guest post by Alex Siborn
There's so much to see and do in Tenerife, the only problem you'll have is fitting it all in. If this comes as a surprise, perhaps it's time you dragged yourself away from the pool and went exploring!
As you'll see from Wikipedia's guide on Tenerife, Tenerife has the third largest volcano in the world and a peak that's taller than any other mountain in the Canary Islands, and in Spain. It's home to several World Heritage Sites, and its capital city - Santa Cruz - hosts a fantastic carnival every year that's said to be second in size and stature only to the world-renowned Rio Carnival.
How's that for a start?
From the man-made to the natural, there are tons of attractions to explore in Tenerife. Get up close and personal with exotic animals in LoroParque, splash about to your heart's content at Siam Park, one of Europe's biggest water parks, or go walking in one of the island's beautiful nature reserves to explore its rugged wilderness and dramatic landscapes.
As for places to stay, you really are spoilt for choice. You only have to take a quick peek at Trip Advisor to see the huge choice available. There are budget-friendly self-catering apartments, rural villas in the back of beyond, swanky spa resorts and well-equipped hotels with kids' clubs and water parks. If you're looking for a spot of luxury, try the Iberostar Grand Hotel Salome in Playa de Fanabe, it's one of a number of Tenerife hotels that scores highly on Trip Advisor's 'luxury' list, and has also been named the Travellers' Choice® 2013 Winner.
Another great thing about Tenerife is the climate. During the summer, temperatures regularly reach the 30 degrees Celsius mark, but even in the winter months the climate often hovers in the late teens or early twenties, which means you can often walk around in a t-shirt while everyone else is shivering back home!
How's that for a top trip?