Of the seven Canary Islands that float off the north-west African coast, Tenerife is the biggest and the most popular with visitors, who flock there in their millions. Its African latitude and Atlantic Ocean location combine to give this enviable island almost perfect weather throughout the year, from sunny summers to very mild winters. The south is a hive of visitor activity from party towns like Playa de las Americas to more reserved developments on the Costa Adeje. Inland, you can’t miss Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain, surrounded by a beautiful national park. Head further north and check out Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island’s capital which is an exciting, modern Latin city with one of the world’s biggest and best carnivals. Chuck in top quality food and wine, excellent water sports, and a liberal sprinkling of big visitor attractions and Tenerife looks attractive for family holidays, adventure seekers, sun worshippers and culture vultures.
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.
English speaking: Yes
Local Time: GMT +1 hour
Airport name: Tenerife South
Flight time: 4-5 hours
Distance to city centre: 18 km
Transfer options: Taxis are available from the airport and there is also a handy bus service which stops off at several main resorts. Private transfer options are also offered during the booking process for your hotel or holiday package and after on our 'Extras' page.
Enjoying a great location in Playa de las Americas, this dive centre is a great introduction to the underwater world out in the enormous Atlantic. You don’t need to be an expert to dive in though, they’ll start beginners off in a pool and easy snorkelling is as much a part of the programme as trips to some of Tenerife’s spectacular dive sites where you might spot turtles, dolphins or whales.
This big Asian-themed water park is one of the top island attractions. It’s situated in the Costa Adeje area but offers bus pick-ups from the big resorts, including Los Cristianos. Thai theming extends to the food, lots of greenery and temple-like rides. The rides range from adrenaline pumping big descents to lazy rivers and children’s paddling pools. Good value and a good day out for all ages.
It’s well worth taking a look at some of Tenerife’s natural beauties, and Montaña Amarilla is a great example on the Costa Silencio. It’s a protected volcanic cone, formed when very hot lava hits sea water. Fossil hunters will find plenty of ancient relics in the dunes, there’s a good beach nearby, and the walking isn’t too demanding.
You can see Mount Teide everywhere you go in Tenerife. And if you make the ascent you can see pretty much all of the island, plus the ocean and sometimes neighbouring islands from the top. Serious walkers have lots to explore in the surrounding national park lands, and a fast cable car whizzes visitors across the volcanic cone for one of the most spectacular aerial rides you’ll ever encounter. This 3,718-metre monster is Spain’s highest peak and a source of national pride.