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Located on the western fringes of Tenerife, Guia de Isora is a slice of holiday heaven that's worlds away from the hectic merry-go-round of life on the south coast.

A trip to Guia de Isora is like hitting the 'refresh' button. Unlike the tourist hotspots of Playa de las Americas or Los Cristianos, here you'll find a laid-back way of life that's pretty much as close to the real Canary Island lifestyle as you can get. Sure, if you want a seriously authentic Canarian escape, you can head inland and hole up in a village in the back of beyond. But in Guia de Isora, you'll get the rare treat of enjoying the local lifestyle with a few welcome 'extras' thrown in that are geared up for tourists, like smart hotels and first-class beaches.

Guía de Isora (21-01-12)

This beautiful village boasts a stunning backdrop of mountains and a frontal view of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day you've got a cracking view of La Gomera, a beautiful little island that's a nature-lover's dream. In fact, it's well worth heading down to Los Cristianos to catch a ferry from the port to La Gomera, for a day spent enjoying its unspoilt coastline or hiking its many superb walking trails.

Sound appealing? Then your best bet is to hire a car to enjoy this glorious corner of the island to the full. According to Car Hire Canarias, from Guia de Isora you can hop onto the main road networks TF-47 and TF-463 fairly easily, which places a wide range of must-see sights at your disposal. This includes the island's rugged west coast, the former fishing village of Alcalá, and even the spectacular mountainous terrain of Teno National Park.

Find out more about car hire through Canarias by stopping in at Hotel Abama, where you'll find a representative on-hand to offer help and advice on all things Tenerife car hire.

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