By Stephanie Rumalay

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and is very popular amongst Irish holidaymakers, not least for its beautiful beaches and charming villages. With its warm year-round climate, Tenerife is a haven for those seeking Winter Sun in the off season from November to April and both Aer Lingus and Ryanair fly there all year round. Here are 5 fun facts about this must-visit island.


1: Stargazing in Tenerife

Tenerife is one of the best places in the world for Stargazing due to the low level of light pollution and clear skies. There are stargazing tours in Teide National Park where tour guides explain the constellations and star formations. Visiting Tenerife is a great opportunity to see shooting stars, nebulas and the Milky Way right before their eyes.


2: A Great Place for Whale and Dolphin Watching

Tenerife is the best place in Europe for whale and dolphin watching all year round. There is a resident colony of 500 pilot whales off the south-west coast of Tenerife and bottlenose dolphins are also common. Regular boat tours bring tourists out to see these magnificent creatures.



For those seeking a walk on the wild side, Teide National Park, in the centre of Tenerife, is a great place to get away from it all. Hike up Mount Teide and be amazed by the volcanic beauty all around and if you reach the peak, you’ll be at the highest point in all of Spain. Experience the natural wonder Mar de Nubes and float on this ‘Sea of Clouds’ as you ascend the mountain.


4: Home to Excellent Wine and Beer

The beer Dorada is native to Tenerife and is brewed on the island. Outside of neighbouring Gran Canaria, this beer cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Tenerife’s wine tradition dates back to the 15th century and it is blessed with many award winning wines. The world renowned playwright Shakespeare was a fan of Malvasia or Malmsey wine and has been quoted in some of his plays.


5: New Bourne Blockbuster Filmed in Tenerife

A number of high production Hollywood movies have been filmed on Tenerife. The set of the Clash of the Titans were shot in Teide National Park and other famous films and programs that were shot on the island including Fast & Furious 6 and Doctor Who. Indeed Tenerife’s position as a top filming location for box-office blockbusters was re-‘Bourne’ in 2015, with Hollywood movie star Matt Damon shooting the fifth instalment of the action-packed Bourne series on the streets of the island’s capital city, Santa Cruz.


With these fun facts, they’ll make you want to visit Tenerife. If you have been there before, it is a good chance to visit again and have these fun facts in your to-do list. Tenerife is a popular sun destination perfect for families, friends and couples.


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