Woman’s Weekly Senior Features Creator, Natasha Wynarczyk enjoys a sunset trip up a volcano and stroll through the Botanical Gardens
Though the south of Tenerife still remains the most popular area for British tourists, my fiancé and I decided to beat the crowds and head north to Puerto de la Cruz, a charming old fishing port full of narrow, cobbled streets and Canarian charm, as well as beautiful beaches and walkways lined with palm trees.
What I did
Our favourite attraction was the Volcano Teide Sunset and Stars experience (volcanoteide.com). We were driven from our hotel to Teide, and after climbing up the volcano in a cable car, we watched the gorgeous sunset from the peak – the highest in Spain – while drinking a glass of sparkling wine.
It was very romantic!
After a buffet dinner from a Michelin-starred chef back in the base of the volcano, we went stargazing.
Our guide, Miguel, was very helpful at pointing out the constellations and we saw the Andromeda Galaxy – a staggering 2.5 million light years away from Earth – in better detail using a telescope, which was fascinating.
We also took a stroll through the lavish Botanical Gardens, filled with 5,000 trees and plants, and spent a day at Loro Parque (loroparque.com), which was voted the best zoo in Europe by TripAdvisor.
If none of these take your fancy, you can find out more about other attractions on the Tenerife Tourism website (webtenerife.co.uk), there’s plenty to do.
Where I stayed
The Hotel Interpalace Tenerife by Blue Sea (blueseahotels.com), only 15 minutes’ walk from the town centre. Our balcony and the hotel’s big outdoor pool were great places to relax and sunbathe, and there’s a range of activities, from mini golf to live shows in the bar.
What I ate
We shared a delicious fish platter for two at the Restaurante Régulo, a stunning restored 17th-century Canarian mansion. We felt very looked after by the waiters there, who recommended excellent local wine to go with our meal.
It does get busy, though, so booking in advance is advised (00 34 922 384 506).
We also enjoyed trying out traditional Canarian ‘Mama’s’ tapas at Bar El Camino that included the dish papas arrugadas, boiled potatoes served with a chilli pepper garlic sauce called mojo rojo, which we ate outside soaking up the buzzing atmosphere of central Puerto de la Cruz.
We flew to Tenerife Sur Airport with Easyjet (easyjet.com). Take the 343 bus direct to Puerto de la Cruz city centre. It takes 90 minutes and costs €15 for two people if you buy a Bono Bus card from the airport.