Tenerife

nancyThe island of Tenerife isn’t just sea sand and sangria! It is a fascinating mixture of volcanic mountains, desert, green fields and forests – and beaches too of course. I stayed at the Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque resort. This beautiful 5* hotel, built in landscaped grounds sloping down to the beach, offers a wide variety of accommodation and facilities.

I stayed at the Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque resort. This beautiful 5* hotel, built in landscaped grounds sloping down to the beach, offers a wide variety of accommodation and facilities. I visited several other outstanding hotels, among them the Abama Golf and Spa Resort, in Guia de Isora, set in a large private estate with its own golf course, spa and beach.

Mount Teide National Park dominated by the mountain with its giant caldera, is stunning. A wilderness of volcanic rock formations, pine forests and fields of wildflowers. Visiting the north of the island is a must. The north tends to be much greener and more interesting.

hotelA highlight of our trip was whale and dolphin watching. Setting out in a “schooner” from Puerto Colon we were lucky enough to see several dolphins very close to the boat and many pilot whales. Truly a new perspective on one of our most popular holiday destinations.