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Timeless Tenerife

Tourists enjoy colorful Spanish costumes
Tourists enjoy colorful Spanish costumes
Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Spain is a country rich in history and cultural diversity. It is recognized the world over for its unique and exquisite flowers, and scenic landscapes. Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands.

Playa de las Americas is situated on the southwestern tip of Tenerife, and has been a popular and lively resort area since the 1960s. It is a perfect destination for couples and honeymooners and boasts numerous bars, restaurants, and hotels. Its beautiful, scenic beaches have fine, white sand and are favorites of sun worshipers everywhere.

The windsurfing enthusiast should visit El Medano, the latter of which is renown for its windsurfing opportunities. There are additional attractions in the area to please everyone, including golf, sailing, and dinner theaters. Veronica's Strip, famous for its nightlife, provides stimulating entertainment that attracts young tourists from all areas of Europe.

There is a wide variety of restaurants which include European, English, and Canarian style fare. Most shopping districts are open Monday through Saturday from early morning until late evening. Traditional shops are typically closed on Sundays, while souvenir and gift shops generally stay open seven days a week. Commercial centers featuring bars, shops, restaurants, night clubs, and supermarkets are usually geared toward tourists. However, similar establishments on the outskirts of town cater to locals.

Unlike Spain's mainland, Tenerife, as well as the rest of the Canary islands, offer duty free goods such as perfumes, tobacco, cigarettes, and alcohol. The Island's sales tax on other items is 4.5%, making it one of Western Europe's cheapest shopping destinations. Those who are wondering where to go on their next vacation should consider the beautiful and timeless island of Tenerife.