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How to Spend Your Downtime in Tenerife

Whether you fancy catching a concert in one of Spain's most emblematic buildings, the Tenerife Auditorium, hanging out with the chimpanzees and flamingos in the entertaining Parrot Park, taking a walk round the Pyramids of Güímar or snorkeling, scuba diving or simply chilling out on one of Tenerife's many heavenly beaches, you certainly won't be stuck for things to do in your free time should you choose Tenerife as the location for your Spanish course

Due to its location and varied landscape there are an endless amount of activities and attractions in Tenerife. The only problem you might have is deciding which one to do first. A potential solution to this problem could be to combine your Spanish course with a unique hiking or scuba diving package, both extremely popular activities in Tenerife with locals and visitors alike, and enjoy the best of both worlds on this energetic and alluring island.

Dizzying Heights and Endless Sights

Teide With its warm year round climate, friendly inhabitants and easy access by one of its two buzzing airports, it is no surprise that many people wishing to study Spanish choose Tenerife as their destination.
Whilst in Tenerife without doubt a must-see for all visitors on this versatile island is the highest point in Spain, otherwise known as El Teide, standing at a thoroughly impressive 3718m. Cable cars will leave you as far as 3550 metres in a mere ten minutes. Whilst for those feeling more sure-footed and overly energetic there is also the option of hiking the mountain in a much less rapid 6-8 hours for both ascent and descent. Take note, however, whichever activity you choose, this mountain is not to be underestimated and altitude sickness here is commonplace. Take your time and acclimatize and you can do it!

Whilst El Teide is without doubt the main protagonist here, don't forget to pay a visit to the National Park, one of the most visited in the world and home to all manner of flora and fauna. including many endemic species and also walking and hiking routes for all abilities and energy levels!

If you have had enough of the natural world for the day, make sure and check out the capital city of both Tenerife and the Canary Islands, Santa Cruz. This city has grown up around the central hub of its port, with a history dating all the way back to pre-hispanic times and is now a modern and thoroughly pleasant city to visit. It balances perfectly cultural and historical aspects with socialising and nightlife and you can too! Santa Cruz has something for both the culture vulture and the party animal.
Simply walking along the Ramblas you can catch a glimpse of many outdoor statues and sculptures before venturing inside to one of the Museums of Fine Art or History before a night on the tiles at one of the city┬┤s many indoor or open-air disco bars.

Sand and Study

Beach With ideal beach weather for pretty much 365 days a year, take that Spanish dictionary and all of your new knowledge off down to one of Tenerife's many glorious beaches and swot-up in the sand. Here are a few not to be missed:
  • Playa del Duque: Located in the south-west of Tenerife with a length of 700m, it is one of the longest beaches on the island and very popular with tourists. Calm sea for swimming but close to a lot of the island's 5 star hotels so one of the more pricey beaches for drinks and snacks and the ubiquitous bucket and spade purchase.
  • El Bollullo, Puerto de la Cruz: For something a bit further from the madding crowd, this hidden gem is worth the bus ride from Puerto de la Cruz and the long walk through leafy banana plantations from the bus stop to the beach. Charming and peaceful with stunning views across the Atlantic Ocean, but the current can be strong and facilities are a tad limited.
  • Playa Jardin: A black sand beach located on the edge of the city of Puerto de la Cruz and near to the Parrot Park. Here you have the option of the beach and just behind it a selection of well-kept and colourful gardens full to the brim with new and exciting plants and playgrounds. An area is also sectioned off on beach for surfing and water activities.

There's more, you say?

Santa Cruz, whilst undoubtedly good to see, might have the potential to become overwhelming when combined with a course of study. An ideal solution for this is to base yourself in the island's second biggest city, Puerto de la Cruz. Here life is all about tranquil strolls, gardens and a more relaxed pace of life making it the ideal place to stay and study Spanish in.

After class why not take the opportunity to practice what you are learning whilst having a dip with some of the locals in the seawater pools at Lago Martiánez, designed by local artist César Manrique or paying a visit to the lively centre of activity that is the harbour. Once a key exporter of wine and sugar to the rest of the world, it now provides an enjoyable backdrop of bright and colourful fishing boats bobbing on a sea framed by quaint pebbly beaches and lined with food stalls selling typical Canarian fayre such as delicious Mojo Potatoes and fried fish.

Disclaimer

Of course, if you happen to head to the captivating island of Tenerife during its world-renowned and extremely lively carnival then we appreciate that maybe you won't get any of these activities done!