The largest island of the Canary Islands, Tenerife lies in the Atlantic Ocean, and is the most populated island of the archipelago and of all Spain. It is a volcanic island whose formation began between 20 and 50 million years ago and it is precisely here that the Teide volcano, today dormant, is located, and from which, according to some scholars, derives the name Tenerife. The island is popular with tourists for its beaches, cultural attractions, lively nightlife and climate: Tenerife is an ideal year-round destination that offers unspoiled landscapes.
The capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is located in the north and it is here that the tourism and social life is concentrated. The best attractions are mainly concentrated on the west coast. As a lover of the sea, I assure you that a landscape like that of the west coast of Tenerife is hard to find elsewhere.
What is most fascinating about the west coast of Tenerife is undoubtedly the fact that it is a Heritage Site for the Conservation and Safeguarding of Whales. Always committed to the respect of biodiversity and the responsible observation of these giants of the sea, the Atlantic island is the first European marine area to obtain the prestigious Responsible Watching recognition and certification, by the World Cetacean Alliance. A colony of more than 500 pilot whales lives permanently along the coast from Faro de Rasca to Punta de Teno, and 26 of the more than 79 known cetacean species, including dolphins, killer whales and blue whales, pass through these areas throughout the year.
But how can these spectacular cetaceans be reached and observed up close? There are about sixty boats authorized to accompany enthusiasts and, with only twenty minutes of navigation from Tenerife, the sighting is a luxury that can be enjoyed every day.
My advice is to participate in organized excursions and boat tours to Tenerife, where you will have the opportunity to admire not only these wonderful creatures and snorkeling but also other fascinating attractions on the coast. It is here that the Los Gigantes cliffs of Tenerife are located, which rise within the Teno Rural Park and seem to surround the Ocean like an imposing amphitheater.
In the small village of Los Gigantes, once a fishing village, you will also find a small beach of black sand and other larger beaches of volcanic origins not far away, where you can relax in absolute tranquility: Playa las Arenas and Playa de Masca.
If you decide to visit the west coast of Tenerife, admire its beauty with its hidden treasures but above all in complete relaxation, there is no better way than with a comfortable catamaran and with a small group of participants on board. You could then think of participating in one of our catamaran tours departing from Puerto Colón in the company of a professional skipper, who will be your Cicero and delight your palate with a great lunch prepared on board!
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