TENERIFE

TENERIFE

AN INVITATION TO UNWIND!

Rising majestically and dominating Tenerife’s horizon, the snow capped summit of Mount Teide is visible from almost every corner of the island. Spain’s highest peak at 12,198 feet, this dormant volcano is also the third tallest in the world. It polarises Tenerife into two distinct climatic zones, north of the mountain the island is lush with sub tropical flora cooled by the moist tradewinds, whereas in the south the temperature is hot and arid. The mountain presents a layer cake of varied topography, a rocky moonscape of petrified lava flows at its zenith, then as you descend a kaleidoscope of landscapes with a profusion of plant life unfolds until reaching the verdant vineyards of the Orotava valley. So diverse are Tenerife’s micro-climates that often in winter the high roads around Mount Teide can be blocked by snow, whilst below on the coast dedicated sun worshipers bask on the beaches topping up their tan.

Given its southerly latitude just off the coast of Africa golfers erroneously perceive Tenerife to be too hot for golf in the height of summer, nothing could be further from the truth. Dubbed the “Island of Eternal Spring” the temperature rarely drops below 20 degrees whilst the thermometer barely reaches 30, Tenerife gifts golfers the perfect potion weatherwise.

Not only is Tenerife the largest of the Canary Islands, it is also the golfing epicenter of the archipelago boasting eight full size complexes, some offering 27 holes. The majority of the courses are located in the south with Golf del Sur and Amarilla adjacent to Tenerife’s south airport, a further four courses are clustered close to the Costa Adeje and the lively tourist towns of Playas de Las Americas and Los Christianos, whilst the Seve Ballesteros designed Buenavista course lies in the northwest of the island with Spain’s second oldest course, Real Club de Tenerife, being on the outskirts of the islands capital, Santa Cruz.

Of the favourite hatrick of holiday haunts, Los Christianos was the original resort based on its fishing port and, whilst the bludgeoning tourist industry has left its mark, the town still retains much of its traditional charm. Playas de Las Americas on the other hand is a shamelessly hedonistic haven for those with clubbing credentials, determined to party the night away. A purpose built resort from the 70’s it is Tenerife’s answer to Benidorm, whatever gets you through the night!

The Costa Adeje is the baby of the three resorts where chic replaces cheap. Here you will find some of the most exclusive hotels and resorts on the island complemented by an abundance of excellent restaurants. Many of the beaches along this sublime stretch of coastline are manmade, but at least the sand was imported form the planet’s largest beach….the Sahara Desert!

Santa Cruz is the culture capital of the island, often described as the soul of Tenerife. Home to the second most extensive carnival in the world rivaling that of Rio, if historic buildings and museum mooching is your predilection, you will be in your element.

Wining and dining in Tenerife can be a bonus as the island has no VAT! Unfortunately, this restricts the quantity of duty free goods that you are allowed to take back into the UK, fortunately it doesn’t restrict the amount you can consume while you are there!

This plus a sublime climate, superb golf courses and sensational hotels combine to prove that every facet of Tenerife, the island of Eternal Spring is an….

AN INVITATION TO UNWIND!