The fame of the volcanic archipelago of the Canary Islands is well deserved and is due to much more than its picture-postcard scenery and black or golden beaches . This string of islands hides another world beyond that of the seaside resorts of Tenerife and Gran Canaria - a world of lava fields, black rocks and jagged peaks in the Parque de Timanfaya on the black island of Lanzarote; and, providing a striking contrast, a world of primary forest, ferns and mist in the Parque de Garajonay on verdant Gomera. All you have to do is head uphill, walking past cactus, aloe and agave plants to discover scenery that will take your breath away. Hiking enthusiasts will be in their element here, especially in the Las Cañadas cirque and on the slopes of Mount Teide, while surfers will delight in the deserted, windy beaches on Fuerteventura. And at the end of your day, what better way to relax than with a glass of Arehucas rum in a tasca in Santa Cruz de Tenerife!