Islands are not all peace and relaxation. The Canary Islands are proof of this, as they are widely popular for their beaches and resorts, festivals, and a range of heritage displays and buildings. Tenerife, the largest and best-known island, is a major attraction in the area. Those planning to enjoy the delights it can offer can schedule trips to Tenerife North Airport. Located in San Cristobal de la Laguna, this part of the island accommodates travellers from the Iberian Peninsula, Europe, and North America.
Handling more than three million passengers in 2012, Tenerife North Airport serves as an inter-island hub that allows one to go up and about seeing various nature views and the cultural life of the people living here. Those landing here will find a runway measuring 11,135 feet long, which accommodates a number of medium- to large-sized planes.
What to see & do
Tenerife with its golden sandy beaches and the dramatic lunar landscapes can make an exciting vacation for tourists. One can start the sightseeing in Puerto de la Cruz, an old yet beautiful town established in the late 19th century. It was once known for spa services for Victorian ladies, and is now featuring a resort with stylish boardwalks, beaches, traditional restaurants, and other pretty landmarks. The Old Town features old customs house, where there are arts and crafts for sale. A short walk away is the small Museo Arqueologico, where guests can look at replicas of a typical cave dwelling, a burial cave, and other interesting relics. Others who want to see more sights can venture to Loro Parque. One will find here more than 350 different parrot species, as well as tigers, gorillas, chimpanzees, and more creatures.
From here, tourists can move on to the former colonial town of La Orotava. One will find here cobblestone streets and Castilian mansions that evoke images of the past genteel folk living there. Churches and manor houses complete the facade, which shows the religiosity of past islanders. The old part of the town is a sight to see, with its old mansions. Wooden balconies, pirate galleons, manicured gardens, and other furnishings can be found here. The Liceo de Taoro building, a private cultural society, also has its doors opened for the public to explore. One will find here a terraced garden and any exhibitions that were put to show off the beauty of the town. Those who want to see works of art can look forward to a visit to Museo de Ceramica, which lays out various clay pots from Spain. There is also the Museo de Artesania Iberoamericana where one can head down to see the displays of musical instruments and various artefacts.
Garachico, a town in a deep valley flanked by forested slopes and a rocky coastline, is another Canarian town to visit in Tenerife. Those going here will need a working knowledge of Spanish to get around. The natural beauty of the area is fascinating as well, especially when exploring the volcanic coves along the rocky coast. A peaceful place, those going to Garachico will be charmed with the whitewashed houses and narrow cobblestone streets. Those further exploring the area can then head on to Icod de los Vinos, a less beautiful but no less evocative town. Its plaza and old streets leading off it can be interesting to see.
How to get around within Tenerife
City buses go around the area of Tenerife Norte and transport passengers to different areas in the island. One can find buses commuting to Buenavista, Garachico, Icod de los Vinos, La Laguna, La Orotova, Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz, and San Juan de la Rambla. Taxis are also available for travellers, which would take them between nearby towns. Tenerife Norte also connects to Tenerife Sur Airport, making the two ports of entry accessible from each other.
How to get there
Those going to visit Tenerife can book trips to the area via Tenerife North Airport. Airlines serving here include Air Europa, Binter Canarias & NAYSA, CanaryFly, Iberia, Iberia Express, Royal Air Maroc, Ryanair, and Vueling.