When you’re taking holidays in Canary Islands, two of the most pleasurable activities are eating and shopping. Of course we all love the sunshine, and the Canaries have a well deserved reputation as being all year round holiday destination islands. The temperatures settles at a nice average of around 28 degrees in the summer months, so it’s not too hot to get out and about enjoying the sights of the cities, and of course sampling the local cuisine. Shopping Opportunities galore await you when you’re looking for a little retail therapy in the Canaries, whether you’re on the hunt for souvenirs and gifts to take back home, or you need a new outfit for a special night on the town. Pay a visit to Santa Cruz de Tenerife for a selection of some of the best markets in the Canary Islands, including the Mercado de Nuestra Senora de Africa (Our Lady of Africa). The building itself is worth seeing even if you’re not a fan of food markets. For foodies its the best of both worlds, offering the hustle and bustle of a busy thriving market along with some of the best locally grown produce including wonderful fresh bread and delicious local honey. While you’re in the area, if designer shopping is more in your line, head down to Calle Castillo which is the main shopping street in Santa Cruz. It’s here you’ll find both international and Spanish designer outlets as well as plenty of cafes where you can sip strong coffee and watch the world go by. Eating Trying local cuisine when taking holidays in Canary Islands is a delight for those who enjoy a little fusion cuisine. It’s a mixture of Latin, Spanish and African food, so expect plenty of fresh fish and seafood. You’ll find tapas on many menus, and this is a great way to sample small dishes of local fair if you’re not sure whether you’ll like something or not. Look out for meat stews with soft, aromatic spices and the liberal use of local honey and bananas. A favourite dish is called mousse de gofio, which is a sweet desert made using grain flour, honey and baked plantain bananas. Santa Cruz is well known for its nightlife, so if you’re up for a little clubbing after shopping and dining you won’t be disappointed. You’ll find plenty of nightclubs that never sleep for those who like to dance well into the following morning. Still with an eye on the taste buds, look out for a favourite local drink called Ron Miel, a honeyed rum, which is totally delicious.