The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Each year in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, somewhere between the months of February or March, the streets of the island’s capital are transformed to host one of the biggest Carnivals in the world for two weeks where you can experience a variety of colorful celebrations and events. This was a great time for me to try something new and venture out from my usual Canary island beach destinations of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.
You’ll find everything from huge parades with decorative floats and bright beautiful costumes to musical performances or wild parties take place all over the city, often spilling over into the streets from many local bars and restaurants.
With their love for Spanish fiestas, the residents are especially friendly and you’ll most likely end up partying with a group of them late into the night.
After all the late night partying, a good option the next day is to head 10KM out of the city to one of most emblematic beaches of the island, Playa de La Teresitas. It’s gorgeous golden sandy beach and calm waters are great place to swim, chill out and recover from a hangover.
You will also find all the commodities right along the beach so you can combine a refreshing dip with a snack at the beach bars serving a mix of international and traditional Canarian food.
Few more days to explore the South
With a few more days left before heading back home form the Tenerife South Airport I packed my bags and got on the bus to Playa de las Américas, a lively resort nearby to explore the area as well as some of the beaches of the West coast.
Playa de las Américas
Passing by Playa de las Vistas on my way to my hotel
View from one of the beaches of Playa de las Américas
Playa de la Arena
Approximately 30 kilomerts north on Tenerife’s Western coast you will find the quieter little resort town of Playa de la Arena and it’s fine dark sand volcanic beach situated in a quiet sheltered bay, mood is especially chilled-out here
The perfect beach for those who enjoy living life in the slow lane
Just a short walk further lays the imposing cliffs of Los Gigantes plunging into the sea