Tenerife holidays is bananas.
|Flying Time from the UK: 4 – 4.5 hours.
Tenerife holidays position: 28° north of Equator. 300km west of Sahara desert.
Size of Island: Largest Canary Island. Approx 2000 square km.
Language: Spanish. English also widely spoken.
Currency and Banks: Euro. Banks open Mon-Fri 9am-2pm.
Hospitals: Centros Medicos del Carreterra Gen (Playas del Americas)
Medical Centre (Puerto de la Cruz) 24 hr. English speaking. Hospital General de Tenerife (Santa Cruz)
Tax: Approx 4.5%.
Tipping: 10% optional.
Water: Drinkable but highly salty. Recommend bottled.
Transport: Buses – run mainly by TITSA. Cheap.
Taxi’s – relatively inexpensive. Pricier in resorts.
Hotels in Tenerife:
Prices an approximation only.
Studio £220 per week 2 people
1 bedroom £265 per week 2 people
2 bedroom £375 per week 4 people
70 Euros plus for 3 days (small car)
Tenerife Attractions: Things to Do in Tenerife
Literally. And I’m not talking club 18-30, pub crawling, throwing up at two in the morning bananas either.
The largest Canary Island, situated on the north coast of Africa and just north of the Tropic of Cancer, is, in fact, a major producer of the phosphorus yellow fruit.
With the dwarf banana being one of their longest going and largest exports, mainly to countries such as Spain, it makes Tenerife holidays a veritable delight for anyone interested in going on a Canarian culture trip.
such, this sun-dipped island has plenty of unique and hidden treasures
tucked away between its myriad of banana plantations which are soaked
in culture, warmth and amazing hospitality. Long has the island been
given a bad reputation because of its booming tourist industry that
caters for the typical booze-laden English football fan, but things are
beginning to change for Tenerife holidays.
tourist industry is being kept to the south of the island and the
inhabitants are living in the wetter, greener north. But whether you go
north or south of the mountain range that divides the country, their
main industry is everywhere to be seen.
along any road you will see literally hundreds of banana plantations
stretching into the distance as far as the eye can see, and the strong
waft of banana is carried on the air almost everywhere you go. On this
sun blessed, wind blown island, with a one million year old volcano at
its heart, they have as many bananas as Britain has pubs.
first glance Tenerife holidays might not seem to make for an
interesting holiday outing but there are, in truth, many delightful
excursions which tour traditional banana plantations. One such
plantation is Bananera – Jardines del Atlantico, which gives real insights into not only the industry but the everyday lives of those who live in the island.
throughout the island little old women and men with leather baked skin
and friendly brown eyes will gladly lead you around, showing you how
they grow and harvest their crops, and there is always an English
speaking tour guide available to help.
the thick, pliable leaves shading you from the sun and the close, sweet
aroma of the plants thick in the air, it makes for an excursion filled
with sensory overload and a memory worth reliving time and time again.
For those who would rather discover Tenerife holidays in the rough,
there is no shortage of places to go. Banana crops grow from Los Cristianos to Playas del Americas
and everywhere in between. With such a diverse environment, the
Canarians have desperately tried to increase the countries revenue by
planting their crops in every possible terrain.
From the desert sands and weathered rocks of the Canadas Crater to the alpine-like terrain at La Caldera,
evidence of their entrepreneurial pursuits are everywhere. Even across
the ridges and ravines of the Anaga mountains, the laurel forests and
the sub-tropical coastlines, banana plantations have been sown in hope
and have now left their mark on the landscape, leaving it pock-marked
with a combination of successful and failed ventures.
such, the Canarians are fiercely protective of their industry. Although
with almost year round sunshine which would seem ideal, there are few
plants that can grow in the same abundance as the dwarf banana which
was imported to the island from Asia
in the mid-nineteenth century. Add to this the strong winds that can
hound the island and it means that those plants not as hardy as the
banana plant simply won’t grow.
an island that has only one main produce, it is no wonder that they
have opened their doors wide to the tourist industry. Tenerife holidays
allow you to take full advantage of their stunning weather, black
volcanic beaches and dormant volcanoes.
there is a fair number of brightly lit, neon signed tacky pubs and
restaurants blaring music and karaoke loudly along the sun drenched
coastline, and most definitely, there are peddlers trying to push fake
souvenirs at every street corner, but if you look past all the chintz,
you can find the real Tenerife.
warm, friendly and quietly determined country populated by honest
living, hardworking people who are only too happy to show tourists
around their beloved plantations. Tenerife Holidays are full of culture
that is vibrant and vivacious. It is an island full of undiscovered
traditions and customs.
Tenerife holidays are a lot less club 18-30 and a lot more Marks and
Spencers (who, by the way, just happen to be their only British
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