Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

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Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

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Wonder at volcanos in Tenerife

Unstoppable volcanic metamorphosis is what created Tenerife. The whims of sun-seeking beach-lovers, the gushing adrenaline of mountain climbers, the "oohs" and "aahs" of view lovers, and the endless enjoyments of the culture vultures are what drive it today. That's not to say the volcanos have stopped _ plumes still issue from the fumaroles of hulking Mount Teide, the highest peak in Spain. It's just that the throbbing carnival shows, the pulsing nightlife of Los Cristianos, the sizzling fish taverns of Los Abrigos, Santa Cruz's star-studded boutiques, and the sheer wealth of enticing Tenerife vacation rentals now takes center stage.

Go off-track or underwater in Tenerife

Tenerife's rugged, rock-ribbed hinterland has made it a veritable mecca for hikers and bikers in the last couple of decades. You can seek out Tenerife vacation rentals up on the lower slopes of Mount Teide, or amidst the verdant orchards on the northern shores, to have doorstep access to the pebbly trails and tracks _ be ready to snap shots of snow-mantled calderas and Grand Canyon-esque ravines. Water, both under and on top, also offers a medley of activities _ think water skiing, surfing, some of the top scuba diving in the Canaries, whale watching, and more.

Tenerife is brimming with top attractions

Tenerife vacation rentals are your ticket to some of the most enthralling museums in the Canarian chain. In San Cristobal alone you've got the Fundacion Cristino de Vera with its mind-boggling artworks, and the Observatorio del Teide where cosmic shows of stars and galaxies unravel after dark. In Santa Cruz, the Military Museum of the Canary Islands means artillery and tales of Admiral Lord Nelson. In El Sauzal and the highlands, there are museums about wine _ some with tasting rooms tacked on the back for those well-earned tipples.

Year-round sunshine in Tenerife

The weather is great the whole year round in Tenerife. Thanks to its proximity to Africa and the Equator, this corner of the Canary Islands has a balmy subtropical feel to it. In the scorching summer, between May and August, Tenerife vacation rentals on the beach are at their most popular, although sun seekers come in December and January for a taste of winter sun, too. The times between November and March might only get chilly if you're planning a stay up in the mountains.

Tenerife: A masterclass in nature

Start your adventures in the Teide National Park. Topping out at a cloud-splintering 3,718 meters above sea level, this land of rock-spattered plateaus and snow-dusted volcano cones is the highest in all of Spain. From there, you could move to the salt-sprayed north-east coast, where the spear-like protrusions of the Roques de Anaga herald the onslaught of the Atlantic waves. The south coast is softer and flatter, giving way to sandy beaches at Costa Adeje and Playa de las Americas, all ringed with sloshing waters where whales and dolphins splash in their pods.