Tenerife is not just about sun, sea and sand.

Tenerife is buzzing at this time of year. Carnival starts early on the island and is huge, with islanders spending months preparing for the world-famous event. Apart from the general partying and processions, there’s plenty to do and see.

Visit San Cristóbal de la Laguna, Tenerife’s first capital before Santa Cruz took over. It’s the only city in the Canaries designated a World Heritage Site, as the town’s original layout has remained the same since the 15th century and it is home to around 600 well-preserved Mudejar buildings.

Take a trip to the Teide National Park. At 3,718 mts, Mount Teide is the highest in Spain, and it’s the world’s third largest volcano. Its haunting volcanic landscape is awash with different colours. At the foot of the mountain lies the beautiful Orotava valley. Its main town, La Orotava, is famous for its churches (Nuestra Señora de la Concepción is catalogued as a National Monument) and its House of the Balconies. The island is also one of the few places in the world where laurel forest can still be found and it occupies much of the Anaga Massif, an area of varied fauna and flora.

With its year-round mild climate, good food and wine and wealth of scenery, it makes a great winter destination. Both Easy Jet and Ryanair have flights to Tenerife from London and other UK airports.

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