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Tenerife Holidays

The biggest and best-known Canary Island, Tenerife holidays boast a diverse landscape with a variety of resorts where you can enjoy the phenomenal Tenerife weather.

The most popular resort in the Canaries

The island's proximity to Africa means it shares the continent's scorching sun and consistently warm climate, drawing tourists to its dramatic volcanic sands all year round. Why wouldn't you want to swap some of the UK's winter rain for a toasty week in the sun?

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A dramatic contrast of black and gold sands

The island is volcanic, and as such, its native sands are a striking colour of black. Owing to island's small number of natural beaches, sand has been lovingly imported from the Sahara over the years to create several golden stretches of sunbathing space.

Black or gold, most of the beaches boast Blue Flag status for cleanliness and quality of sand. And where else in the world can you bask under the sun whilst admiring the snow-capped summit of a mountain?

Climb Spain's highest mountain

Speaking of mountains, no other island boasts such a variety of landscape. If sipping cocktails on spotless beaches isn't your piña colada, there are plenty of secluded coves, rock formations and peninsulas to explore.

Take a trip to Garachico in the north where the kids will love exploring the volcanic rock pools or if you're feeling adventurous, hike up through the lush forest of Teide National Park. One of the 12 Treasures of Spain and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park has been protected since 1954 and is home to one of the world's most stunning landscapes.

Peer over the edge of Tenerife's huge volcanic crater – if you dare – then hike up to the peak of Mount Teide, which at 12200 feet is Spain's highest mountain. If that hard morning relaxing by the pool has left you feeling drained, there is a cable car to whisk you high above the clouds. On a clear day you can see right across the desert to the shimmering turquoise sea, making it a great place to take some holiday snaps.

Great family attractions

If the landscape isn't enough to tempt you from your sunbathing spot, there are plenty of other things to see and do on Tenerife holidays. The island is filled with tourist attractions which provide fun and thrills for the whole family. Enjoy fantastic animal shows and interaction at the popular Loro Parque in the north or take a cheeky trip to Monkey Park in the south.

Tenerife's water parks are the envy of the Canary Islands with two fantastic attractions to choose from in the south of the island. Aqualandia is the choice for families with a tamer ride set but adrenaline junkies will love the white-knuckle offering at the versatile Siam Park.

Las Americas nightclubs

Tenerife hosts a number of resorts which offer great nightlife but Playa De Las Americas is the premier destination for partying in the Canary Islands. The dozens of bars and clubs spread around the resort makes it popular with young and old visitors with an atmosphere to suit all tastes.

The Starco Centre and the Patch are home to some great bars where you can get your evening started before heading to the Veronicas Strip where world class DJs regularly play some of the many venues.

If you're not into the party scene then there are plenty of resorts around the rest of Tenerife that will let you wind down a relaxing and enjoyable evening in the comfort of laidback bars and restaurants.

Canarian cuisine

The majority of resorts in Tenerife cater for the home sick taste buds with plenty of British pubs serving familiar dishes, drinks and even Sunday dinners but this island's real speciality is its offering of Canarian Cuisine and Spanish delights.

Home grown meals can be found in a number of restaurants and in tapas bars with many ocean facing eateries offering freshly caught seafood. The Canary Island's signature dish is Pappas Arragudas, unskinned potatoes boiled in sea water, drizzled in a garlicy mojo sauce; well worth a try for adventurous consumers.

Duty-free shopping

Tenerife enjoys the perk of duty free tax on certain products including cigarettes, alcoholic spirits and perfume. New regulations have restricted the number of items that can be taken back to the UK from Tenerife so make yourself familiar with the new rules while travelling.

In terms of traditional retail, many resorts have commercial centres which offer designer brands or unique souvenirs while the quieter resorts have limited shopping facilities. A trip to the capital city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife rewards visitors with an expansive shopping experience with traditional island products offered alongside bargain brands.

Getting around

The main airport on the island is based in the south meaning that the transfer times to the resorts in the south west can take less than half an hour while those staying in the resorts to the west and up north will have to wait over an hour to get their holiday started.

Busses run frequently across the island taking you to neighbouring resorts while some are available to take you right across the island. There are daily bus trips taking tourists from major resorts to the foot of Mount Teide while Siam Park offers a free bus service from major resorts to the park itself.

Alternatively car hire companies are readily available at the airport or from most resorts if you just want to hire for a day. This option is recommended to enjoy the freedom of the island and to discover the beauty of driving around the mountainous motorways.

Where to stay in Tenerife


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Best time of year to visit

Known as the island of eternal spring, Tenerife holidays provide a warm climate year round. The winter months range from 13-18C in the winter and 24-28C during the summer.

The island stays dry for the majority of the year but the north side of the island has much more rainy days than the south during winter.

If you're looking to enjoy a genuine Spanish fiesta, Tenerife gets in the party mood for many occasions across the year and tourists are always invited to join in the fun. The biggest celebration is the Canary Carnivals held across the island during the week of Ash Wednesday.

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