The native language is Spanish. In the south English is spoken by everyone with German and Italian common too, but in the north, fluent English is spoken by fewer people. No big problem should be anticipated regarding communication, though.

A good tip is to pronounce a soft ‘c’ as an ‘s’ instead of ‘th’. So gracias is pronounced ‘gras-yahs’ not ‘grath-yahs’ or ‘grasth-yahs’.

 

The official language of Tenerife is Spanish, but the accent is comparable to South America, as is mainland Spain. You will find that most locals speak English, especially in popular tourist destinations. It’s always fun to try talking to locals in their own language. Even if it is basic, trying to do this is polite.

 

In the Canary Islands, you speak Spanish in the Canary Islands in the Canary Islands. This variant is very similar to Caribbean Spanish and is characterized by the omission of the consonant and the inhalation or nose. The Portuguese strongly influenced the language and dialect heard today due to the historical efforts to colonize the canary islands. Even Tenerife’s unique and delicious world famous drink the barraquito has portuguese roots.

 

A language that is unique to the canary islands that you might unknowingly hear during your visit to Tenerife is Silbo, a whistling language from the island of  La Gomera (viewable from anywhere on the southwest coast of Tenerife, like Costa Adaje) Using Silbo is a very effective way to communicate with people 5 km away before pulling out the phone and also when stuck in traffic it can be very convenient. It is sometimes referred to as the Spanish “whistle” and it is worth noting that the name “silbo” is accompanied by the automatic word “silbar”. This means “tweeting in Spanish”.

Anaga Mountains

If you’re looking for something off the tourist trail, head to to the Anaga Mountains in the north east of the island. Formed by a volcanic eruption 7-9 million years ago, this prehistoric mountain range is the oldest part of the island, and a trip here feels like...

The Ancient Drago Milenario Tree

No trip to Tenerife would be complete without a glimpse at the Drago Milenario (‘Dragon Tree’), the national symbol of the island. So-called because of its red resin, which looks like ‘dragon’s blood’ and is reputed to have numerous medicinal benefits, it has been...

Cheaper Rental Property Fail

Updated 7 February 2019: The Spanish Congress has failed to approve this legislation, and so all the law reverts to the previous measures. This means that there now will not be an increase in the period of residential rental contracts which will continue to be...

The First Ever Living at Sea Festival

Arona Ayuntamiento has announced the first ever “Sailing Living Fest” to be held at the Marina del Sur, Las Galletas’ sports harbour. It will be from 11am Tuesday and Wednesday 29 and 30 January, and it’s described as a pioneering festival dedicated to sailing. The...

Craft Beer Festival

Craft beer festivals are always popular and now another one has been announced for on Saturday 2 February. The usual range of artisan beers will be on offer from 1 to midnight in La Caleta.

Five Star Complex at Los Gigantes

Santiago del Teide Ayuntamiento has announced that after nearly ten years in the planning, building is at long last starting on the new 5* touristic complex Cristal Building right at the top of Los Gigantes. The apartments will naturally have the most stunning of...

Routes For Teide Walkers Published

Updated 19 January: The programme of almond blossom walks in the Santiago del Teide foothills has now been unveiled and is as follows: Saturday 26 January: – 9am: General Route ALMENDROS EN FLORa. long walk, 5 hrs, high difficultyb. short walk, 4 hrs, medium...

15th Anniversary Concerts in Full Swing

The International Festival and Academy of Music in Tenerife celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. The festival was created in 1991 with the purpose of exchanging knowledge and musical experience between students and professors from Tenerife, and from all over the...

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