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Holidays in Tenerife
Tenerife is the largest and most developed Canary Island. Attractive beaches, watersports and exciting adventures to Loro Parque, Siam Park and the cliffs of Los Gigantes make holidays to Tenerife popular year after year, offering activities for everyone to enjoy. It’s an island of two halves, with Spain’s highest mountain dividing the lush tropical north from the rocky south.
Spring or autumn when temperatures are usually in the early to mid-20s.
Flight time from UK.
Book a Thomas Cook holiday to Tenerife and enjoy an island adventure among dramatic volcanic peaks and long sweeping beaches.
A trio of lively resorts – Costa Adeje, Playa De Las Americas and Los Cristianos – covers the south-west corner of Tenerife with fine sandy beaches. The island’s pleasant capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, lies in the shelter of the Anaga Mountains that spread towards the north-western tip. Old fishing villages like San Andrés dot the coastline, offering fresh seafood in waterside restaurants. Head north past the white peak of Mount Teide and you come to dreamy La Orotova, a beautifully preserved 17th-century town of pretty pastel colours. Just beyond is attractive Puerto de la Cruz, a popular tourist spot for more than a century.
Families are spoilt for choice in Tenerife. Give the children a glimpse of Africa and Asia in Loro Parque, a magical tropical park where you can see jaguars, whales, dolphins, gorillas and even penguins. Giant waterparks like Siam Park and Aqualand will keep the kids splashing away happily for hours. Grown-ups can look forward to fresh fish served with a dash of mojo – Tenerife’s own spicy sauce. Spain’s tallest peak, Mount Teide, dominates the centre of the island, giving fantastic views from its lookout points. Take the cable car to the top and – if it’s a clear day – you can see the entire Canary Islands.
Take an unforgettable drive up the steep, winding road through the Masca Gorge, one of the most extraordinary places in Tenerife. The reward for your efforts will be knockout views of Mount Teide on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Follow in the wake of mythical giants on a boat trip to Los Gigantes, the dizzyingly high cliffs that loom over the Atlantic on Tenerife’s north-western coast. And don’t miss out on one of the most enchanting of Tenerife’s attractions: the sight of dolphins and whales leaping about in the ocean.
Playa De Las Americas is party central – without a doubt one of the buzziest places in Tenerife. Dozens of bars offering everything from cabaret to karaoke are clustered around three main areas: the Patch, Veronicas and Starco Centre. For a taste of glamour, head to Costa Adeje for cocktails at Faro Chill Art. This elegant ship-shaped club sits between Puerto Colón and Playa de Fañabé, and its terrace is one of the most sophisticated places in Tenerife for a sundowner. Puerto de la Cruz hits the spot if you want more Latin and salsa sounds than the usual chart hits.
Tenerife’s beaches have been enticing sun-worshippers since tourists discovered Puerto de la Cruz in the late 19th century. Golden sandy beaches run with barely a break along the south-western coast from Playa De Las Americas to Costa Adeje. Windsurfing and kiteboarding have become two of the most popular activities in Tenerife, thanks to the steady African winds gracing the south coast’s El Médano beach. And there are still plenty of hidden coves like El Bollullo on the north coast, where the Atlantic’s waves crash onto black volcanic sand.
Scenery lovers: Sail the Atlantic Ocean on a luxury catamaran. Cameras at the ready to take the perfect picture of dolphins and pilot whales.
Outdoor types: A full day’s adventure exploring Mount Teide and the eco paradise of Masca by 4x4.
Beach lovers: The golden sands of Tenerife’s south coast.
Language: The language spoken in Tenerife is Spanish.
Currency: The currency used in Tenerife is Euro (€).
Local time: Tenerife is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Tenerife has two airports. Tenerife South, near the island’s most popular resorts, is larger and busier than Tenerife North, which is about 11km west of the capital.
Flight time from UK: 4.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Tenerife tourist information can be found at www.webtenerife.co.uk
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Tenerife.
Temperatures: Summer temperatures regularly in the 30s (°C)
Best time to visit Tenerife: Spring or autumn when temperatures are usually in the early to mid-20s (°C).
They call the weather in Tenerife “eternal springtime”, with its wonderfully mild climate even in deepest winter. Summers in Tenerife are hot and dry.
By taxi: Tenerife’s white taxis are easy to spot and all have meters, but you might want to set a fixed price if you want to do some extra exploring.
By car hire: Hiring a car is a good option for seeing the best places in Tenerife.
By bus: Bright green buses nicknamed “guaguas” make getting around in Tenerife easy and cheap.
By tram: Sleek modern trams zoom between Santa Cruz in the south and La Laguna in the north of the island.
Carnival time: Escape the dreary winter back home and indulge in fiesta fun at the Santa Cruz de Tenerife carnival in February. The city sizzles for two weeks of colourful parades and dancing in the street.
Easter celebrations: Easter brings the festivities of “Semana Santa”, or Holy Week, as the long days of Lent come to an end in spirited style.
Patron saint: Join the party in August when Tenerife celebrates its patron saint, the Virgin of Candelaria, with two days of spectacles.
For wine lovers: Get your glass ready for November’s feast of St Andrew in Icod de los Vinos, when winemakers show off their newest vintage.