Rising out of the Atlantic Ocean in volcanic glory and closer to Morocco than mainland Spain, Tenerife is home to hidden bays and busy beaches, quiet villages and bustling towns, one of the world’s largest carnivals and, watching over the island, the highest peak in Spain. The largest of the Canary Islands and dubbed the ‘island of eternal spring’, Tenerife is an island of contrasts and experiences that offers so much more than days by the pool and nights in the club.
The tourist areas lining the island’s southern beaches are naturally bustling and energetic, with a healthy contingent of holidaymakers looking for sun, sea, tasty Spanish food and the occasional night out.
Venturing inland, beaches give way to steep hillsides, ravines and picturesque villages, all waiting to be discovered and still relatively untouched by the mass tourism hugging the coastline. For braver souls willing to explore the island’s interior, Teide National Park is an unmissable experience. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the park is home to Mount Teide, the highest peak in Spain.
Travelling further, Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the island’s capital and, only an hour from the south coast, is home to one of the world’s largest annual carnivals. Taking place during January and February, the ‘Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife’ is widely considered a close second to the world famous carnival in Rio de Janeiro, a fact recognised by the capital’s twinning with the inimitable Brazilian city.
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