The Canary Islands are home to two million people. They are also an important tourist destination, especially for Europeans. The Puertos de Tenerife and all of the islands have modern communications and transportation systems and many establishments catering to tourists. The Euro is the local currency, and there are many money changers in the tourist areas of Puertos de Tenerife. Most places accept credit and debit cards.
When traveling to the Port of Tenerife, it is important to know that the island has many micro-climates. It is a land of sun, so don’t forget your sunscreen. If you plan to visit mount Teide, with its 3718-meter altitude, you’ll need to bring warm clothing in addition to your swimsuit and shorts. You’ll also need to check the weather for the time you plan to be there, as temperatures range from very cool to very warm. For example, the north side of the island (around La Laguna) can get cold depending on the time of year and the time of day.
On the island of Puertos de Tenerife, young people tend to enjoy the south, while families and older travelers go to the area around Puerto de la Cruz. The south side of the island is summer-like and warm through most of the year. The north side of the island is greener and has more local culture to enjoy. The climate is more like spring, and the weather changes more than in the south.
In the center of the island is the near-dormant volcano, El Teide, Spain’s tallest mountain. Because it is not dormant, tourists can no longer visit the crater. El Teide is still a favorite spot for visitors to Puertos de Tenerife. A cable lift takes visitors up the mountain to 3550 meters altitude, but you need special permission to climb to the top. From the mountain, you get marvelous views of the island. Expect cold winds at this altitude. In the winter, you can find snow atop the mountain then return to the beach for swimming and sunbathing in just a couple of hours.
The Parque Rural de Anaga is Puertos de Tenerife’s best place for hiking, with many routes you can locate through the visitor’s center at Cruz del Carmen. You can also rent bicycles, although cycling is not easy on the island because the roads are busy. But you can find some long mountain roads that offer breathtaking scenery when you travel by car.
Each of the Canary Islands is different, and the islands of the Puertos de Tenerife and Gran Canaria have a strong rivalry. No matter where you go, though, you’ll find a modern, European, and very liberal atmosphere.
Travelers who want to visit Puertos de Tenerife and the Canary Islands can find a long list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.