Tenerife is one of the most varied Canary Islands, as it has a wide variety of tourist attractions ranging from its natural beauty and rich gastronomy to all the art and culture it has, with hundreds of typical Tenerife products for gifts.
When it comes to taking home a little piece of the island of Tenerife there are plenty of interesting options: from beautiful handmade souvenirs to delicious typical gastronomic products. In this blog we will tell you about the best typical Tenerife products for gifts and the best places to find them.
Gastronomic products, a souvenir for the palate
If we talk about Tenerife’s gastronomy we would not have enough space in this blog, that is why we are going to select only the best typical Tenerife products for gifts:
Mojo: we have already talked about this special sauce in other blog entries, and although it is ideal to enjoy freshly made mojo, the packaged options are more than acceptable. The most typical ones are green (made with coriander) and red or ”picón”, made with red peppers.
Cheese: there are also many options when it comes to cheese, but the most common is fresh cheese, which is used to make the famous ”queso frito” (fried cheese). Other great alternatives are cured and smoked cheeses.
Wine: In Tenerife there are 5 denominations of origin that guarantee the quality of the island’s wines. They are Abona, Tacoronte-Acentejo, Valle de Güímar, Valle de la Orotava and Ycoden-Daute-Isora. The best known is Malvasía, a sweet white wine, but the quality of Tenerife’s wine-making is growing by leaps and bounds, so any option will do.
Sweets: bizcochones, rosquetes, almond cakes, puff pastry or bienmesabe. We don’t want to reveal all the delicious sweets of Tenerife, but we assure you that you will love any of them, being one of the best typical Tenerife products for gifts.
Gofio: made from toasted and ground cereals, it is a product that is used as a base in various preparations and adds flavour and texture to dishes. With a high nutritional value, gofio is a great option for bringing back a little of the gastronomic essence of Tenerife.
Handmade souvenirs, the essence of Tenerife
‘’Manta esperanzera’’: Originating from the cold village of La Esperanza, this is a light woollen blanket, known to be used as protection against adverse weather conditions in the higher regions of the island.
Timple canario: a small five-stringed instrument that plays a fundamental role in Canarian folklore. Its attractive designs and compact size make it one of the best typical Tenerife products for gifts.
Aloe vera: present on almost all the islands of the archipelago, it is a plant that requires little care and stands out for its recognised therapeutic properties.
Canarian knife: with its sharp blade and wooden or horn handle, it is used in various activities such as cooking, agriculture and handicrafts, and is renowned for its quality and versatility.
As is obvious, if we want to buy some of the products mentioned in this blog, the ideal place is to visit a street market. In the main towns on the island of Tenerife there are a wide variety of markets with a wide and varied range of handicraft products. We tell you that some of the best markets are in Costa Adeje, Puerto de la Cruz, La Recova and the Farmer’s Market in Tacoronte. We assure you that here you will find the best typical products of Tenerife to give as a gift and also very close to Hotel Villa Mandi Golf Resort.
On the other hand, there are also shops that offer typical Tenerife products for gifts at reasonable prices and with a more than acceptable offer, such as Islenio, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island’s capital. Even if we are in a hurry, we will have no problem finding some fresh cheese or mojo in the nearest supermarket, but we always recommend going to specialised places, both because of the quality with which they work and because of the contribution we are making by buying local produce.