Fun Facts About Tenerife that May Surprise You

To most people the Canary Island of Tenerife is synonymous with sun-soaked holidays on the beach, British emigrates, a cheap standard of living, and a very laidback way of life. However, there are many interesting and fun facts about the island of Tenerife that you may not have heard, that may surprise you. In this article, we will lift the beach and sun-covered lid of Tenerife and reveal some hidden gems of trivia that may mean you never think about Tenerife in quite the same way ever again.

Dorada – Tenerife’s Native Beer

Beer fans will find this one interesting. Dorada is a beer that originates from Tenerife and is only brewed on the island. Although there are some places you can purchase it in the Gran Canaria, the island beside Tenerife, you cannot purchase this beer anywhere else in the world.

The Queen Connection

That’s Queen, the British rock group, not the British Monarch. In 1971 Brian May was visiting the Obsservatorio del Teide in Izana for his thesis and while he was there he wrote “Tie Your Mother Down”, which was a massive hit and is still one of Queen’s fans’ all-time favourites.

Tourism is More Prevalent Than You Think

While some may bemoan Tenerife’s tourist-heavy reputation, the sentiment holds merit. Particularly for those in search of Cheap Holidays from Bristol Airport or similar departure points, Tenerife often stands out as a preferred destination. The island seemingly caters predominantly to the tourist industry, evident in the statistic that 1 in every 6 residents is linked to tourism in some capacity. That being said, Tenerife boasts a plethora of popular attractions, drawing in visitors from all over. Among them are the awe-inspiring Volcano Pico de Teide, the enchanting Masca Gorge, and the majestic Los Gigantes Cliffs. What enhances the appeal of these attractions is the ease of access facilitated by car travel. Individuals can rent a car from a local Tenerife car rental company (if they do not have their own) to explore these captivating sites at their own pace, unlocking the island’s natural wonders and scenic beauty.

Tom Cruising in Tenerife

At some point during the 90’s one Mr Tom Cruise visited Tenerife without warning. The rumour goes that he was cruising around the Mediterranean in his yacht and stopped at Tenerife. He apparently bought a roll of film from a shop for his camera. The shop was at the end of the strip that runs underneath the Paloma Beach Complex. The staff took a picture of him and then pinned it to their door. However, the shop has now been turned into a bar and there is no evidence of a photograph.

What Has Been Filmed in Tenerife and What Hasn’t

There have been many blockbuster films that have been made over the years where people have assumed, wrongly, that they were filmed in Tenerife while there have been others that definitely have been filmed on the island. So which ones have and which ones haven’t? Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith, The Planet of The Apes, Barbarella, and The Ten Commandments were not filmed in Tenerife. Whereas One Million Years BC in 1966 and Clash Of The Titans in 2010 were both filmed in part in Teide National Park, Tenerife.

There you have it; you now know more than you ever knew about Tenerife. As interesting and fun as these facts are they do serve an even bigger purpose of proving that you should not judge a book, or in this case, an island by its cover!

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