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Why Tenerife is the Perfect Cruise Stop-Off for Activity Enthusiasts

The Canary Island of Tenerife is a popular stop-off on Med cruises around Spain, and I think with good reason. It boasts an array of cultural and historic hotspots, as well as plenty of activities to get stuck into underneath the pleasantly warm sun.Tenerife‘s year-round mild climate is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. It tends to hover around the 22 degrees C mark throughout the year, so it’s not unbearably hot, allowing you to comfortably get stuck into sports.It also boasts 3,000 hours of sunlight each year, so you know that when your ship drops anchor off the coast of the island, you will have plenty of time to explore Tenerife. And there’s certainly a lot to see and do here.

As I’ve mentioned, a lot of people come here to take part in outdoor activities. One of the most popular ways to discover the stunning landscape is on two feet. There are plenty of hiking routes for you to follow in Tenerife, especially if you head to Teide National Park.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site lies in the centre of the isle and spans almost 19,000 hectares. As you tackle some of the paths, keep your eyes peeled for the fascinating flora and fauna. Just a handful of animals to look out for are the Canary Island wall gecko, long-eared bat, feral cat and Algerian hedgehog.

If you’re feeling really fit – and your ship is spending a couple of days at the island – you might even decide to ascend Mount Teide. Standing 3,718 m tall, the peak is impressive to climb, and you can take a cable car to La Rambleta, where the trails start.

Should you have a head for heights, you might decide to make the most of the volcanic landscape by going climbing. There are lots of rocks and ravines to scramble across if, like me, you think getting to the top of Mount Teide is perhaps a little outside of your comfort zone!

Of course, there are loads of other activities to try your hand at that don’t require you to get high off ground level – although you’ll certainly be rewarded with stunning views if you do so! Rather than climbing to high altitudes, you can delve deep beneath the waves with a spot of scuba diving.

The calm waters and mild climate mean this sport is brilliant to enjoy here, and you can explore the likes of volcanic tubes, sunken ships and a variety of marine life. Perhaps the best place to dive if different aquatic creatures are something you’re particularly keen to see is off the north coast.

You’ll find chasms, walls and slopes off the southern coast, while the beautiful and calm seabed is fantastic to get closer to off the west coast, which is sheltered from trade winds. Snorkelling is also brilliant if you do not have the time – or inclination – to go diving.

My final recommendation for activity enthusiasts is cycling. This is a much more leisurely way to take in the sights of Tenerife, although if you really want to get your heart racing, you can ride high into the mountains along some challenging trails.

Have you been to Tenerife? If so, leave your favourite activities to do here below.

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