Honeymoon in Tenerife
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife rises up from the Atlantic coast to the tip of Spain’s highest mountain, the volcanic Mount Teide and is a real mix of rugged rock, atmospheric villages and bustling resorts. Best of all though, is the climate, with guaranteed year-round sunshine and a real home-from-home feel about the island making it buzz by night and mellow out as a sun-worshippers honeymoon paradise by day.
Where to find romance
Heading off the beaten track is the best way to find honeymoon romance in Tenerife. Hire an open-top car and cruise around the island, stopping off at hill-side restaurants and tiny vineyards for local specialities. Head for the rugged coves rather than the big playas, where privacy and unspoilt scenery can be all yours and enjoy al fresco dining under the stars in the shady back-streets of the resorts, where roaming musicians and tantalising local tapas will give you a real taste of Tenerife.
What to see and do
Tenerife is perfect for both bronzing in the sun, partying into the small hours and soaking up some of the local culture and atmosphere as well.
Sun-drenched beaches hug the coast right around the island, while the barren surroundings of the dormant volcano Mount Teide and its surrounding National Park offer a complete contrast to the scenery below. A drive around snaking bends will take you through barren lava-filled valleys one moment and breathtaking alpine-like scenery the next. Avoid the tourist-trap eaterie at the visitors’ centre and instead pack a picnic for a break at one of the many perfectly placed stops along the way, or instead pop in to La Orotava, a pretty colonial-style village at the foot of the volcano.
Back down in the valley, Puerto de la Cruz, in the northern part of the island offers a more traditional taste of Tenerife. Well worth a visit is its 18th century botanical gardens, first established to acclimatise tropical plants shipped across the seas to Tenerife, while the beautifully restored 17thcentury mansion of Abaco comes into its own after dark, where elegant drinks are served it its grounds. Take a dip at the Lago de Martiánez, an elegant if slightly dated lido jutting out over the sea, or stop for lunch at Rustico, one of the many good-value restaurants that are cut into the cliffs as the waves crash below.
For fun in the sun head to the Loro Parque, one of the most impressive zoos in Europe, complete with its very own iceberg for its penguins and world-famous collection of parrots, or head south for the Aqua Park where the thrills and spills of the waterslides are well balanced by an impressive dolphin show and plenty of chill-out areas for adults.
Though full of British bars, restaurants and nightclubs as well as all manner of bling bling jewellery shops, the southern resorts of Las Americas and its quieter sister resort Los Christianos offer tax-free shopping galore as well as a whole range of boat trips, from environmental whale watching tours to diving trips and party cruises.
Where to stay
Stay at the five-star Hotel Botánico Visit Website in Puerto de la Cruz Tenerife with its lush tropical gardens and views over the Orotava Valley is ideal for your honeymoon in Tenerife. The service is excellent, the rooms huge and luxurious and the choice of restaurants a real bonus, with everything from traditional Canarian to Thai available under one roof. The facilities are equally first class with two pools, Jacuzzi, tennis courts, pitch and put and a luxury spa. The Oriental Spa Garden is well worth staying here for on its own as not only is it beautifully decorated, but it also has a whole range of heavenly treatments perfect for your Tenerife honeymoon – pure bliss!
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