|Tenerife - the island of eternal sunshine|
Nowadays, this island of eternal sunshine is better known as a destination of world-class beaches, unbeatable nightlife, luxurious spas, fabulous trekking, jaw-dropping scenery, year-round golfing and yes, believe it or not – a thriving cultural scene, especially at the eye-popping Tenerife Auditorium!
|Mount Teide Summit by PeterNijenhuis.|
Wherever you’re based though, don’t miss a trip into the interior where you’ll discover tiny whitewashed hamlets hiding beneath a fringe of pines and the surreal landscape surrounding Mount Teide, the third largest volcano in the world.
- Mount Teide & National Park - No visit to Tenerife is complete without at least a drive through the pine forests to the bizarre lunar landscape of one of Spain's most popular national parks. And of course, once there, you can't miss the volcano. Not just any volcano though. Mount Teide is the world's third largest standing at a towering 3718m above sea level. This dormant volcano last errupted 1909. The National Park is the most visited in Spain. A cable car can be taken to within a 200 metres of the top, access can be gained for free by visiting the Park office in Santa Cruz in person.
- Whale & Dolphin Safari - The waters between Tenerife and La Gomera are one of the few places in the world where you are pretty much guaranteed to spot the resident population of pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins. There are many boats from either Los Cristianos or Puerto Colon harbour who will take you a few miles off the coast of Tenerife where you can see whales and dolphins close up.
- Masca - Tenerife's very own Shangri-la. This picturesque village cligns precariously to the side of the mountains in the north-west of Tenerife, hidden from the rest of civilisation and looking very much like it did centuries ago. A switchback road corksrews up and down to the the village from Santiago del Teide, so if you're of a nervous disposition you might want to close your eyes (not if you're the driver obviously).
- Island Tour - Take a day tour of the island to see the diversity of the island for yourself. Most tours take in Candelaria and the basilica in the church, Puerto De La Cruz & Icod De Los Vinos, Buenavista, Los Gigantes & Masca the lost village.
- Golf - If you're a fan of golf, then Golf del Sur is where you should head. Of the courses available, one of the best is Playa Del Americas, with Golf del Sur getting a special mention for its tranquil feel. Within easy reach you'll also find Amirilla and Adeje - both of which offer an entertaining round of golf. If the sport's your thing, feel free to ignore the other things to do in Tenerife and make this your sole focus!
- Carnival - The pre-Lent carnival is the biggest festival on the island, with Latin American-style festivities filling Puerto de la Cruz and Santa Cruz. If you are lucky to be on the island at this time, there are two weeks of flamboyant fancy dress parties, parades and firework displays culminating on Shrove Tuesday with a grand parade. Outrageous costumes, singing and dancing are the order of the day at a carnival that is probably the best outside of Rio de Janeiro. The party draws to a close on Ash Wednesday with El Entierro de la Sardina, the burial of the sardine, a comedy funeral with silly costumes and pretend mourning.
- Day trip to La Gomera - Try to fit in a trip over to the small island of Gomera, to the south west of Tenerife. Take the ferry or hydrofoil from Los Christianos and lose yourself in the natural wonders of the Parque Nacional de Garajonay. An ancient laurel forest lies at the heart of this 10,000-acre national park where a magical mist is created by the cool Atlantic trade winds clashing with warmer breezes. Little light penetrates the canopy of this dense forest where the trees are swathed in moss and lichen.
|Siam Water Park|