Take short flights from the UK and you’ll suddenly find yourself in the glorious sub-tropical conditions of Tenerife, a small yet perfectly formed Canary Island just off the coast of Morocco. Tenerife regularly tops our cheap holiday favourites list with a whole range of deals on offer.
A holiday to Tenerife in 2018, for its cost and size of the island, packs an absolute wealth of fun stuff to do, whether that be partying ‘till dawn with friends in Playa de las Americas, hiking across Teide national park, sunbathing on a beach made of black sand in Puerto de la Cruz, or exploring ancient fishing villages and resorts, including the immensely popular Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos. Tenerife enjoys year-round sunshine tempered by a cool Atlantic breeze, not to mention some of the most fabulous scenery in all of Europe. With our Tenerife holiday deals, all of this is at your fingertips.
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Tenerife is home to some of the world's finest holiday resorts and cheap holidays to Tenerife can provide a lot for your money. Costa Adeje is a resort with so much sway that holidaymakers will often choose Tenerife over its Canarian competitors like Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, just so they can experience some of the magic that makes Costa Adeje. Other popular Tenerife resorts include Playa de las Americas and Puerto de la Cruz.
Most visitors come for Tenerife's fabulous beaches and resorts, but Tenerife, 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 of Teide in just ten minutes, offering spectacular panoramic views over all of Tenerife.
Tenerife also boasts two of Europe's biggest and most exciting theme parks, Siam Park in Costa Adeje, and in Loro Park in Puerto de la Cruz, you can watch dolphin shows and see an enormous collection of parrots. Family holidays to Tenerife are one of a kind, easily recommended.
Dolphins and whales congregate in the waters around the southern part of Tenerife, and you can take boat tours out from Los Cristianos 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.
As you'd expect from a popular international holiday 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. Many of the resorts boast a range of fantastic restaurants, with the capital Santa Cruz at the heart. Don't miss the chance to sample the island's unique Canarian cuisine, which has been influenced by Spain, Africa and the Caribbean over the centuries.
There are lots of Canarian seafood restaurants to check out in the biggest seaside resorts, including Costa Adeje, Puerto de la Cruz and Los Cristianos. 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.
Tenerife is a hugely popular destination for family holidays in 2018, with plenty to do for kids young and old in the various resorts. A perfect destination for an October holiday - during the kid's school break - or during the Christmas holidays in December, the weather stays warm and the attractions remain open.
Some of the top choices for family-friend holiday resorts include Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos and the hugely popular Puerto de la Cruz, all home to excellent international hotels. 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 in Costa Adeje, 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 Americas 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.
There’s no shortage of adrenaline rushes to be had on a Tenerife holiday in 2018. 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 at a range of resorts. Many of the coastal resorts, especially the main attractions of Costa Adeje and Santa Cruz, offer watersports galore.
You can take a three-hour quad safari from Playa de las Americas up into the mountains behind, or for a real taste of the wilderness on offer in central Tenerife, 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 on holidays to Tenerife how about dinner at Castillo San Miguel in Garachico, which hosts regular jousting and battle events between knights in shining armour. If you like striking landscapes, the Gigantes cliff face of the Teno mountains, just outside the resort town of Los Gigantes, is quite a sight.
Famed for its natural volcanic sands, particularly in the quieter northern part of the island, Tenerife is home to some truly unique beaches and beach resorts. Just as an example, 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.
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 on Tenerife 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 best-known resort for nightlife in Tenerife is Playa de las Americas, closely followed by Los Cristianos, which both have a nightlife to keep you going until dawn. You'll find everything from Irish theme pubs to some of Tenerife's most glamorous beach clubs. Holidays to Tenerife are buzzing affairs and the Canarian culture is one of laid-back fun with the many resorts providing plenty to do for tourists. It should be noted that Los Cristianos is recommended if you want something a little quieter and more relaxed than its busy neighbours.
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. Costa Adeje is definitely quieter than its neighbour, Playa de Las Americas, making Costa Adeje a good spot to visit for family holidays.
If you want to party with the locals, head to Puerto de la Cruz, the university town of La Laguna or the Tenerife capital of Santa Cruz, but don't expect the bars to get going until gone midnight which is standard Canarian style. Either way, as you can probably tell, most of the resorts across Tenerife provide lots of different nighttime activities for every type of holiday-maker.
Tenerife is a wonderful holiday destination for couples holidays in 2018, whether you're looking for tranquillity 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. Costa Adeje also offers plenty of chic restaurants, bars and clubs where you can wine and dine in glamorous surroundings. It should be noted that there are spaces and activities for couples in most of Tenerife's resorts.
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 in Playa de Las Americas. Watch the sunset from a secluded beach like Benijo in Santa Cruz, and then tour the charming Canarian 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 Gigantes ('the giants'). Nearby is the resort town of Los Gigantes, where you'll find a calm marina and beautiful scenery.
The island of Tenerife is rich in history and culture, and all of Tenerife 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 is 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 Tenerife 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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