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Around the world, Christians prepare for the solemn season of Lent with a kick-up-your-heels, no-hold-barred festivals. The ones you’ve most likely heard of are New Orleans’ Mardi Gras and Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. The most famous one you may never have heard of is Carnival on the island of Tenerife. Yet it is second in popularity only to Rio’s.

’Tis the season … to think about your winter vacation. For most people, the perfect get-away is a land warmed by a golden sun, where pristine beaches are bathed in ocean surges and opportunities abound for everything from surfing, jet skiing, and parasailing to strolling a promenade or relaxing in a hammock or on the sands.

Rising majestically from the center of Tenerife is the icon of the Canary Islands, the highest peak in Spain, and the crown jewel of the island: Mount Teide. At 12,200 feet, this peak is the third-largest ocean-island volcano in the world and a spectacular sight to behold. You can do much more than gaze at Mount Teide from afar, however. The mountain was meant for exploring!

If you’re looking for a nice family trip, a romantic getaway, or a relaxing week on the beach, take a look at the Canary Islands. But if you’re looking for a GREAT family destination, an idyllic trip with your significant other, or the chance to unwind on volcanic shores; Tenerife is the island for you.

When you think of Tenerife, a couple things that may come to your mind are some of the Spanish island's signature trademarks - Mount Teide, the sun, and of course the intense blue sea.

Tenerife, the largest of the 7 Canary Islands, is a hidden island gem in the Atlantic and a unique destination. While many places claim to be the perfect island getaway, Tenerife takes the experience up a few notches.

La Gomera is one of those places that the second you arrive, you can already feel the magic surrounding you. Here you’ll travel from landscape to landscape, through palm-filled valleys, deep ravines, black sand beaches with crystal-clear waters, and luxuriant ancient forests refreshed with babbling streams. Simply put, La Gomera is a natural paradise.

In addition to its picturesque coastline and tropical atmosphere, Tenerife is also famous for hosting a multitude of colorful and energetic festivals throughout the year. There’s usually at least one festival happening every single month of the year, and with 2018 soon coming to an end, it’s the perfect time to plan which one(s) to attend.

If you’re traveling to Tenerife, visiting the beautiful shores that surround the island should be on your list. From golden sands to volcanic stone, there’s no better way to spend your vacation than exploring and relaxing on the Spanish island’s beaches.

With the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to find ourselves drifting off into a daydream, envisioning leaving our worries at home and whisking away on a vacation. The trouble may be that we’re not always sure where to go. To help, we’re listing the top four hottest island destinations that you’ll definitely want to visit before the years over.   

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