Video: Tenerife, the island of hidden volcanoes

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So you think you know Tenerife? Whilst it is no longer a secret that there's far more to the island than the sun-drenched beaches of the popular south coast resorts, the sheer diversity of Tenerife's scenery still takes many visitors by surprise. The above video, produced by the Tenerife Tourist Board in conjunction with and presented by travel journalist Jane Dunford, provides a good introduction to the island's different regions, and how their individual landscapes have been influenced not only by the distinct microclimates, but also by their relative geological ages. For those keen to follow in Jane's footsteps, here are our recommended accommodation options in each region:

The North-West

We wholeheartedly agree with Jane Dunford that Garachico is one of the loveliest small towns on the island, so we feature two traditional hotels in the town itself (La Quinta Roja, which can be seen in the film, and the Garahotel just opposite the castle), as well as the Hotel Rural El Patio set amidst a vast banana plantation just outside Garachico. For those who prefer self-catering accommodation, we can offer Finca El Tejado in Buenavista del Norte, or Casonas de Marengo in the hills behind Icod de Los Vinos.

The Orotava Valley and the central North Coast

For those who prefer not to hire a car, the traditional town and north-coast resort of Puerto de La Cruz makes a good base, and we offer a choice of accommodation here: Hotel Vallemar, Hotel Marquesa, Astoria Studios and Ambassador Apartments. If you prefer a more rural setting, Casita del Barranco and Finca Romera are peaceful self-catering options just outside Puerto de la Cruz, whilst Finca La Tanquera & Las Rosas is perched high up in the hills in a great spot for keen walkers.

The Centre

As mentioned in the video, Tenerife's Parador is located within the Cañadas del Teide National Park, so anyone keen to explore the stunning surroundings of mighty Mount Teide in depth should certainly consider spending at least a couple of nights here.

The North-East

With a tram link to the capital Santa Cruz and good bus links to other parts of the island, the historic university town of La Laguna is a great option for travellers keen to explore by public transport, and stay in authentic surroundings. Set on a pretty square, the Hotel Nivaria reflects the town's traditional ambience perfectly. Tucked away on the rugged Anaga Peninsula, the Hotel Rural Costa Salada is a very peaceful retreat right by the ocean.

The South

Whilst we tend to steer clear of the large and lively beach resorts, for those keen on staying close to the south's beaches we can offer the simple but charming Hotel Medano in the best area for windsurfing and kite-surfing, or the luxurious Suite-Hotel Villa Maria in La Caleta. For a more rural holiday in the south, head for the hills and the picturesque Hotel Rural Senderos de Abona or the Apartments Finca Vista Bonita.

Tailor-made Itineraries on Tenerife

If you can't decide on any one region of Tenerife that you most wish to stay in, remember we will happily tailor an individual fly-drive or multi-centre holiday for you, subject of course to any minimum-stay restrictions that may appl at individual hotels. And you can even combine a stay on Tenerife with a visit to one or more of the other Canary Islands. Just give us a call on 020 8847 8700 to discuss your preferences.