Foreign holidays first became accessible to the general public in the 1970’s and few of the countries that became major tourist destinations were prepared for the impact that mass tourism would have on their infrastructure and economy.
Back in 1972 the currency in Tenerife was the Spanish Peseta and you could spend very little to ensure you had a good time. A bottle of beer would set you back a mere 7 pesetas and petrol was a staggeringly low 7 pesetas a litre, in fact for a while the island was known as ‘7 Peseta Island’ as it seemed to be the average price of just about everything.
Foot Baths and Bidets
Life in foreign climates was something that many British people jumped at; they were in awe of the hotel and apartment bathrooms which seemed to come complete with a foot washer or swimming costume receptacle and rinsing device, otherwise known as a bidet.
As visitors to a strange land we had a lot to learn! Visitor numbers were greater during the winter months as people looked to escape the snow and ice of home. One thing that has changed over the years though is that back then people dressed for dinner, and took care to always present the best possible image of themselves to others.
Developments in Tourism
Loro Parque opened to the public in December 1972 and the first major purpose built tourist attraction on the island which is still going strong today. These days rather than a luxurious escape to the sun, cheap holidays to Tenerife are readily available from Jet2holidays and tourism dominates the coastal resorts.