Practical Guide to enjoy the Carnival of Tenerife 2020

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A lot of rhythm, color, humor and imagination is what we will find in the streets during the Carnival of Tenerife 2020. Internationally famous, it is considered the second most popular carnival in the world. It’s no surprise that it was declared a Festival of International Tourist Interest in 1980. 

Originally, the Carnival of Tenerife it consisted of a parade where participants dressed up and wore masks and other types of decorations. But with the passing of time, it has become a great party without comparison, with an important follow-up and with the celebration of different competitions and open-air events for all tastes and ages.

WHEN IT HAPPENS

Carnival is a celebration that takes place just before Lent. The dates usually vary between February and March. In this edition the carnival of Santa Cruz will be between January 24 and March 1.

WHAT YOU MUST NOT MISS

The inauguration of the carnival began on 24 January, and throughout the month of February different events and competitions take place, but the main events that you should not miss are:

On 19 February the great Gala Election of the Queen of Carnival of Tenerife 2020 takes place, a contest in which the candidates parade wearing costumes called “fantasy” that can exceed three meters in height and 100 kg. They’re true works of art, the result of the work carried out by members of the different teams throughout the year, and which are assessed and chosen by a jury to represent the carnival throughout the year. This is one of the star events of the Tenerife carnival.

The next essential date takes place on Friday 21st. La gran Cabalgata Anunciadora will flood the streets of Santa Cruz with colour, batucadas and the best possible atmosphere. A huge parade in which the Queen of the Carnival, thousands of people and dozens of carnival groups take part and tour around the streets for hours. When it ends, the party begins with dancing and performances by great orchestras.

Carnival in the streets

From Saturday 22 February to 1 March, the carnival begins in the street and can be at night or during the day. The party consists of the celebration of dances and performances on the different stages that are usually spread around the city. The live performances, the kiosks and the decorated cars or floats, offer a great variety of music for all tastes. From here, the population of Tenerife, the carnival par excellence, gathers together with other carnival-goers from other islands, the rest of the country or the world around the most legendary carnival meeting places, such as El Corinto or El Águila. Check the programme, mark the days on the calendar and all that remains is to enjoy and dance!

The culmination of the carnival will take place on March 1st. There will be a series of concerts and performances, an antique car competition, a tour of the streets of the city by all the groups participating in the carnival and for the final closing, there is a great pyrotechnic exhibition that you cannot miss.

DON’T FORGET YOUR COSTUME

For the people of Tenerife, the making of costumes is a tradition. They meet in groups for long sessions of sewing and creativity to develop the designs. Others, on the other hand, with little time to do so, decide to improvise and be more practical, although no less colourful. The fantasy of the costumes (this year dedicated to ‘Los coquetos años 50’) and the cheekiness of those who wear them offer a unique spectacle. If you don’t want to be out of tune, you’ll have no choice but to dress up. Put on some brightly colored fabric, some funny wig or a funny mask. The important thing is to feel comfortable and free to dance and enjoy yourself all night or day.

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SOME TIPS

  • Carnival days are long and intense and uncomfortable shoes can take their toll. Use the most comfortable footwear you have and don’t mind getting them dirty.
  • Don’t neglect the weather and adapt your costume to it. Use warm and waterproof clothing.
  • Don’t neglect your belongings and always keep the essentials well stored: money, documents and telephone.
  • Use public transport. The services are reinforced on the occasion of the carnival and you do not have to worry about parking in a Santa Cruz saturated with traffic and people.

Now we are ready to enjoy the Carnival of Tenerife 2020. Let the fun begin!

EXTRA

If you don’t want to go all the way to Santa Cruz, the carnival doesn’t end there. In Arona, very close to Vanilla Garden, the Arona Carnival is celebrated. Los Cristianos, one of the most important tourist areas of the island, also celebrates its own carnival from March 12th to 23rd. As usual, the streets of the municipality host the election of the queen of the festivities and an attractive carnival program. Check out the programme for Arona’s carnival and don’t miss out on the opportunity to get to know the essence of the island’s carnival.

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The best golf courses in Tenerife

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Enjoying golf in Tenerife is one of the favorite experiences of golf lovers. From Vanilla Garden we encourage you to practice it and go from hole to hole enjoying the landscapes that give the best golf courses in Tenerife. There is nothing like playing matches on any of the existing pitches and with ideal temperatures all year round. The island is one of the most privileged places to play, with such a magnificent infrastructure that makes it one of the main destinations due to the golf offer.

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GOLF LAS AMERICAS

Very close to our hotel and in the heart of Playa de Las Americas, one of the best known tourist centres in the south of Tenerife, is Golf Las Americas. Your club has a terrace area where you can enjoy the course and follow the game in total comfort. The 18-hole course is par 72 and has a total distance of 6,051 metres. Without a doubt, it is one of the most stimulating courses due to its magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean and, on clear days, of the island of La Gomera. Its route will gladly encourage you to live an unrepeatable experience.

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AMARILLA GOLF

Facing the sea, Amarilla Golf presents an 18-hole course with impressive views. Playing here is an experience for the senses. Its 5th hole stands out, without a doubt, as one of the most spectacular on the course due to its proximity to the sea. A real jewel for golf lovers, where palm trees, Canary Island pines and water obstacles animate a course that also offers fantastic views of Mount Teide. This is an absolutely unique environment for golf.

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LOS PALOS GOLF CENTER

Located in Arona, Los Palos Golf Course, with 9 holes and Par 27, is ideal for beginners, players who want to improve their short game or for complete families. Practically without unevenness and animated by refreshing water obstacles, it is a real garden with lots of vegetation. Its pleasant terrace makes it easy to see the whole course.

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North Zone

ROYAL GOLF CLUB OF TENERIFE

The Real Club de Golf de Tenerife is one of the most important golf courses in Tenerife. Founded in 1932, it is the second oldest club in Spain and still retains a typically British feel. It’s 600 meters above sea level and has a total of 18 holes, with a total course length of 5740 meters and a par of 71 strokes. It stands out for its undulating terrain and its spectacular view of the Teide. The ravines come into play in several holes and the abundant native trees give the course great beauty.

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BUENAVISTA GOLF

Designed by Severiano Ballesteros, it is one of the most visited golf courses in Tenerife. Located very close to spectacular cliffs and practically in the Teno Rural Park, Buenavista Golf is ideal for golfers who are looking for a real golf experience very close to nature. The course has 18 holes, par 72 and a total length of 6,150 meters. Some of these holes are so close to the coast and they give the player the feeling of hitting the ball directly into the ocean. A large central lake and a waterfall animate this unique course in the north of Tenerife.

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We hope we helped you schedule your golf vacation in Tenerife! Our main goal at Vanilla Garden is to make sure that you spend a complete vacation staying with us. Our entire team is at your disposal to ensure that you enjoy your golfing experience in Tenerife. Don’t hesitate to ask us, we can help you!

Trips to the Canary Islands at Christmas, a winter in the sun!

Trips Canary Islands at Christmas

Trips to the Canary Islands at Christmas have become one of the favourite experiences for those who want to enjoy this time of year at a different pace, getting away from the cold and the rush and approaching a privileged place to celebrate the holidays in a different way.

Do you need reasons to convince yourself? Here are some motives to spend your Christmas holidays in the Canary Islands!

THE BEST CLIMATE

Temperatures in the Canary Islands are stable and pleasant all year round. The average is 23-24 degrees, so even on these dates, where in other places it would be unthinkable, you can enjoy long days on the beach or activities in short sleeves. This is a summer vacation in the middle of winter where you can rest and recharge your energy. You might come back with a tan! So prepare to be the envy of the office.

DISCONNECT

You’ ll have numerous options to disconnect. You can spend your days relaxing in your hammock or practicing active tourism. Diving, surfing or hiking are some of the activities that can be done in a totally unique environment. The options are innumerable. You can make all kinds of trips, from excursions to Teide, to Anaga or other equally impressive natural environments, here nature is incredible. Choose what you prefer!

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CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

You may want to come looking for good weather, sun and beach, but you also want to live the true essence of the Island Christmas. Each municipality strives to ensure that its streets have the best Christmas lighting and decoration. Don’t miss the opportunity to try the delicious typical desserts such as sweet potato trout or to visit the many essential nativity scenes all over the island, even those made of sand on the beach!

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CHANGING THE YEAR IS SPECIAL

Many popular festivals and pyrotechnic shows are held together at the sea in many beaches and villages. But, for many residents and visitors, the night ends in the water just after eating the grapes. The first bath of the year is a custom loaded with symbolism that serves to renew energies for the new year.

FLIGHT AND ACCOMMODATION CONNECTIONS

Most of the visitors who come to the Canary Islands do so by plane. There are many companies that land at either of its two airports (Tenerife Sur and Tenerife Norte). This is a very good opportunity, you can find direct return tickets easily. It’s about a two or three hour flight. An ideal option for trips to the Canary Islands at Christmas. Once here, sleeping can also be an experience.

You won’t find a warmer, nicer place than Vanilla Garden. It is a place where you can relax, with a young and fresh decoration and, most importantly, has a policy of ‘Only Adults’, so that the disconnection and relaxation is total and you have nothing to worry about.

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It’s located in Playa de Las Americas, in Tenerife South, a privileged place. It is very close to a long avenue for walking, several nightlife places, restaurants, beach clubs and some of the best beaches in the whole archipelago.

Don’t miss the opportunity to spend a sunny Christmas vacation at the beach – book your vacation with us now! And, if you have any questions during the process, our team is at your disposal to help you with everything you may need.

Discover the best nudist beaches of Tenerife

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If you like to practice nudism to have a perfect tan all over your body, or to feel the water and sand as pure as possible, here is a list of the best nudist beaches in Tenerife. The island offers some of the best beaches with crystal clear waters and a beautiful natural environment

From Vanilla Garden, we want to share this list of beaches where you can enjoy nudism with total tranquillity and enjoy the nature of the beaches, during your holidays in Tenerife.

Diego Hernandez Beach

One of Tenerife’s nudist beaches par excellence is Playa Diego Hernández, perhaps one of the wildest beaches on the island. It is very quiet, virgin, with turquoise water and golden sand. It is a small beach, but very nice. We recommend you to visit it when the tide is low, because at high tide there is no space left in the sand, only in the rocks. Access is not easy; you have to reach the beach of La Caleta and walk about 20 minutes.

La Tejita Beach

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It’s 1 kilometre long, golden sand and fascinating beauty. La Tejita is essential for people who appreciate nature and want to enjoy it without noise and without a bathing swimsuit. On the beach you can rent hammocks and umbrellas, also has a parking ground. Walking along this beach, you can enjoy the views of Montaña Roja. We recommend that you take food with you because there is no restaurant on the beach.

Montaña Roja Beach

Visually the beach is magnificent, when there is no wind, its waters are crystalline and clear sand. It is located right next to the Red Mountain, near the beach of La Tejita. It is a small beach and easy access, it is perfect for a connection with nature. Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful nudist beaches in Tenerife.

La Pelada Beach

This beach with wild nature, big waves and volcanic sand are located in Granadilla de Abona. Naturists love this beach because they can enjoy it without noise or interruptions, it is also easily accessible.

Las Gaviotas Beach

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It is located in the northern part of the island, where nudism is very common, although there are also people who frequent with swimsuits. The beach has many visitors during the summer and especially on weekends. It is a place to get lost and disconnect, because it offers a connection with nature and a feeling of freedom. It is composed of black volcanic sand and is surrounded by steep cliffs, so it offers an impressive landscape.

Los Patos Beach

This wide is one of the largest nudist beaches of the island, located in La Orotava, between the beaches of Bollullo and Ancon, with mountains full of vegetation that act as a beautiful and green backdrop. Its access is complicated and, in addition, it does not have any type of service. The waves can sometimes be strong, and you have to be careful with the tide, because if it rises too much, there is a risk of getting caught on the beach.

We hope we have helped you discover these wonderful nudist beaches of Tenerife during your holidays on the island. Vanilla Garden is an ideal hotel to visit many of these beaches due to the proximity to our hotel and the easy connections if you have decided to rent a car and explore Tenerife. Our entire team will be happy to help you with anything you need, we will make your holiday unforgettable! In addition, to make your holidays complete we also propose other activities from our blog.

The best sunsets in Tenerife

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You can experience wonderful sunsets in Tenerife during your holidays, it will be a moment you will not forget. Thanks to the particularities that the island offers, we can have different sunsets from different points of the island geography. From the highest point of Spain, from the beach or sitting with a cocktail while you watch as the sun hides on the horizon.

Here we leave you some of the most visited places to see the sunsets in Tenerife.

Teide

From the highest peak in Spain, you can experience a spectacular sunset if the sky is clear you can also see the islands of La Gomera, El Hierro or La Palma. In addition to the volcanic landscape of the National Park, volcanoes, craters, lava rivers. Many colours can be seen at sunset. What do you have to do to live it? Very easy! Climb 3,718 meters. Contact our staff and we’ll help you find the perfect excursion to visit on a day you won’t forget.

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Viewpoint of Chipeque

Another sunset in Tenerife at high altitude. From the viewpoint of Chipeque, you will have a privileged view of the Teide, the clouds, the sea and La Orotava Valley. One of the most beautiful prints to immortalize in your memory during your visit to Tenerife.

The best beaches to see sunsets in Tenerife

 One of the options to see a beautiful sunset in Tenerife is to spend a nice afternoon on the beach and wait from the sand to go to the sun to live a beautiful moment at sunset in Tenerife. As a recommendation, you can see it in Benijo Beach, where you will enjoy the natural landscape to the rocks of Anaga or in Fañabe Beach where you will see the sunset behind La Gomera with the palm trees characteristic of this beach. Another great option is to enjoy this experience from the beach of Los Gigantes. Totally vertical walls that fall on the water, a wonderful unforgettable sunset while we listen to the waves breaking.

 

In a fabulous Beach Club with a nice cocktail

If what you want is to see the sunset enjoying cocktails, in addition to beautiful views, you should visit one of this places we recommend you. In the north, you should visit Las Terrazas del Sauzal, where you will have a direct view of Teide. If you are in the south of Tenerife, the best known beach clubs to have a cocktail at sunset are: The Papagayo in Playa Las Américas or Roca Negra Sunset Club in Playa Paraíso.

Another of the most popular options is the Chiringuito Pirata in El Médano. From here, thanks to the kilometre-long beach at its feet and Montaña Roja, you will live an experience that will trap you in a wonderful atmosphere to see the sunset.

Beach of the Americas

From the most famous sculpture on the promenade of Playa de Las Américas, you can experience a wonderful sunset where art and nature merge. It is one of the busiest areas to see the sunset. You won’t regret visiting it!

 

We hope we helped you plan some spectacular sunsets in Tenerife for this summer! Our main goal at Vanilla Garden is to make sure you have a pleasant holiday staying with us. Our entire team is at your disposal for whatever you need and, if it’s not on this list, we’ll help you make it possible!

3 good reasons to travel alone

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Are you thinking of travelling alone? Are you looking for destinations to travel alone? Today we bring you the main advantages why a solo trip can be a rewarding gift for yourself.

We know that travelling alone can seem like an experience that doesn’t convince everyone. That’s why today we bring you the main reasons why you should enjoy a pleasant holiday alone so that you don’t hesitate to visit Tenerife for an instant. Our island is a unique experience, surrounded by exceptional places and a lot of activities to do. Without a doubt, it should be in your ranking of ‘trips to do alone’.

 

1. Decide without consensus which places you want to visit

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As we told you, and surely you have already investigated, Tenerife hides a million secrets to discover. Unique places to visit, beaches to swim on, sunsets to enjoy alone with your thoughts, spaces for shopping, museums to discover the history of the Canary Islands … An endless number of possibilities where you will be the one who sets the limit and pace of what you want to do. We encourage you to visit our blog to discover some of the best plans for your idyllic holidays.

 

2. Make new friends

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One of the indisputable advantages of traveling alone is to leave your comfort zone and open yourself to meet new people. Vanilla Garden Hotel is only for adults so you will find people willing to share new moments without worrying about the time of arrival. Making new friends can lead you to share a thousand anecdotes, practice languages or even, who knows, start a love story. In any case, the main rule for traveling alone should always be to enjoy your holidays, relax and, if you feel like it, interact with new people. As we told you, you make the rules!

3. Enjoy your side of the bed!

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When you travel with someone, you often have to come to a consensus about which side of the bed is for everyone. This time… the bed is all for you! Enjoy Vanilla Garden’s modern, comfortable rooms and return from your vacation with renewed energy after enjoying a unique space designed to make you feel at home. In addition, you will not only enjoy a spacious and cozy room, but also a large terrace where you can relax and enjoy the best climate on the island.

 

 

 

The most Instagrammable places in Tenerife

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The mobile phone and the desire to travel have become inseparable travel companions. And, under the expression ‘wanderlust’, the passion for travel has taken over the best possible showcase, Instagram.

Maybe you have already decided that this summer you will travel to Tenerife to enjoy a sunny and tropical vacation. Often, many people use their social networks to get to know the most incredible places on the island. Getting the best photo for your Instagram gallery is a challenge!

Therefore, from Vanilla Garden Hotel, we have decided to do it a little easier for you and, if you still don’t know the amazing and unmatched geography of Tenerife, you may be interested knowing where some of these places are, in addition to following some of the most amazing accounts of local people.

Los Gigantes

The Cliffs of Los Gigantes is the last town you will find in the south of Tenerife. This beautiful place is part of the Rural Park of Teno and its outline is impressive seen from afar and from short distances. Immerse yourself in crystal clear waters, discover its seabed, caves and viewpoints. And don’t forget to take some other photo.

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Anaga Rural Park

From its summit to its coast, Anaga Rural Park is a spectacular place to visit during your stay in Tenerife and that is why, our island, not only has sun and beach, but a million reasons and places to be surprised. If you like hiking or looking for an unusual beach, this is your place!

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Santiago del Teide

Among its volcanic geography, the highest town in Spain, it also has a beautiful coastline that is waiting to be discovered above and below the water. For lovers of diving or snorkeling, this municipality is ready to conquer your Instagram, are you?

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Rural Park of Teno

Located on the northwestern of Tenerife, you will find this jewel for those who love living nature. Its volcanic orography perfectly represents the geographical history of the Island. In the 8063 hectares of this Rural Park, you will find important basaltic monuments and one of the best areas of the archipelago for scuba divers.

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Benijo Beach

Stone walls, black sand, roques in the background, the sun tanning your skin… Without a doubt Benijo Beach is one of the favourite places for locals, your dream postcard will take you to connect with nature up to gigantic levels of relaxation and, without forgetting its incalculable beauty that you will die of desire to portray.

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El Medano

Perhaps you have heard this town in the south of Tenerife named as a reference for windsurfing or kitesurfing, you may also have seen that it has beautiful beaches or a wide gastronomic offer. It’s a lively town in which you can walk along its coast and, also, make some really amazing photos to be the envy of your followers.

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Garachico

This small town located in the northwest of the island is one of the most beautiful you can find in Tenerife. From its geography to its architecture, this municipality is completely fascinating. Get lost in its narrow streets, go deep into its wild coast, its natural pools, or, in this classic that is already found in many Instagram profiles.

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We hope these tips have helped you to plan your Tenerife tour and you already have clear some places that you can not miss on the island. Also, between visit and visit, you can also take the most instagrammable photos in our pool, jacuzzi, Balinese bed… Or where you feel best! Remember that you can also enjoy pool parties in Vanilla Garden whenever your phone is waterproof. We will be waiting for you!

Parapenting in Tenerife is the favorite activity during the Autum!

Parapenting in Tenerife is one of the best ways to appreciate the landscape, as well as an unforgettable experience. Is an island that hides many corners full of curiosities and incredible natural places that you will love.

Tenerife is a unique island that is perfect for excursions and sports all year round. But it is just after October that the best season to practice Parapenting begins.

Although it also depends a little on the particular weather conditions of each place, in general the best time to fly is between October and April. Especially in some specific take-off areas of the island as we recommend you.

Whether you’re an expert, or you’ve never done it, you’ll enjoy a totally safe and enjoyable flight experience.

Do you know how to fly?

You can bring your own equipment and launch yourself to enjoy; or if you prefer, you can rent one.

For your particular take off we can suggest you go to La Corona, which is in the Realejos, to the north of the island. To the East is the slope of Güímar and to the southwest you will find Taucho or Adeje.

The last one is of very easy access and one of the well-known parapenting takeoff points of the island.

Keep in mind that none of these references have an official space or infrastructure to take off or land, so it is advisable to have the supervision of specialists.

Are you still a rookie or a little respectful?

Tenerife has clubs and companies where courses for beginners are taught.

There you will be taught to fly and you will also have the option of launching yourself from a two-seater paraglider. This way you will feel more secure in the company of some expert who gives you instructions, while enjoying the breathtaking views from the top.

Apart from the above, we can recommend other takeoff points such as Izaña or the Volcano of Fasnia, southeast of Tenerife or Ifonche, in Vilaflor, if you are in the northeast.

If you still have questions or need more information, you can contact the Federation of Air Sports FECDA for any query or enter their website.

Do you dare or will you stay with the desire? Take off, feel, observe and enjoy! You will not regret it.