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10 things you should not miss on Tenerife

Tenerife is the paradise we all dream of every morning when you turn on the computer and know that still ahead of us there remain 8 hours of work and many months until the holidays. A land that is unique in its taste, rhythm, beauty and spirit. A place to discover new ways of looking at life, to relax and enjoy nature. Its volcanic soil and its lofty mountains opening to the sea give are essential places to visit if you really want to know this magical island.

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A cooking course in the Canaries

A cooking course in the Canaries

Gastronomy in Tenerife is pure passion. If you have the possibility to book some of the famous courses from the Mencey Cooking School, one of the gastronomic centers of excellence in Santa Cruz which is linked to the historic IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Mencey, which currently manages the IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts. Prices of the workshops vary along with their themes which could be anything from Canary Island cheeses to island wines.

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The Tenerife Auditorium

Before traveling to Tenerife, look at the agenda of the Auditorio de Tenerife and take the opportunity to book one of their shows. There you have everything from contemporary music concerts to classical music and opera, theater, conferences ... The building itself is worth a visit. Designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava, a silhouette over the ocean like a prehistoric figure that opens up the sky of the capital.

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Teide’s cable car

Teide’s cable car

A different way to visit the Teide National Park and the highest peak in Spain. Although you also have the option of hiking trails, to see this landscape, which seems like the surface of another planet from the above is an experience. The cable car is to be found next to the Parador Nacional de Turismo, right where the emblematic chapel of Las Nieves is situated. The views give the impression of flying over the island.

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Rural Park Anaga

The landscape is so beautiful that it will leave you breathless. Taking the scenic route will allow you to experience an enjoyable trip contemplating the most beautiful areas of the park from the best positions. Don’t forget your camera because you'll regret it. You also have the opportunity to travel the so-called poetry paths, accompanied by the verses of the poet who fell in love with this land, Fernando Garcia Ramos.

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The Caletón pools

The Caletón pools

The result of a volcanic eruption of the Chinyero volcano, in the zone of ​​the wonderful town of Garachico, visitors can see a landscape created by volcanic lava which descended from the mountains to the sea. Black rocks, serpentine grooves and thousands of stamped out grooves that go down to the Atlantic with waves and end with small natural pools where bathing is delightful. There are stairs placed to facilitate access.

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The town of Chico

The town of Chico

People go there with kids because they also enjoy it: you can make a quick and enjoyable tour of the main monuments, landscapes and landmarks of the Canary Islands. It's like a miniature world, with trails that allow you to see it calmly even with the little ones. You can spend all morning there or even a full day.

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The Candelaria

The Candelaria

Travel to Tenerife in August and you may happen to spend the 15th on the Venture island pilgrimage to the church of La Candelaria, patron of the Canary Islands, and the Temple with sea views which emerges in the town. Built in neoclassical style, its beautiful bell tower is silhouetted with its bright white color above the Atlantic. The festival lasts several days with various activities for all tastes and every type of person.

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Valley Orotava

Valley Orotava

Among the most magical places that one can find in Tenerife we ​​must highlight La Orotava. Besides the beauty of the Doce Casas –ancient palaces and typical Canarian houses that show a unique sample of local architecture perfectly conserved- it is worth walking along its paths, its streets, its fields teeming with fertility ... and sit at one of their tables to taste the products grown there.

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The lakes of Martiánez

The lakes of Martiánez

Of the most interesting works of the most revered artist in the Canary Islands, César Manrique. In total there are 8,000 m2 of places where you can enjoy multiple saltwater pools and a large artificial lake filled with seawater and framed by exotic gardens that mark out the whole area It is a perfect place to spend a day of fun with the kids and relax in the sun.