Holidays in the North of the island provide an authentic cultural experience of Tenerife. Enjoy shopping around the island’s main cities of Puerto De La Cruz and the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife, both of which are bustling and vibrant places to spend relaxing days and buzzing nights.
With these and many more resorts in between, there’s somewhere for couples, families and groups alike to enjoy the phenomenal Tenerife weather, scenery and attractions before retiring to some truly fantastic Tenerife hotels. Los Cristianos makes an ideal resort for family holidays to Tenerife with giant beaches lined with cafes and bars, while El Medano suits those looking for a truly authentic taste of Spain. Tenerife holidays have something for every holidaymaker.
‘The island of eternal spring’
Tenerife’s prime location and weather is why it’s been given the nickname ‘the island of eternal spring’. A holiday to the island of eternal spring has a nice ring to it, right?
Where else in the world can you bask under the sun whilst admiring the snow-capped summit of a mountain? Tenerife holidays invite you to enjoy dry weather and temperatures of 24°C to 28°C during the summer and even in winter it stays between 22°C to 25°C – warm enough for sunbathing at Christmas! Take a look at our Tenerife weather guide for a month by month breakdown to see when you should book your holiday to Tenerife. If you’re looking for a trip full of adventure and exploring, the cooler months may be better, but if you’re looking for scorching sunshine and a great tan, definitely opt for those peak months.
If holidays bring out your adventurous side, you can hike through the lush forest of Teide National Park and up to the peak of Mount Teide – Spain’s highest mountain and the third largest volcano in the world! For a more leisurely trip we recommend taking the cable car high above the clouds near to the 3,718-metre summit where you can gaze across the turquoise sea and take some top-notch holiday snaps of Tenerife. You can take one of the daily buses from either Costa Adeje or Playa de las Americas to the base of the mountain.
For more natural beauty on your Tenerife holidays, take a trip to Garachico in the North where the kids will love exploring the volcanic rock pools – you might even spot some of the underwater wildlife native to Tenerife. This island is a natural beauty and your holiday to Tenerife is the ideal way to explore and appreciate its splendour.
The island’s native volcanic sands are a striking black colour, however over the years sand has been lovingly imported from the Sahara to create several golden stretches of sunbathing space in Tenerife. Black or gold, most of the stunning beaches in Tenerife boast Blue Flag status for cleanliness and quality of sand.
Tenerife holidays are perfect for fun-filled beach days with sun beds, watersports and promenades lined with cafes and bars. Choose to relax and top up your tan or get stuck in and unleash your inner adrenaline junkie.
A cheap holiday to Tenerife means you can explore the country as much as possible – you’ll never be short of something to see, do or experience on Tenerife holidays. For a truly amazing day trip you can go on a whale watching boat ride, take the Submarine Safari or visit a banana plantation. Access to Los Realejos plantation, near Puerto de la Cruz, is free or you can drive through the middle of it to experience the lush landscape and stunning ocean views.
The island is also crammed with mainstay tourist attractions including animal parks and waterparks in the South and the popular Loro Parque in the North with top animal shows and interactions. The waterparks in Tenerife are the envy of the Canary Islands – the infamous Siam Park provides thrills for adrenaline junkies packing your day full of fun and laughter. Aqualand is the choice for families as it has a kidzworld, dolphinarium and more chilled out rides. However, there are some more adventurous flumes if the adults manage to get away for a go or two. Buses to the park run daily from Costa Adeje and Playa de las Americas.
Many resorts in Tenerife have commercial centres which offer everything from designer brands to unique souvenirs. For the best shopping experience on the island, browse the designer retailers of Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje or take a trip to the capital city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which rewards visitors with an expansive shopping experience ranging from traditional island products to well-known brands. Grab a bargain with some souvenirs for those back home and then treat yourself to something that catches your eye – it’s your Tenerife holiday at the end of the day!
Nights out for all
Tenerife holidays are perhaps best-known for great nights out, and the infamous Playa de las Americas certainly doesn’t disappoint – with dozens of different bars and clubs, it has something for all tastes and is popular with both young and old visitors.
This premier party destination regularly hosts nights with world class DJs, such as Judge Jules and DJ EZ as well as being the venue for the Arona Festival which brings top dance DJs to the island every August for a 12-hour party in the Domíngez Alfonso Olympic Stadium.
Noisy nights and a buzzing scene isn’t for everyone, but don’t worry a Tenerife holiday is still on the cards for you. Elsewhere on the island there are plenty of resorts where you can spend your evenings relaxing with a drink in intimate settings without the party vibe. With a fantastic eating-out culture and lots of local wine to try, you can have laid-back nights in one of the great bars, restaurants or hotels during your holidays. Sip your favourite cocktails, perhaps enjoy some entertainment and then head home for a cosy night’s sleep.
Tenerife holidays offer the culinary delights of Canarian Cuisine. And take it from us, the ideal way to spend your nights is sampling the mouthwatering local food. Home grown meals can be found in a number of restaurants and tapas bars with many ocean-facing eateries offering freshly caught seafood – the parrot fish, vieja, is particularly good.
Also well worth a try is the Canary Islands signature dish of Papas Arrugadas – unskinned potatoes boiled in seawater, drizzled in a garlicky mojo sauce. Tenerife is big on food – and not just their own – you can get almost any type of cuisine on the island, from Indian to Italian. Or for those with homesick taste buds, the majority of resorts have plenty of British pubs serving familiar dishes, drinks and even Sunday dinners. Be sure to try as many dishes as you can to get the full experience of a Tenerife holiday.
Due to the rich volcanic soils and mild climate, Tenerife produces many distinctive and attractive wines and the island actually has five wine producing regions so there is a local wine to go with every dish. So be sure to try as many wines as you can too – it’s the only way to get the full experience, right?
Spend your Tenerife holidays partying in the street. With a carnival that is second only to Rio’s, Tenerife sure knows how to fiesta. The week long Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which takes place during the week of Ash Wednesday in February, attracts visitors from all over the world who come to see the elaborate floats and costumes and delicious tortillas. Book your Tenerife holiday around this time and immerse yourself into this fun-filled, colourful extravaganza.
Smaller scale celebrations also take place this week in resorts around the island. Tenerife gets in the party mood for many other occasions across the year, with tourists always invited to join in the fun and celebrate well into the night.
Gorgeous golf greens
There are a number of superb golf courses all around Tenerife including a special collection of quality courses in the South West region around Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos. The well-kept greens contrast with the stunning blue oceans surrounding the area creating the most picturesque views.
The fantastic resort of Golf Del Sur is a 27-hole, championship quality course where the signature black volcanic sands of Tenerife make up the course’s bunkers, while small ravines create the water hazards. With great restaurants and even a nightclub on site and the Playa de las Americas nightlife a short drive away, this resort makes for perfect golfing holidays.