5 September 2012 by Luke McCormick
Tenerife is a fantastic destination offering beautiful sun-drenched beaches, year-round warmth and plenty of heritage sites as well as activities to keep you busy and great food and wine to help you relax.
Tenerife has established itself as a luxury destination and has a great selection of top end hotels. From the stylish and hip to the boutique and chic, there's something for everyone.
For winter sun, Tenerife is second to none; with more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year you can escape and unwind at any time.
Trendy & chic
Tenerife is home to a host of hotels built in a range of styles, from Moorish to traditional Canarian and everything in between. The busy markets, boutiques and designer outlets of the Costa Adeje beckon, while nothing beats sunset cocktails overlooking Playa Puerto Colon. Gourmets can choose from Michelin stars or rustic bars - all washed down with wines once beloved by Shakespeare himself.
Activities & adventure
There are plenty of leisure activities and adventure in Tenerife, making it ideal for fun holidays. Couples, families, solo travellers or groups of friends can choose from whale and dolphin watching trips, water sports such as diving and surfing, exciting theme parks, star gazing and much more.
History & culture
Many of Tenerife's towns and villages have maintained their historical centres Magnificently preserved and almost intact, some celebrate artistic and architectural achievements whilst others contain rich traces of Tenerife's long story of conquest, colony and the catholic church.
Nearby La Gomera is the second smallest of the Canary Islands, little populated (around 20,000 people) but full of character. Misty forests, banana plantations, dramatic rock faces, secluded black sand beaches and a few small villages such as Valle Gran Rey contribute to its quiet appeal. Geologically it's one of the oldest of the Canary Islands, its ancient landscape slashed by deep ravines called barrancos.
The ravines are covered with laurel forests where rare white-tailed and dark-tailed laurel pigeons can sometimes be seen, and are prominent features in the Garajonay National Park in the centre of the island. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is criss-crossed with streams and pathways, and offers excellent opportunities for hiking.
La Gomera offers a much quieter holiday to the likes of Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, and for some travellers, too quiet. However, it can also be visited as a side trip from its neighbours, meaning that it's possible to take in La Gomera even if you're spending most of your time on one of the bigger islands