. It is dangerous to go down the rides with them, but they will not let you in at the entrance with them. You can take rubber shoes with you, as walking barefoot is not comfortable. The cover gets very hot. You can buy shoes at the entrance for 5 euros*.

    How to get to Siam Park

    Address: Av. Siam, s/n, 38660 Costa Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

    Siam park is open seven days a week, all year round.

    If you are traveling by car, parking costs €3* for the whole day. You can park for free at the Siam Mall and walk a little. You can take a free bus. Stop map.

    Visiting the island of Tenerife and visiting the famous Siam Park is a dream of many. This is an unforgettable experience for a long time.

    *Prices are valid as of July 2018.


    Denis Lyalyukin

    Jungle Park in Tenerife – Kids and Parents Air

    Jungle Park is not a loropark or even a “lemur house”, but the show of birds of prey is unrivaled, there is no such performance in any other zoo in Tenerife. In the article I will share my impressions, tips and tell you how to save on a ticket.

    Article Guide:

    Tenerife Jungle Park: attractions and locations
    Show Orlov or Bird Bird
    Show of Exotic Birds (Parrogev)
    Sea Lions Schedule Show
    Tips to tourists 907 Opening hours, parking and how to get there

    Jungle Park in Tenerife: attractions and locations

    The name Jungle Park implies that you enter the living jungle.

    On the left – a regular path in the zoo, on the right – an orchid garden

    The park is beautiful, with hanging bridges, waterfalls, thematic photo locations. Bonus – a zoo, 3 shows, a cactus garden, a bobsleigh track and lakes with fish.

    Suspension bridge. Jumping and swinging it is not recommendedLong-suffering Tenerife cacti

    At the entrance you will be given a card with the show schedule and sent to be photographed with a hand-held eagle for 8 €. Photography is voluntary. If you don’t want to, feel free to step to the first zone – eagles on a leash.

    The symbol of the Jungle Park is bald eaglesThe eagle tied by the leg

    The eagles on a chain near the entrance are powerful, of course. My jaw dropped. Why make fun of the birds like that? Every second one will certainly come up and tease either cookies or tangerines. The eagles are furious, but they cannot fly.

    To be fair, this is the only zone where the animal rights activist spoke up in me. Other cells are role models. All are spacious and open.

    Swimming pools with fur seals and lions. I counted 3 of them in total.0002 I liked the enclosure with the monkeys. Climb to the second level, they made a window for cameras, so as not through the glass.

    Monkey and Orangutan Outdoor EnclosureLadders, Hammocks, Obstacle Course and Lake – Monkey ParadiseAnother monkey cage

    Meerkats made my day. It seems to me that a man for a meerkat is a boring and clumsy monster. In a minute, this animal manages to stand up, make a circle, chat with fellows and lie down.

    Meerkat on vacationWe did not find white lions, but we did find a leopard. He’s next to the ostriches. Funny shot. There are a lot of birds in the park. There is even a separate contact area with colorful lorises Crocodile. Common sloth subspeciesInformation stand with a detailed description of what kind of animal it is, what it eats, where it lives

    There are many animals in the zoo: guinea pigs, porcupines, armadillos, monkeys, kangaroos, deer, black panther, birds of all kinds, including flamingos. Each enclosure is accompanied by an information board with the species name and description.

    Feeding penguins and lemurs

    Fly in the ointment – feeding penguins, which is announced as a whole attraction. It lasts about 5 minutes. A woman comes with a bucket of fish, each fish and a bow. No, for penguins only at Loropark !

    Feeding penguins in Jungle Park

    Same with feeding lemurs. How to get into the cage remains a mystery to me. Not everyone is allowed. The best and more budgetary petting zoo is Lemur Coop .

    Eagle or Birds of Prey Show

    The Eagle Show is really worth it. A real performance is unfolding in the arena of the amphitheater, many of whose actors can peck you in the wild and not choke. Here they are darlings and sweethearts.

    Artists bowing

    Falcons, marabou (a mix of pterodactyl and herons), bald eagles, hawks and vultures obediently follow the trainer’s commands.

    Birds walk between rows Birds of prey fly very low. We were twice hooked by a bald eagle’s wing, which we are incredibly happy about

    An incident occurred during the performance. The bird, which was supposed to sit on the hand of the trainer, landed exactly between the rows on the crunch of chips. Everyone turned gray: the one who chewed the chips, the audience and the trainer. Conclusion – do not chew, artists are very sensitive.

    At the end of the show native storks soared into the sky.

    A stork in a dance

    The leader’s farewell speech is already sounding, the birds are being led away from the arena. But no, storks get little attention. As if by agreement, they began to dance, to flirt with visitors.

    It read: “Eagles, eagles! We are no worse. Look how I can. Applaud!”

    By the way, all birds are free. At any moment they can fly away, but they return. When they were waiting for the opening of the passage, they saw the “dressing room” of the marabou. They themselves break out and run to the “minute of glory.” Storks generally roam where they want.

    Show of exotic birds (parrots)

    Interactive show of parrots. All viewers involved

    The parrot show at Jungle Park was much more enjoyable than at Loro. Here, someone is sure to fly to you on your shoulder (macaw, rainbow loris or an incomprehensible black bird with a hefty beak), no matter where you sit.

    The zoo is half empty or half full.

    Two guides dressed as scouts launch the birds into the sky and then walk between the rows and distribute bird treats to the spectators. After the call follows – and now the multi-colored lory is already on your hand.

    Sea lions

    Sea life perform on the same venue as exotic birds, only at a different time (at 13:45).

    Sea lion show

    Overall, not bad. So dryly cut off that most sickening.

    Once the best sea lion show on the island, it has become a standard set of tricks: dancing, reviving the submariner, jumping through the rings. The painting has been removed.

    Show Schedule

    Exotic Bird Show 11:00 and 14:30
    Eagle show (birds of prey) 12:00, 16:00
    Sea lion presentation 13:45, 15:15
    Penguin feeding 12:45
    Parrot House 11:00 – 15:00
    Lemurland 13:00 – 15:00

    Tips for tourists

    Satisfied faces in the center – that’s us

    There are no strict rules of conduct in Jungle Park, unlike other zoos in Tenerife. The only caveat is to take your passport for the passage. You are allowed to bring food and water. This is a big plus, because catering in the park is tasteless and prohibitively expensive.

    Jungle Park used to host a swim with sea lions. The service is currently unavailable for booking. You can arrange swimming on the spot for 55€, or you may not agree. The result depends on the mood of the sea lion, the state of his health and a thousand other factors.

    Tickets to the Jungle Park in Tenerife: how to save money

    Ticket prices and their gradation:

    • adult – 25 €;
    • child from 5 to 10 years old inclusive – 17 €;
    • children from 3 to 4 years old – 11 €;
    • family 2 adults + 2 children (from 5 to 10 years old) – 82 €.

    We paid 67 € for tickets, but we should have paid 78 €

    Now I will explain how we saved money on the entrance to the eagle park.

    Go to official website of Jungle Park. In the “tickets” tab we see promotional fare for 56 € (2 adults + 1 child). Feel free to get a ticket for me, Zhenya and our son 7 years old. Then we go back to the tickets to buy another one for 11€ for our four year old daughter. Zoo rules do not prohibit such a scheme. And since it is not prohibited, then why not use it.

    Jungle Park tickets are electronic. You don’t need to print anything. The principle of operation is as follows: buy a ticket today, and go tomorrow. You can’t buy a ticket today and go today.

    There is no separate ticket office for those who already have tickets in their hands in Jungle Park. Everyone is in the same line. But tickets at the box office are more expensive than online tickets.

    Feed vending machines look like this

    Bobsleigh descent 4€, feeding of eagles and meerkats 35€, fish, parrots, ostriches is paid extra. At the entrance to the enclosures there are vending machines with food capsules (€2). They only accept 1+1 euro coins.

    Jungle Park: opening hours, parking and how to get there

    Photo of the waterfall taken in the cave of the zoo

    The zoo is open from 10:00 to 17:30 daily.

    Regarding parking near the Jungle Park, there is a paid one (4 euros). But who needs paid parking if there are 2 free parking lots a stone’s throw away on a hill. Points left on the map.

    One of two free car parks on Highway TF-28. On the left you will see a staircase, it leads to the ticket office.

    How to get to the park of eagles by public transport

    ✐ Free buses run from Costa Adeje, Las Americas and Los Cristianos every hour from 9 am to 12 am. All points and departure times are on the map.

    ✐ From Los Gigantes to the free bus stop in Adeje, take the 477 bus. Bus 110 goes from Santa Cruz to the pickup station in Los Cristianos.

    ✐ If you live in Puerto de la Cruz, it is easier to get to Los Gigantes by bus 325, and from there repeat the route already described.

    By car

    If you have rented a car , you get to the TF-1 highway and go straight up to Los Cristianos, and already in Cristianos get off at TF-28. This winding mountain road will take you to a free parking lot near the zoo.

    Jungle park, unfortunately, is empty. The reason is not only in the neighborhood with the cool Loro, but also in the lack of workers. Catering at the zoo is served by the same people. Therefore, if the restaurant is open, the bars in the Jungle Park are closed.

    But I still advise you to come here. There are no crowds of tourists, a beautiful landscape (no worse than loro), a lot of animals and absolutely amazing bird shows.

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    You can rent a car in Spain on here .

    Jungle park in Tenerife attractions and locations

    Jungle Park in Tenerife

    Jungle Park is not a loropark or even a “lemur house”, but the show of birds of prey is unrivaled, there is no such performance in any other zoo in Tenerife. In the article I will share my impressions, tips and tell you how to save on a ticket.

    Article guide:

    Jungle Park in Tenerife: attractions and locations

    The name Jungle Park implies that you find yourself in a living jungle.

    The territory of the park is beautiful, with hanging bridges, waterfalls, thematic photo locations. Bonus – a zoo, 3 shows, a cactus garden, a bobsleigh track and lakes with fish.

    At the entrance you will be given a card with the show schedule and sent to be photographed with a hand-held eagle for 8 €. Photography is voluntary. If you don’t want to, feel free to step to the first zone – eagles on a leash.

    Eagles on a chain near the entrance – this is powerful, of course. My jaw dropped. Why make fun of the birds like that? Every second one will certainly come up and tease either cookies or tangerines. The eagles are furious, but they cannot fly.

    To be fair, this is the only zone where the animal rights activist spoke up in me. Other cells are role models. All are spacious and open.

    I liked the aviary with the monkeys. Climb to the second level, they made a window for cameras, so as not through the glass.

    Meerkats made my day. It seems to me that a man for a meerkat is a boring and clumsy monster. In a minute, this animal manages to stand up, make a circle, chat with fellows and lie down.

    There are many animals in the zoo: guinea pigs, porcupines, armadillos, monkeys, kangaroos, deer, black panthers, birds of all kinds, including flamingos. Each enclosure is accompanied by an information board with the species name and description.

    Feeding penguins and lemurs

    Fly in the ointment – feeding penguins, which is announced as a whole attraction. It lasts about 5 minutes. A woman comes with a bucket of fish, each fish and a bow. No, for penguins only at Loropark !

    Similarly with the feeding of lemurs. How to get into the cage remains a mystery to me. Not everyone is allowed. The best and more budgetary petting zoo is Lemur Coop .

    Eagle or bird of prey show

    The eagle show is really worth it. A real performance is unfolding in the arena of the amphitheater, many of whose actors can peck you in the wild and not choke. Here they are darlings and sweethearts.

    Falcons, marabou (a mix of pterodactyl and herons), bald eagles, hawks and vultures obediently follow the trainer’s commands.

    An incident occurred during the performance. The bird, which was supposed to sit on the hand of the trainer, landed exactly between the rows on the crunch of chips. Everyone turned gray: the one who chewed the chips, the audience and the trainer. Conclusion – do not chew, artists are very sensitive.

    At the end of the show native storks soared into the sky.

    The leader’s farewell speech is already sounding, the birds are being led away from the arena. But no, storks get little attention. As if by agreement, they began to dance, to flirt with visitors.

    It read: “Eagles, eagles! We are no worse. Look how I can. Applaud!”

    By the way, all birds are free. At any moment they can fly away, but they return. When they were waiting for the opening of the passage, they saw the “dressing room” of the marabou. They themselves break out and run to the “minute of glory.” Storks generally roam where they want.

    Show of exotic birds (parrots)

    I liked the show of parrots in Jungle Park much more than in Loro. Here, someone is sure to fly to you on your shoulder (macaw, rainbow loris or an incomprehensible black bird with a hefty beak), no matter where you sit.

    Two hosts dressed as scouts launch the birds into the sky and then walk between the rows and hand out bird treats to the audience. After the call follows – and now the multi-colored lory is already on your hand.

    Sea lions

    Sea creatures perform on the same venue as exotic birds, only at a different time (at 13:45).

    In general, not bad. So dryly cut off that most sickening.

    Once the best sea lion show on the island, it has become a standard set of tricks: dancing, reviving the submariner, jumping through the rings. The painting has been removed.

    Show Schedule

    Exotic Bird Show 11:00 am and 2:30 pm
    Eagle (Bird of Prey) Show 12:00, 16:00
    Spring Lviv 13:45, 15:15
    Penguin feeding 00
    Lemurland 13:00 – 15:00

    Tips for tourists

    Unlike other zoos in Tenerife, there are no strict rules of behavior in Jungle Park. The only caveat is to take your passport for the passage. You are allowed to bring food and water. This is a big plus, because catering in the park is tasteless and prohibitively expensive.

    Jungle Park used to host a swim with sea lions. The service is currently unavailable for booking. You can arrange swimming on the spot for 55€, or you may not agree. The result depends on the mood of the sea lion, the state of his health and a thousand other factors.

    Tickets to the Jungle Park in Tenerife: how to save money

    Ticket prices and their gradation:

    • adult – 25 €;
    • child from 5 to 10 years old inclusive – 17 €;
    • children from 3 to 4 years old – 11 €;
    • family 2 adults + 2 children (from 5 to 10 years old) – 82 €.

    We paid 67 € for tickets, but we should have paid 78 €

    Now I will explain how we saved money on the entrance to the park of eagles.

    Go to official website of Jungle Park. In the “tickets” tab we see promotional fare for 56 € (2 adults + 1 child). Feel free to get a ticket for me, Zhenya and our son 7 years old. Then we go back to the tickets to buy another one for 11€ for our four year old daughter. Zoo rules do not prohibit such a scheme. And since it is not prohibited, then why not use it.

    Jungle Park tickets are electronic. You don’t need to print anything. The principle of operation is as follows: buy a ticket today, and go tomorrow. You can’t buy a ticket today and go today.

    There is no separate ticket office for those who already have tickets in their hands in Jungle Park. Everyone is in the same line. But tickets at the box office are more expensive than online tickets.

    Additional charge for bobsledding 4€, feeding eagles and meerkats 35€, fish, parrots, ostriches. At the entrance to the enclosures there are vending machines with food capsules (€2). They only accept 1+1 euro coins.

    Jungle Park: opening hours, parking and how to get there

    The zoo is open from 10:00 to 17:30 daily.

    Regarding parking near the Jungle Park, there is a paid one (4 euros). But who needs paid parking if there are 2 free parking lots a stone’s throw away on a hill. Points left on the map.

    How to get to the park of the eagles by public transport

    ✐ Free buses run from Costa Adeje, Las Americas and Los Cristianos every hour from 9 am to 12 am. All points and departure times are on the map.

    ✐ From Los Gigantes to the free bus stop in Adeje, take the 477 bus. Bus 110 goes from Santa Cruz to the pickup station in Los Cristianos.

    ✐ If you live in Puerto de la Cruz, it is easier to get to Los Gigantes by bus 325, and from there repeat the route already described.

    By car

    If you have rented a car , you get to the TF-1 highway and go straight up to Los Cristianos, and already in Cristianos leave on TF-28. This winding mountain road will take you to a free parking lot near the zoo.

    Jungle Park is unfortunately empty. The reason is not only in the neighborhood with the cool Loro, but also in the lack of workers. Catering at the zoo is served by the same people. Therefore, if the restaurant is open, the bars in the Jungle Park are closed.

    But I still advise you to come here. There are no crowds of tourists, a beautiful landscape (no worse than loro), a lot of animals and absolutely amazing bird shows.

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    We recommend using a taxi from Kiwi . Booked at the right place at the right time, made an advance payment, the rest is paid on the spot. In any city in the world you will have your own Russian-speaking taxi driver, as well as car seats for children.


    In Tenerife with a child: which amusement parks are worth visiting

    Canary Islands 2016. Tenerife parks: Loro Park, Siam water park, Teide volcano and much more

    In late spring and early summer, when the Mediterranean Sea is not yet happy with warm water, the Canary Islands are an excellent option for a European holiday. Located in the Atlantic Ocean south of the 30th parallel, approximately at the latitude of Morocco, the Canaries attract with a good climate (there is no stuffy here thanks to the ocean breeze), many beaches with clean water and a high level of service.

    Tenerife has a lot of opportunities for organizing active leisure time with children – water parks, zoos, walks in the mountains, parks and small towns, boat trips and, of course, a beach holiday. There are 2 centers of attraction for tourists in Tenerife – in the northern part of the island in the vicinity of the city of Puerto de la Cruz and in the southwestern – Los Cristianos and Las Americas. There are not too many beaches in the north of the island – the coasts are steep, the air is more humid, there are few beaches and the water is cool, but the vegetation is lush and there is where to hide in the shade on a sunny day. In the southern part, the vegetation is poor, but there are many beaches and the water is warmer.

    The island itself is small – about 80 km from its southwestern to northeastern part, so it will not be difficult to drive around it in a rented car. Of course, there is public transport and even free buses in tourist areas, but such movement takes a lot of time. Therefore, we rent a car – and go ahead, get acquainted with the island!

    Jungle Park

    For a vacation with a child, it is better to choose the southwest coast near the southern airport where your plane will arrive. If the child is of an inquisitive age and is interested in wildlife, you can start exploring the island from Jungle Park. The park is located in the foothills and can be reached in about half an hour from the coast. Parking near the park is both paid and quite official free along the road.

    Even in the hottest time it will not be hot in the park – tropical vegetation saves not only people, but also animals. The park has several contact zones where you can touch different animals, for example, a lemur or an iguana. Or chat with a parrot that will sit on your shoulder. When entering the park, be sure to take a booklet with the show schedule so as not to miss the feeding of funny penguins, see the show of sea lions, feed parrots with seeds at the show of exotic birds. But the most important thing is the show of eagles and other large birds. It is a must see! It is hard to believe that large birds of prey, which are released into free flight, are attached to a person and follow his instructions. Even the marabou, a repulsive species of bird, is included in the performance.

    It is worth taking a whole day to visit this park. In addition to a variety of animals, there is a suspension route along which the child will definitely want to go. You can also ride on a high-speed bobsled track. There is a cafe on the territory of the park, but you can bring food with you – this is not prohibited.

    Monkey Park

    If after visiting the Jungle Park the need to communicate with the animal world is not satisfied, go to Monkey Park, which is located in Las Americas very close to the freeway. In this park, as the name implies, you can see a lot of monkeys. At the entrance to the park, containers with food for pets are sold – you cannot bring your own food into this park, bags are checked!

    This zoo also has several contact areas that are of great interest to children and adults. Friendly lemurs are not at all afraid of people and allow you to take selfies with them. Guinea pigs crawl underfoot, iguanas are indifferent to people and allow themselves to be touched and fed. Birds and turtles are also not afraid of people. You can feed almost all animals here – even an impressive-looking chimpanzee stretches his hand between the bars of the cage for a treat. There are many colorful parrots and other tropical birds here. But still, the park is not too big, in a couple of hours you can walk around the whole and have plenty to talk with his pets.

    Loro Park

    But the star of Tenerife is, of course, Loro Park. This park is located on the northern coast of the island – you can get to it as part of an excursion group, by public transport or by car. It is better to come here in the morning, it is so big and interesting that you will not notice how the whole day will pass. This park began with a collection of parrots, but over time, it was replenished with many other animals. Have you ever seen a red panda or an anteater? Not? They are in Loro Park!

    When entering the park, you must take a map of the park, which also contains the show schedule. First, plan a visit to all the shows – dolphins, exotic birds and killer whales – you will get a lot of impressions! Be sure to check out the Animal Embassy Pavilion, where parrot chicks from new hatchlings to two months old can be seen through glass. If you are lucky, you will be able to watch a bird doctor who conducts examinations or performs operations right in front of visitors.

    In this park, the contact zone is a piece of tropical forest, where many birds fly freely under the net. If you go along the high-altitude route, you can see bright exotic birds at arm’s length, sitting at the feeders and enjoying fruits and seeds. In general, you can walk in this park for a long time – not only animals and birds are collected here, but also many plants from different parts of the world. There are more than 300 species of parrots alone.

    And be sure to buy the yellow baseball cap with the Loro Parca logo for 1 euro!

    Tenerife Water Parks

    Both Aqualand and Siam Park are located on the southwest coast very close to each other.

    It’s better to start with a visit to “Aqualand” – it is smaller and the slides in it are simpler. There are several children’s zones in this park – if your child is not older than 6-7 years old, then here he will be happy! For adults, there are also good slides here – those that go down on foam rugs deserve special attention – there will be no bruises! The water in the pools and on the slides in this water park is sea. Once a day, this park hosts a show with dolphins – do not miss it!

    Local residents come to this park with large families as if for a picnic – they take portable refrigerators with food and relax all day. And what is important, there are not too many people in this park, you won’t have to stand in queues for the slides for a long time.

    If your children are of school age, then Siam Park will delight them! According to TripAdvisor, this water park is the best in the world. There is a large green area, many interesting slides and just a huge wave pool, near which the beach is located. From most of the slides, they ride on inflatable cheesecakes and rafts. One of the features of Siam Park is an aquarium with sharks, through which sliders fly through the pipes. Usually, each water park has a calm attraction – a slow river, along which vacationers float on cheesecakes and sunbathe. Here is a river with a surprise! If you turn into an additional small circle and climb right on the cheesecake along the travelator, then at the end of the path you will find an unforgettable descent along the rapids and through the aquarium with sharks!

    Unlike Aqualand, there are a lot of people in this park, so you have to queue for the most popular slides. But they are worth it, trust me! Because the park is very large, you should put your things in a safe – it costs only 3 euros + 5 euros as a deposit – and ride calmly.

    Teide Volcano and National Park

    If you rent a car, a trip to the Teide volcano is a must. The road to the volcano passes among the picturesque mountains, along the way you can see lava fields and many amazing landscapes. Up to a height of 2.3 km you can climb by car, the next section of the path to a height of 3555 meters can be reached by funicular. There are 3 routes further from the funicular – 2 routes in different directions with many observation platforms and one up to the top of the volcano. To get to the top, which has a height of 3718 meters, you need to take care of obtaining a free online permit, which is done on the site. A limited number of permits are issued per day to protect the top of the volcano from the uncontrolled invasion of tourists.

    Even if you decide to go up only to the top platform of the funicular, take care of comfortable shoes. Tourist trails are laid on stones and it is very difficult to move along them in heels or in beach shoes. It is quite windy at the top and the air temperature is lower than at the bottom, so you should take care of clothes with sleeves.

    The last time the Teide volcano erupted was in 1909, currently it is sleeping, but it can wake up at any moment! Even in the area of ​​​​the upper platform of the funicular, the smell of sulfur is sometimes felt and this gives extreme.

    How to save some money on parks and cars

    Everything is not cheap in the Canary Islands, so you should definitely use the opportunity to save money! If you plan to visit parks and water parks, pay attention to the so-called Twin tickets, which are bought at once in 2 parks.

    Loro Park and Siam Park have the same owner, so you can buy a Twin Ticket for 58 euros to visit both parks. When visiting the first park, they take a fingerprint so that someone else cannot use your discount, and give a ticket to the second park.

    Aqualand and Jungle Park have taken a cue from previous parks and teamed up for mutual promotion, Twin Ticket to these parks costs 35 euros per adult. Everything is simpler here, they do without fingerprints.

    There are many car rental companies in Tenerife. If you need an inexpensive car, pay attention to Plus Car – you can rent a car from them for 20-30 euros per day. You can take care of the rental in advance, or you can do it right on the spot – at the agreed time, an employee will arrive at your hotel, take you to the company’s office, where you will draw up an agreement and receive a car within 10 minutes. You do not need to return the car to the office – give the keys to the hotel reception and they will pick it up without your participation.

    Of course, entertainment options and travel routes around the island are not limited to those proposed – the island of Tenerife is large and diverse. You can travel through mountainous areas, walk through ancient towns and villages, sunbathe and swim on the beaches, go on a boat trip or to neighboring islands. Tenerife is beautiful and can offer holidays for every taste all year round!


    Amusement parks on the island of Tenerife for children and adults

    Tenerife is famous not only for its wonderful climate and volcano, but also for various amusement parks for children and adults. In general, during the week every day you can visit some park and have a great time. Why don’t you replace the stereotyped and stupid Turkish animation? Many have heard about the hyped Loro Park and Siam Park, but I want to talk about others.

    We present you an overview of the most popular amusement parks in Tenerife for children and adults.


    1. Amusement parks in the south of Tenerife.
    – Jungle Park (Jungle Park or Eagle Park
    – Siam Park (Siam Park Water Park)
    – Monkey Park (Monkey Park)
    – Aqualand (Aqualand Water Park)
    – Camel Park (Camel Park)
    2. Parks in the north of Tenerife
    – Loro Park (Loro Park or Parrot Park)
    – Miniature Park Pueblo Chico (Pueblo Chico)
    – Butterfly Park (Mariposario del Drago)
    – Dragon Tree (Drago Icod de los Vinos)
    – Botanical Garden
    3. Parks equally removed from the north and south Tenerife
    – National Park Tade (the same volcano)
    – Guimar Pyramids

    Entertainment Parks in the south of Tenerife


    9 PARK (Jungle Park or Eagles Park) – less popular than Loro Park park in the south of the island (near Las Americas), stylized as a jungle with a large collection of animals and birds. Shows of parrots and sea lions are also held here, but the highlight of the park is the show of eagles and other birds of prey. I recommend paying attention to Jungle Park, because it is a beautiful and very underestimated place by tourists from Russia.

    Located: Arona (it’s a 10 minute drive from the resorts of Las Americas and Los Cristianos)

    Admission: 24 euros for adults, from 17 euros to 8 euros for children

    Opening hours: 10-00 to 17-30

    There is a free bus, its schedule can be found in the booklet, which are in each hotel.

    Review of a visit to JunglePark (Eagle Park).

    Siam Park

    Siam Park (Siam Park Water Park) is a paradise for lovers of extreme water slides in the south of Tenerife. Siam Park is considered one of the largest water parks in Europe (the new water park in Port Aventura in Catalonia surpassed it somewhat), with exciting slides, an artificial river, a pool with three-meter waves and a transparent slide through a tunnel with sharks.

    Located: Adeje (very close to the resorts of Las Americas and Los Cristianos)

    Admission: 28 euros for adults, 18 euros for children. There is a combined ticket for visiting Siam Park and Loro Park.

    Opening hours: from 10-00 to 18-00 in summer and until 17-00 in winter

    There is a free bus, its schedule can be found in the booklet, which are in each hotel.

    Feedback about visiting Siam Park (Siam Park).

    Monkey Park

    Monkey Park (Monkey Park) is probably the most touching park in Tenerife, located in its southern part, very close to Las Americas. Take plenty of different sweet fruits with you! In Monkey Park, you can go into the cage of lemurs and little monkeys, hand-feed them, stroke them and make friends with them. And there are also many cages with various monkeys, who also stretch their paws and take treats with pleasure. The chimpanzee will surprise you especially.

    Located: Los Cristianos

    Admission: 10 euros adults, 5 euros children from 5 years old.

    Opening hours: from 9-30 to 17-00

    Review and useful tips for visiting MonkeyPark (Monkey Park).

    Aqualand Water Park

    Aqualand (Aqualand Water Park) – a water park in the south of Tenerife, which lost its popularity after the opening of the large-scale Siam Park. Both water parks are nearby, so it’s up to you to choose. In my opinion, Aqualand will appeal to non-extremals and people who hate standing in lines for hours to ride down the slide. Well, Aqualand is much more adapted for children.

    Located: Adeje (Adeje), near Los Cristianos and Las Americas.

    Admission: €19.5 adults, €13 children

    Opening hours: daily from 10:00 to 17:00

    Camel Park

    Camel ranch where you can ride them.

    Located: Carretera Los Cristianos

    In the south of the island there is another Aloe park that doesn’t make much sense to visit. If you want to buy cosmetics, then it is sold everywhere in the tourist area. Karting club , if you are interested, you can get information from the advertising booklets that are in the hotels.


    Loro Park

    Loro Park (Loro Park or Parrot Park) – the most popular and well-known zoo in the north of Tenerife, which delights guests with large exotic animals aviary aviary and a shark tunnel. But the highlight of this park is the funny shows of killer whales, sea lions, parrots and dolphins.

    Located: Puerto de la Cruz (Puerto de la Cruz)

    Entrance fee: 32 euros for adults, 21 euros for children. Re-visiting the park – 10 euros. There is a combined ticket with Siam Park.

    Opening hours: daily from 8:30 to 18:45, last entrance at 17:00.

    Review and tips for visiting Loro Park

    Pueblo Chico Miniature Park

    Miniature Park Pueblo Chico (Pueblo Chico) – you can see all the sights in one day and Tenife in the park feel like Gulliver. Of course, these are all copies, and greatly reduced. I think it’s more fun for kids than adults.

    Location: La Orotava

    Opening hours: 10 am to 6 pm

    Butterfly Park (Mariposario del Drago)

    Butterfly Park (Mariposario del Drago) – located next to the Dragon Tree in the building in Icod de los Vinos, therefore, it would be more correct to call it a butterfly museum.

    Location: Icod de los Vinos

    Hours: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

    Dragon Tree

    Dragon Tree (Drago Icod de los Vinos) is a tiny park with the world’s largest Dragon Tree.

    Location: Icod de los Vinos

    Opening hours: from 10-00 to 18-00

    Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanico)

    Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanico ) is an urban park with free admission for lovers of nature and exotic plants. This is a good option to wait out the heat of the day in the shade of an urban oasis.

    Location: Puerto de la Cruz



    Teide National Park (the same volcano)

    Review: The road to the volcano

    Review: The climb to the top of Teide

    Pyramids of Guimar

    Pyramids of Guimar is a tiny park with Guanches pyramids that once inhabited the island of Tenerife. People who read history will like it, they know who these same Guanches are. For the rest – a pile of stones (so the friends who were with us said).

    Opening hours: 9:30 am to 6:00 pm

    Of course, I can’t claim that this is a complete list of amusement parks in Tenerife. But, I think, even for a two-week trip to the island, it will not be possible to visit all of them. So, choose the most-most, and have a pleasant stay!



    Jungle Park in Tenerife

    Do you go on holiday with your children? Are you tired of swimming and sunbathing and now you want bright, impressive events? Do you love animals and find inspiration in them? If you have seen the dragon tree and other endemic plants, conquered the volcano and the ocean, it’s time to get acquainted with the animal world of Tenerife! One of the best places to do this is Jungle Park, also known as Eagle Park.

    Zoos are everywhere, as are people who are interested in animals. This kind of effortless acquisition of knowledge, like watching animals in a zoo, is popular among all generations of fauna lovers. Demonstrating to your children that captive animals can live in harmony with humans and in conditions that are equal to the wild in some ways is an invaluable experience, do not miss the chance. One of the best on the island of Tenerife in this respect is the Jungle Park, also known as the Eagle Park. Sounds intriguing, right?

    Jungle Park and Loro Park are the two heavyweights of the Canarian entertainment industry and unique wildlife spots. Of course, they are compared to each other, but in fact they are very different, besides, a visit to Jungle Park will cost you less.

    It is clear that keeping dolphins and killer whales in a huge pool of sea water, as well as penguins, which are the main feature of Loro Park, is not cheap. Not surprisingly, the ticket costs 33 euros. Jungle Park has a little less pathos and much more freedom, about the same animal performances, costs 24 euros for adults, 15.5 for children 5–10 years old and 7 for the smallest.

    In addition, all major amusement parks in Tenerife offer a discount when buying two tickets to different places, such as a “twin ticket” to Jungle Park and Aqualand – only 35 euros per adult instead of 47 euros if you buy tickets separately.

    Jungle Park is located near the southern resort of Las Americas and celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year. The second name – Eagle Park (Parque de las Aguilas) was given to the zoo by its main inhabitants. The same huge predatory hawk, or rather the bald eagle, which is depicted on the US coat of arms, entertains careless tourists in Jungle Park.

    The North American continent is the main habitat for sea eagles, but here in the Canary Islands these freedom-loving birds are tame. They fly over the audience and show tricks in the open air arena. Sometimes the birds fly away on their own business, but they always return. Along with the eagles, there are also smaller birds – owls, owls, bright parrots, herons and falcons. A visit to the 30-minute bird shows is included in the ticket price. There are no crowds and queues, it is clearly visible from everywhere. Photos with birds, of course, are paid.

    After looking at the amazing birds, be sure to take a leisurely stroll through the park, because this is a real jungle created by human hands on a bare ground. If you have already had time to ride along the southern coast, you have noticed that even grass does not grow in wild places – only thorns and sharp stones block the exit to the water.

    Spread over 75,000 m², the good climate has brought hundreds of thousands of plants and trees from Africa, South and North America to the Jungle Park, and this piece of land has become a full-fledged home for tigers, hippos, primates, sea lions and penguins, raccoons, crocodiles, lemurs, turtles – who is not here! Animals live in a natural environment, without inconvenience and suffering – there are no cages, enclosures, unpleasant odors.

    There are several catering outlets in the jungle, all very expensive and with tasteless food, so it is better to take sandwiches and drinks with you, this is allowed. The locals do just that.

    Jungle Park Schedule

    • 11:00-14:30 – exotic birds show
    • 12:00-16:00 – bird of prey show
    • 12:45 – penguin feeding
    • – show fur seals

    How to get there

    By car from any city – we go to the main road of the island TF1, then exit to TF28 in the direction of the city of Chayofa. At the entrance there will be a sign Parque Las Aguilas (Eagle Park, or Jungle Park). Parking is paid.

    Buses from Las Americas and Los Cristianos – There are free buses to Jungle Park from the following stops: Aqualand; Hotel Isla Bonita; Shopping center El Duque; Sunwing Fanabe Hotel; Hotel Bahia Princess; Hotel Bouganville Playa; Llanos de Troya; Shopping Center Presidente; Hotel Best Tenerife; Pasarella Oasis Shopping Center; Hotel Sol Princesa Dacil.

    The first bus leaves at 9 am. The park closes at 17:30, the last return buses leave at 16:30, 16:45 and 17:30.

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    The best amusement parks on the island of Tenerife

    A large number of tourists come to the main island of the Canary archipelago every year. Guests of the resort are attracted not only by the beaches, but also by the opportunity to have fun. The main place for organizing leisure time in Tenerife is amusement parks.

    Tenerife’s popular amusement parks

    The island has a huge selection of parks, with ponds and birds, swimming pools and attractions, with tropical plantings and themed areas.

    All of them are designed for tourists who want to make the most of their holidays.

    Siam Park

    The world’s largest water park delights visitors with 15 interesting attractions. In a favorable climate, Siam Park is open all year round.

    For comfortable bathing, the water in the pools is heated (up to +25 °C) and desalinated. There are about 30 slides in the park.

    The children’s area has smaller versions of adult rides. Fur seals entertain guests in one of the pools.

    Tourists are invariably impressed by the lazy river attraction, thanks to which you can ride around the entire water park.

    At one of the turns, the inflatable raft turns into a submarine that takes people into a tunnel with exotic fish.

    Jungle Park

    A popular family holiday destination in Tenerife is the Jungle Park, also called the Park of the Eagles. An unusual place impresses with tropical greenery.

    The park is famous for its show program of eagles and trained raptors. A unique corner of wildlife was created on the site of a semi-desert. Among the pets of the zoo there are orangutans, leopards, raccoons, tigers, lions, hippos, crocodiles.

    Jungle Park is not only animals and birds, but also a botanical garden. There are attractions that allow guests to feel like travelers in the impenetrable jungle.

    Visitors have to make their way through rope tunnels and suspension bridges. Daring tourists can ride at high speed on the Jungle Raid.

    Monkey Park

    Monkey Park is interesting because it offers guests close contact with animals. Iguanas, lemurs, turtles, guinea pigs live here. Pet food is not allowed in Monkey Park. But visitors manage to treat the animals with peaches and oranges. Special feeding kits are sold at the entrance.

    Monkey Park has been operating since 1991. It was established as a breeding center for endangered primates. A variety of animals are collected in a relatively small area. But the visitor is most interested in lemurs and monkeys. They are tame, so guests can enter the cages without fear.


    The water park is located in the south of the island. It is of interest to visitors of all ages. Children’s attractions are suitable for the youngest guests.

    The park has pools of different depths filled with ocean water and 15 attractions. In the relaxation zone there is a jacuzzi and massage baths.

    The symbol of Aqualand is a crane hovering in the air, against which all visitors are photographed.

    The park was opened in 1997. It occupies a relatively small area, so all the attractions are close to each other.

    Many slides in Aqualand are outdated, so they are gradually being repaired and replaced with new ones.

    Camel Park

    Loro Park

    Loro Park means Parrot Park in Spanish. In 1970, the family of Wolfgang Kiessling decided to create a nursery with birds on their own.

    People bought banana plantations, and in 1972 the park was opened for guests. Initially, it occupied an area of ​​13 thousand square meters. m. The collection of the family consisted of 150 species.

    Since then, the territory of the park has expanded a lot. Now its area reaches 135 thousand square meters. m, and the collection of birds has increased to 350 species.

    Pueblo Chico

    Pueblo Chico is a miniature park located near the city of La Orotava. It contains information about the most interesting objects of Tenerife. On an area of ​​20 thousand square meters. m collected 65 sculptures. Each of them is made according to a special technology, because all the exhibits are under the open sky. The sculptures are exact copies of the originals, reduced by 25 times.

    Among the miniatures there are monuments, figures of people, buildings. Some of them are able to move. The park territory is divided into thematic zones. Here you can learn about the Guanche era, see rare exotic plants and an exact copy of the Teide volcano.

    Mariposario del Drago

    The park is home to 800 butterflies (representing 150 species) from Australia, America and Africa.

    Insects can be seen hovering in their natural habitat.
    Mariposario del Drago is an educational place for adults and children.

    Drago Icod de los Vinos

    There are no more large dragon trees in the world. The plant growing in Icod de los Vinos is considered the oldest. Its age is over 800 years.

    Jardin Botanico

    The botanical garden is located in Puerto de la Cruz. It was founded in the middle of the 18th century. initiated by King Charles III. Tropical plants from distant colonies were brought to the park for acclimatization.

    Its area is 30 sq. m. m. The garden contains rare species of flora and fauna. The park has plants that, in addition to their homeland, have adapted to living only in Tenerife.

    Well-groomed territory, lush vegetation – all this creates an amazing atmosphere for which tourists come here.

    The history of the garden dates back to the end of the 18th century, but due to the lack of records it is impossible to determine the exact age of the old plants.

    Parque de la Granja

    Parque Nacional del Teide

    Teide National Park is the main attraction of the island. Unusual species of flora and fauna are collected on its territory.

    The active volcano Teide (almost 4 km high) is the hallmark of the resort. Travelers from all over the world come to Tenerife to climb the famous mountain.

    But most tourists prefer to climb to the top of the volcano by funicular.

    Pirámides de Güímar

    Palmetum Park

    The Palmetum Park was established on the site of a landfill with garbage on El Lazareto Mountain.
    Construction of the facility began in 1995, but work was regularly suspended due to lack of funds.

    Therefore, the opening took place only in 2014.

    Today, the best collection of palm trees in Europe can be seen in the garden.
    Palmetum Park has 400 varieties of crops.

    Walking along the paths of the garden, you can admire a good view of the coast of Santa Cruz and Fort San Pedro.

    Parque Maritimo César Monrique

    Parque Lago Martiánez

    This unusual park is also the work of César Manrique. It is located in the north of the island, in the city of Puerto de la Cruz. The very first pools were opened for guests in 1971.

    Their area was 8 thousand square meters. m. The water complex consisted of 1 children’s and 2 children’s pools.

    In 2004, the Parque Lago Martiánez was reconstructed, as a result of which its territory increased to 100 thousand square meters. m. A casino was opened on the territory of the park.

    Forestal Park Tenerife

    Tenerife parks on the map

    Ways to save money on parks

    Admission to the city parks of the resort is free, but tickets to water parks and botanical gardens will have to be paid. In July and August, there are a lot of people in the resort, so all entertainment venues are crowded with tourists.


    Tenerife Parks – Tenerife Island.

    Holidays in the Canary Islands. Excursions, tickets, car rental

    We offer everyone who loves water attractions to visit the town of water entertainment. Here everyone will find something to their liking, the brave ones will test their fear for strength on the highest slides, and those who love a calm type of recreation will be able to enjoy the beauty of the park while relaxing in nature. It is here that you will get the adrenaline that you probably lacked. The territory has all the necessary infrastructure for a good rest, both for adults and children. There are no such rides in any other park; it is Siam Park that is considered the best water park in Europe.

    We invite you to visit the ethnographic park, where in one area you will have the opportunity to see a museum, a panoramic terrace, a poisonous garden, an ecological garden, an Easter Island exhibition and much more. The area of ​​the gardens is so large that it has made it possible to create several routes that are very popular with tourists, allowing you to learn a lot of new and unknown things about the Canary Islands. On the territory of the park there is a cafe, a playground, a game room, a souvenir shop where you can buy handicrafts.

    Compared to other parks on the island, the Monkey Park occupies a small area. In addition to monkeys, in the park you can meet crocodiles, monitor lizards, parrots, lemurs, toucans, turtles, iguanas. At the entrance to the park, you can buy food for feeding, if you have not taken care of it in advance. Monkeys make contact very easily and accept treats with pleasure, all of them, of course, live in enclosures for the safety of visitors. Watching the inhabitants of the park is a pleasure, especially when you find an approach to them. On the territory of the park, you must strictly follow the prescribed rules so as not to get into a mess.

    A truly unique place on the island is the Drago Butterfly Park. The glass-walled building houses about 800 species of butterflies, coexisting comfortably in a tropical garden. Here you will see butterflies of incredible beauty from the moment of birth to reproduction. Butterflies enjoy contact with people, as if they give them the opportunity to examine themselves and take unforgettable photos.

    If you have already been to other parks in Tenerife and think that you can skip this one, then you are greatly mistaken. Because only here you can see with your own eyes the incredible beauty of the botanical garden and the zoo under one roof. Yes, yes, it’s not a typo. On the vast territory of the park, a dolphinarium, an aquarium, a cinema hall, venues for shows with various inhabitants, a botanical garden, a zoo, a penguinarium, a network of cafes and restaurants and much more are comfortably located. For all the inhabitants of the park, conditions are created that are close to real conditions in the wild, so Loro Park is considered one of the most modern in many respects, despite the fact that it was built in 1972 year.

    A real jungle with exotic animals and birds of prey awaits you in the eagle park. Shows with a variety of birds will make you pretty excited, because of their unexpected flights overhead, communication skills with guests and the ability to disappear from view for a while. Sea lions living in the park will make you fall in love with them with their acrobatic performances. And everyone who did not have enough extreme sports during the show is invited to test their strength on the dizzying bobsleigh tracks. At the exit from the park, you will have a wonderful opportunity not only to visit a souvenir shop, but also to purchase your favorite photos with you taken in the park.

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    Aqualand in Costa Adeje is considered to be the best place for a family vacation. The park is located on a vast territory, most of the park is occupied by water rides and a dolphinarium. There are also restaurants and a gift shop. Water activities are so addictive for both children and adults that time flies by unnoticed, and caring staff is always ready to provide the necessary assistance. Smart and sensitive dolphins demonstrate their abilities and the work of their caring trainers, shows with dolphins are very popular and fascinate with their beauty.


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    Once again, the Canary Islands were chosen for the filming of the feature film

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    Fast & Furious 6 filmed in Tenerife

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    The Clash of the Titans sequel is filmed in Tenerife

    The Clash of the Titans sequel is filmed in Tenerife

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    San borondon island: The legend of San Borondon

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    San Borondón – the search for a mysterious island.

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    The island of San Borondón is probably the most intriguing one to all inhabitants of the Canary Islands. Its legend is part of the local culture and the quest for it is a never-ending story, even today with all the technology available.
    For ages, the island was called in many tales, ballads, poems and folkloric songs “the mysterious one, the lost one, the unreachable one”. Based on those persistent rumours, many expeditions were initiated from the 15th till the 18th century – the most known was in 1721 under Juan de Mur y Aguirre, an admiral – and many naval maps were drawn.


    +Pizzigano drew a map of San Borondón in the 15th century, Toscanelli in the 15th century and in the 16th century the engineers P. Cazorla and L. Torriani drew a detailed map of the island which, according to them, should measure 480km by 155km (that’s a big island!) and would be located 550km NNW from El Hierro and 220km WSW from La Palma. The historian Abbey Galindo even located it on 10º10’ West; 29º30’ North. But the island – obviously – was never discovered and has led to many controversial polemics.
    Already during the Greek era, legends about emerging and disappearing islands were popular, as they were fed by calamities like the destruction of nowadays Santorini. Furthermore, according to a poem of the 6th century AD, an Irish monk Saint Brandan de Clonfert (480 – 576) embarked with 14 other monks into the Atlantic till they landed on an island. When celebrating mass and starting a fire, the island began to move and it turned out that the island was a gigantic whale. They left the island, returned home and the legend was born.
    In order to understand the magic during the Middle Ages that was generated from an unknown or mysteriously disappearing island, one can compare this with what we sense today about our quest for unknown exo-planets. And, today, we do have pictures and/or measurements of these objects available to control our imagination. At that time there was no possibility to generate exact data, except the very landing on the island itself. There are some stories that document a landing on an island that was inhabited and that frequently was haunted by suddenly upcoming stormy weather. Some other stories tell about the sighting of an unknown island to the West of La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, but when approaching it, it became suddenly covered by fog and then disappeared. So it came that this disappearing island got the name of the originator of the legend of disappearing islands: Saint Brandan or – in Spanish – San Borondón. The legend began to make its own life as in 1479 it was officially included in a treaty between Spain and Portugal, claiming it to belonging to the Canary Islands and thus to Spain. The notion of the 8th Canary Island had begun, and so the search for it.
    As many examples in the past have demonstrated, there can be some truth in the sighting of this island, whether it was by a meteorological event – a Fata Morgana – or by a correct sighting and a later misinterpretation about its location. After all, the legends of dragons have been fed by ancient discoveries of skulls of dinosaurs – maybe even of the Tyrannosaurus Rex – but at that time those who found or studied them could not interpret them correctly.
    In the case that the sighting was a Fata Morgana – and modern meteorological knowledge about local weather patterns seem to allow for such an event – the image that would have been seen could have been that of La Palma. The silhouette of the island could match with some drawings from that period.
    A variation on the theme of Fata Morgana is that the undisturbed area between the 4 Canary Islands – La Gomera, El Hierro, La Palma and Tenerife – and the islands “Las Salvajes” that are situated some 165 km to the north of Tenerife, allows for a rare phenomenon called “Atmospheric Reflection” which means that on some slightly foggy days the sunlight reflects the image of the larger island onto the clouds, which they in turn reflect it back on a foggy sea surface near the 4 islands which will give the impression that the image is close by one of those 4 islands. Some kind of optical billiard.

    In the case that the sighting was genuine, we have to look for the data from then and try to match those with what we see today.
    the island should lay in the West of the archipelago / the North of Tenerifethere should be 3 mountains, divided into two dominating mountain groups, with in between a forest the island was defined to be inaccessible and could disappear in fog or clouds a map of the 17th century located San Borondón to the north of Tenerife one drawing shows an island with an oval shape, another one shows an island with an elongated shape
    some sightings have been reported from the north shore of Tenerife

    If we use Google Earth® to search for candidates, we end up with Madeira in the NNW, Las Salvajes in the NNW, and – a lot further away – the Azores in the NNW. The group of islands, closest to the Canary Islands are the Salvajes which comprise of two groups: one island that measures 1,5×1,5 km and a group of tiny islands that altogether span an area of about 2x2km – 15km below the first group. The largest island has an altitude of about 163m and the group of smaller islands is covered by the sea at high tide, but shows up by low tide at full or new moon with an altitude of some 2m (!) Due to the round shape of the earth, one can only witness this phenomenon from the proximity, meaning a couple of miles. But when reaching the area with a sailing boat after a couple of hours, the lower island already could have flooded again due to the tidal movements…
    The shape of the largest island of “Las Salvajes” corresponds greatly with one of the drawings that were made in the 17th century. If you take into account that the submerged islands could have been interpreted from a distance as one island, then this imaginary island would have the shape of the documented elongated island. The island group “Las Salvajes” now belong to Portugal. The main island has no potable water, is desert like with a rocky soil, has steep and cut out shores and treacherous reefs which makes it almost inaccessible. It has three mountains (!), the highest one measures 163m.

    Hallucination or wrong interpretation of real sightings, whatever the correct story would be, it has given us an entertaining legend that continues to exist, even after a thousand years. Sound culture is made of this kind of traditions.


    Source: / Bruno Perera; E.J. Benedicto ; Wikipedia

    The Canarian legend of San Borondón

    One of the most popular legends of the Canary Islands tells the story of a ninth island, San Borondón, which appears and disappears near El Hierro and can be seen among the sea of clouds from Tenerife, La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera.

    Medieval cartographers already depicted it as part of the archipelago on their maps. It was even believed that San Borondón had once been detached from the American continent.

    Origin of San Borondón and its legend

    Many islands have been associated with the Canary Islands, from the Blessed to the Fortunate Ones themselves. Reference has also been made to Atlantis itself. But no story has been as real as that of San Borondón. This island appeared in the 1479 Treaty of Alcazobas, which divided the Atlantic between Portugal and Castile. It was even photographed in the late 1950s and published by ABC.

    The first mention of San Borondón appears in a 9th century text narrating the travels of the Irish monk Saint Brandán, to whom the island owes its name. The abbot Saint Brandán the Navigator dedicated his life to evangelising in unknown lands in the Atlantic Ocean.

    Saint Brandán made a maritime expedition to the Canary Islands in 516. According to his account, he arrived at a lush island of black sand that appeared and disappeared, but not because of the action of the sea mist, but because it was a giant fish. Brandán also said that on this island the sun never set and the trees were full of fruit.

    The sea, a place for dreamers

    Stories such as that of San Borondón motivated many sailors to undertake voyages in search of these paradises.

    In an attempt to find the ninth Canary Island, several expeditions were made. One of the first took place at the end of the 15th century and was led by Fernando de Viseu, nephew of Henry the Navigator of Portugal. In the time of Philip II, the engineer Leonardo Torriani also claimed to have travelled around the island. Around the same time, a Portuguese navigator, Pedro Vello, would add to the legend of San Borondón with one of the best accounts. 

    Pedro Vello landed on a mysterious island to the west of La Palma and El Hierro when he had to change course to take shelter from a storm. He said that, once on land, the wind picked up again so much that he rushed to the ship, leaving two sailors “forgotten” on land. 

    All these stories, more or less fantastic, continued to feed the myth of San Borondón. The fact that, at a time when the oceans were practically completely conquered, the myth of an island that appeared and disappeared still survived shows that there must at least have been a great geographical misunderstanding surrounding San Borondón, a misunderstanding that Hernán Pérez de Grado, the first regent of the Royal Court of the Canary Islands, tried to dispel, ordering an official investigation into the mysterious island after numerous sightings in the previous months.  

    And so the legend continued to grow until Gaspar Domínguez organised the last official expedition to discover the ninth Canary Island in 1721. It was unsuccessful, and so San Borondón remained hidden and expeditions ceased.  

    Mapping a ghost island

    San Borondón appears on a number of medieval and modern maps. It was the countless accounts that encouraged many cartographers to include the ninth island on their maps.

    The Hereford Planisphere, dated 1290, is the first map to make reference to St. Baron in a Latin inscription stating: “The six Fortunate Isles are the Isles of St. Brandan”.

    During the 14th century, Pizzigano drew the island at a short distance from El Hierro. At the time, San Borondón was believed to be located some 550 kilometres west-northwest of El Hierro, although others claimed it was much closer. It was also presumed to be around 500 kilometres long from north to south and 150 kilometres wide from east to west. The last map that respected the legend of the ghost island was Gautier’s Geographical Chart of 1755.

    If you would like to know more about the history of Canaria, here are some articles that may be of interest to you: The Canarian tradition of the shepherd’s leap; Malagueña canaria, the most sentimental song.

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    The legend of the ghost island of San Borondón, in the Canary Islands

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    Is there an island in the Canaries that appears and disappears? San Borondón has been sighted and depicted on maps, but no one has been able to prove its existence, although its history remains deeply rooted in the archipelago.

    Samuel Biener Meteored Spain 7 min The legend of the island of San Borondón is one of the best known and most loved by the Canary Islanders. Its appearances could be due to very specific meteorological situations.

    An island that appears and disappears without a trace? Considered by many Canarians as just another island, San Borondón is one of the most popular and deeply rooted legends of the Spanish Canary Islands. Such is its importance that today you can find numerous avenues, streets and neighbourhoods named after it. And there is a fascinating story behind it.

    The surprising story of the monk Saint Brendan

    First documented in the 9th century, the island owes its name to Saint Brendan the Navigator (San Borondón in Spanish), an Irish monk who in the 6th century evangelised the waters of the North Sea in “currach”, a type of leather-clad boat, with which he managed to land in such inhospitable places as the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

    On one of his voyages further south, legend has it that Saint Brendan arrived at an island that appeared and disappeared, not because of the weather, but because it was a giant fish that later guided the monk to an island paradise on earth: the ninth island of the Canary Islands, which would later be known as San Borondón.

    Expeditions in search of an island thought to exist for centuries

    The island of San Borondón was first mapped in the Hereford Planisphere, dated 1290, on which the following inscription appears: “the six Fortunate Isles are the Islands of Saint Brendan”. By contrast, Ebstorf’s Mappa Mundi, contemporary to the previous one, is more cautious in stating that “St. Brendan discovered it, but no one has found it since“.

    #FolkloreThursday I was born in the Canary Islands and for centuries there’s the legend of a “hidden” island in the Archipelago looming out a mysterious mist, even registered in ancient maps, called “San Borondón” (Saint Berdrand). My father, a fishermen swears he saw it once 😉

    — Priscilla Hernandez (@yidneth) July 22, 2021

    In the centuries that followed, the expeditions did not cease, and San Borondón was still depicted on maps of the time to the west of the Canary Islands. Its importance was such that in the Treaty of Alcáçovas (1479), which Spain and Portugal signed to divide up the territories of a still unexplored Atlantic, San Borondón was included in the Canary Islands archipelago.

    Its historical importance was such at the time that the Treaty of Alcáçovas (1479) included the island of San Borondón in the Canary Islands archipelago.

    At the time, the island was said to be located some 200 kilometres southwest of La Palma, and was approximately 480 kilometres long and 155 kilometres wide, with two large volcanoes at either end. There are accounts of explorers and sailors who claim to have landed on San Borondón. However, the island gradually fell into oblivion, and was last depicted in Gautier’s Geographical Chart (1755), shortly after the last official expedition led by Gaspar Domínguez.

    It was photographed in 1958 from the… San Borondón hamlet!

    In the middle of the 20th century, the legend of San Borondón burst onto the Spanish news. On 10 August 1958, Manuel Rodríguez Quintero managed to take what appeared to be the first photograph of the ghost island, which was published by the newspaper ABC.

    And where was the snapshot taken from? From the hamlet of San Borondón! in the south of Tazacorte (La Palma), which today is threatened by lava flows from the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano.

    Meteorological conditions could explain the mystery

    The images captured by Rodríguez Quintero show what appears to be a layer of mist on the sea surface, so the supposed sightings were probably an optical illusion produced by the reflection of light under certain atmospheric conditions. It could also be an accumulation of clouds.

    OMG! That’s gorgeous! According to some the mysterious 8th Canary Island, San Borondón is actually the shadow of Teide cast into the ocean;)

    — Gabriella Zemlenyi (@GabiZemlenyi) July 3, 2017

    The explanation that seems most plausible is the phenomenon known as “fata morgana“, a mirage that occurs when there are different layers of air with different densities, usually in a situation of thermal inversion, causing the refraction of light rays, giving rise to the unique mirages that resemble islands, trees, boats or cities floating on the sea. Sometimes, an inverted image of the objects appear on the horizon, which we see above their original position.

    Although some people believe in the island of San Borondón, it is more likely that clouds and sea mirages such as the “fata morgana” are responsible for sightings.

    However, whether it exists or not, the Canarian people have always been very fond of the legend, downplaying the importance of whether or not such an island ever physically existed, as its survival in Canarian folklore makes it real.

    One of the best examples of this can be found in these lines by the Canarian poet Luis Álvarez Cruz, who wrote: “San Borondón… Oh, fantastic myth of mist, intact and fleeting land, divine and dazzling! I love you, strange island that emerges amidst foam, and amidst foam you sink and erase in an instant”. Just in case, on your next visit to the Canary Islands, keep an eye on the horizon in case you manage to catch sight of San Borondón.

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    In the 16th century, the Canaries were overrun with pirates far more than the Caribbean. Instead of the fictional “Captain Jack Sparrow”, there was the real-life Captain John Hawkins. Even the legendary eighth Canary Island, San Borondón was brought into the picture, with the pirates claiming that that was where they hid their ships. This was directly reflected in the “Isla de Muerte”, featured in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.

    This was enough though to start the old grey matter churning.  Like many, I had vaguely heard about the legendary island called San Borondón (sometimes called Whale Island) so knowing how the readers of this blog like a bit of mystery and intrigue, I thought I would see what it was all about.

    Different accounts are told of San Borondón which mysteriously appears and disappears to the west of El Hierro and La Gomera but the base of all the tales remain basically the same.  So taking a bit from here and a bit from there I pieced together the story which goes something along the lines of …

    Sometime between 501 to 600AD an Irish monk, Brendan from Tralee, sailed across the Atlantic in a small ship with 14 other missionaries. They were looking for the ‘Promised Land’, an island of happiness and wealth, a Garden of Eden.  Hey, haven’t we been here before with The Garden of Hesperides?

    Along the way their boat was attacked by fire-hurling demons, floating crystal columns and eventually, after 40 days the monks reached what appeared to be a lush island with clean black sand but no signs of human life.  Some tales say they lived on the island for seven years, others just that they landed on the island.  Whichever you believe, they were suddenly taken by surprise while celebrating mass.  The island started to move and the monks immediately set sail.  Once away from the imminent danger, the monks watched in amazement as the island moved in the water much like a gigantic whale, appearing and disappeared beneath the waves.

    In due course, we find Brendan back in Ireland where we also learn of a poem that tells the tale of a monk who sailed the oceans and an island that when approached vanishes.  Somewhere lost in the midst of time a connection was made that this monk was Saint Brendan and the mysterious island was San Borondón.

    All this would be a nice legend except many think there is more to it. When the Canaries were conquered in the 15th century, the Spanish were told stories by the native Guanches, about an eighth island. An island to the west of El Hierro that came and went!  Around the time of Christopher Columbus, the island appeared on numerous maps and the authorities were so convinced it was true that expeditions sailed from Santa Cruz to try and find it, the last one as late as 1721.  Many sailors said they had seen it but as they tried to reach it, a thick mist came in and when it cleared, they found nothing.

    Even today, the tale persists with many saying they have seen the fabled island between the sea and the clouds, others claim it is simply a mirage. However, while I was researching the story I came across a picture of this Google map of the Canary Islands.  Someone has circled in red what looks like a small landmass. Is this the location of San Borondón?


    So perhaps it is not a myth after all, which is why many islanders can be found sitting on the shore, gazing out to sea, hoping to catch a glimpse of the phantom island

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    LA GOMERA ISLAND (Canary Islands): San Borondon: The Mystery Canary Island

    San Borondon: The Mystery Canary Island

    There’s even a San Borondon brand of mineral water on sale in the Canary Islands which shows the shape
    of the mysterious St. Brendan’s island as it was described by many who’ve claimed to have seen it

    As promised in my last post, today I’m introducing you to a myth that has been around for centuries. Saint Brendan’s island or San Borondon in Spanish is described by IslandMomma below:

    …” We stood on the northern hillside of Tenerife, overlooking the Mar de Nubes, the famous Sea of Clouds, which often circles the island’s peaks. I pointed out the peaks of the island of La Palma, which drifted above clouds on the horizon, twin, purple,  mysterious humps .

    “That reminds me,” my friend said. “The other day from the boat I saw an island, but I wasn’t sure which one it was,” and he described its position. I knew that there should be no island in the direction he indictated, but I also knew exactly what he had seen.

    I drew a deep, sharp breath. “You saw the magic island of San Borondon,” I whispered. A tingle of excitement ran down my spine.

    It took the Crown of Castille almost a hundred years to seize all of the Canary Islands, most of the 15th century, as the chain succumbed, island by island. The conquerors were aware that throughout history myths and legends had swirled around the archipelago. One maintained that the mountain peaks were all that remained of the lost city of Atlantis. Another claimed them to be the site of the fabled Garden of the Hesperides.

    In a time when active volcanoes still struck fear into human hearts, Tenerife was claimed to be the last island to fall in 1496; but was it?

    To this day rumors abound of another island, one never found by the Conquistadors, and never conquered by the Spanish crown. Never found because it has the magical power to become invisible, to shroud itself in mists so that we disbelieve what our eyes see, or not to be visible at all to the human eye.

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    It is said that St Brendan of Clonfert, a 6th century Irish monk was the first person to set foot on this ghostly isle. St Brendan, or San Borondon in Spanish, himself a figure of legend, set sail with fellow monks in a simple vessel of the sort normally used for coastal fishing in those days, a vessel not designed for distant travel. It is claimed by some that the group even reached the shores of the Americas, recording the many wonders discovered along the way, from fire-breathing dragons to miraculous columns of crystal floating on the ocean. (It was a large version of a currach with a wooden frame covered with leather in which they set sail from Co. Kerry, and British explorer and historian Tim Severin sailed a replica across the Atlantic in 1977 – Ed. )

    After days and days at sea with supplies run out, dehydrated, hungry and weary,  and praying for a safe port at which to land, they saw the mists before them parting, and an island of an emerald green to rival their own Ireland appeared. Thankful, they landed, and finding the island abundant in all the supplies they needed, from fresh sweet water to luscious fruit, they feasted, and then said mass in gratitude to their benevolent god.

    It seems, however, that their god was not so generous as they hoped. In the midst of the ceremony the island began to shake and tremble, and fires began to spurt from its steep mountainsides. The monks ran for their flimsy vessel, and set sail once more, fearful as the island disappeared again into the ocean mists.

    Another version of the legend tells that the island was actually a gigantic, dozing sea creature, whose awakening scared our adventurers, and others speak of rivers of fire or not-so-friendly natives attacking the landing party.

    Although the truths of these legends can never be proven, their substance is clear, rivers of fire or fire breathing dragons could easily be ancient explanations of volcanoes, and crystal columns on the ocean, icebergs. Saint Brendan made it back to his homeland in time, and never returned to the island that now bears his name.

    Whether or not there was an additional Canary Island has now been debated for centuries. Its position, if it existed, or exists, was somewhere west of the islands which now comprise the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife – La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro as well as Tenerife island itself. There are said to be reports of sailors or islanders who have actually set foot on it, but no definitive proof that it ever existed, despite explorations, notably one in the 18th century.

    There are stories in Canarian folklore which reference this mythical island, stories which involved dragons and magic gardens, and lives untainted by man’s usual preoccupations.  To hear one of these stories told by a good storyteller is to be transported to another place and time, without the aid of moving pictures or even still ones, an expert teller of tales can make you believe in just about anything so long as you are willing.

    It is, of course, possible that a volcanic island emerged from the ocean at some point, but that further volcanic activity destroyed it, causing it to sink back into the depths. Me, I prefer to suspend my disbelief and think that what my friends spied on the horizon that day was the missing island. …”

    One of many old maps showing San Borondon

    Canarian legends: From San Borondón to the courageous leader Tanausú

    Our canary legends They tell us of past times in which powerful Guanche leaders lived on the islands, of love stories with a tragic ending and even of mythical creatures and sightings of unidentified flying objects.

    The Canary Islands have always been a territory rich in traditional and legendary stories. We can find them on any of its islands, from Tenerife to Lanzarote (here we leave you an article about what to see in it) and from Cafeteria but also El Hierro. They are stories that have been passed from generation to generation without losing validity and that have also contributed to forging the character of its people. There are many Canarian legends that we could tell you, but we will try to focus on the most famous ones. If you want to know them, we invite you to continue reading.

    Table of Contents

    • 1 Canarian legends, from Guanche myths to the present
      • 1.1 Tanausú, the brave leader of La Palma
      • 1.2 Garajonay, a favorite place for Canarian legends
      • 1.3 Ferinto’s scream
      • 1.4 The curse of Laurinaga or why Fuerteventura is arid
      • 1. 5 The devil of Timanfaya, Canarian legend about aloe vera
      • 1.6 San Borondón Island, the most popular Canarian legend

    We will begin our review of the Canarian legends located in the times of the ancient inhabitants of the islands to finish in another that is still fully current. In this case, we are talking about the island of San Borondón.

    Tanausú, the brave leader of La Palma

    Caldera de taburiente

    The conquest of La Palma for the Spanish crown occurred in 1492. During the month of September, he landed on the island Alonso Fernandez de Lugo with his troops. He did not meet much resistance until he had to face the inhabitants of Steel, town located in the caldera de Taburiente.

    His leader was Tanausu, who, along with his people, repulsed the peninsular with stones and arrows. Since they had no way of defeating him, they devised a trap. Fernández de Lugo convinced him to meet him and sign a peace agreement.

    However, upon arrival the leader was captured and taken to the Peninsula as a trophy of his conquest. However, Tanausú refused to eat. Just said «Vacaguaré», which means I wish to die. This happened and his remains were buried in the sea.

    However, the legend says that, after his death, the warrior’s soul returned to his land and was fossilized in his own Caldera de Taburiente, where he had reigned. Locals say that the silhouette of this volcano recreates the image of the brave Tanausú.

    Garajonay, a favorite place for Canarian legends

    Garajonay park

    El Garajonay national park occupies a large part of the island of La Gomera. It includes beautiful laurel forests and a privileged vegetation that have led to it being declared Heritage. Perhaps for this reason, it is a propitious place for Canarian legends. There are a few that take it as a scenario, but we will tell you the one that speaks of a kind of Romeo and Juliet islanders that have given the park its name.

    Race was the princess of La Gomera, while Jonay he was prince of Tenerife. They both fell in love during a visit from the mencey (or king) of Adeje, of whom the young man was the son. They returned to their land, but Jonay could not forget the beautiful aristocrat.

    So he crossed the sea using floats made of swollen goatskin skins to ask for her hand. Although the young woman was attracted to him, she had to reject him because the volcano Echeyde began to expel fire. Keep in mind that Gara was the princess of Agulo or “of water” and her priests decreed that a love between water and fire could not be given.

    For this reason, Gara and Jonay fled to the forests where, desperate before their pursuers, they committed suicide in a romantic way. They took a cedar stick, sharpened it on both sides and, placing it at the height of their hearts, they embraced while nailing it. Therefore, a last hug united them forever in what is now Garajonay Park.

    Ferinto’s scream

    Island of El Hierro

    This Canarian legend takes us to the times when the peninsular tried to take over the island of Hierro. The natives, known as bimbaches, they put up a stubborn resistance.

    A mighty warrior named Ferinth. He soon became the leader of a group that caused many headaches for the colonizers, in turn led by John of Bethencourt. Their great advantage was that they knew the roads and mountains of El Hierro like the back of their hand.

    But, as has happened so many times, Ferinto was betrayed by one of his own. Thanks to the denunciation, the warrior was surrounded and tried to flee until he reached a deep ravine. Faced with the prospect of being arrested, he preferred commit suicide and jumped into the void uttering such a powerful cry that was heard all over the island. Even his own mother heard him and thus knew that he had died.

    The curse of Laurinaga or why Fuerteventura is arid

    The arid Fuerteventura

    The Island Fuerteventura is, together with its neighbor Lanzarote, the driest of the Canary Islands. According to mythology, this has a legendary explanation with some Greek tragedy.

    After the arrival of the peninsulars, Mr. Pedro Fernández de Saavedra he became lord of Fuerteventura. He had a relationship with a native named Laurinaga of which a child was born. However, as was frequent then, the aristocrat married a woman of his noble status with whom, in turn, he had several offspring.

    While they were hunting, one of them named Luis tried to rape a girl. But a peasant who was nearby prevented it. Then, Don Pedro killed him to protect his son. Then an old woman arrived who said she was the farmer’s mother. But, not only that, this woman told Don Pedro that she was Laurinaga and that the young man she had just killed was his own son, the one they both had at the beginning of this story.
    Furthermore, Laurinaga cast a curse on the island as a result of which Fuerteventura became desert.

    The devil of Timanfaya, Canarian legend about aloe vera

    Devil of Timanfaya

    How could it be otherwise, the volcanic nature of the Canaries has given rise to many legends related to both the eruptions and the capricious rock formations that the former have produced.

    One of them has to do with the Timanfaya volcano. as Lanzarote. One of its most brutal eruptions took place on September 1730, XNUMX, engulfing a quarter of the island. Unfortunately, a wedding was held that day near the volcano.

    A huge rock imprisoned the body of Edge, girlfriend. Despite the enormous efforts of Aloe, the groom, his beloved died. Then, this one started running maddened and armed with a five-pointed forca in the direction of Timanfaya until it disappeared engulfed by the volcano. As a reminder of that tragic event, a beneficial plant grows in the national park created around Timanfaya, precisely to heal burns: the aloe vera.

    On the other hand, the figure known as the Timanfaya devil which is currently the image of the park is due to the young Aloe. But not because of his bad behavior, but because the wedding guests, seeing his image reflected in the incandescence of the lava and also his misfortune, sentenced “poor devil!”.

    San Borondón Island, the most popular Canarian legend

    Renaissance world map showing the island of San Borondón

    We have left for the end of our journey through the Canarian legends the one whose protagonist is the ghost island of San Borondón, for being, perhaps, the most popular of them all.

    It is also known for “loss” y “The enchanted”. Because it is an island that appears and disappears. Sometimes it barely allows a glimpse of its silhouette on the horizon. However, the first testimonies of its existence date from Medieval, when the Castilian cartographers already mentioned it.

    Furthermore, in 1479 the monarchies of Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Alcáçovas, through which the waters and lands of the Atlantic Ocean were distributed. In this document, it was already clearly specified that San Borondón belonged to the Canary archipelago.

    According to cartographers of the time, the island would be found within the triangle formed by La Palma (here you have an article about this), El Hierro and La Gomera. And the most curious thing is that it would not be nothing small. It would be almost five hundred kilometers long and about a hundred and fifty-five wide.

    There has even been talk of its conformation. It would be concave in its central part, while, on the sides, two considerable mountains would rise. In fact, over the centuries several expeditions have been made to find it. Among them, that of Ferdinand of Viseu, already in the fifteenth century, that of Hernan Perez de Grado or of Gaspar Dominguez.

    However, no one has found the island of San Borondón. The most recent testimonies of its sighting occurred in the middle of the 1958th century. In XNUMX, the daily ABC announced that she had been photographed for the first time.

    In conclusion, we have shown you some of the most popular and interesting canary legends. However, we have still left some in the pipeline. For example, that of the princess tenesoya from Gran Canaria, kidnapped by the Castilians and forced to marry a peninsular nobleman; that of the Anaga witches, who organized covens among the sacred dragon trees, or that of the violet of the peaks, which is born every spring in the Roque de los Muchachos as a reminder of a tragic love story. Don’t you think stories full of lyricism and imagination?

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    Canarian legends: from San Borondon to the brave leader Tanausu

    Las- Canary legends They tell us about the old days when powerful Guanche leaders lived on the islands, about love stories with a tragic end, and even about mythical creatures and sightings of unidentified flying objects.

    The Canary Islands have always been a territory rich in traditional and legendary stories. We can find them on any of its islands, from Tenerife to Lanzarote (here we leave you the article about what to see in it) and from La Palma to El Hierro . These are stories that have been passed down from generation to generation without losing their relevance, and which also contributed to the formation of the character of his people . There are many Canarian legends that we could tell you, but we will try to focus on the most famous ones. If you want to know them, we invite you to continue reading.


    • 1 Canarian legends, from the myths of the Guanches to the present day
      • 1.1 Tanausu, the brave leader of the la palmas
      • 1.2 Garakhonai, the favorite place of Canary legends
      • 1.3 Cry of Ferinto
      • 1. 4 Curses of Laurinagi or why Fuertever Sunny
      • 1.5 Rastee 630
      • 9084 the most popular Canarian legend

    We will begin our survey of Canarian legends dating back to the time of the ancient inhabitants of the islands, and finish another that is still relevant today. In this case, we are talking about San Borondon Island .

    Tanausu, brave leader of La Palma

    Caldera de Taburiente

    The conquest of La Palma for the Spanish crown took place in 1492. In September he landed on the island. Alonso Fernandez de Lugo with his troops. He did not meet much resistance until he had to face the inhabitants of Steel , a city located in the caldera de Taburiente.

    Its leader was Tanausu who, together with his people, recaptured the peninsula with stones and arrows. Since they had no way of defeating him, they invented a trap. Fernandez de Lugo persuaded him to meet with him and sign a peace agreement.

    However, upon arrival, the leader was captured and brought to the peninsula as a trophy of his conquest. However, Tanausu refused to eat. I just said “Vacaguaré” which means I want to die. This happened and his remains were buried at sea.

    However, the legend says that after his death the warrior’s soul returned to his land and was petrified in his own land. Caldera de Taburiente where he ruled. Locals say that the silhouette of this volcano recreates the image of the brave Tanausu.

    Garajonay, favorite place of Canarian legends

    Garajonay park

    El Garajonay National Park occupies most of the island La Gomera . It includes beautiful laurel forests and privileged vegetation for which it has been declared World Heritage . Perhaps for this reason it is a favorable place for Canarian legends. Some take it as a script, but we’ll tell you one that speaks of a sort of The islanders Romeo and Juliet who gave the park its name.

    Gara was the princess of La Gomera, while Jonai he was the prince of Tenerife. They both fell in love during the visit of Mencey (or King) Adehi, whose son was the youth. They returned to their land, but Jonai could not forget the beautiful aristocrat.

    So he crossed the sea using swollen goatskin floats to ask for her hand. Although the young man was attracted to him, she had to reject him because Volcano Eheide began to cast out fire. Keep in mind that Gara was the princess of Agulo or “water” and her priests decreed that love should not be given between water and fire.

    For this reason, Gara and Jonai fled to the woods, where, despairing of their pursuers, they committed suicide in a romantic way . They took a cedar stick, sharpened it on both sides and, placing it at the height of their hearts, embraced each other, hammering with nails. Thus, a final embrace united them forever in what is now Garajonay Park.

    Ferinto Creek

    El Hierro Island

    This Canarian legend takes us back to the time when the peninsula tried to conquer the island of Hierro. The natives, known as Bimbachi , they put up a stubborn resistance.

    Mighty warrior named Ferinto . He soon became the leader of a group that caused a lot of headaches to the colonialists, led in turn by Juan de Betancourt . Their great advantage was that they knew the roads and mountains of El Hierro like the back of their hand.

    But, as has happened more than once, Ferinto betrayed one of them. Thanks to the denunciation, the warrior was surrounded and tried to escape until he reached a deep ravine. Faced with the prospect of being arrested, he chose to commit suicide to and jumped into the void, uttering such a powerful cry could be heard all over the island. Even his own mother heard him and thus knew that he was dead.

    Curse of Laurinaga or why Fuerteventura is arid

    Arid Fuerteventura

    Island Fuerteventura together with its neighbor Lanzarote, the driest of the Canary Islands . According to mythology, there is a legendary explanation for some Greek tragedy.

    After the arrival of the peninsulas Mr. Pedro Fernández de Saavedra he became master of Fuerteventura. He had a relationship with a native named Laurinaga of which a child was born. However, as was often the case then, an aristocrat married a woman of his noble status, from whom, in turn, he had several offspring.

    While hunting, one of them named Luis tried to rape a girl. But a peasant who was nearby interfered. Don Pedro then killed him to protect his son. Then an old lady came and said she was the farmer’s mother. But not only that, this woman told don Pedro that she was Laurinaga and that the young man she had just killed was his own son , the one they both had at the beginning of this story.
    In addition, Laurinaga placed a curse on the island, causing Fuerteventura became desert .

    The Devil of Timanfaya, the Canarian legend of aloe vera

    The Devil of Timanfaya

    How could it be otherwise, the volcanic nature of the Canary Islands has given rise to many legends related both to the eruptions and to the bizarre rock formations that gave rise to the first.

    One of them is related to Timanfaya Volcano , en
    Lanzarote . One of the most violent eruptions occurred on September 1730 XNUMX, covering a quarter of the island. Misfortune wanted a wedding to take place at the volcano on that day.

    Huge rock imprisoned the body Edge , Girlfriend. Despite great efforts Aloe The groom, his beloved died. Then this one ran furiously, armed with a five-pronged fork, in the direction of Timanfaya until he disappeared. engulfed by volcano . As a reminder of this tragic event, a useful plant is growing in the national park created around Timanfaya that helps treat burns: aloe vera .

    On the other hand, the figure known as Timanfaya devil which is currently the image of the park thanks to the young Aloe. But not because of his bad behavior, but because the guests of the wedding, seeing his image reflected in hot lava, as well as his misfortune, condemned “poor devil!” .

    San Borondon Island, the most popular Canarian legend

    Renaissance world map showing the island of San Borondon

    At the end of our journey through the Canarian legends, we left the one whose protagonist is the ghost island of San Borondon, because he , perhaps the most popular of them.

    He is also known “lost” y “Enchanted” . Because it’s an island, appears and disappears. Sometimes he barely allows you to see his silhouette on the horizon. However, the first evidence of its existence dates back to Medieval , when it was already mentioned by Castilian cartographers.

    In addition, in 1479, the monarchies of Spain and Portugal signed the Treaty of Alcásovas , through which the waters and lands of the Atlantic Ocean were distributed. In this document, it was already clearly indicated that San Borondon belonged to the Canary archipelago.

    According to the cartographers of the time, the island was in the triangle formed by La Palma (here you have an article about it), El Hierro and La Gomera. And the most curious thing is that there would be nothing small . Its length will be almost five hundred kilometers, and its width will be about one hundred and fifty-five.

    There was even talk about its conformation. In the central part, it will be concave, and two large mountains will rise on the sides. In fact, several expeditions have been made over the centuries to find it. Among them Fernando de Viseu , already in the fifteenth century Hernán Pérez de Grado or one Gaspar Domínguez .

    However, no one has found San Borondon Island . The most recent evidence of its discovery dates back to the mid-1958 century. In XNUMX, the daily ABC announced that she had been photographed for the first time.

    In conclusion, we have shown you some of the most popular and interesting Canary Legends . However, we still have something left in the inkwell. For example, Tenesoya princess of Gran Canaria, kidnapped by the Castilians and forced to marry a nobleman from the peninsula; that of the Anaga witches who organized a coven among the sacred dragon trees, or the coven purple peaks that is born every spring in the Roque de los Muchachos as a reminder of a tragic love story. Don’t you think that the stories are full of lyricism and imagination?

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    Error islands, ghost islands, myth islands. Atlantic without Atlantis

    Error Islands, Ghost Islands, Myth Islands

    Thus, many of the islands marked on the old maps of the Atlantic underwent an amazing transformation: first, their names were given to non-existent objects, and then, when real lands began to be discovered in the ocean, ready-made labels-names began to be pasted to these lands. The “migration of the islands” to the west caused a lot of trouble for historians of geographical discoveries. Indeed, at first glance, everything seems simple: on the maps of the XIV century there are, for example, the names of the islands of San Zorzi and Corbi Marini, they are also preserved in the names of two islands of the Azores archipelago. This means that the archipelago itself was discovered in the XIV century, and not in the next, as it is written in textbooks. Following this logic, it must be admitted that it was not Columbus who discovered America, but some medieval navigators long before him: the name “Brazil” is on the map of the first half of the 14th century, the island of Antilia in the Atlantic is also known long before the first voyage of Columbus, etc. e. Only after a thorough analysis of old maps and manuscripts did scientists manage to understand the complex and confusing picture created by the “migratory names”, to trace their path from the shores of Europe across the Atlantic to the shores of the New World, where they “settled” finally in the form of names Virgin Islands , Brazil, Greater and Lesser Antilles.

    But this is only a small part of all the names that the waters of the Atlantic Ocean were full of on maps of the 14th, 15th and even 16th centuries. (Brazil broke the record of longevity among all the legendary islands of the Atlantic: it is indicated on almost thirty maps of 1325-1571, sometimes as three islands; they tried in vain to find it in the ocean during the 16th-18th centuries, it is indicated, however, map of 1776, and, finally, a map of 1853 shows it in the form of a high cliff!) Why are there many times more islands in the Atlantic on old maps than on modern maps?

    When the historians of geographical discoveries deciphered the names of the legendary islands, they discovered that a significant number of them were the result of misunderstandings and errors made by the compilers of maps and authors of geographical treatises. For example, one cartographer showed in the Atlantic the island “Ventura, or de Columbis” (Pigeon), the second cartographer, not noticing “or”, made two islands from it: “Ventura” and “Pigeon” (Columbus). On medieval European maps there is an island “Santa Maria Talanta”. The Turkish admiral Piri Reis takes this long name for the designation of two islands and gives on his map the island of Santa Maria and, apart from it, the island of Talant. The misread name of the island of St. Brandan on the maps of medieval geographers turns into another island – “San Borondon” or “Borondon”.

    The island of Fuerteventura in the Canary archipelago has not even “doubled” but “quintupled”. When medieval navigators discovered the Canary Islands, they named the first two of them Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. From the works of the Roman scientist Pliny, they knew that the islands of Canaria and Capraria (“Dogs” and “Goats”) were located in this area. The ancient islands were placed on the map next to the newly discovered ones (although in fact they were identical!), and in a distorted form: Capration and Capricia. Then another island of Capria (distorted Capraria) appeared, and the mysterious island “De Las Cabras” (Goat) “migrated” from the Canary archipelago and began to appear in various places in the Atlantic. After the discovery of Azor, it began to be identified with the current island of São Miguel in this archipelago. In addition, Fuerteventura “spawned” another island – Columbaria (Pigeon), and, finally, the island of Ventura appeared on some maps of the Atlantic – an independent island, although in fact it was an abbreviated spelling of Fuerteventura!

    To the north of Fuerteventura is a small island now called Lobos. It was first discovered by the Italians, and since harbor seals were found here, the islet was named “Vecci Marini”, which literally means “Sea Elders” – this is the common Italian name for harbor seals. In Spanish, harbor seals are called “lobos marinos”, literally translated – “sea wolves”. And since the Spaniards and Italians did not know each other’s languages ​​well, as a result, three independent islands appeared in the Atlantic: “Lobos” (Wolf), “Vehimar” and “Vedzimarin” (distorted “Vecchi Marini”). Thus, from the two small islands of the Atlantic – Fuerteventura and Lobos – medieval cartographers “carved out” as many as eight islands (moreover, Lobos was written both as Lobo, and as Louo, and as Lovo, and as Lovos, and as Lono, and as Lana, etc. d!). On one of these maps, near Iceland, an island with the Latin name “Insula Glacialis” is shown. But after all, this is Iceland – both names are translated as “Country of Ice”, “Ice Island”. Another map in the Atlantic shows the “Green Island”, somewhere nearby there is an image of the outlines of Greenland. The same picture, because “Greenland” is translated as “Green Land”, i.e. “Green Island”! Researchers of old maps have long puzzled over where the name of Monton Island came from in the Atlantic. It turned out that this is a distorted French “mouton”, that is, “ram, sheep”. But the name of the Faroe Islands literally means “Sheep Islands”. Ancient maps depict the island of Thule, which was mentioned by ancient authors as the edge of the inhabited earth. “Esto Thule” (“This is Thule”), read the Latin signature on the map. There was an author who not only took “Esto Thule” for the name and came up with the island of “Estotitland”, but also described the various events that took place on it! The ominous “Isle of Satan”, or “Island of the Hand of Satan”, also placed in the Atlantic, received the distorted name “San Atanaju” – “Saint Athanasius” … There could be many examples of such confusion. But already from the above it is clear that the same island could give rise to several names – and the island could be both real and fictional.

    There were many “error islands” on the map of the Atlantic. However, this does not yet lead to the conclusion that all the legendary lands in the ocean are just a figment of the imagination of medieval cartographers who sat in their offices and never went out into the Atlantic waters. Sailors who dared to go out into the open ocean told about many islands, they saw them with their own eyes, but when they tried to approach the land, it disappeared like a ghost. When the Europeans colonized the Canaries and Azores, some settlers had the sight of an island lying in the ocean, somewhere to the west. We can read about this in the diary of the first voyage of Columbus, which became the beginning of a new era in the discovery of our planet.

    According to Columbus, many Spaniards living in the Canary Islands, respectable and completely trustworthy people, swore by oath that from year to year they saw the land to the west of the Canaries. “The admiral recalls that in 1484, while he was in Portugal, someone from the island of Madeira came to the king and asked the king to give him a caravel to go to this land. He swore that this land is noticed from year to year and its appearance remains the same every time, – we read in the outline of Columbus’s diary, compiled by the largest Spanish historian-chronicler Bartolome Las Casas (the original diary has not reached us). “The admiral also recalls that they say the same thing in the Azores, and all in the same way mark the direction in which the land lies, its location and size.

    Neither Columbus, nor any of the subsequent navigators managed to find land in the specified region of the ocean: the nearest islands lay thousands of kilometers to the west. However, even today, old fishermen from the Canary Islands continue to believe in the reality of the island lying to the west of the archipelago. This island, called by them “Land of St. Brandan”, then rises from the depths of the ocean, then again sinks to the bottom. It is clear that the legend of the enchanted island is generated by a mirage.

    Mirages gave rise to the legend of the “Running Island”, which exists among the inhabitants of the coast of Massachusetts, as well as the legend of the enchanted island of San Morondon, which can be heard from the inhabitants of Spain and Portugal, and in the folklore of other peoples of the world it is not difficult to find a motif “disappearing”, “enchanted”, “ghostly” island. And the more often mirages appear in one or another region of the Earth, the more diverse, colorful and detailed are the stories about magical islands that exist among the inhabitants of these regions. For example, off the west coast of Ireland, especially on clear and warm autumn days, ghostlands very often appear in the ocean after sunset. When fishermen approach them, the islands disappear without a trace. It is not surprising that in the mythology of the ancient Irish, the fabulous islands take up so much space. On one of them, called the “Island of Spirits”, there is a paradise – only not Christian, but pagan, inhabited by beautiful maidens. Mere mortals sometimes manage to see it – but then the island disappears. Only the lucky one who manages to throw a piece of iron on this island or shoot an arrow there can climb the shore of magical land and settle in paradise. It is not difficult to guess where the island of Brazil (O’Brazil – “Happy”) and the “Island of Maidens” appeared on medieval maps – these are echoes of ancient Irish myths about a blissful paradise inhabited by beautiful women.

    Chapter 2.

    The British Isles and the Islands of the Atlantic Ocean

    Chapter 2. The British Isles and the Islands of the Atlantic Ocean
    The distance between Scandinavia and Britain, separated by the North Sea, is insignificant, and when the first Viking raids on European cities began at the end of the 8th century, the coasts of Britain were already well known to them.


    They are indescribable, because of the two hundred islands of the Greek Sea, there are no two identical. And how much is unique and special! And every one for himself. Yes, all these islands are the tops of mountains flooded and separated by the sea millions of years ago, these are the noses sticking out over

    Ghost Islands

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    Pontoppidan was not the only one who compared this mysterious animal to an island; in it he found an explanation for another miracle? ghost island. He recalled that in his description of the Darer archipelago, which appeared in 1673, the Danish pastor and topographer Lucas

    12. Attack and capture of the island of Vido, capitulation of the island of Corfu

    12. Attack and capture of the island of Vido, surrender of the island of Corfu
    The admiral was indeed in a difficult position. He well understood that if “confusion and depravity” began to appear among the population of Corfu, then this is not so much due to the eloquence of the French

    12. Attack and capture of the island of Vido, capitulation of the island of Corfu

    12. Attack and capture of the island of Vido, capitulation of the island of Corfu
    The admiral was indeed in a difficult position. He well understood that if “confusion and depravity” began to appear among the population of Corfu, then this is not so much due to the eloquence of the French



    33. Islands
    The earliest information about the settlement of the islands in the Atlantic by the Portuguese is associated with expeditions to the Canary Islands during the reign of King Afonso IV. The Canary Islands, as well as the island of Madeira and, probably, the Azores, were little known to Europeans. They are mentioned in


    ??? “The island is rich in kurmyrin (? – Auth.), pearls at the sea, and more in shells. There are no people, it’s empty. “Moses struck the rod crosswise thrice in the sea, and so far

    Sunken Islands?

    Sunken Islands?
    Sala y Gómez Island is the only surface peak of the great mountain range of the same name that stretches Easter Island to the meridian of the Juan Fernandez archipelago. Was this peak the only one? Geophysical data

    Legendary Isles

    Legendary Islands
    On old maps depicting the Atlantic, you can find the names of the islands that have disappeared without a trace from the current maps: St. Brandan, Brasil, Antilia, Dez, Seven Cities, Green Island and many others. On one of the cards is inscribed: “There are 150 distant

    Islands are born, islands die…

    Islands are born, islands die…
    Whalers live in the Azores, who to this day go to the ocean on sailing ships and hunt whales “manually”, without guns – the last Mohicans of whaling of past centuries. From the towers, observers inspect the ocean in


    Mine under the oak
    Daniel McGinnis did not read pirated novels for one simple reason: the year was 1795, and the time of Stevenson and Conrad had not yet arrived. But I heard enough stories of old-timers about living corsairs – Captain Kidd, Blackbeard,


    On October 5, the expedition left Falmouth. The weather was calm. Night fell, but none of the officers and crew wanted to go to sleep: everyone enjoyed the wonderful weather and remained on the upper deck for a long time. Everyone wished that these clear

    Russian Islands

    Russian Islands
    1820, July 8th. In the tropical part of the Pacific Ocean, Moller Island was discovered in honor of Rear Admiral, who sailed on the frigate Tikhvinskaya Bogoroditsa. 1820, July 10, Arakcheev Island was discovered. 1820, July 12, Prince Volkonsky Island and Barclay de Tolly Island were discovered. 1820

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    RF San Borondon, Puerto de la Cruz, Spain

    “San Borodin” – this hotel complex, in a colonial style, is located in the heart of the sultry Puerto de la Cruz. In fact, there is Charco Square nearby, where resort life is in full swing day and night. Surrounded by gardens, this pleasant 2-building hotel attracts many fans of quality relaxation. Those who wish can swim in the extensive saltwater pool, and then relax in the sauna or the comfortable hot tub. You can work out in the modern gym. While adults are training, children can spend time on the playground. It is recommended to visit the Loro Park zoo with the whole family or just take a walk around the town, fanned by the spirit of the romance of the colonial era.

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    WEEKEND: The Island of Appearing and Disappearing Canary Territory – Telegraph+

    The phenomenon gave birth to ominous legends.


    Let’s go to the Canary Islands to find riddles for oceanology, geolosy, history, archaeology and linguistics. But it’s probably a very intriguing mystery from the legendary archipelago that belongs to Spain, the island of San Borondon, which exists on the island – San Borondon, which has appeared and disappeared, and what can you see when it’s cloudy.

    The first time it was associated with a sea trip, it was carried out in 516 by the Irish monk Sveti Brendan. According to legend, the famous missionary, together with another 17 monks, crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a kozhenata sea ladia and along the way got to Tosi Island. Toy beat potanal in greenery and the brothers decided to let them slide down to the shore. Their work, of course, beat them and serve the liturgy. Toi description of the island is kato mountainous, with many flowers and fruits. One from the nai-fire admirers on the Tazi legend e beat and Christopher Columbus. Tazi is a legend behind the light of Brendan, with a chieto name, some in Spanish stav Borondon, giving a name to the mysteries of the island.

    Tverdi behold, what islands can and see, forbid fogs and clouds.

    Some Spanish and Portuguese expeditions in the 15th century were able to discover and challenge their power over it. In the last estimate of 1479, Spain and Portugal signed an agreement, according to which they divided the water area into the Atlantic Ocean. According to him, Spain received the archipelago, including San Borondon, and Portugal left Azori and Madeira. Before the 16th century, the Italian cartographer Leonardo Toriani, who came to serve under the Spanish thief Felipe II, described the size and exact location, based it on the sailors, who were sure, what they saw and visited. Technically, the city is located 550 km west-northwest of El Yero and 200 km west-southwest of La Palma, La Gomera. Those descriptions of the kato are impressive – almost a kilometer long and about a hundred petdesets and pets wide. In a note, in the direction from Toriani, there is more, than on Wednesday on the islands, there was a long hollow, fenced off from two planini temples. In modern times, the most reliable evidence for the existence of the islands is directed from the Spanish photographer Manuel Rodriguesm Quintero prez 1957, when he managed to capture the obscure silhouette of San Borondon. The phenomenon was witnessed by many choirs, and the material was published on ABC TV with the title “San Borondon Island for the Right to See the Lost”.

    Map dated 1707 showing San Borondon Island.,

    Zasega Island is not whitewashed on any single map. Contrary to the existence of many different theories, consider stav- ing a thought simply for a possible bi- holemia mirage in the world – one from three west of the island from the archipelago, especially on La Palma. Distinguished in temperature between the airy layer of prechupva and the bright light and such an illusion that they see distant landscapes, which does not correspond to reality. Contrary to Comrade San Borondon, the island continued and was often from the legend on the Canary Islands. And probably not a local resident or a tourist, who looked at the horizon with hope and see the secrets of the island, who appeared and disappeared.

    On the monument to Sveti Brendan, e is depicted in a boat.

    Sveti Brendan got rid of Columbus

    Otkrivatelyat on the secrets of the island of Saint Brendan Clonfertsky (484 – ca. 578) is named after the founder of the navigator. Toy e Irish by nationality. Prez 512 e is located behind the candle. Prez 530, the enterprise famously traveled in tarsen to the Islands in blessedness. Dali tov e mystic island, received unready name, not clear. The story of the legend that discovered and friend the island, which was rendered by the gigantic monster Jaskontia.

    The days of scientific friendship on a non-negotiable name, for some reason and prove that a European is actually a European, reached as far as America before the Vikings and Columbus.

    Winter europe holidays: 15 Best Places to Visit in Europe in Winter

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    Abisko, Sweden

    • Best For: northern lights hunters and adventurers
    • Winter Temperature Range: -4 to -18° celsius | 25 to -0° fahrenheit
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    Abisko Turiststation, the last stop on the line in Sweden

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    • Best For: city lovers and party people
    • Winter Temperature Range: 0 to 7° celsius | 32 to 45° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 8 days a month

    One of the best European city breaks, Amsterdam shines in winter and is a magical city in the lead up to Christmas, with celebrations that go on for the whole month of December. It’s also an awesome place to ring in the New Year, lively with parties and club nights.

    The crowds are thinner in the winter months, leaving you to enjoy frosty canals, cozy cafes, deserted museums and cool bars, without the hordes – and prices – of summer.

    Make sure to check out the Amsterdam Light Festival which runs through December and January, and Museumplein, which transforms into a winter wonderland complete with a picture-perfect traditional Christmas market.

    • Stay at Hotel Estheréa for its superb city centre location, incredibly stylish decor and canal views.

    Christmas lights lining an Amsterdam canal

    Bergen, Norway

    • Best For: photographers & cozied up couples
    • Winter Temperature Range: 0 to 5° celsius | 32 to 41° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 9 days a month

    Bergen is a wonderful city all year round, but in winter it is elevated to a magical place, just as you might imagine it to be. Norway’s second largest city is surrounded by seven fjords and seven hills, a landscape which creates a dramatic backdrop for your winter visit, and served as the inspiration for the Disney movie Frozen.

    There’s lots to do in the city, including visiting the lively Vagen harbour in Bergen’s old quarter, Bryggen, which is one of Norway’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. For fabulous views, head up tp Mount Fløyen on the Fløibanen funicular and pick up some of the hiking trails at the top, or try your hand at sledging.

    For an incredible day trip, travel from Bergen to Flåm by rail. The first part of the journey is on the main Bergen to Oslo line, which skims picture-perfect fjords dotted with iconic red fishing huts, before climbing to Myrdal in Norway’s dramatic uplands. From here, you’ll change onto the Flåmsbana, and make the precipitous and breathtaking descent to Flåm itself.

    Why not try this excellent private tour from Bergen, which includes a Sognefjord fjord cruise to Flåm before journeying back on the spectacular Flåmsbana – it’s the perfect way to see more of beautiful Norway in less time!

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    • Stay at Det Hanseatiske Hotel for its harbourside location, dining options and cozy decor.

    Bergen harbour with a light dusting of snow

    Berlin, Germany

    • Best For: off the beaten path and activity lovers
    • Winter Temperature Range: -2 to28° celsius | 30 to 39° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 9 days a month

    Berlin, the capital of Germany, is a multi-cultural hub for travelers. A fascinating and dark recent history, legendary nightlife scene and an eclectic vibe means there are plenty of options for foodies, hipsters and historians alike.

    Most of Berlin is walkable and Germany is very good at managing snow, so public transport, taxis and sightseeing buses will all still be in operation. From the Brandenburg Gate, make sure to see the Reichstag Building, Tiergarten and Potsdamer Platz. There are museums and memorials dedicated to WWII and the Holocaust, which are also a must see, before you head to Museum Island, Berlin’s cultural quarter.

    There are more than 100 large and small Christmas markets in Berlin, offering tradtional German food, mulled wine, hand crafted Christmas gifts and fun fair rides. Head for Alexanderplatz for the biggest and most traditional market, and make sure to stop and admire the Christmas trees and fairy lights that adorn the city.

    • Stay at Hotel Zoo Berlin for its perfect location, contemporary design and great service.

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    Berlin Cathedral and TV Tower in the snow

    Bled, Slovenia

    • Best For: off the beaten path and activity lovers
    • Winter Temperature Range: -1 to 7° celsius | 30 to 45° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 6 days a month

    Bled’s stunning landscape not only makes it one of the most beautiful places in Slovenia, but one of the most gorgeous Alpine areas in Europe.

    Known for its healing climate, thermal waters, and off the beaten track ambiance, this small city is perfect if you want a quieter escape, and really is one of the must see places in Europe in winter.

    Bled is also perfect if you’re looking for a bit of adventure. The surrounding Triglav National Park is ideal for outdoor activities such as winter hiking, snow shoeing, snow boarding and skiing.

    In between all this, don’t forget to check out Bled Castle, a medieval fortress believed to be the oldest castle in Slovenia, and the famous Lake Bled, which you can skate on if it freezes over!

    • Stay at the Maple and Pine Bled apartments for their fantastic views, simple decor and excellent host.

    Lake Bled and the Assumption of Maria church

    Bruges, Belgium

    • Best For: Gastronomes and romantics
    • Winter Temperature Range: 2 to 7° celsius | 36 to 45° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 3 days a month

    Bruges is a delightful city, perfect for a day trip from Brussels, and one of the best European cities in winter if you’re travelling from the UK. Full of historic architecture, pretty squares and interesting, independent shops, it’s easy to lose yourself in the old town of Bruges for a day.

    There will be Christmas markets, gluhwein, and perhaps a horse drawn carriage ride along the cobbled streets to enjoy, making this a perfect winter destination for romantics.

    Bruges is also a foodie destination, famous for Belgian frites, fine chocolate and fluffy waffles, served with a vast array of toppings. Eat your way through Bruges’s culinary scene on this highly rated private food tour with a local, where you’ll get to try ten local Bruges and Belgian foods.

    Trying out all of Bruges delicious food is even better in winter, when the twinkling lights and clear frosty days give you licence to eat as many waffles as you want!

    • Stay at the Hotel De Orangerie for its authentic 15th century building, cozy lounges with open fires and sumptuous bedrooms.

    The Old Markt Square in Bruges ready for Christmas

    Budapest, Hungary

    • Best For: Spa breaks and history lovers
    • Winter Temperature Range: -2 to 6° celsius | 28 to 43° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 9 days a month

    This is a winter city, if ever there was one. Rich in history and culture, winter in Budapest has a fairy tale like quality, making it a top European winter destination.

    An added bonus is that Budapest is also a fantastic budget destination, easy on the pocket at any time of year. There are the beautiful Christmas markets, with Vörösmarty Square being one of the most popular in Central Europe, as well as one of the oldest in Hungary.

    Over in City Park, with Vajdahunyad Castle as the backdrop, is a huge ice skating rink which runs from late November to mid January before it is turned back to a summer pond complete with ducks!

    There’s also the stunning State Opera House and St Stephens Basilica to see, but the main winter attractions are the fabulous natural thermal springs that deliver 70 million litres of warm and therapeutic water every day to more than a dozen spas. 

    Taking a dip in the famous Széchenyi Baths is an absolute must during a winter visit. With its fifteen indoor baths, three outdoor pools, saunas, Turkish baths and massages you’ll be in thermal heaven!

    • Stay at the Hotel De Orangerie for its authentic 15th century building, cozy lounges with open fires and sumptuous bedrooms.

    An icy Danube River as it flows through the centre of Budapest

    Copenhagen, Denmark

    • Best For: city wanderers and hygge seekers
    • Winter Temperature Range: -1 to 5° celsius | 30 to 41° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 15 days a month

    Air that’s thick with hygge, canals crisp with ice and a dusting of snow on the cobbled streets make Copenhagen one of the top winter city breaks in Europe. 

    It will be cold, but that’s ok because there’s glogg (mulled wine with raisins and almonds), pancake puffs and real fires in hotels, cafes and bars across the city, perfect for keeping warm and snuggling!

    Venture out to the brilliantly kitsch Tivoli Gardens for the Christmas market and winter wonderland that even the most responsible of adults will enjoy.

    After the fun fair, find a sauna to warm up the traditional way (perhaps skip jumping in the canal afterwards) and then head for Nyhavn, where the colourful houses stand out in stark contrast to the grey skies and icy water.  

    • Stay at the 71 Nyhavn Hotel for its canalside location, Scandi decor and amazing breakfast.

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    A wintry Copenhagen skyline

    Edinburgh, Scotland

    • Best For: New Year and
    • Winter Temperature Range: 1 to 7° celsius | 34 to 45° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 11 days a month

    The capital of Scotland, Edinburgh is a beautiful city where medieval and neoclassical history and architecture exist in harmony. Full of quirky corners and hidden squares, and even a castle just waiting to be discovered, you’ll be enchanted by the city’s wonderful hospitality and unique vibe.

    As well as visiting the dramatic landscapes of Arthur’s Seat and Calton Hill, in the city itself the Edinburgh Christmas Market at Princes Street Gardens is one of the highlights of visiting Edinburgh in December. Enjoy sipping warming mulled wine, shopping for traditional Scottish Christmas gifts and sampling tasty local foods from the pop-up wooden stalls.

    Come to Edinburgh at New Year for Hogmanay, one of the world’s best known celebrations. With street parties, fireworks and first footing – the first person to enter the home of a household on New Year’s Day is seen as a bringer of good fortune for the coming year – aplenty, this is a wonderful time to explore Edinburgh.

    • Stay at the Market Street Hotel for its ideal location, sleek and sexy design and superb service.

    Fireworks above Edinburgh on New Year’s Eve

    Halstatt, Austria

    • Best For: winter sports enthusiasts and photographers
    • Winter Temperature Range: 0 to 7° celsius | 32 to 45° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 19 days a month

    Austria’s poster child town of Hallstatt is so perfectly pretty, it could be a film set. Colourful Alpine style houses overlook the Hallstätter See, a shimmering lake framed by soaring mountains, only more spectacular with a dusting of snow in winter.

    Nestled in the Salzkammergut region east of Salzburg, a UNESCO listed area surrounded by lakes and Alpine mountains, Hallstatt makes a perfect base for adventurous winter sports, like winter hiking and local skiing. Don’t miss visiting the Hallstatt Skywalk, at the top of the Salzbergbahn funicular, for panoramic Instagram worth images.

    Hallstatt at Christmas is even more magical (if that’s possible), and becomes a wonderland of twinkling fairy lights adorning the cute wooden houses in the small square where the traditional Austrian Christmas market takes place. You can even take a magical Christmas tour in Hallstatt to learn all about the local festive traditions and customs.

    • Stay at the Fenix Hall Boutique Hotel for its central village location, quirky country decor and very comfy beds.

    Hallstatt on a winter evening

    Innsbruck, Austria

    • Best For: winter sports enthusiasts and culture vultures
    • Winter Temperature Range: -3 to 6° celsius | 27 to 43° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 14 days a month

    If you want a perfect destination with winter sports and an Alpine backdrop, look no further than Innsbruck. Surrounded by the mighty Alps, with its imperial architecture and charming alt Stadt, Innsbruck is a welcoming city that offers immediate access to a vast winter sports playground.

    One of the best places to visit in Europe in winter for skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing or hiking, the accessible mountains and glaciers surrounding Innsbruck are waiting for you to experience all they have to offer. 

    If you love the look of this gorgeous city, but don’t want to visit in the winter, then a trip to Innsbruck in summer will reward you with wild flowers, warm days and lots of extreme sports options.

    • Stay at Altstadthotel Weißes Kreuz for its fantastic central location, uber modern decor and awesome facilities.

    Innsbruck historic centre and the Nordkette mountains

    Lofoten Islands, Norway

    • Best For: photographers and adventurers
    • Winter Temperature Range: -3 to 3° celsius | 27 to 37° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 15 days a month

    The polar opposite of the Canary Islands, one of Europe’s popular warm winter destinations, the Lofoten Islands in winter are pretty hard core, with average temperatures hovering around freezing, Lofoten is udoubtedly one of the best places to visit in winter in Europe if you’re looking for adventure.

    There is not a great deal to do here in winter. Take long coastal walks, hike (as long as you’re prepared and have the right gear), capture amazing winter images and enjoy the solitude. This Norwegian winter destination is not for everyone but for some, the lure of spending time in the Arctic Circle during the colder months cannot be denied.

    It rains a lot in November. From December 9th to January 4th you will experience the incredible Polar night. In January the days will be short, with the sun sitting low on the horizon, which is amazing for capturing the moody skies and changing light during the short time between sunrise and sunset. Take a Lofoten Archipelago photography tour with a professional photograper and guide to find all the best spots.

    Stay in northern Gimsøya if you’re hunting the lights. For a bit more life and photographic opportunities pick from Hamnøy, Sakrisøya, Reine or Nusfjord – all of them picture-perfect Lofoten locations.

    • Stay at Olstind in Sakrisøy for its incredible location, comfy and warm decor and fantastic host.

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    Gimsøysand in the Lofoten Islands

    Madonna di Campiglio, Italy

    • Best For: skiiers and yulephiles
    • Winter Temperature Range: -5 to 1° celsius | 23 to 34° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 12 days a month

    Madonna di Campiglio is the perfect place for a magical white Christmas in Italy. With its beautiful scenery, high end boutiques and lively bars, this elegant and charming mountain town is one of Europe’s best winter snow holidays.

    Surrounded by the snow-topped peaks of the Brenta Dolomites national park and sitting at an altitude of 1,522 metres this beautiful town is also one of the Dolomites best ski resorts and offers nine miles of cross country skiing trails and 35 pistes served by modern facilities.

    During the holiday season, Madonna di Campiglio comes into its own with thousands of sparkling fairly lights and vibrant festivities, including the traditional Christmas slalom on the Canalone Miramonti run.

    Enjoy the atmospheric Christmas market, which sells everything from beautiful decorations and handcrafted items, to honey and mulled wine. Wrap up warm, there will definitely be snow!

    • Stay at Hotel Garnì Caminetto for its great location close to town and ski lifts, delicious homemade breakfasts and cozy decor.

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    Madonna do Campiglio in the winter season

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    Prague, Czech Republic

    • Best For: Christmas shoppers and city moochers
    • Winter Temperature Range: -1 to 5° celsius | 30 to 41° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 12 days a month

    An idyllic destination during the festive period, Prague becomes a winter wonderland around Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square, making it one of the best cities to visit in the winter.

    The traditional Christmas markets here are some of the most authentic in Europe, and alongside the two famous squares there are a further three more; the cute huts on Republic Square and those at Havelska Market and in front of St George’s Basilica.

    Wander the streets in between, enjoy the cafe culture and street snacks whilst soaking up the historic sights of the castle and famous bridges sprinkled with snow and frost. Head back to one of the main squares for a traditional sing along with carols, and yep, you’ve guessed it, Good King Wenceslas is always top of the list!

    • Stay at The Julius Prague for its fabulous central location, stylish decor and excellent service.

    Prague Christmas Market

    Reykjavik, Iceland

    • Best For: winter activities and party people
    • Winter Temperature Range: -2 to 3° celsius | 28 to 37° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 7 days a month

    The world’s most northerly capital combines brightly painted buildings and fascinating culture with lively nightlife and an excellent restaurant scene, perfect for city breaks at any time of the year, but particularly atmospheric in winter.

    A town by many country’s standards, the tiny city of Reykjavik has a lot going on. Visit the unearthed Viking longhouse for a history lesson on Iceland’s rich heritage, head for the some of the many galleries and art spaces in the city or make your way out of town to experience the snow-capped mountains, wild seas, waterfalls, clear air and lava fields of the stunning landscape. This is a city which is good for the soul.

    Once you’ve visited the Golden Circle road trip attractions, take a trip to the famous Blue Lagoon and warm up in the geothermal waters, which usually hover around 37-40° celsius, which is a gorgeously warm 98-104° fahrenheit.

    If you love the look of this small country, but really don’t want to go in the winter, then a trip to Iceland in summer will reward you with fields of wild flowers, sunlit waterfalls and warm days.

    • Stay at Sand Hotel for its location on the main street of Laugavegur, Icelandic character and comfortably chic decor.

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    The Sun Voyager sculpture in Reykjavik

    Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

    • Best For: Christmasphiles and romantics
    • Winter Temperature Range: -3 to 4° celsius | 27 to 39° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 6 days a month

    Considered one of the most photogenic Christmas destinations in Europe, Rothenburg is Christmas, Germany and medieval all rolled into one gorgeous parcel. It has to be one of the most romantic towns in Germany and especially beautiful in the winter, with a light dusting of snow. It will be busy here at this time of year though, so book well in advance.

    The Christmas market is legendary, even in Germany, home to the Christmas Market! Rothenburg’s market has been taking place every year since the 15th century. We’ve been to a fair few Christmas markets in Europe and this is one of our favourites, for the tradition and spectacle it provides, and its picture perfect setting.  

    Make sure to visit the world famous Kathe Wohlfhart Christmas shop – love it or hate it, you can’t ignore this most distinctive of tourist attractions it when you’re in Rothenburg!

    • Stay at Hotel Reichs-Küchenmeister for its location in the old town, traditional decor and spa facilities.

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    Christmas decorations in cobbled Rothenburg

    Rovaniemi, Finland

    • Best For: families and winter activities
    • Winter Temperature Range: -16 to -4° celsius | 3 to 25° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 6 days a month

    Rovaniemi has to be one of the best Christmas destinations in Europe and is known as the home of Santa Claus. It’s also the site of the official Santa Claus Village, where you can meet the man himself and hang out with his elves and reindeer.  

    Once you’re over that, some of the best things to do are dog sledding, snow shoeing, sleigh rides, Northern Lights watching, ice fishing, snowmobiling, ice-cart racing and ice floating (whatever that is).  

    For a bit of culture and to learn more about Finnish Lapland and the Arctic, head to the Arktikum Science Museum where you can find out more about the history, nature and landscape of the area.

    • Stay at the Arctic City Hotel for its central location, olde worlde charm and two saunas!

    Dog sledding in Rovaniemi

    Strasbourg, France

    • Best For: Christmas shoppers and city wanderers
    • Winter Temperature Range: -1 to 7° celsius | 30 to 45° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 5 days a month

    Strasbourg, on the France-Germany border, is easily reachable by car in a day from Calais. This gorgeous medieval city is made up of charming half-timbered houses, imposing churches and pretty canals, and has an eclectic French meets German culture.

    Think of a medieval town dusted with snow and you will be imagining Strasbourg, one of the best cities in Europe to visit in December for its beautiful Christmas market.

    Yes, Christmas markets do exist outside Germany and Strasbourg’s has been going for centuries! This Christmas market is becoming more popular by the year and offers all the usual hand-crafted gifts and lots of delicious French goodies to eat. 

    • Stay at the Citadines Eurometropole for its good location, stylish and modern decor and fabulous spa facilities.

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    Strasbourg Christmas Market

    Tallinn, Estonia

    • Best For: History lovers and yulephiles
    • Winter Temperature Range: -8 to 1° celsius | 18 to 34° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 5 days a month

    Tallinn is a beautiful place and one of the best cities to visit in Europe at any time of the year. Go in winter though, with cold crisp days and stunning medieval architecture, and Tallinn’s Vanalinn district (old town) becomes simply magical. 

    From mid November until early January you will find the sparkly Christmas market and tree in Raekoja plats, the Town Hall Square. In December you can skate next to the stunning and historic St. Nicholas Church in the centre of the old town, before heading to Kehrwieder Chocolaterie for a warming and delicious hot chocolate.

    It’s not all about markets and hot chocolate though. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tallin has plenty of other attractions, including superbly well-preserved medieval buildings, historic urban structures and tradition by the bucket load. Take a walk along the city walls, visit Toompea Castle and climb some of the twenty towers still surrounding the city today.

    • Stay at the Hotel Regent Tallinn for its fantastic old town location, historic 14th century building and beautiful rooms.

    The old town in Tallinn preparing for the holiday season

    Vienna, Austria

    • Best For: Culture vultures and foodies
    • Winter Temperature Range: 0 to 6° celsius | 32 to 43° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 15 days a month

    Vienna is one of the most captivating European cities in winter, when hot chocolate and Sachertorte are high on the menu and classical holiday concerts take place almost daily.  

    Visit during ball season for an opportunity to re-enact the bygone era of high society and decadence. Experienced waltzers should make for the traditional Philharmonic Ball while those wanting something a little more modern can check out the less formal Bonbon Ball. 

    If that’s not your thing, try a spot of dancing on ice at one of the ice-skating rinks set up over the city in winter. Follow this up with seasonal roasted chestnuts and delicious potato wedges from the street stalls whilst warming up with a steaming mug of gluhwein.

    • Stay at the HeyMi Apartments for their city center location, beautiful decor and comfortable furnishings.

    Snow falling on the rooftops of Vienna

    Venice, Italy

    • Best For: Romantics and culture lovers
    • Winter Temperature Range: -1 to 8° celsius | 30 to 46° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 1 day a month

    Ok, so there probably won’t be snow. But what Venice has in common with many of these other winter destinations in Europe is that the crowds of summer will have long departed, leaving the evocative alleys, canals and bridges deserted.

    Although snow is not likely, you may well experience the Acqua Alta, or ‘high water’, when the sea level gets so high in October, November and December that it spills over and floods the piazzas and streets of the city. Venetians are used to dealing with this, and the frequently hit Piazza San Marco (St Mark’s Square) has raised pedestrian walkaways at the ready.

    You can do everything in Venice in winter that you can do in summer; strolling the streets and piazzas, visiting the islands like Murano, Burano and Torcello, and popping into palazzos, art gelleries, churches and museums as you wander.

    If you visit in late winter from mid-February, you’ll find the Venice Carnival taking place, which is famous for its elaborate masks, and a huge event that attracts visitors from all over the world. This is not the time to visit if you’re on a budget!

    • Stay at the Hotel Moresco for its 19th century Venetian styling, excellent breakfast and fabulous service.

    Venetian gondolas in the snow

    Zermatt, Switzerland

    • Best For: Skiers and snowboarders and non-skiers!
    • Winter Temperature Range: 2 to -7° celsius | 36 to 19° fahrenheit
    • Average Snow Days in Winter: 4 days a month

    Although Zermatt is a great skiiing destination, one of the best things about this winter fairy tale town in the Swiss Alps is that it’s just as good for non-skiers as skiers, and makes a great destination for winter walking holidays.

    You can papmer yourself in one of the towns many spas, take the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise Cable Car to the top of Europe’s highest mountain at 3,883 meters, go snowshoeing, eat the most delicious cooked Swiss cheese (probably top of our list) and cozy up in front of a blazing fire. Pretty much everything that says relaxation and a perfect winter holiday.

    You can also explore the Swizz Alps on the Glacier Express, which takes an incredible route through powdery snow-capped mountains, gorgeous alpine villages, fairy tale castles and iconic bridges as it travels between Zermatt and St Moritz.

    • Stay at the Alpen Resort Hotel for it’s great lovation, incredible mountain views and awesome spa.

    Zermatt and the Matterhorn view

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    This was my first Exodus Trip, Joining my sister who has been on numerous Exodus trips before – I knew this was going to be a worthwhile trip. It was my first time to Finland and I was on the hunt for the Northern Lights. Having been to Iceland a few years back and not seeing them there I was determined to find the Lights…. And i did….twice!!

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    I enjoyed every single activity that was planned and during our own time we got to explore, practice cross country skiing, sit in the hot tub and play in the snow!

    Claire Dawson Finnish Wilderness Week

    This was an amazing week filled with first time experiences. Finland is such a beautiful place. We were lucky enough to see the Northern Lights on 2 nights- which was my main reason for going on this trip as well as the husky sledding. The day trip to Ruka was a great day, where I went snowmobiling which was great fun and watched people on the ski slopes. We visited a reindeer farm, where we got to feed the young reindeer.
    An added bonus was crossing the Arctic Circle on the way to the airport at the end of the week. This was unexpected and ended the holiday wonderfully!

    Sarah Boult Finnish Wilderness Week

    The activities, landscape and Basecamp were all excellent. I was concerned that the itinerary looked less active in the second half of the week but, in fact, it was cleverly designed so that we were introduced to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on days 1 & 2, and allowed to retain the equipment so that we could continue with these activities whenever we had free time. Also, quinzee building on Friday was interesting and very active. Our room was spacious enough, with good storage, a comfortable bed, decent shower and even hairdryer – all with a lovely view. And it was warm! Communal areas were also warm, and welcoming at all times of day and evening. Staff always made time for a chat. The forest, lakes (frozen) and rivers are so pretty, it was wonderful to explore them. As a huge bonus, we saw the Northern Lights – twice.

    Lamorna Nieuwold Finnish Wilderness Week

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    The 16 BEST European Winter Vacation Spots

    Winter in Europe (December to February) is a magical time. A crisp chill permeates the air, the large crowds of warm-weather tourists have gone home, and festive cheer brights up even the darkest days.

    Each European country celebrates winter in its own way. The further north you travel, the more focus there is on winter activities fuelled by snowy landscapes.

    If you head south, you’re more likely to experience a mild winter with plenty of sunshine. If you’re visiting Europe in December, no matter what country you’re in, the warm nostalgia of a holiday market isn’t hard to find.

    If any of this has piqued your interest, here are the top bucket-list destinations in Europe for winter travels.


    • 1 Best European Winter Destinations for Nature Fans
      • 1.1 Lapland, Finland
      • 1.2 Iceland
      • 1.3 Norway
      • 1.4 Slovenia
    • 2 Best European Cities to Visit in Winter for Christmas Markets
      • 2.1 Zurich, Switzerland
      • 2.2 Berlin, Germany
      • 2.3 London, England
      • 2.4 Prague, Czech Republic
      • 2.5 Vienna, Austria
    • 3 Best Winter Destinations in Europe for Skiing
      • 3.1 Trentino, Italy
      • 3. 2 Davos, Switzerland
      • 3.3 St Anton, Austria
    • 4 Where to Take a Winter Vacation in Europe to Beat the Cold
      • 4.1 Canary Islands
      • 4.2 The Azores, Portugal
      • 4.3 Seville, Spain
      • 4.4 Athens, Greece

    Exploring the surroundings of St Anton am Arlberg in Austria

    Best European Winter Destinations for Nature Fans

    There’s nothing more whimsical in wintertime than when the landscape is blanketed in shimmering white. If you’re a nature lover, these places will supply the best winter vacations in Europe.

    Lapland, Finland

    Lapland, Finland is located in the northernmost area of the country. If you’re after a snowy escape, this region will provide the ultimate frosty winter vacation in Europe.

    With fun activities like husky dog sledding, snowshoeing, and snowmobile safaris, it’s perfect for winter-thrill seekers. However, if relaxing is more your jam, there are plenty of options for that too.

    Destress in a Finnish sauna, go on a magical reindeer sleigh ride or have a few drinks in an ice hotel.

    Winter is also a great time to see the Northern Lights in Finland. Keep your eyes peeled for clear nights when stars illuminate the sky.

    If you’re travelling to Europe in winter with kids, make sure to travel to Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi and meet the most famous jolly old elf.

    This village is actually open year-round, but a heavy coating of snow makes the experience all the more special.

    Doing a husky dog sled tour in Yllas, Lapland

    Going for a reindeer sleigh ride in Rovaniemi, Lapland


    Iceland takes the cake when it comes to dramatic wintery scenery. The snow doesn’t bury the landscape as you might think, but instead accentuates it.

    Some attractions close during the winter months, but most of the main highlights remain open. These include the Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, glaciers, waterfalls, and ice caves.

    Many of the museums and cultural attractions in Iceland also remain open during winter. If the weather isn’t great, pop into a museum and learn about Icelandic art, sagas, maritime history, and the fishing culture.

    Iceland’s biggest winter draw is the Northern Lights.

    Although you have a shot at seeing them anytime from October to April, the darker months of December, January and February produce the best conditions for viewing this natural phenomenon.

    Sunset over Patreksfjordur in the Westfjords of Iceland

    Admiring Dynjandi Falls in the Westfjords


    Norway is a Scandinavian country with a proper wintery landscape. Northern Norway is especially magical.

    There is so much you can experience during the colder months, from dog sledding and downhill skiing to scenic train journeys and staying in an ice hotel.

    If you’re keen on seeing the Northern Lights, head to the city of Tromsø. It sits in the middle of the “Northern Lights Belt” and has the optimal latitude for viewing this colourful phenomenon.

    Alta, Norway is a winter destination perfect for an adventurous trip. Ice fishing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling are just some of the activities you can enjoy in the snowy wilderness.

    If you want to immerse yourself in the local culture, take an exciting reindeer sledding expedition with Sami guides.

    If you’re a fan of a cosy Christmas, Norway is one of the best places to visit in December in Europe. Norwegians love to put extra effort into making Christmas as homey and festive as possible.

    It’s not as overly commercialised as other countries. Norway paints the picture of a story-book Christmas scene. Think candles in windows, roasted chestnuts, and crackling fires.

    Cape North, Norway; the most northern point in Europe


    With frost-covered trees, snow-dusted castles, and towering mountain ranges that sparkle white, Slovenia is one of Europe’s wintertime hidden gems.

    Winter is a very romantic time to visit the town of Bled. The lake freezes over and the tiny church on the centre island somehow becomes more photogenic.

    Do a loop around the lake while breathing in the fresh mountain air. Picture opportunities of this idyllic fairytale scene will abound.

    Afterwards, do what the locals do and warm up with some wine tasting and appetizers in the cosy little town centre.

    For more fairytale winter scenes, visit Triglav National Park. With beautiful lakes, magical waterfalls, and snow-laded scenery, this is a dream destination for nature lovers.

    The country’s largest lake, Lake Bohinj, is housed inside the park. It freezes over in winter and is framed by the breathtaking Julian Alps and lush snow-covered spruces.

    Aerial view of Lake Bled in Slovenia – Photo by Alexis Borderon on Scopio

    Best European Cities to Visit in Winter for Christmas Markets

    If you really want to get in the holiday spirit, a European Christmas market will do the job. Most markets are open from mid to late November to early January.

    Here are the best European cities to visit in December to soak in the cheerful, festive atmosphere.

    Zurich, Switzerland

    Zurich is one of Europe’s most charming cities year-round. You can just imagine what happens when fairy lights are strung and festive wooden stalls spring up. The whole city transforms into a picture-perfect Christmas scene.

    Christkindlimarkt at Zurich Central Station – This market is held in Zurich Central Station. It’s filled with over 150 stalls, making it one of Europe’s largest indoor Christmas markets.

    You’ll definitely find whatever gift you’re searching for. The massive Christmas tree dazzled in Swarovski crystals is the focal point and an absolute must-see.

    Wienachtsdorf Market – 100 cosy stalls give this market a village-like atmosphere. Local designers sell their goods and a nice cheese fondue isn’t hard to find.

    A large ice rink and a traditional carousel give it a lovely family-friendly appeal. 

    Niederdorf Old Town Christmas Market – This is Zurich’s oldest Christmas Market. It’s held in the Niederdorf quarter, in the old town.

    It’s known for being a little less busy than Zurich’s other markets, especially during the day. Dozens of festive stalls sell traditional holiday goodies and gifts.

    A poffertjes (small dutch pancakes) stand at a Christmas market

    Berlin, Germany

    If you’re a fan of glühwein (mulled wine) and mouth-watering baked goods, the capital of Germany is one of the best places to go in Europe in December.

    Weihnachtszauber at the Gendarmenmarkt – Craftsmen from all over the world sell custom-made gifts at this magical German market.

    Countless food-stands offer German delicacies, like savoury bratwurst, crispy kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), and hearty stollen (German Christmas cake). Entertainment is a daily feature, from dancers and fire-throwers to choirs and brass bands.

    Winter World on Potsdamer Platz – This market has a few special features. It contains Europe’s largest toboggan slide and hosts lively DJs in the evenings.

    Walk around with a glass of glühwein and a decadent Nutella crepe while browsing the traditional Christmas stalls.

    A Christmas candles stand at a Christmas market

    London, England

    Jolly old England is a dream destination for Christmas fanatics, and London is the epicentre of the holiday festivities. With so much going on, it’s easily one of the best places in Europe to visit in December.

    Winter Wonderland – Each year, Hyde Park is the setting for one of Europe’s largest Christmas markets. The whole area transforms into a magical Christmas village.

    The atmosphere is high-energy, with thrilling roller coaster rides, live concerts, lively bars, and even karaoke.

    There is no shortage of food options. Whether you fancy a German sausage or a vegan/vegetarian meal, there’s something for all tastes.

    Kingston Christmas Market – If you’re looking for something a little more “classic Christmas”, this market has a lovely Nordic theme.

    Traditional wooden stalls sell festive, handmade gifts and the scent of mulled wine and German street food permeates the air.


    The Christmas tree at Southbank Christmas Market

    Christmas decorations on Regent Street lit up at night

    Prague, Czech Republic

    With a medieval backdrop of century-old buildings, Prague is a holiday postcard for an old-world Christmas.

    Old Town Square Christmas Market – This is the setting for the biggest Christmas Market in the city. Shop hand-made wooden toys, puppets, and ornaments. The quality is top-notch and will last for years to come.

    Make sure to indulge in a trdelnik as you wander. This classic Czech treat consists of a sweet rolled dough grilled and dusted with sugar.

    Wenceslas Square – Prague’s second-largest Christmas market shines bright. It’s hosted in the heart of the historic city centre. Enjoy a bit of sightseeing with a holiday twist.

    Kids can warm up with a cup of hot cocoa, and adults can savour a steaming glass of grog (a blend of rum, hot water, lemon, and sugar).

    The red rooftops of Prague – Photo by Aliaksei Skreidzeleu on Scopio

    Vienna, Austria

    The city of Vienna has a romantic Christmas atmosphere. With a light dusting of snow, the beautiful baroque buildings that fill the city look even more enchanting than usual.

    Christmas World at City Hall – With a backdrop of Vienna’s magnificent City Hall building, this is the city’s most popular Christmas market.

    Over 150 market stalls sell a treasure trove of festive gifts, from candies and schnapps to jewellery and decorations.

    Fun attractions, like a Ferris wheel, a carousel, and an ice rink will keep the children happy, and there’s lumumba (hot chocolate with cinnamon and rum) for the adults.

    Christmas Market Stephansplatz – Hosted in front of the beautiful St. Stephen’s Cathedral, this market is right in the city centre.

    More than 40 stalls are huddled around a dazzling Christmas tree selling festive fare from all over Austria.

    Exploring Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria

    Best Winter Destinations in Europe for Skiing

    Whether you’re a first-time skier or a pro, this fun wintery sport can be enjoyed by all. Europe is known for its amazing ski resort towns. Here are a few spots that will not disappoint.

    Trentino, Italy

    Trentino is a province in Northern Italy that contains some of the best spots for skiing in Europe.

    The area is rich in natural beauty and renowned for its dramatic mountains, most notably, the Dolomites. Trentino encompasses a large area of the country and boasts a multitude of ski destinations.

    Madonna di Campiglio is one of Trentino’s most popular ski resorts. There is 150 km of well-maintained slopes, almost all of which can be accessed by chairlifts.

    Although all skill levels are welcome, this resort is geared more towards intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders.

    San Martino di Castrozza offers scenic skiing at its best. It’s one of the most mesmerizing locations of any Trentino mountain resort. There are 60 km of piste for all skill levels, from beginners to experts.

    Paganella Ski Resort is perfect for families. There are confidence-boosting runs for learners, kids, and families, as well as ski schools.

    Skiing in Madonna di Campiglio

    A glimpse of Madonna di Campiglio

    Davos, Switzerland

    Davos is a ski resort town in the middle of the Swiss Alps. It has the highest elevation of any city in Europe and is a wintery playground for all snow sports enthusiasts.

    There is an endless amount of terrain that features wide slopes, long runs, and 300 km of pistes. Most resorts in town are geared towards strong-intermediate to advanced skiers, with some beginner slopes for building confidence.

    Davos is a bit pricey. But if you don’t mind splashing some cash, the town is one of the best winter European vacations for skiers.

    Enjoying the sunset view from the top of Schatzalp in Davos, Switzerland

    St Anton, Austria

    St Anton is an Austrian village tucked into the majestic Tyrolean Alps. It’s considered the gateway to the Arlberg ski region and referred to as the “cradle of alpine skiing.”

    Although there are slopes for all skill levels, St Anton caters especially well to expert skiers and snowboarders. There are plenty of challenging runs and off-piste possibilities.

    When you’re done hitting the slopes, the charming town will supply you with plenty of entertainment options. With numerous nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and shops, there’s always something fun to do.

    Skiing in St Anton am Alberg, just look at that view!

    Where to Take a Winter Vacation in Europe to Beat the Cold

    If you prefer sun over snow, you’re in luck. There are some amazing warm-weather destinations in European where you can dodge the winter chill completely.

    Canary Islands

    The Canary Islands are a Spanish archipelago with a rugged volcano landscape and endless coastlines.

    The temperatures in winter are mild and hover around a comfortable 22°C. Rain is also uncommon during this time. As opposed to the busy summer season, the tourists thin out during winter, providing for a more relaxing retreat.

    Tenerife is the largest and most popular island. It has an exciting atmosphere with plenty of shopping, dining, and nightlife options, as well as being home to some incredible hikes.

    Water themed excursions, like whale watching and snorkelling and kayaking tours, aren’t hard to come by either.

    Fuerteventura is the second-largest Canary. It’s a popular island for water sports and hiking. It’s my personal favourite island and I’m even considering spending winter there this year.

    All the Canary Islands also offer excellent surfing opportunities. The surfing in Fuerteventura and Tenerife is simply awesome.

    Surfing in Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands, Spain

    Hiking in the Teno mountains in Tenerife

    The Azores, Portugal

    The Azores of Portugal are made up of nine major islands in the North Atlantic ocean. They’re sparsely populated and full of unspoiled, natural beauty.

    The weather averages around 17°C in winter. It’s not exactly beach weather, but still very enjoyable. Activities wise, whale watching tours, hiking, and every water-themed excursion you can think of are popular with visitors.

    São Miguel is the largest and most popular island. It’s the easiest to fly into and offers plenty of things to see and do.

    Terceira island is the second most popular island. Beautiful natural pools line the island’s green countryside, and scenic vineyards cover the lush, volcanic soil.

    Pico is one of the top islands for whale watching in the Azores. It’s also popular for avid hikers. Mount Pico dominates the landscape and offers incredible views from the top.

    One of the stunning viewpoints on Terceira Island, Azores

    Hiking along the Caldeira de Santo Cristo hike in Sao Jorge island

    Seville, Spain

    Seville is the capital city of the Andalusia region of southern Spain. Known for its striking architecture, Moorish heritage, Flamenco dancing culture, and abundance of tapas bars, there’s something for everyone.

    Unlike the extreme temperatures produced in summer, the winter average of 17°C makes outdoor exploration very pleasant. Much of Seville is compact and walkable, especially in the city centre where many iconic buildings reside.

    The Royal Alcázar of Seville is a lavish Moorish-Renaissance palace full of wonder and beauty.

    The Seville Cathedral holds the title for the fourth-largest church in the world and the largest Gothic church. The well-manicured Parque de María Luisa is a public park and a nice spot to cool down on a warm day.

    Exploring Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain

    Watching the sunset over Seville from the Metropol Parasol

    Athens, Greece

    Athens is a wonderful year-round destination. The average temperature in winter is between 13°C and 15°C, so it never gets too cold. It’s the kind of weather that makes getting lost in the city most enjoyable.

    Winter is also less busy, meaning you won’t have to battle with as many tourist crowds when exploring attractions like the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.

    You won’t sizzle under the sun when hiking up Mount Lycabettus, the highest point in Athens. You also probably won’t have to wait too long to get a seat at a Greek restaurant either.

    Aerial view of the Acropolis and Athens at sunset – Photo by Vagelis Pikoulas on Scopio

    Europe in Winter: Final Thoughts

    Visiting Europe in winter is always a good idea. There’s loads to do and so many different countries to enjoy.

    Whether you feel like a snowy retreat focused on winter activities, a Christmas themed vacation, or a sunny beach holiday, there’s something for everyone.

    And, in most cases, winter is the cheapest time to travel to Europe. You can score out on some amazing flight and accommodation prices. It’s a win-win!

    I tried to include all the best destinations for a fun winter trip to Europe. I hope you find this guide useful in planning your own European winter holiday!

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    Europe winter destinations: Magical city breaks, winter sun spots

    Thinking of a winter destination in Europe for a family trip? Now, all of us might have different ideas on this. Some want a winter holiday in Europe with a pristine backdrop, fun in the snow and once-in-a-lifetime experience chasing the Northern Lights. Others are looking for winter city breaks in Europe – for Christmas cheer and other winter activities. And yet others are looking for winter sun destinations or the best warm winter destinations in Europe. There may be some interest in budget ideas figuring the best Eastern Europe winter destinations. This post covers it all!

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    Best winter destinations in Europe: Pristine Nordic Winter land

    Tromso, Norway

    Tromso in Norway is without a doubt one of the best European winter destinations I have visited. It’s a real winter wonderland with stunning landscapes and so many fun things to do for the whole family. It’s also one of the best places to see the Northern Lights in Europe, if not in the world.

    Tromso offers a big variety of family-friendly winter activities. Reindeer rides and ice igloos make you think you are in a real-life fairytale of the movie ‘Frozen’. The whole family will be excited to try dog sledding or catching a fish on a polar cruise. And what can be more special than toasting marshmallows on a bonfire while waiting for the Green Lady to show up and light up the sky every night?

    Tromso, Norway. Photo credit: Full Suitcase

    What makes Tromso suitable for families who want to experience a true Arctic winter in Tromso with kids is its mild climate. It’s much warmer in Tromso in winter than you’d expect. In addition, all tours offer thermal suits in all sizes (also for kids). So you can truly enjoy being outside and not have to worry about you or your kids freezing to death.

    If you are looking for a somewhat different winter break than a regular ski holiday this winter, then you cannot go wrong with visiting Tromso in Northern Norway. Here you can find more ideas for the best winter activities in Tromso.

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    Kemi, Finland

    We would definitely say Kemi, Finland is one of the most magical places we have ever been.  If you’re headed to Rovaniemi to see Santa, it is worth the hour or so drive to stay here for a few nights. Kemi is right on the frozen Baltic Sea, where you can take a ride on the world-famous Sampo IceBreaker. This is a huge ship that was used to crush the ice to allow other water vessels to get through the icy waters.  

    Kemi, Finaland. Photo credit: Our Kind of Crazy

    Every winter, Kemi has a huge ice castle that is completely made up of ice and snow.  We had a fabulous dinner in the Ice Restaurant. Then we actually slept in one of the castle rooms which is completely made of ice! The next couple of nights, you can stay in the Seaside Glass Villas, which have 2 glass walls and a glass ceiling. This ceiling allows you to have the perfect view of the Northern Lights over the frozen sea.

    Kemi offers all the winter activities you can imagine from dog sledding, cross-country skiing, or snowmobiling. And further to visiting Santa at his Seaside office, meeting an elf, or chasing the Northern Lights.  Kemi is definitely the hidden gem in Finland, and one of the best winter holidays in Europe you take with your family!

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    Rovaniemi, Finland

    The best time to visit Rovaniemi is the magical winter. The city and the surrounding forest lands are covered with clean white snow that puts you in the perfect holiday mood. The Number 1 highlight of the city is the Santa Clause Village. Santa prepares here year-round for the busy holiday season, and you can visit him and his elves with your family any day. It is guaranteed fun for all kids.

    The city lays on the Arctic Circle which makes it a perfect location to hunt for Northern Lights! You can check out the numerous tours that take you to one of the perfect spots outside the city. Or just try your luck observing the night sky! We sometimes go to our garden and stare at the sky mesmerized by the slowly moving colorful lights.

    Rovaniemi, Finland. Photo credit: Our Life, Our Travel

    If you are still up for a more outdoor adventure, visit a reindeer farm and learn about the indigenous Sami culture or meet with huskies. Older kids will also enjoy snowmobile riding across the snowy forest,  or ice fishing on frozen lakes and prepare the catch on fire. Snowshoeing and winter hiking are also possible in the nearby national parks. No wonder Rovaniemi makes for a great winter destination in Europe for families.

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    Best winter destinations in Europe: Magical Switzerland for a fairytale winter holiday

    Gruyere and other Swiss magic

    If you’d like to visit a fairytale destination, Switzerland is an excellent choice amongst Europe winter destinations. From beautiful Christmas markets to fun activities like sledding, learning how to ski. From taking snow-covered panoramic views, beautiful train journeys in the world and trying delicious Swiss cheese, you will have a lot of activities to choose from! 

    Switzerland winter. Photo credit: Pixabay

    If you or your kids love chocolate, visit the Cailler Chocolate Factory and sample different kinds of chocolates and learn how they are made. Curious about Swiss cheese? A visit to a Cheese Factory will be an enriching experience for the kids. You can combine the visit to chocolate and cheese factories in Gruyere in one day.  While in Gruyere, you can also combine the local food experience while commuting – by taking the Fondue train! The Fondue Train basically takes you around the Gruyere region for 3 hours, starting from Bulle. The ticket includes a fondue meal plus meringue dessert. Remember to book the tickets in advance and you can choose to aboard the train at 11:20 am or at 7:20 pm.  

    For anyone enthusiastic about wildlife, you might be able to spot some mountain goats or ‘Ibex‘ if you stay in a ski resort or accommodation in the mountains. Switzerland has thousands of cable cars and hiking trails, which guarantees panoramic views. On some peaks like Titlis and Glacier3000, you can also go for the Cliff Walk and take part in other snow activities. However, keep in mind that on snowy days, the visibility might be poor from the top of mountain peaks. So, it’s a good idea to ask about the visibility while buying tickets for any cable car ride. No matter where you go in Switzerland, you are bound to have a magical winter experience!

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    Montreux, Switzerland

    Montreux is the perfect winter destination in Europe for families. If you have ever wanted a picture-perfect Christmas destination and one of the best winter city breaks in Europe, then this is your spot. Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, Montreux is a pretty destination home to the UNESCO listed Chillon Castle. It’s also just a short train ride from the snow at Rochers-de-Naye.

    In December, it truly comes alive thanks to Montreux Noel, it’s a one-month Christmas celebration. The festival takes place in Montreux and its surroundings. You can easily spend a couple of days visiting all the attractions and soaking up the Christmas cheer.

    Montreux, Switzerland. Photo credit: Simpler & Smarter

    One of our favorite parts was visiting Santa Claus’ House at the top of Rochers-de-Naye. Here you can play in the snow and meet the big red man himself. There is also face painting and some other activities. The train ride itself is also spectacular. Back in town, the Christmas market is a must-visit, especially in the evening. With Christmas music playing, tons of stalls, hot drinks, and even Santa Claus regularly flying over Lake Geneva, it really is the perfect way to enjoy Switzerland at this time of year.

    In addition to these attractions, there is a medieval Christmas celebration at Chillon Castle. This includes many activities where you can learn about old Christmas celebrations as well as medieval times in general. Our kids especially enjoyed this. You can also visit the Elves Village to learn new crafts (like chocolate making), eat lots of food at the Lumberjack Village. Also see a stunning light show in the evenings at Fairmont le Montreux Palace. If you are visiting Europe in December, Montreux really is a great winter city break in Europe.

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    Jungfrau, Switzerland

    If you’re looking for an Europe winter destination the whole family will love, Switzerland’s Jungfrau region is sure to deliver. With plenty of activities for both skiers and non-skiers, your biggest problem will be finding the time to do everything!

    The region’s main town, Interlaken, is transformed into a winter wonderland from mid-December until mid-February when the ICE MAGIC skating experience is set up in town. A 450-meter long ice runway connects various ice rinks, giving everyone the chance to pull on some skates. Besides the ice runway, a winter market sells tempting Swiss treats.

    It wouldn’t be winter in Switzerland without there being plenty of snow sports on offer and the Jungfrau region has all bases covered. At Grindelwald First, the First Flyer zip line provides plenty of fun for all ages. Strapped into a harness, you’ll be whisked 800 meters along a wire cable at speeds of up to 80 km per hour. Skiers and snowboarders of all levels have plenty of runs to choose from, whilst tobogganing, snow tubing, and curling are other popular winter activities.

    Schilthorn, Switzerland. Photo credit: Pixabay

    For something a little more relaxing, why not enjoy a trip to either the Jungfraujoch or Schilthorn? Train enthusiasts will love the ride to Jungfraujoch, Europe’s highest railway station. Here, at 3,454 m above sea level, you can visit an ice sculpture display and get amazing views of the Aletsch Glacier from the Sphinx Observatory. If you’re more into cable cars – and James Bond – head to the Schilthorn where the Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” was filmed.  A revolving restaurant, James Bond exhibition and superb 360-degree views of the Swiss Alps are just some of the attractions.

    A number of festivals and world-class events are held in the region during winter, too.  There’s the annual Lauberhorn World Cup downhill ski race, the World Snow Festival, and the International Inferno Ski Races to name a few. One thing’s for sure: you won’t run out of things to do if you visit the Jungfrau region in winter.

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    Best winter destinations for skiing (besides Switzerland)

    Innsbruck, Austria

    Innsbruck, Austria is one of the best winter city breaks in Europe that you can get. Its nickname is “The Capital of the Alps” and to see the mountains in the winter is an exceptional experience. You’ll notice that Innsbruck is encompassed by the impressive Nordkette mountain range. That mountain range provides families some of the best things to do in Innsbruck in the winter. 

    If you’re a skier or a snowboarder, the first thing you should do is head up the Nordkettenbahnen lifts to enjoy the mountain. When we were there it was covered in fresh powder and there were hardly any visitors. Pure bliss! Another great thing to do with families is to see the world-class ski jump, Bergisel Ski Jump (Bergiselschanze). The venue has been used in two Olympic games (1964 and 1976) and is still used every year for various events. It’s open every day of the year to visit. You can easily take the elevator up and enjoy the cafe at the top.

    Innsbruck, Austria. Photo credit: The World Pursuit

    If you are more into history and culture there is plenty of that in Innsbruck too! One of our favorite things to do in Innsbruck is visiting the Hofkirche. This is one of those grand European Gothic churches that was built in the 1500s. It’s built in the center of Innsbruck and is almost impossible to miss on the outside. Head inside to be truly impressed! Nearby is the Imperial Palace, or Hofburg. This one was finished in 1500 under Emperor Maximilian I. It is now the third most important historic building in Austria so well worth a visit inside!

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    Ponte di Legno, Italy

    Let me tell you why Ponte di Legno is an ideal destination for a family vacation. Ponte di Legno is a small cute mountain town in the Italian Alps in the province of Brescia.

    I am so in love with this mountain destination because it has it all. I used to go there every winter since I was a teenager when my parents bought a little apartment. Every weekend I would drive all the way just to try and improve my snowboard skills, either alone, with family or friends.

    It’s quite a posh town, with expensive shops and restaurants. But there is much more to it and the infrastructure keeps improving as well. There is an ice-skating platform where kids and adults love to try their skating abilities after skiing time. There are easy ski-lifts for beginners – kids who are learning how to ski or snowboard – and of course certified ski instructors to school them. Those same fields would turn into biking training camps for kids in summer.

    Tonale, Italy. Photo credit: Boundless Roads

    But that’s not all. Ponte di Legno is also connected to the biggest skiing resort Tonale by a brand-new cableway. You can also enjoy stunning views of the valley while getting to your ski destination. At Tonale, you have slopes for every length and difficulty level. Also, you have school facilities for kids, besides restaurants and bars to rest from your adventure activities.

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    Tyrol, Austria

    The Austrian Tyrol is an incredibly versatile destination for families in winter. There’s the capital of Innsbruck, with all its city comforts but with a picture-perfect historic old town against a mountain backdrop. However, spend the best family winter holidays in Tyrol in the small towns in one of the many valleys branching off from the Inn Valley.

    Family-friendly ski resorts, indoor swimming complexes with spa areas, trails for sledding, ice rinks, and authentic Christmas markets all contribute to a relaxed holiday for every member of the family. A bonus is that Tyrolean winter vacations are generally more affordable compared to similar Swiss or French holidays in the Alps. Many hotels let children stay for free while ski resorts, such as the Stubai Glacier ski resort, even let the kids ski for free. And when they get tired of skiing, there is an ice cave to visit or a kindergarten to keep them occupied while mom and dad conquer the slopes.

    Tyrol, Austria. Photo credit: Travel Tyrol

    Renting a sled and dashing through the snow on a well-groomed sled track is another favorite family activity in the Tyrol. Stopping at a rustic Alpine hut to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate and traditional Austrian dessert such as Apfelstrudel or Kaiserschmarrn is the stuff memories are made of. Families who don’t like spending every day in the mountains can visit Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens or Haus Steht Kopf, an upside-down house in Terfens.

    Flying into the Tyrol in winter is easy with regular flights to Innsbruck from London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Vienna. The region is also very well connected by train and bus. Traveling on ski buses is even free in many areas.

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    Best winter city breaks in Europe

    Antwerp, Belgium

    Snug. That’s the word that best describes how you’ll feel after a winter city break to Antwerp spent with family.  Visit when the Kerstmarkt is in full swing and you’ll find the streets full of excited chatter among stalls packed with tasty treats and plenty of gifts. Don’t forget you’re in Belgium, the home of crispy fries, chocolate, waffles, and pancakes. Little biscuits and chocolates in the shape of a hand are the sign of the city of Antwerp.

    Antwerp, Belgium. Photo credit: A Packed Life

    The Fun Fair swings, literally into action, with many rides and a chance to see the city from high up via the big wheel.  There’s a band playing classics like the Bear Necessities, and you’ll certainly be feeling neither worries nor strife in Antwerp.  The Christmas market lines the bank of the mighty river Scheldt.  Everywhere is magical with lights, including Het Steen, a castle that will make you think you’re in a real-life film.  Don’t forget to steal a kiss under the mistletoe sculpture to make a wish.

    Wander a short distance into the center of Antwerp. You’ll find the ice rink, with small children being pushed in little sleds and everyone pink-cheeked with laughter and excitement.  There’s hot chocolate aplenty, and other treats to warm you from within.   Take time to explore the Plantin-Moretus Museum, home to the oldest printing press in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site.  Check out Rubens’ House, where he created most of his art.  And marvel at the sheer beauty of Antwerp, where even the station is a work of art. Belgium is a place to make memories in winter.

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    Berlin, Germany

    I think Berlin is definitely one of the best city breaks in Europe to visit in winter, especially for families with little ones. The weather is often cold, so why do I recommend Berlin, you may wonder? Because there are so many cool hands-on museums that are ideal to entertain children on a cold and rainy day, and are fun for grown-ups too. There’s the DDR Museum, one of the cool things to do in Berlin with kids. It details the history of the East German republic with lots of hands-on exhibits, including a real Trabant with a simulator.

    Another option in the center of Berlin is the Currywurst Museum, dedicated to Germany’s favorite snack, with the opportunity to try currywurst at the end. Yet, one of the coolest things to do in Berlin for young and older people alike is the Computerspielemuseum. You can learn about computer games and play retro video games as long as you wish in this museum! 

    Berlin, Germany. Photo credit: Pixabay

    Another wonderful reason to visit Berlin in winter is heading to the Christmas Markets found all over town. There are so many that you can choose what to visit depending on what vibe you’re after. The Winter World on Potsdamer Platz is the largest in town and includes some rides, making it especially fun for children. Another good idea in the center of Berlin is the Alexanderplatz Christmas Market, under the iconic TV Tower, with stalls from all over the world.

    If you prefer something cozier and with a ‘neighborhood’ atmosphere, opt for Nikolaiviertel, a cute and cozy Christmas Market with an open-air cinema. Finally, Berlin is one of the most eco-friendly cities in the world. So it comes as no surprise that there is also an eco market – the Berlin Environmental Christmas Market near Alexanderplatz, selling creative eco-friendly gifts. If you want to know more, check out my Berlin in winter post with lots of ideas for families!

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    Edinburgh, Scotland

    Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, is an incredible place to visit during winter with kids. We loved it to bits! It wasn’t as crowded as it is during summer, which is a bonus. It doesn’t really get cheaper for accommodation as you’ll need the heating for sure, but it’s worth it.

    Visiting all the Harry Potter sites was one of my kids’ favorite things. Victoria Street is said to have been the inspiration to Diagon Alley; Greyfriar’s Kirkyard has many of the names in the series; and there’s The Elephant House, where JK Rowling started writing the books.

    Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo credit: World Trip Diaries

    The weekend markets were also a lot of fun, and they had the best Scotch Eggs in town; the Old Town is beautiful and you MUST walk the Royal Mile, as touristic as it is. Carlton Hill is an incredible place to have the best view of the city and it was all white and snowy when we were there. The Castle of Edinburgh is one of the most important castles in the UK, so do visit. Holyrood Palace is also a great place to see when it’s not in use.

    You can also visit other locations around Edinburgh. Loch Ness, for instance, can be a day trip. It’ll be a long drive, but it’s so beautiful and worth it. Though my kids were very disappointed we didn’t get to see Nessie. There is Glasgow, only 40 minutes away (by train!), and a great day out. If you want to see more castles, you can visit the stunning ruins of Linlithgow. Or have a full day at Stirling Castle, another very important site in Scottish history! Yes, you could do all that during summer BUT during winter it’s less crowded and entry to the paid attractions is cheaper. Plus, it’s so much prettier when there’s a bit of snow involved.

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    German Xmas markets

    Germany is one of the best European countries to visit in winter. While some European countries – particularly those that have warm summers – tend to almost shut down if it gets cold or icy, Germany is a country that truly embraces it. Here, the houses are warm and cozy inside as are the cafes and restaurants.

    Christmas market in Germany. Photo credit: Pixabay

    Germany is particularly famous for its Christmas markets, a concept that actually originated in Germany. Unsurprisingly, it is known for having some of the best Christmas markets in the world. Dortmund and Cologne hold the title for having the Christmas markets with the highest number of visitors, both attracting between 3.5 and 4 million visitors every year. These are two of the largest Christmas markets but you don’t need to travel to either to get the full experience. There are markets in every corner of Germany: in Berlin alone there are more than 70 to choose from.

    As well as Glühwein and sausages, there’s plenty here to keep the whole family entertained including shopping for Christmas presents, ice skating, and buying chocolates and biscuits. Then there’s the food. German cuisine may not be world-renowned but, when it comes to hearty winter food, few countries do it better than Germany. Look out for dishes like Sauerbraten, Spätzle, Maultaschen, and of course all the different kinds of sausage-like Bratwurst and Currywurst. All of these dishes are warming and filling, and exactly what you’ll be craving on a cold winter’s day.

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    Nice, France

    One of the best winter destinations in Europe for families is the South of France. Base yourself in Nice for a great winter city break where you can easily explore the entire Cote d’Azur. It might be cool or cold, but it will definitely be sunny with more than 300 days a year of sun.

    The winter season in the French Alps is from November to April. Within 1.5 hours using local transport, you can easily reach three different ski resorts areas where you can ski, toboggan, ice skate and enjoy the fresh, crisp air. The resort of Valberg is one of the most child-friendly resorts with plenty of runs for young skiers and other family activities.

    Nice, France. Photo credit: Life on the Mediterranean

    Most of the cities along the Cote d’Azur have a Christmas market in December where you can shop, ice skate, get a photo with ‘Babbo Natale’ (Santa Clause). You can sample local specialties, like cotton candy, ‘Barba Papa’ or fried Churros that you dip into warmed, melted chocolate. If it’s too cold outside, head to Monaco to the Oceanographic Museum and Aquarium where you can see thousands of fish and corals. The Aquarium is one of the oldest in the world, having opened in 1903! Children and adults love this place and it’s an excellent day out.

    Then, in February, you’ll find the Nice Carnival where you can marvel at the amazing handmade floats during the regular parade. Or you can attend the ‘Bataille des Fleurs’ (battle of the flowers) and wait along the sidelines hoping that someone on the float will throw you a big bouquet of mimosas. If you are feeling capricious, buy some liquid string in a can and spray the random observer with a ton of thread and run away! We all know it’s coming! Otherwise, enjoy tossing confetti all over everyone. There’s a lot to do along the Cote d’Azur in winter.

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    Best warm winter destinations in Europe

    Algarve, Portugal

    The Algarve is one of the sunniest regions in Europe and should be considered if you are looking for a winter sun destination in Europe. During summer the temperatures usually soar above 30°C.  On some days temperatures of 40°C are measured.   This may be fine to take a nap in the shade on the beach but it’s not what you’re looking for if you have a more active vacation in mind.

    Algarve, Portugal. Photo credit: Wapiti Travel

    Planning your visit in winter gives you many advantages.  With an average temperature of 16-20°C and clear blue skies, the area is much more enjoyable, certainly for an active vacation and it hardly ever rains. We visited all the main tourist attractions along the coast and hiked many kilometers along the coast and in the beautiful natural parks. We encountered a handful of tourists everywhere we went but we heard from locals that these areas are unpleasantly crowded in the summer. Most streets are narrow and most parkings are small. This adds to the charm of the area but can turn into a traffic nightmare in peak season. It is also much more pleasant to wander through the narrow picturesque streets of the charming villages without the hordes of tourists that flood this area in high season.

    One more advantage is that you will be able to find some great deals on hotels and other accommodation.  It may be not the right time for water sport activities in winter but the boat trips that go along the spectacular rugged coastline and inside the caves go all year round. Take a boat around 4 PM, dress warmly, and enjoy the warm colors of the sunset being cast on the cliffs during the golden hour. Algarve is definitely one of the best warm winter destinations in Europe.

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    Balearic Islands, Spain

    I could talk for ages about why Ibiza, Formentera, Mallorca, Menorca, and the smaller Balearic Islands are a great idea for a family-friendly getaway all year round. However, if I had to choose my favorite season to experience all their beauty, that would be winter. Balearic islands are on of the best warm winter destinations in Europe.

    There are many reasons why you can’t go wrong with one of these Mediterranean sea-bathed micro-paradises in the low season. The mild weather of these islands makes them a perfect winter sun destination in Europe to be enjoyed. They have a couple of great Unesco recognized diving spots. Their turquoise waters are always an excellent idea, and one the kids will particularly like! The crazy tourist crowds that populate the main islands in spring and summer are gone. Therefore prices are slightly more affordable and you can enjoy them quietly, without the party-goers and queues everywhere.

    Ibiza in winter. Photo credit: A World To Travel

    If you need some guidance to choose a Balearic Island to stay for a few days or weeks, here is what the main 4 are known for. Mallorca is a great choice for city people, bikers and people in love with beaches and wine. Menorca is always a good idea if snorkeling is on your list, as well as spending a few quiet days with your family without any distractions, or unnecessary noise. Formentera is the most secluded and difficult to reach, hence its raw nature. Ibiza, once the youngster crowds are gone, is excellent for sunset and hippie culture lovers. Check out my article on the Balearic Islands in winter.

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    Canary Islands, Spain

    If you’re looking for a warm winter destination in Europe, the Canary Islands in Spain is a great option. Located in the Atlantic ocean south-west from the Spanish coast the islands have a comfortable climate – warm in winter with average day temperatures between 17°C and 21°C.

    There are 7 islands that form the archipelago: Tenerife – the most popular and populated island, Gran Canaria – second most popular island, LanzaroteFuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera – the greenest island and El Hierro – the smallest island. Despite their proximity, each island has a different landscape and vegetation. You can base yourself on one island and explore the nearby islands by doing day trip. Or stay on different islands for a couple of days each. The Canary Islands have a good connection with the mainland; there are several flights from different cities in Spain and Europe. To move between the islands you can use local ferries that connect the nearby islands.

    Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary islands. Photo credit: Stingy Nomads

    Tenerife is probably one of the best islands for families with small children. There are nice sandy beaches, shallow water entrances, sandy bottom and relatively flat sea (at the most popular beaches for swimming). The main attraction to visit with kids on Tenerife is Loro park. It has a big area divided into several zones where you can see dolphins, orcas, penguins, parrots, seals, and more. The park is a great place to come with the whole family for a day.

    If your kids are old enough and like hikin,g we’d recommend spending a couple of days on La Gomera – the greenest island of the archipelago. There are many hiking trails that connect different parts of the island; through banana plantations, National parks and along the sea with some stunning lookouts. It’s a real paradise for nature and trekking lovers. If you like an adventure – go to Gran Canaria or Lanzarote where you can explore some old volcano craters and admire the incredible landscape of the islands. Whatever island you choose there will be plenty of accommodation options and activities to keep busy the whole family.

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    Crete, Greece

    If you are looking for a winter sun destination in Europe away from the crowds but still warm, think about visiting Crete in Greece. A wonderful Mediterranean island with a lot of outdoor activities that you can do year-round including the beach.

    If you want something charming and historic, check out the harbor scene and old town of Chania. This old town with its narrow streets and buildings with Venetian charm was established in the early 14th century. For an even more historic touring, visit Knossos – the largest archaeological site with ruins and some reconstructed areas with murals depicting the sophisticated and colorful lifestyle of the early Minoan civilization on the island. If you are more of an outdoor adventurer, then you can hike. Or go canyoning, mountain climbing and even caving in the rugged and gorgeous landscapes and explore fantastic natural environments around the island. Foodies will love the amazing wine grown on the island, fresh seafood, local cheese, olive oil, and locally grown produce and meats that inspire regional Greek and Cretan specialties.

    Crete, Greece. Photo credit: Travel Photo Discovery

    If outdoor adventure is not enough fun for your kids, then check out Aquaworld in Hersonisos, walk with dinosaurs at Dinosauria Park, explore the underground at Dikteon cave. Or how about a water park fun at Limnoupolis just outside Chania town? These kid-friendly venues are perfect to do with children in mind.

    Check out my post on 20 pictures of Crete to inspire you to visit this wonderful island.

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    Best Eastern Europe winter destinations

    Krakow, Poland

    Krakow is a wonderful city for families to visit in winter and makes for one of the best Eastern Europe winter destinations. The Old Town center of the city has stunningly beautiful architecture. It is the site of a Christmas market that runs from the end of November. There are beautiful lights and Christmas trees that will delight children. And stalls with traditional handmade toys and local food like polish dumplings, bagels, grilled cheese, gingerbread and lots of different kinds of sweets. For adults, there’s mulled wine and hot beer! Also, consider taking a horse and carriage ride around the main square and through the old town.

    Krakow, Poland. Photo credit: Pixabay

    Around the rest of the city, you have Wawel Castle, including the legend of the Wawel Dragon and the Dragon’s Den. On a particularly cold day, head indoors to one of Krakow’s numerous museums, including the Aviation Museum or the Museum of Municipal Engineering. Either is great for children who love planes and cars as they get to see both old and modern up close. For older children, visit the museum in Oskar Schindler’s Factory for the history of Krakow throughout the tumultuous World War II period.

    Outside of town are the Wieliczka Salt Mines, where you can take an underground tour to see the mines and beautiful sculptures made of salt. Keep in mind it can get chilly down there and no strollers are allowed. The tour is also 3 hours with no way to leave early, so consider whether your children are up for it. Visiting Eastern Europe in winter isn’t high on many people’s list, but it’s a quieter time of year and as long as you wrap up warm you’ll all enjoy it!

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    Roznov, Czech Republic

    Roznov is one of the loveliest places to visit in the Czech Republic, especially for families and even during the winter. This lovely small town is located around 4 hours drive from Prague. It is more off-the-beaten-path compared to other places in the country. It makes for a good options amongst Eastern Europe winter destinations. It’s got a nice, local vibe, and it’s a nice change after the busy capital and the international Brno.

    One of the nicest places to visit in Roznov is the Wallachian Open Air Museum, founded in 1925 with the intent to move here and thus re-create a perfect Wallachian style village. It is a lovely place to explore to learn more about the history and traditional way of life of the country. Another thing that is nice to do in Roznov is the beer spa. It’s located in a microbrewery and there are many treatments that are all beer-based. Here, by the way, the beer is excellent and there are a fabulous restaurant and a nice pub, as well as a tiny but delicious chocolaterie.

    Roznov, Czech Republic. Photo credit: My Adventures across the World

    Finally, Roznov gives easy access to Pustevny, a beautiful mountain station that is pleasant to visit even when covered in snow. It can be reached by cable car from Trojanovice, which is at around 15 minutes’ drive from Roznov. Once up in Pustevny, there are plenty of lovely cafés to sit around enjoy a traditional meal and have a hot drink to keep the cold away. Outside, it is pleasant to take a walk to admire the quirky looking buildings. You can easily reach places of interest such as the statue of Radegast in Radhost from the chair lift.

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    Vilnius, Lithuania

    For a lesser popular winter city break in Europe, I highly suggest Vilnius, Lithuania. What many family travelers don’t know is that this little country – sandwiched between Russia and Poland – is fun and a very affordable place for your next winter trip. In Vilnius, you can take your family to Trakai Castle, a castle that stands in the middle of a lake. During winter, the temperature drops really low that can cause the lake to freeze. Once it’s frozen enough, the castle staff let the tourist know that they can safely walk on the frozen ice and reach the Trakai Castle, which is cool!

    Vilnius, Lithuania. Photo credit: A Mary Road

    During the day, you can go for a quick bike ride around the city for free. You can rent the city bikes without any charge as long as you register online. Right at the Old Town, you can visit the tower on the top of the hill with an amazing view of the city. A bike station is at the bottom of it which means you can get there fast, easy, and for free.

    Lithuania is probably one of the most affordable countries in Europe. It is a great spot amongst Eastern Europe winter destinations. You can find private rooms in the hotels or hostels for as low as $30 which is already well-located in the old town. A bus ride is only 1 euro. Spend 25 euro in Lithuania to great winter food for a family of 4. If you have more time in Lithuania, you can enjoy the top winter activity for way cheaper than Switzerland, France, or Italy.

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    Warsaw, Poland

    If you are looking for a great Eastern Europe winter destination, we’d suggest checking out Poland. From its rich history to tasty wintertime treats and plenty of activities, Warsaw should absolutely be on a family’s Eastern Europe itinerary in the winter season! 

    You might think that the harsh Polish winter puts a damper on activities. In reality, the city comes alive when the snow starts to fall. In Warsaw’s Old Town, you’ll find the Market Square hustling and bustling with life. A signature activity is an ice skating at the rink in the middle of the Old Town. Couples, solo skaters, and families lace up their skates for a few laps. Skate rentals are close by for a fee, along with hot beverages like mulled wine and other hot treats.

    Warsaw, Poland. Photo credit: Penguin and Pia

    Simply walking around the Old Town is a treat in the winter. The alleyways between the colorful buildings echo with accordion players. The cobblestone slowly gets covered in a thin white layer of snow. There are lots of places to stop at for a hot coffee, tea, or a cup of hot chocolate.

    If the cold is too much, feel free to head back into the modern city to check out the Palace of Culture and Science. Built-in 1955, the Palace is the tallest building in Poland and has a variety of fun functions. For families, there are cinema screens, two museums, and a swimming pool inside, among other attractions.  

    Head over to the Palace and you might get caught up in the excitement outside. This is because, in the winter, the Palace grounds are home to the Warsaw Christmas Market. This massive layout of buildings and attractions even has a Ferris wheel to ride! From classic Christmas Market treats to art and craft stalls, there is no shortage of entertainment for the whole family.

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    Zakopane, Poland

    Winter in Europe is all about snow-covered peaks and festive decorations turning grey days into colorful delights. Nevertheless, winter in Europe can also be expensive and crowded, as everyone tends to go to the same well-known regions. Zakopane, in the south of Poland, is the perfect winter city break in Europe. If you’re looking for a less cliched, yet amazing place to visit with kids, Zakopane hits the spot.

    Zakopane, Poland. Photo credit: Two Find A Way

    Located at the foot of the Tatra mountains, it is a heaven for nature and winter lovers. The scenery is breathtakingly beautiful and it is filled to the brim with the season’s best spirit. There are plenty of activities to do with kids: from learning to ski, snowboard to snow tobogganing and more. Access to stunning mountain views is easy due to comfortable and fun cable cars, the most famous are Gubalowka and Kasprowy Wierch. If you are looking for indoor activities you also won’t be disappointed. There’s everything from an Aqua Park to an Upside Down House. If you have more time in the region, there are plenty of day trips to take and nearby wonders to explore.

    Even though Zakopane is not one of the best-known regions in Europe, it makes for a good Eastern Europe winter destination. It receives quite a lot of tourism from nearby areas. So there are plenty of accommodation options, a diversified set of restaurants, and it is easy to get around. The fact that it is relatively a well-kept secret for the rest of the world means that the town is very affordable. Which is always a plus, and especially when you’re traveling with kids.

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    Next Winter In Europe? The 20 Best Christmas Destinations For 2021

    Basel, Switzerland has been chosen as the Best 2021 European Christmas Destination 2021.


    Forget 2020. Although, Covid or not, Christmas is here, the fun of fairs and markets is not with us this year and it’s impossible to ignore that, along with pine trees aromas, there’s coronavirus in the air.

    Better to look ahead to presumably happier times and start planning the next Christmas vacation.

    In an effort to spread a message of hope and encouragement and to help travelers with their vacation planning for next year, the European Best Destination organization(EBD) invited people from all over the world to vote for the Christmas markets of their dreams.

    Over 100,000 travelers from 121 countries answered the question: “Where would you like to spend Christmas in Europe in 2021, (health situation permitting)?”

    Some 66% of the voters are located in Europe and 34% from other countries, mainly the U.S., Canada, Australia and China.

    Most of the Christmas markets and other traditional celebrations in Europe were cancelled this year due to the epidemic, with disastrous effects for most of the people and organizations involved.

    MORE FROM FORBES21 Beautiful Christmas Trees Around The World, In PhotosBy Cecilia Rodriguez


    The ‘must-see’ Christmas destinations in 2021

    The winner for 2021 Best European Christmas Market was a surprise because it’s the first time that a Christmas market located in that country has won the title.

    That market? Basel, Switzerland. Following it, the next 19 Christmas markets chosen by travelers for the title of ‘European Best Christmas Markets 2021’ are: Bath, Brussels, Bruges, Budapest, Dresden, Edinburgh, Govone, Madeira, Malaga, Manchester, Nuremberg, Poznan, Prague, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Tallinn, Tbilisi, Trier, Vienna and Vilnius.

    Those destinations will be promoted throughout the year to millions of travelers and authorized to display the title “Best European Christmas Markets.”


    1. Basel, Switzerland

    Basel has a deep-rooted tradition as Switzerland’s most beautiful and largest Christmas city. Not only is the well-preserved Old Town radiant in the warm Christmas light with shops and facades glittering with a golden glow.

    Around 100 tall pine trees line the streets guiding the visitor and Christmas markets are held not only on Barfüsserplatz, but also on Münsterplatz – one of the most beautiful squares in Basel.

    Opening dates: November 25 to December 23, 2021

    Saving Christmas Markets

    According to EBD, Christmas markets originally developed in Germany and Alsace, France, and over the past 20 years have spread throughout Europe: “In addition to supporting artisans, confectioners and traders, they attract travelers with an ever-richer offer that can include concerts, decorations, cultural programs, ice rinks and shows.

    By attracting travelers during months with low occupancy rate (November, December, January), EBD explains, “they allow the development of jobs throughout the year and foster the sustainable development of tourism in Europe. These events help transform seasonal jobs into full-time jobs in hotels, restaurants, bakeries, events planning and other economic sectors.”

    The increase in the Christmas offer also allows travelers to avoid saturating historic destinations and to explore new ones.

    European Best Destinations is a travel website dedicated to promoting culture and tourism in Europe in partnership with more than 350 European tourist offices and the European Commission’s EDEN network dedicated to promote sustainable tourism.

    Christmas season in Budapest, Hungary


    2. Budapest, Hungary

    This year again Budapest takes the silver medal on the podium of Best Christmas Markets in Europe.

    For 2021, the city already prepares for an even more festive and dazzling Christmas celebration.  Advent Feast at the Basilica in Budapest is the favorite Christmas market in Hungary but also for the third year in a row, one of the three favorites in Europe. The organizers of this event work hard every year to offer what is certainly one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the world.

    Opening dates: November 19, 2021, to January 2, 2022

    Christmas market in Poznan, Poland


    3. Poznan, Poland

    This is not only a favorite Christmas market in Poland but also a best Christmas city break in Europe. The Poznan Christmas Market will take visitors to a magic winter land of ice, snowflakes and Christmas attractions. Original arrangements decorate the Old Market Square and Plac Wolności (Freedom Square) during this magical time.

    Wooden stalls, winter delicacies, Christmas gifts and an International Ice Sculpture Festival are part of the attractions.

    Opening dates: November 27 to December 23, 2021 (projected dates).

    Christmas in Vienna


    4. Vienna, Austria

    Like every year, Vienna is at the top of the list of best Christmas markets in Europe. Considered a safe destination for families, it’s also popular with lovers and has been awarded among the best romantic destinations in Europe as well as one the best destinations for a marriage proposal.

    From mid-November to Christmas, Vienna’s prettiest squares transform into magical Christmas markets with the aroma of Christmas-baked food and hot punch in the air.

    One of the best-known Christmas Markets is the traditional “Vienna Magic of Advent,” which turns the City Hall Square into a shining fairytale land with Christmas gifts, tree decorations, candy and hot drinks as well as a carousel and craft Christmas workshops for kids. The trees of the surrounding City Hall park are festively decorated and radiate in a sea of lights.

    Opening dates: From November 17 to December 25, 2021 (projected dates).

    Christmas in Brussels


    5. Brussels, Belgium

    Winter Wonders is a favorite Christmas market in Belgium followed by Ghent, Antwerpen, Bruges and Liege. With around 2.5 million visitors, Winter Wonders is an event not to miss with Brussels done in its festive, brilliant costume.

    Capital of Europe, Brussels for several years has been one of the Christmas capitals with Strasbourg, Budapest and Vienna. The teams in charge of this event set the bar higher every year to offer moments of pure magic to visitors.

    Among the great classics: Sound and Light shows at the Grand-Place, a majestic tree, a life-sized manger, a skating rink, magical lights, many exhibitions and Christmas markets.

    Opening dates: From November 26, 2021, to January 2, 2022 (projected dates).

    Christmas in Trier, Germany


    6. Trier, Germany

    Once again, Trier Christmas Market appears among the best in Europe. Now in its 42nd year, the Trier Christmas Market is known as one of the loveliest in Germany.

    It’s set on the medieval Main Market with the imposing backdrop of the Trier Cathedral.

     The Trier Christmas Market is often described by travel organizers as being “romantic with wonderful ambience.” It offers a large selection of delicious specialties such as the “Original Moselle Vintner Mulled Wine” and festive arts and crafts.

    Opening dates: From November 19 to December 22, 2021 (projected dates).

    Christmas in Dresden, Germany


    7. Dresden, Germany

    One of the largest and most authentic Christmas markets in Germany, it’s ranked every year among the best Christmas Markets in Europe. 

    It was first mentioned in 1434 when it was held to provide the citizens of Dresden with the meat for the Christmas meal. Since then, it has become a massive event with more than 200 stalls attracting up to 3 million visitors from around the world. 

    Christmas tales also come to life in the city’s theaters, with museums hosting special exhibitions and boats bejeweled with lights gliding along the Elbe river.

    Opening dates: From November 26 to December 24, 2021 (projected dates).

    Christmas in Madeira, Portugal


    8. Madeira, Portugal

    Considered the safest Christmas destination in Europe (during the Covid-19 pandemic), Madeira has also been awarded the title of “Sunniest Christmas Market in Europe” and “Best Winter Sun Destination.”

    Madeira celebrates to the fullest the arrival of the Christmas season with a traditional Christmas market held om the Avenida Arriaga central walkways, in the heart of its capital, Funchal.

    A variety of products are on display, including exotic flowers and fruits, traditional souvenirs, typical delicacies and seasonal drinks — all adding to the merriment in a welcoming ambience that includes Christmas Carols and performances by folklore groups.

    Opening dates: From December 1, 2021, to January 6, 2022 (projected dates).

    Christmas in Tbilisi, Georgia



     Tbilisi, Georgia

    The Capital of Georgia is a must-see destination at any time of the year. Included among the Best European Destinations but also voted one the Safest Destinations in Europe during Covid-19.

    In Tbilisi, Christmas markets are held almost in every corner, with stalls offering handicrafts, souvenirs, Christmas treats, Georgian candies, street food and mulled wine. The end-of-year festivities include theater shows, music performances, puppet theater and open-air movies for all ages.

    Opening dates: From December 25, 2021, to January 14, 2022 (confirmed dates).

    Christmas in Manchester, England


    10. Manchester, United Kingdom

    The  Manchester Christmas Markets is among the largest, most original and – arguably – the best Christmas market in the U.K.

    Started in 1999, the first Christmas market in the U.K. has grown every year since, now attracting more than nine million visitors to its 300 beautifully crafted stalls spread across 10 individual sites – each with its own distinctive character and offering international food, drinks and finely crafted Yuletide gifts.

    Opening dates: From November 6 to December 22, 2021 (projected dates).

    Christmas in Govone: The most beautiful Christmas market in Italy


    11. Govone, Italy

    The Govone Christmas Market is the most beautiful in Italy. For the second consecutive year, it’s also been ranked among the most beautiful Christmas markets in Europe. “Magico Paese di Natale” takes place in the little village of Govone in the hills of Langhe-Roero, the wine region in Piedmont, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

    This is one of the most picturesque Christmas events in Italy. In winter, the entire village of Govone turns itself into the magic kingdom of Santa Claus, with cultural and gastronomic attractions.

    The Christmas market offers products from artisans selected from around Italy. Another unique experience is the special musical show of Santa Claus, hosted every day in the Royal Castle of Govone.

    Opening dates: From November 13 to December 19, 2021 (projected dates).

    Christmas in Vilnius, Lithuania


    12. Vilnius, Lithuania

    For four years running, Vilnius has been classed as the destination with the most beautiful Christmas tree in Europe as the whole city is decorated with picturesque Christmas decorations. Its authentic Christmas market located at the foot of the giant Christmas tree, is considered one of the most beautiful in the world.

    The capital of Lithuania is considered a must-see, safe and authentic destination offering unique delicacies to sweeten winter evenings – gingerbreads, honey cakes, teas, home-made cheeses, colorful sweets and all sorts of pastries.

    Opening dates: November 27, 2021, to January 3, 2022 (projected dates).

    Christmas in Tallinn, Estonia


    13. Tallinn, Estonia

    Already awarded the title of the most beautiful Christmas market in Europe two years ago, Tallinn has become a must-see winter destination. The Tallinn Christmas Market delights with its coziness, historical location, centuries-old buildings and long traditions.

    Every year, more than half a million people come to the Tallinn Christmas Market. High-quality handicraft, practical winter accessories, traditional crafts, delicious gingerbread and hearty Christmas roasts add to the festive Christmas spirit.

    Opening dates: From November 14, 2021, to January 2, 2022 (projected dates).

    Christmas in Bruges, Belgium


    14. Bruges, Belgium

    The romantic city of Bruges with one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Europe annually entrances visitors during the winter season. From the end of November, the historic city center is transformed into a giant Christmas market.

    The Bruges Christmas and winter markets will be located on the Markt and Simon Stevinplein, in the city center. There will be a wide range of stalls offering local food and drinks. Homemade hot chocolate, ice-cold jenever, spiced glühwein will grace Belgian beers, cheeses and hearty dishes.

    Opening dates: From November 19, 2021, to January 2, 2022 (projected dates).

    The Christmas market in Prague

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    15. Prague, Czech Republic

    Prague is one of the most romantic cities in Europe in the EBD listing.

    The Christmas markets in Old Town Square in the city center are the biggest of its kind in the Czech Republic. Dozens of wooden stalls offering traditional Czech blown glass balls, products made of glass pearls or straw, hand-embroidered tablecloths, wooden toys and cookie cutters are among many other typical Christmas goods.

    Mulled wine, gourmet specialties such as Czech Christmas cookies, hot roasted chestnuts, gingerbread biscuits and typical Czech grilled sausages and other skewered foods are there to tempt visitors of all ages.

    Opening dates: November 27, 2021, to January 2, 2022 (projected dates).

    Christmas in Edinburgh, Scotland


    16. Edinburgh, Scotland

    World-renowned Edinburgh Christmas celebrations spread the festive cheer across the Scottish capital every year.

    From mulled Irn Bru to vegan pigs in blankets and from Harry Potter-themed gifts to local handmade produce, the stunning Christmas Market in East Princes Street Gardens will appeal to any visitor. 

    Opening dates: November 14, 2021, to January 2, 2022 (projected dates).

    Christmas in Rothenburg ob der Tauber Germany


    17. Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

    The Rothenburg ob der Tauber Christmas market is among the best Christmas markets in Germany and considered one of the most romantic and authentic.

    Opening dates: From November 28 to December 23, 2021 (projected dates).

    Christmas in Nuremberg Germany


    18. Nuremberg, Germany

    The Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt was first mentioned in 1628 and its roots probably go back to the time of Luther, when the tradition of giving children presents at Christmas evolved.

    Traditional wares such as handmade Christmas decorations and culinary treats have been offered ever since in the 180 wooden stalls decorated with red and white canvas.

    Opening dates: From November 26 to December 24, 2021 (projected dates).

    Christmas in Bath, England.

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    19. Bath, United Kingdom

    While Manchester is considered one of the U.K.’s largest Christmas markets, Bath is considered one of the finest. The 18-day extravaganza is the largest Christmas shopping event in the southwest and consists of more than 170 beautifully-decorated wooden chalets in the heart of Bath’s World Heritage Site.

    More than 70% of stallholders are from Bath and the surrounding region, and 60% of goods available at the market are handmade in the U.K. Next year will mark the market’s 20th anniversary.

    Opening dates: November 24, 2021, to January 2, 2022 (projected dates).

    Christmas in Malaga, Spain


    20. Malaga, Spain

    Ranked among the sunniest Christmas Markets but also the Best Christmas Lights in Europe, Malaga has been a must-see destination for Christmas for several years.

    Forget about the snow and the cold and instead of skating on a frozen lake, swim in the Mediterranean. The spirit of Christmas in Málaga is best shown by the city’s famous Christmas lights. Each year, hundreds of people wait in Larios Street for the switching on of the lights, marking the start of the Christmas season, a period during which residents and visitors enjoy daily light and music performances among other Spanish seasonal traditions.

    Opening dates: November 26, 2021, to January 6, 2022 (projected dates).

    28 Best Winter Destinations in Europe to visit this year

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    Winter is the most magical time of the year. Some of us love the warmth of hot chocolate while it snows outside and others love to escape the winter blues altogether. Whatever your desire and style of travel, we got you covered in our list of 28 Best Winter Destinations in Europe.

    Whether you are looking for the best winter city breaks in Europe, sun and sand, skiing, snowboarding, and horse-drawn carriage rides, or the best Christmas markets in Europe – we have something for everyone. These destinations are handpicked to allow you to experience the BEST of Europe in winter.

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    28 Best Winter Destinations in Europe

    Best Winter Destinations in Europe

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    European winter months are typically from November to February. These months will cover the best of winter with holiday cheer, Christmas markets, ice rinks, special shopping offers, masses, and festivities. And not to forget FOOD and a plethora of dining options.

    Winter is also considered a low tourist season in some cities, which means you can expect fewer crowds in tourist attractions like museums,  day tours, etc. Winter also calls for special activities like northern lights, romantic stay-cations, and lights festivals.

    Experience the best winter city breaks in Europe, and make the most of your trip. Use this guide to build your own Europe winter itinerary.

    Andorra de Vella, Andorra

    Andorra is a tiny country sandwiched between Spain and France. It’s located in the gorgeous Pyrenees mountain range and as a microstate only has 85,000 inhabitants. Yet only one third are actually residing there.


    While you can definitely stay here for a few days, it also makes for a great day trip Barcelona. It takes about 2 to 2.5 hours to get there, so if you leave early enough you can get a ski-in and head back all in one day. 


    Andorra – Best Winter Destinations in Europe for winter activities

    There are several winter activities to do in Andorra from relaxing to fun. Caldea is a large natural spring complex and spa where you can dip in the heated pools and take part in some hydrotherapy.

    It is a massive complex spread over 18 floors and is the largest thermal spa complex in Europe. With 400,000 visitors per year, there is something for everyone there, including a relaxing adult-only section.

    BOOK: Dogsledding and winter adventure in Andorra 


    For culture, Andorra has many Romanesque churches dotting the mountains that are picturesque and pretty.


    Andorra – Best Winter Destinations in Europe for winter activities

    And of course, Andorra is known as a ski haven. The country lies at an average 2,000 meters above sea level and even reaches 3,000.

    The most popular place to catch some powder is Gran Valira, which is also one of the largest ski resorts in the world and has 118 slopes measuring a total distance of 210 km. If you want the total story, there are actually 110 lifts in total that can take 156,000 skiers per hour.

    BOOK: Breathtaking helicopter ride to view the mountain slopes

    There are even fabulous heli-ski adventures to be had where knowledgeable guides fly you to some of the most pristine slopes, all to yourself.  

    For the adventurous tourist, you can skip the flash hotels and actually stay the night in an igloo at Hotel Iglu Andorra. This ice hotel has five rooms that can hold up to 30 guests.

    But if you want something a bit closer to the slopes, Hotel Ski Plaza & Wellness and Sport Hotel Hermitage and Spa are probably your best options. 

    • Hotel Ski Plaza & Wellness
    • Sport Hotel Hermitage and Spa

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Mar from Once in a Lifetime journey

    Vienna, Austria 

    As the sun sets and the Christmas lights come on, you can experience Vienna’s most romantic Christmas market.  There is no shortage of traditional Austrian crafts and Christmas decorations in the capital city. 

    Located in the shadow of the Rathaus is Vienna’s largest Christmas market. In addition to the colorful stalls filled with beautiful, unique Christmas ornaments, you will also find an extensive menu of holiday punch options and numerous sweet and savory treats to try.

    With a children’s craft area, weekend choir performances, and ice-skating, there’s something to entertain everyone at Vienna’s most centrally located Christmas market.  

    Vienna Christmas Markets

    If you like your Christmas market with a side of art, head to Belvedere Schloss.  You’ll spend your day covering an art collection that covers the Middle Ages to contemporary pieces.  

    If it is history that you’re looking for, head to Schloss Schonbrunn and stay for the Christmas market.

    Schonbrunn Palace was transformed from a hunting lodge into a stunning Baroque summer residence in the 18th century.

    BOOK: Walking tour of Christmas Markets in Vienna 

    Vienna Christmas Markets

    Whether you take a guided tour of the royal apartments, enjoy the strudel show at Café Residenz, or take in a classical concert, there are plenty of ways to warm up while shopping for Christmas gifts at the Schonbrunn market.  

    BOOK: Evening Dinner and concert at the Schonbrunn Palace  

    Don’t forget to spend an evening wandering the streets inside the Ringstrasse.  

    You’ll find Christmas markets and beautiful lights that adorn even the smallest of passageways.  Despite the cold temperatures, gemütlichkeit – that is, warmth and coziness – can be found around every corner in Vienna throughout December.   

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Sara from Journey of Doing 

    READ: How to spend one day in Vienna

    Brussels, Belgium 

    The colder months are a lovely time to visit Brussels, the capital city of Belgium. The bars are welcoming, food is hearty, and the streets twinkle in fairy lights. Despite the cold, there are enough activities to keep you busy, most of which are very cozy, if not romantic! 

    In the center of Brussels, you’ll find multiple authentic ‘brown cafés’ with a large beer menu. Order a Belgian Trappist beer which instantly helps to beat the cold. Beware, as most Belgian beers are quite strong.

    Tucked away in a little alley, you’ll find the bar Toone, which also has a fireplace and a cat. As for the food, buy some street food like fries or waffles.

    If you prefer not to eat outside, head to the restaurant Restobières which has a very original menu: all the dishes are prepared with beer. It can’t get more Belgian, right? 😉

    Brussels in Winter

    In winter, Brussels hosts a yearly Christmas market called ‘Plaisir d’Hiver’. It’s the opportunity to marvel at the beautifully decorated Christmas stalls, practice your twirls on the ice skating rink and try some ‘jenever’. That’s a typical Belgian liquor which is available in innumerable different flavors.

    Make sure to also take a spin in the Ferris wheel for a sweeping view over the center of Brussels.

    Another great Winter event is Bright Brussels when light installations turn the center into a dreamy fairytale place. Follow the recommended itinerary and explore Brussels’ historical landmarks in a way you’d never seen before. 

    There’s also a lesser-known light festival called ‘Citizen Lights’ which takes place in the commune of Schaerbeek. This one is smaller and more authentic because it’s mainly frequented by locals and not overrun by tourists. And the good news is that both events are free things to do in Brussels

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Sophie from Bitten by the Bug

    READ: How to spend one day in Brussels

    Ostend/Oostende, Belgium

    Ostend is in the northwest corner of Belgium. It is known for its white sandy beach and turquoise waters. Unlike the well known Brussels, Ostend is a calm and relaxing atmosphere at a slower pace.

    Since Belgium has a mild winter with low precipitation, Ostend will make a perfect beach vacation to escape the cold winter freeze. 

    Ostend Belgium Best Winter Destinations in Europe

    Since tourist traffic is low in the winter months, you can enjoy Ostend like a real locale. There are several winter activities Ostend has to offer depending on your taste and lifestyle and the time you travel. 

    • Beach: If you visit Ostend in the later winter months (towards spring) or later fall months (starting winter), this will still be a viable option. You will love the ocean views, and the sunsets are spectacular. 

    • Christmas Market: You have to experience the Christmas Market in Leopoldpark. It is well decorated with lights and music to add a festive atmosphere.

    • Winter Ice Rink: Ostend has the biggest winter ice rink in Belgium. It is approximately 1,000 square meters or 10,500 square feet. With over 50 stands to explore, come prepared to spend all day going from stand to stand.

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Lydia from Africa Wanderlust Travel Blog

    Zagreb, Croatia 

    Although Croatia is well known for its beaches and beautiful Adriatic coast, its capital Zagreb is a lovely less known winter destination to visit. It became quite famous lately as a home to the best European Christmas market for three years in a row.

    With many smaller markets and events happening around the city center, there is so much to do during December there.

    Dolac Markets view in Zagreb Croatia 

    Food is especially good at the Christmas market, so be sure to explore it during your stay. The calendar with all the events and concerts could be found at the Zagreb Advent official website. 

    Located just next to the Medvednica Mountain, Zagreb is a charming destination for some skiing, as well. A popular event happening at the beginning of January is the Snow Queen Trophy when you can enjoy some mulled wine while watching some of the best world skiers competing. If there is enough snow, you can also go and ski yourself there.

    If you would like to buy a local souvenir that will remind you of your winter holidays, get yourself a Licitar heart. A small red heart initially made of gingerbread is something people would give to their loved ones back in the old days. However, it’s used as a Christmas tree decoration in Zagreb today, and you’re going to see it on many large Christmas trees around the city.

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Tea Gudek Snajdar from Culture Tourist

    READ: Our guide to one week in Croatia

    Prague, Czech Republic

    The stunning capital of the Czech Republic – Prague – turns into a gorgeous haven during winters. The colorful rooftops and the Vltava River sprinkled with snow make for a dreamy vacation and that’s why it is one of the best winter destinations in Europe to visit for Christmas markets, beer, and sightseeing.

    Prague’s central area – the old town market square turns into an enchanting beauty – like out of a fairytale. Although it’s winter, you can still partake in walking tours to learn about Prague’s history and admire the Astronomical Clock and other attractions. 

    Old Town Square Prague’s Christmas Markets

    While you are at it, stroll the Christmas Markets at the Old Town Square and the Wenceslas Square.  Buy traditional trinkets and wooden toys to take back home and savor delicious barbecued pork and sugar-coated chimney cake or ‘tradelnik. Sip some hot cocoa and biscuit as you walk the market. 

    Or Svařák– a Czech mulled wine with lemon and citrus flavors. 

    BOOK: Tour Prague Christmas Markets with a local 

    Christmas Markets in Prague last from the end of November to the first week of January. There are Christmas markets at Castle Hill as well. 

    Prague Winter Morning

    Other then the Christmas markets, Prague in winter is a delight as you can still enjoy the city’s attractions like walking the Charles Bridge and soaking in amazing views from its tower, taking a quick trip to the Prague Castle and wandering through the Golden Lane and museums and greeting the swans at the Vltava River banks. 

    Prague is a romantic destination and is a perfect way to spend a winter city break with Christmas, history, and delicious cuisine. Book your stay at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Prague

    READ: Where to stay in Prague 

    READ: Best things to do in Prague in 2 days

    Copenhagen, Denmark

    There’s a lot to do in Copenhagen winters besides skiing. Danish Christmas markets are remarkable. The gorgeous decorations line the paths between shops selling ornaments, gifts, food, and drink.

    The best Christmas market is in Kongens Nytorv. It’s one of the largest in Copenhagen and across from The Hotel D’Angleterre. The facade of this gorgeous hotel is turned into an advent calendar for the Christmas season. The magic is done through LCD screens placed over the windows. 

    Winter in Copenhagen

    A festive visit to the Christmas markets in Copenhagen is best completed with a warm cup for gløgg. Gløgg is mulled wine, or cider that is spiced and served hot with raisins, nuts, and cinnamon stirred in. You drink the contents and then eat the soaked foods with a spoon. It’s the perfect way to stay cozy in the cold weather.

    Tivoli Gardens, the famous Danish amusement park, is beautiful in the winter. It’s reopened for the Christmas season and decked out with bright Christmas lights and other decorations.

    Christmas in Copenhagen Best Winter Destinations in Europe

    One of the highlights is seeing the Crazy Christmas Cabaret inside of Tivoli Gardens. It’s a crowd-pleaser every year and the only show performed in English for the whole year.

    Denmark is a very flat country, but they’ve improvised to bring indoor skiing to Copenhagen. Opening later this year, the Amager Bakke power plant will open Copenhill. This will be an indoor hill built along above the chimney of the power plant that is used as a skiing hill.

    The Danes think of everything! Copenhill is one more reason to visit Copenhagen for winter – you won’t miss out on skiing.

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Derek from Robe Trotting – Biggest Surprises Moving to Denmark.

    Colmar, France

    Colmar in France is a wonderful place to spend Christmas. It is in the Alsace region of France on the border of Germany. In fact, Colmar has gone back and forth between French and German control since the 1870s. That is why Colmar has such a German feel and German architecture.


    The town is charming at any time of year due to its wooden framing and pastel-colored walls. But it really shines at Christmas time when it puts on its yuletide best.


    Winter and Christmas in Colmar France

    Small alleyways have Christmas scenes, individual homes seem to be festooned with greenery, and large flocked trees are on every corner. But the storefronts are the most amazing -decorate with large cookies, bows, gifts, greenery, stuffed animals, and lights. Everything is large and boisterous!

    Christmas in Colmar France

    There is a lot of variety in the wares they sell at the Christmas markets, from perfumes, homemade Nutella, ornaments, leatherwork, jewelry, roasted nuts, nougat, toys, lights, and more.


    The markets are in plazas across the city. The Children’s Christmas Market in “Little Venice” is a lovely market with mechanical horse rides that will delight your kids or even kids at heart. There is also a spot to mail letters to Santa in the Children’s market.


    If you get hungry while wandering through the markets, grab a bretzel (pretzel) baked in cheese, an assortment of bredel (a variety of tiny cookies), or a brioche man (kind of link our gingerbread men). There are lots of places to stop and sit while enjoying a treat amid the festive goings-on. 


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    Paris, France

    ‘Paris always a good idea’. This statement and the sentiment behind it is so true. Paris, the capital city of France is stunning at any time of the year and hence it deserves a mention in our list of best winter destinations in Europe.

    Paris experiences moderate winter temperatures with snow. Typical winter months are from late November to late February. When the city is covered in white snow, the pretty red decorations during Christmas, New Years, and Valentine’s Day make up it.

    Paris – Best Europe City Breaks in Winter

    So here is what you can expect in Paris in winter. Shoppers will LOVE the season. Window shoppers and people-watchers too. Stroll Champs Elysees for some eye candy – from high-end retail, luxury brands to the affordable.  

    Churches are beautifully decorated for Christmas, so pay a visit to a church of your choice. Ensure you check their website for mass timings.

    When the temperature drops outside, it’s time for nice dinners. Reserve a place overlooking the Parisian highlights like a dinner cruise on the river Seine. Or go for gold and book for dinner at the Eiffel Tower, with the entire city of Paris underneath your feet.  

    BOOK: Dinner at the 58 Eiffel Tower 

    BOOK: Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise in Paris 

    Parisian Winter

    Paris also boasts of natural ice rinks where you can skate for free. The most popular one is in the Hotel de Ville.  Do definitely take advantage of that. Find all hotels in Paris – perfect for first-timers.

    All major tourist attractions are open during the winter months in Paris. So explore the Louvre Museum at your pace, the Grand Palais, the underground tunnels at Catacombs of Paris, and more. Winter is sort of offseason, so you won’t see a huge line-up in regular sightseeing attractions in Paris.

    READ How to visit Paris in 4 days

    Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Finland

    Have you ever dreamed of sleeping under a blanket of stars or maybe green dancing lights as well? I know as a kid I wondered what an igloo would look like.

    Enter Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort – Igloos and Chalets. Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is located in the Saarisclka Fell Region of Finnish Lapland.

    The stunning 4-star hotel is actually a glass igloo located in the wilderness. You get to sleep under a million stars and watch the northern lights every day.

    The resort is located in Lapland. You can drive from Helsinki and parking is available at the resort. You can also fly from Helsinki to Ivalo, which is the closest airport to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. 

    Winter in Lapland

    Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is a great way to experience nature in its wildest and pure form. The resort has glass igloos and chalets to host guests. It can accommodate couples and families for a scintillating vacation under the stars.

    The glass igloos contain all modern amenities to keep you warm and toasty on a white snowing wintery night. Each glass igloo has a bedroom with a sauna or shared bathrooms. It is recommended that you wear thermals when you are in an igloo, and the resort provides you will warm socks.

    Parking and WiFi is free. Breakfast and other meals are provided on-site. You can also rent skis and other equipment to enjoy winter outdoor activities. Husky and reindeer rides can also be arranged.

    Full review and detailed description of Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

    Neuschwanstein Castle – Fussen, Germany

    The Neuschwanstein castle is a must-see location no matter the time of year, but there’s something even more magical about this castle in the winter! This is the castle that inspired the Sleeping Beauty castle in Disneyland and it’s easy to see why.

    Neuschwanstein Castle

    You can visit the castle from Munich to Neuschwanstein for about $17 each way per person. However, there are only a few buses each week (usually just Saturday and Sunday) that will take you directly to Schwangau Neuschwanstein. Or book a day tour.

    READ: Day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich and ways to get there

    You can stay at the foot of the Neuschwanstein Castle for only $85- $140 a night at Romantic-Pension Albrecht on Booking. com! It comes with a free breakfast, but book as far in advance as you can as it gets filled up quickly!

    From there you can easily walk to both castles (yes, there’s more than one castle in this area!): the Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein.

    One downside about visiting in the winter is that the Marienbrucke bridge with the best viewpoint of the castle is closed. However, if you are feeling rebellious, you can still head up to the area and find a viewpoint of your own like we did!

    If you’d like to go inside the castle, you can book in advance online for €13. It must be at least 2 days in advance and they are known to sell out, so book early!

    With any extra time, you can visit the Hohenschwangau castle and even hop over to Fussen which is an adorable town with its own castle as well!  

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Dayna Brockbank from Happily Ever Travels

    Stuttgart, Germany

    Germany’s Christmas markets are known worldwide for the authentic cultural experience they provide to locals and visitors alike. Germany has thousands of them all over the country. One particularly great Christmas market is the Stuttgart Weihnachtsmarkt.  

    Located in the heart of the city, the market attracts millions of visitors every year and has a variety of activities, food, and shops catering to every age group.

    The Weihnachtsmarkt begins in late November and ends right before Christmas.  For the entire month of December, it attracts not only locals but people from all over the world.

    Stuttgart Christmas Market

    The Stuttgart Christmas market is among the largest in the country.  Nearly 300 different booths adorn two different squares, both connected to form one large market.  There are awards given to the most beautiful stall in the market every year and the stall owners work hard to decorate their booths ornately.

    The market is wonderful for everyone from singles to families.  There is a large ice rink where ice skates can be rented as well as plush animals for smaller children. A small steam train is great for children and families and rides around a beautiful miniature village display. Several carnival-type rides are also out for small children.

    There are a variety of food booths that have food ranging from pizza, traditional bratwurst, currywurst, and spätzle to some American favorites such as pork burgers and even Flammkuchen, a rolled-out dough baked with a crème sauce and topped with vegetables or meats.

    The shopping booths are decorated beautifully with lights, animal displays, and German décor. Many shops sell original German items, cuckoo clocks, wooden items, Christmas ornaments, household items, children’s toys, candles, and many different kinds of sweets.

    Visitors can spend hours wandering the booths and will no doubt find something they will certainly purchase. Be sure to try gluhwein, a warmed up spiced wine, a staple at German Christmas markets.

    If you’re staying more than a day, Steigenberger Graf Zeppelin is a fantastic hotel to stay at during your time in Stuttgart.

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Diana from The Elusive Family

    READ: Best places to visit in Germany: Winter edition

    Budapest, Hungary 

    During the holiday season, Budapest fills with the Christmas vibe. The Hungarian capital was also voted the most affordable Christmas Market destination in Europe. Two markets in Budapest that you definitely should not miss:

    • The biggest Christmas Market is held at Vörösmarty Square. This is the most popular fair in Budapest, right in the city center. There are around 100 stalls set up and live programs entertain the Christmas crowd from the main stage every afternoon.
    • Apart from the best-known festive fair on Vörösmarty Square, the city has a fabulous market right in front of St. Stephen’s Basilica. This market has two unique features: a light show, projected on the building of the Basilica itself, coordinated with music, and a skating rink in the center of the square.

    Christmas Market in front of St. Stephen Basilica

    Each of the Christmas markets is famous for its unique, high-quality craft products, such as handmade chocolate bonbons, leather gloves, knitted scarves, dried fruits, and herbs.

    BOOK: Walking tour of Christmas Markets in Budapest

    Christmas markets are also a paradise for foodies! Try as many delicious, authentic Hungarian dishes as you can, the memory of the tastes will stay with you I promise. Try stuffed cabbage, goulash, grilled sausages and meats with mulled wines, craft beers, or hot tea.

    Be sure to try our sweets, too! “Beigli” this folded pastry stuffed with walnut or poppy seed is Hungarian Christmas itself. Buy just a slice of a whole loaf and consume it with the wine of a cup of milk.

    There are some other sweets you should not miss: “Mézeskalács” is a lightweight type of gingerbread that comes in cute shapes and such detailed decorations that you might not want to bite in them.

    “Szaloncukor” is a chocolate-coated soft candy. We decorate our Christmas trees with them so actually, they are edible Christmas decorations! 🙂

    Thermal baths are bliss in wintertime. Visit Szechenyi Baths or Gellért Baths and enjoy the hot spring pools. Get an entry ticket to Szechenyi Baths

    Enjoy a great cruise on the Danube as the winter sights are beautiful during a night boat tour.

    The Ice Rink in Budapest City Park is a must for winter sports lovers. Rent a pair of skates to glide in front of Vajdahunyad Castle.

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Katalin Németh from Budapest Connection

    READ: 2 days in Budapest Itinerary

    Blue Lagoon, Iceland

    Blue Lagoon is a beautiful geothermal spa in Iceland. Its surreal layout, milky blue water, and relaxing atmosphere make it one of the best things to do in Iceland in December. 

    Located only 20 minutes from the airport, you will arrive in a secluded area with a wooden path that led towards the hotel in Blue Lagoon. 

    The moment you submerge inside the pool, you will feel magic! The water is warm enough to create a comfortable contrast to the chilly weather. Sometimes with snow falling, the tiny icy droplets will soothe and melt into your skin.

    You will be totally mesmerized by the ambiance at the Blue Lagoon in winter. Without a doubt, it should be on everyone’s bucket list in the winter. 

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Daisy from Beyond My Border

    READ: 10 Best Iceland Winter Tours to book this year 

    Reykavik, Iceland

    Iceland in Winter is amazing. Strangely we had very little snow in Reyjkavik.  What we had instead were fabulous skies, fairytale landscapes, and lots of swimming in warm water.  

    The landscapes and skyscapes of Iceland invite cliches and superlatives like nowhere else. Ferocious freezing breakers crash onto glistening black basalt. Just across the road, waterfalls tumble down hundreds of feet over mossy cliffs from Europe’s largest glacier. 

    Overhead the sky paints a spectrum lifted from Disney unicorns. Make the most of that light, because only four short hours from the day’s beautiful sunrise, comes an equally stunning sunset.

    Iceland in Winter

    Touristic highlights with magical names sit about this landscape within reasonable driving times.  Shining elephantine ice diamonds festoon a glistening black beach at Breiðamerkursandur.

    The birthplace of the earth’s longest-running parliament sits between two moving cliffs at Þingvellir. And every second of every day, 100 tons of water cascades 30 meters through a frozen wonderland at Gullfoss.

    Spanning two separate tectonic plates, Iceland’s geology is still forming every day.  And since it sits under freezing skies with its feet in the warm gulf stream, its climate is even more fluid.  

    Iceland in Winter

    Iceland creates its own stories of the world. It was the spring point for the western discovery of the American continent five hundred years before Columbus. Its language has been almost unchanged in the millennium since that day.

    Why is winter the best season to visit Iceland?  Two words can answer this: Aurora Borealis. And those Trolls and the Cat?  Santa doesn’t visit Iceland, so make sure you leave gifts on your windowsill for the thirteen fearsome sons of Gryla before Christmas.  

    BOOK: a 7-day tour of Iceland – North, South Coast, and East – Winter Holiday

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Ania from The Travelling Twins

    Dublin, Ireland

    Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is probably not at the top of your list when you think of European Christmas destinations. Dublin in December will pleasantly surprise you!

    The dark winter days are enlightened by an overload of Christmas sparkle, everywhere you look.

    Best Winter City Breaks – Dublin

    Many stores and attractions deck out for the holidays. For example, the Guinness Storehouse, a perfect indoor activity in winter, has done a really good job of combining the local black drink with holiday cheer. You can shop for Guinness related Christmas ornaments or pick a gift for your loved ones while taking their tour.

    Dublin is gifted with many indoor malls and they offer perfect holiday shopping opportunities as well. But the best thing in Dublin must be pub life. Hopping from bar to bar, tasting local specialties, is a year-round fun activity to do in Dublin. But in winter, it becomes especially cozy and comfortable.

    Best Winter City Breaks – Dublin

    Each pub is decorated with Christmas lights and you feel right at home. Some pubs even offer a Christmas menu throughout the whole month of December. 

    Another great thing about Dublin over Christmas is the people of Dublin. When you travel during the holiday season, you might miss your family or that warm cozy feeling from home. But Dublin makes up for it and then some.

    The people of Dublin are so warm and welcoming, you’ll forget any worries. Whether you need directions on the street or a friendly face to talk to in the pub, the people of Dublin are there for you over Christmas.

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Naomi from Probe around the Globe

    Southern Ireland

    Unlike many countries in Europe, winters in Ireland are usually not too cold and snow is mostly limited to the occasional dusting. This makes Ireland one of the best winter destinations in Europe for magical winter hikes, especially on clear, frosty days.

    Nights, on the other hand, are great for viewing the Northern Lights and for stargazing. 

    If you are looking for a gem of a mountain to hike, then look no further than Diamond Hill in County Galway.

    All three of the well-marked routes on this mountain offer stunning vistas of the dramatic landscape of Connemara National Park with views of Kylemore Abbey, the Twelve Bens mountain range and the rugged Atlantic coastline. In snow, the beauty of this winter wonderland is truly breathtaking! 

    Ireland Winter Hikes

    Torc Mountain in Killarney National Park is a particularly enjoyable hike that offers incredible birds-eye views of some of Ireland’s most magnificent scenery including the Lakes of Killarney, the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the Dingle Peninsula. While you are in the area, don’t forget to check out the nearby Torc Waterfall too!

    On a cold, crisp winter day, the beauty and stillness of Glendalough in Wicklow National Park are simply spellbinding. This idyllic location is also the site of a monastic settlement founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century.

    The White Trail (Spinc and Glenealo Valley) is a superb, but strenuous loop walk offering rewarding views of the lakes and valley below.

    Ireland may not be the first place you think of when it comes to viewing the Northern Lights, but the remote Inishowen Peninsula on the Wild Atlantic Way in County Donegal is a great destination for viewing this marvelous natural phenomenon. This northerly location experiences little light pollution, so when the weather and solar wind conditions are right, it is an excellent place to watch this awe-inspiring spectacle.

    There is always a level of unpredictability, as the Northern Lights cannot be precisely forecast in advance, but even if you miss the Northern Lights, the dark sky of the Inishowen Peninsula offers excellent star-gazing too. 

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Emer & Nils from let’s go Ireland 

    Vaduz, Liechtenstein

    Lichtenstein is a very small and very beautiful country nestled between Austria and Switzerland, amongst some very big mountain ranges above the Rhine. Lichtenstein is one of the smallest countries in the world and as a result, it often goes unconsidered in people’s travel planning.

    A trip to Liechtenstein in winter has been one of the most magical, fun, exciting, and surprising countries to visit in Europe. 

    Arriving in Liechtenstein’s capital city, Vaduz was spectacular. 

    Tobogganing in Liechtenstein

    If you are traveling on a budget, this is a great place. We had no great plans to be too adventurous by hiring lots of snow-sport gear, but we really didn’t need to. We literally walked into the main street and in our wanders, we found a shop to hire toboggans. We followed the lead of a nun in her robe, who came flying down a toboggan run.

    We had hours of fun tobogganing down slopes in Vaduz, not only were we exhausted from the number of times we walked up the hill, but also from the number of crashes and from laughing so much. People hired toboggans in Vaduz like people hire bikes to cycle around Melbourne – it was just the norm and such a memorable experience.

    Everything in Vaduz is walkable, easy to negotiate and any trips outside are accessible by bus. Do yourself a favor and add Liechtenstein to your bucket list – it truly is a beautiful country with so many great opportunities on offer. 

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Erin from Love to Travel Stay Eat Do

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Amsterdam is a magical city year-round and so it makes it to our list of Best Winter Destinations in Europe. Throughout the year, Amsterdam is full of exciting activities that are unique and diverse in its offerings. However, during the winter months, Amsterdam attracts fewer tourists; therefore, the city is less busy and more enjoyable.

    One exciting thing about Amsterdam is that in the winter months it rarely snows or goes below 0 degrees. Despite being pretty far North, winter temperatures stay around 3 degrees. However, the air in Amsterdam feels damp in the winter and has a lingering chill to it, so if you come in the winter, be sure to bundle up.  

    Amsterdam light festival

    The best event Amsterdam hosts which draws in multiple visitors for winter vacations is The Amsterdam Light Festival. Amsterdam Light Festival takes place for 53 days during the winter months and transforms Amsterdam’s canals and streets with memorizing light installations.

    This spectacular winter art exhibition runs from late November to mid-January with 30 of the best art installations showcased out of the hundreds of submissions. The art installations can be admired by foot or bike, but the best way is by boat.

    The light festival illuminates the entire city center with a whimsical feel and exploring it can be done on your own or by tour.

    Amsterdam light festival

    A boat tour done via a festival partner is a great way to see all the installations and the boat provides a unique and fun perspective. However, walking around the city and viewing them on your own is also brilliant.

    If you check out the IAmsterdam page before your journey you can even get a map, so you know where to go. On your own, you can also stop at one of the many Amsterdam cafes and walk with a warm drink. 

    Despite Amsterdam’s chilly weather, it does offer much beauty in the winter months. Heading to Amsterdam for winter and checking out the Amsterdam Light Festival will result in an experience like no other.

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Samantha from Sam Sees the World.

    Arctic Cruise, Norway

    The ultimate way to explore Arctic Norway and to witness the eerie beauty of the Aurora Borealis is on board a Northern lights cruise in Norway. December was the perfect time of year for experiencing polar nights, whale filled fjords, and countless winter activities. 

    Depart from Andalsnes, the mountaineering capital of Norway. Idyllically located in the valley of Romsdal, by the mouth of the river Rauma, the small, colorful town is nestled in between fjords and dramatic mountains. 

    Arctic Cruise in Norway

    Tromso, the gateway to the Arctic is the next stop. Popular amongst tourists, it is where nature and culture go hand in hand. Winter activities such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog sledding, cross country skiing, ice fishing, and reindeer sledding were all available. 

    Alta, dubbed “the town of the Northern Lights” is a delightful stop. It lies well above the Arctic Circle at 70 degrees north latitude. Stay here to chase down Mother Nature’s elusive light show.

    You can also join the Northern lights tour and check off the Northern Lights from the Europe bucket list.  

    The final stop was at Stavanger, located in the south-western corner of Norway. The cruise ship docked in the charming city center, just a short stroll away from Stavanger Cathedral.

    Lysefjord and the iconic Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) were just an hour’s boat trip away, so join in an excursion to explore the area and try out Norwegian waffles!

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Roshni Patel from The Wanderlust Within

    Warsaw, Poland

    Warsaw’s annual Christmas Market in the Old Town is a great way to sample regional delicacies from across Poland and get a glimpse of some national holiday traditions.  

    Dozens of wooden stalls are set up in the Castle Square, near the Royal Castle, which was all rebuilt in meticulous detail after the World War II bombings. A lit Christmas tree stands on display in front of the castle and the mood is always festive and cheery.

    Warsaw-Christmas Market

    At this market, you can find oscypek, a smoked cheese made from sheep’s milk and salt traditionally made in southern Poland’s Carpathian Mountains. Thick woolen socks, hats, and mittens from that region are also popular as temperatures dip below zero and often include heavy snowfall.

    Poland is known across Europe for its handmade glass Christmas ornaments. They are often colorful and glittery, varying in shape from the traditional round balls decorated with snowflake designs or religious scenes to more ambitious pieces in the shape of bumblebees or even Queen Nefertiti’s bust.

    Other popular items include simple but quirky wooden toys from the Czech Republic or black rye bread imported from neighboring Lithuania.

    Warsaw-Christmas Market

    Food stalls fill the air with the smell of roasted chestnuts, mulled wine or pierogi, Polish dumplings made from unleavened dough that are stuffed with potatoes, sauerkraut, meat, cheese or fruit. Pierogi is one of the dishes included in the traditional Christmas Eve dinner, and are so popular that restaurants like Pierogarnia specialize in the numerous variations on the dish.

    The market is usually held in December and offers a great starting point for exploring the city’s Old Town. Venture deeper, or wander the side streets, and you can load up on unique souvenirs and Christmas gifts like amber jewelry from the country’s Baltic coast. 

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Dee from Vanilla Papers

    Zakopane, Poland

    Zakopane makes it to the list of best winter destinations in Europe. Zakopane is the winter capital of Poland. The name means literally buried in snow.

    The town is located in the picturesque Tatra Mountains close to the Slovak border. The mountain resorts nearby offer a lot in terms of winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding.

    With the longest ski slope in the country Kasprowy Wierch just 10 minutes ride from the center of Zakopane and Białka Tatrzańska, the biggest ski resort in the Polish Tatras only 25 km away. The nearby mountains are also a perfect spot for cross country skiing as well as ski touring.

    Another winter activity that is very popular in the region is horse sleigh riding in traditional wooden sleigh often ended with a bonfire with sausages and mulled wine. If the weather allows it and there is no danger of an avalanche, you can also take a tour to Morskie Oko (Eye of the Sea – a beautiful mountain lake, the biggest one in Tatras). 

    The town itself is thriving with life (also at night) and the Highlanders from the Tatras are well known for their folklore and hospitality.

    Zakopane has a wide offer of hotels, guesthouses and villas for rent, however, many people also rent rooms in their houses, sometimes including delicious homemade food as well.

    Zakopane Winter

    The local specialties here include oscypek (a smoked cheese made of salted sheep milk, made exclusively in the Tatra Mountains region of Poland, best served grilled with cranberry topping), kwaśnica (sauerkraut soup), and placek zbójnicki (potato pankake often served with goulash).

    If you get really cold, you can get delicious mulled wine everywhere, but you may also try herbata z prądem (electric tea), which is hot tea with alcohol (mostly vodka).

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Anna from Liquid Traveling

    Alentejo & Algarve, Portugal

    Alentejo and Algarve regions in Southern Portugal are great places to spend the winter holidays. The weather here is usually sunny and warm compared to the rest of Europe. The great thing about coming here in winter is that it’s much less crowded than in summer months and quite a bit cheaper as well.

    Though it’s warm and sunny during the day at night it can get a bit chilly it’s very nice to stay in an old and cozy farmhouse turned into a guesthouse like Courela do Salgueiro or Moinhos do Paneiro in Caroche.  

    Southern Portugal – Best Winter Destinations in Europe to escape the snow

    All the summer activities like hiking, surfing, cycling are still available in winter and can be done without rushing, competing for a spot, or being disturbed. The water here is always quite cold so summer or winter doesn’t make a big difference for surfing or kitesurfing you’ll have to wear a wetsuit.

    Waves for surfing are actually better in winter if you like surfing or want to learn it you can rent an apartment in one of the beach towns like Praia do Odeceixe or Sagres and share the waves with only a few locals.

    One of the top things to do in the area is to walk the Rota Vicentina, a famous trail that goes along the Vicentina Coast and finishes at Cabo de S.Vicente, the southwesternmost point of the European continent.

    Winter is a good time to walk it, it’s not too hot for walking like in summer, there are very few people on the trail compared to the peak season so you can have beautiful sandy beaches all to yourself.

    Visiting the stunning caves of the Algarve e.g. Benagil Cave is another great adventure. Some of the caves can be reached only by boat and due to the offseason, you might be the only people there.

    Wine tasting is a great option in case of bad weather you can visit famous estates, try local wines and have a fine dinner.

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Campbell & Alya from Stingy Nomads

    Porto, Portugal

    When we think of winter vacations, we think of exotic trips to see the northern lights or the excitements of snow activities. The beautiful baroque city of Porto does not come to mind immediately, it is almost a hidden gem in winters. 

    One of the many advantages of visiting Porto during winter is that, precisely because the temperatures are quite mild, it is possible to do most part of the activities that you would do during the rest of the year BUT with the advantages of the low season (meaning lower prices and fewer queues).

    Porto Portugal

    Visit monuments such as the famous Lello bookshop or the stunning St Francis’ gothic church, which are typically flooded with tourists but not during winters.  

    Another great thing to do during winter in Porto is to take part in the many Christmas activities, which take place during the entire month of December. You can buy traditional Portuguese gifts to bring back home.

    Moreover in the main avenue of Porto, Avenida dos Aliados, or in Praça Dom João I, you will find ice rings where you can practice your skills.

    And, because the weather is so nice during winter, you can enjoy street theatre and contemporary dancing organized by the City Hall. It is truly magical!

    Finally, Portuguese people do not have the tradition of drinking glue wine during winter BUT we drink tons of hot chocolate at Café Guarany or at Penguin Café, two classical cafes that you shouldn’t miss while visiting Porto.

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Sara Riobom from Portoalities

    READ: Amazing places to visit in Portugal, close to Lisbon

    The Canary Islands, Spain

    Ah, the days of endless summer. If you love LOVE summers and can’t let go, Canary Islands is the way to go!

    Known as the Little Venice, Canary Islands brings in tons of sunshine, beaches and volcanic rugged terrain perfect for summer hikes and photos of the Canary Islands will melt your heart.  

    The Canary Islands is one of the warmest places in Europe, and it can be easily reached from many other European countries and winter is the perfect time to escape the cold. Resorts are open all year round and winter is a low tourist season.

    Canary Islands

    Canary Islands is also a MUST visit due to its stunning landscape – the sand dunes, the volcanic terrain, small towns scattered across, and the stunning water.

    Vineyards are found in plenty here and a wine tour is a ritual. It is also a sports haven with golf courses, mountain biking, surfing, and other water sports.

    Malaga, Spain 

    Malaga is one of the finest warm destinations to visit in Europe in winter.

    Its beaches attract thousands of tourists during the summer months, will be almost deserted during the winter and, although for some it might be a bit too chilly for a dip in the Mediterranean, it’s certainly still warm enough put down your beach towel and catch some rays. 

    If it’s culture rather than beach life that you’re after Malaga has museums galore, from the Picasso Museum to the Centre Pompidou (shaped like a giant Rubik’s Cube) and the quirky Museum of the Imagination.  

    History buffs can take a wander around the Alcazaba and view the remnants of a Roman theatre or climb up to the castle of Gibralfaro for spectacular views over the city and coastline. Meanwhile, for lovers of the great outdoors, nothing beats a stroll under the orange trees in the Botanical Gardens. 

    Malaga Christmas Lights

    Malaga has several Christmas markets dotted throughout the city but, without doubt, the main attraction in Malaga during the winter months is the festive light display. It’s renowned throughout Spain and attracts huge crowds during the festive period. The main display is at Calle Larios and, every evening at 6.30 pm, 8.00 pm and 9.30 pm, the Plaza de la Constitución fills with spectators eagerly awaiting the outstanding sound and light show. 

    Of course, you can’t come to Spain and not try some of the local delicacies. Start your day with a coffee at Café Central in Plaza de la Constitución and end it with cocktails at a rooftop bar overlooking the city. In between, there are hundreds of bars and restaurants to tempt your taste buds.

    Malaga is famous for its espetos (sardines cooked over an open flame on the beach) and, while you probably won’t find these during the winter months, you’ll still be spoilt for choice with everything from simple tapas bars to fine dining establishments, not to mention the roast chestnut sellers on many street corners. 

    There’s a huge choice of hotels for all budgets – a personal favorite is Madeinterranea Suites. Tucked away down a side street in Malaga’s old town it’s a tastefully refurbished townhouse with comfortable rooms built around a typical Andalucian courtyard. Book your stay at Madeinterranea Suites. 

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Alison from Alison In Andalucia

    Lake Bled, Slovenia

    Visiting Lake Bled in winter is magical. Most of the tourists come to Lake Bled in summer, however, it is a fantastic winter destination as well. The entire town transforms into a fairy tale, with high snowdrifts and a frozen lake on which you can walk or skate on.

    There are many things to do in Bled in winter, from practicing winter sports in the mountains to enjoying strolls along the lake and warming up with endless cups of hot chocolate.

    I have spent three days in Bled in winter, staying at Astoria Bled Hotel, a couple of minutes’ walk from the lake. What I enjoyed most about the hotel was the spa. After a day spent in the cold it was so relaxing to just sit in the jacuzzi and watch the snowflakes come down and then melt on the glass ceiling. 

    Lake Bled in Winter

    For snow lovers, Bled is a perfect base for practicing winter sports. Many people who were staying at the same hotel as I was gearing up with their ski equipment and head over to the slopes, in the nearby Triglav National Park.

    Taking the cable car up to Vogel Ski Centre, you will find plenty of slopes for every type of skier, beginner or advanced. Even if you don’t know how to ski, you can always come here to take a lesson or two. Plus, the cable car ride up offers amazing views over Lake Bohinj.

    If you visit Bled in the middle of winter, when it’s very cold and the ice is strong, you can skate on the lake. If the ice doesn’t look strong enough, there is always the ice rink from the Sports Hall.

    Bled is also a great foodie destination and in winter you can be sure to find a table at one of the most popular restaurants in town.

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Joanna from The World In My Pocket

     St.Moritz, Switzerland

    Exploring the Alps during winter is, of course, an iconic trip and one very popular with many tourists around Europe. However, whilst for many hitting the slopes on skis or a snowboard, this isn’t all there is to do in the region. One of the best ways to see the Alps is by train and none is better than the beautiful Bernina Express.

    Departing from Tirano, on the Italian side of the Alps, and traveling all the way through the mountains, across to Switzerland, past some of the iconic resorts, and ending up in the key interchange of Chur. With its wide, panoramic windows, you can grab a picnic and bottle of red, sit back and enjoy the views.

    Mountain Views and Alps

    Now, one of your key stops will be the glitzy and affluent town of St Moritz in Switzerland. Another favorite of snow and adventure sportspeople, the town has a splendid selection of hotels and restaurants. However, don’t make this your final destination!

    Across the valley from the town, you will find Muottas Muragl, a Romantik branded hotel located 2,456m above sea level. To reach the hotel, you have to take the cable car up – which in itself is an epic journey – a vintage funicular railway originating in 1907!

    Once you reach the hotel, you will find the incredible views that make this such a wonderful place to visit. With sweeping vistas down across St Mortiz and beyond, on a clear day, it will be one of the finest in the Alps.

    The hotel is also home to one of the best sledding routes in the area, allowing you to suit up and take a thrill ride back down into the valley. Then, in the evening, relax in the hotel’s own restaurant, with splendid fine dining, exquisite service, and a wine list to die for. Find more destinations in Switzerland in winter here.

    CONTRIBUTED BY: Laura & Charlie from The Travelling Stomach 

    Travel Tips – Best places to visit in Europe in winter  

    Here are some important items to keep in mind, before embarking on your trip to Europe. 

    Travel Documents and Visa – Ensure your passport and other travel documents are in order before your trip. If you require a visa to travel to Europe, read our application guide on Schengen Visa

    First time to Europe – Get our Europe Travel Checklist

    Travel Insurance – Winter also means unpredictable weather. Ensure your trip with travel insurance against trip cancellations and delays, or any medical emergencies. Get your quote here from Worlds Nomad Insurance

    What to Pack for Europe in winter – We have written an extensive guide to pack for Europe here

    We hope you enjoyed our list of best winter destinations in Europe.  

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    Easter in Germany: dates, celebration, photos, congratulations

    On this page you will find a description of Easter in Germany, other names of the holiday: Ostersonntag; Ostermontag. Celebration dates by year, customs and traditions adopted in Germany on Easter Day, a description of the origin, if known, as well as what congratulations the Germans in Germany use on this holiday and their meaning. You will also find here photos of the attributes of the holiday or the celebration itself and other interesting information.

    § Dates of Easter in Germany

    The date of Easter in Germany changes every year.

    Date of Easter in Germany:
    April 17 and April 18, 2022.

    The following is a list of dates for celebrating Easter in Germany by year, provided that in previous and subsequent years the current order and time of celebration of the holiday is preserved:

    • (Sun) 17 April and (Mon) 18 April 2022 – Easter 2022Germany Germany
    • (Sun) 9 April and (Mon) 10 April 2023 – Easter 2023Germany Germany
    • (Sun) 31 March and (Mon) 1 April 2024 – Easter 2024GERMANY Germany
    • (Sun) April 20 and (Mon) April 21, 2025 – Easter 2025GERMANY Germany
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    § Other holiday names

    German holiday name: Ostern, Ostermontag .

    Other names for Easter in Germany:

    • Ostersonntag
    • Ostermontag

    § Holiday status in Germany

    Easter is an additional day off (weekends) throughout Germany – a national holiday.

    § Wishes and congratulations on Easter in Germany

    At Easter in Germany it is customary to write postcards with personal text to friends and acquaintances, but more and more often send SMS or e-mails. The following are typical short wishes for Easter:

    • Frohe Ostern! (Happy Easter)
    • Wir wünschen euch ein schönes Osterfest! (Wishing you a happy Easter)
    • Euch und eurer Familie frohe Ostern (Happy Easter to you and your family)
    • Frohe Ostern und herzliche Grüße zum Fest euch allen (Happy Easter and best wishes for the holiday to all of you)

    You can find a lot of standard texts for wishes and cards on the Internet.

    § Description of the celebration of Easter customs and traditions:

    Easter (German Ostern, read as “ Ostern “) is a Christian holiday in connection with the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. For the origin of the word Ostern, see the information below on the page.

    The date of the holiday is not constant, the celebration falls on the first Sunday after the spring full moon. The dates of many other holidays are also calculated from this date. Easter is celebrated on Sunday and Monday; Easter days are official days off from work in Germany.

    Easter bonfire

    On the night of Easter, divine services are held in churches, an Easter bonfire is lit in the courtyard of the temple, from which an Easter candle, called Paschal, is lit, from which believers in the temple light their candles. Then the paschal is set up near the altar and the passover is proclaimed.

    Easter eggs, games with eggs

    Believers in Germany decorate trees and houses with painted eggs, give eggs to each other and eat them. In addition, there are many games with colored eggs, for example: two people hit the eggs with sharp or blunt ends against each other, the one whose egg remains intact wins. Another example of a game: eggs are rolled down a hill or thrown; the winner is the one whose egg rolled away or flew away further. Another game, a team game: they put eggs in spoons and try to run a certain distance with them without dropping them and come back.

    Easter Bunny

    Traditionally, the Easter Bunny paints the eggs and hides them in the garden. These eggs are then searched for by the children on Sunday morning.

    Throughout history other animals, such as the rooster, the fox, the stork or the cuckoo, have taken on the role of egg provider (Easter Bunny).

    Mail to the Easter Bunny

    On the eve of Easter, children in Germany write letters, cards and greetings to the Easter Bunny. These postcards are sent to a special branch of the German Easter Bunny Post, where they are processed and answered. The post office address can be found at the specified link on the official website of the German Post.

    Easter horse procession, cavalcade

    In Saxony, a horse procession is traditionally held on Easter, in which men on horseback and with religious attributes in their hands ride through the villages with the news of the resurrection of Christ. Horse processions are accompanied by songs, it is believed that this tradition affects the fertility of the land.

    Easter well, fountain

    In villages, wells or fountains are traditionally decorated with branches, Easter eggs and other decorations.

    Easter greens, baked goods

    Already on Good Thursday (Green Thursday) traditionally green color plays an important role in cooking as a symbol of spring: green soups, salads, cabbage and spinach dishes are prepared.

    For Easter there are special sweet pastries, sweet Easter pretzels, Easter braids and wreaths and of course Easter bread.

    Good Friday is traditionally served with fish and dumplings with broth, as well as spinach and eggs.

    On Easter days, roast lamb or goat meat, various salads, hare and poultry are prepared.

    Easter Monday procession (German: Emmausgang)

    Priests, accompanied by parishioners, arrange a procession to the holy places on Easter Monday, and such an Easter walk can also be done simply by a group of people. This embodies the idea of ​​the appearance of Christ to his disciples after the resurrection from the dead.

    § Origin of Easter

    Origin of holiday name: Easter or Ostern

    Although in many countries the word Easter is used for the name of the holiday associated with the resurrection of Christ, in Germany, as in England, the word Ostern is used. Why such difference?

    Originally, the word Passover referred to the Jewish holiday in honor of the release of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery and was celebrated with the use of unleavened bread, baked lamb and bitter herbs. To designate a holiday in connection with the resurrection of Christ, Christians began to use the same name.

    There are several variants that explain the origin of the word Ostern in German, the exact origin is not known. There are the following assumptions:

    • Perhaps the word Ostern comes from the name of the ancient German goddess of Spring, sun and light named “Ostara”. Long before Christ, the Germanic tribes and Celts celebrated the festival of spring and light and worshiped the goddess Ostara.
    • Perhaps the word Ostern comes from the word Osten and denotes the direction of the rising of the sun, in which the sun begins its journey across the sky.
    • The word Ostern probably comes from the Indo-European word Eostro , which means “Dawn”, and thus conveys the meaning that believers should stay up on Easter night and meet the morning dawn.

    The beginning of the celebration of Easter in Christianity

    The feast in honor of the resurrection of Christ was established in the 4th century AD, it was supposed to replace the pagan holiday of spring. Then it was decided to celebrate it on the first Sunday after the spring full moon.

    Origins of Easter customs

    Many of the customs and traditions that are performed at Easter are of pagan origin and are associated with the rituals that people used in connection with the arrival of spring and the awakening of nature. For example, fire was used in pre-Christian times to welcome the victory of the Sun and spring over winter, as well as to protect against evil spirits and improve fertility. Today, the Easter bonfire is also lit in many places to celebrate Easter. The table below summarizes some of the Easter customs and their origins.

    § Photos, pictures for the holiday

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    • Easter fountain decorated with branches of trees, eggs and ribbons

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    How long are school holidays in Germany

    In the lands of Germany, holidays for schoolchildren may not take place at the same time, because this would be a significant blow to the country’s economy, created a load on the roads when a large number of people travel in their car. Germans travel to places of interest or visit other countries. If the long vacation in Germany starts at the same time in all educational institutions, this will be a huge test for the country’s economy. Transport companies will feel a special burden.

    Instead of four – 6 holidays

    Regardless of the type of school, children in Germany rest for at least 75 days per year. The school holiday plan is approved annually at a meeting of the federal conference of the ministry responsible for culture and coordinating the work of 16 land ministries. In the German states, there are such long holidays for students:

    • Autumn (2 weeks).

    • Christmas (3 weeks).

    • Winter (about 3 weeks).

    • Spring (no more than 2 weeks).

    • Easter (2 weeks).

    • Summer (from 6 to 7 weeks).

    The system of “floating” days off is not always convenient for the entire population of the country. Many friends and relatives live in different parts of the world, so visiting them is problematic. Families can only meet during the summer holidays for students or religious holidays. German parents do not have the opportunity to take a vacation for all long weekends of schoolchildren.

    If a child is older than 9 years old and knows how to occupy himself, this does not cause any special problems for parents. Unlike Russian, German families cannot send their offspring to their grandparents. This is not accepted in Germany. Relatives can receive guests for a couple of days, but the rest of the time it is necessary to think carefully about the child’s leisure. In almost every city in Germany there are a lot of offers for a long vacation for schoolchildren, but not every parent can afford their cost. Sometimes parents have to take vacations at different times so as not to break the law and not leave the child alone.

    In German schools, vacations are held according to five different schedules.

    Holidays in Germany are held according to 5 different schedules. Even the beginning of the school year does not start the same way everywhere. Although the start date for each federal state is determined individually, it is usually the second week of September. Free days appointed by the state education departments or the directorate of schools are not considered as vacation days. During long weekends, German teachers, like domestic teachers, have a lot of work to do. During this time they are required to:

    • Check control and examination papers;

    • Prepare material for a new educational process;

    • Engage in self-education and professional development.

    Regardless of the duration of vacations in Germany, teachers are paid monthly in full. German law prohibits children from being left alone at home until they are 9years. One of the parents must take a vacation during this time or work in the evening.

    Christmas Holidays

    Religious holidays are celebrated throughout the country in the same way, so German schoolchildren spend their Christmas holidays almost simultaneously. In each of the lands, the number of religious holidays can vary significantly. Catholic Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg have more rest days than Protestant Brandenburg. You can find out about the number of days off on the federal website of the conference of ministers of culture. The Christmas weekend can start from December 20-23 and last until January 3-11.

    Winter holiday

    Winter holidays in Germany start from the end of January or throughout February. In some places, they can even be appointed at the beginning of March. In Hamburg, the rest of schoolchildren lasts only 1 day and begins on January 31. The longest winter holidays for children in Saxony. They start on February 10th and last until the 22nd of this month. In the Saarland, the start of winter holidays for schoolchildren in 2020 was scheduled for February 17 and lasted until February 25.

    Easter or spring break

    Easter holidays in Germany come at the same time, but spring break in each district comes in different ways. In Hamburg, children rested from March 2 to March 13, and in Lower Saxony, schoolchildren’s spring holidays began on March 30 and will end on April 14. In Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, spring holidays for children will begin on April 6 and will last until April 18. In the Saar, teenagers will be able to relax only from 14 April and their weekend will last until 24 April.

    The children of Germany will continue to study until the feast of the Trinity. For schoolchildren in North Rhine-Westphalia, the holiday will last 1 day. It falls on June 2 this year. For students in Hamburg and Saxony-Anhalt, the holidays will begin on May 18, but they will end in different ways. Children in Hamburg will have to start classes on May 22, while schoolchildren in Saxony-Anhalt will only start school on May 30. In Berlin, Bremen, Macklenburg-Western Pomerania, Thuringia, Lower Saxony, schoolchildren’s holidays for Trinity and Ascension will begin on May 22. In some lands there are no holidays for Whitsunday, but schoolchildren have more rest at other times. Such schoolchildren have a longer vacation at Easter, autumn or Christmas long weekends.

    Summer vacation

    Three-month rest, like Russian schoolchildren, German
    there are no students. Summer holidays in Germany usually take place between June 22
    and 12 September. Children of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern can enjoy their holidays with
    July 22, and it will last until August 1. June 25 will go on summer vacation
    students from Hamburg, Brandenburg and Berlin. In July they will be able to take a break from school
    schoolchildren of Hesse, Saxony, Thuringia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Bavaria, Bremen,
    Saar and Lower Saxony. Students are the last to go on summer vacation.

    New Year and Christmas in Europe 2022

    In European countries, the main celebration of the year is the Catholic Christmas, coming on December 25th. And the New Year holidays in Europe are, as it were, a continuation of the Christmas ones. How exactly, on what scale and in what traditions the New Year is celebrated in a particular European country, was influenced by a lot of factors at one time. These are both Christian customs, and pagan, and ancient Roman.

    Country Peculiarities of meeting the holiday Dishes on the table Santa Claus
    ENGLAND Big Ben announces the coming of the New Year, which rings muffledly until midnight, and at midnight Gifts are not required. Doors in all houses are opened to let in the New Year. The lovers kiss under mistletoe branches. Vegetable stuffed turkey plum pudding Father Christmas
    FRANCE Traditionally, on this day a bean is baked into the pie, and whoever gets a piece with the bean is considered the king of the festive night. Every child is supposed to receive a gift in a slipper. The French arrange fun feasts with wine and songs. Turkey stuffed with chestnuts, truffles, poultry, foie gras Pere Noel
    ITALY The holiday is bright, cheerful, colorful. Italians decorate their houses with garlands and prepare many treats. In this country, it is customary to get rid of everything old on New Year’s Eve. Therefore, immediately after midnight, various objects fly from the windows of houses – the owners make room for new happiness. Fish dishes, pastries, cappelletti, pork Babo Nattale
    SPAIN It is customary to celebrate the New Year in the squares. Hundreds and thousands of people gather, and each of them holds a bag with a dozen grapes. When the chimes strike, with the next blow, the celebrants eat grapes. Seafood, lots of sweets, lamb ribs, turkey or piglet Papa Noel
    GERMANY A minute before the New Year, everyone climbs on chairs, and then they “jump” into the new year. Many go out into the street, launch rockets, congratulate passers-by, drink champagne. Carp, herring, pies, nuts, fruit, gingerbread, sausages Nikolaus
    HOLLAND Many people celebrate the arrival of the New Year in the central squares. The holiday is very noisy, with crackers, music, songs. But it is also a family celebration with special dishes and a festive feast. Shortbread, candied fruit, poultry, donuts, salted beans Sunderklaas

    As you can see, New Year’s traditions and holiday destinations, with all their differences, have a lot in common. The weather during the New Year holidays in Europe is usually warm, sometimes rainy. If you want to celebrate a holiday among snowdrifts, then your choice is the Czech Republic or the Scandinavian countries. If you vote for winter, which is similar to our autumn, go to Greece or France.

    What to do, where to note and what to see in Europe?

    If you are going to Europe for the New Year for a special festive mood, make a choice in favor of Germany, Sweden, Denmark. The Baltic countries are also very picturesque at this time.

    Almost every building is decorated with Christmas tree branches and garlands, so a simple walk along the European street brings a sense of celebration and spiritual uplift at this time.

    Excursions and other entertainment – also on the level.

    Holiday sales are taking place all over Europe at this time. There are fairs and amusement parks everywhere. Sightseeing and thematic tours are conducted. Holiday concerts and exhibitions are held.

    Do you choose solitude, active holidays, pristine natural charm? Head to the alpine slopes, to holiday homes in Swedish or Finnish forests, or to one of Norway’s tiny villages where you can rent a cottage.

    Do you want to celebrate the holiday in a fun and noisy way? Go to Edinburgh or Prague. Although in any European city on New Year’s Eve people gather in the central squares.

    If you want to celebrate a holiday in a restaurant or cafe, absolutely any city in any European country will do. The only problem may be the availability of seats. You need to take care of booking a table in advance.

    What to see with children in Europe?

    New Year holidays are the best time to introduce your child to European cities. During this period, a huge number of entertainment attractions and amusement parks work for them. The most incredible experience will bring:

    1. Disneyland France;
    2. Danish Legoland;
    3. Port Aventura in Spain;
    4. Junibacken in the capital of Sweden;
    5. Lapland in Finland;
    6. Tropicary in Hungary.

    And even the Christmas and New Year atmosphere that European cities are filled with at this time makes an indelible impression on children.

    Renting property in Europe for the New Year

    Country (city) housing grade Housing price range (in euros per day)
    France (Paris) Hotel 2-3* 50-350
    Hotel Hotel Hotel Hotel Hotel Hotel Hotel Hotel Hotel Hotel 4-5* 70-1700
    Apartments 75 (3*)-700 (5*)
    Austria Hotel 2-3* 40-590
    Hotel 4-5* 70-1550
    Germany (Berlin) Hotel 2-3* 55-360
    Hotel 4-5* 175-680
    Apartments 145 (3*)-400 (3*)-400 (3*) *)
    Hungary (Budapest) Hotel 2-3* 40-570
    Hotel 4-5* 55-670

    ) -850(5*)
    Spain (Madrid) Hotel 2-3* 35-490
    Hotel 4-5* 55-1250
    Apartments 40 (3*)-250 (4*)

    9000 9000 9000 and New Year celebrations in European resorts

    Do you want to celebrate a holiday in a ski resort? The traditional choice is the Alps. An equally impressive, but more economical option is the ski resorts of Bulgaria and Montenegro. Also very picturesque are the winter resorts of Andorra, Finland, France, Spain, where you will find not only skiing, but also sleigh rides, horseback riding, SPA centers.

    What must be done in Europe during the New Year holidays?

    • In Switzerland and Liechtenstein, try local wine, which is hardly ever exported.
    • In Italy – see festive Venice and stroll around Milan. Visit one of the pyrotechnic shows that take place on the squares. Taste Sciacchetra wine.
    • In Hungary, try krampampuli, a local rum-based drink that is an elaborate New Year’s ritual. Go with the children to the village of Nod Karachon, where the local Santa Claus is waiting for the children.
    • In Holland, check into one of the designer hotels or at least take a tour there.
    • In France – visit Disneyland and rise above Paris on a 60-meter Ferris wheel.
    • In Austria, go outside at midnight on New Year’s Eve and listen to the trumpeters announce the coming of the New Year. Meet a chimney sweep in a high top hat on the street, which should bring good luck in the coming year.

    In any European country:

    1. walk along the streets of ancient cities;
    2. visit Christmas markets and buy souvenirs;
    3. try mulled wine and local confectionery;
    4. watch the fireworks on the main square of the city.


    A trip to Europe for the New Year holidays is much less burdensome than a trip to a distant exotic country. Yes, and it will be cheaper due to territorial proximity. And the unique atmosphere of a bright fairy tale that prevails in European countries during this period will bring you a lot of unforgettable emotions.

    In European cities, there is a place for a romantic walk, for a noisy party in a big company, for relaxing with children, and for active recreation.

    School holidays in Germany: calendar for expat parents

    Updated for the children during the holidays.

    This guide to school holidays in Germany is designed to help parents who live and work in Germany mark key dates on the calendar and organize necessary family activities or childcare. German schools have seasonal breaks, including long summer holidays, as well as holidays at Christmas and Easter.


    1. International School on the Rhine
    2. German school holidays
    3. German school holidays 2019-20
    4. German school holidays 2020-21
    5. Additional holidays and weekends
    6. Childcare during school holidays in Germany
    7. Video
    International School on the Rhine

    Dusseldorf – Neuss – Cologne. It offers excellent full-time international education in a multilingual environment. ISR offers an outstanding academic program, personalized student support, and several extra-curricular activities through a non-selective college preparatory education system.

    School holidays in Germany

    School holidays in Germany are set at the regional level by each federal state. Each state has an annual holiday for autumn, Christmas, Easter and summer, and most states have a winter holiday around February. In some lands there is a break of one or two weeks on Pentecost in May and June. There are also days off throughout the year, which vary from state to state. Each state sets the exact dates for all school holidays in Germany, although they must fit within a certain time period.

    School holidays in Germany: holiday dates in Germany.

    Holiday dates at private international schools in Germany may differ slightly from the general school holiday dates, although they will be approximately the same. Check with your child’s school for details.

    The German school holidays are often used as a time for families to get together and celebrate holidays such as Easter and Christmas in Germany, go on family vacations or take day trips around Germany. Holidays can also coincide with regional celebration days or German carnival periods.

    German school holidays 2019-20

    • Autumn holidays: 1-2 weeks from September 30 to October 31, 2019 (Baden-Württemburg has a three-day holiday from October 28 to October 30)
    • 2-3 weeks from 19 December 2019 to 12 January 2020
    • Winter holidays: 1-2 weeks between 31 January and 28 February 2020 Schleswig-Holstein; break 1-2 days in Bremen, Hamburg and Lower Saxony)
    • Easter holidays: 2-3 weeks from March 28 to April 24, 2020 (Hamburg has a separate spring holiday March 2-13, 2019)
    • Ascension Break: 1-2 days break 21-22 May 2020
    • Pentecost Break: 1-2 day break June 1-2, 2020
    • Not all states have Ascension and Pentecost break. Some have no break, some have only one. Baden-Württemburg and Bavaria have a two-week break between 2-13 June 2019of the year. Check with your local authorities or school for details.
    • Summer holidays: six weeks from 22 June to 12 September 2020 (in Thuringia, seven weeks from 20 July to 28 August 2019)

    Dates of school holidays in Germany 2020-21

    • Autumn holidays: 1-2 weeks from October 5 to October 31, 2020
    • Christmas holidays: 2-3 weeks from December 21, 2020 to January 9, 2021
    • Winter holidays: 1-2 weeks from 1 February to 21 February 2021 (excluding holidays in Baden-Württemburg, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein; break 1-2 days in Bremen, Hamburg and Lower Saxony)
    • Easter Holiday: 2-3 weeks from 27 March to 16 April 2021 (Hamburg has a separate spring holiday from 1 to 12 March 2021)
    • Ascension Break: 1-2 days from 13 to May 14, 2021
    • Pentecost break: 1-2 days May 24-25, 2019
    • Not all states have a break for Ascension and Pentecost. Some have no break, some have only one. Baden-Württemburg and Bavaria have a two-week break from 25 May to 5 June 2021. Check with your local authorities or school for details.
    • Summer holidays: approximately six weeks from 21 June to 13 September 2001

    All dates are subject to change.

    For complete details of vacation dates for 2020 and 2021, contact your child’s school.

    Additional holidays and weekends

    Above are the dates that generally apply in all German schools every year, but there are additional days during the year when school may not be held. These can be regional holidays that are valid only in certain states in accordance with regional public holidays in Germany, religious days when children of certain faiths are given a day off, or days that are valid in individual schools, such as training days for staff or book days for students. . For more information, contact your local school or visit the school’s website. Many schools, such as the International School of the Rhine, have calendars on their websites that list all dates when the school is closed.

    Child care during school holidays in Germany

    If you are a working parent, you may find yourself in a situation where you need to find childcare during the holidays if you cannot (or do not want to) take time off from work, but leaving children with relatives or friends is not an option. The main options in Germany are:

    • Kindergartens: Kindergartens ( horts ) provide extracurricular care for children of primary school age in Germany. This usually happens after school, but many German horts also organize holidays which include a range of recreational activities. They are mainly intended for elementary school children, but in some cases they accept children up to 14 years old. Information about day care centers in your area can be obtained from your child’s school or local government. You can also find a nursery on the Kita website.
    • Summer camps: For older children there are summer camps with adventure, sports and language activities. Many of these are popular with expat kids in Germany, such as Camp Adventure, an international summer camp that hosts activities for children under the age of 19.years.
    • Individual caregiver fee: You can hire a caregiver, nanny, babysitter or housekeeper. Find out more in our guide to finding childcare in Germany.

    Kindergarten and summer camp prices and availability are subject to change, so it is recommended to book as early as possible.


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    School holidays in Germany 2022 by state and city

    In this publication School-Holidays.Info has collected information about school holidays in Germany in 2022. We will give the dates of the beginning and end of the Christmas, winter, Easter, summer and autumn holidays. In the publication you will find tables with vacations by lands and cities, as well as summary lists by vacation time.

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    Features of the school calendar

    The whole territory of Germany is divided into 16 administrative units. They include the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia, as well as individual cities: Berlin, Brandenburg , Bremen, Hamburg and Hesse.

    School holidays in Germany start and end at different times. It all depends on the geographic location of the school. In total, there are 6 rest periods for schoolchildren in Germany:

    1. Summer holidays;
    2. Autumn holidays;
    3. Christmas (New Year) holidays;
    4. Winter holidays;
    5. Easter (spring) holidays;
    6. Feasts for Pentecost.

    Apart from holidays, schools in Germany are closed on public holidays. Some of them are nationwide, others are celebrated only in certain regions and cities. You can learn more about them in the article “Holidays in Germany in 2022: taking a profitable weekend.”

    German school holidays 2022 by state

    In this section we have compiled the German school holidays 2022 by state. For ease of searching, they are listed alphabetically.



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    Christmas holidays from December 22, 2022 to January 02, 2023


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    Christmas holidays from 23 December 2022 to 07 January 2023

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    * In Baden-Württemberg, an additional holiday on 31 October.

    ** In Bavaria, an additional holiday on 16 November.

    *** Mecklenburg-Vorpommern has an additional holiday on 1 and 2 November.

    Christmas holidays in Germany 2022

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    Christmas in Europe | Loratravels

    To begin with, we would like to remind you that our winter holidays and winter holidays in Europe do not coincide. The main holiday in Europe is Christmas, which is celebrated on the night of 24 to 25 December. New Year’s Eve doesn’t matter that much. If Christmas in Europe is a holiday that Europeans prefer to spend with their families, then for the New Year they choose restaurants, discos, night performances, in general, they have fun outside the home in every possible way. And already in early January, starting from the 4th day in Europe, working days, while our holidays are in full swing.

    To feel the real Christmas spirit, of course, you need to go to Europe on Christmas Eve. Decorating Christmas trees, decorating the streets, setting up fairs in Europe starts about a month before Christmas. Further on the rise, the closer to December 24, the brighter and more colorful it becomes on the streets of European cities, urban performances begin, which are loved by both adults and children, and the cities themselves become fabulous thanks to all kinds of decorations. There is a festive atmosphere almost everywhere on Christmas Eve in Europe, but we will tell you about the 5 most magical cities for celebrating European Christmas. So, where to go to Europe for Christmas?

    1.Christmas in Stockholm, Sweden

    Around Christmas, the already cozy and magical Stockholm becomes just a fairy tale for real. Numerous bazaars, fairs and illuminations everywhere make the city simply magical. The meeting point for tourists and locals during this period are 2 main Christmas markets – in Skansen and in Gamla Stan. Read about how to get around European cities here: All about public transport in Europe.

    Skansen is a kind of open-air museum, there are exhibitions of national wooden architecture, there is also a zoo, which has become a home for animals traditionally living in Sweden. There is also a chic Christmas market here. You can walk here all day, this is such a colorful and interesting place. The skansen is open daily, but the bazaars take place on weekends. While walking around Skansen, don’t forget to try all sorts of Swedish “sweets” such as Christmas cookies, gingerbread, jam and, of course, hot mulled wine.

    Gamla Stan is the Old Town in Stockholm, ie. the most historical part of it. Of course, colorful Christmas markets are also held here. The interesting thing about the place is that, starting from December 1, one festive window opens here every day, but where exactly in Gamla Stan, you need to check according to a special Christmas calendar. Christmas music and songs are heard from the opened window. A very nice tradition, don’t you agree? Seeing the opening window is considered fortunate in the New Year.

    If you want to wander around the windows with all kinds of Christmas souvenirs, then head to the NK department store, the largest in the city. Be sure that here you will certainly feel like a child, literally stuck to the windows of a shop window. A large skating rink also opens in Stockholm in winter, so if you like outdoor activities, then you are here. In addition to all the entertainment, another traditional entertainment for Stockholmers is walking behind the Yulburd.

    Yulburd is a buffet that opens in all the fashionable restaurants of the city on Christmas Eve. This is a real opportunity to try unforgettable Swedish cuisine for a reasonable price, so many tourists from neighboring countries and cities come to Stockholm for Yulburd. Christmas holidays are a fun time in the capital of Sweden. If you want to become a part of this holiday, then come to Stockholm for Christmas! Read more about natural attractions in Sweden and other Nordic countries: Sights of Northern Europe.

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    2.Christmas in Prague, Czech Republic

    Christmas decorations in Prague are a beautiful sight. Huge fluffy fir trees are set up on medieval cobbled squares, and Christmas markets are organized around them, where you can find in abundance both souvenirs and symbols of Christmas, as well as traditional Czech goodies. Feel the spirit of the fun Prague fairs come to the Old Town and Wenceslas Squares, it is here that the most luxurious bazaars take place. You should definitely try tsukrovi (these are Czech Christmas cookies), honey gingerbread, and drink punch or mead – both of which will perfectly warm you on a winter evening.

    If you want to attend a Christmas performance, then go to the church of St. Nicholas, and if you want to take the children to a traditional Christmas tree performance, then you should go to the Koruni Theater (performances are in Russian). Around Christmas, people in Prague love to dress up and carol, so don’t be surprised if you meet familiar fairy-tale characters right in the middle of the streets. Another purely Prague tradition is the release of fish into the Vltava (the main river artery of the city). To do this, on December 24, both children and adults gather near the banks of the Vltava, buy live fish at the local market, preferably carp, and release it into the river. It is believed that by releasing the fish into the river, you let go of the past year and enter the new one with pure thoughts. Many come to Charles Bridge on this day, because standing on the bridge on Christmas Eve and making a wish, you can expect it to come true. At least, the inhabitants of Prague firmly believe in this.

    In many Prague churches before Christmas, so-called nativity scenes open. These are artistically designed scenes based on the birth of Christ, walking here, you always feel the magical magic of Christmas (organized in the Cathedral of St. Vitus, the monastery church of the Virgin Mary of Angels, the Church of the Virgin Mary in front of Tyn, the Church of the Virgin Mary the Victorious, the Church of St. Thomas, the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and many other places). It will be interesting to visit the Christmas exhibitions in the Old Town Hall and the Bethlehem Chapel.

    Say what you like, but the celebration of Christmas in Prague, and throughout the Czech Republic, is of great importance. Arriving in Prague on Christmas Eve, you find yourself in a fairy tale, where the characters of fairy tales walk through the streets, gigantic decorated fir trees flaunt in the squares, and the air smells of cinnamon and vanilla. Prague is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life on Christmas Eve. Read more about how to save money on entrance tickets to attractions: City Tourist Card.

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    3.Christmas in Innsbruck, Austria

    In winter, people come to Innsbruck to go skiing, but this city is remarkable not only for its natural landscapes. On Christmas Eve, there are many theatrical performances, which will be interesting not only for adults, but also for children. The most interesting places in the city at this time are the Old Town, Markplatz, Maria Theresa Street, Wilten Square and St. Nicholas Square. A multi-meter Christmas tree decorated with crystals is set up in the central square. Christmas markets are organized on Wilten Square and Markplatz. And on the streets of Merchengasse and Riesengasse, theatrical performances for children based on Christmas motifs are held. Head to Sparkassenplatz if you’re into ice skating, a lavishly decorated skating rink opens there every winter. Pre-Christmas events begin in Innsbruck on November 15 and end after the New Year.

    If you are still drawn to the mountains, then you can combine business with pleasure and take a ride on the lift to Hungerburg. In this cozy place, you can look at the festive Innsbruck from a bird’s eye view, or you can stroll through the Christmas market, choose souvenirs and enjoy sweets. The funicular operates from 13.00 to 19.00 daily. For authentic Tyrolean cuisine, go to local taverns, many of which are marked with a quality mark, which indicates that the locals care about preserving their culture and traditions, including in cooking.

    Tyroleans consider apple strudel to be the biggest sweet delicacy, and Gröstl the most delicious savory dish. There are several ski resorts in the vicinity of Innsbruck, incl. known as Sölden and Kitzbühel. These towns are also transformed during the winter holidays, so a day trip here can bring many pleasant experiences. Christmas in Innsbruck and its surroundings is Christmas in Europe at its best.

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    4.Christmas in Munich, Germany

    Munich’s main fair is usually located on Marienplatz, where the largest Christmas tree is set up, and after 5 pm you can hear the sound of live Christmas music. You can also explore festive Munich in different ways: someone can go on a walking tour, which is conducted by certified guides on Christmas Eve for free; and someone to ride on a special Christmas tram that runs along the central ring. In the tram, the famous German gluwein (mulled wine) is generously poured and Christmas carols are sung. A ticket for such a tram will cost 1.5 euros, the landing station is SendlingerTor.

    For theatrical performances, head to Wittelsbacherplatz, the so-called medieval market. The atmosphere here is appropriate: people dress up in medieval costumes and arrange festive processions, and at the fair you can try stew according to a real medieval recipe. On Stachus Square, an ice rink is poured in the first winter month. While riding, you can also treat yourself to a warming up punch. Real fans of Christmas will certainly be interested in visiting the Christmas Museum in Rothenburg, where there are more than 30,000 exhibits, which are Christmas tree decorations of all kinds and colors. Entering such a museum, you feel that you are in a fairy tale. Also on the ground floor of the museum is a shop where you can find Christmas decorations to your taste. The same shops (without a museum) are located in the towns of Oberammergau, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Berlin, Bruges.

    In addition to Munich, you can get into the spirit of Christmas in other places in Bavaria, for example, go on an excursion to Neuschwanstein Castle, for children this trip will be a real adventure, because the snow-covered castle is so reminiscent of a castle from Disney cartoons. Visiting local fairs in Regensburg, Nuremberg, Ingolstadt, Fussen and other cozy towns in Bavaria is a must if you come here for more than a couple of days. The small towns of Bavaria are beautiful at any time of the year, but in winter, decorated and elegant, they look just magical. To learn how to avoid the queue at the main sights of Europe, read here: How to avoid the queue at the most popular attractions in Europe.

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    5.Christmas in Strasbourg, France

    Strasbourg is a small town in northern France in the province of Alsace. Despite its size, on Christmas Eve Strasbourg turns into the liveliest and most festive place in the whole area. Many tourists prefer to come here in winter, around Christmas, to feel the atmosphere and admire the elegant narrow streets, which are nice to wander around. Some are even of the opinion that Strasbourg is the capital of Christmas in Europe! The main holiday tree is set up on Place Kléber. Christmas markets are held on Cathedral Square and Broya Square, on Palace and Railway Station Squares. You can ride the skating rink at Place Dauphine at the entrance to the Rivetol Center.

    Every year around Christmas in Strasbourg, the village of St. Thomas is recreated, where children are invited free of charge to various performances, games and workshops. Such entertainment can become a whole event in the life of a child! Walking through the streets of Strasbourg and enjoying the festive illumination, do not forget to try traditional Alsatian goodies, such as Bredel Christmas cookies or Bretzel pretzel (dating back to the German tradition) or a piece of flambé tart (this is already French cuisine).

    Perhaps the most popular pastry here is the Kögelhopf raisin and almond cake. From unsweetened, it makes sense to treat yourself to Knakk (Alsatian sausage) or liver dumplings. As for drinks, the region is famous for its white wines, but around Christmas, here, as elsewhere in Europe, they drink hot cinnamon mulled wine.

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    How to Visit Teide National Park, Tenerife, Spain

    No trip to Tenerife is complete without visiting Teide National Park. Boasting UNESCO status and the highest peak in Spain, El Teide (3,718 m), Teide National Park is one of the most impressive destinations in the Canary Islands.

    The park stretches across the center of Tenerife encompassing the Cañadas del Teide caldera.

    About 300,000 years ago, a massive volcano collapsed, thus forming the caldera. From above, it looks like a huge basin or depression (you’ll see this more clearly on the map below).

    Pico Viejo, El Teide, and many other smaller volcanoes have sprouted out from the caldera floor, creating a striking lunar landscape of lava, pumice, and rock. The caldera is also home to rare, endemic flora and fauna, like Teide broom and Teide Bugloss.

    During your visit, you can drive across Cañadas del Teide on TF-21, hike up the caldera rim, summit Pico del Teide, and walk over fields of lava and pumice.

    In this guide, we’re going to outline everything you need to know about visiting Teide National Park and summiting Pico del Teide (permit, cable car, ascent routes, etc…). 

    Teide National Park Quick Facts

    • Entrance Fee: None
    • Permits: You only need a permit to summit Pico del Teide.
    • Parking: Parking is free throughout the park. If you’re visiting during peak holiday seasons, parking fills up very quickly. 
    • Main Attractions: El Teide and Roques de García
    • Recommended Hike: Parador Nacional to Guajara
    • Camping: Camping is forbidden in Teide National Park
    • Recommended Itinerary: Tenerife 7-day Road Trip
    • Where to Stay in Teide National Park: Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide (luxury)
    • Recommended Guidebook: Tenerife Rother Walking Guide

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    Teide National Park Map

    Essential Info for Visiting Teide National Park

    Visitor Information | There are two visitor centers in Teide National Park: one at El Portillo and the other at Parador Nacional. To get updates on trail closures, facilities, and weather, visit

    Permits | If you want to hike to Mount Teide Peak (Pico del Teide), you need to secure a free permit in advance. Try to get your permit as early as possible. 

    Safety |  As you explore the park, you’ll be between 2,000 and 3,718 meters. That’s really high, especially if you started your day at sea level. High elevation can impact people in different ways. If you ascend too quickly on trails, you might experience shortness of breath, dizziness, and even nausea. If you feel ill, descend immediately. If you’re determined to tackle some high elevation hikes in the park, we recommend drinking lots of water and sleeping at a higher elevation the night before (e. g. Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide). 

    Food | Definitely bring snacks and water with you. Here are a few places you can grab a bite to eat in the park:

    • Parador Nacional Cafeteria (adjoined to the shop)
    • Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide hotel restaurant
    • Mount Teide Cable Car base station café
    • Restaurante La Bamby
    • Restaurante El Portillo

    Theft | Never leave valuables in your car. Throughout Tenerife, rental cars are often targetted by thieves because tourists leave their possessions in plain sight. We recommend peeling off your rental car sticker as well. 

    Essentials | Wear warm clothing (thermal jacket, wind-proof/rain jacket, fleece, beanie, and gloves) and sturdy hiking boots like the women’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX / Meindl Schuhe Island Lady or the men’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX.

    How to Get to Teide National Park


    The best options for visiting Teide National Park are with a rental car or on a guided tour. Transit to and from the park is extremely limited, so it’s not something we recommend.

    Teide National Park covers a surface area of 190 km2 (18,990 hectares). To get to the very heart of the park, head to Parador Nacional.

    You’ll find the highest concentration of trailheads and places to eat between Parador Nacional and El Portillo. 

    There are three ways to get to Parador Nacional (with a car):

    1. From the South (e.g. Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje), head to Vilaflor and take TF-21 into the park (30 minutes / 22 km)
    2. From the North (e.g. Puerto de la Cruz), head to La Orotava and take TF-21 into the park (1 hour / 38 km)
    3. From the West (e.g. Los Gigantes), head to Chío and TF-38 highway and then TF-21 into the park (40 min / 36 km)

    Rental Car

    The most efficient way to travel between hiking destinations in Teide National Park is with your own car. 

    We recommend using the Discovercars. com car rental reservation platform to search for and book car rentals in Tenerife. This easy-to-use booking platform compares car rental deals from 500+ trusted providers, so that you can choose the best option for your trip.

    Tip: If you can only drive automatic transmission cars, as opposed to manual transmission cars (stick shift), book your can rental as early as possible.

    Check car rental rates here. 

    How to Summit Pico del Teide

    Step 1: Get a Permit 

    After 9 am, you need a permit to hike to the top of El Teide. Permits are free, but you should get one well in advance of your planned hiking date.

    Kati and I tried securing our permits a month in advance and we were already too late. You can obtain a free permit from the Parque Nacional Teide reservation website. 

    If you can’t get a permit…

    If you can’t get a permit on your own, you can still book a guided tour like this one, which includes the permit, cable car tickets (up and down), and insurance. For more options, check out these Teide guided tours.

    If you’re not a fan of guided tours and are still determined to summit El Teide, you could visit the peak before 9 am (no permit necessary).

    The best way to do that is by overnighting in the Altavista Refuge (reservation needed) and hiking up to the summit early the next morning.

    Bring a headlamp, food, and warm clothing. You just have to be off the peak (trail No 10) before 9 am. 

    Step 2: Pick your Route

    Cable Car Up & Down

    There are different ascent routes, but the most popular and easiest way to summit Teide is by taking the cable car (there’s only one cable car in the whole park).

    From the top station, La Rambleta, you’ll have to hike up the final 163 meters to Teide Peak.

    Make sure to purchase your cable car tickets in advance. 

     Hike: TF-21 (Trailhead at km 40.5) –  Refugio de Altavista (3260 m) – Pico del Teide (3718 m)

    If you’re not planning on taking the cable car up, this is the easiest ascent route to the top.

    However, it still involves a hefty 1400 meter ascent. This route follows trails 7 and 11. You can descend with the cable car (book in advance), or hike down the way you came. 

    Step 3: Purchase your Cable Car Tickets 

    Purchase your cable car tickets here. Pricing (as of 2022) is as follows:

    • Ticket for the ascent: 21.50 EUR
    • Ticket for the descent: 21.50 EUR
    • Cable car return ticket: 38 EUR

    The cable car only operates in stable weather conditions. You can check the cable car status here.

    Kati and I planned to take the cable car up to the top station and hike to Pico Viejo and then all the way down to Parador.

    We purchased our tickets, but when we arrived at the cable car station, we were informed that the cable car wasn’t running, due to strong winds. 

    If that happens to you, you can either get a full refund or re-book your ticket for another day, at no extra cost.  

    Step 4: Monitor Trail Conditions and Weather

    If it’s really windy, or icy, Teide National Park will close the trails to the summit, to the Refuge or Pico Viejo. You can monitor trail conditions and closures here.

    Step 5: Have a Backup Plan

    If the cable car isn’t running, or the trail to the summit is closed, there are other options. 

    If it’s not windy and you’re up for a half-day hike, we recommend the Parador to Guajara circuit trail. 

    For an easy, but stunning hike, walk the circuit trail around Roques de García.

    Learne More: Best Hikes in Teide National Park.

    Teide National Park Walking Routes

    Roques de GarcíaMontaña de la Botija

    There are some outstanding walks across Cañadas del Teide and up to the caldera rim.

    If you’re not in the mood for a big hike, we highly recommend the Roques de García circuit walk and the Montaña de la Botija loop trail. 

    Easy Walks in Teide National Park

    • Roques de García (1:30 hours)
    • Montaña de la Botija and Montaña Samara (1:45 hours)
    • Fortaleza (3:15 hours)

    Moderate Hikes in Teide National Park

    • Parador Nacional to Guajara (4:30 hours)
    • El Portillo to Huevos del Teide and Montaña Blanca (6 hours)

    Learn more about these trails: Best Hikes in Teide National Park

    Where to Stay in Teide National Park


    Luxury | The best place to stay in Teide National Park is Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide. This hotel is situated on TF-21 in the best possible location. Parador is the trailhead to Mount Guajara and a few minutes away from the Roques de García trailhead. You can also walk from the hotel to the cable car base station (1 hour) or drive (6 minutes). If you stay here, you’ll also be able to enjoy the starry skies, as there’s no light pollution in the park. 

    Book your stay at Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide.

    Look for accommodation in Teide National Park.

    You can also stay in Vilaflor

    Another great base for visiting Teide National Park is the town of Vilaflor, which is only a 30-minute drive from the park. If you overnight in Vilaflor (1,400 m), you’ll have the advantage of acclimatizing before tackling higher elevations in the park. 

    Midrange | El Tejar Hotel & Spa

    Luxury | Hotel Spa Villalba is surrounded by forest and located in the mountains below Teide National Park, this peaceful hotel encourages you to unwind and relax. Guests have access to a wellness area featuring saunas and an indoor/outdoor pool. Bedrooms are comfortable and spacious. But, our favorite thing about staying here was the breakfast buffet, featuring local specialties and everything else you’d ever want. It’s possible to eat dinner at the hotel, but we’d recommend eating in the town of Vilaflor instead.

    Look for accommodation in Vilaflor.

    Teide National Park Hiking Essentials

    Hiking Gear

    • Hiking Backpack: Osprey Tempest 30 Women’s Backpack / Osprey Talon 33 Men’s Backpack
    • Grade B/C high-cut hiking boots: Meindl Schuhe Island Lady (Kati’s Boots), Women’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX (Sabrina’s Boots), Men’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX (men’s equivalent)
    • PolarizedCAT 3-4 Sunglasses: Julbo Shield Mountain Sunglasses 
    • Hiking Poles: Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles

    Photography Gear

    • Camera Body: Sony Alpha a6000
    • Camera Body and Kit Lenses: Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless + 16-50mm and 55-210mm Zoom Lenses
    • Backpack Camera Clip: Peak Design Camera Clip

    Tenerife Hiking Guides

    • Hiking Book: Tenerife Rother Walking Guide 

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    Best Hikes in Teide National Park, Tenerife, Spain

    Teide National Park looks like it was painted in broad brushstrokes of mauve, ebony, ochre, and ash. As you venture into the volcanic wonderland of Las Cañadas caldera, you’ll see petrified lava, craggy outcrops, plains of pumice, and splashes of green and plum.

    This thrilling hiking destination in the center of Tenerife island feels like another planet, far far away from the subtropical forests of Anaga and the fertile valleys of Orotava and La Laguna. Naturally, the main focal point is Mount Teide (3,715 m), Spain’s highest peak.

    Most visitors are fixated on climbing El Teide (permit needed) during their trip to the largest Canary Island. However, there are many other hiking trails along the Caldera rim and in Las Cañadas del Teide that shouldn’t be overlooked. 

    From easy 1-hour loop trails to more demanding summit hikes, Teide National Park is a hiker’s paradise.

    We recommend spending two full days in the park. Base yourself directly in the heart of Teide National Park at Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide, or in the town of Vilaflor.

    Plan Your Trip: Tenerife Road Trip Itinerary

    1. Parador Nacional to Guajara 
    2. Roques de García 
    3. Fortaleza
    4. Montaña de la Botija and Montaña Samara 
    5. Huevos del Teide and Montaña Blanca
    6. Pico del Teide

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    Teide National Park Hiking Map

    Tips for Hiking in Teide National Park

    1. Wear warm clothing and bring layers. You’ll be hiking between 2,100 and 3,715 meters. Even on crystal-clear sunny days,  it can be really chilly and windy in the park. Pack your thermal jacket, beanie, and gloves. 
    2. Pack hiking snacks and sufficient water. There are a few places you can eat in the park, but not many. Eating options include the cafeteria at Parador Nacional, the Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide hotel restaurant, the cable car bottom station café, Restaurante La Bamby and Restaurante El Portillo.
    3. Wear Grade B/C hiking boots like the women’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX / Meindl Schuhe Island Lady (what Kati and I wear) or the men’s Hanwag Tatra II GTX.
    4. Don’t leave valuables in your parked car. 
    5. Use (offline maps app) to locate trailheads.  
    6. Purchase the Tenerife Rother Walking Guide
    7. Rent a car if you want to do lots of hiking in Teide National Park. We recommend using the car rental reservation platform to search for and book car rentals in Tenerife. This easy-to-use booking platform compares car rental deals from 500+ trusted providers, so that you can choose the best option for your trip. Check car rental rates here. 
    8. To get updates on trail closures, facilities, and weather, visit

    1. Parador Nacional to Montaña Guajara Circuit Trail

    • Trailhead: Parador Nacional (bus stop, hotel, gift shop and cafeteria)
    • Distance: 10 km circuit
    • Time Needed: 4:30 hours 
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 647 m
    • Difficulty: Moderate – Difficult 
    • Min. Elevation: 2126 m
    • Max. Elevation: 2693 m
    • Route: Parador Nacional – Degollada de Guajara (mountain pass) – Guajara (mountain) – Degollada de Ucanca (mountain pass) – Parador Nacional
    • Where to Stay: Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide (luxury) in Teide Nationalpark, or El Tejar Hotel & Spa (midrange) in Vilaflor

    If you only have time for one hike in Teide National Park, choose this one. This circuit trail starts at Parador Nacional and takes you to the summit of Guajara, 2718 m, a broad-shouldered mountain along the caldera rim.

    From the top of Mount Guajara, you’ll be treated to inspiring views of Mount Teide, the Cañadas, the coast and neighboring Canary Islands like La Gomera. 

    From the roundabout at Parador Nacional, follow trail S-4 towards Guajara (opposite direction of Mount Teide).

    Look for the white/red/yellow trail marker. After about 15 minutes, you’ll reach a road, where you’ll turn left onto S-4. Shortly thereafter, you’ll walk past a stone shelter.

    The wide roadway gently ascends through a cluster of copper-colored rock formations. Follow trail #5 to Guajara Pass (2385 m). At the pass, turn right onto trail S-15, in the direction of Alto de Guajara.

    The final ascent to the Guajara plateau is very gentle. For the best views, explore the plateau beyond the make-shift stone wall, which provides shelter from strong winds. 

    To continue the circuit, retrace your ascent route for about 200 m to the last trail intersection. Continue right.

    Keep in mind that the descent route is more difficult because of uneven terrain and steeper sections. To complete the circuit, follow signs towards Parador (S-31).

    2. Roques de García Loop Trail

    • Trailhead: Mirador de la Ruleta 
    • Distance: 4.2 km circuit
    • Time Needed: 1:30 hours
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 170 m
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Min. Elevation: 2022 m
    • Max. Elevation: 2183 m
    • Where to Stay: Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide (luxury) in Teide National Park, or Hotel Spa Villalba (luxury) in Vilaflor

    This short but nevertheless impressive walk around the rock formation Roques de García is a must-do. The trail starts at the lookout point Mirador de la Ruleta, which is on the opposite side of the road from Parador Nacional (where hike #1 started).

    We followed the flat path on the right side of the rock formation and followed the circuit trail anti-clockwise. 

    Though most of the trail is level, the final stretch is marked by a steep 200-meter ascent. 

    Tip: The best time to hike around Roques de García is at golden hour, one hour before sunset.

    At this time of day, most people have left Teide National park, leaving this popular trail blissfully empty. And as the sun slowly bids farewell, the jagged landscape glows shades of amber and peach.  

    3. Fortaleza

    • Trailhead: El Portillo
    • Distance: 10.1 km out-and-back
    • Time Needed: 3:10 hours
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 301 m
    • Difficulty: Easy – Moderate
    • Min. Elevation: 2043 m
    • Max. Elevation: 2142 m
    • Route: El Portillo (Visitor Center) – Cañada de los Guancheros – Cruz de Fregel – Fortaleza – El Portillo
    • Where to Stay: Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide (luxury) in Teide Nationalpark, or El Refugio De Maria (budget) in La Orotava

    La Fortaleza is a rusty-brown, flat-topped massif in Teide National Park. The hike to the summit of Fortaleza is a leisurely walk through the Cañadas of Teide.

    With continuous views of Mount Teide, this flat path traverses an expansive volcanic landscape dotted with laburnum bushes and Teide gorse. If you hike here in spring, you’ll see blooming red bugloss.  

    To start the hike, head to the Visitor Center at El Portillo. Just before the entrance, there’s a walkway on the left side. Take this ramp and follow trail No 1 in the direction of Mount Teide. 

    You’ll hike along trail No 1 for an hour (3 km) before reaching the Trail No 29 intersection. To ascend to Fortaleza, turn right onto trail No 29 to a small chapel, called Cruz de Fregel. Continue uphill, ignoring the trail heading right.

    At the summit (more like a plateau), you’ll see Teide, the forests of Ortova Valley, Puerto de la Cruz, and even the coast. It’s best to descend the way you came up. We continued across Fortaleza and ended up scrambling down a precipitous slope (not recommended). 

    Retrace your steps and follow the route back to the visitor center.  

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    4. Montaña de la Botija and Montaña Samara Circuit Trail

    • Trailhead: Mirador de Sámara, small parking lot off of TF-38
    • Distance:5. 1 km circuit
    • Time Needed: 1:45 hours
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 230 m
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Min. Elevation: 1862 m
    • Max. Elevation: 2092 m
    • Where to Stay: Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide (luxury) in Teide National Park, or Hotel La Casona del Patio (midrange) in Santiago del Teide

    This delightful loop trail around Montaña de la Botija is a great option for those driving from Los Gigantes to Teide National Park.

    The color contrasts between the young pine trees and the black lava slopes make this one of the most photogenic destinations in the park.

    From the small parking lot off of TF-38 (see map for exact location), follow the trail that runs parallel to the road.

    Turn left onto trail 13 and follow this trail around Montaña de la Botija. 

    5. Huevos del Teide and Montaña Blanca

    • Trailhead: El Portillo
    • Distance: 20. 4 km circuit
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 750 m
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Time Needed: 6:00 hours
    • Min. Elevation: 2050 m
    • Max. Elevation: 2736 m
    • Route: El Portillo (Visitor Center) – Montana de los Tomillos – Huevos del Teide – Montana Blanca – Huevos del Teide – Canada de los Guancheros – El Portillo (Visitor Center)
    • Where to Stay: Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide (luxury) in Teide Nationalpark, or El Refugio De Maria (budget) in La Orotava

    This trail somewhat overlaps with the Fortaleza hike, so we recommend only doing one of these trails during your trip to Teide National Park. We did both and it was a bit redundant.

    Though not very strenuous, the hike from El Portillo to Montaña Blanca is a long one. There’s a faster approach to Montaña Blanca from the TF-21 road (see the orange marker “Sendero de Montaña Blanca” on the map).

    The problem is that there is extremely limited parking near this trailhead. 

    From El Portillo, head onto trail No 1 for 15 minutes. When the trail forks, turn left onto trail No 6 and continue straight towards El Teide for 5 km (~2 hours). Trail 6 will ultimately intersect a roadway. Turn right onto the road and ascend to the col between Montaña Blanca and El Teide.

    As you ascend, you’ll hike across pumice slopes speckled with black lava boulders known as “Huevos del Teide” (Teide eggs).

    These “eggs” are accretion balls and they form when a lava flow moves down a steep slope and pieces of solidified lava roll over the still molten surface, gathering layers of lava, just like a snowball. 

    At the col, the ascent route to Pico del Teide branches off to the right. Stay left and continue for 10 minutes to the summit plateau of Montaña Blanca. 

    To return back to El Portillo, either follow the route you came (18.6 km out-and back) or take trail 22 back to the trailhead.  

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    6. Pico del Teide Summit

    • Trailhead: La Rambleta, Teide Cable Car Top Station, 3555 m
    • Distance: 1.3 km out-and-back
    • Elevation Gain/Loss: 163 m
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Time Needed: 45 minutes
    • Min. Elevation: 3532 m
    • Max. Elevation: 3715 m
    • Where to Stay: Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide (luxury) in Teide National Park, or Hotel Spa Villalba (luxury) in Vilaflor

    If you want to hike to the summit of El Teide, you need to secure a permit. Permits are free but are not easy to get.

    We tried securing a permit a month in advance and it was too late. 

    You can obtain a free permit from the Parque Nacional Teide reservation website. As soon as you secure your permit, you should also book your cable car tickets. 

    There are different ascent routes, but the most popular and easiest way to summit Teide is by taking the cable car (there’s only one cable car in the whole park) up to the top station, La Rambleta, and hiking the final 163 meterss up to Teide Peak. 

    If you can’t get a permit on your own, you can still book a guided tour like this one, which includes the permit, cable car tickets (up and down), and insurance.

    For more options, check out these Teide guided tours.

    Learn more about hiking Pico del Teide in our Teide National Park Visitor’s Guide.

    Best Base for Hiking in Teide National Park

    Teide National Park

    Luxury | The best place to stay in Teide National Park is Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide. This hotel is situated on TF-21 in the best possible location. Parador is the trailhead to Mount Guajara and a few minutes away from the Roques de García trailhead. You can also walk from the hotel to the cable car base station (1 hour) or drive (6 minutes). If you stay here, you’ll also be able to enjoy the starry skies, as there’s no light pollution in the park. 

    Book your stay at Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide.

    Look for accommodation in Teide National Park.


    Another great base for hiking in Teide National Park is the town of Vilaflor. If you overnight in Vilaflor (1,400 m), you’ll have the advantage of acclimatizing before tackling higher elevations in the park. Vilaflor is a 30-minute drive to Parador Nacional and Roques de García.

    Midrange | El Tejar Hotel & Spa

    Luxury | Hotel Spa Villalba is surrounded by forest and located in the mountains below Teide National Park, this peaceful hotel encourages you to unwind and relax. Guests have access to a wellness area featuring saunas and an indoor/outdoor pool. Bedrooms are comfortable and spacious. But, our favorite thing about staying here was the breakfast buffet, featuring local specialties and everything else you’d ever want. It’s possible to eat dinner at the hotel, but we’d recommend eating in the town of Vilaflor instead.

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    TEIDE NATIONAL PARK – World Heritage Datasheet

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    Teide on the island of Tenerife is the highest mountain in Spain and at 7,500m above the sea floor, is the world’s third largest volcanic structure. It is a shield volcano that combines a severely beautiful landscape, often wreathed in cloud, with a great variety of volcanic features with uncommon altitude-adapted endemic flora and invertebrate fauna. It has been long studied. The high unpolluted location makes it a natural laboratory for astrophysical research, for monitoring climatic change and global atmospheric pollution in addition to the study of the geological processes which created it.




    Teide National Park


    2007: Inscribed on the World Heritage List under Natural Criteria vii and viii.

    The UNESCO World Heritage Committee issued the following statement at the time of inscription:

    Teide National Park, dominated by the 3,781 m Teide-Pico Viejo stratovolcano, represents a rich and diverse assemblage of volcanic features and landscapes concentrated in a spectacular setting.

    Criterion (vii): Mount Teide is a striking volcanic landscape dominated by the jagged Las Cañadas escarpment and a central volcano that makes Tenerife the third tallest volcanic structure in the world. Within this landscape is a superlative suite of landforms that reveal different phases of construction and remodeling of the volcanic complex and highlight its unique geodiversity. The visual impact is emphasized by atmospheric conditions that create constantly changing textures and tones in the landscape and a ‘sea of clouds’ that forms a visually impressive backdrop to the mountain.

    Criterion (viii): Teide National Park is an exceptional example of a relatively old, slow moving, geologically complex and mature volcanic system. It is of global importance in providing diverse evidence of the geological processes that underpin the evolution of oceanic islands, and these values complement those of existing volcanic properties on the World Heritage List, such as the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It offers a diverse and accessible assemblage of volcanic features and landscapes in a relatively limited area. The area is a major centre for international research with a long history of influence on geology and geomorphology especially through the work of von Humboldt, von Buch and Lyell which has made Mount Teide a significant site in the history of volcanology.

    The property is well managed and resourced, with a six-year management plan in place which is due for renewal in 2008. The property is afforded the same legal protection as other national parks in Spain and is surrounded by a buffer zone. Key management issues include the management of tourism, the potential impact of climate change, and effective coordination of management responsibility between national and regional levels of government.


    Teide Natural Monument: Unassigned


    Macaronesian Islands (2.40.13)


    Teide is the central peak of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands which lie 320 km west of Africa and 1,380 km southwest of Spain at 28o 09’00” to 28o 20’02 N by 16o 29’00″to 16o 44’00” W.


    1954: Teide National Park (13,571ha) established by decree;

    1994: Teide Natural Monument declared by Law No. 12;

    1981: The Peripheral Protection Zone was established by Law 5/1981; the National Park reclassified;

    1989: Granted European Union Diploma Class A by the Council of Europe; extended 1994 & 1999;

    2000: Corona Forestal National Park established by Decree 1/2000.

    2002: Teide Management and Usage Administratiion Plan approved by decree 153.

    2005: The Canary Islands designated a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area by the International Marine Organisation;


    The land is 92.78% owned by eleven municipalities, one of which, La Orotava, owns 72% of the area. The state owns 7.2%, and 4 ha is owned by private communication companies. From 2007 the Park will be managed by the National Park Service under the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands.


    The nominated core area is 18,990 ha. The buffer zone of 54,127.9 ha comprises the Corona Forestal National Park (46,612.9 ha) and the Peripheral Protection Zone (7,515 ha). The whole area protected totals 73,117. 9 ha.


    1,650m-3,718m (Teide, 3,134m Pico Viejo)


    Teide is the highest mountain in Spain, an impressive stratovolcano in the centre of the island of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, a chain formed like the Hawaiian Islands by the passing of the under-lying lithospheric plate across a magma plume. The nominated core and associated protected areas cover over a third of the island. Its peaks of Teide and Pico Viejo rise 1,700m and 1,340m respectively from the encircling 16km-wide caldera of the huge ancient Las Caňadas (the springs) volcano, which erupted violently 200,000 years ago. The present volcano which is the third highest in the world after Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, rises 7,500m from the ocean floor and was created over a long period by a low-intensity magmatic hot spot beneath an almost stationary tectonic plate. It is of great scientific interest because it concentrates in a palimpsest of successive eruptive and effusive landscapes a wide range of geological and magmatic features characteristic of such mid-plate oceanic islands.

    Most notable is the vast caldera of the volcano created by a landslide, floored at the 2,000m level by lava fields, walled by a 600m escarpment of multicolored rocks, overlaid on the north side by the high volcanic summits rising out of it. The crescent-shaped floor of the caldera teems with a network of smaller volcanic mouths, cones domes, lava channels, dikes, lavas from light felsic flows to viscid red lavas and black obsidian blocks, ochre plains of sandy alluvial deposits and red and black volcanic ejecta, scoria, lapilli and pumice, from a long series of basaltic effusions. They form the most varied collection known of volcanic structures, forms and detritus. The rocky soil is droughty but nutrient- and mineral-rich, and of many colors, in one place, Los Azulejos, greenish in cast. Under the intense sunlight the harsh red-brown desertic colouring streaked with basalt and, in season, bright with flowers, are very striking.


    The island exists between warm temperate and subtropical zones. The mean annual temperature is 20oC, with lows below -15oC in winter and highs above 30oC in summer with extreme diurnal oscillations of more than 15oC. Overall the climate of gentle winters and dry summers is mellowed by the cold Canarian current but a thermal inversion and the mountain’s height isolates it from marine influences, and Las Cañadas has a harsh climate; freeze-thaw processes near the summit create active periglacial forms. Annual precipitation is below 500mm, with more than half falling in winter, a third of it as snow which can last many months. A layer of cloud often hangs between 1,700-and 1,800m. The insolation is the highest in Spain which, with the low humidity and high atmospheric pressure, create an exceptionally limpid atmosphere. The mountain’s location in a high pressure zone gives it atmospheric stability and constant winds throughout the year, but mostly in summer. The prevailing tradewinds blow from the northeast. Westerly storm winds can reach up to 200 km/h. Southern winds are linked with invasions of hot Saharan air.


    The vascular flora of the National Park numbers 220 species, 74 mosses, 8 liverworts and 100 lichens which are often the dominant vegetation. Sincebits protection as a National Park it has recovered 0overgrazingTwo tree species occur: an occasional isolated Canary Island cedar Juniperus cedrus or Canary Island pine Pinus canariensis. Many of the 36 plants endemic to Tenerife are found in the Park and 16 are endemic to the Park itself, This high endemism is the result of adaptive radiation accelerated by the mountain’s oceanic and altitudinal isolation and dryness acting on a flora which has conserved paleo-endemic species. Its most representative ecosystems are highland scrub and the peak ecosystem, both rich in species adapted to the rigours of high altitude: cushion form, protected leaves and high flower production. There is a mosaic of unsynchronised primary ecological succession related to successive lava flows and the slowness of plant growth in the cold dry conditions. Consumption by goats and wood-collectors has favoured plants which re-sprout over those sexually reproduced. Due to the proximity to Africa, its unique level phytogenetic diversity is close to that of continental ecosystems and it has the most diverse high-mountain ecosystem of any Atlantic island. It exemplifies well how evolutionary forces can affect the flora and fauna of high ocean mountains.

    The species endemic to the mountain include its two most representative species, sticky broom Adenocarpus viscosus and the widespread Teide white broom Spartocytisus supranubius, also Teide violet Viola cheiranthifolia, which grows up to the summit, Teide edelweiss Gnaphalium teydeum, dwarf bugloss Echium auberianum, the thistle Stemmacantha cynaroides and the Teide catmint Nepeta teydia var.albiflora. Other Canary Island endemics are shrubby scabious Pterocephalus lasiospermus, Teide daisy Argynanthemum teneriffae, red bugloss Echium wildpretti, flixweed Descurainia bourgeauana and D. lemsii, Canary Island wallflower Erisimon scoparius and Canary Island wall lettuce Tolpis webbii. A few kilometres outside the Park and summit area, congenerics found include the legume Adenocarpus foliosus, the bugloss Echium virescens and the daisy Argynantemum frutescens. Through colonization, the endemic Stemmacantha cynaroides is the only Canarian representative of a taxon found in the Atlas Mountains. Some characteristic endemics exclusive to the Park, such as Caňadas rockrose Helianthemum juliae, Teide edelweiss Gnaphalium teydeum or the thistle Stemmacantha cynaroides number only 200 specimens; of others, like the endemic Teide burnet Bencomia exstipulata, there are barely 60 specimens – almost 75% of the natural specimens of this species grow on the summits of Tenerife and La Palma. In addition to this floristic diversity, the Park has a noticeable number of vegetation units that generally define most of the habitats crucial to the conservation of biodiversity. Using the Council of Europe’s Directive 92/43/EEC on the conservation of natural habitats and wild fauna and flora, the National Park has eleven Community Interest habitats which occupy 75% of its surface area.


    The native vertebrate fauna of 29 species is not extensive: 5 bats, and 3 reptiles plus 5 introduced species: mouflon Ovis gmelini musimon, introduced for the hunt in 1970, Algerian hedgehog Atelerix algiris, rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus, house mouse and black rat. The bats include the Tenerife long eared bat Plecotus teneriffae (EN), a Canary Islands endemic, Madeira Pipistrelle Pipistrellus maderensis (EN), endemic to Madeira and the Canaries and the commonest species, lesser noctule Nyctalus leisleri. The endemic reptiles are the Tenerife lizard Gallotia galloti galloti, the rarer Tenerife wall gecko Tarentola delalandii, endemic to Tenerife and La Palma, and west Canary skink Chalcides viridanus viridanus.

    Only 16 birds are recorded, most noticeable among them being the blue chaffinch Fringilla teydea teydea, the wild canary Serinus canaria, Berthelot´s pipit Anthus berthelotii berthelotii, the commonest bird, kestrel Falco tinnunculus canariensis, long eared owl Asio otus canariensis and Barbary partridge Alectoris barbara. However, in the lava crevices at least a 1,000 species of invertebrates. 71 are found exclusively in the National Park and 49% are endemic. 25 species endemic to the island are adapted to life in volcanic tube caves, four being found only in a single cave.


    This iconic shield volcano combines a severely beautiful landscape composed of a great variety of long-studied volcanic features with uncommon altitude-adapted endemic flora and invertebrate fauna. The high unpolluted location makes it a natural laboratory for astrophysical research and for monitoring global atmospheric pollution and climatic change. The Park lies within a Conservation International-designated Conservation Hotspot, a WWF Global 200 Eco-region, is an IMO-designated Particularly Sensitive Sea area (PSSA) and is protected under the EU Habitats and Birds Directives.


    The original population, dating back at least 2,000 years, was a people named the Guanches, conquered by the Spanish in the late 15th century, who left some evidence of huts, pottery and wooden and obsidian tools and to whom the mountain had religious significance. To the Greco-Roman world it was the zero-point of their coordinate system. In the Renaissance it was thought to be the world’s highest mountain and became an important reference point in transatlantic navigation which brought it much scientific attention. A 1664 expedition from London was written up in the first number of the Royal Society’s Proceedings. Toricelli’s barometer was tested there, and vegetation layering with altitude was described there by von Humboldt in 1799. It became a literary and scientific icon and was much studied by eminent western European scientists, especially after von Buch’s description of the islands in 1815 which initiated modern vulcanology.


    The local people have traditionally gathered the mountain’s natural resources, firewood and dry culm, snow, sulphur and pumice, wildflowers and coloured soils for ornament, pastured their flocks and hived their bees there in summer and till the mid 20th century, made charcoal. Some of these occupations still occur, under regulation. Only three people live within the Park at present.


    In the last decades of the 19th Century Teide became one of the first nature geo-tourism centers with the construction of the Altavista Refuge at 3,270m specifically for ecotourism (now reconstructed, with 60 beds). Now, there are about 3.5 million tourists a year, making it one of the most visited volcanoes in the world. Visitors are channelled through two educational programs: a Regulated Education program for scientists and a Public Use program served by a network of facilities and equipment, with guided tours for the public, educational lectures and school tours, training tours and environmental workshops. There are visitors’ centres at the Parador de Las Cañadas del Teide hotel (Cañada Blanca) and at El Portillo which has a botanic garden of endemic plants and a fire and first aid station. There are also mountain refuges, several restaurants, a cable car with stations at 2,350m and 3,550m and a communications relay station. In addition to hiking, there are camping, climbing, caving and bike tours. The Park Service runs the educational Muñoz Nature Activities center just outside the Park.


    Following the early work of von Humboldt, von Buch and Lyell, an enormous amount of vulcanological research has been done and is still carried out – into volcanic seismic activity, earthquakes, palaeomagnetism and the collection of geo-chronological data. It is a natural laboratory for atmospheric studies which started in the 1850s with Piazzi Smyth’s observations, followed more recently by studies of ultraviolet light and the structure of trade winds. Due to the clarity of its atmosphere, it remains important for astronomy. The endemic flora over the 2,000m elevational range was inventoried and primary ecological succession on the various lava flows in the extreme conditions has been monitored, extended by the 2,000m elevational range. The exceptional meteorological conditions of Las Cañadas led to the building of the Izana Astrophysical Laboratory at 2,400m by the Astrophysics Institute of the Canary Islands. It is a well-known nucleus for solar physical research, a principal North Atlantic centre for the measurement and monitoring of global atmospheric pollution and part of the Global Climate Change Monitoring Network.


    From 2007 on, the site will be managed by the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands. The appropriate organisations will classify all land in the area as non-buildable land under special protection, thus prohibiting all construction, except when the Patronage certifies it in the public interest. The harvesting of mountain resources is allowed under regulation, but the managing authorities will emplace measures to protect the terrain, flora, fauna, landscape, natural forests and waters and to limit the introduction of exotic animal or plants. Tourist numbers especially on the summit trails are limited and controlled. Under the 2002-2010 Management Plan, four management zones are confirmed: Reserve (6.7% of the area) for total protection mainly of the escarpment and craters, Restricted Use (68.3%) – full public but no unauthorised activity, vehicles or buildings, Moderate Use (24.7%) – more intensive public use permitted, and Special Use (0.3%) for service structures. Beyond the basic objectives of facilitating and regulating protection, research, recreation and public education, the plan aims to promote sustainable development programs to benefit the surrounding communities. Regular monitoring is done of threatened and critical plant populations, plant community coverage, mouflons, rabbits and introduced species, visitor numbers and requests for research.


    The two main present threats to the Park are invasion by exotic species and the heavy pressure of tourism. 30 plant species, mostly associated with human waste, have been eradicated, and some areas fenced off from grazing animals. Of these, the mouflon is to be eradicated and the rabbits controlled. There are several Park-related structures which will remain but some houses will be demolished. Volcanic seismic activity is constantly monitored, and fire surveillance and fighters are on constant guard. The high visitor numbers are to be met by providing further visitor services and increasing controls in the field.


    The main bases for comparing the site with similar existing World Heritage sites on the grounds of outstanding universal value are:

    (vii) The severe beauty of the varied, multicolored and well-preserved volcanic landscapes, the clear atmosphere with the peak rising high above clouds and the island, and the mosaic of its uncommon and altitude-adapted summit flora;

    (viii) The importance of the geological processes seen in the abundant, varied and long-studied evidence, notably in the huge caldera, of the past explosive and effusive eruptions of a slow developing volcano over a static plate, which is of value to geologic research; the utility to science of its unpolluted location as a centre for research into solar physics, astro-physics and the measurement and monitoring of global atmospheric pollution and climatic change.

    There is no other volcano in its biogeographic region although the undesignated Pico do Pico (2,342m high) in the Azores and Mt. Halla (1,950m) off South Korea have similarities. Of the existing 23 World Heritage volcanic sites, it is most comparable with the oceanic serial island shield volcanoes of Hawaii and the Galapagos, both of which formed over a static hot spot and have as many exceptional volcanic features as Teide though the large Galapagos islands group is much richer in endemic plants. The closely comparable Hawaiian volcanoes have a wide range of volcanic forms. But Teide’s lava is more felsic in composition and is quiescent, complementing the other very active basaltic sites. A secondary factor is the high degree of endemism of its flora and its great number of endemic invertebrates, including troglobitic fauna.

    There are four shield volcanoes among the twelve volcanic island World Heritage sites: 2,745m snowbound Mt Mawson on Heard Island, and the Subantarctic islands off southern New Zealand (705m high) are climatically not very comparable, the subtropical Lord Howe Island seamount group off Australia (875m high) and cool temperate Inaccessible Island in the south Atlantic (600m high) have similarities but both are dormant and much eroded. Two nominated sites, the Prince Edward Islands off South Africa and Mt.Halla off South Korea are a quietly active shield volcanoes. Most of the other sites are associated with convergent plate subduction, occurring at and not between plate boundaries. These include the Aeolian Islands off Italy, an active historical textbook of vulcanology for 200 years (875m), Rakata on Krakatoa island (813m) which is too continuously active to be comparable; Morne Trois Pitons (1.220m) in the large island of Dominica and the stump-like peaks of the Pitons on St. Lucia (777m) are both centres of hydrothermic activity rather than volcanoes. MacQuarie Island off Australia is a low extruded ocean ridge (433m), St Kilda is an eroded rock. The caldera of Ngorongoro is vast but much weathered. Tectonic volcanoes too clustered in location to be closely comparable to Teide are the high shield volcanoes among the active peaks of glaciated Kamchatka, and some of the long-dormant forested ranges of Australia’s Central Eastern Rainforest. Not of shield origin are Tongariro in New Zealand, Sangay in Ecuador, the African Mounts Kahuzi, Biega, Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira in Virunga National Park; and the grand solitary massifs of Mounts Kenya and Kilimanjaro.

    There appear to be no comparable high volcanic World Heritage sites on oceanic islands, considering its rich, explicit and well studied display of volcanic history as a shield volcano, together with a huge caldera and rare flora and fauna, except for its counterpart in the Pacific. It is accessible, beautiful, a serious centre of scientific research, and likely to be well maintained despite high visitation.


    There is a staff of 11 permanent and 12 contracted workers: 4 technicians, 7 office workers, 6 park rangers and environmental agents, 3 maintenance and 3 cleaners. Private contractors supplement this staff with 114 other workers in the same fields, especially for cleaning and maintenance. The permanent staff receive both professional and work training.


    From the national Ministry of the Environment via the Autonomous Regional authority. In 2005 this sum was E4,880,882 (US\$6,424,900). Specific Park projects are also separately funded.


    Teide National Park, nº 5, 4º piso. 38002 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain.


    Comunidad Autónoma de Canarias, Viceconsejería de Medio Ambiente, Avenida de Anaga, nº 35, Edificio de Usos Múltiples I, planta 6ª, 38071 Santa Cruz de Tenerife


    The principal source for the above information was the original nomination for World Heritage status.

    Ablay, G. & Marti J. (2000). Stratigraphy, structure, and volcanic evolution of the Pico Teide-Pico Viejo formation, Tenerife, Canary Islands. J. Volcanol. Geotherm. Res., 103: 175-208.

    Anguita, F. & Hernan, F. (2000). The Canary Islands origin: a unifying model. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 103, 1-26.

    Arnay de la Rosa, M. (2005). Inventario Arqueológico del Parque Nacional del Teide (etapa 2004 – 2007). 92 páginas y anexo. Documentación inédita.

    Bacallado Aranega, J. (Dir) (1984). Fauna (marina y terrestre) del Archipiélago Canario. In: Gran Biblioteca Canaria. 13. Edirca, S.L. Las Palmas. 358 pp.

    Carracedo et al. (1998). Hotspot volcanism close to a passive continental margin: the Canary Islands. Geol. Mag., 135: 591-604.

    Hammersley, P. (1998). Infrared quality of the Canarian skies. New Astronomy Reviews 42: 533-536.

    IUCN (2007).The Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN, Cambridge,U.K.

    Ministry of the Environment (2006). Proposal to Inscribe Teide National Park on the World Heritage List. Government of the Canary Islands. 141 pp. + Annex, 397 pp. [Contains a bibliography of 355 references, mostly in Spanish]

    Wildpret, W. & Martin V. (2003). Inventario de la Flora y Vegetación del Parque Nacional del Teide. 2001-2003. Parque Nacional del Teide. Documentación inédita.


    July 2007, May 2011.

    Visit Teide National Park, Tenerife

    Visit Teide National Park

    Teide National Park is a stunning national park surrounding Mount Teide in the centre of Tenerife. Mount Teide in the park is an active volcano though it hasn’t errupted since 1909. Teide National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the most visited national park in Europe.

    Explore Teide National Park

    Mount Teide is a volcano within a volcano. Millions of years ago a volcano exploded and left behind a 16km-wide crater and, on its northern edge, a smaller volcano – Mount Teide. The whole area is now a weird volcanic landscape filled with lava rocks, lava streams and ash beds.

    Teide National Park is very beautiful as well as being very unusual and should be at the top of everyones to-do list when visiting Tenerife.

    The crater is edged by a craggy rim known as La Caldera de las Canadas. These rocks have been erroded into very interesting rocky structures. Even more weirdly shaped are the lava rocks called the Roques de Garcia. One of these, the Cinchado, appears in many photos of the park. The Cinchado is more erroded at the base than the top giving the impression that this huge rock will topple at any moment. The view of the Cinchado with Mount Teide behind it is one of the highlights of the park.

    As well as some wonderful rock formations the Teide National Park is home to the wonderful tall Echium wildprettii also known as Teide viper’s bugloss. These amazing plants have 2m tall reddish spikes in early summer. May/June is the best time of the year to see many of Teide’s plants in flower.


    A single road crosses the crater, known as Las Canadas and this leads to a Parador and a cable car. The cable car takes you close to the summit of Mount Teide and offers great views of the surrounding park.  A  forty minute fairly strenuous hike takes you from the cable car to the crater. If you want to hike to the top you have to apply beforehand for a licence which is valid for one day only. Visit the Reservas de Parques Nacionales website for a licence. The licence is free but we recommend that you reserve in good time as numbers are limited.

    The summit of Mount Teide is at 3718 metres making it the tallest mountain in Spain. Mount Teide is also the third tallest volcano in the world. There are two visitor centres in the park with lots of information about how the dramatic landscape came about and there is a restaurant and bar. There is also an observatory, the Observatorio del Teide, on the east side of the park.

    If you want to really have the chance to explore the surreal landscape then a stay at the Parador de Canadas del Teide is not to be missed. It is set right in the park very close to the Roques de Garcia. If you want to stay in the park but pay a bit less then the Altavista refuge at an altitude of over 3000 meters could be what you are looking for.

    Teide National Park was voted one of the twelve wonders of Spain in a national TV and radio competition in 2007. It is the most visited national park in Spain and Europe and the 8th most visited in the world. If you are visiting Tenerife without a car there are buses from Costa Adeje and Puerto de la Cruz.

    Weather conditions in Teide National Park are more extreme than for the rest of the island and in winter snow falls on the peak of Mount Teide and in summer temperatures can reach 40°C and more.

    Places to visit nearby

    As Park Teide is at the centre of the island it is a similar distance to most of the coastal towns. If you are enjoying the natural landscape of Tenerife you will no doubtt also enjoy a visit to Masca and the Teno mountains.

    Photos kindly supplied by Turismo de Tenerife.

    See also: 

    Photos of Teide National Park

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    Map of Teide National Park and places to visit




    Teide National Park places to visit

    Icod de los Vinos

    Icod de los Vinos is home to the oldest dragon tree on the Canary Islands. It has some pretty squares and is close to the Cueva del Viento larva tunnels.

    Icod de los Vinos guide

    La Orotava

    La Orotava has many beautiful buildings often with interior courtyards and wooden balconies.

    La Orotava guide

    Loro Parque

    Loro Park is one of Europe’s best zoos and also has killer whale and dolphin shows. Enter the 18 meter long shark tunnel.

    Loro Parque guide


    A beautiful little town on the north coast of Tenerife. Garachico has a very pretty centre and a harbour area full of natural rock pools.

    Garachico guide

    Puerto de la Cruz

    Puerto de la Cruz is a lovely town with a pretty harbour and surrounded by lush tropical plants.

    Puerto de la Cruz guide


    Masca is Tenerife’s most beautiful village and set amongst superb mountain scenery.

    Masca guide

    …or see all our recommended places to visit in Tenerife




    Helpful Tips for Hiking Trails in El Teide National Park

    Have you ever wanted a chance to visit the Moon?

    We got one sooner than we ever thought we would, at El Teide National Park in Tenerife, Spain.

    After several days in Tenerife at Nine Coliving, we had seen several colonial towns and a few beach towns, and it was time to switch it up completely.

    So, we had heard about El Teide and how it would feel like we had left the seaside towns completely. The rumors were not wrong: El Teide is a volcanic national park on Tenerife.

    It is home to the El Teide volcano, which is the highest point in Spain and all its islands. Keep in mind that the Canary Islands are a volcanic archipelago, and the landscapes vary from volcanic beaches to forest to rocky terrain and deserts.

    According to our Lonely Planet guidebook, four million people visit El Teide National Park per year.

    Here’s a fact about El Teide: El Teide has not erupted since the late 1700s, which makes it a pretty safe place to visit even though the volcano is considered active.

    The landscape is absolutely unique and should be on your essential list of places to visit during a trip to Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

    Here’s a list of tips for visiting El Teide National Park while you’re touring the Canary Islands.

    Go on your own, via public bus, to El Teide National Park.

    El Teide is located in the center of the island of Tenerife, which makes sense, because Tenerife itself is a volcanic island.

    To get to El Teide National Park, you can take a private tour through various operators, drive your own rented car or take the public bus.

    We chose to take the public bus. This is a great idea, for keeping your travel budget in check.

    The national park itself is so relatively high up that it’s above both the cloud line and the tree line.

    The park surrounding the peak on all sides is considered to look lunar because it’s devoid of trees, totally dry and has lava rocks.

    How to find the public bus to El Teide in Tenerife

    We started the morning by heading off to the bus station in La Orotava for the one daily bus to El Teide.

    The public buses go up once and down once per day, so… you had better not miss the one going down! We took the 348 bus from La Orotava.

    It comes daily at 9:45 a.m. (definitely check local schedules for where you are staying) and departs from the El Teide visitors center at 4 p.m. again for going down.

    Hike on your own, instead of getting cable car tickets.

    When we got off the bus at the main visitors center (the last stop on the bus), lots of people were waiting in line for the cable car up to the higher points on the mountain.

    For the cable car, you’ll want to first see if the cable car is open on the day of your day trip, and then, check ticket prices.

    As of when we visited the Canary Islands, the tourist cable car ride cost 26 EUR (US$30) per person, and takes you to a part of the mountain where you can see the ocean and more islands.

    That is pretty epic! Honestly, Teide is one of the coolest places in all of Spain for being so high, so unique and so other-worldly.

    If you want to summit, well… only 150 people per day are allowed up past the cable car level, and permits are given out ahead of time and have to be reserved online.

    That means that, despite the weather, you have to know well in advance that you’re going if you want to get to the top of Teide, where it can be pretty cold! Bundle up with some jackets and layers in your packing list.

    Start your (free) hike in the desert with some walking routes

    According to what we saw, it seems that not so many people are opting to walk down to the trails for some lunar scenery.

    Without much prior research, we chose to take a trail called Montaña Blanca, a total 3.6 km (2.23 miles).

    When we started, the sky was still clear and blue and we could see colors in the landscape.

    Also, we were some of the only people around. That was pretty cool: a private national park.

    We took some of the most memorable photos from our trip at El Teide, mostly because we had the place to ourselves on the desert walking routes that most people had no interest in trying.

    Take in the desert ecosystem and wildlife at Teide.

    The desert scenery went from shrubbery to rockier, and by the end we were walking over very porous volcanic rocks that felt crunchy.

    We started at 11:25 a.m., and stopped a lot for photos.

    It was a good thing, too, because on our way back, the sun was at its highest in the sky, making everything look kind of colorless and shadow-less and flat, and that was when dust started rolling in and the sky got kind of gray and heavy-looking.

    The walking trail route ended at the road and it was clear that the route didn’t end at the Montaña Blanca itself, but at a lookout point for Montaña Blanca, and a continued hiking trail with a different name.

    This was a bit disillusioning for us, but we were glad that the first half of the hike had been interesting.

    We turned back to go to the visitors center to cool off and wait for the bus back!

    Actually, we were so hot, covered it dust, sweaty and dehydrated we couldn’t wait to step back into the visitors center and just sit for a while.

    For this reason, we really recommend coming prepared with several water bottles and maybe a sports drink, along with some snacks that will not melt.

    Keep in mind that we went to El Teide in August, which was pretty temperate all around Tenerife in terms of weather and climate, but Teide is a desert on its own and has its own set of weather standards to expect.

    Come prepared with packing essentials for hiking El Teide

    Helpful Tip

    Bring two water bottles, per person. The stifling heat combined with the sun, the dust and the three hours we spent hiking caused us to ration water, and we wish we had more so that we were not so parched by the end. Bring snacks, too! There is nowhere to buy anything once you leave the visitors center.

    We also suggest bringing a travel-sized mini sunscreen. You will be glad you did. You wouldn’t want to burn your skin off on El Teide and be a wreck for the rest of your trip in the Canary Islands!

    We usually don’t bring it with us, but we are thankful that we had sunscreen for this hike, as there was no shade (at all!) and nowhere to rest that was out of the sun.

    Lastly, hiking boots are helpful, as the trails are dry and rocky and slipping can happen. See more about which shoes to pack for a trip, here.

    Plan out the rest of your trip in Tenerife and the Canary Islands.

    As we mentioned above, we spent some time in a beautiful town called La Orotava, staying at a lovely coliving called Nine Coliving right in the center of town.

    Some places we liked in other parts of the island and nearby were Puerto de la Cruz, La Laguna and Playa Los Gigantes.

    If you plan to travel to another island, see our guide for what to know before road tripping in Gran Canaria. Enjoy!

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    4.50 Malta – 27-Jan-20 –

    I visited this WHS in January 2020. I travelled around this WHS by rental car over 2 days using Guía de Isora as my base for 4 nights. This was quite convenient to explore different areas of the Teide NP while at the same time being close to Los Cristianos ferry terminal and South Tenerife Airport.

    I had very high expectations for this WHS and I must say I definitely wasn’t disappointed. It is a very well kept national park with free access, free parking, free visitor centres and a free botanical garden! The only time I had to pay was for the return Teleferico to the very top (27 eur) which is not at all necessary to still enjoy the OUV of this WHS.

    During my visit I was blessed with beautiful sunny weather with temperatures varying from 1-23 degrees Celsius (depending on the altitude). Make sure to check the Teide weather report as it is quite possible to have completely different weather around Teide compared to the rest of Tenerife (most of the time you’re likely to be above any cloud cover on Tenerife when visiting Teide NP). Moreover, at night and very early in the morning, it can snow quite a lot, so much so that the main roads can be closed at any given time should the authorities deem this necessary.

    Over the course of 2 days, I stopped at practically all the several viewpoints or miradores along the TF-21 and the TF-38 main roads going through and around the Teide NP. At the beginning of both main road, on either direction, there are UNESCO WHS markers (no inscription plaque yet though). Each mirador has a number of different information boards bearing the UNESCO symbol.

    The TF-38 main road is by far the busiest in terms of traffic but at no time of the day did I feel the place was overcrowded. The only place where later on in the day, parking and bus loads of tourist groups may be an issue, is at the Roques de Garcia Mirador and La Ruleta parking. Here there’s a visitor centre under restoration or under construction and an expensive parador for those who want to actually sleep at the WHS proper. If you visit early in the morning, parking will be quite easy, however even if you visit later on in the day, there are a number of minor miradores or parking points on the side of the road just before the Roques de Garcia mirador. In fact, if you like hiking, I would recommend parking your car at the Mirador Llano de Ucanca (or even Mirador Boca Tauce if you’re in for a long return hike) and hiking to Roque Chincado and Roques de Garcia.

    At Mirador Boca Tauce, you’ll be able to see 2 different types of lava flows from Pico Viejo: AA lava which is quite sharp and jagged and Pahoehoe lava which is much smoother. The Llano de Ucanca is now a sedimentary plain of what was possibly a temporary lake. The variety of landscapes here, together with the breathtaking view of the Teide volcano, make this a highlight of the national park which shouldn’t be missed. Just before getting to the colourful hydrothermal alterations of Los Azulejos, you’ll be able to gaze at the famous Roques de Garcia (already at an elevation of around 2070m). Most people reaching the Mirador Roques de Garcia will immediately head uphill thinking they’ll be able to get a decent shot above Roque Chincado. However, the hike up has been chained off half-way as a safety precaution I suppose, so the best photos in my opinion can be taken just a few steps after the first big rock formation or from the Sendero 3 and 23 hiking trails. With a bit of luck and patience, you’ll definitely be able to spot a lot of birds here such as the Canary Island Kestrel, Betherlot’s pipit or Southern Grey Shrike.  

    These incredible rock formations are actually called phonolytic and bifurcated dykes, that is channels from where the magma that fed the different eruptions which took place over time flowed up from. These rocks, which once lay very deep underground, were exposed when the area of Las Canadas was formed. From then onwards, these rocks have been worn away by erosion. The most famous rock is probably Roque Chincado. Its base is disintegrating more quickly than the upper part and eventually it will collapse under its own weight (perhaps this is why in a way it reminded me of the Azure Window which once stood in Dwejra, Gozo).

    After quite a longish but satisfying hike, upon returning to the Mirador Llano de Ucanca, I crossed the road and hiked a bit upwards to view another peculiar rock formation known as Zapatilla de la Reina, which can easily be overlooked since you have to give your back to the splendid view of the Teide volcano to notice it.

    One of the best miradores and hiking trails on the TF-38 main road, is definitely Mirador Samara. The volcanic cone of the Samara volcano has an interesting crater formed by a single eruption of pyroclasts, i.e. volcanic debris ejected into the air during an eruption. This mountain forms part of the most recent area of volcanic activity in Tenerife. Volcanic bombs can also be observed and on the summit there are nuanced mixtures of colours caused by oxidation. The hiking trail from this mirador allows you to walk among different volcanoes, namely the volcanic cone of the Samara volcano, and the Teide and Pico Viejo volcanoes, in a lovely Canarian pine forest landscape which is slowly taking over the black landscape of Narices del Teide and Los Regatones Negros.

    At El Portillo, there’s a small visitor centre showing a very interesting video on the Teide national park, and a botanical garden which is always open. It’s a great place to spot the beautiful Tenerife blue chaffinch or Pinzon Azul, other finches and woodpeckers. Make sure you follow the Ruta Pinar de la Cumbre loop while walking around the botanical garden.

    Close to the Pico del Teide, I was surprised and really happy to spot a flowering Tajinaste Rojo, so remarkable for its spectacular profusion of red flowers usually in Spring. This plant became very rare some 30 years ago when it was commonly eaten by livestock. However, since the banning of livestock grazing in the national park, the species has since recovered. The Tajinaste Rojo shoots can grow as high as 2 metres and around the park I could see several shoot ‘skeletons’. Much of Teide’s flora adapted to the harsh environment by reducing the size of the leaves, reducing the surface area to maintain constant temperature and humidity within its interior, generating a wax layer over the leaves to reduce water loss, seeking shelter in fissures and small ledges, growing for long periods underground, etc.

    All in all, I really enjoyed this great WHS in Tenerife. Judging by how the rest of Tenerife developed and is developing, it certainly is a good thing that the Teide NP has been protected from early on. From all the volcano WHS I visited so far, this must be one of the best, and as a national park it really is world class in terms of size and quality (although I’m really looking forward to visit Yellowstone in the future to be able to compare).  

    4.00 UK – 07-Jul-19 –

    Fascinating place on the tourist island of Tenerife. About a 2 hour coach ride up from the seaside resorts. It has moonscape like elements and lots of rock formations around the slopes of the giant volcano. There is a cable car to the top of the volcano from the coach park on the higher slopes, or you can walk up if brave.

    Unique environment for plants and insects at such a high altitude with the volcano rising directly from the ocean. 

    We booked a coach tour from our hotel but you could easily hire a car and drive up as you would have more time to explore and not have 50 people following you in a group.

    Tip: take warm clothing as it can be very cold and windy at the top even if it is scorching down in the resorts!

    4.50 Czechia – 25-Dec-18 –

    I visited Tenerife in January 2011. I have great memmories on it, because it was a special trip when me and my friend crossed a half of the island by walk overnighting in the wild nature. I am pretty sure that it was not completely legal in National Park. I am also sure that it will never happen to me  again, because I am getting older prefering hotels and not prefering heavy backpacks anymore… So, it was a unique experience in all aspects.

    We walked from Vilaflor located near the southern edge of Teide caldera. It was for the first time I was in the vulcanic landscape, and I cannot describe properly how I felt when have been climbing Guajara mountain, seeing Teide mountain and the entire caldera for the first time. We refused using “teleferico” to reach the summit of Teide and walked towards Refugio de Altavista, where we have pre-booked an accommodation by phone. We could not climbed the peak because of ice plates that might be dangerous. Then, we walked to the east to Cumbre Dorsal mountain range.

    What I loved was all the contrasts: blue sky vs. black basalt rocks such as Huevos del Teide vs. ochre or red soil; sunny days vs. freeze of night; Moon-like landscape vs. green pine forests outside the caldera vs. blue ocean. Furthermore, the color shades of rocks within the caldera changed during the day.

    To conclude: Teide National Park embodies one of the most beautiful landscape I have ever seen.


    Belgium – 16-Dec-16 –

    We visited Teide National Park for two days in the autumn.

    The first day we went to the ‘Roques de Garcia’, already mentioned in Els’ and Hubert’s reviews. We can confirm that during the 3.5km walk, at some points it’s easy to lose track of the path. Just keep looking for the small ‘stone towers’ which indicate the correct way.

    The second day we got up early to climb Mount Teide. The best way to do this is to start from the small parking located around kilometer 40 on road TF-21. The trail is about 9km (one way) and first leads you along Montaña Blanca and the impressive ‘Huevos del Teide’ (lava ‘cannonballs’ from the eruption of the vulcano).

    After some time you will reach the base of Mount Teide. When we visited, the whole track (from the start) was covered with snow which made the way up Mount Teide somewhat difficult. The trail ends at ‘La Rambleta’ at about 3.500m, which is also the place where you will arrive if you make use of the cable car.

    For the last 200-300m to the top, you need a permit. We disposed of such permit (it can be requested online and is free of charge) but because of the snow the summit was closed. However, even from La Rambleta the view is stunning – on the picture you can see Pico Viejo and the island of La Gomera.

    As mentioned below, note that at 3.500m it’s much colder than at sea level and that some people can start experiencing altitude sickness.

    4.00 The Netherlands – 03-Jan-15 –

    When I told my colleagues that I would be visiting Tenerife during the New Year’s holiday, they thought that I finally had succumbed to a relaxing beach vacation. They were surprised to hear that it would put me within reach of 3 WHS. Those that had been to Tenerife themselves all offered “El Teide” as the island’s most likely WH candidate.

    The Teide WHS is a volcanic landscape that actually covers two peaks (Pico Viejo and Teide), of which the latter is the most iconic. I already enjoyed good views of it from the plane while approaching Tenerife Norte Airport, and from the top of the Garajonay on La Gomera.

    Teide NP is part of our infamous “One million visitors or more”- connection. Visitor numbers have actually been dwindling over the past 5 years (due to the economic crisis?). Still, it can get very busy up there, and I used Hubert’s excellent advice on how early to start out. I left my hotel in Granadilla at 7.30 a.m. When I arrived at the park some 45 minutes later, it was almost freezing cold (+2.5 Celsius) but I had the place to myself. Just wonderful.

    I stopped at a few Miradores, watching the sunrise. Comparisons to the moon have been made, but the landscape looked more like Southwestern USA to me. It’s not that barren: tough plants cover large parts of the ground. The most prominent spot here at the southern side of the park is the Roques de Garcia. This is a series of strangely shaped rocks, the erosional remnants of an earlier version of the volcano. There’s a 3.5 km long trail that loops around them. Although the temperature left me with very cold hands, I opted to do this medium-level hike and see the rocks up and close.

    The path starts out easy but gets more tricky halfway. You actually walk along the back-side of the rocks. I even got lost a bit, I was starting to scramble up a hill when I saw 2 people approaching from the other side showing the right path. The real climb is left to the end, a switchback trail all the way up to the main viewpoint again. That trail is where I got the best views, including that of the photo right above.

    After the hike, I drove down the road that cross-sects the park. There are a couple more viewpoints, but none I found as spectacular as the Roques. I already had decided beforehand to forego the cable car ride to the top. The visitor center “El Portillo” at the northern end of the park turned out to be closed on January 1st. It was free to enter the attached botanical gardens though, where I was immediately attracted to another view of the Teide.

    Teide NP entered the WH List in 2007, at the same session as Korea’s Jeju Island. This sparked a debate if there weren’t enough volcanoes on the list already (“including several properties whose inscription was justified on the basis of arguments that are considered by a number of experts to be rather narrow”). The Committee requested IUCN to do a Thematic Study. The results were publicized in 2009: although most types of volcanic features were considered well-represented, some gaps were still identified.

    Since 2009 several new volcanic sites have been added to the List (Pitons of Réunion, Ogasawara Islands, Mt. Etna and Mt. Fuji for example) – not the ones that would fill any lacunes. And although the IUCN study does criticize the “the haphazard process of site selection and nomination of World Heritage properties by State Parties”, it doesn’t dare to say which of the already inscribed ones are superfluous. No doubt has ever been cast about El Teide: its height, age (over 3.5 million years) and gigantic caldera (a term that originated here) justify its inscription.

    3.50 Austria – 29-Feb-12 –

    In November 2007, we spent one week on Tenerife to escape the cold weather in Austria. We visited the Mount Teide National Park as a day trip from our accommodation at the south-west coast. We started early in the morning (at 7am) with our rental car in order to avoid the large tour buses, which start between 8 and 9 am from all major tourist centres. Another reason to get up early is that in the morning the air is clearer and the view is better, in the afternoon the Teide summit could often be hidden by clouds.

    We took the road via Guia de Isora and arrived at the National Park after about 1. 5 hours. The route is very interesting, you drive from sea level to 2,300 meters through different vegetation zones. First everything is green and colourful, we drove through banana plantations, followed by pine forests, and finally we arrived at the caldera Las Canadas, where rocks and solidified lava flows predominate. It reminded me of pictures from the Moon or Mars. Early in the morning we were almost alone on the road, so that we could stop everywhere to look around and to take pictures.

    The most popular and most spectacular viewing point is the Roques de Garcia, opposite are a Hotel Parador and an information centre. The Roques are bizarre, unique rock formations. Plenty of needle-shaped rocks of different colours stand one after another at a length of several hundred meters. The rocks consist of different layers from various eruptions. And you have a beautiful view over the caldera with Mount Teide in the background (photo: Roque Chinchado). Starting at the visitor centre, we hiked along a well-marked path for about 2 hours through the lava field. I was surprised how varied this “moonscape” is: lots of red and brown colour tones, bizarre rock formations, and all together with a bright blue sky. When we returned from our hike, we were glad that we got up so early. The parking lot at the Roques was crowded with cars and tour buses.

    A few kilometres further, a side road leads to the base station of the cable car to Mount Teide. But we drove on to the northern end of the National Park without a ride to the summit. The cable car ends at an observation deck, the summit is inaccessible without permission. Approval is given only in the main office of the National Park Service in the capital Santa Cruz. We came to many more interesting places that were worth a brief stop: beautiful views of the caldera and the Teide and places where you can see endemic plants like Tenerife bugloss or broom.

    All in all, it was a rewarding trip to an exceptional landscape. If you are on Tenerife, you should not miss the Teide National Park.


    This is one of the 14th Spanish National Parks and it is located in the island of Tenerife. It comprises the Mount Teide, highest mountain in Spain, and some areas around it.

    I did not try to climb the Mount Teide till the top when I was there but it does not seem to be a very hard task. Just take into account that the summit is at almost 4000 meters therefore lack of oxygen can be a problem. You should also take into account that all the territory of the National Park is over 2000 meters high therefore weather can be quite different than in the rest of the island.

    Landscape in Teide National Park is vulcanic and there are some endemic plants living there. Inside the Park there is one Parador, that would be a very good choice to stay as hotels of this group are among the best and most charming ones in the country.

    Teide National Park


    Teide, view from the observation deck in the Las Cañadas Valley

    Teide Volcano is the main attraction of Tenerife and the Canary Islands. Its height is 3718 meters above sea level. This is the highest point in Spain and in the Atlantic Ocean in general.

    The peak itself and the vast area around it form a unique natural complex, which in 1954 was given the status of a National Park. In 2007, Teide Park was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List and was recognized as one of the 12 Wonders of Spain.

    The magnificence and power of Teide is hard to describe. It’s really better to see it once. This alien landscape has been created for thousands of years. Erupting time after time, Teide grew, and its slopes were covered with crests of multi-colored lava, which sometimes resembles a storm frozen in stone.

    Climbing the volcano, you find yourself in an unknown land, where clouds of lush feather bed lie under your feet, a fierce sun shines in the sky, and the air changes its smell and taste. There are many hiking trails for the most indefatigable, but even a simple walk is impressive and etched into the memory, this stone element turns out to be so amazing for the eyes, like a crown surrounded by delicate fluffy pines.

    Teide area. View in the area of ​​one of the scenic hiking trails.

    Teide in the era of the Guanches

    Before the Spanish conquest (1496), the territory of Tenerife was divided into 9 principalities (menseyats), located along the perimeter of the island. But the peak itself and its surroundings (the modern zone of the Teide Park) were not included in any of these principalities and were considered common land. Here, the Guanches amicably grazed goats and sheep and mined obsidian (volcanic glass), which was used to produce simple tools.

    Las Cañadas Valley in winter. It often snows here at this time of the year.

    It was also a sacred place. The Guanches believed that the evil demon Guayota lived in the volcano. Of course, this belief was associated with eruptions of the peak.

    By the way, in the memory of the Spaniards, Teide itself did not erupt. One of the last eruptions close to the top of Teide was recorded in 1492, even Christopher Columbus testified to it, who at that time was just sailing towards the future America and stopped on the island of La Gomera on the way. And then the volcano Boca Cangrejo erupted.

    Geology and formation

    Teide is a young volcano by geological standards. The peak began to form 170,000 years ago, while the age of the surrounding mountain ranges – Anagi, Teno and Adeje – dates back 15-20 million years. At some point, violent volcanic activity led to a rather rapid growth of the peak, but it also ensured the instability of the volcanic building. As a result, there was a grandiose landslide, and part of the island simply slid into the sea. Thanks to this event (about 150,000 years ago), an amphitheater with a diameter of 17 kilometers was formed, which we today know as Las Cañadas del Teide. Inside this ancient crater, the modern peak of Teide grew, rising almost 1500 meters above it.

    View from the top of Teide to the eastern part of the island.

    In the valley of Las Cañadas is the most visited viewpoint on Teide, from where you can see the old crater. And next to it are the famous Roques de García – bizarrely shaped rocks, the remains of a partition that once separated the mouth of an ancient peak.


    Despite the desert “Martian” landscape, Teide Park has about 170 species of various plants. Of these, 58 are endemic to the Canary Islands, and 12 are generally found only on the Teide and nowhere else in the world.

    Tajinaste (Wildpret’s bruise (lat. Echium wildpretii , Spanish tajinaste rojo ) during flowering: the second half of spring – early summer. The plant is resistant to drought and at the same time withstands temperatures down to -15 degrees Celsius.

    The most characteristic of these are the retama shrub and tahinaste.During the flowering season, approximately from late April to June, the slopes of the volcano are covered with white caps of flowering retama and bright scarlet cones of tahinaste.Both of these plants are powerful honey plants, from which the industrious Tenerife bees (black bee is also an exclusively local species) make excellent honey (and most importantly, unique). 0013

    Interesting facts

    At the end of the 19th century, astronomical research began in the Las Cañadas zone. The first observatory on the Teide was opened by the Germans at the beginning of the 20th century, but it did not last long due to the outbreak of the First World War. However, already in 1916, the Spanish government opened the Izaña meteorological observatory, which still exists today. In 1960, the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands was established on the basis of the observatory.

    B 19In 59, the Parador Hotel, the highest branch of the famous royal hotel chain, was built on the Teide.

    The cable car – Teleférico del Teide – was launched in 1971.

    The film Clash of the Titans and several episodes of the cult series Doctor Who were filmed on Teide. In 2018, the filming of The Eternals with Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek was planned, but in the end, the management of the Teide Park did not allow the filming, as they could negatively affect the ecosystem.


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    Teide National Park in Tenerife

    Teide National Park is the largest and oldest of all Canarian parks. It combines a fantastic rocky landscape and a huge volcanic complex. The Teide complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most visited national park in Europe with more than 3 million tourists a year.

    The highest peak in Spain, the dormant stratovolcano Teide (3718 m), has been a landmark for navigators since time immemorial. The volcano is alive, although its last eruption was in 1909. In fact, Mount Teide is a volcano inside the crater of a volcano: millions of years ago, a huge volcano erupted, after which a 16-kilometer crater remained, in the north of which the “small” Teide volcano is located. Nearby is the second highest mountain in Tenerife – Pico Viejo (3135 m).

    Down from the summit are the flat lands of Cañadas del Teide, where the Guanches, the original inhabitants of the island, used to live. In this valley, one can still see flat lava fields and caves. There is a completely unique flora and fauna here: for example, guancha roses grow in the valley and Teide blue finches fly. Below 2000 meters the park is covered with magnificent pine forests.

    The crater is framed by the rocks of La Caldera de las Canadas. One of the park’s main attractions is the Cinchado stone, which looks like it’s about to fall.

    On the east side of the park is the Observatorio del Teide at an altitude of 2390 meters above sea level. The best European solar telescopes are located here, including the GREGOR with a 1.5 m objective lens.81.

    Photo: @marco/flickr

    Best time to visit and other recommendations

    The most convenient way to get to Teide Park is by renting a car. Of course, on vacation you don’t want to wake up early – but go to the volcano at dawn, you won’t regret it. You will remember what you saw for the rest of your life! In addition, it will be simply easier to find a free parking space.

    In Tenerife, the weather conditions in the park are more extreme than on the rest of the island: in winter the peak is covered with snow, and in summer the temperature in the valley exceeds 40 °C. At the same time, under direct sunlight, the air at the peak instantly heats up to 15-20 ° C.

    More than 20 routes are marked on the territory.

    Detailed route map of Teidere Park, Tenerife.

    Most popular hiking trails:

    Ascent to Pico Viejo. The length of the route is about 14 km, and the elevation difference is 1000 m, the hike will take the whole day. The path starts from the Narices del Teide car park, the route is marked on the map with the number 9. First, you will go down along the black volcanic rock, here you will also come across rare shrubs. Then the ascent begins, and it passes through completely lunar landscapes. The route lies through the “nostrils of the Teide”, where the last great eruption of Pico Viejo took place. Get ready for a tedious climb up a cliff covered with volcanic sand.

    Photo: Harrogate/flickr

    Climbing the Teide. In order to see the island from the most beautiful vantage point, you will have to try hard! The route is well marked and not technically difficult, but from the car park you will gain approximately 1400 meters of altitude. Be careful – to climb to the top of the mountain, you need a permit. The permit is issued free of charge, but we recommend that you book it in advance on the Reservas Parques Nacionales website, as their number is limited.

    Most tourists plan two days for the ascent, spend the night in the Altavista mountain shelter (3260 m) and reach the summit at dawn. If this plan is to your liking, book your overnight stay in advance on the official website, as the shelter is always full. To spend the night in a mountain refugio costs 21 €.

    Please note that the mountain is 3718 meters high, which means you will experience symptoms of altitude sickness – take headache pills with you and drink plenty of water.

    Samara route, No. 13. A small loop passes through a rarely visited, but very beautiful part of the park, where pine trees grow on volcanic sand. In addition, this area is located on the south side, which means that you can watch magnificent sunsets here from the top of Mirador de Samara.

    The cable car to the top of Teide is open from 09:00 to 17:00, in summer until 19:00, the lift lasts 40 minutes. You can book a ticket in advance on the official website for €27 round trip.

    Go to the gift shop near the cable car to buy a lava pendant or pendant.

    How to get to Teidere Park?

    By car:

    • from north, head south on TF24, then take exit 5 onto Carr. de la Esperanza;

    • from the south of the island and from Puerto de la Cruz – highway TF21. You can park at the bottom station of the cable car or at the largest car park in Roque de Garcia.

    By public transport Tenerife : by bus – route number 342, Boca Tauce stop (from the south), or route number 348 (from the north). Unfortunately, these buses run once a day, early in the morning there and late in the evening back.

    Teide National Park

    Las Cañadas del Teide National Park is the largest of all the parks in the Canary archipelago. It has an area of ​​190 km2 and is located in the huge Las Cañadas caldera with the Teide volcano in the middle. Visitors to the park will be able to see here the craters and vents of small volcanoes, bizarre silhouettes of solidified lava, and will also be able to climb the Teide volcano.

    Las Canadas Caldera Formation

    1. At the initial stage between the Miocene and Pliocene, 3 volcanoes rose from the ocean: Teno (in the northwest), Anaga (in the northeast) and Roque del Conde (in the south).

    2. During the Miocene epoch, Las Cañadas volcano rose in the middle between the volcanoes and united them into one volcanic system.

    3. For 8 million years, the volcano grew and eventually formed the island of Tenerife in its present form. Presumably, the height of the Las Cañadas volcano was then about 4500 meters.

    4. Approximately 160-220 thousand years ago there was a series of strong eruptions with a large release of matter, as a result of which a void formed inside the volcano. The walls in the central part of the volcano could not withstand their weight and collapsed – this place is the caldera. Hence the name of the national park. This structure of the volcanic rocks of Tenerife is one of the largest in the world. The maximum diameter of Las Cañados Caldera is 16 kilometers.

    5. After a while, smaller volcanoes appeared in Las Cañadas Caldera. Now the entire structure of the caldera from the satellite resembles a huge crater, inside which the Teide volcano (Teide, 3718m) rushed to the sky and a little to the left of it the volcano Pico Viejo (Pico Viejo, 3135m).

    What to see in Teide National Park?

    The main attraction of the park is definitely the Teide volcano. Its peak (3718 m) is the highest point in Spain and the Atlantic Ocean. Every year, thousands of tourists come here to admire the beauty of the Canary archipelago from its top.
    The local nature is mesmerizing – mountain formations of solidified lava are perplexing, and tropical plants wrapping around volcanic structures create a colorful and mysterious effect.

    One of the peculiarities of the park is that there are no predatory mammals or poisonous amphibians in the vicinity of the caldera, so hiking throughout the park is safe. Local inhabitants are small rodents and harmless insects that complement the rich landscape rather than pose a threat. At the crater you can meet wild cats, hedgehogs and rabbits, which find this place the most attractive for existence, however, such animals do not make contact with humans and do not pose a danger. In the spring season, on the caldera, you can observe the flowering of various plants that are found only in this area. Thanks to this phenomenon, the vegetation on the territory of the Teide volcano and Caldera Las Cañadas is filled with new, colorful colors.

    The environment of the Teide National Park is indeed a unique place on earth, which in its structure resembles the surface of another planet unknown to science. That is why the masterpieces of world cinema – “Million years BC” and “Clash of the Titans” were filmed in these parts. Travel guides and tour guides have much more to say about these amazing sites and the unique rock formations in the caldera, but tourists quickly forget all this when they find themselves in the famous Spanish landscape of Teide.

    When is the best time to visit the National Park?

    The Teide National Park looks different at different times of the year, so each period is beautiful in its own way. The most comfortable, of course, is in the warm season – in this case, you do not have to freeze on the top of the Teide or take a lot of warm clothes with you.

    It is best to schedule your visit to the caldera in August to join the famous night tour. At this time, a meteor shower from the constellation Perseus falls on the Earth. Everyone can make as many wishes as they can think of, because there will be really a lot of shooting stars. Locals call such a meteor shower – the tears of St. Lorenzo. The thing is that August 10 is the day of remembrance of the saint, it coincides with the beginning of the meteor shower and the Spaniards love to get out into nature with their families on this day and observe this beautiful phenomenon.

    Rules for visiting the Teide National Park

    The national park is very carefully guarded by the authorities, so tourists should familiarize themselves with the set of rules:

    • No fires
    • Do not have picnics
    • Do not pick plants
    • Do not take stones from the territory
    • Do not leave the marked path during long hikes

    The management of the Teide Park takes into account the desires of tourists, so they have built special areas for barbecue and enjoyment in order to encourage the conscientiousness of travelers and provide them with the maximum opportunities for recreation without compromising nature.

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    Excursion to the National Park of Las Cañadas and El Teide volcano in Tenerife

    One of the most visited parks on the planet and the first in Europe. Amazingly transparent and clear sky, ideal for astronomical observations. Fantastic landscapes, reminiscent of Martian. Mount Teide is the highest point in Spain and the Atlantic Ocean, and also a sacred place for the aborigines of the Guanches Islands. They believed that the entrance to the underworld was located there, and the demon Guayota was languishing inside the mountain. All this is the Teide National Park.

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    It is impossible to visit Tenerife and not visit Teide Park. Few regions of the Earth can boast such alien landscapes, a majestic dormant volcano and a variety of flora and fauna.

    During our tour of the Teide you will see places such as:

    • Teide Volcano . A giant that soared into the sky to a height of 3718 m. Using the funicular, you can get almost to its top in just 8 minutes, and then walk the last 163 meters on foot. On the way to the peak, the Altavista mountain base operates – a comfortable rest at an altitude of 3270 m above sea level. The Izagna solar observatory also operates on the slope of the volcano, and this is no accident. The sky over Teide is recognized as one of the clearest in the world, you can see 83 of the 88 constellations in it. The place is ideal for observations due to the absence of clouds at such a height;
    • Caldera Las Cañadas . A huge amphitheater with a circumference of more than 15 km and a height of up to 600 m. It represents volcanic rocks, heaps of stones, layers of solidified lava – a completely unreal, cosmic landscape, which is about three million years old. The scenery for a science fiction film created by nature itself: it is no coincidence that such classics of cinema as Star Wars were filmed here;
    • Scala de Garcia . Located at the foot of the Teide volcano. The most unusual of them – Sinchado rock , which is shaped like a petrified tree and is one of the symbols of the island.


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    The seven islands of the Canary archipelago are seven amazing pieces of land in the Atlantic, which can amaze even the most experienced traveler with their diversity. Only here you can meet the dawn at the highest point of the Atlantic and enjoy the unique performance of giant killer whales, taste the fragrant meat cooked in the mouth of a real volcano and see how the genius of Cesar Manrique helped to weave together the unique beauty created by nature and man, see the oldest plaza Mayor in Spain and feel the thrill of admiration from the majestic beauty of the “Requiem in the Gothic style”, hear the unique language of whistling and walk through the forest of the Tertiary period, breathe in the amazing spicy aroma of highland endemic herbs, hold your breath to admire the Caldera de Taburiente from the edge of the abyss, and, having climbed to the highest point of the island, and, having surveyed the futuristic designs of Cherenkov telescopes, feel proud of the great compatriot.

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    ➤ Canary Islands. Fantastic Teide Teide Points of interest • Places of interest • What to see in the Canary Islands. Fantastic Teide Teide?

    The outstanding Paganel said that he had nothing to do on the peak of Tenerife after the great Humboldt. The reference geographer invented by Jules Verne was very wrong – everyone should visit the peak of Tenerife, which is called Teide, because it is one of the most incredible places on our planet. More precisely, not at the peak itself, but on the volcanic plateau located around Teide Teide: alien landscapes are simply amazing. Imagine fabulous bizarre rocks, multi-colored slopes covered with volcanic ash, endless lava fields – stone bubbles, walls of a giant caldera resembling a canyon … Although it’s hard to imagine – it needs to be seen.

    Teide volcano. Altitude 3718 m

    Teide Observatory – the largest in the world

    All the wonders of the Teide form a national natural park of almost 19,000 hectares. This park is the largest in Spain. Almost 3 million tourists visit it every year – it is one of the ten most visited national parks in the world. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    The highest point of the park is Mount Teide – 3718 m. This is the highest point of the Canaries and all of Spain. In height from the bottom of the ocean, this is the third volcano in the world – 7.5 km. From 19Teide has been sleeping for 110 years – it has not erupted for 110 years.

    I have not been to the Grand Canyon in Arizona, but those who have been say that the views of Teide are similar. And yet, these incredible landscapes are compared with the landscapes of Mars. All these millions of tourists say – like on Mars, when they get into this volcanic desert, covered with avaricious bushes of some kind of xerophytes. And for scientists, Teide National Park is one of the main testing grounds for testing instruments for expeditions to Mars. And this corner of the island of Tenerife is one of the top three places in the world for observing the sky, and that is why here, at an altitude of 2390 meters, the world’s largest observatory is located. An absolutely phantasmagorical picture of dozens of huge telescopes in an alien landscape. By the way, excursions are held at the observatory, during which you can see not just the starry sky, but even spots and flares on the Sun. Tours must be booked in advance – you can easily do this on the Internet.

    From 2356 m to 3555 m, the largest cable car in Spain is laid. Quite a bit it does not reach the top of the volcano, but in windy weather it does not work, and you need to order the ascent in advance. The cable car has two cabins, each of which can accommodate up to 44 people. At the lower lift station there is a parking lot for 220 cars, there are shops and cafes. The cable car ride takes 8 minutes, but if you decide to walk, you will need 5-6 hours, and more than four hours to go down. They say that this is an adventure that photographers really like – the pictures taken from the slopes of the volcano are unrealistic, but people without proper physical fitness should not climb Teide.

    At an altitude of 3260 m Altavista camp site is located. Imagine – it was built in the middle of the 19th century – then it was the base for scientific research. If you want to see a fabulous sunset and fall asleep among the stars, stop at Altavista. But not everything is simple here, because you can enter from 17:00 to 22:00, and the bedrooms open at 19:00. There are only three bedrooms, and there are 54 beds in them – a sort of hostel among the stars. There is heating, a toilet and shower, a kitchen (your products) and the Internet. You must leave the bedrooms by 7:30 in the morning. The camp closes at 8:00. You can only stay one night.


    If you have not received prior permission or do not want to climb to the top, you are not at all afraid, because this is only a piece of incredible attractions and attractions for a long time . You will never forget these Martian landscapes.

    We climbed to the Teide National Park from La Laguna. We left very early. At first there was a mountain serpentine among a pine forest (the slopes are covered with Canary pine up to a height of 2100 m). There are many viewing platforms near the road, from which Tenerife views with the indispensable ocean open – either one side of the island, or the other. Then a belt of bushes began, which clung to the multi-colored volcanic slopes and talus. In some places, sections of volcanic rocks rose above the road, at which everyone stopped for photo shoots and selfies.

    The only turn on the paved road on the left leads to the Teide Observatory – be sure to drive up to it, a distance of about 4 km. Dozens of white, topped with domes, cylinders among the Martian landscape will take you to some fantastic blockbuster.

    Then we return to the main road and plunge into the world of alien landscapes. Now you understand that the previous photos taken from the observation decks are nothing compared to these. But there is nowhere to stay for a long time, and you begin to mentally scold the organizers – well, why were there so many parking lots, but here – not a single one, and there is no roadside. But you should not worry, because everything is much more interesting, and there are plenty of parking lots again.

    Endless lava fields start at the bottom station of the cable car. There is a sightseeing trail here. At an altitude of 2300 m it is cool, but when the sun is shining, it seems that it is warm. You walk between pieces of solidified lava and do not feel the flow of time. Further to the west, sections of large bizarre rocks begin – here you can wander until sunset. Opposite, in the south, you can see the Pico Viejo volcano (height 3135 m), and around, on the horizon, the 600-meter walls of a giant caldera. In fact, this is a crater, but how strong should the explosion be to create such a thing.

    In the Teide National Park, filmmakers are almost constantly filming something. Films are different. There are also well-known ones, for example, The Fast and the Furious with Vin Diesel (the sixth part was filmed here), Clash of the Titans and Wrath of the Titans. Back in 1966, the legendary film “One Million Years BC” was filmed here. The poster of this film with the beautiful Raquel Welch and views of the Teide park covered a hole in the prison wall in The Shawshank Redemption… Seeing these landscapes makes me want to become a director, or maybe a cameraman, and shoot, shoot. Come take a look, you might like it too. Entrance to the park is free.

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    What is Parque del Teide for Humanity ? Since 2007, it has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second most visited national park in the world. What is the Parque nacional del Teide for the Atlantic Ocean? One of many active volcanoes and the highest point in the Atlantic. What is Parque nacional del Teide for Spain? The highest point in Spain, the first most visited national park in Europe, the location of the Izagna observatory and one of the exclusive Spanish Paradores. What is the Parque nacional del Teide for the Canary archipelago and the island of Tenerife? Of course, this is a story … The name Tenerife is an adapted version, and translated from the language of the natives of the island of Gran Canaria means White Mountain, this is also the place of imprisonment of the evil god Guayote. This is the biggest (18990 ha) and the oldest (1954) national park of the archipelago. It is a place of pilgrimage for more than three and a half million tourists annually. And finally, this is the main attraction of the archipelago!

    What is Parque nacional del Teide for you? This is a visit to a place of extraordinary beauty and energy, a great opportunity to see incomparable lunar-Martian landscapes, touch the history of the last eruption of Teide and feel all the strength and power of titan. This is your photo with the island’s most famous model, Roque Cinchado. This is an opportunity to overcome 1199 meters in 8 minutes, to be at an altitude of 3555 meters and personally make sure that the volcano is not at all extinct, but quite alive and sleeping peacefully, and if you want to walk the last 163 meters, climb to the very peak to a height of 3717.98 m

    To be in Tenerife and not visit the Parque nacional del Teide is nonsense!

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    The non-naturist part of the beach is near to the lighthouse (kiosk 8). Further down the beach at kiosk 6 and 7 is the naturist beach. Kiosk 7 is predominantly gay whereas kiosk 6 is a mixture of people.
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    The beach is best approached via the 2.5 km trail through the dunes from the Riu Palace Maspalomas hotel. It took around 30 minutes to walk from there as you are walking through sand. This will bring you to the Kiosk 7 area of the beach. The beach is sandy (and gets very hot so wear shoes on the beach) and very clean. There is plenty of space for sunbathing either on sunbeds, on the beach itself or near the dunes.
    We spent our time on the sunbeds at kiosk 6. As has been stated in other reviews only card payments are accepted for umbrellas and sunbeds. It is 2.50 euros for each item (so 7.50 euros for 2 sunbeds and an umbrella).
    The kiosks are still closed but there are people who come around selling cold drinks and snacks. Sellers on the beach seem to be carefully controlled as you see the same sellers every day and they are un-intrusive.
    At kiosk 6 it was mainly naked couples, which was great, with a few clothed people. One downside was that many people tended to smoke and as the sunbeds are close together it was difficult to avoid the smoke.
    It is safe to leave your belongings on this part of the beach when you go in the sea. We did this and never had any problems.
    The sea, being the Atlantic, can be very rough at times. However this didn’t take away the fun of going in the sea which was warm.
    There are no toilet facilities at this part of the beach which is disappointing but I’m not going to knock off any marks for this as the overall experience on the beach is fantastic. Our best naturist experience to date.

    Written September 19, 2022

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    Mark V

    2 contributions

    Lovely beach


    Lovely beach next to the dunes; parasol hire very reasonable
    Nice beachside bars and restaurants
    Nudist beach further on

    Written August 30, 2022

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    Bhavna C

    Kobe, Japan76 contributions

    Short trip to the south of Las Palmas


    Beautiful sunny days all throughout our stay and the beach is clean and safe and the dunes are amazing. The water sports are reasonable and lots of shops and restaurants all over the area 🏖🍷🌞

    Written August 17, 2022

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    5 contributions

    Just Beautiful!!


    Just returned from a wonderful week at palm Oasis.
    Palm oasis is set in the most beautiful grounds , the apartments are fantastic, equipped with what you need , clean and spacious.
    We stayed on a half board basis , buffet breakfast and evening meal . The food was fantastic , choices and variety to suit all tastes and the fact you can keep going back for more just makes it so worth while , especially when feeding 7 . The pool bar it great for lunch should you require .
    The staff could not be more helpful , polite and extremely hard working !
    The site is a little distance from maspalomas centre but the hotel will have you a taxi in minutes and it’s around 5 euros .
    This is the First holiday we’re I’ve actually had days around a pool , normally we would be going off sightseeing. Pool days in such beautiful surroundings have left us all wanting to visit again !

    Thank you to all at Palm Oasis !!

    This site certainly deserves more than 3 *

    Written August 9, 2022

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    Viktor S

    6 contributions

    Very good


    I and my family really liked visiting this beach Very beautiful beaches. I suggest you visit, you will really like it

    Written August 6, 2022

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    Ali C

    5 contributions



    Very nice place to see and take some good photos there. Even though it was too hot for me to actually walk down there I enjoyed the view from the little pathway next to it. My daughter and my partner went for a walk there and enjoyed it a lot. View worth seeing!!

    Written August 2, 2022

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    Gillian S

    18 contributions

    El Faro a Lopesan experience


    Visited ElFaro at Maspalomas in July. Excellent location, excellent food and staff made this a wonderful break after 3 years without a holiday. The room no 1323 was a side sea view with a lovely large corner balcony looking onto the sand dunes. It is very grey everywhere inside the hotel including the paint on the ceilings which we found a bit dark. The beds were really comfy and lots of fresh towels every day and a chocolate biscuit every evening left by the maid. Only negatives were the air con was not great and the sink (grey ) was right in front of the entrance to the room and in the actual bedroom. Apart from this a really lovely hotel.

    Written July 30, 2022

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    Chandler’s Ford, UK6 contributions

    Lack of Kiosks and Toilets

    With the nice new kiosks placed during lockdown it was a real disappointment to not have them open. Also a huge missed opportunity to have toilets installed in the middle of the beach as it’s such a long walk to get back to either end to use facilities if you’re spending the day there. For visitors please note that only card payments can be taken for sun loungers and parasols, they are no longer accepting cash and a lot of people were caught out by it. Again forcing customers to take their cards and phones down the beach it would be nice if there were some kind of locker facility by each kiosk for a small fee. Aside from this still a gorgeous clean beach and the attendants were lovely friendly people so heartily recommend a visit

    Written July 25, 2022

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    Stafford, UK209 contributions

    nice and clean

    a lovely beach with great facilities also sunbeds are very good value for money they dont take cash so you will need a card to pay

    Written July 20, 2022

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    Koko Ono

    London, UK7 contributions

    Tacky tourist trap.. Reminded me of Benidorm


    Dunes were very pretty (which is why I’ve given it 2 stars instead of 0) but the rest of the beach was a tourist trap selling tatty memorabilia and sorry attempts at English food such as fish and chips and eggs and bacon (undercooked and not very appetising) It is just for tourists basically and doesn’t show any real resemblance of Spanish culture or history. We were hoping for traditional food and tapas but it was just full of cheap market stalls with people that would constantly try and grab you and try and shove cheap looking bracelets on your hand. There was lots of fake designer bags and it had a Benidorm type of vibe, full of shouty middle aged English people. The beach was extremely overcrowded and barely had any sun loungers, everyone was just cramped on the floor (The sand was far too hot to lay on).

    Nothing much to do or see, there’s a chemist and a supermarket for the locals but apart from that there’s very little to do. There is a nudist beach next to the main one which was all fine and dandy as I like to sunbathe topless anyway (probably the most interesting part of the trip) but we did notice that there was a group of naked men hiding in the bushes which seemed weird and somewhat sinister for a place that openly embraces nudity.

    If you want to experience some culture whilst you are here, I’d recommend instead travelling to Las Palmas old town as they have art galleries, museums and cathedrals to visit etc. It is an hour bus ride away though so if you are hoping for somewhere nearer-by don’t bother.

    Written July 19, 2022

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    Maspalomas Gran Canaria – Canary Islands Info

    Maspalomas is the world-renowned tourist town in the southernmost part of Gran Canaria. Completing the San Bartolome de Tirajana municipality, its coast welcomes more and more visitors each year. It has perfected the formula for a desirable European destination in the Canaries with its infinite sand dunes, high-end hotels, and beautiful beaches and attractions.

    Maspalomas Sand Dunes Overlooking Sea – ©eyewave


    The town’s iconic Faro de Maspalomas has been shining its beacon over the sea for more than 120 years. Since no roads led to the location, the government opted to build a wharf before transporting the construction materials for the tower. The picturesque and historic lighthouse has since become an indelible part of the local landscape.

    The hotel-lined Maspalomas today is the culmination of an ambitious vision to create a resort town that would stand amidst the dunes and the Atlantic. The rise of the lighthouse, followed by the expansion of resorts, ultimately led to Maspalomas as the top tourist destination on the island. Amidst the massive development, UNESCO declared the Sand Dunes of Maspalomas a protected landscape.

    At a Glance

    During the winter months, a large number of Europeans and other international tourists flock to the Canary Islands, where the climate remains summer-like even when the temperature drops.

    Under the silhouette of the imposing lighthouse, visitors become a part of the centuries-old memories in Maspalomas. Countless strolls, honeymoons, family vacations, and soul-searching trips happened across its 6-kilometer shoreline. Couples and lovers, even nudists and members of the LGBT community, have found refuge on the beaches of Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles.

    The vast dunes, extending inland from the coast, hosts a plethora of endemic species. A stunning sunset is in store for guests at Dunas Mirador, where the picturesque sky becomes the perfect backdrop for the golden sand hills and deep blue water of the Atlantic. At night, the fun continues in one of the night bars in Meloneras or Playa del Ingles.

    Maspalomas Lighthouse During Sunset – ©albertoloyo

    While in town, there are a couple of parks to keep the kids entertained. Families could spend a lovely afternoon at Palmitos Park. Or, as an option, they could find thrill and excitement at the Holiday World Amusement Park. While ladies have a grand time shopping, gentlemen could tee off at Maspalomas Golf.

    Completing one’s stay on the island is the broad array of accommodations, most of which are on the upper scale. Aside from hotels and apartments, the town also has countless restaurants and cafes serving local and international cuisine.

    Things to Do

    Although more famous for its beaches, the town of Maspalomas offers way more than the sea and the sand dunes. It is a haven for vacationers who want to indulge in myriad activities.

    Beach Hopping

    The long coastline in Maspalomas draws people in with sandy shores and cool waters of the Atlantic. Although the coast is long, the beaches are divided into smaller beaches, each with its distinct features.

    Playa de Meloneras

    Starting at the northwest side of the legendary lighthouse, Playa de Meloneras competes pretty well with its neighbors. After a recent face-lift, it boasts extravagant hotels, designer shops, and numerous seafront restaurants. Across the golden sand are sunbeds and parasols for rent, bringing beach comfort to the next level.

    The beach is ideal for swimming and sunbathing, although it could get rocky when the tide is low. A great activity for guests here is to explore the reefs and meet aquatic animals face-to-face during scuba diving excursions. At night, chill in one of the bars and cafes that light up and keep the shores of Meloneras fun and alive.

    Playa de Maspalomas

    Walking east from the lighthouse, the tranquil beach of Playa de Maspalomas greets tourists. The 3-kilometer golden sand is perfect for lounging around, walking, or sunbathing. The water is calmest near the lighthouse, where shops and restaurants abound.

    Towards the midsection is a well-signed area for nudists and the gay community. Getting tanned does not have to be limited to the beach but also at the vast expanse of sand dunes.

    Playa del Ingles

    Walking further east from Maspalomas, beachgoers get blown away by Playa del Ingles. The busiest beach in Europe never feels crowded with yet again more golden sand and endless shops and cafes. It’s the top beach destination for those who thirst for nightlife by the beach.

    Playa del Ingles Full of Life – ©nito500

    Commercial centers, high-rise buildings, hotels, pubs, and clubs dominate the shore. For that reason, it is a popular destination for those who love the modern amenities and the convenience of its location. An area at the end of the beach to the east is marked for nudists. From here, guests could also take a stroll on Paseo Costa Canaria, a long walkway with shops and beautiful areas for jogging, walking, and even picture-taking.

    Playa de San Agustin

    If the choice is to go to a much quieter atmosphere than Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles, then Playa de San Agustin is perfect. This peaceful beach is more popular with the locals, especially during weekends, and is an ideal escape from tourist traps. That said, there are also plenty of accommodations to choose from, should visitors decide to stay and explore.

    The gentle waters of this beach make it a perfect place for snorkeling and even scuba diving. When hungry, a couple of cafes, shops, and restaurants serve customers on its promenade.

    Nature Trips

    The sand dunes are the main tourist attraction of the town. It is reminiscent of the Sahara and exudes a rugged beauty all nature lovers fall for. However,for naturalists and those who simply want a break from the beach, Maspalomas offers much more than its magical sand.

    La Charca

    The Maspalomas Nature Reserve is divided into three sections: Dunas (dunes), Charca (pond), and Palmeral (palms). La Charca is a little lagoon that runs parallel to the walkway to the shore. Its pond is filled with fishes, and the landscape is, most of the time, visited by wild birds.

    Grab some binoculars and have fun bird watching. Migrating birds from Europe heading to Africa usually rest in these waters. So, make sure to have your cameras ready in case egrets or herons decide to plunge into the water and fish for their next meal.

    Dunas Mirador

    Chiseled by winds blowing from all directions, the sand hills change every moment, making each visit a unique experience. And what’s the best spot to watch the enchanting sand dunes? None other than Dunas Mirador.

    This walkway and observation area was designed with a couple of low steps where people could sit. Here, guests could see the dunes forming waves of shadows as they welcome the golden rays of the sun retreating at the ocean-lined horizon. It’s a breath-taking experience, to say the least.

    Walking in Maspalomas Coastline – ©tupungato

    Parque Urbano del Sur

    Fancy a morning run or a quiet afternoon spent reading? Then this landscaped urban park in Maspalomas is the place to be. Lined with palm trees, it’s a shaded area away from the noise of the busy shops and beaches.

    Apart from the path for joggers, it also has a lovely pond. Unwind while watching the ducks, birds, and fishes go about their business. Or bring the kids and let them have fun in the vast playground. There’s even a local cafe that boasts a reasonably priced weekend lunch BBQ meal for the family.

    El Parque Botanico de Maspalomas

    Just like any desert, Maspalomas also has an oasis. But here, tourists will find more than just a couple of cacti or palms. Guests take a refreshing walk or a pleasant picnic amidst a vast collection of tropical and Mediterranean plants.

    The tranquility of El Parque Botanico de Maspalomas is something any traveler appreciates. The plant collections range from fruit trees like papayas and bananas to hordes of different flowers and shrubs. Visitors could even spot butterflies and birds. It is open on weekdays, and the entrance is free.

    Theme Parks

    A tourist town is not complete without thrilling amenities for kids and the kids at heart. It is for this reason that families love Maspalomas. Close to the beaches are various theme parks offering hair-raising and adrenaline-pumping adventures.

    Palmitos Park

    Palmitos Park is the consensus best recreational activity in Gran Canaria. Set amidst ravines and palms in Maspalomas, San Bartolome de Tirajana, the subtropical theme park is only a couple of minutes away from the beaches. It is where tourists can discover the diversified flora and fauna of Gran Canaria.

    Lovable Stork in Palmitos Park Maspalomas – ©aaabbbccc

    Apart from the animal and plant attractions found in the zoo, Palmitos Park also has incredible animal shows. Visitors stand in awe as they watch exotic birds and birds of prey in flight. The famous dolphin show also brings smiles as the gentle mammals showcase their tricks and genius.

    Holiday World

    Suddenly missing funfair rides? There is no need to fight the urge. Sitting inland between the beaches of Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles is Holiday World, an amusement park catering to all ages.

    Guests could ride the Ferris wheel and other fun fair rides. While there, friends and families could knock down pins in the bowling alley. The trampoline area should offer loads of fun for little children defying gravity. Holiday World is a fun place to visit both day and night.

    Aqualand Maspalomas

    More nerve-wracking fun awaits the thrill-seekers in Aqualand Maspalomas Water Park. With over 30 slides, it is the biggest water park in town for adrenaline-pumping action.

    Attractions are classified well, so guests would not have difficulty choosing. There’s Chill Out and Play, Family Fun, Kidzworld, and Adrenaline Fun. Start slow with Pirate’s River or Jacuzzi, then crank it up with the Tornado or the Aquamania. Here, every slide is sure to bring laughter and fun for everyone.

    Adult Fun

    Millions of tourists come and go to Gran Canaria each year. From solo travelers to couples or lovers, many choose to fly direct to Maspalomas.


    Scattered across town are multiple mini-golf courses. But one of the biggest and most popular is the Maspalomas Golf Course. This 18-hole course has been a venue for a couple of international events.

    Enveloped by the dunes and natural reserve, with the trade winds fanning players’ faces from time to time, its prime location is more than ideal for many enthusiasts.

    Who’s Got a Mean Game of Golf? – ©philipus

    Wellness and Spa

    For bodies that need pampering and 100% tender loving care, Maspalomas has got everyone covered. Spas and wellness centers thrive that it is impossible not to spot one on any of the beaches.

    The most popular and highly rated one in Playa del Ingles is Massage Gran Canaria Maspalomas. When in San Agustin, look up Thalassion Gloria San Agustin.


    Playa del Ingles and Playa de Meloneras are the go-to beaches for exciting nightlife by the sea. Because of the numerous bars and clubs, many guests end up hopping from one to the other.

    In Yumbo Center, for instance, the Eiffel Bar serves the best cocktails in a relaxing ambiance. In contrast, tourists find a busy bar and outrageous shows in Ricky’s Cabaret Car.

    Air Tours

    Not for the faint-hearted, many have raved about the incredible paragliding and parasailing experience with Sky Rebels. Fly like a wild bird for more than 30 minutes and experience Gran Canaria differently.

    Dining Options

    Mediterranean, Italian, French, Canarian, Asian, Vegan, whatever guests want, Maspalomas has a restaurant, cafe, or bar that serves it. All one needs to do is to walk along the promenade lining the shore on any of the beaches.


    In one of Maspalomas’s finest restaurants, LoLa, you can expect to enjoy delectable dishes at every course. Dig in on their Octopus Capaccio or Red Mullet, or satisfy your sweet craving by ordering their Churros. The attentive staff and outstanding service make the experience even more enjoyable. To cap the evening off, LoLa has an impressive selection of wines.

    Wapa Tapa

    Wapa Tapa is another highly recommended restaurant in Maspalomas. Located in Yumbo Center, they serve some of the most delicious European, International, and Vegan food dishes.Feel like a local and try their tapas, or heat up the cool evening with their Pumpkin Soup and savory Mini Chorizos. Do make a reservation as the place gets filled with hungry beachgoers quickly.

    La Palmera Sur

    For a fill of Spanish and Mediterranean dishes, dine at La Palmera Sur. Also in Playa del Ingles and near Gold Hotel, this well-known restaurant boasts an attractive mix of dishes on its menu. Tacos and tapas are the restaurant’s most popular offerings.Service is excellent, and food presentations are a delight both to the eyes and to the palates.

    Luxurious Hotels

    After experiencing the beautiful town of Maspalomas, it’s hard not to want to stay longer. And finding a fancy place to stay is never a problem with the affluence of high-rise hotels in the area.

    Seaside Gran Hotel Residencia

    Staying true to its 5-star rating is the Seaside Gran Hotel Residencia. The hotel, located close to the beach, has been a favorite among guests expecting first-class amenities and service.

    The pool bar serves fantastic BBQ and meals. They boast a spa, hot tub, fitness center, pool, restaurant, and lounge. The hotel premises are surrounded by palm trees and overlook the mountains. Plus, it is also only a few minutes’ walk to the beach. Book Now!

    Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort

    Another 5-star hotel is Sheraton Gran Canaria Salobre Golf Resort which offers a fantastic view of the two 18-hole golf courses set amidst a backdrop of the sea and the mountains. Complete with pools, a gym, restaurant, bar and lounge, spa, and a golf course, it is a vacationer’s paradise. An adult-only rooftop pool is perfect for those seeking a dip in peace and quiet. A shuttle service is provided hourly for those who want to go down the beach to shop or swim.

    h20 Playa Meloneras Place

    A lot of tourists have had a heavenly holiday in h20 Playa Meloneras Palace. Located on the coast of Meloneras, it is a stone’s throw away from the beach and the shops. It also has easy access to the town.

    The hotel takes pride in its modern architecture as well as its friendly staff. Amenities include a tennis court, fitness center, pool, hot tub, spa, restaurant, bar, and lounge. For a plush hotel, it never feels too busy or too big. Book Now!

    Getting to and Around Maspalomas

    By Bus

    A number of bus lines run between Gran Canaria Airport and Maspalomas. These include routes 01, 04, 05, 36, 66, and 90, with the last two making fewer stops. At night, you can take bus 05, which comes from Las Palmas and stops at the airport on its way to Faro de Maspalomas. The standard fare is €3.50, although passengers can purchase a prepaid card for discounted fares. This is recommended if you want to spend more than a couple of days on the island and explore beyond Maspalomas.

    Holidaymakers can also easily visit various parts of the stunning Maspalomas by simply hopping on and off a bus. Popular destinations in the resort town are serviced by bus routes 1, 25, 30, 36, 45, 66, and 90. Check the lines and schedules of individual bus numbers here.

    By Taxi or Airport Transfer

    Taxis have a meter that determines the fare based on the distance traveled. The 32-kilometer trip from Gran Canaria Airport to Maspalomas takes about 20-30 minutes and costs around €40.

    The airport taxi rank typically has a short waiting time. If you’d rather not take any chances, you can always schedule an airport transfer beforehand. The cost depends on the type of vehicle (shuttle bus, minivan, minivan, wheelchair accessible, mini-coach, etc.) and transfer (shared, private, or premium). The shared standard shuttle transfer is the cheapest option, only costing between €3 and €5.

    Note that tickets for airport transfers must be purchased in advance and not during your arrival at the airport. Please visit this link for further details or to make a reservation.

    Getting around Maspalomas via taxi is a breeze as well. Any area with heavy foot traffic, such as a shopping mall, will have a taxi stand nearby, but most will have several waiting for a fare during the busy season. Vacationers can also easily flag one down whenever the green light is on. Alternatively, the front desk at any hotel or apartment complex should be able to provide guests with the phone number of the local taxi company.

    By Car

    For ease and convenience, many vacationers to Gran Canaria rent a car to explore the island, especially the countryside. Its roads are well kept, there is minimal congestion, and free parking is available almost everywhere.In addition, both the airport and Maspalomas have numerous car rental agencies to choose from. Booking in advance via the internet is also possible.

    When leaving the airport, follow the signs for the “GC-1 Sur.” Stay on the GC-1 highway and head south toward Maspalomas. Take the exit marked “GC-500 San Fernando – Maspalomas” after about 30 kilometers.

    Maspalomas Map

    Maspalomas is the Perfect Tourist Town in Gran Canaria

    With a friendly climate, long stretches of fine beaches that kiss the Atlantic, and posh hotels and shops, Maspalomas is indeed a model tourist town in Gran Canaria. Add to that the multitude of activities for kids and adults and a natural reserve that nestles endemic species. It is a place that never runs out of fun and excitement.

    The lighthouse, which has witnessed centuries of mesmerizing sunsets, marks this dream destination. And with an increasing number of Europeans stepping into its golden sand, Maspalomas, with its historic lighthouse, is sure to witness more memories under the sun.

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    Maspalomas, ES Vacation Rentals: house rentals & more

    Discover a selection of 2,500 vacation rentals in Maspalomas, ES that are perfect for your trip. Whether you’re traveling with friends, family, or even pets, Vrbo vacation homes have the best amenities for hanging out with the people that matter most, including private pools and swimming pools. Prices start at $60 per night, and houses and villas are popular options for a stay in Maspalomas. Either way, you’ll find a rental for everyone’s needs.



    Stayed Aug 2022

    Excellent Villa

    Everything we could have ever asked for. Colin and Bev were so helpful and accommodating which made it feel like a home away from home. The villa has everything you could want, both pools were clean and so handy to have and we used them everyday. The…

    Francesca-May S.

    Stayed May 2022

    Nice tiny, house

    Yeremay is a very uncomplicated, friendly guy and totally open-minded. The house is very well equipped with wifi, washing machine and a dishwasher. A supermarket is about 5 min walk away. The house is located in a beautiful area, all the people are s. ..

    Tobias R.


    Stayed Apr 2022

    Absolut Empfehlenswert !

    Waren für 2 Wochen in diesem Bungalow.
    Erholung pur. Alles vorhanden was benötigt wird.
    Katia steht bei Fragen immer mit Rat und Tat zur Seite.
    Ein herzliches Dankeschön dafür 😘
    Ich kann es uneingeschränkt weiterempfehlen 👍
    Liebe Grüße Reini & Katr…

    Reinhold K.

    Stayed Apr 2022

    Herrlich wars!

    Vielen Dank Veronica für wunderschöne Tage in deinem tollen apt für 2. Highlight die Dachterrasse und die schöne Pool Anlage – schon etwas älter aber topgepflegt alles. Auch 2 nette Restaurants und 1 gut sortierter Supermarkt wenige Schritte entfernt…

    Alexander F.

    Stayed Apr 2022

    Sehr empfehlenswert

    Es war alles wie beschrieben. Sauber. Ausstattung super und ein sehr netter und unkomplizierter CheckIn und Kontakt zum Vermieter. Lage etwas weit weg vom Meer, und damit auch nicht viel Restaurants oder Cafés in der Nähe, aber der Bungalow selbst is…

    Heike S.

    Stayed Mar 2022

    Toller Bungalow

    Wir haben uns sehr wohl gefühlt! Juan und Jaime sind sehr zuvorkommend und Hilfsbereit. Der Bungalow hat alles was man für einen erholsamen Urlaub benötigt. Lediglich der Weg zum Strand könnte ein Stück kürzer sein aber das ist meckern auf hohem Nive…

    Felix P.

    Stayed Jan 2022

    Schöne Ferienanlage

    Wir haben unseren Aufenthalt in “Dunflor Verde” sehr genossen. Der Gastgeber Alejandro (Mit Familie) ist sehr nett und zuvorkommend. Bei unserer Anreise stand im Ferienhaus, unter Anderem, ein Obstkorb, Sekt und Wein. Wir standen über Whatsup über de…

    H. E.

    Stayed Jan 2022

    Tolles Haus

    Wir wurden vom Vermieter total nett empfangen, obwohl wir Verspätung hatten, da 1 Koffer am Flughafen gefehlt hat. Er hat sich auch um unseren fehlenden Koffer gekümmert , der dann nach 2 Tagen kam. Er hat sich auch immer wieder erkundigt, ob alles i…

    Brigitte E.




    What are the top vacation rentals in or near Maspalomas?

    Whatever your vacation needs, you’ll find a rental in or around Maspalomas that’s right up your alley. Take a peek at these favorites:

    • Take advantage of handy amenities like a barbecue grill and free WiFi at Sunny Penthouse In Maspalomas. Situated around 1 mile from Maspalomas, this leading option has 2 bedrooms and good guest reviews.
    • Another great option is Villa Morada Sonneland With Private Pool, which is around 1 mile from Maspalomas. Offering 4 bedrooms, a dishwasher and internet services, it has everything you need to keep you content and comfortable.

    For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Maspalomas vacation rental for you.

    What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in or near Maspalomas?

    Nothing beats a quick trip away to reenergize your batteries. If you’re ready for some R&R, these top-rated weekend getaways in and near Maspalomas make the perfect base for a mini break:

    • Book a few nights or more at Luxury Villa 7 – 1, With All The Comforts For An Unforgettable Vacation, around 1 mile to the southeast of Maspalomas, and you’ve got yourself the best kind of weekend break. You’ll have natural attractions like Agaete Natural Pools and Maspalomas Dunes close by and conveniences like a fridge and pet-friendly services to take advantage of.
    • Another appealing option is Superb Villa In Sonnenland For 12 Pers, which is around 1 mile southeast of Maspalomas. When you’re not kicking back in your rental making use of a microwave oven and off-street parking options, check out Presa De Las Niñas and Cabrón Beach.

    What are the best romantic weekend getaways in or near Maspalomas?

    Forget chocolates and roses. Sometimes all you need is to get away for a weekend, just you and your sweetie. At Vrbo, we’ve got romantic getaways in and around Maspalomas that would make even old Cupid swoon. Here are a few that’ll sweep you off your feet:

    • Slip away on Friday for a couple of passionate nights at Sunny Penthouse In Maspalomas. Located approximately 1 mile from Maspalomas, it comes with plenty of nice touches, like a nearby beach and air conditioning.
    • Alternatively, spend your escape drinking wine and canoodling at Villa Morada Sonneland With Private Pool, around 1 mile from Maspalomas. Outdoor furniture and air conditioning will help set the mood.

    What’s the best place to stay if you’re looking to rent a house for a weekend in or near Maspalomas?

    If spending a few leisurely days by the sea sounds like the ultimate weekend getaway, set your sights on Amadores. It’s around 7 miles west of Maspalomas and home to Amadores Beach.

    What are the best large group vacation rentals in or near Maspalomas?

    Share your trip and double the fun. Whether you’re planning an active escape with buddies or a family reunion, you’ll have your pick of large group vacation rentals in and near Maspalomas:

    • There’s loads of space to enjoy yourselves at Superb Villa In Sonnenland For 12 Pers. Around 1 mile southeast of Maspalomas, this grand property has 6 bedrooms sleeping up to 12 guests. Quality amenities include a hair dryer and off-street parking options.
    • Invite up to 12 of your favorite people to Maspalomas. Villa Wonderful Views In Marina Yachts – Puerto Marina, 19 and fill the place with laughter and love. This popular option has 5 bedrooms and is around 1 mile to the southwest of Maspalomas. It’s packed with features to keep a large group comfortable, including a firepit and towels.

    What are the best houses for rent with a pool in or near Maspalomas?

    Nothing says fun like a pool. Dig out your inflatable doughnut and check out these houses in or near Maspalomas that come with this vacation necessity:

    • Get your vacation on at Terraced House Green Oasis Club, where your main priority will be lounging by the pool. Amenities such as air conditioning and a beach help make this escape a favorite with guests.
    • Tanife Yumbo Center House Complex is the kind of place you go to escape the everyday and appreciate your surroundings, starting with its pool. A TV and an iron and ironing board are also on hand to make your visit as comfortable as possible.

    Not sure what the weather’s like in Maspalomas? It has a semi-arid climate, with average summertime temperatures ranging from 70 ºF to 75 ºF. If you’re searching for a little more inspiration on places to stay in this amazing destination, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to browse through our entire range of Maspalomas vacation rentals.

    What are the best large family vacation rentals in or near Maspalomas?

    Every catch-up with the family should be one to remember. Whether you’re planning a getaway with the kids or a party with relatives, these large family vacation rentals in or near Maspalomas offer a home away from home with plenty of space for everyone:

    • Sleeping up to 10 guests in 4 bedrooms, Villa Morada Sonneland With Private Pool is the perfect place to vacation with the family. This getaway is 1 mile to the east of Maspalomas and has creature comforts such as books and a boat.
    • Luxury Villa 7 – 1, With All The Comforts For An Unforgettable Vacation also has the space you need to reconnect with loved ones. This property is around 1 mile to the southeast of central Maspalomas and accommodates 8 guests in its 4 bedrooms. A hair dryer and a kitchen will help keep everyone comfortable and content.

    If you want to see some family-friendly attractions around the area, you won’t have to go far. Palmitos Park, Aqualand Maspalomas and Holiday World Maspalomas offer fun for all ages.

    Are there one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Maspalomas?

    There sure are. You’ll find many one-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Maspalomas. If you don’t need a lot of space, one of these properties might suit you perfectly:

    • It’s true! Great things really do come in little packages, and Terraced House Green Oasis Club is no exception. This one-bedroom property is close to the central streets and offers guests amenities like nearby whale-watching activities and spa and beauty services.
    • Or maybe Flatguest Playmar – Pool – Terrace matches your style better. Another conveniently located one-bedroom option, this place comes with towels, cable/satellite TV services and much more.

    Can I find two-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Maspalomas?

    At Vrbo, we’ve got vacation rentals in or near Maspalomas to suit every budget and style. Here are a couple of our favorite two-bedroom options to consider:

    • Sunny Penthouse In Maspalomas is an awesome choice for families or small groups. In addition to two bedrooms, this delightful stay offers amenities like a washing machine and a pool.
    • Vintage Bungalow Maspalomas Free is another terrific two-bedroom property in the Maspalomas area. It comes packed with useful amenities like a TV and off-street parking options.

    What are the best three-bedroom vacation rentals in or near Maspalomas?

    You could fit a small crowd into the three-bedroom getaways available on Vrbo. If you’re traveling with a group of friends, check out these options in or near Maspalomas:

    • It won’t take you long to see why Villa Bea I “6 Pax”, Views Of Playa Del Inglés is a top pick for many travelers. This sizable retreat comes with a theme park and a fridge and makes vacationing with friends or family a fun experience.
    • Another superb three-bedroom rental is Fabulous Minimalist Villa With Private Pool. Take advantage of nearby ecotour services and an iron and ironing board while spending valuable time with your crew.

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    1 December 2020

    There is a never-ending list of things to see and do on the largest Canary island, Gran Canaria. With more than 50 beaches, charming villages, the city bustle of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and historic sites such as Pueblo Canario, Gran Canaria has something to offer every visitor. Fill your trip with the best thing to do below, and you’re in for a grand old time.

    Gawp at natural landmark Roque Nublo

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    One of the island’s most famous landmarks, Roque Nublo is a volcanic rock standing 80m (262ft) tall and is protected by Unesco. Located in the municipality of Tejeda, a short ride from the city center, it was created by a volcanic eruption approximately 4.5m years ago. It’s also the most popular destination in Gran Canaria for hiking, particularly thanks to the wonderful views it offers of Tejeda mountain. Start your hike at Degollada de la Goleta (only reachable by car), then follow the clearly signposted trail.

    Walk the dunes at Maspalomas

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    Maspalomas is the second-longest beach in Gran Canaria, primarily famous for the vast dunes that often grace the covers of Canary Island travel guides. Since the dunes are a fragile ecosystem and need to be visited with care, it’s important to follow one of the three walking routes, with signposts for each starting at the information point at the Playa del Inglés.

    Get lost in the lush Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo

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    Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo, located in the northeast of Gran Canaria in Tafira Alta, proves that Gran Canaria is more lush and verdant than it seems. The botanic garden is home to about 500 plant species which endemic to the Canary Islands and other Macaronesian islands, as well as cacti and succulent varieties and some imported flora. The bust of José de Viera y Clavijo, the Spanish botanist who had an idea of opening a botanic garden on the Canary Islands, sits near the entrance and proudly welcomes all visitors. With a library and laboratories on site, the garden contributes heavily to species preservation through its research work, and it also publishes the journal Botánica Macaronésica.

    Learn about Canarian culture at Pueblo Canario

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    The city of Las Palmas is home to the Pueblo Canario, an interpretation of a traditional Canarian village. Located on the south side of the Parque Doramas, it makes a great family day out, with plenty of opportunities to learn more about Spanish culture from live performances of Canarian folk music (held every Thursday and Sunday) by musicians in traditional costume. Pueblo Canario also houses the Museo Néstor, one of the city’s principal art galleries.

    Stroll around Puerto de Mogán

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    Puerto de Mogán, a charming coastal village on the southern side of the island, is a peaceful refuge ideal for a romantic pitstop thanks to its serene white architecture, beautiful gardens and criss-crossing canals with narrow bridges.

    Admire the architecture of Vegueta

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    Vegueta is a 15th-century town with a fascinating maritime past, characterised by traditional Spanish architecture, cobbled streets and pretty old houses. Visitors can enjoy a diverse array of architectural style, from Late Gothic to Renaissance, as they stroll through to Plaza de Santa Ana to see the town’s main draw, the Cathedral of Santa Ana. Be sure to make a stop at the Museum of Sacred Art, too, and – if art galleries are your thing – the San Martín Centro de Cultura Contemporánea and Casa de Colón, dedicated to the life of Christopher Columbus. There are also plenty of traditional restaurants offering typical Canarian tapas, such as papas arrugadas(wrinkly potatos), local cheeses and pata de cerdo(pork leg).

    Reach for the sky at Sioux City

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    Sioux City is a theme park modelled on the American Old West in San Maspalomas, near San Agustin. Situated in a unique cactus-filled canyon, the theme park offers a number of thrilling attractions and exciting shows, with duels and chases between American Indians and cowboys guaranteed to entertain your whole brood.

    See a film at Moonlight Cinema

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    Located on the top floor of the main shopping mall in Maspalomas, Moonlight Cinema is Europe’s only permanent outdoor movie theatre. Settle down on the luxurious sofas – with blankets (though you’re not likely to need them) and fantastic service available at the push of the button – and enjoy your favourite films on the big screen under the magic of the stars. There’s even a selection of stone-baked pizza, popcorn and nachos if you get peckish.

    Get extreme with water sports

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    Gran Canaria is a fantastic destination for water sports fans, with plenty of companies offering sailing, yachting, windsurfing, water-skiing, scuba diving and much more. Thanks to a combination of warm wind – which blows from the eastern side of the island – and warm waters, windsurfing is typically the most popular activity here, with Dunkerbeck Windsurf Center one of the most popular options.

    Follow in the footsteps of Columbus at Casa de Colon

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    It is not widely known that Christopher Columbus – like many sailors of the time – made a pitstop in the Canary islands on his way to the New World in 1492, planning to stock up on food and other essentials on the western side of La Gomera. If this period of history and the life of Christopher Columbus is of interest, pay a visit to Casa de Colón and to explore models of the three ships which comprised Columbus’s fleet: la Santa María, la Pinta and la Niña.

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    Continent in miniature” is the common name for the island of Gran Canaria. And it is not accidental: the island is distinguished by a wide variety of landscapes, flora and fauna. You will see unique pine forests and eucalyptus groves. You will explore the Barranco de Guayadeque gorge and see the rock of Roque Nublo. Water wealth is represented by 13 reservoirs, the largest of them is Soria. The dunes of Maspalomas are responsible for the desert landscapes. Feel like a discoverer of Gran Canaria.


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    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria . Of particular interest is the Columbus House – a museum with items from the travels of the discoverer of America, as well as exhibits from the pre-Columbian era. The history of the Canary Islands and the city of Las Palmas will be revealed to you in this museum;

  • Cathedral of Santa Ana (Saint Anne). It is interesting that the construction of this beautiful example of Gothic and Neoclassicism, begun in the 15th century, continues to this day;
  • Museum of the Canary Islands. It presents household items found during excavations, jewelry, idols, skeletons and mummies of the first inhabitants of the island – the Guanches;
  • Basalt rock Roque Nublo . Key attraction of Gran Canaria. A rock over 1880 meters high with a spire that looks like a finger pointing to the sky. The Guanches considered this place sacred and made sacrifices to the sun god on it;
  • Barranco de Guayadeque . This gorge is distinguished not only by the vast diversity of the flora – more than 80 species of plants grow here, among them: cacti, agaves, Canary pines, palm trees. The Guanches have long buried the dead in hard-to-reach caves. Then the caves began to be used as houses, food storage and for rituals. The example of the ancients is followed by the current inhabitants of this area. You will see real cave villages with cave churches, bars and restaurants;
  • Caldera de Bandama . The largest crater on the island of a long-extinct volcano. Previously, grapes were grown in the crater itself, now you can see only wine presses, grain storage caves and half-ruined old buildings. The village of La Atalaya at the foot of the volcano has been famous for centuries for pottery made using Guanche technology;
  • Church of San Juan. A Neo-Gothic building that stands out from the rest of the buildings in Arukas. The church owes its unusual and complex architecture to a native of Catalonia;
  • Dunes of Maspalomas . Sands in constant motion. There is practically no rainfall and it is always sunny, like in the desert. But there are also oases in the national park: a salt lake, a grove of palm trees and a beach overlooking the ancient lighthouse of Faro de Maspalomas.
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    The seven islands of the Canary archipelago are seven amazing pieces of land in the Atlantic, which can amaze even the most experienced traveler with their diversity. Only here you can meet the dawn at the highest point of the Atlantic and enjoy the unique performance of giant killer whales, taste the fragrant meat cooked in the mouth of a real volcano and see how the genius of Cesar Manrique helped to weave together the unique beauty created by nature and man, see the oldest plaza Mayor in Spain and feel the thrill of admiration from the majestic beauty of the “Requiem in the Gothic style”, hear the unique language of whistling and walk through the forest of the Tertiary period, breathe in the amazing spicy aroma of highland endemic herbs, hold your breath to admire the Caldera de Taburiente from the edge of the abyss, and, having climbed to the highest point of the island, and, having surveyed the futuristic designs of Cherenkov telescopes, feel proud of the great compatriot.

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