The largest of the Canary Islands is also the most popular. There’s something for everyone, from spectacular beaches, lush forests, stunning coastline and fantastic resorts.
Coupled with 52 weeks of sunshine a year and only a 4.5 hour flight away, what more could you ask for!
Things to do in Tenerife
Tenerife’s warm turquoise waters are a watersports-lover’s paradise. Sailing, windsurfing, scuba diving, parasailing, snorkelling, banana boating…whatever you’re looking for you’ll find it. Learn to dive in one of the many scuba diving centres on the island, and explore coral reefs and even sunken shipwrecks! Hop on-board one of the charter yachts or catamarans available island-wide, or if you want to explore the sea depths without getting wet, how about a submarine safari, which sets sail from Golf del Sur!
Make your way up the volcanic Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak. At 3718 metres you can see all the Canary Islands from the summit. You can make your way to the top on one of the well-worn trails or on a calm day jump aboard the cable car and take the scenic route. Pack a picnic for lunch with truly spectacular views; an excellent choice for a day trip.
The Siam Park waterpark at Costa Adeje is a must-visit for those travelling with the young and the young at heart. There is something for everyone: drift off on a rubber ring on the lazy river, get the adrenalin pumping on the 28m near-vertical ‘Tower of Power’ or surf the 6ft waves in the wavepool. There’s a huge range of rides and attractions to choose from, set amongst blossoming tropical plants and botanical gardens perfect for taking a stroll or simply snag one of the free sunbeds under a shady palm and watch the world go by.
Tenerife’s premier zoo and aquarium, Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz is not to be missed. You’ll find a huge range of animals: Orca whales and dolphins making a splash in the sealife shows; sharks and tropical fish in the walk-through aquarium; gorillas living in a lush jungle habitat; and Antarctic penguins in the sub-zero temperatures of the ice tunnel. A fun and interesting day out for the whole family!
Tenerife provides some great shopping opportunities, whether in modern malls brimming with brands or traditional Spanish markets. Tenerife is a VAT-free island so you can pick up some great savings. In Santa Cruz you’ll find some of the best shopping in Tenerife. Calle Castillo is the main shopping street, packed with high street favourites- including a Marks and Spencer!- a sprinkling of independent stores and of course plenty of cafes, restaurants and tapas bars to keep you going through the day.
Beaches in Tenerife
If you’re looking for beautiful stretches of sun-kissed beaches, you don’t need to look far; beaches are Tenerife’s raison d’être and they don’t disappoint. Whether golden or volcanic black, Tenerife’s beaches come with warm, clear waters are in close vicinity of the island’s resorts and come with fantastic amenities.
On the southern coast, Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos are two popular holiday hotspots, famed for their fabulous beaches, and Costa Adeje’s pristine beaches are among some of the best on the island.
Eating and Drinking in Tenerife
While Tenerife caters for every gastronomic whim with cuisine from all over the world, don’t forget to sample the array of traditional Spanish delights on offer, such as fresh fish or paella, washed down with a jug of fruity local sangria. You’ll be spoilt for choice with quaint tapas bars, cosy pavement-side cafes, international restaurants and a variety of bars, all of which are relatively inexpensive.
Popular with couples and families with older children, the modern resort of Costa Adeje is filled with luxurious 4* and 5* hotels, giving it an upmarket feel with a relaxed ambience.
Los Cristianos has a relaxed pace of life, with the nightlife centered around restaurants and pavement cafes, making it the ideal choice for couples and families alike.
For fun in the sun, visit Playa de las Americas - the party capital of Tenerife! With 8 beaches to choose from, there is bound to be something to take your fancy.