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Spain’s winter sun-trap, Tenerife

Spain’s Canary Islands, just off the coast of West Africa, have one of the finest climates in the world. Tenerife is the largest of the islands and winter and summer temperatures here don’t vary hugely. This scenically stunning island is a sun-filled winter hot spot and a busy, year-round holiday destination. Appealing beaches vary from volcanic black to shimmering white and as winter depresses other countries, Tenerife erupts with a huge Carnaval that’s colourful, garish and second only to that staged in Rio.

On top of the world

You’ve landed in Tenerife and the one thing you can’t escape is the presence of the towering mountain of Mount Teide. At almost two and a half miles high, it is certainly the welcome elephant in Tenerife’s room as well as the highest peak in Spain. It lures you to pay it a visit and guests are never disappointed. The views from the top are space-age and span over any clouds to Canary Island neighbours. These include Gran Canaria and smaller volcano sibling, Mount Telde. More Tenerife spectacles include the mysterious Black Pyramids at Guimar. Natural history buffs don’t want to miss out on Adeje and Barranco del Infierno, also known as Hell’s Gorge. Here, walking a two-hour trail, you’ll experience magnificent island scenery and ancient burial caves. It’s well worth taking these excursions from your hotel; after all, the beach will still be there tomorrow and the Tenerife sun will still be shining.

February fun in Tenerife

Throughout Spain there are some very trendy and stylish fashion stores. This is the case in Santa Cruz, but in the lead up to February’s Carnaval, it’s mega-business on the cosmetic and costume counters as women are joined by men, eager to become Tenerife’s most outrageous participant. This is no easy task and throughout the many hotels, towns and villages, folk prepare well in advance for Carnaval time in Tenerife. Following Carnaval, there’s Entierro de la Sardina, the traditional burial of the sardine. On these occasions and ever year, a giant fish-shaped vehicle is accompanied through crowd-filled streets by pseudo- mourning fishermen’s widows. All is not as it seems, and there are plenty of laughs to be had along the way. The best and biggest events are in the island’s capital, Santa Cruz. Everyone joins in, including visitors holidaying in the Tenerife hotels. Many historical and hysterical fictional events are re-enacted in unique Carnaval style. The secret is to book early so that, next February, you won’t be frozen out.

Tasting the difference

Tenerife hotels tend to follow the usual trend of offering tourist menus that guests are used to back home. There’s much to savour though, away from your hotel and as you discover some of Tenerife’s traditional cuisine. Breakfast will never be the same again once you’ve experienced Churros Con Chocolate. This consists of delicious, diet defying, deep fried dough dipped in a thick, hot chocolate sauce. Examples for later meals include the very filling chicken and potato soup, Rancho Canario. Ropa Vieja is another stew, with a beef, chicken or pork base. Pollo al Salmorejo is a marinated chicken dish. Papas Arrugadas is an absolutely essential side dish, consisting of small Canary potatoes, boiled in salted water and served in their skins. You’ll soon get a taste for dining out in Tenerife!

Transportation delight

Most arrivals and departures are to and from Tenerife Sur (South) Airport. This is the second largest of the Canary Islands’ airports. The convenience is a real joy with transfer times of around only 20 minutes to Tenerife’s major resorts of Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos and the slightly quieter Golf del Sur. If heading to the lusher, greener and somewhat cloudier resorts in the north and around Santa Cruz, the transfer is likely to take in excess of an hour. Inclusive holiday visitors will have their transportation included. Otherwise, you can get a taxi, but get the driver to quote before you jump in. TITSA buses are much cheaper and go to a number of resorts. Once you’ve settled in, there are plenty of trips designed to get you off the island again. Catamaran cruises and whale-watching excursions are very popular. There are regular ferries from Santa Cruz to other Canary Island locations including La Palma and Las Palmas. Don’t confuse the two, they’re entirely different.

What’s in a name?

The romantically sounding Canary Islands weren’t named after that twittering little bird at all. Canaria is in fact the Latin word for dog; but Isle of Dogs doesn’t have the same ring to it! On some of the more remote beaches and around hotels in Tenerife, particularly those in the sun-drenched south, you’ll still see packs of harmless dogs roaming around and scavenging for food. Another theory is that the Canary Islands were named after the seals that used to inhabit the islands and called sea dogs by the Romans. Whatever the preferred version maybe, the largest island, Tenerife, always gets that universal seal of approval! Another name to conjure with is the popular tourist resort of Los Gigantes, The Giants. The cliffs surrounding the resort were once believed to be sacred. Today, they are best viewed from the sea to experience their true spectacle. They are majorly impressive and will form one of many treasured memories of Tenerife.

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from ‎NZ$26to ‎NZ$1,366

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    Hotel Sol Puerto de la Cruz Tenerife by Melia Puerto de la Cruz

    A resort hotel in northern Tenerife, Sol Puerto de la Cruz Tenerife by Melia is located right on the seafront in the centre of Puerto de la Cruz. Half-board packages are available. All rooms at this hotel have a private bathroom with a hairdryer, as well as a furnished balcony, some with sea views. Safes and satellite TVs are also provided. Guests can make use of the car hire and tour booking services available from the 24-hour front desk. The hotel also has an outdoor pool area with a sun terrace. Sol Puerto de la Cruz Tenerife by Melia has a restaurant serving buffet meals at breakfast and dinner. Guests can also enjoy drinks and snack at the lounge bar. The beach is just steps away from the hotel, and there are numerous local amenities within the vicinity. The Castillo San Felipe is a 10-minute walk away. more

    Hotel Hotel Apartamentos Pez Azul Puerto de la Cruz

    Hotel Apartamentos Pez Azul is an aparthotel located in a quiet part of popular destination Puerto de la Cruz. The hotel features a large outdoor pool and offers free Wi-Fi access in public areas. Each apartment is well-equipped and includes a coffee/tea maker, TV, phone, bathroom, bidet, and kitchen with cookware. A balcony provides a perfect spot to enjoy the morning or afternoon sun in privacy. Guests will find a range of amenities at this hotel that includes luggage storage, 24-hour reception, terrace, car hire and tour/ticket assistance. The hotel restaurant serves a reasonably priced breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffet while the hotel bar is open all day serving light snacks and an extensive choice of drinks. Hotel Apartamentos Pez Azul is a fifteen-minute walk from the local beaches while there are a choice of shops and restaurants near the hotel. Tenerife North Airport is just a twenty-minute drive. more

    Hotel Hotel Parque San Antonio Puerto de la Cruz

    With an impressive mountain backdrop and a tropical garden setting, Parque San Antonio is a large resort hotel located just outside the centre of Puerto de la Cruz town. Each of the 260 rooms is air-coniditioned and has a private bathroom. Amenities such as satellite TV and Wi-Fi are available, and all rooms have a safe. Within its private gardens, Parque San Antonio boasts a pool and terrace with loungers. Bicycle rental and car hire are available from the 24-hour front desk. The hotel's buffet restaurant serves a varied range of cuisine at breakfast and dinner. Guests can also choose from a grill restaurant and the poolside snack bar. Puerto de la Cruz Beach is located just over a mile from the hotel. The nearest airport is Tenerife Norte, located about 14 miles away. more

    Hotel Sol Costa Atlantis Tenerife by Melia Puerto de la Cruz

    Hotel Beatriz Atlantis & Spa is a four star hotel, located in Tenerife. The hotel is situated in the central part of Puerto de la Cruz, on the sandy beach, close to Lago Martiánez. The hotel offers accommodation in 290 guest rooms, which are equipped with LCD television with satellite channels, direct dial phone, safety deposit box, air conditioning and heating and wireless internet connection. Bathrooms are private and have bathtub or shower. All rooms have balcony or terrace and see or Teide views. The hotel has a restaurant with open terrace, offering breakfast and dinner on the buffet, pool bar with restaurant, where lunch os served and Bar Drago, serving cold and hot drinks and cocktails. There is a Spa center in the hotel, offering contrast showers, sauna, fitness center, hydrothermal circuit and cabins for different kinds of programs for the body. Hotel Beatriz Atlantis & Spa Hotel has 6 conference and banquet rooms with a total capacity of 500 seats. These are suitable for meetings, business courses, seminars, banquets and parties. Facilities in the hotel include 24 hours reception desk, exchange desk, swimming pools, parking and kids club. more

    Hotel Hotel Puerto Palace Puerto de la Cruz

    Puerto Palace is a four star hotel, located in Puerto de la Cruz near the Taoroparks .The hotel is situated close to the beach and the bathing area of Lagos Martinez. The center of the village can be reached with a complimentary shuttle. The hotel offers accommodation in 290 guest rooms, which are equipped with mini bar, television with satellite channels, safety deposit box, piped music and air conditioning. Bathrooms are private and have shower, bathtub and hairdryer. All rooms have terrace and sea or mountain views. The accommodation price includes half board, the meals are served in a buffet style. There are also theme nights and show cooking. The hotel has a pool bar and lobby bar, offering cold and hot drinks and cocktails. Additional facilities in the hotel include heated swimming pool, outside swimming pool, Jacuzzi, children’s pool, fitness center, massages, possibility for volleyball, tennis and mini golf. The hotel has conference rooms, equipped and suitable for banquets, conferences, seminars and private parties. more

    Hotel Hotel El Tope Puerto de la Cruz

    Gran Hotel El Tope is a cliff-side hotel located in Puerto de la Cruz. The hotel has views of Mount Teide and the sea and features an outdoor pool, buffet restaurant and evening entertainment. All 220 air-conditioned rooms feature a refrigerator, television and a terrace. Gran Hotel El Tope has a 24-hour front desk, a fitness centre, free buffet breakfast and free Wi-Fi in public areas. There’s a full-service spa area that offers massages and facials, and a Jacuzzi and hydro-massage bathtubs. There is also a hair salon, a business centre and free parking. The on-site restaurant features show cooking and Mediterranean cuisine. There is also a bar/lounge, a poolside bar and a coffee shop/snack bar. Lagos de Martiánez Shopping Centre is just 300 ft away and the centre of Puerto de La Cruz is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Tenerife Norte Airport is 20-minutes away by car. more