POCKET GUIDE TO TENERIFE
With year-round sunshine and lots of amazing attractions for tourists, it’s no wonder Tenerife is one of our most popular holiday destinations. As part of the Canary Islands group nestled off the coast of North Africa, the climate here is beautiful (borderline scorching in summer!), and its combination of black, golden and pebble beaches with deep blue waters, rugged volcanic landscapes and tourist-centred resorts ensure that visitors return time after time. Take a look at our pocket guide to find out why Tenerife should be your top choice for your next short-haul holiday.
The majority of the island’s resorts line the stunning coast, and they vary in appeal, meaning that there’s undoubtedly a destination that suits your holiday preferences perfectly. With Playa de las Americas making its mark as a clubbers’ mecca, cities like Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz providing the cultural gems and plenty of beach spots offering endless sun-worshipping opportunities, Tenerife appeals to families, couples, groups and solo travellers alike.
WHEN TO GO TO TENERIFE
As an island that boasts year-round warmth and sunshine, Tenerife offers a perfect antidote to the winter blues. Temperatures soar into the late 20s and early 30s during the summer months, with spring, autumn and winter bringing slightly milder climes that are ideal if you want to discover the lunar landscapes out-of-season, when exploring might be more bearable than in the strong summer heat. For more winter sun destinations, discover where's hot right now with our handy holiday listicle.
THINGS TO DO IN TENERIFE
Explore the Volcanic Landscape
Tenerife’s unique lunar-like landscapes are one of its major draws, and no matter where you are on the island, you’re only a drive away from the sensational Teide National Park, which is home to an enormous volcanic crater – Pico del Teide. As the tallest peak in Spain, this intriguing mountain and its surreal surroundings offer a memorable day out for all – and if you’re feeling adventurous, the ride to the top via cable car is an absolute must. Don’t look down!
Sail The Seas
You don’t have to be a professional skipper to hop aboard a boat and sail those sparkling Atlantic waves! Plenty of the major resorts, such as Los Cristianos and Los Gigantes, boast marinas and ports, where boat trips depart daily, whisking holidaymakers away on whale and dolphin-watching trips, snorkel and dive expeditions and more. Discover what swims beneath the waves with a pair of flippers and some scuba gear, or take a ferry ride to one of the nearby islands, such as La Gomera, which is home to unspoilt lush rainforests and volcanic landscapes.
Make A Splash
If you’re after a bit of wet and wild action, Tenerife’s waterparks offer it by the bucket-load, with both the Thai-inspired Siam Park and the Aqualand park crammed with exciting slides, flumes and pools. Situated close to many of the island’s major resorts, including Playa Paraiso, Costa Adeje, Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos, they’re conveniently located and well worth a visit. Just remember to hold onto those bikini bottoms or speedos on the steepest waterslides!
Hit The Town
While Tenerife has its fair share of resorts that offer peace and quiet, there are plenty that offer low-key nightlife – and in the case of Playa de las Americas - world-famous superclubs, booze cruises and buzzing beach parties! If you’re a bit of a night owl, you’ll want to check out the head-spinning selection of bars and clubs in the island’s livelier resorts. For upmarket and sophisticated nightlife, try Costa Adeje, or head out as a family for a relaxed meal and drinks in Los Cristianos.
Get A Culture Hit
Tenerife isn’t just about touristy resorts, you know! Venture a little further from the comfort of your hotel and enjoy a day trip or two to some of the island’s cultural spots, including its charming capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This smart Spanish city has managed to retain its traditional vibe, and has plenty of shops, museums and architecture to explore (and an amazing flea market!). Similarly, the northern city of Puerto de la Cruz is also worth a visit for its old fishing quarter and black sand beach backed by tropical gardens. And if that’s not enough to fill your time, the quaint villages scattered across Tenerife offer a little look at island life away from the touristy seaside resorts.
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ADVICE FOR TRAVELLING TO TENERIFE
- As a major holiday island, Tenerife benefits from a range of fantastic public transport options, including regular bus services between resorts, major cities and towns, and plentiful taxis. If you wish to venture off the beaten track, hire cars are also readily available at the airport and in main resorts and cities.
- Brits don’t need a visa to enter Tenerife. A passport that is valid for the duration of your stay is essential, though.
- As the Canary Islands belong to Spain, the EHIC health card can be used during your stay if you need emergency medical care. However, it’s strongly recommended that you take out comprehensive travel insurance (that will cover any watersports or adventure activities you wish to do) as well.
- There are no vaccinations currently recommended for trips to the Canary Islands, but do check with your GP.
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