Boasting year-round sunshine and incredible beaches, it’s easy to see why Tenerife is such a popular holiday destination. Maybe you’re a frequent visitor to its beautiful, volcanic shores? But if not, here are 10 facts you probably didn’t know about Tenerife, which might just make you want to head there on your next holiday.
1) Tenerife is the largest of all the Canary Islands, meaning you have a huge range of excellent resorts, beaches and hotels to suit all tastes and budgets.
2) The island has the same flag as Scotland. But I can guarantee that with almost 365 days of sunshine per year, it doesn’t have the same climate.
3) The 2010 film, ‘Clash of the Titans’, used Teide National Park as its backdrop.
4) The focal point of Teide National Park, the breathtaking Mount Teide is the third biggest volcano in the whole world.
5) El Médano is the longest beach on the island – you shouldn’t have a problem finding a spot to lay your towel on its two kilometre stretch of natural sand.
6) William Shakespeare was such a fan of Tenerife’s home grown wine, that he referred to it in two of his plays and would receive a barrel of Malmsey wine as part of his salary each year.
7) The mammoth Mount Teide is known to cast the largest sea shadow in the world – impressive!
8) The island’s famous Siam Park is the biggest waterpark in Europe and currently boasts 7 world records. These include the largest man-made wave in the world, the world’s largest Thai building outside of Asia and TripAdvisor’s 2015 Traveller’s Choice winner of the world’s best waterpark.
9) Tenerife has its very own ‘sister community’ on the very southern tip of Florida. It’s called ‘Miami-Dade County’, if you wanted to check it out.
10) And finally, not so much a fact, but more a myth buster: Tenerife’s famous black sand beaches are not dirty, like many think. It’s purely the colour of the fine, volcanic sand. You’re not going to walk on the beach and end up with black feet, I promise.