Holidays to sun-kissed Tenerife
Discover an island where the sun shines all year, an otherworldly landscape meets crystal blue seas, and a distinct island culture is waiting to welcome you…
Time your visit right to embrace Canarian life and experience the the largest Canary Island’s unique celebrations. The island’s ‘Carnaval de Santa Cruz’, held around February, is second only to Rio’s annual carnival in Brazil when it comes to scale and pageantry.
Thanks to its history as a tourist hotspot, the island is a well-known destination for partygoers and families. But rest assured that a holiday to Tenerife has plenty to interest all comers. So read on to learn what the Island of Eternal Spring holds in store for you...
Tenerife remains one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations, and with good reason. It's not just the ever-popular resort towns Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos that are worth a visit. The island has a veritable feast of experiences on offer — make sure not to miss the opportunity to go stargazing in the foothills of Mount Teide. Tenerife’s colourful local character and dramatic scenery never fail to impress, and the distinct Canary Island culture is a treat.
A popular resort town for the discerning traveller, Costa Adeje sits on the southern coast of the island. This destination boasts countless excellent restaurants and a stunning seafront promenade, where there are plenty of activities to enjoy. Try a ride on a jet-ski, or take a trip out to sea and watch dolphins and whales at play.
Beyond the bright lights of the beach fronts, the south and east coast of Tenerife has plenty of quiet fishing villages that offer an authentic view of island life, far away from the crowds and wild nights. And if you love a round of golf, you’ll find a few excellent courses and country clubs where you can while away an afternoon.
If geology and natural history are your passion, then you should head to Los Gigantes. The awe-inspiring cliffs span a six-mile stretch of Tenerife’s west coast, rising over 1,600 feet from the Atlantic. Los Gigantes means ‘the Giants’ in Spanish, and it is easy to see why.
The town itself has a delightful marina that is fringed by excellent quayside restaurants and bars. For a couple of peaceful hours, you can sample some of the local cuisine and watch private yachts arrive or set sail. A short distance down the coast from Los Gigantes is the resort of Playa de la Arena. There, you can see one of the island’s few natural black sand beaches – most others have had their golden sand imported.
To enjoy a taste of ‘real Tenerife’, make a trip to the beautiful village of La Orotava in the north to explore its quaint cobbled streets and colonial architecture. There, you’ll find a beautiful parish church and a botanical garden with over 3,000 different species of tropical and subtropical plant species, from Africa to Australia and beyond.
The surrounding valley – also called La Orotava – includes the peak of Mount Teide. Between the stunning natural vistas and the picturesque houses, you’ll have plenty of superb photo opportunities. Here, you will find a beguiling slice of island life a world away from the sun and sangria of the southern resorts.
Tenerife is located in the North Atlantic Ocean, around 300km off the south-west coast of Morocco.
The currency in Tenerife is the Euro.
It takes four and a half hours to fly between London and Tenerife.
A decent rule of thumb is to tip around 10% of a restaurant bill, and taxi drivers and porters may expect a small tip of the same amount too.
Tipping in restaurants is not mandatory, but as elsewhere in Europe, a reward for good service will be gladly accepted.
Tenerife is on Greenwich Mean Time, so it is in the same time zone as Great Britain. This means no jet lag or having to change your watches if you’re flying from the UK.
People in Tenerife speak Spanish, with English spoken widely in tourist areas.
Tenerife enjoys a subtropical climate, with temperatures that rarely fall below 20 degrees Celsius. Thanks to the north-easterly sea breeze, temperatures stay around the high twenties during the summer months, meaning the heat is rarely too extreme.
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