Tenerife is famous for its fun-loving party culture. It is popular with holidaymakers of all ages, providing tourists with budget breaks or much more luxurious accommodation.
This makes it an ideal destination for anyone wanting a proper beach-oriented vacation that offers good value and a chance to really relax and unwind. Tenerife is definitely an island of two halves. The south offers great nightlife and plenty of fun for those who require an exhilarating holiday, whilst the northern part of the island is a lush green paradise, perfect for relaxation, fine dining and sightseeing.
Holidaying here offers so much variety in terms of what to see and do whilst staying in one of the many Tenerife hotels and guest houses. There are major attractions such as Siam Park, which is Europe's biggest themed water park and offers much in the way of exhilarating activities that are designed to get the pulse racing and the heart beating just that little bit faster.
For those who have a passion for nature and wildlife, Las Aquilas Jungle Park is well worth a day's visit. It offers many different species of animal to look at and holidaymakers can make their way round the park through a safe network of walking paths with tunnels. There are also shows and displays of exotic birds and birds of prey.
Anyone with more than a passing interest in history should make a trip to the Medieval Castle in San Miguel, which has regular evenings of feasting and jousting, designed to give everyone a true taste of what life was like many hundreds of years ago. This is an event that requires visitors to purchase tickets to avoid disappointment.
Holidaymakers who are staying in hotels in Tenerife that are located in the southern half of the country might be interested to know that there are open-air Jeep tours of the island, which allow visitors to journey up to see the famous El Teide volcano and take in the beautiful panorama of Mount Teidi itself. Again, book early to avoid disappointment.
There are a great many varied cafés, bars and restaurants on the island that offer a wealth of different cuisines to try. Many hotels here will offer all-inclusive package deals or half board, so for those days when a little good living is required think about heading to one of the many eateries to be found.
One of the best ways to sample local food is to find a restaurant that specialises in seafood. Vegetable stews, fish casseroles and fresh grilled sardines are a speciality, as is the locally produced wine, which can be tasted by visiting the Guachinches. These are outlets situated on the northern half of the island and offer great quality local wines to drink with traditional dishes. Guachinches are usually located in the La Laguna area of the island and its outskirts.
Of course, there are always Tapas bars available for visitors to sample a variety of different foods and wines at reasonable prices. Every taste is catered for and if burgers, pizza or oriental cuisine is more favoured, there are many outlets that serve such foods and which are easily accessible from all parts of the island.
Last but by no means least is the vast array of nightlife on offer. One of the most famed areas is Las Americas, which offers different types of entertainment, including music and clubbing for any holidaymaker who wants to party the night away. Venues worth a visit include Vai Mona, which has a good selection of live music, Jazzisimo Piano Bar for jazz and soul lovers, or The Pyramids International Show for a variety of acts, such as touring productions of Riverdance or local flamenco music.
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