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Tenerife delight


Tenerife is only a three hour flight from London yet it seems a million miles away. It has one of the best climates in Europe, with an average annual temperature of 24 degrees; seemingly infinite miles of beach, including strangely enticing black volcanic sand; rugged mountains peaking at an impressive 3,719 metres and acres of forest teeming with animal and bird life. It's no wonder this volcanic island has become such a hit with us Brits.

The main tourist spots are in the south around Playa de las Americas and the surrounding resorts of Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos as well as along the west coast known as Los Gigantes. Many of these resorts are purpose built and designed purely for the holiday market. If you are looking for a low-maintenance holiday where everything is done for you and you're pretty much guaranteed sunshine then these resorts are ideal.

Playa de las Americas is the largest and most developed. There are six beaches in the area, linked by an ocean-front promenade. In the summer the beaches are swarmed with like-minded tourists escaping the poor excuse for summer back in England. However, in low season the area is quiet and attracts an entirely different crowd.

 

Tenerife Beach



Los Cristianos, although now an effervescing resort itself because of its close proximity to Las Americas, was once a traditional fishing village. Around the port the town still manages to retain some of its original charm and a stroll from the port back to the main shopping hub is a pleasant evening sojourn.

Los Gigantes is less brash than the areas in the south. Although still a resort town, it remains attractive and the buildings are more in keeping with traditional Spanish design instead of towering hotels and apartments. The whole area is hemmed in by the Acantilados de los Gigantes, massive, imposing cliffs that offer a stunning backdrop to any picture of the town.

However, if you want to escape the crowds and get some exercise after all that lazing around on the beach, head north to the mountain village of Masca. This village has retained some of its mystique thanks to its remote and almost inaccessible location nestled into the Teno Mountains. Hiking around this area is fantastic even if the drive there is a little daunting.

For more fresh air, exercise and some respite from the heat in the summer months, the Teide National Park in the heart of the island is ideal. This undulating volcanic park has the islands highest peak and if you don't fancy walking up all 3,719 metres then there is a cable car, but be warned the accent is fast and some people have even got altitude sickness.

Tenerife has a lot to offer if you wander a short way from the resorts. The beaches are numerous and fantastic, there is a plethora of water-based activities to choose from, plus walking, golf and cycling. You just have to decide how active, or inactive, you feel like being.

Visit Monarch’s site for Tenerife holidays.

 
 
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