Holidays to Tenerife are a dream come true for beach lovers of all stripes. Like families with tiny tots and adventurous teens, sand-seeking couples, and friends on a mission to reconnect. From its black and golden coastline to its towering central mountain and beautiful little hamlets, this Spanish hotspot is packed with all sorts of places to chill out under blue skies – at any time of year.
The largest of all the Canary Islands, with peaceful seaside scenes, banging bar life and everything in between, it’s no wonder Tenerife holidays are such a big hit with us sun-hungry Brits.
5 reasons to visit Tenerife
• 12 months of sunshine: It may be part of Spain but the weather in Tenerife comes straight from nearby Africa. Perfect for that winter escape!
• Scenery for days: A gorgeous backdrop’s the icing on the cake for an away-from-it-all holiday, and Tenerife hits the mark with its swoon-worthy beaches, dramatic lava fields and waterfalls.
• Fun times for families: Sandcastle builders, animal lovers, and waterslide zoomers all love it here. And that’s just the mums and dads!
• Big name beach spots: From picture-perfect Playa del Duque (Costa Adeje) to family-friendly Playa de las Vistas (Los Cristianos), Tenerife’s coastline has it all.
• Must-do sports and activities: Golf courses galore, exciting dive sites, hiking for all levels and a whole lot of watersports help tick all the boxes for those with plenty of get-up-and-go.
Best places to stay in Tenerife
Wondering what’s the best part of Tenerife for holidays? Take your pick from these fave spots.
A trio of lively resorts covers the southwest corner of Tenerife with fine sandy beaches and plenty for families. You’ve probably already heard of them: Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje are some of the most famous places for holidays to Tenerife. Or, head to nearby Playa Paraiso and the 5 star Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife for a swanky stay in peaceful surrounds.
Looking for somewhere more traditional? Try the quieter retreats further south, like San Miguel de Abona with its cobbles and wooden balconies. Make the Bahia Principe Fantasia Tenerife 5-star hotel your base – it’s outside the town near the beach, golf courses, sports marina and San Blas nature reserve for that fairy-tale combo of chill time and action.
If pretty streets are your thing, you’ll love the island capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. In the shelter of the Anaga Mountains, it’s home to fantastic beach life at Playa de las Teresitas. Think 2km of sun-kissed sands and snorkel-friendly waters. Plus cute fishing villages like San Andrés dot the coastline around here.
Go north past the white peak of Mount Teide and you’ll come to dreamy La Orotava, a beautifully preserved 17th-century town decked out in pastel colours. Just beyond is the thoroughly Canarian resort of Puerto de la Cruz, whose laid-back charms will win you over. And that’s not to mention the spectacular volcanic sands of Playa Jardin.
What to do in Tenerife
Obviously there are the beaches – Costa Adeje’s Playa del Duque is one of the best, perfect for making the most of the incredible Tenerife weather. And if you want more than just sun, sea and sand? Whether you’re looking for late-night dance floors or something to tire the kids out, Tenerife comes up trumps with an array of things to do all vacay long.
Big nights out are Go! Known for its vibrant resorts, Tenerife has a party reputation that doesn't go unnoticed. The nightlife in Playa de Las Americas is some of its liveliest, particularly along Veronica's Strip.
More into fresh air and Insta-worthy views? Dominating the centre of the island is Spain’s tallest peak, the beautiful Mount Teide. And don’t worry if you’re not much of a hiker, there’s a cable car taking you right to the volcano’s summit. Plus there are plenty more outdoor adventures to be had, like a day exploring the island’s answer to Machu Picchu at the hidden village of Masca.
As for families, a splash-filled trip to Siam Park has to be top of your list. It’s one of Europe’s best waterparks so don’t miss it! While a visit to Monkey Park is a must on all Los Cristianos holidays. Walk among squirrel monkeys and lemurs in its open enclosures. For a wildlife experience on a bigger scale, check out Loro Parque – or take to the ocean on a whale-spotting boat trip.
More about Tenerife holidays
Get more insider travel tips with our guides to these top Tenerife destinations: Costa Adeje | Los Cristianos | Playa de las Americas | Puerto de la Cruz