Isle of Tenerife

Traditional canarian cuisine and beautiful landscapes

Lunar Landscape Tenerife - Paisaje LunarTenerife is a paradise of nature, spoiled by a various landscape like the Lunar Landscape “paesaje lunar” (see right photo) and a rich animal and plant world.

The island of tenerife is also one of the most popular destinations in Europe and primarily for it’s pleasant climate and spectacular landscape.

One can watch dolphins and whales on the Ocean between the two islands Tenerife and La Gomera, neighbouring island.

The Loro Parque, a wonderful zoo in Puerto de La Cruz, sustains over 1.000 different kinds of parrots is a visit worth.

For active holiday with sports like hiking, trekking and exploring the isle of Tenerife has a lot of wonderful mountain paths to discover.

Canarian Cuisine in Tenerife

If you visit the isle of Tenerife, at least you should taste something from the traditional cuisine.The small idyllic restaurants offer a varied and palatable kitchen with ingredients like fish, seafood, meat, potatoes, sweet potatoes and other kinds of vegetables combined with exquisite spices and fresh herbs.

Primarily fish, the paella, the different Tapas, the goat’s cheese, potatoes with a salt crust are very popular. As well as tortilla, the Alioli dip, Empanadas and the Canary fish-soup.

Spanish Tapas in Tenerife

A tapas contest is one of the more unusual features of colourful celebrations to mark the anniversary of the founding of the Tenerife capital of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. A full range of events is planned for the week-long festival which  always takes place in April or May. The fiesta week is centred around May 3, the date on which the city was founded way back in 1494.

They take place across the city, but mainly in Plaza del Prí­ncipe, Parque Garcí­a Sanabria and Calle La Noria.

The whole city will be decked out with traditional floral crosses and the highlight of the programme will be the Great Canarian Fiesta with traditional Canarian dress.

In 1999, the party, known as the Dance of Magicians, went into the Guinness Book of Records when 8,000 people ate, drank and danced in the streets in traditional costume.

The tapas competition is another popular feature and is now in its sixth year. Restaurants and bars specialising in tapas will compete in three classes – traditional, creative and Canarian.

Participating establishments will not be revealed until nearer the date, though generally they are concentrated around Calle La Noria and surrounding streets, which make up the old part of the city.

The winners will become part of a “Ruta de la Tapa” (Tapas Route) through the city, a great way of exploring the ancient capital while at the same time tasting some of its best gastronomic offerings.

May is a great month of celebration in Santa Cruz and the rest of the island, reflecting the traditional culture, history and religion of the island, and is marked by processions, pilgrimages and sporting contests.


So take the opportunity to taste some typical canary dishes when you make a stop during an excursion on Tenerife. The canarien cuisine is worth it!

This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 at 12:01 am and is filed under About Tenerife, Excursions, Nature, Restaurants.

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