From snorkelling with turtles to stargazing, why stunning Tenerife will keep you coming back

THERE is no harm in planning a break for when we swap locking down for touching down.

That is why we are taking a look at readers’ favourite overseas destinations to help inspire YOUR next holiday hotspot. This week, Tenerife.

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Stunning Tenerife will keep you coming back[/caption]

THE CLASSIC SIGHT

Tenerife is formed around Mt Teide, a spectacular volcano that rises up in the centre of the island.

It’s Spain’s highest mountain, and the lava fields around it give the area an other-worldly feel.

The classic image of Teide is the cable cars gliding up to the top.

They’re by far the easiest way to tackle the volcano, and the upper station is 3,555 metres above sea level.

A view fit for the whole family. See volcanoteide.com.

THE WOW MOMENT

When you dip your snorkel mask under the water and spot an enormous loggerhead turtle, you don’t forget it in a hurry.

Boat trips from Costa Adeje head out to see Tenerife’s sea life.

Snorkels, masks and fins are provided, ready for everyone to jump in the water.

Viator sells the trips for around £42. See viator.com.

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NEW FOR 2021

If going up Teide by cable car seems like cheating, you can always do it the hard way. And, as of October last year, there is now a really, really hard way.

The Route 0.4.0 trail starts on El Socorro Beach, then passes through rural areas on the way to the volcano’s summit.

It’s a 56km round trip, with the highest elevation gain of any trail in Spain.

One for ambitious hikers and trail-runners only. See reservasparquesnacionales.es.

THE TOP TOUR

Tenerife has several boat cruises that aim to see whales and dolphins. But if seeing Spain’s big water creatures is a must, it’s best to go with specialists.

Whale Watch Tenerife has marine biologists on board, only allows small groups and has an underwater microphone. This allows you to listen in on dolphins chatting beneath the waves.

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If going up Teide by cable car seems like cheating, you can always do it the hard way[/caption]

The company also offers a sighting guarantee on the €50 cruise – if you don’t see any, you can come again for free another time. See whalewatchtenerife.org.

A CULTURAL FIX

Tenerife’s capital and largest city, Santa Cruz has a sprinkling of good quality museums.

Top of the list though should be the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre. Inside a former hospital, this museum is part nature, part archaeology.

There’s plenty on the striking geology of the Canary Islands, but the somewhat gruesome section on mummies and skulls is the highlight. See museosdetenerife.org.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Tenerife’s craggy coastline makes it one big adventure playground. Well, it does if you are going canyoning, anyway. This adventure activity involves following rivers, streams and coastlines by whatever means necessary.

That can mean scrambling and sliding along rocks, abseiling and jumping off ledges into big pools. It’s scary at times, but loads of fun. Canyon Tenerife runs half-day trips from €80. See canyontenerife.com.

Take a trip off the island’s wild and rugged south coast

A FANTASTIC FEAST

The fishing village of La Caleta near Costa Adeje is, unsurprisingly, famed for its fresh seafood. If you want to combine that gorgeously tender fish with top drawer sea views, however, book a spot on the terrace at Restaurante La Vieja.

The restaurant specialises in traditional Canary Islands dishes, so expect plenty of those moreish, wrinkly potatoes covered in a mildly spicy sauce. See restaurantelavieja.com.

THE FUN NEIGHBOURHOOD

La Laguna in the north of the island has a beautifully preserved historic centre. Many colonial towns in Latin America were based on it.

But it’s not just colourful heritage buildings – La Laguna is home to some of Tenerife’s most pulsating nightlife. The large student population turns the area north-east of the university into a party zone after dark.

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Tenerife’s craggy coastline makes it one big adventure playground[/caption]

WITH THE KIDS

Siam Park is one of the world’s greatest water parks. The Thai temples theme adds plenty of character, and there are lots of rides and slides for the whole family.

The major drawcard, however, is the Tower of Power. This monster 28 metre-high slide passes through an aquarium of sharks and rays on the way to splashdown.

Lean back, and you can reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. See siampark.net.

ONE MORE TREAT

Stargazing tours in Tenerife show off one of the best night skies in the world. A lack of light pollution, high elevation in the Teide National Park and stable weather patterns make for a perfect view of the night sky.

Teide By Night uses laser technology to point out the constellations and clusters of stars to guests.

Tours from the major tourist areas in southern Tenerife cost €85. See teidebynight.com.

GO: TENERIFE

COVID: Travel is not possible now in lockdown. All travel corridors are closed and testing is required on return to the UK as well as 10 days of self-isolation, cut to five if a second negative test is taken.

GETTING THERE: Jet2 flies to Tenerife South airport from Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds-Bradford, Stansted and Newcastle. See jet2.com.

MORE INFO: See webtenerife.co.uk.

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