Day 1- 4 Tenerife
In just over four hours from the UK, you will arrive in Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, scattered in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco, and bathed for most of the year in warm sunshine. Hiring a car, turn your sights towards northern Tenerife, away from the built-up tourism of the south, to discover Garachio, a charming fishing village made up of cobbled streets, old churches and an attractive main square. Lava from an explosion in the 18th century produced smooth volcanic rockpools by the sea, creating perfect natural pockets for swimming.
Stay here for three nights at colourful 18th century mansion Hotel San Roque and use this comfortable hotel with pool and lantern-lit al fresco dining as a base for exploring the unspoilt terrain by foot. The 14 km self-guided walk known as Valle de Ariba takes you across ridged lava fields where you can stop to examine local artisan pottery at rural village Argugayo before hiking across the Santiago Valley which has stunning views over to La Gomera. Another day might see you traversing La Orotava Valley which opens out onto jaw-dropping panoramas over the northwest coastline, framed by often snow-dusted Mount Teide, Spain’s tallest mountain.