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TENERIFE: Life's always sunny on the beautiful island of Tenerife

Thu.25.Jan.2007 - 16:00 GMT

So get the bags packed and settle in for the second show, which looks at the beautiful island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. Holidaymakers have always been drawn to the balmy year round climate and the beautiful beaches but visitors are finding there is so much more on offer than sun and sand.

Golfers are spoilt for choice with competitive prices and immaculate courses that offer the perfect chance to relax and work on the handicap. Nature and walking lovers will love the Teide National Park, which is home to beautiful flowers exclusive to the Canaries and stunning old volcanic structures. For the more adventurous traveller there is fantastic hiking and mountain biking, amongst other outdoor activities, in the Rural Parks of Anaga and Teno. For those that are looking for a more unique experience, try the city of La Laguna, the old capital of Tenerife, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

No holiday would be complete without some quality food and first class entertainment and Tenerife has both in spades. For foodies, there are delights like appetizing goat stews, artesian style sweets made by the Clara and Catalina nuns and plenty of other local products that are usually accompanied by rich 'mojo' sauces with coriander or red chilli pepper to go with 'papas arrugadas' – wrinkled salty potatoes. Fancy a little tipple? Then try the Malvasia wine, adored by Shakespeare and only available in Tenerife. Festivals and partying are second nature to the natives. Check out the spectacular carnival in Santa Cruz, which culminates with the burial of large paper maiche model of a sardine.

What are you waiting for?

Clemencia Wiese, Travel Specialist from the Tenerife Tourism Corporation joined Keith Betton online on Thursday 25th January.
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