This beautiful mountainous island must be seen to be believed, but once you do it's not hard to see why 5 million people visit Tenerife every year. Pristine beaches, traditional villages, national parks, and even banana plantations - it's got a bit of something for everyone. Looking for a relaxing break to melt your worries away? Then enjoying Puerto de Santiago's calm and sleepy vibe is a must. Want something a bit livelier and more active? Head down the coast to Los Cristianos or Playa de las Americas, where you'll find opportunities for watersports and a buzzing nightlife.
The dazzling sun shines bright and warm all year round, rarely dropping below 20 degrees even in winter. It's a perfect destination to get away from the bleak British weather, any time of the year.
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.
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.
When we're day dreaming of Tenerife holidays most will imagine themselves relaxing on the beaches and enjoying nights out, but if that was all they were to do, they’d be missing out! The island is perfect for dolphin and whale watching, which are very reasonably priced and not to be missed. Siam Park is a fantastic water park that is famous across Europe, and you’ll discover incredible sights and wonders when you start to explore Teide National Park. The whole island is a special experience, so while these are a couple of highlights, you’ll never run out of things to enjoy.
If parks are your family’s thing, Siam Park is one of the greatest water parks in Europe, the monkey park is fabulous for getting an up close and personal encounter with the cute primates, and the Teide National Park is a perfect experience for families with a love of nature. The beaches are ideal for paddling and beach games, and the play areas on those such as Costa Adeje’s Playa Fanabe will keep kids entertained for hours on end.
Visiting the Teide National Park is a spectacular experience. The striking volcanic rock scenery is unique and captivating, and Mount Teide is the third tallest volcano in the world. You’ll discover diverse fauna and flora throughout, and the almost lunar landscape is unforgettable. At the north-east of Tenerife you’ll find the wonderful green valley of Anaga, the largest plain on the island is the alien-looking Llano de Ucanca, and Los Gigantes (The Giants) is a range of near-vertical cliffs that rises 800 metres up from the sea
Tenerife is a popular destination with Brits, so you’ll find all sorts of international cuisine across the island. If you want to try something more authentic, there are endless locally-sourced seafood dishes, plus rancho canario (salted ribs, chorizo, potato, chickpea, and noodle stew), morcilla (sweet black pudding), and arroz con leche (rice pudding) to follow. A local and refreshing tipple is the fruity wine Brumas de Ayosa, which is made at the south of the island.
The most exciting and vibrant place for a night out in Tenerife is definitely in Playa de las Americas, which has clubs and cabaret bars open every night. There, you’ll find the areas of Patch, Veronicas, and Starco Centre, which offer the best and busiest places to party. Costa Adeje has the Kaluna Beach Club, Puerto Santiago has Route 66, and Santa Cruz de Tenerife has Los Reunidos. It’s not all for partying until the sun comes up though: you’ll also find tempting terraces, tasty tapas bars, karaoke fun, and family-friendly events across the whole of Tenerife.