LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 26, 2012) - Those wanting to get in shape can travel to Tenerife for the same price as a couple of month's gym membership. With the huge range of activities on offer, it's easy to see why it's more appealing than endless hours on the treadmill in a stuffy room as the rain continues to fall outside.
Best known for vibrant nightlife and packed beaches, Tenerife also offers magnificent mountain scenery and rugged terrain that is perfect for exhilarating exercise. The volcanic island is home to Spain's tallest peak, Mount Teide (3,135m). The high altitude means there is less oxygen in the air so the body has to work a lot harder during strenuous activity. It's this challenging environment that has attracted the world's top athletes to Tenerife's spectacular rural landscape.
Riding and rambling
Before the emergence of a proper road system, people used to get around Tenerife by foot or on horseback. This network of trails still remains in use for keen walkers, cyclists and horse riders enjoying a holiday to Tenerife. The breath-taking scenery comes in many forms - from cactus-studded desert to ancient woodland, lush vineyards to unspoilt coastline.
There are countless trail guides that provide suggested routes to get the best from Mount Teide and the surrounding area. The peak is part of a protected national park that stretches over 18,990 hectares. Nature lovers can look forward to trying to spot bats, lizards, feral cats, kestrels and canaries as they explore the scenery on foot or bike. Dedicated mountain bikers can head to the demanding lunar-like terrain of Montañas Negras for an adventurous ride.
Life on the open waves
The unparalleled climate and easterly trade winds make Tenerife ideal for a workout on the water. Tuition in windsurfing and kite surfing is available alongside the opportunity to put a powerful jet-ski through its paces on the glassy surf. Tenerife is also recognised as a premier diving destination and boasts excellent visibility, captivating sea-caves, dramatic underwater cliffs and wrecks and reefs teeming with marine life.
Find out more about all the activities on offer and what you can do after your workout by visiting the Tenerife destination guide on www.monarch.co.uk. Direct Monarch flights to Tenerife South from Birmingham, East Midlands, Manchester, London Gatwick and London Luton start at as little as £49.