As the largest of the Canary Islands Tenerife is far closer to the African coast than the Spanish Mainland so although Spanish in nature, it offers a wonderfully heady mix of cultures.

The largest of the islands Tenerife has a dramatic landscape with soaring mountains, beautiful beaches and steep cliffs. The feel of the island is that of a perfect mixture of the old and the new, as shiny modern cities share space with historic old towns. This island filled with sunshine and fun is the perfect year round destination that will appeal to every member of the family no matter how young or old.

The Casablanca Apartments in Puerto de la Cruz offer a great base for your Tenerife holiday, just a short distance from the resort centre and the beach these spacious and modern apartments offer a great budget option to make your holiday affordable, there might be no frills but this complex is everything that you could need for a break in the sun.

If you see your hotel as being the holiday rather than the base for your holiday then the Abama Golf and Spa Resort in Guia de Isora is the place for you, from the moment you glimpse the views from the cliff top across to the Atlantic ocean you know you are somewhere quite special, the hotels private tropical gardens have palm groves and waterfalls that perfectly compliment the 18 hole golf course and the spa centre that give the hotel its name – a truly self contained slice of paradise.

The cuisine of the region is fabulously varied with Spanish favourites found alongside the spicier dishes that resulted from the islands position on the trade routes, whilst dining out the sign ‘Tipico’ is displayed to show that the restaurant serves only local specialities and is where you are most likely to find the best of the seafood that the island is famed for.

Garachico has a couple of really excellent restaurants, El Calaton has a perfect location overlooking the volcanic rock-pools and serves tasty local food; although the owner is perfectly happy to serve drinks only if you have just come to enjoy the view from the terrace. Caspar Gaspar is where you will find the locals enjoying the best of the days seafood and as always if in doubt trust the wisdom of the locals.

Take a catamaran trip out into the Atlantic ocean, the opportunity to see the island from the sea gives a true feel of the beauty of the Tenerife landscape, the mountains set back from the volcanic beaches serve as a reminder of the very nature of the island itself – head away from Tenerife for the real purpose of the trip as you catch sight of the dolphins and pilot whales that inhabit the waters.

If drag shows are your thing then a trip to the lively Music Hall Tavern is an absolute must, the cast takes themselves none too seriously and the whole night is a riot of laughter and fun; the show gets louder and bawdier as the night progresses and is probably not the place for the sensitive of easily offended.

The year round sunshine makes Tenerife a great place to visit at almost any time of year, particularly popular as a winter holiday destination due to its short flight distance and almost guaranteed winter sun, bear in mind that the north coast is much cooler than the south coast during the winter months making the northern resorts much quieter during this period.

The summer peak season can be an exceptionally busy time on the island although there are plenty of quiet spots to be found if you are willing to make the effort to find them, the sometimes overbearing heat of this season is tempered by the cooling trade winds which can also provide the perfect conditions for water activities.

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