Spain is a beautiful country that has so much to offer. From the culture to the delicious paella, to the beaches and the history; there’s something for everyone! I was lucky enough to sneak away to the Canary Islands for a quick trip when I was in Spain. I highly recommend making the trip. I opted to spend my short stay in Tenerife, one of the seven islands. The flight from Barcelona to Tenerife was about 3 1/2 hours but don’t let that discourage you!
The island is absolutely beautiful! The beaches are unique as the sand is black. The island has been known for its volcanic activity in the past, hence the black sand. I encourage you to wear your sandals and bring a blanket to lounge on at the beach because the sand becomes extremely hot under the sun.While in Tenerife, I wanted to visit Teide National Park and Garachico. I did this with a company called Tenerife Private Tours and had a fantastic experience with the tour guide, John. If you’re heading to Tenerife check out this company!
Teide National Park
This park is a must-see in Tenerife. You will get to see a volcano and hardened lava! It is unbelievable. Take a tour through the park, walk around and explore. Mount Teide is breath-taking, it’s so cool to see a volcano in real life. It hasn’t erupted since 1909 and while still technically active, it has been dormant for over 100 years. The entire park is quite the sight and should be on your bucket list.
I wanted to visit Garachico so badly because of the natural swimming pools on the coast. Garachico is a small town that was completely wiped out during the 1706 volcano. However, when the lava hardened it created natural swimming pools in the ocean. They’re absolutely stunning and the waves come right up over the edges, keeping the water continuously flowing. This was hands down one of my favorite swimming experiences of all time.
I finished off my trip with some beach time, wandering through the cobblestone streets and simply enjoying the incredible landscapes. Thank you, Tenerife. I will never forget you.