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Stunningly gorgeous and – in places – staggeringly rugged, Tenerife is an island draped in natural beauty, blessed with amazing weather and ripe with history. Originally settled by Guanches and conquered by the Spaniards in the late 1400s, Tenerife is officially part of Europe but it can feel like another world at times.

As you can imagine, with such great weather and a strong Spanish heritage, the culture here is rich, vibrant and outdoors-orientated. This is perhaps best seen in the carnival celebrations, which are second only to that in Rio de Janeiro. It’s a place that knows how to have a good time.

And while the beaches are a huge draw, you’d be remiss if you didn’t head into the island’s wild interior and check out the amazing Teide National Park. You’ll find otherworldly landscapes, stunning vistas and volcanoes to climb. If you want to continue your track to Tenerife’s wild side, head out for some whale watching.

You’ll also find specks of Tenerife’s history dotting the island. From gorgeous churches to historic forts and castles, history buffs should have plenty to fill their days with while here. Or, if you’re more into what’s happening now, you’d do well to head to one of the amazing waterparks or take an ATV, biking or motorbike tour. If you’re feeling bold, you can even pick up a new hobby like windsurfing, kitesurfing, or even paragliding.

Tenerife is packed with places to grab delicious food. You’ll find its cosmopolitan outlook comes into play with its dining scene. There are Michelin-starred restaurants, candlelit bistros oozing with romance, family-friendly Italian places, and local ‘guachinches’, which serve Canarian cuisine and wine. You can also find a ton of sushi spots, burger joints and gastro pubs.

Beautiful beaches, volcanoes waiting to be climbed, rich history, vibrant culture, abundant adventure and amazing food – what’s not to love? Tenerife offers visitors a combination of charm and personality that few other places can.