Maps of the island are readily available. Among the best are those by Editorial Everest. There are several good hiking guidebooks to Tenerife although, increasingly, companies are switching to online versions. Some of the best print hiking guides include Walk! Tenerife (2nd edition) and the accompanying Tenerife Hiking Map, both by David Brawn and published by Discovery Walking Guides; Tenerife Landscapes, by Noel Rochford and published by Sunflower (the same people also publish Southern Tenerife and La Gomera Landscapes); and Rother Walking Guides’ Tenerife, by Klaus and Annette Wolfsperger with GPS tracking and last updated in May 2015. Tenerife & its Six Satellites, by Olivia M Stone, provides a fascinating glimpse of the island from a late-18th-century viewpoint.

Travel with Children

Tenerife is a favourite destination for families as there are plenty of sights and activities to keep the kiddies amused. Unless your tot is one of that curious breed that objects to sand between the toes (it happens!), the beaches in the southern resorts (as well as Puerto de la Cruz) are superb, with sandcastle-friendly sand and shallow waters. Older children can also enjoy watersports ranging from surfing to diving, or they can take to the high seas on an organised whale- or dolphin-watching excursion.

If watery pursuits begin to pall, the southern resorts of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas equal theme-park heaven. Try Jungle Park or Siam Park.