Day trip to Tenerife?

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Mount Teide TenerifeTired of Gran Canaria? I very much doubt it but for a change of scenery and a short ferry trip, you might feel inclined to visit another very popular Canary Island.

Take a ferry to Tenerife for a day-trip and change of scenery, it takes a little over an hour (about 45 minutes to fly) and has an array of attractions to keep you busy. It’s cheaper to hire a car and take it on the ferry rather than leave it at the port. Although a Spanish island, it’s actuallt closer to Africa than Europe, based just 60 miles west of Morocco.

Tenerife (‘the island of eternal spring’) is the largest of the Canary Islands and the most populated island of Spain. The killer whales at Loro Parque, Siam Park and Aqualand Water Park will keep the kids entertained for the whole day. Almost guaranteed sunshire (up to 11 hours per day) attracts about 5 million tourists per annum and is home to almost 1 million residents. Endless sandy beaches (over 350km!), tropical forest walks and Mount Teide (the highest peak in the whole of Spain), the third largest volcano in the world, populate the island. The coastline is typically and mostly rocky but the island imported large volumes of soft golden sand from the Sahara Desert, mainly in the south.

With incredible landscape and picturesque villages, it’s understandable why it has become a tourist hotspot, not to mention the great (and lively) nightlife, with music to suit all tastes. February sees the island host the Carnival of Santa Cruz, recognised internationally and one the largest in the world. Tenerife also boasts some great gold courses, watersports and water parks.