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A Visit to Vilaflor

A Visit to Vilaflor

Nestling amongst the pine trees that crowd Tenerife's interior between the hill towns of the south coast and Teide National Park, the pretty little hamlet of Vilaflor has two main claims to fame. Sitting 1500 metres above sea level, it's the highest village in Spain and in its humble streets in 1626, one Pedro de San José Betancur was born, the man who was destined to become Tenerife's one and only Saint.

Top Ten Tapas Dishes on Tenerife

Top Ten Tapas Dishes on Tenerife

One thing that most tapas bars on Tenerife have in common is the range of dishes on offer. Menu's are usually available in English, but sometimes the translation leaves a lot to be desired and that yummy-sounding fish pie can turn out to be a cold, wobbly fish mousse.

Five Cool Tenerife Bars

Five Cool Tenerife Bars

There are more bars on Tenerife than you can shake a stick at – although quite why you would want to shake a stick at a bar escapes me. Nevertheless, whether it's euro-a-pint and plastic chaired or tobacco stained, tapas and vino, Tenerife has bars to suit all tastes.

June on Tenerife, Beach Parties and Goat Bathing

June on Tenerife, Beach Parties and Goat Bathing

If someone asked me what the best month to visit Tenerife would be I'd have to opt for June for the simple reason that there are oodles of really cool events taking place during the month.

Camping on Tenerife

Camping on Tenerife

Frequent campers in the UK, we look around for the marked-out pitches, the shower blocks and the washing-up sinks but all we can see is forest. Finding a shady spot alongside a small ravine, we pull the pine needles into a soft bed, pitch our tent and set off to explore our surroundings.

Say it With Flowers, Tenerife’s Corpus Christi Flower Carpets

Say it With Flowers, Tenerife’s Corpus Christi Flower Carpets

In a few weeks tens of thousands of people will flock to Tenerife's classiest town, La Orotava near Puerto de la Cruz to enjoy what is arguably the most colourful celebration in Tenerife...it's definitely the sweetest smelling one.

Museum Of Science & the Cosmos Has Universal Appeal

Museum Of Science & the Cosmos Has Universal Appeal

You only have to mention science or space to youngsters and you have their attention, even better if you can let them loose among 100 interactive displays and exhibits. That’s just part of the attraction of the Museo de la Ciencia y El Cosmos that has made it a magnet for enquiring minds since it opened 18 years ago in La Laguna.

La Caleta Gourmet Capital of South Tenerife

La Caleta Gourmet Capital of South Tenerife

Once upon a time there was a village in the municipality of Adeje, on the south-west coast of Tenerife. It catered to tourists, but in an unpretentious way. Sited in a bay in what is now Costa Adeje, a few fishing boats bobbed in the sheltered harbour...

The Canon That Took Admiral Nelson’s Arm

The Canon That Took Admiral Nelson’s Arm

Some parts of history are so important you just can’t keep them buried. That was very much the case when Plaza de España in Santa Cruz was given a new look in 2006. The sea water lake and imposing statues make a great centre piece [...]

The Tenerife Coffee Break

The Tenerife Coffee Break

It was July 1997 and 6am. Our flight from Tenerife had just landed at East Midlands Airport, an hour before the car hire opened, so I’d headed in search of caffeine. I almost spat out the first mouthful! It was the normal, warmed-up dishwater I associated with coffee in England back then. Me, I loved it strong, hot and sweet, the way I drank it at home in Tenerife.