Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and, with its patchwork of differing terrains and microclimates, a miniature continent in its own right. The capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, sits at the island’s rugged northeastern tip overlooked by the spectacular Anaga mountain range. In this colourful city - host of the annual Carnaval - you’ll find excellent museums, independent boutiques, and a seafront botanic garden. The main resorts can be found along Tenerife’s western coast, where the terrain is flatter, the sand soft and golden, and the waters calm and blue. In resort areas like Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos, luxury hotels, chic restaurants, lively nightspots, and family-friendly attractions abound – these are great places to snorkel, sail, and splash around at water parks. For the best water sports head to El Médano, a town on the south coast with a stretch of warm and windy beach. On Tenerife’s northern coast, you’ll encounter rugged black landscapes, historic cities such as Puerto de la Cruz, and a quieter pace of life. Inland, the Teide National Park dominates the horizon. Hike through the volcanic terrain, spot geckos and kestrels, and ride up Mount Teide in the cable car to enjoy some astonishing views. Tenerife is an island with adventure at its heart.