Tenerife is a popular year-round destination, thanks to its great annual climate around 15ºC in winter and 24ºC in summer. It’s ideal for the young and the old, and attracts both families and groups wanting a fun filled holiday.
Things to do
Tenerife offers a diverse range of activities and attractions to keep you entertained throughout the day from hiking up a volcano or sport-fishing for marlin to bungee-jumping and waterskiing.
All manner of watersports are available in most beach resorts and thanks to the offshore breezes the conditions are particularly ideal for windsurfing and parascending. Tenerife offers an excellent choice of scuba diving centres and dive clubs, as well as a BOB diving centre ideal for those with no diving experience, you get to have all the underwater fun with much less effort by means of your own underwater scooter. If you don’t want to get wet a popular excursion for all the family include whale and dolphin spotting boat-trips or, venture below surface with a submarine ride.
On dry land visitors can enjoy golf, tennis, go-karting, bowling and balloon rides, as well as many excursions to choose from; including a trip to the islands capital Santa Cruz where you can enjoy some retail therapy; the picturesque village of Masca; or the Mount Teide National Park, where you can take a cable car towards the summit and experience incredible views. For some holiday fun visit one of the islands theme or water parks; Loro Parque is home to over 300 species of parrot, it also features sea-lion, parrot and dolphin shows as well as an aquarium with shark tunnel and a penguinarium; or Siam Park, Tenerife’s newest waterpark is full of thrilling rides and attractions including a wave pool, lazy river and the Wave Palace for surfers.
Tenerife offers a wide range of well equipped resorts, varying from noisy and energetic where typically English food, karaoke and excessive beer are the norm, to tranquil and authentic resorts, with traditional Spanish tapas and locally-made wine can be found in typical Canarian bars.
Playa de las Americas is the largest resort on the island, and caters mainly to the 18-30’s crowd, who relax on the beach by day and party hard at the all-night clubs and bars by nights.
Costa Adeje has a wide traffic free promenade lined with bars and restaurants running the length of the resort and into Playa de las Americas. The beach here is ideal, the waters are calm so great for families with young children and there’s plenty of watersports as well as beach water float parks.
Los Cristianos provides a slightly quieter base to neighbouring Playa de las Americas. The resort has two sandy beaches offering a wide selection of fun water rides and sports, as well as a harbour that offers fishing trips, pleasure cruises, glass bottom boats, diving excursions and ferries to La Gomera.
Playa Paraiso is ideal for being close to Playa de las Americas but in a peaceful location. There is little in the way of nightlife other than a few bars and restaurants, though for those that want it las Americas is just 10mins in a taxi. There’s no beach here yet, though one is planned for the future, in the meantime there’s a large saltwater lido complex or many good beaches are just a taxi ride away.
The neighbouring resorts of Playa de la Arena, Puerto de Santiago and Los Gigantes are small and tranquil, and enjoy the longest hours of sunshine on the island. Each offers a good range of shops, bars and restaurants, with a more laid back scene ideal for couples and families. These resorts are quite hilly, so may not be suitable for visitors with mobility issues.
Las Caletillas is a nice quiet base in the north of the island and has one of Tenerife’s prettiest towns Candelaria just 3km away. The beach here is pebbly and the resort is equipped with basic facilities and a good selection of Canarian restaurants as well as a small number of low-key bars.
Puerto de la Cruz is the main tourist resort in the north of the island. It’s also the oldest resort on the island and offers visitors the best of both worlds with narrow cobbled streets and historic buildings, as well as having all the usual modern tourist facilities such as shops, bars and restaurants.
Garachico with its cobbled streets and beautifully restored churches is one of the islands prettiest destinations. The region’s coastline consists of 6km of quiet black sand coves surrounded by volcanic rock formations and pools.
La Laguna is set in the beautiful countryside in the Aguere valley and is one of Tenerife’s most historical cities, home to many monuments, religious buildings and palaces.
Vilaflor is found 15km inland from the south coast and at 1400m above sea level, is the highest village on the island. Once a spa town, Vilaflor rewards visitors with an insight into old-style Canarian living in a tranquil and beautiful setting.Posted : Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 at 11:39