Holidays to Tenerife offer a wealth of experiences; whether it’s a dolphin-watching cruise, lazy beach days, strolling along the harbour or a foodie adventure, there’s something for all the family. Las Ameri-cas is the most vibrant of Tenerife’s many holiday resorts, where you can shop to your heart’s content at the resort, and relax with all the family. For a package holiday, Los Cristianos is fantastic – the resort boasts a wide range of accommodation, activities and two beautiful beaches. Those looking for a re-laxed holiday in Tenerife will love Callao Salvaje, a residential area in Tenerife with a real sense of se-renity to it. Here, you can enjoy their quiet beaches, beautiful promenaded and charming restaurants. For a quick city break, Tenerife's cosmopolitan capital Santa Cruz has every you could want; café-lined streets, bustling shopping markets, museums and the famous Church Tower of Place de la Iglesia.
Why choose Tenerife for a holiday?
Tenerife holidays have it all; sun, sea, soaring volcano peaks and sumptuous ocean-to-table cuisine. The most popular Canary Island, Tenerife’s year-round sunshine and warm climate make it a great destination. This is the place to come for a beach holiday; the mixture of long golden sand and attractive dark volcanic beaches give sun-lovers many destinations for fun-filled beach days. You can spend the day on Playa de las Americas, which has the beautiful, sparkling Playa las Vista, or visit the blue flag beaches of Playa Arena, in Los Gigantes. On the beach, you will be spoilt for choice with the many watersports on offer – from jet skiing to scuba diving, ocean-lovers will be amazed by the bounty available on this is-land.
Our top Tenerife holiday resorts
Playa de las Americas
Playa de las Americas is Tenerife's most lively and vibrant holiday resort, popular both with party an-imals and night-owls. With excellent shopping spots to enjoy during the day, the town comes alive at night with bustling restaurants, bars and nightclubs catering to every taste.
Los Cristianos is also a great option for a Tenerife package holiday. The former tiny fishing village has now grown into a charming town centre, with a great selection of accommodation, nightlife and two main beaches that are excellent for swimming. There are a number of sailing excursions leaving the busy port daily, including whale and dolphin-watching trips.
Costa Adeje is also a great resort for couples or families,boasting beautiful waterside restaurants along with a small sandy beach.
Attractions & Activities
Tenerife’s beaches are amazing; Playa de Benjio is a hidden treasure, with long stretches of dark sand, and great water sports. For something special, Playa Del Duque is a long, manmade stretch of golden sand, and in Los Gigantes, you will find the blue flag, dark sand beach of Playa Arena. Golf is very popular on the island; in the South, discover South Costa Adeje Golf and Playa de las Americas, which are a great option for golf fans, and means Tenerife is a great choice for a golf holiday. With courses and clubs dotted around the landscape, Golf del Sur to the south is home to one of the island's most prestigious courses. For nature lovers, head to Loro Parque. This amazing destination will appeal to all; it’s a zoo, botanical gardens, aquarium and parrot park in one. For a floral display, head to Orchid House, which is filled with the most stunning flower displays. You must also visit Teide National Park when in Tenerife. At the park, you will discover unique flora, lizards, rabbits, kestrels and vultures, as well as being able to visit Spain's highest mountain and volcano, Mount Teide. Mount Teide soars to over 3,700 metres in height, and has a vast crater, which measures over 80kms in circumference. Take the cable car to get up close and personal with this spec-tacular volcano, and you will be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views over Tenerife once you reach the summit.
Our top Tenerife holiday tips
• To keep the cost of your holiday down, opt for the ‘menu del día’ whenever you see one in a restaurant. This will include three courses, plus bread and wine, beer or water, for around 10 euros per person. Bargain!
• Rent a car, especially if you are visiting the island for the first time. It will give you greater free-dom to explore all parts of the island.
• Guachinches are small stalls who serve traditional Spanish cuisine. You’ll find them often pop-ping up at special fiestas and holidays, and there are some at the Puerto de la Cruz harbour.
• Tenerife locals love a picnic; at the weekend, you’ll find many people eating al fresco, with homemade picnics. Look out zonas recreativas throughout the island as these are dedicated picnic areas, you’ll normally have them all to yourself throughout the week.
Events in Tenerife
There’s lots of fantastic events throughout the year in Tenerife; carnivals are an important part of Ten-erife culture, especially in Santa Cruz. Expect costumes, partying in the streets and fun-filled parades throughout the year, especially during Semana Santa and Pascua, which falls in March or April. In June, Corpus Christi festival commemorates the institution of the Eucharist with special artistic decorations throughout the towns. One of Europe’s best classical music festivals takes place in Tenerife in June – there are live performers and orchestras every night, and always a great vibe. Sabandeño Festival happens every September, which is a folklore music festival held in La Laguna, where various Canarian and international bands showcase their music. And, of course, New Year’s Eve is big in the Canary Islands, with a traditional family meal, followed by a night of dancing in the street.
If you want to see the best of Tenerife, your best bet is to rent a car, which will allow you to take in the dramatic coastline, beautiful beaches and mountain ranges at your leisure. Finding a taxi is also very easy in Tenerife – most resorts will have a taxi rank and they are an inexpensive way of travelling around the island. For public transport, the bus in Tenerife is a very cost-effective way of seeing the sights; grab a Bono Bus Card, which will make it cheaper for multiple journeys. Just ask the hotel reception for the latest bus timetable.
Tenerife holiday resorts
|Costa Adeje Holidays||31 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Playa de las Americas Holidays||25 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Los Cristianos Holidays||11 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Puerto de la Cruz Holidays||10 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Golf del Sur Holidays||4 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Puerto de Santiago Holidays||2 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Playa de la Arena Holidays||2 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Playa de Fanabe Holidays||1 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Playa Paraiso Holidays||1 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Chayofa Holidays||1 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Costa del Silencio Holidays||1 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|El Medano Holidays||1 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|
|Buenavista del Norte Holidays||1 Hotels, Villas + Apartments|