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Take a relatively short flight from the UK and you’ll suddenly find yourself in the glorious sub-tropical conditions of Tenerife, a small yet perfectly formed island just off the coast of Morocco. For its size it packs in an absolute wealth of fun stuff to do, whether that be partying ‘till dawn with friends, hiking across the volcanic Teide national park, sunbathing on a beach made of black sand or exploring ancient fishing villages and ports. Tenerife enjoys year-round sunshine tempered by a cool Atlantic breeze, not to mention some of the most fabulous scenery in all of Europe. All inclusive holidays to Tenerife really make the most of this fantastic destination, with top quality resorts and comprehensive packages to make your Canary Island adventure truly memorable.

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Top resorts in Tenerife

Puerto de la Cruz Tenerife Holidays Puerto de la Cruz
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Puerto de la Cruz

from £144pp

Costa Adeje Tenerife Holidays Costa Adeje
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Costa Adeje

from £227pp

Playa de las Americas Tenerife Holidays Playa de las Americas
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Playa de las Americas

from £214pp

Top hotels in Tenerife

Alborada Beach Club
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Alborada Beach Club
Alborada Beach Club

Costa del Silencio, Tenerife

from £203pp
Las Piramides
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Las Piramides
Las Piramides

Playa de las Americas, Tenerife

from £290pp
DC Xibana Park
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DC Xibana Park
DC Xibana Park

Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

from £144pp
Perla Tenerife Hotel
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Perla Tenerife Hotel
Perla Tenerife Hotel

Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

from £220pp
Blue Sea Puerto Resort
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Blue Sea Puerto Resort
Blue Sea Puerto Resort

Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

from £246pp
Elegance Dania Park
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Elegance Dania Park
Elegance Dania Park

Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

from £211pp
Vigilia Park Apartments
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Vigilia Park Apartments
Vigilia Park Apartments

Puerto de Santiago, Tenerife

from £208pp
Pez Azul Apartments
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Pez Azul Apartments
Pez Azul Apartments

Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

from £169pp

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At a glance

  • Currency: Euro
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time Zone: GMT +0
  • Average flight time: 4h 35m

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Top Attractions

Top Attractions

Most visitors come for Tenerife's fabulous beaches, but the island, a UNESCO biosphere reserve, has much more to offer. Its biggest attraction is Spain's largest peak, Mount Teide, is a 3,718-metre active volcano which is the focal point of a huge national park. A cable car sways up to the summit in just ten minutes, offering spectacular panoramic views over the entire island. You can swim in natural pools near the charming little town of Garachico, a popular day trip destination, or visit the perfectly preserved historic capital of La Laguna to explore the chic shops and tapas bars. If you want to escape the crowds and explore a genuine wilderness, head to the Anaga Mountains to explore the spectacular hiking trails. Tenerife also boasts one of Europe's biggest and most exciting theme parks, Siam Park, and in Loro Park, you can watch dolphin shows and see an enormous collection of parrots. Dolphins and whales congregate in the waters around the southern part of the island, and you can take boat tours out to see these wonderful creatures in their natural habitat. The crystal clear waters are also ideal for snorkelling and diving, with myriad aquatic creatures to admire beneath the depths.

 

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Wine and Dine

Wine and Dine

As you'd expect from a popular international tourist destination, Tenerife offers every imaginable cuisine at prices to suit all budgets, and you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. Don't miss the chance to sample the island's unique cuisine, which has been influenced by Spain, Africa and the Caribbean over the centuries. Seafood, of course, features prominently on local menus, particularly parrot fish, sunfish and tuna. These are served with the famous Canarian mojo sauce: the mild green mojo is made with coriander, while the red mojo is more piquant. Other classic dishes include puchero Canario, a delicious broth made with corn, vegetables and meat, or the succulent fish stew cazuela de pescado, both of which are thickened with gofio, a versatile cereal that finds its way into many recipes. To finish up, try the frangollo, a light dessert made with milk, lemon, almonds and cinnamon. While you're on Tenerife, don't pass up the opportunity to try the local cheeses, typically made with sheep or goat's milk, which are creamy, flavourful and utterly delicious.

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For Families

For Families

Tenerife is a hugely popular destination for family holidays, with plenty to do for kids young and old. Beaches are usually the focal point of most family holidays, and Tenerife has got long, shallow beaches ideal for younger kids, plus sports beaches where teenagers can try kite surfing or diving. The cable car up Mount Teide is a top attraction for all the family, and no one can fail to have fun at the spectacular Siam Park theme park, which has everything from a lazy river through lush tropical forest to the terrifying Tower of Power slide which propels you through a tank of sharks and rays. There are karting tracks near bigger resorts like Playa de las Américas and dolphin-mad kids will love the boat cruises, where sightings of dolphins and whales are guaranteed. There are glass-bottomed boat tours and even submarine tours, as well as camel rides and treetop adventure parks with zip lines. The fabulous Lago Martiánez pool complex in Puerto de la Cruz was designed by artist César Manrique, and is a large seawater lagoon dotted with islands.

 

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Action and Adventure

Action and Adventure

There’s no shortage of adrenaline rushes to be had on a Tenerife holiday. Be it quad biking, water skiing, taking a jeep safari, hiking up a mountain or even paintballing, thrill-seekers really are spoilt for choice here. You can take a three-hour quad safari from Playa de las Américas up into the mountains behind, or for a real taste of the island wilderness take an open-top jeep through the Teide national park ending up at the mountain’s summit, from where you can enjoy sweeping views. For something a little different how about dinner at Castillo San Miguel in Garachico, which hosts regular jousting and battle events between knights in shining armour.

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Life's a Beach

Life's a Beach

Famed for its natural volcanic sands, particularly in the quieter northern part of the island, Tenerife is home to some truly unique beaches. The Playa Jardín ('Garden Beach') in Puerto de la Cruz was designed by César Manrique, the Canarian artist and architect, and is flanked by beautiful botanic gardens, and backed by Mount Teide. The Playa de la Teresitas in Santa Cruz is a picture-postcard stretch of golden sand, shaded by palm trees and blessed with a dramatic mountainous backdrop. Wilder beaches that are worth the hike include La Tejita, near El Médano, and the gorgeous black sand curve of El Bollullo, a half-hour walk through banana plantations from Puerto de la Cruz. The south of the island boasts long, family-friendly beaches at Costa Adeje, and the lively Playa las Vistas in Los Cristianos, which is lined with bars and restaurants.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

The best known resort for nightlife in Tenerife is Playa de las Américas, closely followed by Los Cristianos, which both have scores of bars and clubs to keep you going until dawn. You'll find everything from Irish theme pubs to some of the island's most glamorous beach clubs. Costa Adeje has plenty of chic cocktail bars and restaurants that cater to a dressier crowd, and also hosts the fantastic 'I Love Music Festival '(usually held in April) which features big-name bands and DJs. If you want to party with the locals, head to Puerto de la Cruz, the university town of La Laguna or the island capital of Santa Cruz, but don't expect the bars to get going until gone midnight.

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For Couples

For Couples

Tenerife is a wonderful destination for a romantic getaway, whether you're looking for tranquility and relaxation or an exciting experience with plenty of eating, drinking and dancing. Costa Adeje, with its miles of golden beaches, is ideal for couples, also offers plenty of chic restaurants, bars and clubs where you can wine and dine in glamorous surroundings. You could take a romantic night-time tour to the Teide National Park to go star-gazing, or linger over cocktails at a stylish beach club with DJs. Watch the sun set from a secluded beach like Benijo in Santa Cruz, and then tour the charming local tapas bars. If you're adventurous types, you could make the hike from the lovely hilltop town of Masca, through a gorge to a remote beach, from where a boat will bring you back via the impressive cliffs known as Los Gegantes ('the giants').

 

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Culture

Culture

The island of Tenerife is rich in history and culture, and the whole island has been designated a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO for its unique landscape. Explore the historic city of La Laguna, established in the 16th century, which is filled with remarkable buildings, including the cathedral and the opulent Magistrate's Residence (now the city hall). Among its museums are the fascinating Museum of the History of Tenerife and the modern Museum of Science and the Cosmos. Little survives of the Guanche culture, who inhabited the island before its conquest, but you can visit the Cave of the Guanches, near Icod de los Vinos, which was once part of a small village that was settled around the 6th century BC. The Guanche culture lives on in the local cuisine and in the traditional games and sports (such as stone throwing, battles with staves and cart-pulling) that still take place in the island's villages.

Tenerife is now a major cultural centre, and its current capital, Santa Cruz, is home to the Auditorio de Tenerife, which was designed by starchitect Santiago Calatrava and inspired by the Sydney Opera House. It hosts an excellent programme of music, opera, theatre and dance. Santa Cruz also boasts the Tenerife Espacio de Las Artes (TEA), which puts on regular top-class art exhibitions.

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