Today we’re taking you on a journey around Tenerife with our Moscow-based photographer German Kholmov. Tenerife, one of the Canaries, is commonly known as a first-class resort, but in the recent years more and more people come here to discover it from the other side: enjoy mind-blowing nature with remote beaches and steep rocks, perform astronomical observations, do hiking and surfing. Together with the stunning images of the island, German has shared some of the travel tips that might be useful for planning your next adventure.

It's always spring in Tenerife: whatever time of the year you choose to come here, the temperature will be above 20 degrees Celsius in the afternoon and 15 in the evening. You can go up in the mountains and see the snow, but if you get back to the coast, you’ll find the same gentle sun, short sleeves, fresh fruit, beaches, lunches at the terraces and everything you love about the young season. The feeling of the endless spring doesn’t let you go: it’s here from the moment you leave the airplane, rent a car, throw your warm clothes in the back seat, connect the iPhone with your favorite music and start your way deep into the island with the windows open.

This post is dedicated to one of the best places that I have been lucky to visit – Tenerife. Along with the pictures documenting my road trip, I want to share some useful information about the island and its secret spots, that might help you when you plan your own escape. Here we go.

Climate Zones

There are 28 microclimate zones in Tenerife, so don’t be surprised when on the same day you see snow on Teide, swim in the ocean in the south and get to see the rain and mist on your way. Tropical forest, desert, a volcano, mountains, ocean shore – landscape change is as terrific as in Iceland (only much warmer).

Teide Volcano

Teide is one of the main spots of interest in Tenerife. Its height reaches 3.718 meters. In the desert at the foot of the volcano some scenes from ‘Star Wars’ were filmed. If you want to get to the top of Teide, you should buy tickets in advance.

The sky above Teide is considered the best for astronomical observations, so if you like astronomy, shoot the night sky, or simply come to the desert at night to enjoy the view of the Milky Way. In the afternoon you can visit the Teide Observatory.

Hiking & Surfing

Hiking is what I am going to do when I come to Tenerife again, and what it is worth doing for everyone who is not addicted to seaside rest. Surfing is something I would not advise for beginners, since the waves are very high, the ocean is aggressive, and the shore is rocky. But if you’re a professional – you’ll have fun here.

Tips For Best View

Mirador llano de Ucanca is a viewpoint full of tourists, so it's best to arrive late in the evening, at sunset. Hint: go to the left from the the observation deck for the best view.

La Tarta del Teide is one of the best views of the volcano. And again, the most beautiful picture is at sunset, when the sun goes down over the mountain, creating a pinkish halo around it.

Mirador De Ortuño is almost the same as the one above, only in the shade of tall trees. Stop here not only for the sight, but also to breath in the smell of the coniferous forest!

Benijo is not the name of a Spanish fisherman, but a town on the approach to the island's most beautiful beach. Coincidentally, it’s the town where I was almost left to spend the night in a car that was blocked on what appeared to be a private parking lot. Playa de Benijo almost made me cry of happiness, when the road suddenly took me right to the beach, with the incredible view of the North Atlantic Ocean raging by the volcanic rocks.

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