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A guide to the holiday resorts of Tenerife

From lively beach resorts and historic towns to hilltop hideaways and quaint fishing villages, there’s a place to suit everyone on their holidays to Tenerife in the Canary Islands. For a small island there is a huge amount of diversity between the resorts and towns as well as the landscape of mountains, national parks and coast. 

The resorts of south Tenerife 

The south is where many of the larger and popular beach resorts can be found, yet there are quieter areas squeezed between the more established places. Don’t expect peaceful fishing villages or historic old towns, but think more along the lines of Playa de la Arena, a relatively quiet yet modern resort that’s growing in popularity. A highlight is Pancho Restaurant located next to the resort’s grey-sand beach where you can feast on freshly grilled fish served with spicy mojo sauce. If, however, you like your holidays lively and packed with activities then there are a couple of resorts on the south coast that might appeal more. 

Playa de las Americas

The purpose built resort of Playa de las Americas is undoubtedly the largest and liveliest on the island. If you’re after a beach holiday in Tenerife then this loud and brash resort has some of the best beaches in the south, and there are plenty of water sports available too. It boasts the best hotel, Bahia del Duque, and the most vibrant nightlife going with an infamous strip of bars and clubs as well as heaps of shops and restaurants. 

Los Cristianos

Once a fishing village, Los Cristianos is now a busy seaside town with a bustling harbour and town centre packed with shops and restaurants with menus featuring everything from local Canarian cuisine to the obligatory burger and chips. Los Cristianos has managed to retain its charm and is a good all-round resort to rival its Playa de las Americas neighbour. Holiday apartments cover the surrounding hills and its two sandy beaches offer relaxation as well as a whole host of water sports. 

Costa Adeje

Just along the coast you’ll come across the ever increasing resort of Costa Adeje. Actually made up of many sub areas, but referred to as one, it’s the new place in the south to be seen. Find a wealth of swanky restaurants and bars, along with lots of places to spend your money; the area is home to some great shops to grab souvenirs and boutique-y type items. Costa Adeje is home to some of the newest and finest hotels on the island and it’s where you’ll find the most 5* resorts, such as the popular Costa Adeje Gran Hotel.

Santa Cruz and inland Tenerife

The capital of Tenerife is the bustling harbour town of Santa Cruz, a lively town filled with restaurants, bars, clubs, art galleries and great shopping at the Plaza de España. Santa Cruz has arguably the best beach on the island, the unspoilt Playa de las Teresitas, a golden sand beach dotted with palm trees. 

For colonial Spanish architecture travel inland to the beautiful Aguere Valley and the town of La Laguna with its traditional houses and stunning religious buildings, while Guimar and Candelaria in the south east of Tenerife are worth a visit too. 

The scenery of the Mount Teide National Park is sensational and it’s not hard to see why it’s the most visited national park in the whole of Spain. Or get completely off the beaten track and go hiking in the remote and beautiful Anaga Mountains, north east of Santa Cruz.

North Tenerife holidays 

Less touristy than the south, north Tenerife holidays promise stunning architecture, beautiful scenery, charming towns and villages as well as beaches to rival the best on the island. 

Puerto de la Cruz

The oldest resort on the north coast has in recent years been reinvigorated with cars being banned from a section of Puerto de la Cruz leaving a wide pedestrian promenade. The 17th century church of Nuestra Senora de la Pena de Francia and other old buildings give the town charm and individuality, while nearby volcanic Mount Teide ensures Puerto de la Cruz has spectacular views. The town is also home to the hugely popular Loro Parque wildlife centre.


The attractive coastal town of Garachico features volcanic rock pools of differing depths that were formed in 1706 by lava that swamped the town. An open-air saltwater swimming pool can be found next to the rock pools, while the seafront features a museum and some charming restaurants. 

Los Gigantes

A smart coastal resort on the northwest coast, Los Gigantes was named after the Acantilados de la Gigantes, the towering cliffs that overshadow the town. Seafood restaurants and cafés line the town’s marina and boat trips to see whales and dolphins can be taken from the harbor. There’s also a black sand beach and the Los Gigantes Lido, a series of saltwater pools with sun terraces perfect for an afternoon of relaxation. 

La Orotava 

With a beautiful historic centre, cobbled streets, unique architecture and a traditional Canarian atmosphere, La Orotava on Tenerife’s north coast is a hidden gem. There are three volcanic beaches, a botanical garden and hiking to be had in the Orotava Mountains. 

About the author:
K. Frost is a travel writer for the easyJet holidays website.

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Driving in Majorca

Majorca is a popular holiday destination in the Mediterranean, and is well known for its beaches, as well as its lively resort culture. However unbeknownst to many of its visitors is the vast natural beauty and unspoiled landscape to explore. Driving your way around the island allows visitors to get a true sense of Majorca’s rugged charm and gives you great insight into Majorca’s diverse history.

Here is three driving routes that will let you take in the sights, soak in some much earned sunshine and give you the freedom of the road in Majorca.

North East Majorca

Stretching from Manacor in the centre of Majorca to Alcudia in the North, this scenic route should take roughly half a day to complete. With attractions along the way for children it’s also great for a family drive. 

The first landmark of note is the fantastic Coves dels Hams that are just ten miles past the palm-lined boulevard that leads out of Manacor. These impressive natural caves are perfect for a quick stop off whilst driving, and with younger children you may need to stop off more than once.

Other attractions along this route include the fragrant orchards at Cala Millor, as well as a great zoo and safari park. You’ll pass some more picturesque beaches at Cala Mesquida, before finally arriving at the lively resort town of Alcudia. 

Rural Majorca

Between Lluc and Orient you will find this beautiful route, winding through rural regions in the north of the island. In total, the thirty-mile journey will take you somewhere in the region of an hour. This route is far more rural and is perfect for couples looking to capture some romance whilst on holidays to Majorca. 

Although the ancient Lluc Monastery is the starting point of this journey, it must be explored before setting out on the winding roads towards Inca. Along this road you’ll pass by the beautiful Serra de Llevant before reaching Caimari – a rustic village famed for its delicious olives. You might care to stop off to visit the historic olive mill, before continuing towards Manacor.

From here, head through Biniamar and the quaint village of Lloseta, towards your end destination at Orient. Be sure however, to take a break as you pass by Castell dÁlaro on this final stretch – here you’ll discover a traditional restaurant which serves the finest roast lamb anywhere on the island!

West Majorca

For the ultimate coastal trek, try out this route between the towns of Andratx and Esporles, on Majorca’s west coast. Starting from the southwest tip of the island, this scenic drive will take you roughly two hours.

After departing from the coastal resort of Andratx, you’ll head through a landscape of olive groves and vineyards, following signs for Soller and Estellencs. After a while the scenery on your left will open up into dramatic sea views. The Mirador de Ricardo Roca makes a great place to stop off, and enjoy this breathtaking sight.

After leaving the picturesque village of Estellencs, drive out through orange groves towards the old watchtower at Torres de Ses Animes, and onwards to Banyalbufar.

From here it’s an easy drive through fruit groves and rolling hills, in the direction of Es Verger. After this you’ll need to follow signs for la Posada del Marques, and finally on towards your final destination at Esporles.

Lewis is part of the low cost holidays writing team. 

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Madrid, Spain - Travel Guide

Madrid is one of the best travel destinations in the world. The capital of Spain is located in the center of the peninsula, with a population of more than three millions of citizens. Madrid is a cosmopolitan city, which is among the most visited tourist places in Europe. It is among the biggest tourist attractions in the oldest continent right next to Paris, London, Berlin, Barcelona etc. Most of the Public Administration buildings are located there, the city is a giant business center which attracts a massive quantity of business tourists coming and going every day. 

Madrid is a city that offers various tourist attractions. The most important buildings and central offices of the country administration are located there. The home of the Royal Family of Spain is located in Madrid and it is the building that attracts the attention of any tourist that goes next to it. Other important headquarters are also settled there. The Spanish Government and Parliament buildings are there, as well as many working factories in the gigantic industrial zone this city owns. 

Madrid is a destination well known by the intense cultural and artistic activity and a very bouncing night-life. There are fascinating night clubs working all night, that will make you spend a fantastic time until the morning hours. Because the large competition here, the clubs are ultra modern, some of them only for exclusive guests and of course very expensive, while others are quite affordable with a great interior and offering any type of music you can ask for. 

The city of Madrid is very popular by the cultural attractions. It is a city that it is built by people from all parts from Spain, now there are people living here from all parts of the world. And there is a reason for that. Madrid is a city that offers place for everybody. The best of all is that people here are warm and friendly and no one will ask you where are you coming from. Having people from all around the world is a reason why you will find a big mixture of different cultures and traditions which makes the city extremely interesting. 

One of the most inspiring things about Madrid is how this city managed to keep the mass of vegetation which is quite amazing. When you first come to the city, there are places that will make you feel like you are in a forest. There are trees everywhere, which is very unique since we all know how much the rapid development of the large cities destroys the nature. Madrid is one of the rear cities that could keep rising without making a huge damage to the environment. After Tokyo, the capital of Japan, Madrid has the highest number of aligned trees per head in the world. 

Whether you like to watch any kind of movie in the cinema, go to opera, listen to any kind of music, dance flamingo or do almost anything you can imagine in a modern city, Madrid has it all, every night. This is one of the rear places in the world where you can enjoy any type of activities whenever you wish. Night-life is something you could only wish to have in your place. There are all kind of night clubs, chill out bars, places to dance on any kind of music and much more. 

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Spain- Tourist Attractions in Spain

Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. It is well known by its famous cities, beaches, mountain resorts, top star hotels and many other tourist attractions.  It is a fascinating country to know and to knowmore about it. "Spain is different!", Spaniards use to say. They don'tspecify compared to what: to the rest of Europe, to the rest of theworld, or even to itself. Widely known for Flamenco music and dance, bull-fights, fantastic beaches and lots of sunshine, Spain has to offer much more than that. It is - and has been for thousands of years - one of the cultural centers of Europe. It has beautiful cities and towns, offering really old monuments as well as futuristic architecture. Its various regions are all different one to each other, geographically, climatically and even in personality.

Most visited cities in Spain

Madrid - The capital of Spain, located in the heart of the peninsula and right in the center of the Castillian plain 646 meters above sea level, has a population of over three million. A cosmopolitan city, a business center, headquarters for the Public Administration, Government, Spanish Parliament and the home of the Spanish Royal Family, Madrid also plays a major role in both the banking and industrial sectors. Most of its industry is located in the Southern fringe of the city, where important textile, food and metal working factories are clustered. Madrid is characterized by intense cultural and artistic activity and a very lively nightlife.

Barcelona - The capital of Catalonia is unequivocally aMediterranean city, not only because of its geographic location butalso and above all because of its history, tradition and culturalinfluences. The documented history of the city dates back to thefounding of a Roman colony on its soil in the second century B.C.Modern Barcelona experienced spectacular growth and economic revival atthe onset of industrialization during the second half of the 19thcentury. 

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Bilbao is the heart of a metropolis where more than a million peoplelive. It is the centre of the economic-social development and the mainfactor of the modernisation of the Bay of Biscay. The greatarchitectural and infrastructure projects have been the driving forceof the urban and economic regeneration of the city.

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Tenerife - The island of Tenerife is situated in the Atlantic ocean about 200 miles off the West African coast at just over 2000 square kilometres it is the largest of the seven main Canary Islands. Although small in size it has as many different climatic zones as a continent, you’ll see many different types of agriculture from potatoes to orange trees. See the virtual tours on pages to give an idea of the different types of landscape available at very small distances apart. The most important part of the island is of course mount Teide, its sheer size and height dominate the landscape for miles around.

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Spain Tourist Attractions

Costa Del Sol
The southern coast of Spain, known as the Costa del Sol (Sun Coast), is one of the most popular travel destinations in all Europe. And this is not surprising: the many miles of sandy beaches, a wonderful climate with more than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, the mild Mediterranean sea, extensive sports and leisure facilities, relaxed atmosphere and excellent food are some very good reasons to spend your vacation just here. It is also a great place for avid golf players, as on the Costa del Sol you will find the biggest concentration of golf courses in Europe (hence it's sometimes nickname Costa del Golf).

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What formerly was just a small Andalusian fishing-village turned into one of the most exciting holiday resorts along the Mediterranean coast, one of the favourite places of the rich and beautiful and all those who should not mind to be ... This center of the Jet-Set and Show Business offers beautiful boulevards, parks and gardens, as well as those romantic narrow lanes in the best Moorish or Andalusian tradition that make Marbella's unmistakable personality. Great beaches, great climate (with an average temperature of 18,7 deg.C all the year), and a unique offer in sports, gastronomy and entertainment ... a visit of Marbella is a guarantee for unforgetable exclusive holidays.

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This elegant island has to offer anything a visitor might dream of. Tourism at Mallorca started to develop already in the 1920s, and until the Spanish Civil War it was mainly intellectuals and artists who were attracted by this island. Mallorca's wonderful climate, beautiful landscapes as well as its cosmopolitan ambience make it a privileged holiday resort, with a cultural offer comparable to the one of many European capitals. The Auditiorio de Palma, for instance, ranks among Europe's top concert halls. At Mallorca, you will find relaxation, inspiration, culture and entertainment ...

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Legend tells that the winds of Menorca modify the personality of people. Maybe that is the reason why those who came here once as tourists mostly return ... Menorca certainly has a very strong personality, and a very different one to the rest of the islands. Menorca, the "minor" island, as it was called by Romans, has an almost virginal interior (compared for instance to the "major" island, Mallorca) and shows interesting remains of its old history.

Ibiza, often called the White Island for its typical architecture, became a major center of touristical attraction during the 1960s, being then famous for its "Hippie-Culture" and nudist beaches. Today Ibiza has an ample offer as well for families and older visitors, anyhow, still there are the young ones who are attracted by the island's rollicking nightlife, which already starts in the afternoon, at the beaches and in the center of town, to continue until dawn in the numerous discotheques.

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This small island, with a surface of 90 and some 5200 inhabitants, is located 11 miles from the south-eastern coast of Ibiza. The sea is visible from practically any point of the island, and there are numerous great beaches and lonely bays, some of them with incredible grottos. Its favorised climate, with springtime temperatures during almost all the year, its rich vegetation of pines as well as palms, and its quiet and relaxed ambience make Formentera a true paradise.

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Spain is located at the Iberian Península, of which it occupies approximately 80% (the remaining 20% are occupied by Portugal), in the southwest of Europe. In the north Spain borders on France and Andorra, with the Pyrenees as a natural frontier. Additionally the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza) in the Mediterranean Sea, Canary Islands in Atlantic Ocean close to the Moroccian coast, and Ceuta and Melilla, located in northern Africa, are Spanish territory.

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Spain is the 3rd country of Europe in extension and the 5th in population. There are five big mountain ranges crossing the country, and about 50% of it are located at an elevated plain. Landscapes are extremely varied, some almost desert-like, others green and fertile, and of course there are the long coasts, in the east along Mediterranean Sea from Pyrenees to Gibraltar, and in the west (the major part of the Iberian peninsula's western coast is occupied by Portugal) along the Atlantic Ocean and Cantabrian Sea.
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Palma de Mallorca comes as a surprise to many people - it is stylish, sophisticated, intimate, yet bursting with life. Located on the southern shores of Mallorca, the island's capital city looks out over the sparkling blue seas of the Mediterranean . Half of Mallorca's population live here, enjoying the island's best restaurants, shops and nightlife as well as a thriving arts scene and a lively cafe society. It is often compared to Barcelona for its architecture and we think it's an equally desirable destination for a city break. It is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Spain.

As an island, Majorca has been subject to numerous invasions, conquests & sea-trading throughout its history. Palma was known to the Arabs as Medina Mayurqa (902 to 1229) and to Mallorcans thereafter simply as Ciutat (City) - Palma was in fact named after the Roman city of Palmaria (founded around 120 BC). The Roman city still exists, a metre or two beneath the ground; inhabitants of houses near the cathedral are still discovering Roman remains. The Moors were finally overthrown by the Spanish in the 13th century, and Palma became an important port & commercial centre in the Mediterranean.

In 1983 Palma de Mallorca became the capital of the newly established Balearic Islands autonomous community. It is the cosmopolitan hub of over 300.000 people. The new self-confidence is plain to see in the city center, a vibrant urbane place that is akin to the big cities of the Spanish mainland-and a world away from the heaving tourist enclaves of the surrounding bay.

There's still a long way to go, but the bild center now presents a splendid ensemble of lively shopping areas, mazy lanes and refurbished old buildings, all enclosed by what remains of the old city walls and their replacements boulevards. You will not regret visiting this island of Mallorca, and especially its capital, Mallorca where the magnificent cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudi can be found.

Visitors to Palma de Mallorca will no doubt spend most of their time within the inner ring road (Las Avingudas) in the old town. Most of this part of Palma is traffic-free and it's a joy to wander through the streets admiring architecture and browsing the plentiful shops. The tourist office arranges guided tours of the city throughout the year (in several languages); they are most prevalent during the summer, and cost approx. €10 per person.

Along the seafront is the fabulous marina and palm-lined promenade. Those looking for a beach will be rewarded by heading east towards Portixol & Ciudad Jardin (where you'll also find a couple of decent beach clubs). Dominating the skyline by the sea is the enormous cathedral (called La Seu), and the Parc de la Mer which hosts concerts, fiestas and open-air cinema throughout the year.

If it's arts and culture that you're interested in, then Palma will not disappoint. The excellent Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art is housed in the old fortress and is well worth a visit - the restaurant on the terrace is critically acclaimed too. The Spanish artist Joan Miro spent the best part of 30 years living on Majorca, and there is a foundation devoted to his works just to the west of Palma. An excellent evening devoted to the art galleries of Palma is held annually - it's called the Nit de l'Art and is held on the third Thursday of September.

There are a couple of grand theatres in the city too, which host annual opera and ballet festivals, and their programmes are speckled with musicals, concerts and other ‘spectacles'! A different kind of culture can be enjoyed when Palma hosts one of it's Fiestas. The two main festivals are held in January (Sant Sebastian) and June (Sant Joan). Sant Sebastian is Palma's patron saint and the city comes out in force to celebrate. The main events - parades, music concerts & fireworks - occur on the evening of the 19th January, with the more formal proceedings taking place on the actual saints day of the 20th January.

Sant Joan is celebrated on the 24th June as part of the summer solstice. But again, it is the evening before that sees the biggest party. The infamous ‘Nit de Foc', or Night of Fire is held on the night of the 23rd June and sees bonfires lit throughout the city and the crazy ‘fire run' where locals dress as demons & devils and run through the streets bearing torches. Everyone eventually gathers in the Parc de la Mer for rock concerts, more bonfires, fire crackers and an impressive fireworks display. It's a crazy night!

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Palma is a perfect destination for holidays; the city remains beautiful and impressive, with the grand bulk of the cathedral towering above the old town and the remnants of the medieval walls. In high season, finding an accommodation in Palma de Mallorca is not easy. So you should plan your trip in advance and book your Mallorca holiday home early.

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