Ten Reasons to get Married or Renew your Wedding Vows in Tenerife.
1 To Enjoy Year Round Sunshine
The hottest time is June to September temperatures, range from 80f to 84f. During the winter the weather is like spring, but some days can still be hot. You will need to pack sunblock, but the weather can be cooler in North Tenerife. If you decide on the winter months you will have more sunshine along the South coast. The North will be prone to a lot more cloud cover, and rain. Some people particularly choose the North of the Island during the summer months as they prefer the cooler temperatures .Tenerife is a year-round seaside destination.
2 For the Beaches
The nice thing is you have a choice of beaches in Tenerife – at Los Gigantes there is black volcanic sand. At Los Cristianos the beaches are golden, here in the larger resorts there is a choice of water sports. For your unforgettable romantic walks visit Las Teresitas, where there is a pure Saharan dessert sand beach. On the beach at Las Caletillas (This is next to the resort of Candelaria) there are large squares of decking around. The sand can be a bit of a nuisance when eating or sunbathing and this decking is the answer. You may want to take a blow up sunbed to lie on as the decking can get a bit uncomfortable after a while. But you will not get any sand in your sandwiches! The beach at Las Caletillas is very clean and sunbeds can be hired. Another well-kept beach is that of El Medano, this has the best natural sands on the Island. It is great for windsurfing and attracts fans from all around the world.
3 For the Sight-Seeing
You must take a trip to Mount Teide, the view from the top is incredible. It has the most extraordinary landscape in Tenerife which is made up of volcanic peaks and plains. Take warm clothes when visiting Teide as it can get very cold up there even in the summer.
Or go and see the small round Island of La Gormera which is 40 minutes by jetfoil. Try to visit the centre of the Island to see the Parque Nacional de Garajonay. This island offers tranquillity, plenty of trails for good walks, and an abundance of nature to observe.
Another great day out is Loro Parque. In the park there are many exotic and colourful animals.
If you want to have some fun together there is Siam Park – one of Europe’s biggest waterparks.
4 For Romantic Days Out
Some pretty cottages and palm trees, perched at the head of a steep valley, make the hamlet of Masca. As you walk down there is a square with the village chapel. A couple of paths set off from the square and you can wander along these. The dramatic gorge where the hamlet sits and the view out to sea are worth seeing. Relax in one of the little restaurants; maybe you can time it to see the sunset, the setting of Masca makes this very romantic to watch, as the sun seems to drop down through the gorge to the ocean. There are a couple of pretty souvenir shops, and a museum. The views and lush green surroundings make Masca a delightful romantic visit.
The steep streets show of the Canary Islands domestic architecture. Most of the houses date from the 17th and 18th centuries. There are fine mansions and churches to see. As you walk uphill there are some very impressive beautiful houses.
The Casa Fonseca now sells arts and crafts; the upstairs is a museum of how the house was decked out in the 18th century, when owned by a notable family. If you just want to relax in some nice surroundings there is a luxury club here. This is at Plaza de la Constitución, where for a modest fee you can become a day member and have a drink.
The shops and boutiques are very different, selling many elegant gifts and stylish fashions. La Orotava has a nice selection of different restaurants and coffee shops each with individual charm. The town is a bit like an open- air museum and you may feel like you have gone back in time.
5 For Romantic Dinning
The speciality of Tenerife is seafood. Canarian cuisine is mostly Spanish with a bit of difference, chilli sauces mingle with a salty tang, or the tropical sweetness of bananas. The Spanish wines are good, and grapes are grown locally. Try a Canarian Honey rum after your meal, it is delicious.
The top venue for spectacular dinner shows (including flamenco) is the Pirámide de Arona (Mare Nostrum Resort, Los Cristianos) or try one of the unusual romantic restaurants listed below.
Monastery Setting: La Montañeta, Los Realejos. Tel: 922 34 07 07.
Set high in the hills behind Puerto de la Cruz, this unusual restaurant has been converted from a 17th century convent. Farm animals and poultry wander around the grounds. Canarian roasts and chargrilled specials are served in rustic dining rooms or out on terrace tables.
Traditional Canarian setting: El Rincon de la Piedra Tel: 922 24 97 78.
This restaurant is in a lovely old Canarian house. It offers specialities such as local fish, fresh salads, and huge steaks.
6 For the Nightlife
Most of the big bars and nightclubs are in Playa de la Americas. Other resorts have more low key entertainment. It is worth looking at what is going on at some of the hotels, as some of the live music and shows are good. In some resorts the emphasis is more on strolling around, shopping and dining. Perhaps sit with a glass of wine or coffee and people watch, a pastime enjoyed by many. There are some elegant casinos and nightspots which are more discreetly located. These are used by locals and foreign visitors.
7 For the Renewal of Vows
Sandos San Blas is a new very modern resort between Gulf del Sur and Los Abrigos. They offer a nice package for Renewal of Vows. The architecture is very different with an infinity pool. The Sandos would serve as an unusual venue for a wedding reception.
The Melina Jardines Del Teide at Costa Adeje has a tropical setting with lots of palm trees, and a really nice pool. They will even decorate your bedroom on the night of the ceremony. It is cheaper in price than the above Sandos.
The Iberostar Hotel Anthelia at Costa Adeje offers a top of the range package. Thai massage, Bouquet for bride and buttonhole for groom, champagne and strawberries on wedding night, and Gourmet breakfast are just some of the things included in this quality package.
8 For the Wedding Ceremonies
The Ritz Resort
Offers an elegant room decorated in cream and gold for your reception. There are studios and apartments at the club for guests to book. The friendly and helpful staff will help you put together your wedding package.
Abama golf spa resort honeymoon experience
Your package will include a private buggy for your use, spa treatment, candlelit diner, champagne with chocolate covered strawberries. Your room has a sea view at this extraordinary and beautiful resort.
9 For a Day Out
For a great day out Visit the capital of Tenerife, Santa Cruz. If you are interested in History visit the museum of natural History and Man. The collections inside are wide ranging, one of the most interesting are the Guanche Mummies. If you want a break, there is a very nice inexpensive coffee shop inside. Allow a good few hours to look around the museum, or just pick out the collections that interest you the most. There is a small tourist train which will take you round the city centre, covering the most interesting parts of the city. The exciting modern Auditorio is one of Santa Cruz’s venues for the performing arts. The central plazas have cafes and bars, and there are many restaurants. For shopping in this city you will be spoilt for choice, with boutiques, Bazaars and department stores, there is also a daily fresh produce market. This is worth a visit just to see the vast array of colourful stalls. This is a stylish city with a good collection of exciting things to see and do.
10 For the Fiestas
Try to see if there is a fiesta on while you are in Tenerife these range from town processions to festive pilgrimage and are a party atmosphere mixed with a religious experience. Then there is the Santa Cruz Carnaval starting in February. This is matched only by the Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
Most people choose the summer months to get married. Why not be different, and with the good weather in the south of Tenerife all the year round, it would be a cheaper time to book everything. Then a couple of nights could be spent in the lively city of Santa Cruz, around Carnival time. You will not be disappointed.