For many, the island of Tenerife conjures up images of boozed-up Brits Abroad as exemplified by the 1999 TV series, Tenerife Uncovered. Indeed, for many of the several million visitors who never see any of the island beyond its Southern resorts, Tenerife is the 24-7 party island as showcased on that TV show.

Mount Teide with snow on the summit
Spain’s highest peak, Mount Teide, is sometimes snow-capped during the Winter months.
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But there is so much more to Tenerife. This spectacular island is the largest of the Canaries and is home to Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak. This colossal, sometimes snow-capped, 3718 meter volcano overlooks a breathtaking 17km-wide crater perched at 2000 meters above sea level. The mountains in the north are encrusted with cloud forest, with banana plantations and picturesque colonial towns on the lower slopes. The desert-like South offers sunshine even in the depths of the European Winter.

The Island’s capital, Santa Cruz, is home to the World’s second biggest carnival while the adjoining former capital of La Laguna is now a lively university town.

View from inside the Las Cañadas del Teide Caldera.
View from inside the Las Cañadas del Teide Caldera.

This diverse island, which like neighbouring Gran Canaria, can be described as like a continent in miniature, offers more holiday activities than any other Canary Island: Hike through forest and mountain, visit historic towns and villages, party all night in Playa de las Americas, climb the highest mountain in Spain, see whales and dolphins on a boat trip, spend a day at one of the best water parks in the world or simply relax on the beach.

For more information on Tenerife, visit Tenerife Tourist