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Unplanned: the Tenerife you never knew

I SWORE I’D NEVER GO BACK to Tenerife: three times over in fact, each after holidays in my early 20s. Memories of sticky nightclubs, greasy food, scuttling cockroaches, building sites everywhere and a background scent of sewage finally led to a two-decade separation between us. But parenthood, of course, changes everything. My five-year-old daughter’s second-ever half-term holiday was coming up, the south of Tenerife was looking like the only sunny place across the whole of Europe, and so the time came to give the most-visited Canary Island another chance. At the last minute we booked a hotel and overpriced budget airline flights. As it turned out, the experiences we hadn’t planned were the ones we most enjoyed.

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In the May issue… hop from one blissful Greek island to another on a Great Escape to the Northeast Aegean; find what's new out of the workshops, kitchens and performing spaces of Amsterdam's most innovative locals; follow in the footsteps of the pioneering Victorian-era traveller Lady Florence Dixie through the wilds of Chilean Patagonia; discover some of the world's best architecture from the 20th and 21st centuries; and much more

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