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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Take a trip to Tenerife! by Andrew Regan

If you're looking for a holiday that consists of nothing but sun, sea and sand, then look no further than the sun drenched island of Tenerfie. With average temperatures lying between 20-22 degreess Celsius, it's the perfect location for a relaxing and carefree vacation or an itinerary packed holiday.

The Spanish island of Tenerife is one of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic, lying just off the coast of Africa. Officially co-capital of the Islands with Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, both cities are well known to be popular tourist destinations.

For a relaxing carefree time, Puerto de la Cruz is the place to go. Considered to be one of the oldest tourist spots of the Canary Islands, the northern coastal city used to consist mainly of agricultural land until tourism took hold. Since this time, luxury hotels, resorts and enormous shopping centres have been erected to accommodate the growing number of tourists. Popular attractions include the Costa Martianez (El Lago) - a large open air swimming pool designed by the internationally renowned Canarian artist Cesar Manrique;, the town centre Plaza del Charco and Loro Parque, a famous park and zoo found on the outskirts of the city.

For something with a little bit more excitement, Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the perfect alternative. The capital and undisputed largest city, it is a modern industrial town with a busy port. Situated in the North-Eastern corner of the island, the city has the advantage of impressive scenery with mild tropical climates for those whose threshold for heat and humidity is not on par with the most hardcore of tourists or locals. Famous for its commercial stores, the shopping district of the city centre and the shopping malls of Anaza and Avenida de 3 Mayo are not be missed.

Other popular attractions in Santa Cruz are the "La Plaza de EspaƱa", situated by the sea where the "Cabildo de Tenerife" government building is situated. Travel along Pilar Street and it will lead you to the park of "Garcia Sanabria" where exotic vegetation from all over the world is on display.

Whether you choose to spend your time in the north, south or centre of the island, you'll find that car hire in Tenerife is the most convenient mode of transportation. With the luxury of your own transport, you'll be able to avoid the crowds of people on Tenerife's busy public buses. Moreover, you'll be able to set your own holiday timetable, rather than having to rely on a package holiday itinerary, thus giving you the freedom to explore this stunning island at your own pace.

About the Author
Andrew Regan is a freelance online journalist.

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