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Tenerife is situated in the Canary Islands and is the most populated island of Spain. It’s also hugely popular with tourists, with around five million visiting each year. Because it’s such a firm favourite with holidaymakers, Tenerife offers plenty of things to see and do. It is host to one of the largest carnivals in the world, the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which is attempting to become a World Heritage Site.
Things to see and do
Playa de las Americas is one of the main developed resorts in Tenerife and, consequently, is popular with families looking for a sun-filled holiday. The generally hot and dry climate of this southern area makes lounging around on the beach an ideal activity to do here, but there are plenty of things to do for more active holidaymakers. Golf courses and water parks can be found in this region, offering entertainment to adults and children alike. The Safari Centre is a fancy shopping centre that houses some of the best-known designer shops as well as some great cocktails bars, perfect for those days when you feel like splashing the cash.
If you head towards the centre of the island, you’ll stumble across Mount Teide, the third largest volcano in the world. The roads are winding and steep on the way there, perfect for the experienced driver. You can arrange to go to the summit of the volcano by foot if you have a permit. There’s also the option to go up by cable car which will take you almost all the way to the top. The volcano is still classified as active and the landscape is desert-like, making for some fantastic photographs.
There are dozens of beaches on the island of Tenerife so take the car and go exploring. You’ll find quiet, rocky beaches as well as huge, sandy ones that are popular with tourists. Pack a picnic and spend the day on one of the quieter beaches splashing in the rock pools and soaking up the sunshine.
If you’d rather spend some time escaping the world, check out one of the range of spas around the island. La Quinta Park Spa located in Puerto De la Cruz to the north offers a host of different treatments from hot stone massages to karite butter treatments and is worth checking out if you need some relaxation.
At the other end of the spectrum, you have the option of doing water sports. Diving and snorkelling are both very popular options but you can also go jet skiing, water skiing, kite boarding and parascending. Get some panoramic views from the air as you are pulled behind a high-powered speedboat with a parachute attached to you. This activity isn’t for the faint-hearted but is a popular choice with people of all ages. Jet skis are a slightly tamer way to explore the area. If you’re over 16, rent one of these and go racing around the buoys while soaking up the sun and finish the day off with a few drinks in one of the beach-side bars.