During the winter months across Europe, the weather really can be quite miserable at times. The temperatures drop significantly, the skies remain a dull grey and worst of all the daylight hours become a lot shorter. After the festivities and joy of Christmas and the New Year period, January and February feel like a real let down, with the lack of warmth and sun making a holiday escape seem like an excellent option, especially for a burst of sunlight!
Why a Winter Vacation in Tenerife is the Perfect Choice
If you are looking for a way to feel refreshed and recharged, then a vacation is without doubt a perfect option. For those that enjoy winter sports such as skiing and landscapes covered in snow, then there are countless suitable getaways. What about for the many people who could think of nothing worse than heading somewhere even colder and are dreaming of a sunny,
warm condition? Heading out of Europe can be both time consuming and expensive. Don’t worry though as there is the perfect winter sun destination waiting for you here in Europe: Tenerife!
Tenerife is one of the seven main Canary Islands and just like the rest of this amazing Spanish archipelago, you can experience gorgeous year round conditions. These paradise like islands have been widely described as having ‘the best climate in the world’ which is definitely no exageration! The average yearly temperature is 22ºC, much like an eternal spring, meaning the summer rarely gets too hot and most importantly the winter remains warm enough for you to be able to stroll around in a t-shirt and shorts.
Much More to Tenerife Than Sun, Sand and Sea
Being such an undoubtedly world famous holiday trip destination, perhaps you already think you have a good idea of all that Tenerife has to offer, i.e. sun, sand and sea. There really is so much more to the island than initially meets the eye, that will leave you very pleasantly surprised.
It would be an absolutely huge shame not to try at least some of the many amazing excursions and things to do in Tenerife. We know how necessary rest and relaxation is and how tempting days by the pool or at the beach are, but you should definitely mix this up with other activities such as:
A Fantastic Paragliding Flight
If you enjoy a rush of adrenaline and are looking for something completely different to try during your time in Tenerife, then paragliding could be the perfect option. You might have a little thought in the back of your mind: I could never do that! This is only natural, but it’s one of those rare experiences in life that will leave you with incredible memories to last a lifetime.
One of the great things about paragliding is that it can be enjoyed by almost all ages, including smaller children, making it a great option for a family holiday. Your enjoyment and safety is the primary concern of the professional pilot that you will fly with.
Soaring high up in the sky you will be able to take in absolutely incredible views of Tenerife’s unique landscape and the surrounding ocean. Few ever get to enjoy such a mesmerising perspective apart from the birds flying above the island.
Why not take to the skies for a once in a lifetime, epic experience that is truly a world away from the typical holiday destination activities such as a week by the pool. If you’re in Tenerife, you also have the perfect excuse as it is one of the best locations in the world for paragliding!
A Wonderful Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour
It is no exaggeration to say that the ocean waters around the Canary Islands, including Tenerife, are without doubt some of the best in the world to see these beautiful animals in their natural habitat, just where they belong. A wonderful dolphin and whale watching tour is a fantastic family friendly option to try. Both ethically for the animals and in terms of your own enjoyment, witnessing these stunning creatures in the wild is a unique experience that is so much better than seeing them trapped in captivity.
Instead, you can almost be guaranteed to be captivated the first time you see a pod of dolphins racing through the sea and leaping majestically through the waves. These creatures have a grace, beauty and intelligence about them that is really something to behold and the waters around Tenerife are truly some of the best in the world to witness them.
In addition to the intelligent, playful dolphins, you will also be able to enjoy the sight of a multitude of different whale species as they casually come to the surface for air and glide gently through the ocean. They will slim alongside almost close enough to touch and are certainly not shy. Just like with the dolphins, these gentle giants will leave you mesmerised and should not be missed. This trip is undoubtedly one of the amazing things you should definitely do in tenerife in the winter, especially if you love nature and animals!
Experience the Stunning Beauty of Mount Teide and it’s National Park
Compared to other destinations you may have visited, Tenerife has many features that make it a truly unique destination, especially considering its relatively small size. Undoubtedly, one of these is Mount Teide, a giant volcanic mountain standing at 3,718-metre tall, making it both the highest point in Spain and highest above sea level in the Atlantic islands. Dominating the island, it is a truly breathtaking sight which both NASA and UNESCO have described as the third tallest volcanic structure on Earth.
If you decide you want to enjoy this stunning natural structure, there are a many different excellent options available to you, including the Teide Cable Car which will take you right to the top to experience the incredible views on offer above the clouds. The sublime beauty of nature is present in all its glory as you gaze out from this enormous height.
Another excellent option, especially for those of you that enjoy hiking and keeping active is a trek around the Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most visited national park in Europe. While most tourists only experience Tenerife from the coastline, the landscape of the park is completely different. As with paragliding or dolphin and whale watching, you will be able to experience a totally different side of the island, much more in touch with nature. If you think you
already know Tenerife, just wait until you see Teide National Park!
Amazingly, this is just a small selection of some of the truly unique experiences that this fascinating island paradise has to offer. There are a whole host of other incredible things to see and do such as swimming in the ocean and natural pools, trekking down the stunning Masca gorge, going Mountain biking, sea-kayaking, zip-lining and climbing in a huge pine forest and exploring historical urban areas such as La Laguna and Santa Cruz, not to mention all the wonderful culture to experience and delicious food and drink to taste.
Freebird Catamaran is a local company based and founded in the Canary Islands by people from the islands, offering excellent dolphin and whale watching tours. The company has over 22 years of experience, over 40 professional employees, and a real passion for both the preservation of the natural ocean environment and providing the best experience for their clients. In November 2017
Freebird signed a long term agreement with the World Cetacean Alliance to help protect dolphins, whales and porpoises. To book the different tours that Freebird offers, this can be done online and there is a free bus service run by the company that will transport clients to the tour departure point in Puerto Colón, Costa Adeje, with pick up points across Tenerife.