There’s something magical about winter isn’t there? Snow falling on a January or February afternoon as you peer out of the window with lawns are resting under a white blanket. The odd snow flake making its way onto your double glazing, melting instantly from the warmth keeping you toasty indoors.
Except the problem with magic is it is rare. Your January afternoon is likely going to be spent with you sheltering from the rain pouring outside. You find yourself peering out of the window to see if its stopped. Your lawn has come in fancy dress as a pond, and your double glazing is taking a hammering whilst you wish you were somewhere warm.
At alpharooms.com we believe in a different type of magic, and that is nestled in the heart of the Canary Islands – Tenerife.
The Spanish island of Tenerife is the perfect getaway to escape the dreary days back home with temperatures of around 20°C and skies that are as blue as your fingertips after a few hours out in the bitter cold back home.
It’s renowned for its sunny weather, and there is plenty to see and do all year round from fantastic dining experiences, gorgeous beaches, and mesmerising landscapes to explore.
One of the reasons most people escape home during the winter is to just lie on a beach and forget about the puddle-ridden world you’ve left behind. The only water you want to feel on your skin is that of the warm Mediterranean and boy can you do that when visiting Tenerife.
Las Teresitas at the very north of the island is one of the best beaches in the Canaries with golden sands and a mountainous backdrop which encloses you in what really is paradise. Located just a short destination from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, it’s a popular choice for tourists and a place where you’ll also find a great deal of good food.
Towards the south of the island Los Cristianos is another excellent spot to just sit and while away the hours. Its beautiful promenade filled with cafes and bars gives holidaymakers the perfect shelter from the sun, replacing the mulled wine for a nice cool sangria. Heaven?
A Winter Splash
For many of us water parks are a complete novelty, so a water park in the winter is something quite extraordinary. Siam Park, just a stone’s throw from Los Cristianos and one of the biggest and best water attractions in Europe.
A real one-of-a-kind, the resort has the largest collection of Thai-themed buildings outside of Thailand and was even opened by the Princess of Thailand herself back in 2008. Naturally she didn’t have a go of the rides, but you certainly can with plenty of thrills and spills including a wave pool with the highest waves in the world.
That’s on top of the world’s longest lazy river and a number of slides which are electrifying, not to mention terrifying.
Walk The Teide
Ok, so you might love the thought of snow at Christmas, and one place you’ll likely find it, surprisingly is in Tenerife. Despite a littering of marvellous beaches along the coast, inland Teide National Park gives insight to the creation of Tenerife and is named as one of the 12 Treasures of Spain.
Its focal point is Mount Teide, standing 3,718 metres high and you guessed it, snow-capped, despite the nation sitting just above the Tropic of Cancer.
The park itself is accessible via cable car if you don’t fancy the trek, but a walk across the landscape is the perfect place to discover all manner of flora and fauna. It’s like being on another planet and has even seen Hollywood land in the park with Clash of the Titans, One Million Years B.C. and 2012’s Wrath of the Titans starring Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, and Liam Neeson, all shot on location in the park.
It Beats Leftover Turkey
If you’re like us, you’ll probably enjoy a Christmas at home with all the family, but when it comes to Christmas, there’s nothing worse than the endless amounts of leftover turkey you have to work through in January.
A winter trip to Tenerife however will certainly take your mind off that with a range of fantastic dishes coming out of the island. The island has some amazing signature dishes that will certainly take away that Christmas taste with lovely cheeses, spicy sauces, and fish straight from the Med.
There are a host of fantastic restaurants, particularly along the coast, and its cuisine compliments the glorious weather exquisitely. It may be cold outside now, but you can’t help but feel warm on a trip to the perfect winter destination.