The beautiful mountainous island of Tenerife has to be seen to be believed, with its pristine beaches, traditional villages, national parks, and even banana plantations. 5 million visitors enjoy Tenerife’s hospitality every year, and while the atmosphere in some areas is calm and sleepy, there are also thrilling opportunities for watersports and a buzzing nightlife.
The dazzling sun shines bright and warm all year round, rarely dropping below 20 degrees Celsius, even in winter.
Tenerife is the most populous and most popular of the Canary Islands, and it isn’t hard to see why. The rugged scenery combined with the tourist-friendly activities, food, beaches, and places to visit offer the perfect environment for a stress-free holiday in paradise.
Beach bods: Tenerife is famed for its golden beaches, which are particularly special across the south coast of the island.
Outdoor explorers: Mount Teide is the world’s third largest volcano, and anyone with a taste for adventure will want to experience its craggy, impressive national park.
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The Blue Flag beaches across Costa Adeje are white and beautiful, and draw families from across the world. The entertainment and places to eat are more family-friendly than some of Tenerife’s resorts, and the emphasis is placed far more on sophistication, luxury, and relaxation here. Enjoy dolphin-spotting, watersports, and the slippery slides of Aqualand, or for a more natural experience take a day trip to the stunning Hell’s Gorge.
This is one of Tenerife’s livelier resorts, attracting top DJs to provide a soundtrack to an energetic nightlife where party-hungry visitors will really let their hair down. As you’d expect, the resort’s six best beaches are gorgeous and their sand powder-soft, so you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling, or even jet-skiing if you’re brave. Siam Park is a thrill-packed water park too, where both kids and adults alike will have fun.
This bustling port town has class and sophistication, and you’ll find yachts and glass-bottom boats sailing peacefully along the coastline on a seafront lined by luxury accommodation and tasteful restaurants. The town’s authentic eateries and colourful bars provide visitors with a cool, stress-relieving nightlife, while (like most Tenerife resorts) the beaches are perfect for enjoying during the day.
This postcard-pretty fishing village is a great choice for families and older couples, offering quiet bars, restaurants, and a charming fishing museum. For peace and relaxation, spend a calm day on the resort’s tiny black-sand beach before retiring to one of Puerto Santiago’s beachside restaurants. While you’ll still find watersports to enjoy here, the calming atmosphere is perfect for whiling away sunny days doing as little as possible.
For golf fans, the Tenerife resort of choice has got to be Golf del Sur. The courses are sublime and the scenery astonishing, with sweeping cliffs and eye-catching views of the deep blue tide. The bars and restaurants are more restrained here compared to some of Tenerife’s livelier resorts, so get ready to practice your swing before spending a chilled evening enjoying fine cuisine and a soothing ambience.
This is at the north of Tenerife, where couples and families will discover a more traditional, laidback side of the island to suit a more relaxing or romantic holiday. The black-sand beach is mesmerising, and complements the natural beauty of the tropical gardens and waterfalls that are found close by. The restaurants offer authentic Canarian flavours and the sun terrace bars are sure to give you a taste of luxury.
This is the joint capital of the Canary Islands, and it gives the perfect balance between tradition and slick contemporary charms. You’ll find lovely historic structures like the Church of the Immaculate Conception as well as a high-tech arts centre and football stadium amidst it all. Santa Cruz de Tenerife has the feel of an exciting city, which has grown from 15th century settlement into an impressive cultural hub.
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