Tenerife is a stunning island - so it’s no wonder that it attracts over 10 million visitors a year. It is the largest of the Canary Islands and oozes culture and charm although it is famous for its popular all-inclusive resorts. In fact, the popular tourist area of Playa De Las Americas is a clubber's paradise with plenty of bars, nightclubs, restaurants, white sandy beaches and exciting watersports on offer. For those wanting to be close to the action, but not directly in it, Los Cristianos or Costa Adeje are perfect choices and popular with families.
But if you want to escape the commercial tourism, then step beyond the hot spots and enjoy tropical-forest walks, explore lots of fascinating museums, temples and charming old colonial towns. Los Cristianos is a charming fishing village and Costa Adeje is a quieter resort famed for boutique shopping, both traditional and modern restaurants and gorgeous sandy beaches with beach side cocktail bars.
In the centre, you will find the volcano of Mount Teide which towers over 12,000 feet into the sky, a constant jaw dropping feature of the Island. Cable cars can take you to the top, or you can choose to walk, which is well worth it thanks to the breathtakingly beautiful views. Santa Cruz is the island’s historic capital which boasts excellent shopping, a number of museums, art galleries and a waterfront opera house. It's also home to the Canaries' most spectacular carnival - a fortnight-long fiesta to rival Rio. A short ride away from Santa Cruz is Las Teresitas, a beautiful beach with waving palm trees and golden sand shipped in from the Sahara desert. It’s the ideal spot to sun yourself and unwind.
There is so much to see and do in Tenerife, that there will be no room for boredom to set in. You can also explore the rural beauty of the Anaga Mountains to the East, historic La Laguna and pretty La Orotava. Puerto De La Cruz is also worth a visit as it offers old world charm, and tropical gardens. Be sure check out the sea parrots and the dolphins or head over to its beautiful lido to enjoy waterpools, palms and fountains.