The Canary Islands represent a popular destination for those taking a sunshine cruise – and the island of Tenerife sees many visitors in particular thanks to its winning combination of golden beaches, sparkling waters and cultural attractions.
While holidaymakers tend to gravitate towards one of Tenerife’s busy beach resorts, they risk missing out on some of the unique attractions located elsewhere on the island.
If you take a cruise to Tenerife, you will likely stop at the port of Santa Cruz, which is the island’s capital. Here you will find bustling markets, a variety of museums, interesting architecture and cultural delights such as the concerts put on by the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra.
Some of the more general activities you will be able to indulge in during your visit to Tenerife include windsurfing, horse riding, fishing, golfing, scuba diving and climbing.
If you’re a fan of all things nature-related, then a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mount Teide National Park is a must.
The park features not only the highest mountain in Spain – which is actually a volcano and measures some 3,718 metres in altitude – but also has a wide array of flora and fauna to see.
If history is more your thing, the historical district of San Cristobal de La Laguna may be particularly appealing when it comes to things to see and do. Also designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the area is home to some eye-catching architecture dating back to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries, including churches and a number of public and private structures.
Indeed, San Cristobal de la Laguna was in fact the first non-fortified Spanish colonial town and inspired the layout of many colonial towns in North and South America.
There is so much more to do in Tenerife, depending on how much time you have on the island. Whether it is shopping for fine silver, exploring woodlands, going caving or simply lying on a sun-soaked beach, Tenerife is likely to have the activity for you.
And going on a cruise could well be one of the best ways of taking in the biggest of the Canary Islands.
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