Welcome to the splendor of volcanic Tenerife – an island of epic national parks, amazing sea life, beaches of many colors and enough activities to satisfy any traveler. It’s especially good for families and nature lovers. You won’t be bored in Tenerife. The diving and snorkeling here is excellent, with whale-watching and turtle-spotting just two of the options. There are numerous cruises (both scenic and alcohol-fuelled) and even a tourist submarine if you prefer your fish through a window. Hikers will love the forests and craters of the UNESCO-listed Teide National Park and Teno National Park. Kids, meanwhile, are likely to love Siam Park, a colossal aqua park with the kind of slides and drops that encourage delighted screams. Loro Park is reminiscent of Jurassic Park: a feast of exotic animals, with parrots, killer whales, dolphins and sea-lions. When night falls, take the family to a medieval banquet at the genuine castle in San Miguel for some swordfights, jousting and excessive consumption. Food and wine here are excellent (as befits a volcanic island). A good place to try them is at the World Heritage city of La Laguna, or at the scenic towns of Tegueste and Candelaria. Bring your appetite (and a camera).