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Issue 04
Dear 360Traveller,

Welcome to our fourth edition of 360TG Views, News & Reviews.

Throughout 2007, our newsletters will aim to inform, intrigue and inspire you to see the world around you. Thanks to our
unique 360 degree panoramic images we take you to all the best places in the world and give you the very latest views & reviews from both you, our readers, and our photographers on location.

In this month's issue, we throw the spotlight onto one of Europe's top holiday destinations ... Where in the world can you ride to the top of a snow-capped peak, see a Dragon tree said to be 3,000 years old, have a dip in a natural salt water pool, stroll along miles of sandy beaches or indulge in a vibrant nightlife; and all on the same day? ... on Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, lying just off the Atlantic coast of Morocco and the Western Sahara.

... so this month, we give you our essential guide to Tenerife


   Playa de Las Americas


Playa de Las Americas, Tenerife

Tenerife is perhaps best known as a fun-filled family destination. Many holiday makers head for lively Playa de Las Americas which hums with life around the clock. Cheap food and drink and duty-free shops spur many into action, while tennis, bowling, go-karts and bungee jumping complement a full list of water sports. You can even swim with dolphins in the Aqua Park! Mega-clubs and pubs named after soccer stars line the area known as The Patch. However, there is far more to Tenerife than the hubbub of Playa de las Americas...


   Volcanoes & Villages


Mount Tiede National Park, Tenerife

The island of Tenerife is dominated by the 3,717 metre (12,194 feet) peak of Mount Teide. The volcano, the highest mountain in Spain and snow capped all year round, is the centre piece of Mount Teide National Park - a striking lunar landscape with some bizarre rock formations - check out the precarious Balancing Rock 'Roque Cinchado'. The drive into the Park is a treat in itself. Driving is easy but spectacular as roads take you over lava fields and through pretty villages such as Vilaflor, high above the bustle of the coastal resorts.


   Los Gigantes


Los Gigantes, Tenerife

Quiet and relaxing, life centres around the sparkling marina, while in the distance, the giant cliffs from which the place gets its name cut quite a dash a sheer drop of 800 metres (2,600 feet) in some places! For the best view, take a boat trip out to sea. Los Guios Beach lies around the point, with a smaller one at Playa de la Arena, about a mile from the centre.


   Puerto de la Cruz


Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

Old and new sit comfortably side by side under the shadow of Mount Teide volcano. The main curiosities include the natural saltwater pool complex of San Telmo, the spectacular botanical gardens, and the web of side streets that climb into the old town past embroidery and handicraft shops, and fine old houses with typical Canarian balconies.


   Los Cristianos


Los Cristianos, Tenerife

Slightly quieter but no less popular than neighbouring Playa de las Americas, miles of golden sands welcome families who love to splash in waters that can be as warm as 25C (77F). For shopping choices and some better dining out, head for the Torviscas quarter.

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