Tenerife lies between two worlds. A Spanish possession since the late late 15th century, the island still bears many traces of the Guanches, the indigenous peoples of the island. Today the island is a very, very popular holiday resort, and for good reason - it is a beautiful island blessed by sun. However, for those looking for something more, Tenerife has many, many captivating stories to tell.
Where to go
You go to Tenerife to relax, unwind and chill out. Park yourself by the pool at your hotel, or try any one of the many beaches that ring the island. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital and has a wonderful, laid back atmosphere with pretty colonial architecture. Shoppers will always find a street market selling local handicrafts, fashion or food. Outside of the city, there are archaeological sites to explore and wonderful hiking trails through some truly spectacular scenery.
Food & Drink
The Canary Islands, of which Tenerife is the largest, is where Spanish, African and Latin American flavours combine. Spicy, tangy sauces (or ‘mojos’) are served alongside potatoes, pork and saltfish. You will also encounter a delicious range of tapas that utilise local seafood and pork products. To eat like a local, try Otelo (Calle de los Molinos, 44, Adeje) with its legendary specialty of baked chicken. Los Roques (Calle La Marina), in the small village of Los Abrigos offers most of a modern twist on Canarian cuisine, with an excellent degustation menu.
Like the rest of Spain and its possessions, nightlife kicks off late and continues well into the small hours. Blanco Bar (Calle Blanco 12, Puerto de la Cruz)is amongst the hippest nightspots on the island and is split over three levels with big dancefloors. For something a little more laidback and chill, Los Reunidos is a chic, quirky little bar in Santa Cruz that attracts the creative crowd.
Where to stay
Our pick for Tenerife is the Boutique Hotel San Roque
. A 17th century
mansion, it has been in the same family for generations. This wonderful boutique hotel is filled with beautiful antiques and stylishly appointed, giving an atmosphere of chic sophistication under the warm sun. You will adore the in-house restaurant with a well-stocked and impressive wine cellar, that is open to guests. How to get there
Air Europa, Norwegian and Iberia fly to Tenerife from London daily, via Madrid.