Tenerife’s naturally dark sands have been swapped across certain stretches in favour of golden grains from the Sahara – you’ve got the best of both worlds. Check out the lighter side in Playa del Duque, while the richer stuff’s in Playa Fanabe. After Blue Flag beaches? Put Playa Torviscas, Playa Enramada and Playa Troya on your radar.
Why not copy how the locals eat in the Canary Islands? Look out for garlicky chicken, tasty tapas, seafood paella and spicy mojo sauce made with red or green peppers – and don’t miss out on the local fish. For those who fancy a flavour of home, there are some reasonably priced Brit cafés.
Stroll around the stylish marina at Puerto Colon and admire the luxury yachts. The harbour is the place to catch a boat out into the Atlantic and do a spot of whale and dolphin watching. You won’t get better chances to ogle at ocean wildlife in their natural swimming pool.