Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and certainly the most popular in terms of numbers visiting each year from the UK. No visit should pass without a trip up Mount Teide – one of the largest volcanoes in the world and Spain's highest peak. The perfect hotel to explore the beauty of Tenerife is the Paradise Park Fun Lifestyle Hotel.
El Teide (Mount Teide) is in the centre of Teide National Park, and the highest point 3,718m (12,000ft) part of a large dormant volcano is the highest peak in Spain. The 16km (10mile) crater 'Las Canadas' with its rock formations and volcanic ash gives the area the appearance of a lunar landscape.
Known as the fortunate islands, Tenerife's climate is fantastic year round with the sunniest resorts being the south and west. North Tenerife has more precipitation and is far more lush and green with banana plantations and palm trees. If you stay in the sun-drenched south west of the island then a trip to the Octopus Waterpark is a great way to spend a day splashing in the cool water.
Boat trips add to the excitement with half and full day sailings from Los Cristianos to see the whales and dolphins. These excursions leave every day from various ports in the south, with the aim of sighting the whale or dolphin colonies that live or pass through the straits that separate the islands of Tenerife and La Gomera. Bottlenose Dolphins and Pilot Whales are the most numerous but it is also possible to sight others, such as Sperm or White Whales.
Even the most devoted visitor to Tenerife can make an exciting discovery by going a few kilometres away from the typical tourist routes. Off the beaten track one can expect to find deserted, volcanic beaches of great beauty, leafy jungle-like forests with or cobbled streets lined with old colonial houses. Getting to these places is easy, in Tenerife distances are short and moving around the island, by car or bus is simple.
Between Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos is Golf Las Américas standing out for its fantastic location in a natural amphitheatre facing the sea with superb ocean views of the island of La Gomera. The designer, John Jacobs, gave priority to the obstacles on this 18 hole, par 72 course, which covers a total of 6,039 metres. The club house is an architectural em with comfortable balconies offering excellent views of the golf course.
Closer to Tenerife South airport lies Golf del Sur opened in 1987 with a professional golf tournament, the first of a history of sporting events. Pepe Gancedo designed the layout which was later modified by Manuel Pinero. Pinero enhanced all the natural protected areas that surround the 27 holes, between the ravine, highlighting the beautiful indigenous flowers; cacti, palm trees and other large colourful plants. The course is known for its difficult holes most notably hole 3 (par 5) and 4 (par 4) on the northern part of the course. It's wide paths are flanked by an impressive ravine of coloured rocks where spectacular indigenous cacti grow with views of Mount Teide. The entrance onto the green for the second hole (par 3) is surrounded by a large bunker of black sand which requires a great deal of accuracy to avoid finding trouble.
Golf Costa Adeje is surprising because it is superbly adapted to its surroundings. Pepe Gancedo designed an unusual layout respecting the old farm terraces that slope down to the sea framed by the original dry stone walls. With really beautiful views of the ocean, the island of La Gomera and the rugged Adeje mountains, this unique golf course features 27 holes on wide greens and obstacles such as gorges and lakes.The pleasant and spacious Club House has large terraces and a central courtyard. An unusual feature is the lift which takes you down to the driving range in your buggy.