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Do you still remember your first ever holiday?
The first trip you took as a kid with your parents? Where did you go?
I can still recall my first trip. I was 4 years old when my parents decided to go on a family vacation to Tenerife. From Frankfurt we took a flight to Tenerife with the same airline, that I joined 15 years later working as a flight attendant. Of course everything was so exciting for me. Waking up in the middle of the night, getting ready for the trip, boarding a plane, my first dip in the ocean, playing in the sand and my personal highlight back then: riding a camel.
Even now that traveling is kind of my job I try to see the world with the same curiosity and excitement from back then when I got the chance to explore beautiful Tenerife.
Tenerife, the largest of the seven Canary island, which are part of Spain, has sunshine all year round and astonishes with its incredible beaches and wild landscape. A flight from Germany will take you there in 4 hours and from Ireland around 4.50 as you are still traveling within Europe you don’t even need a passport or change your currency.
The island covers an area of over 2000 square kilometers and is 83.3 kilometers long and 53.9 kilometers long. To get around the island you can use the local bus system, if you use the public transport a lot then it’s worth buying a BonVia or Bono Nus card that is valid on all Titsa buses on the island as well as for the Santa Cruz tram network. 12 trips with this card will cost you 7.50 € or 45 € for a monthly ticket. Alternatively take a taxi, go on an organized tour or even better rent your own car.
Tenerife is quite large so making a choice where to stay on the island can be tricky. It really comes down to your personal taste as there is a broad range of accommodation available.
On the South side of the island beaches are known to be the most beautiful. Therefore most main holiday resorts are located there. If you are planning on booking a package holiday, the best places to stay are the resort towns of Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje. To avoid the crowds head to either Los Gigantes or El Medano on the south-east cost, this also a popular spot for wind and kite surfers.
The North side of the island also has some highlights like Santa Cruz de Tenerife- the capital or El Teide, the island’s dramatic volcanic heart.
Check here for a list of the best hotels on Tenerife.
Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife: On Tenerife you get the chance to experience one of the largest carnivals held each February in the capital. It is considered the second-most popular carnival after the one in Rio de Janeiro. Visitors can expect a real spectacle with a parade where thousands of people dress in fancy costumes and dance to the music.
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