To kick off the new year we’ve overhauled and updated our guidebook The Real Tenerife, an Insider’s Guide. We’ve spent the last couple of years adding to the book as we notched up more and more hotel stays, dined in great restaurants and enjoyed lots of new experiences on Tenerife.
Finally the new version is available to buy.
“This is travel guidance at its best: friendly, intelligent, witty and bursting with the kind of insider knowledge that takes years of curious, affectionate and open-mined investigation to acquire…” – KLF verified Amazon review.
Although The Real Tenerife guidebook currently averages 4 stars from 52 reviews on Amazon’s UK website, we wanted to make it even better. With each passing year we learn more about the island and we wanted to share that information. Plus, like everywhere else, things obviously change on Tenerife. New hotels are built and restaurants open and close. Current listings in the book needed updating.
Additionally, as well as being helpful to potential readers, reviews are extremely useful to us. We’ve taken on board some suggestions and have made changes because of them. We’ve added a comprehensive index, included more photographs (labelled so readers know exactly what they’re looking at), and improved maps.
“A wonderful antidote to all the conventional guidebooks. Full of really useful pithy comments covering places that don’t see many tourists.” – GP verified Amazon review.
What else is new in The Real Tenerife, an Insider’s Guide?
Restaurants on Tenerife: The restaurant scene on Tenerife just keeps improving and, being dedicated foodies, we’ve risked piling on the pounds to keep up to date with culinary developments. Subsequently there are nearly 100 more restaurant recommendations.
Hotels on Tenerife: From luxury to family friendly to rural, we’ve stayed in a lot of Tenerife hotels over the last couple of years which means we’ve been able to add another 42 hotel recommendations.
“It added a lot more depth and background to our journey than did any of the walking/tourist guides we had with us.” – GT verified Amazon review.
Enhanced and New Sections: As well as bringing general information up to date, we’ve added a few new sections to the gastronomy section so that it now features detailed information about tapas on Tenerife, fish and seafood you can expect to find on traditional menus, the wines of the island and also a guide to eating in guachinches.
There’s also a new green Tenerife section for those people who enjoy strolling around subtropical gardens.
“really helped us make the most of our holiday and discover lots of places on this gorgeous and varied island that we’d otherwise have passed by.” – G verified Amazon review.
Bite-sized guides: Another new addition to this version of the guidebook are a series of appendices which are designed to be ‘easy to read’ references for people looking for the top 10 things to do on Tenerife; 10 tips for saving money; a brief guide to Tenerife’s resorts; Where to go off the beaten track on Tenerife, and our pick of the top Tenerife hotels.
Any guidebook is only as good as the knowledge of the authors. Over the years we’ve acquired such Tenerife knowledge that, as well as keeping our own websites up to date, we regularly write specialist Tenerife articles for UK newspapers, airline magazines and travel companies; we’re Canary Islands’ consultants for slow travel specialists Inntravel; wevwrite for the Canary Islands’ Tourist Board website, and have been interviewed by Spanish newspaper ABC because of our insightful travel articles about the ‘real’ Tenerife.
Our ‘warts and all’ approach to writing a destination guidebook isn’t to everyone’s taste. But we’re not writing for everyone. Only for those who have a desire to discover the real Tenerife.
Jack is co-editor, writer and photographer for BuzzTrips and the Real Tenerife series of travel websites as well as a contributor to online travel sites and travel magazines. Follow Jack on Google+