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Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain and the third largest volcano in the world. Take the cable car to near the top for a multi-island panorama. If thrills are your thing, try the scream-inducing rides at Siam Park, one of the world’s top water parks. For more passive wows, take in the wildlife at Loro Parque in the north.
Santa Cruz is the island’s capital and heart of the cultural scene. Learn about Tenerife’s past at the Museum of Man and Nature, marvel at the modern architecture of the Auditorium, and take a look at its artistic side at the TEA
For less urban sights, hop on an excursion boat to get up close and personal with the local population of whales and dolphins.
For a one-stop-shop in style, head to El Corté Inglés in Santa Cruz, a seven-storey purveyor of everything from sofas to sardines. If it’s a souvenir in a bottle you’re after, there’s nowhere better to sample the island’s wines than at the elegant Casa del Vino La Baranda in El Sauzal. In the south, the Safari Centre in Playa de las Americas is one of the best places to browse and buy designer goods, from fashion labels to glitzy jewellery. Another is the circular Plaza del Duque in Costa Adeje, complete with gourmet coffee bars, tapas restaurants and two floors of shops.
If you’re looking for a sporty souvenir, support the island’s football team. At the Soy del Tete C.D. Tenerife fan shop in Costa Adeje you can pick up official merchandise such as team shirts, scarves and even romper suits for the junior aficionado.
Although you won’t find any Manolo Blanik’s in Libra Shoes, you can pick up some unique handmade footwear and accessories.
There are markets aplenty in Tenerife, but if you want the biggest, try the Sunday rastro market in Santa Cruz.
You can find just about every type of cuisine in Tenerife – if you know where to look. As the main tourist centres, Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje house the densest cluster of eateries. In the former, try the Mongolian BBQ if you want a side order of sizzle, Monkey Beach Club for American-style dining virtually on the sand and Mamma Rosa for an original fusion of Swedish and Italian.
In Costa Adeje, La Caleta has a whole school of fish restaurants including the fabulous and classy La Vieja and Masia del Mar, both with terrace dining overlooking the bay and both ideal for a long lazy lunch or dinner. If seafood doesn’t float your boat, the snazzy interior and contemporary Italian offerings of Rosso Sul Mare restaurant and wine bar next door makes a viable alternative.
A little further off the beaten track, the teeny tiny converted post office of La Tasquita de Nino in San Miguel is a personal favourite. With just eight tables the service is always attentive and the traditional-with-a-twist menu offers many surprises.
Sip a mojito from the rooftop terrace of south Tenerife’s classiest cocktail bar and nightclub, Faro Chill Art with its jaw-loosening sunset views and chilled out sounds. The surfer’s hangout of El Medano also has its own beachfront offering in the bohemian Flashpoint bar and tasca. Although not as upmarket as Faro Chill Art, it’s just as cool.
In the north, the all-white and aptly named Blanco Bar is the place to catch a live act in Puerto de la Cruz, hosting some of the island’s best bands, DJs and comedians several nights of the week. Over on the other side of the hill, Bulán is the pick of the bunch if you like chilling out on rooftop hammocks overlooking the old quarter of Santa Cruz.
In Playa de las Americas, Harry’s Cocktail Bar is a popular hangout early evening when the illuminated fountains of the Safari shopping centre below start dancing. Grab a glass and a balcony table for the best experience.
For some late night hedonism, Tramps is the king of the downtown clubs, playing a mix of styles in three separate areas.
If there’s one thing Tenerife is not short of, it’s a variety of hotels. Live it up large at the luxurious Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque in Costa Adeje. Escape the crowds amidst the tropical foliage of the Jardin de la Paz.
For more of a city break in historical confines, try the elegant Iberostar City Hotel Mencey in Santa Cruz or the rustic and intimate Casa Rural La Asomada del Gato in the heart of La Laguna.
There are plenty of wellbeing options too, with perhaps the pick of the bunch, the magnificent Hotel Botanico and Oriental Spa Garden in Puerto de la Cruz.
Unfortunately many people don’t realise that Tenerife is a great island for trekking. However, you don’t necessarily need to leave the resort areas to enjoy a stroll. Head along Geranium Walkway linking the beach promenades of the south.
Further afield, the dramatic Teide National Park offers many trails through moonscapes and pine forest while the Anaga Mountains in the northeast provide stomping opportunities through hidden villages and along old donkey paths. One of the most popular walks in Tenerife is from village to ocean through Masca gorge.
Take a ferry to the neighbouring island of La Gomera. You’ll find peace and quiet, vertiginous valleys and ancient laurel forests. If you can spend the night, the Hotel Jardin Tecina provides a lush and luxurious base, with great views of Tenerife.
Alternatively, just spend a day at sea with the whales and dolphins on board the Must Cat Catamaran
Take in the renowned Tenerife Symphony Orchestra at their home ground, theTenerife Auditorium. Catch some traditional Canarian folk music at any local fiesta. Or, if you prefer it rocky, head down to Heart Rock Bar in Los Cristianos.
Getting caught out in winter – Teide National Park gets very cold in winter, snow is common, so don’t head up there in t-shirt and shorts, even if it’s scorching on the beach.