"Endless lounging under the sun, volcano climbing or jet skiing – holidays to Tenerife have a lot to offer"
If you're looking to visit one of Spain's sun-drenched islands, Tenerife holidays should be at the top of your list. The largest and most populous of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a veritable paradise. With 350 kilometres of coastline, two world heritage sites and a national park there is more than enough in this delightful Spanish island to satisfy its 10 million annual visitors.
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Of the seven Canary Islands that float off the north-west African coast, Tenerife is the biggest and the most popular with visitors, who flock there in their millions. Its African latitude and Atlantic Ocean location combine to give this enviable island almost perfect weather throughout the year, from sunny summers to very mild winters. The south is a hive of visitor activity from party towns like Playa de las Americas to the less frenzied Costa Adeje. Inland, you can’t miss Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain, surrounded by a beautiful national park. Head further north and check out Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island’s capital which is an exciting, modern Latin city with one of the world’s biggest and best carnivals. Chuck in top quality food and wine, excellent water sports, and a liberal sprinkling of big visitor attractions and Tenerife looks attractive for family holidays, adventure seekers, sun worshippers and culture vultures.
Where is Tenerife?
Wine and Dine
With the sea all around you’ll find some wonderful quality seafood in Tenerife, as fresh as it comes. Its ocean location means you’ll see Spanish influences jostling with African and Latin American flavours in its dishes. There are loads of good Spanish restaurants, and international cuisine in all the big resorts. For authentic Canarian food look out for dishes like papas arrugadas, or wrinkled potatoes, which taste much better in their spicy or herbed sauce than they sound. The climate means tons of fresh fruit for dessert, or end your meal with local goat’s cheese. Wine o’ clock falls early in Tenerife, which has award-winning wines in a booming viniculture scene. Bodegas Monje in the north-east of the island will welcome you for a visit and a refreshing red or two.
Action and Adventure
The Canaries are known to boast strong Atlantic breezes making them among the best surfing, wind surfing, and kite surfing locations in the world. In fact, if you want to get wet, Tenerife is only too happy to oblige, with a fantastic selection of water sports and boating experiences to enjoy. You can even take submarine safaris that showcase some of the spectacular sea life that visit the islands; whale watching trips above the waves are also popular. There’s a growing activity holiday sector in Tenerife, and cyclists and walkers are finding better facilities across the island. The relatively empty roads make two-wheel transport highly attractive. And Mount Teide’s national park is one of the best hiking areas in all of Europe.
Beaches, sunshine, beautiful clean water – that’s a great start for a family holiday. Playa de las America’s is livelier than the Costa Adeje, but it’s fine for kids, as the big resort hotels have lots of facilities, including tonnes of children’s entertainment. Tenerife also has some big water parks that kids will love to splash away a day or two in. Siam Park, with its Thai theme, is the front-runner, but there’s also Aqualand and the Octopus Aquapark. Loro Parque is a big animal park that’s also a good day out for youngsters. In common with the rest of Spain, Tenerifians expect kids to be out and about with their parents in the evening, and well-behaved little ones will be made quite a fuss of in restaurants.
Visit the island’s vibrant capital, Santa Cruz for a chance to marvel at its many architectural wonders. It’s where old definitely meets new and the futuristic design of the Auditorio de Tenerife stands out against the traditional white washed Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Candelaria. The old town of La Orotava is also a great place to visit for those who want to delve into the island’s history. At the foot of the Teide Mountain, this valley village showcases historical buildings, a beautiful botanical garden – Jardin Victoria - and a handful of intriguing museums, including The House of Balconies.
Tenerife’s second largest city, La Laguna is also well worth a visit. Declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a charming town centre that features pastel coloured buildings and beautiful architecture. Head there for a chance to soak up a slice of local life and enjoy tucking into some tasty cuisine!
As the most popular of all the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a haven for party animals. With plenty of trendy bars, beach parties and late night clubs on hand; it’s the perfect place to let your hair down after a sun-soaked day on the beach. Playa de Las Americas is the main nightlife hub where you’ll be able to dance ‘til dawn in one of the clubs or sip on a cocktail in one of the beach side huts. For those who are looking for something a little more laid back, Santa Cruz offers a more relaxed vibe in the evening. Take a seat in one of the alfresco bars and enjoy a glass of Spanish wine, or if you’re feeling lucky, take a trip to the Casino. There's everything to play for during your holiday to Tenerife!