Why choosing Tenerife?
The island has always been a crossroad of cultures, with comings and goings of people travelling for many centuries for commerce, war or politics. Its past history has certainly shaped the character of its inhabitants, who are always friendly, easy-going and eager to connect. Today, Tenerife is a very popular destination for tourists. With a wide range of activities to suit all tastes, you'll be spoilt for choice on how to spend your free time: from adventure parks and world-famous zoos, to cultural visits and exploration of ancient cities and unique native plants. And at the end of the day, if you feel in the right mood, you can go for “tapas” in one of the many “Tascas”, typical taverns or bars, serving drinks and especially good food!
Erasmus Teacher Trainings in Tenerife
If you choose to join our Erasmus teacher training courses in Tenerife, you will be guaranteed something for everyone’s taste. Nature lovers can enjoy once-in-a-lifetime experiences, like stargazing under one of the clearest skies without light pollution on the planet, spotting dolphins and whales living freely in their natural habitat or exploring the countless small beaches by going off the beaten tracks. Sports enthusiasts can follow in the footsteps of the island's natives on ancient trails in the thousand-year-old forest of Anaga, surf the big waves of Playa Martianez in Puerto de la Cruz or even conquer the summit of Teide, the highest mountain in Spain and the third largest volcano in the world.
Erasmus Learning Academy in Tenerife
Tenerife is largest and most populated of the 7 Canary islands, a Spanish comunidad autónoma consisting of an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, right off the Moroccan coast. Though the capital is Santa Cruz, the most vibrant, lively and characteristic city is Puerto de la Cruz. Thanks to its strategic position, Puerto de la Cruz is also the perfect starting point to visit the northern part of the island, full of the most famous and iconic places of Tenerife.
ELA - Erasmus Learning Academy organises teacher training courses for KA121 and KA122 Erasmus plus projects in a residential format: you will be provided with catering and accommodation in the same hotel where the course takes place, enjoying the maximum comfort possible and spending time with fellow teachers and educators from all over Europe. Sit back, relax and enjoy: we will take care of everything, from course activities to a cultural program tailored to your needs.
Top 10 things to do and see in Tenerife
1. Trekking in Teide National Park
Teide National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second most visited park in the world. Teide’s peak reaches 3,715 metres in height and due to its gigantic size, it casts the largest sea shadow in the world. You can reach the top with a cable car, or decide to explore the many other quite impressive rock formations of lava origins, like Roques de Garcia or Roque Cinchado.
3. Mirador de Masca
Nestled between the steep slopes of the Macizo de Teno mountains where residents of Tenerife used to hide when they were being attacked by pirates, Masca is a scenic small village offering views like no other. With a very similar appearance to small towns of Peruvian Andes, Masca can be the right choice to take your postcard-like photo!
5. Puerto de la Cruz
Despite being one of the most touristic and popular enclaves on the island of Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz hasn’t lost its authenticity like other cities on the island. From the spectacular Lago Martiánez swimming pool complex, to its peculiar volcanic sand beach Playa Jardín; from the world-wide famous zoo Loro Parque, to the 18th-century botanical garden, Puerto has a lot to offer.
8. Getting lost in Anaga Park
The Anaga area is one of the most magical fairytale-like places in Tenerife, with uncontaminated wild beaches and laurel forests, last remaining specimens of vegetation formed millions of years ago which disappeared after the Ice Aged. The area became a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2015, and with its infinite web of hiking trails, it is a Mecca for hikers and natural lovers.
9. Exploring wild beaches!
Don’t be fooled by popular destinations in Costa Adeje, Playa de las Americas or Los Cristianos, which some might even consider tourist traps: they will never show you the true essence of the Canarian beaches. For a more genuine experience, the best option is to explore the true rarity that are wild black beaches. Some examples? Playa El Bollullo and Playa Jardin near Puerto de la Cruz, Playa del Socorro in the North, Playa de los Guios in the West or Playa de Las Gaviotas in the East part of the island.
2. La Orotava and La Laguna
La Laguna (UNESCO heritage) and La Orotava are the best places to visit if you’re interested in getting lost in narrow streets, dreaming of living in another time and traveling back to the 15th century. In these cities, you will see authentic Canary Islands architecture, with Portuguese and Central American influence, characterized by typical wood balconies and central patios
4. Icod de los Vinos and Dragon tree
Icod de los Vinos combines natural resources, popular and artistic heritage. Of all the things to see in Icod, the most iconic feature is the Drago Milenario. This tree, with a height of nearly 20 metres, has become the symbol of both the town and of the entire island. Protagonist of many myths and legends, this tree is a specimen of the Dracaena draco, an endangered species typical of Tenerife that can only be found in very few other places in the world.
6. Whale watching in Los Gigantes
Los Gigantes Cliffs are one of Tenerife most spectacular landscapes. If you want to enjoy one of the best views of the cliffs, you should head over to the most famous Mirador de Archipenque or alternatively to Punta de Teno. While in Los Gigantes, you may want to consider booking a boat trip to spot dolphins in the ocean (as well as whales, if you are lucky enough!).
7. Trying traditional Canarian Food
Ok, time to take out your block note and start the list “Food to try when in Tenerife”. Ready? Let’s go! Rancho canario, legumes soup with meat; Papas Arugadas with Mojos, potatoes served with two sauces and Queso Asado, grill-roasted cheese are just a few examples of typical dishes that can be served in restaurants or as tapas-bars. A special mention for the Canarian bananas, which flavour is quite unique!
10. Garachico and natural swimming pools
Before being almost completely destroyed by a volcanic explosion in 1706, Garachico was the gateway to Tenerife. Its port was the most prosperous on the island, an essential stop for commercial ships sailing the Atlantic. The catastrophe came down as a blessing in disguise: despite losing its economical influence, Garachico is today considered one of the most beautiful town on the island, with its major attraction being “El Caletón”, a series of natural pools formed by lava on the town's coastline.