Spain’s hidden jewel ticks the boxes for divers, hikers, climbers, fine-diners and even historians.

Now you can enjoy a barraquito on a terrace … it is simply a little treat made of coffee, milk, sweetened condensed milk, a twist of lemon, a dash of alcohol and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

You can lose yourself on the winding paths of the barrancos… Masca, for example, just to experience that pleasant sensation of being between ocean and mountains.

The best of tenerife

Take a walk down the streets of La Orotava or San Cristobal de La Laguna, and absorb these historic cities, renowned for their architectural heritage.

Wander around the aisles of the Santa Cruz Museum in Tenerife and learn about the Guanches, the original  inhabitants of the Canary Islands.

You could even take part in  the parade during the Tenerife Carnival in February, which easily ranks alongside Venice and Rio.

And be prepared to be amazed by the tajinaste, a red flower  endemic to Tenerife which grows up to two metres tall  in the spring.

Fancy fish and chips? Then enjoy some papas arrugadas with mojos along with a nice Dorada while looking out to  sea.

Go for a swim in the crystal pools, lava hollows of Garachico. Or challenge yourself with the biggest waterslide in the world in the Siam Park water-park.

For the more reverent, attend the pilgrimage and witness the dedication on the 15th of August in honour of Nuestra Senora de Candelaria.

And you can also try to solve the mystery of the Guïmar pyramids: could they be the missing link between those in Egypt and South America?

 

Photos Pierre-Bernard Demoulin – Text Mara De Longueville