La Esperanza, Tenerife

A heavenly place in the north

"My favourite heavenly place in the world" is how rock guitarist Brian May - he of Queen fame - describes La Esperanza.

Some seven kilometres south west of La Laguna, La Esperanza marks the beginning of the island's Cordilla Dorsal ridge.

La Esperanza is the gateway to the largest forest of the island – Bosque de la Esperanza, with its native pines and eucalyptus, which soar up to a height of 40 metres.

It is the ideal place for a calm and relaxed stay on the island and a good starting point for a walking holiday.

An easy-to-follow network of footpaths leads walkers up to Mount Teide's high plateau with, along the way, dozens of dramatic lookout points and stopping places for a picnic or barbecue.