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Winter sun breaks on the island of Tenerife are enjoyed by many people, especially those seeking an escape from the harsher winter weather of northern Europe. Faced with at least 4 months of short days, cold temperatures and potentially wet weather, the warm dry winter climate of the island of Tenerife is obviously very attractive to northern Europeans and can be reached using one of the many flights to the island provided by low cost airlines.

Despite being part of Spain, Tenerife and the other Canary Islands are in fact closer to Africa than any part of Europe. The group of islands lie approximately 450 miles off the coast of Morocco and owes its climate to this location. If visiting the island here are few highlights that should make spending time on Tenerife all the more enjoyable.

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When ask you ask anyone about which is the best beach on Tenerife you will get a number of different answers. Because different people like different things the title of the best beach is a debated one. If your preference is for a popular, easily accessible, clean and well maintained sandy beach that satisfies the typical sunbather's dream, then the stretch of sand on the beautiful Las Vistas beach at Los Christianos will be your favourite. It can become busy during peak periods but is there is plenty of capacity and it is flanked by two other similar beaches, each in its own natural bay. A nice promenade along the Paseo Las Vistas provides a pleasant way to pass an evening, especially if there is a beautiful sunset.

If your preference is for a remote, secluded beach and you don't mind the black volcanic sand that makes up many of Tenerife's beaches then the beach at El Bullullo on the north coast is both off the beaten track and beautiful, but can be hazardous for bathers if winds are strong. On the east coast of the island the beach at Playa de las Teresitas, although man-made is considered one of the most beautiful. It is 1.5 kilometers long and is an ideal beach for families as some shade is provided by palm trees. Remember that black sand is the natural sand of the island and any golden beaches will have been made from sand imported from the Sahara desert.

Tenerife is also famous for it's volcano, the third largest in the world. Teide is fortunately an extinct volcano and is the highest mountain in Spanish Territory, reaching a height of 3717 meters. Despite its altitude, the mountain top is reachable by path for anyone used to some hill walking, although walkers will require one of the free permits otherwise their visit will be restricted to one of two viewpoints. For those unable to complete the walk a cable car also takes visitors to the height of the viewpoints. The area is a designated national park and there are some concerns about erosion damaging the summit code. Anyone wishing to visit the peak is advised to do so soon as it possible that the cable car will be closed down once its current license runs out. The walk to the summit is likely to take up to five hours and it is recommended that walkers set off before dawn to avoid the midday heat and possibly experience a dramatic sunrise.

To experience the opulence of days gone by a visit to the town of La Orotava on the north-west coast of the island is advised. Situated in the valley of La Orotava, whose slopes are used to grow bananas, the town was where the noble and wealthy families chose to settle following the Spanish conquest. The architecture still boasts many fine examples of Renaissance mansions and beautiful churches. Visitors will also find exclusive shops and restaurants. The town is also famous for its wonderful gardens and for anyone visiting in early June the Feast of Corpus Christi sees the streets covered in carpets of flowers and the Town Hall providing the backdrop for an amazing flower tapestry.

Tenerife is also popular as a winter training venue for top sportsmen and women, providing warm winter weather and good facilities. Those facilities have recently been enhanced by the opening in October 2008 of the T3 AthleticSphere, a venue costing 15 million euros. Swimming is the main focus of the centre with both a 50m pool and a 25m warm up pool available for use. The T3 also has the most advanced countercurrent swimming machine in the world, a fine gym, 2 football pitches, 3 tennis courts and 3 squash courts amongst its facilities. Accommodation is provided in luxury hotels in the nearby village of La Caleta.

So you see, whether you want beaches, spectacular mountain scenery, picturesque villages or state-of-the-art sports training facilities, Tenerife has something for everyone.

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Costa Adeje - extends from Playa de las Americas through Puerto Colon, Torviscas, Fanabe, Playa del Duque all the way to La Caleta.  Popular area with tourists.  The area, naturally has wonderful beaches and views, but also offers plenty for golfers.
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Costa Adeje Gran Hotel, Adeje, Tenerife
Among the Costa Adeje Gran Hotel's architectural highlights is a grand hall with a glass ceiling which is also the floor of the swimming pool above.  Located 500 meters from the sandy beach, the hotel offers sweeping views of the ocean, mountains, and neighboring island of La Gomera.  The mini spa offers a Turkish bath, sauna, steam room, therapeutic massages and body peels. Traditional Spanish tapas are served poolside. Families enjoy the supervised children's activities and children's pool, playground, and mini golf.   Guests can visit the fitness center, play golf at one of five nearby courses, and dine on Mediterranean cuisine at the hotel's restaurant, also offering live entertainment.  Modern guestrooms have tile floors, and balconies with views.
Dreamplace Hotel Gran Tacande, Costa Adeje, Tenerife
The Dreamplace Hotel Gran Tacande is a colonial-style resort hotel built around volcanic stone columns and a fountain, 100 metres from Playa del Duque beach.  Guests wishing to venture out of the hotel will find the Playa Fanabe beach one kilometre away and the Playa de Las Americas resort two kilometres away.  Relax beside the outdoor pool, with a separate pool for children, or take the short, 100 metre stroll to the beach. Guests are guaranteed a pampering in the Vitanova Spa and Thalassotherapy Wellness & Beauty Centre. The hotel offers a choice of dining options, including the Buffet Zurron restaurant, with indoor and outdoor seating, open for breakfast and dinner; the á la carte Bocana Grill restaurant, open for lunch, and Bocoy, a formal á la carte restaurant with impressive views of the ocean, fine cuisine and an extensive wine list.
H10 Costa Adeje Palace, La Caleta, Adeje, Tenerife
The H10 Costa Adeje Palace is a modern resort set in lush gardens, and located in Costa Adeje, overlooking La Enramada Beach, ten kilometres from San Miguel Castle. The H10 Costa Adeje Palace's main restaurant serves a buffet of regional and international cuisine in a bright informal setting with white tablecloths, while La Choza Restaurant is a grill and snack bar, set on a sun-drenched terrace beside the main swimming pool, where gourmet Spanish cuisine and an array of wines are served.  Three freshwater pools (one heated) and one kid's pool are surrounded by lush gardens with streams and waterfalls, and entertainment includes animation programmes and evening shows, with a discotheque open till late, a games room and a mini-club for children. The Wellness Centre has a gymnasium, hot tub, indoor pool, sauna, Turkish Bath, massage treatment room and beauty salon. 
Hotel Colon Guanahani, Costa Adeje, Tenerife
The Hotel Colon Guanahani is located in Costa Adeje, Tenerife, Spain. Siam Water Park is three kilometres away and the national park is 23 kilometres away.  This modern hotel has outdoor heated outdoor swimming pools with a separate pool for children. There is a squash court and a beauty centre which provides treatments and massages.  Hotel Colon Guanahani serves an international buffet in the main dining room. There is also a patio for outdoor dining. Bar Sala offers live music some nights and serves drinks. La Pergola is situated by the pool and offers light snacks and drinks. The hotel provides a complimentary breakfast buffet and room service during limited hours. The hotel offers half-board and full-board rates.The 154 guestrooms are air conditioned and have televisions with satellite channels. 
Hotel Fanabe Costa Sur, Adeje, Tenerife
Situated in the Fanabé district of Costa Adeje, within 500 meters of the beach, the Fanabé Costa Sur is a modern five-story hotel one kilometer from the Acuapark. The circular main swimming pool has a children's area, and there are also two rooftop pools and a poolside snack bar. Guests can enjoy sports such as tennis, volleyball, minigolf and French boules, and relax afterward with a sauna or massage. Decorated in light neutral colors, the air-conditioned guestrooms have wood furnishings and furnished balconies. All have satellite TV, pay movies, minibars, safes, and direct-dial phones.  Recreational options in the area range from whale-watching to scuba diving, and Mount Teide is 50 kilometers (32 miles) away. 
Royal Sunset Beach Club, Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje
The Royal Sunset Beach Club is located in Playa de las Americas, Spain, 6.5 kilometres from the coastal town of Los Cristianos, and 11 kilometres from Arona.  There is an outdoor swimming pool and a spa tub, and wireless Internet is provided in the air-conditioned public spaces (surcharge).  Royal Sunset Beach Club's onsite restaurant serves international dishes, and light refreshments are available at the poolside bar.  The hotel's 126 guestrooms have kitchens with microwaves and refrigerators, coffee and tea facilities, televisions, and complimentary toiletries.
Sunset Harbour Club, Costa Adeje, Tenerife
The Sunset Harbour Club is located in Adeje, Tenerife, 150 metres away from the beach and 800 metres away from the marina. The entertainment areas in Playa de las Americas are eight kilometres from the hotel.  Numerous aquatic activities are available a short distance from the hotel, including surfing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, and parasailing.  The hotel offers a spa tub, an outdoor pool, a poolside bar, and a children's pool.  The 140 apartments provide terraces or balconies, as well as kitchenettes with refrigerators.  All have sofabeds and telephones.  Numerous aquatic activities are available a short distance from the hotel, including surfing, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, water skiing, and parasailing.
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Los Cristianos - situated 15 kms west of the southern airport (Reina Sofía), this is one of the most popular resorts on Tenerife.   The town has a harbour with pleasure cruises and ferries to La Gomera, and lovely beaches.  Originally a small fishing village, Los Cristianos has managed to maintain some of its original look and is more popular with the more mature tourist.
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Hotel Reveron Plaza, Los Cristianos, Tenerife
The Hotel Reveron Plaza is located in Arona, on the island of Tenerife, 500 metres from Playa de Las Vistas, and 30 kilometres from the Parque Nacional Del Teide volcano.  There is a heated swimming pool with views out to Los Cristianos Bay, and guests have access to a spa tub, gym, and sauna. Wireless Internet access is available in public spaces, and multilingual staff can provide concierge services at the 24-hour front desk.  Located on the fourth floor of the Hotel Reveron Plaza, Restaurante Mirador Plaza overlooks the beach, and has a wine list incorporating national and local wines. A complimentary buffet breakfast is provided each day.  The hotel's 43 guestrooms are air-conditioned and feature modern furnishings in pastel tones. 
Sol Princesa Dacil, Playa de los Cristianos, Arona, Tenerife
The Sol Princesa Dacil is a modern, 15-storey hotel overlooking the sea, 200 metres from the Playa de los Cristianos Beach. The hotel's main restaurant serves a buffet choice of international cuisine and themed events, while the Pool Bar offers a choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as light snacks and tapas dishes.  There is also an English Pub offering a wide choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.  Guests can swim in the pool, order cocktails from the bar, and join in the organised activities including aerobics, water sports, tennis and golf.  Children can join a supervised Mini Club, and there are shows, parties, discos and other entertainment programmes in the evenings. 
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Playa de las Americas - Resort built in 1960 and popular with younger tourists.  Plenty of nightlife, clubbing, restaurants and bars.  Also plenty of water sports, a water park with a Dolphin Aquarium and many shops.
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Compostela Beach Golf Club, Campo de Golf las Americas, Playa de las Americas
Next to the Las Américas golf course and the beach, the low-rise Compostela Beach Club complex is well positioned for sun worshippers or golf lovers alike. The golf course is only 400 metres away and Las Vistas Beach is only 800 metres from the hotel. The hotel is well suited to families, with cribs available, a children's pool, play area and a full range of kids activities.  Adults can also enjoy a range of activities, including fishing, horse riding, sailing and whale watching.  The onsite restaurant offers a buffet-style range of regional and international food for breakfast and dinner.  All apartments are fully equipped with kitchens, private bathrooms with bidets, cable TVs and balconies or terraces. Hairdryers, irons, ironing boards and in-room safes can be hired from reception.
Hotel Gala Tenerife, Playa de las Americas, Tenerife
The modern Hotel Gala Tenerife is flooded with natural light and has attractive interior gardens, located on the Playa de las Américas, 50 meters from the beach. Guests can unwind at the health and beauty center, with a sauna, massage or rejuvenating anti-cellulite treatments, lymphatic draining, peeling and ozone vapor.  Families will appreciate the babysitting facilities, supervised childcare activities and children's pool.  Sunbeds are plentiful on the terraces next to the swimming pool, where guests can relax with a cocktail.  In the evenings, the piano bar has live music, orchestra dancing, local festivals and international guests.  The main restaurant offers a full breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet, as well as show cooking once a week a theme nights. Seafood and meat is cooked on the barbecue for lunch and dinner.
Hotel La Siesta, Playa de las Americas, Tenerife
Hotel La Siesta, located in Tenerife, Spain, is an expansive hotel complex set in tropical-style gardens, surrounding a large pool just 300 meters from the beach in the lively resort of Playa de las Americas. Guests can take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, spend the day relaxing under palms and parasols on the surrounding sun terrace and enjoy a cocktail from the poolside bar.  Guests can also workout on fitness equipment and pamper themselves in the hotel's 500 square metre natural spa and wellness centre which includes hydromassage facilities, thermal baths, and relaxation treatments. Families with children can enjoy the separate children's pool and a unique kids club, Magic Park. The supervised Mini-club in Magic Park provides slides, ball pools, game consoles, and arts and crafts for children ages 4-10. 
Royal Sunset Beach Club, Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje
The Royal Sunset Beach Club is located in Playa de las Americas, Spain, 6.5 kilometres from the coastal town of Los Cristianos, and 11 kilometres from Arona.  There is an outdoor swimming pool and a spa tub, and wireless Internet is provided in the air-conditioned public spaces (surcharge).  Royal Sunset Beach Club's onsite restaurant serves international dishes, and light refreshments are available at the poolside bar.  The hotel's 126 guestrooms have kitchens with microwaves and refrigerators, coffee and tea facilities, televisions, and complimentary toiletries.
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