Stepping off the plane on Tenerife, you’ll be bathed in the rich, spice scented tropical breeze of this tiny Atlantic oasis. Even though it’s a delightful mix of volcanic sculpted mountains, sweeping deserts, forested slopes, it’s what is above the island when the sun sets that is possibly most remarkable. Thanks to some of the cleanest, clearest air in the world you can easily see more stars and constellations than anywhere else in the northern hemisphere from this one island.
Teide National Park is an astounding 2700 metres above sea level. The park is filled with beautiful places to stop and look up, including a natural balcony where even an amateur can take in the nuances of the Milky Way arching across the sky. If you want to explore even deeper into the mysteries of the sky add a visit the Teide Observatory to see the Rosetta Nebula. As if you’ll need any more motivation to savour that newlywed glow, the cool night air will only give you more reasons to snuggle in close to your new spouse.
As breathtaking as the constellations spread across the night sky is, it isn’t the only way to relax after the chaos of planning a wedding and getting married. Tenerife has no shortage of beaches where you can choose between ribbons of golden beaches with turquoise waters or silky black sand rimmed by striking cliffs to relax in the sun with a book or a drink. If the siren call of the ocean draws you in, the options for aquatic adventures are never lacking be it under, on or above the waves.
If somehow you get bored of the beaches, the coastline features many little towns and villages that offer quirky Spanish hospitality steeped in history, culture and lore. Did you know that the island chain is considered to be the remnants of the lost civilization of Atlantis? Explore.