How to describe Tenerife? Volcanic lunar landscapes, lush pine forests, fertile valleys, beautiful beaches, traditional Spanish towns and bustling resorts - yes they're all here.
The largest of Spain's Canary Islands is an old favourite when it comes to tourism, having seen visitors travelling to its shores for over 100 years. So Tenerife has an infrastructure that caters for every tourist, from young revellers to families. And what's more, because it is located a mere 100 kilometres off the coast of northern Africa it has great temperatures all year long. The average is a balmy 23 degrees - no wonder it is called the 'island of eternal spring'.
Browse for a bargain at one of south Tenerife's weekly markets in Costa Adeje (Thursday), Los Cristianos (Tuesday & Sunday) or El Medano (Saturday). The bantering generally starts at around 8am and the stalls start to pack up at 1.30ish.
Catch the heel-stomping, frock-twirling, hand-clapping explosion of sound and theatre of the Antologia Flamenco Show at the Piramide de Arona venue in downtown Las Americas, every night from Tuesday through Saturday.
The back end of February and the first week in March are dominated by Santa Cruz Carnival, a non-stop frenzy of street partying, outrageous costumes and a cacophany of live music in Tenerife's capital. If you've never been, do; it's billed as the second biggest carnival in the world after Rio. If you have been, go again as every year has a new theme. This year it's Caribbean.
With the winter sales running from the day after Kings Day (Jan 7th), often for a month or more, perhaps it's a good time to head into the mountains to escape the commercial madness. There are several picnic spots on the southern slopes of Mount Teide, including Las Lajas and Chio. Buy some meat, pack a cool box and make use of the built-in grills in these pine forest playgrounds.
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