Tenerife Carnaval: a guide to party time in the Canary Islands
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Places in Tenerife
Amble along the sand, imported straight from the Saharan desert, and enjoy the spectacular beaches on offer at Los Cristianod, Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje. Be sure to bring with you a high tolerance, or an unlikely passion for, big resort complexes, neon lights and a heady nightlife.
Los Cristianos, Playa de Las Américas & Costa Adeje
Don’t forget to wear your shades when you first hit Tenerife’s southwestern tip. You’ll need them, not just against the blinding sunshine, but also the accompanying dazzle of neon signs, shimmering sand and lobster-pink northern Europeans. Large multipool resorts with all-you-can-eat buffets have turned what was a sleepy fishing coast into a mega-moneymaking resort.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Don't bypass the bustling capital, the port of Santa Cruz, in your haste to reach the beaches. This good looking and wholly Spanish city is home to evocative, brightly painted buildings, sophisticated and quirky shops, excellent museums, a showstopping auditorium, and a tropical oasis of birdsong, fountains and greenery in the city park.