Tenerife may have a reputation for being a holiday hotspot for hordes of uninhibited tourists seeking a party scene, but it is possible to experience the sleepier side of this Spanish island. The largest of seven Canary Islands, Tenerife is a veritable melting pot of cultures giving it a distinctly cosmopolitan character.
The island hosts one of the largest carnivals in the world annually and is also known for having the third-largest volcano in the world, El Teide, which at 3 718m high is the highest point in Spain. The volcano and its surroundings comprise Teide National Park, a designated World Heritage Site and one of world’s most visited national parks. Cruise excursions on the island typically include a visit to the national park, an exploration of the island’s cultural hotpots, including a trip to La Laguna, the island’s cultural and religious capital due to its old university and the Bishop’s Palace, or a visit to the island’s Las Americas Beach.