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Four ways to experience Tenerife, beyond the beaches
There’s more to Tenerife than its broad, sandy beaches and glitzy resorts. Venture into its volcanic interior to discover landscapes perfect for adventure, or head to the capital to sample exciting cuisine and dive deep into the island’s culture.
By Tenerife Tourism Corporation
Published 27 Feb 2021, 17:34 GMT
The island of eternal spring, Tenerife is blessed with good weather year-round. And while its beautiful stretches of coastline are great for basking in the sun and relaxing, the island also has a wealth of adventurous appeal. The volcanic interior, deep gorges and waterfalls make for great hiking routes, while the multiple fiestas that fill the streets each month create a carnival atmosphere.
1. Discover the island’s wildlife
The south coast of Tenerife is one of the best places in Europe to spot bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales, which roam the waters here all year. Humpbacks and blue whales can also be seen between November and February, while sperm whales are mainly spotted between March and April. Responsible boat tour companies can be identified through Tenerife’s Blue Boat system, which provides licences to operators running ethically.
On land, some 70 species of breeding birds can be seen from vantage points dotted in the mountains, on the coast and in between. Thanks to Tenerife’s clement weather, birdwatching is possible year-round. There are yellow canaries, blue chaffinches, owls, kestrels and eagles on the island, as well as escaped parrots that frequently fly through Parque García Sanabria in the vibrant capital of Santa Cruz. From late summer to early autumn, meanwhile, species including Arctic tern and sooty shearwater touch down on the island. Mouflon, a breed of wild sheep, are also ever-present in the island’s wilder regions, while goats can be seen on the sheer sides of ravines.
Teide National Park in the centre of the island includes Spain’s highest peak, Pico del Teide volcano.
Photograph by Alvaro Armas Dorta
2. Immerse yourself in the culture
Outside of the pandemic, there are multiple fiestas every month of the year on the island, adding up to hundreds annually. Certain barrios (neighbourhoods) put on their own localised celebrations, too — the town of Los Realejos, in the north, plays host to more than 80 fiestas a year. The busiest fiesta period is between May and the end of September, when upwards of 60 take place each month.
Undoubtedly the biggest and best-known is Tenerife Carnival, which lasts for several weeks in February, starting with the Election of the Tenerife Carnival Queen and the Opening Parade. The second part of the carnival includes numerous outdoor parties and a huge parade, along with various day parades and night events. The usual street parties and events have been suspended for 2021; however, they’re hopefully set to return in 2022.
3. Experience the great outdoors
Tenerife is a year-round adventure playground just waiting to be discovered. The volcanic island is home to incredible biodiversity in its forests, gorges and mountains as well as coastline. Teide National Park in the centre of the island includes Spain’s highest peak, Mount Teide volcano (12,198ft). Walking trails around the volcano traverse through shades of orange and red rock including Roque Cinchado — a rock formation that’s pierced its way through the ground and become emblematic of Tenerife. A world-renowned dark sky area, Teide National Park also offers some of the finest stargazing to be found in Europe.
Parque Rural de Anaga: a sprawling nature-filled reserve in Tenerife’s northeast.
Photograph by Tenerife Tourism Corporation
After Pico Viejo’s catastrophic eruption 27,000 years ago, a network of winding underground tunnels formed in an 11-mile cavity lava tube. Visitors can wander through to discover stalactites and lava lakes, as well as the 190 species that spend their entire lives in total darkness. For a different perspective, it’s possible to snorkel or dive through rocky reefs and tunnels of cooled lava. Elsewhere, the nature reserve Barranco del Infierno is filled with deep gorges and flowing waterfalls. Meanwhile, on the coast, the island is a paradise for both experienced and beginner surfers with reef breaks on lots of the beaches.
4. Sample eclectic cuisine
The island’s temperate climate, varied landscapes and fertile volcanic soil means much of the cuisine is based around fresh, local ingredients that are available throughout the year. The surrounding sea provides plenty of seafood while cheese is typically made from goat’s milk. One of the key pillars of cuisine in Tenerife is centred around gofio flour, which is made using ground toasted grains and then served alongside fruit, cereals, stews or lentil dishes.
Santa Cruz is filled with eating options, with restaurants and bars catering to all tastes. A visit to the town’s food market is a great way to get familiar with local ingredients such as gofio, mojo, honey, cheese and bananas. Tascas and guachinches are informal eateries serving up locally produced wine with homemade traditional food that can be found across the island. La Caleta, meanwhile, is the place to go for fresh seafood — in this small but popular fishing village there are numerous restaurants and beach bars dotted along the seafront.
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Britain is set to be hit by heavy snow and bitterly cold temperatures as the month progresses.
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The UK will be hit by snow from tomorrow before a brutal barrage smothers the country and a bone-chilling deep freeze. The latest weather maps from WXCHARTS show a region between Edinburgh and Inverness in Scotland is set to see this winter’s first snowfall, with a small area of northern England also at risk. But the snow rapidly intensifies heading into the early hours of Sunday morning, with up to 2cm falling in almost all of that region in Scotland. Northeast England around Newcastle, an area just south of Manchester and northern Wales are also at risk.
Snow is then forecast for much of Scotland over the first two days of next week before it rapidly picks up pace and spreads into northern England in the early hours of Wednesday morning. This will get much heavier throughout the course of that day, with between 2-4cm falling in a region of northern Scotland, increasing to 7cm on Thursday morning.
By around 6pm that day, the weather maps show almost all of the UK is at threat from snow, with 5cm falling in northern Wales and 6cm in the far northern regions of England. This trend continues into Friday, with 9cm in the North East and 5cm in both Wales and East Anglia. London, the Midlands and the North West could also be hit.
Snowfall will begin to intensify once more throughout the UK over the course of next weekend, with as much as 15cm forecast to fall in the most northern part of Scotland.
Many other regions of the UK – particularly the North East, northern Wales and East Anglia – are under threat, with up to 4cm forecast. Snow will persist through that week before intensifying again on December 14.
The UK will be hit by a barrage of snow and a brutal deep freeze later this month (Image: WXCHARTS)
Heavy snow will cover much of the country towards the end of next week (Image: WXCHARTS)
The latest maps show all of the UK under threat from snow. Up to 11cm could fall in northwest Scotland and 9cm in northeast England, with 4cm in the North West, South West and in Wales. Heading into the weekend before Christmas, almost all of the UK map turns icy white, and as much as 18cm of snow is forecast to smother a large area of northern England.
The onset of snow will trigger a deep freeze throughout the UK, with temperatures threatening to plunge below freezing by the middle of next week. On Wednesday evening, large parts of Scotland could freeze in lows of -1C, with the mercury threatening to get above 0C throughout the rest of Britain.
But the bitterly cold snap intensifies on Thursday, with lows of -5C in Scotland, -3C in northern England and -2C in the Midlands. Temperatures could even fall towards freezing around London and the south coast.
The deep freeze continues into next weekend but temperatures plunge further next Saturday, with lows of -7C in northern Scotland and northern England, -3C in the Midlands and northern Wales, and struggling to get above freezing elsewhere.
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Snow will intesify across the UK around the middle of December (Image: WXCHARTS)
The whole of the UK map then turns completely icy blue from next Sunday, and temperatures could fall to as low as -8C in northeast England.
AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tony Zartman told Express.co.uk: “Colder weather across the UK this weekend will be coming from high pressure that is pushing west from Siberia across northern Europe.
“The next shot of cold air will arrive during the middle of next week. High pressure to the northwest of the UK will bring a northerly wind, which will usher in the colder air.
“By the time we head toward next weekend, the cold air funnelling in from the north can interact with increasing moisture from the south as several storms approach western Europe from the eastern Atlantic.
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The UK weather map turns icy blue as temperatures plummet below freezing (Image: WXCHARTS)
Britain will be left shivering as a brutal cold snap hits (Image: WXCHARTS)
“Since this is still a week away, there is still a good deal of uncertainty as to where precipitation will fall and in what form It will take. However, the greatest chance for accumulating snow will be across northern areas and the Highlands.
The latest Met Office forecast for December 6-15 says: On Tuesday, showers and rain are expected in the south, southeast and north of the UK. Moreover, snow and heavy showers are then possible across high ground.
“Moderate winds are expected in most areas, locally strong in the north and perhaps south of the UK. For the rest of the period, high-pressure systems should dominate across the northwest and low-pressure systems are likely to persist in the southwest of the UK.
“As a result, occasional showers and moderate winds are expected throughout the rest of the period, especially around northern coasts, with more persistent rainfall likely in southern regions.
UK weather records- snowfall and lowest temperatures (Image: EXPRESS)
“Snow and snow showers are expected at times across high-ground areas. Temperatures are likely to be below normal through the period, possibly feeling rather cold.”
Earlier this week, Brian Gaze from The Weather Outlook said: “During Saturday outbreaks of rain and hill snow push into western Scotland and Northern Ireland. There may also be some light spells of rain in southern and eastern counties. Quite cold.
“Sunday is looking cold. In eastern counties showers could fall as sleet or snow over high ground and there is the possibility of a wintry mix even at lower levels. There are also tentative suggestions on a disturbance bringing rain and hill snow to southern Britain.
“Forecast details for next week are uncertain. Some computer models are showing low pressure and milder air pushing up across the southern half of the UK whilst it remains colder in the north. Others are keeping it cold in all of the UK.”
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