Tenerife Holidays 2015-2016

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Tantalising Tenerife

Spend your next holiday amid fresh island breezes, warm turquoise waters and the glorious sunshine of the Atlantic in Tenerife. As the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife attracts new visitors each and every year that are drawn to its beautiful volcanic landscapes, hidden villages and year-round sunshine.

Boasting a whole host of attractions, including Mount Teide National Park and plenty of sandy beaches, Tenerife holidays are simply unforgettable. Just off the west coast of Africa, it's a favourite with groups and couples looking to have fun, relax and up their tans. It is also a great location for that perfect family getaway.

Sun and Sea

You are spoilt for choice when deciding where to stay during your holidays to Tenerife, as the island is home to two distinct areas, either perfect for a range of holidaymakers. Those looking for sun, sea, and swimming in close range, try resorts in Playa de las Americas that are only footsteps from the beach and boast glorious swimming pools.

If you are in search of a tranquil break, why not look to the aptly named Costa del Silencio for hotels surrounded by beautiful gardens that are only a stone's throw from the glistening ocean. Couples and families looking for plenty of first-class facilities need look no further than the gorgeous resort town of Costa Adeje. Keep the kids occupied in popular Los Cristianos with an extensive range of activities to try, as well as a gorgeous on-site swimming pools, or stunning San Blas environmental reserve for a bit of luxury with plenty of outdoor activities.

Beautiful Natural Landscapes

    Tenerife holidays provide you with an amazing destination to be explored on foot, with coastal paths, mountain climbs and forest hikes that offer walking experiences like no other. The north of the island offers miles upon miles of stunning walking routes through bold mountains, lush valleys and along stunning beaches. It is also here where you can find water parks in Costa Adeje which also offers access to Mount Teide
  • the highest point in Spain. The volcanic activity over the past few centuries has created a maze of underwater caves and lava tubes to explore, which are home to hundreds of different varieties of sea life, just some of the amazing things to do and see on your holidays in Tenerife.
The south is the perfect place to relax and get away from it all. Spend your days at theme parks such as Loro Parque and Jungle Park las Aguillas, and make sure you go whale and dolphin watching. If you love golf, there are some excellent courses, especially in Golf Del Sur where you can laze the days away improving your handicap. There’s a fantastic choice of resorts during holidays to Tenerife where you can put your feet up and relax, especially with the great views of the coast from Playa de las Americas with its eight beaches, to the much quieter Los Cristianos where you can watch dolphins from a beautiful harbour, or catch the ferry to the stunning island of La Gomera.

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Tenerife prices and offers

Costa Adeje, Tenerife
Based on 2 sharing, Self Catering, 7 nts, from London Gatwick view info>
Flight + hotel from £242.50pp
Golf Del Sur, Tenerife
Based on 2 sharing, Self Catering, 7 nts, from London Gatwick view info>
Flight + hotel from £277.50pp
Golf Del Sur, Tenerife
Based on 2 sharing, Self Catering, 7 nts, from London Gatwick view info>
Flight + hotel from £283.50pp
Los Cristianos, Tenerife
Based on 2 sharing, Self Catering, 7 nts, from London Gatwick view info>
Flight + hotel from £287.50pp
Costa Del Silencio, Tenerife
Based on 2 sharing, Self Catering, 7 nts, from London Gatwick view info>
Flight + hotel from £300.50pp
Costa Adeje, Tenerife
Based on 2 sharing, Self Catering, 7 nts view info>
from £67.82pp
Los Cristianos, Tenerife
Based on 2 sharing, Self Catering, 7 nts view info>
from £99.36pp
Golf Del Sur, Tenerife
Based on 2 sharing, Self Catering, 7 nts view info>
from £137.60pp
Los Cristianos, Tenerife
Based on 2 sharing, Self Catering, 7 nts view info>
from £151.16pp
Costa Del Silencio, Tenerife
Based on 2 sharing, Self Catering, 7 nts view info>
from £170.46pp

Things to do in Tenerife

Top Attractions

With sun-kissed beaches and a fascinating volcanic landscape on its doorstep, holidays in Tenerife are fantastically diverse. Top up your tan on one of the beautiful black sand beaches, enjoy a night out on the town or venture inland to discover stunning vistas and hideaway villages. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it on a Tenerife holiday.

Wine and Dine

When it comes to eating out, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Tenerife. Brimming with an array of restaurants that serve up everything from Canary signature dishes to a fusion of European cuisine, there’s something to suit every taste. Take a seat in one of the restaurants along the Los Abrigos harbour for a chance to taste some top-notch seafood or head inland and take up a stool at one of the tapas bars for something a little more authentic.

Action and Adventure

If you’re after a holiday with a slice of action, you won’t need to look far to find fun things to do in Tenerife. Home to one of Spain’s largest volcanoes, the island is full of volcanic treats just waiting to be discovered. Jump in a car and take a ride through Teide National Park to get up close to the Teide Volcano itself. Once you reach the centre you can either take a cable car or hike to its peak where you can expect spectacular views of the island. If you’re looking for something off the beaten track, there’s a fantastic trekking trail through Las Montanas de Anaga. Missed by most, this stunning mountain range showcases rolling hills of lush greenery and hideaway villages that make the perfect pit stop for a spot of lunch.

Family Fun

Make sure you make time to visit one of Tenerife’s top attractions, Loro Park. Home to over 4000 parrots, an aquarium and a zoo, it’s an easy place to get lost for a day. When it’s time to cool down, Siam Park makes a great alternative to the beach. Spend the day whizzing down high speed flumes, make a splash in the water playgrounds or kick back as you float your way along the lazy river.

Culture Vulture

    Visit the island’s vibrant capital, Santa Cruz for a chance to marvel at its many architectural wonders. It’s where old definitely meets new and the futuristic design of the Auditorio de Tenerife stands out against the traditional white washed Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Candelaria. The old town of La Orotava is also a great place to visit for those who want to delve into the island’s history. At the foot of the Teide Mountain, this valley village showcases historical buildings, a beautiful botanical garden – Jardin Victoria
  • and a handful of intriguing museums, including The House of Balconies.
Tenerife’s second largest city, La Laguna is also well worth a visit. Declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a charming town centre that features pastel coloured buildings and beautiful architecture. Head there for a chance to soak up a slice of local life and enjoy tucking into some tasty cuisine!

Nightlife

As the most popular of all the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a haven for party animals. With plenty of trendy bars, beach parties and late night clubs on hand; it’s the perfect place to let your hair down after a sun-soaked day on the beach. Playa de Las Americas is the main nightlife hub where you’ll be able to dance ‘til dawn in one of the clubs or sip on a cocktail in one of the beach side huts. For those who are looking for something a little more laid back, Santa Cruz offers a more relaxed vibe in the evening. Take a seat in one of the alfresco bars and enjoy a glass of Spanish wine, or if you’re feeling lucky, take a trip to the Casino. There's everything to play for during your holiday to Tenerife!

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Spanish (English widely spoken)
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Top hotels in Tenerife

Whether you're looking for a luxurious 5 star hotel in Tenerife, an apartment close to the golf courses or a just a hotel for a cheap escape, lowcostholidays can provide you with the very best Tenerife hotels at the best prices. Find a hotel in Tenerife to suit your needs and budget, simply select one of the hotels from the list below to plan your perfect break.

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Tenerife Family Friendly Hotels

Our top hotels in Tenerife

Winter Sun

Only a short four-hour flight from the UK, this year-round destination has all you could want for from a sun, sea and sand holiday, plus much more. It is also home to Mount Teide, the highest point in Spain and third highest volcano in the world. Siam Park in Tenerife is one of Europe's largest water parks.

The temperature here rarely drops below 17 centigrade even in winter months. The average sea temperature of 20 centigrade, combined with the crystal-clear waters and stunning volcanic underwater landscape, make it an ideal destination for adventurers as well as sun worshippers.

You could even head here for Christmas or New Year and enjoy an alternative Christmas Day on the beach. Many hotels will offer a Christmas lunch and have their own New Year's Eve parties.

Family Beaches

Las Vistas beach is a long golden stretch that connects two of the most popular resorts on the island, Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos. It is perfect for families as it has a large breakwater that shelters the beach. The shallow waters are calm and the soft sand makes it perfect for younger swimmers and paddling tots.

Another great family beach is El Puertito, which is great for snorkelling and has a black sand beach, near to Playa de las Americas.

Other resorts with family-friendly beaches:

  • Costa Adeje
  • Puerto de Santiago

Hotels on the Beach

What could be better than stepping out of your hotel right onto the beach? We have a choice of hotels that fit the bill and are the perfect place to stay on a beach holiday in Tenerife.

The Hotel Blue Sea Interpalace is just steps away from the beach in Puerto de la Cruz as well as being a short walk from the town centre. This hotel is perfect for couples and families.

The Hotel Dream Gran Tacande overlooks the beach of Playa del Duque and is the ultimate destination for a romantic, luxury beach break in Tenerife.

Be sure to take a look at our great range of Iberostar hotels, located by the coast to make sure you get the most out of your getaway in the sun.

Iberostar Hotels:

Tenerife Water Sports

If you want a beach holiday that is a little more active, then you will be able to find plenty of water sports on offer in Tenerife. Whether you want to explore the underwater world by snorkelling or scuba diving, or view the beaches from above by parascending, you will find the perfect water sport for you.

El Medano beach, near Arrecife, is the best beach on the island for wind surfing and often hosts the world championships.

Family Hotels

There are a large number of excellent family-friendly and all inclusive hotels all over the island, and with free kids' places, children's activity clubs and children's pools, you will be spoilt for choice.

Near to the parks, and a short transfer time from Tenerife South airport, the family hotels in Costa Adeje are ideally located for the perfect family holiday.

Playa de las Americas is also an excellent resort for families, with miles of golden sandy beaches and many restaurants and bars. There are a number of excursions you can go on from here, including whale and dolphin-watching boat trips.

Where to stay:

Things to do

Tenerife boasts a huge range of attractions, with something to offer everyone from young children to grandparents. There are a number of theme parks on the island, the biggest being Siam Park, a Thai-themed, water-slide extravaganza complete with thrilling rides and a floating restaurant and Thai market.

Loro Parque is an excellent choice for something a little less adrenaline fuelled. This animal park has dolphin and parrot shows, as well as gorillas, tigers and penguins. This is a day out that the whole family will love, with a number of different themed restaurants and cafés for refreshments during the day.

Teide National Park is one of the main attractions of this volcanic island and the home of the highest point in Spain, Mount Teide. A day trip here is a must during your stay, where you can take a cable car up this impressive volcano, with stunning views of the rest of the island. On a clear day you can even see Gran Canaria and the smaller Canary Islands.

Water sports are a popular activity here, especially diving, and the island has an amazing underwater world to explore. The volcanic activity over the past few centuries has created a maze of underwater caves and lava tubes to explore, which are home to hundreds of different types of sea life.

Family Beaches

The beaches in Tenerife offer a stunning choice of golden sandy stretches with gentle slopes to the water, creating the perfect environment for paddling and swimming; these beaches are sheltered and have a good range of shops and restaurants lining the promenade. Our favourites include the beaches at Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos.

Being a volcanic island, there are also black sand beaches. Remember your flip flops here as the sand absorbs all of the heat of the sun and it can be very hot to walk on during the afternoon. The best black sand beaches can be found in Puerto de la Cruz.

The rocky coastline of the island offers the opportunity for rock pool exploration, popular with younger and older children alike. When the tide is out you can find all sorts of wildlife left behind in the pools on the shore. Snorkelling is also a thrilling way to see the underwater world and is best in the rocky areas, where you are most likely to see a wide variety of marine life. The best spots are in Los Gigantes.

Family Friendly Restaurants

In Tenerife you will find somewhere to eat for even the fussiest of eaters. In the main resorts in the south you are likely to find restaurants, cafés and bars of all nationalities, so whether you fancy trying out the traditional Spanish tapas, or even an Indian curry or a Chinese, you will not be disappointed.

Traditional Canarian food consists of a lot of fresh fish and a local speciality called Papas Arrugadas, which is extremely popular with the locals and is usually served with a spicy pepper and chilli sauce. It goes well with fish and meats and children will love it, without the chilli sauce.

There are a lot of restaurants situated on the promenade overlooking the beaches of Playa de las Americas and other large resorts. Head here for a relaxing meal in the evening and watch the sun go down. There is usually the option to sit outside, where children can play on the beach during the cool evenings.

Restaurants

As is traditional in Spain, the locals in Tenerife tend to eat later on in the day for both lunch and dinner, so don't expect the restaurants to get busy until around 9.00 pm. If you want to experience a more authentic dining experience, then head for local restaurants that may not be on the main promenades. Look out for the ones filled with people speaking Spanish. There are restaurants catering for pretty much every cuisine from around the world, so fussy eaters shouldn't have any problems.

Traditional Nightlife

It may have a reputation for having a lot of English bars and pubs, but the island has a thriving nightlife that is far from stereotypical. You will find live salsa music and dancing in bars in most of the main resorts, as well as traditional tapas and Spanish wine.

Tenerife Clubs

The main area for clubbing in Tenerife is in the south of the island in Playa de las Americas on the main strip. Centred around an area known as The Patch, and home to the famous Veronicas, this is the place to head if you want nightlife that is buzzing until the early hours. Nearby Los Cristianos is also a lively resort, as is the capital of Tenerife, Santa Cruz.

Live Music in Tenerife

If you want to listen to some live music while in Tenerife then you won't have to go far, as the main resorts will all have a host of different types to choose from. From Salsa to Irish bands in bars, you will hear all styles when you walk through the main resorts in the south.

Walking Routes

The mountains, valleys, rugged coastline and pine forests of Tenerife offer a wide variety of scenery to enjoy during walks around the island. There are a number of companies that offer guided walks for everyone looking for gentle strolls to challenging eight-hour hikes.

One of our favourites is the Masca Valley Trek in Tenerife is one of the most beautiful walks that you can take. Starting at the tiny village of Masca, high in the mountains and accessible by bus or car (if you are brave enough to drive along the narrow, winding roads), you then descend through the valley, which is actually a volcanic crater.

Where to Stay

The main resorts in the south of the island all have excellent transport links to the north of the island, where you will find some of the best walks. The coastal routes in the south can also be reached by all of the main resorts. All-inclusive hotels are a great way of relaxing after a hard day's hiking, but if you do feel like cooking yourself a slap-up meal then we also have a wide range of self-catering apartments.

What to Take

We have put together a list of the essentials that you will need for a walking holiday in Tenerife:

Comfortable shoes that you have already worn in

Plenty of spare pairs of socks

Waterproof jacket

Suncream

Microfibre towels, as they dry quickly

First aid kit

Maps of the area

Lightweight water bottle

    A whistle
  • in case of emergency
Shoes (for when you are not walking)

Insect repellent

Multi-tool or pen knife

Rucksack

Any high energy snacks that you enjoy from home as they are likely to be more expensive abroad

A camera and binoculars if you are hoping to spot wildlife on your walks

A phrase book

A torch

Interesting Places to Visit

If you are going on a walking holiday to Tenerife, there are some must sees that will make all the hard work worth it when you reach the top of a particularly steep hill. Mount Teide is an obvious choice for walking in Tenerife and if you are really keen, then it is possible to hike all the way to the summit, but you will need a special permit from the local government before you go. Only a certain amount of people are allowed to the top each year, but even if you only get as far as the top of the cable car, the views are still breathtaking.

The Pico del Ingles in the north of the island provide stunning views of the surrounding Anaga Mountains. Be prepared for long, winding and very narrow roads.