The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is also the most popular. Thousands of British and German tourists flock to the island all year round – drawn to its stunning landscapes, busy nightlife, beaches and watersports. If you’re tempted by a holiday to Tenerife, here are a few things that might sway you…
The kids will love it!
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If you’re travelling with kids, then a trip to one of Tenerife’s many theme parks will definitely keep them busy. Loro Parque Zoo boasts the largest collection of parrots in the world, as well as orca whales, gorillas, tigers, penguins and more! When the weather is hot, visit Siam Park, Europe’s most spectacular water attraction. There are lots of adrenalin-pumping rides, as well as more relaxing attractions for mums and dads.
It’s great to visit in February
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February is actually an ideal time to visit Tenerife – not only do you miss the horrible British weather and hoards of sun-seeking tourists, but there is also a huge local fancy dress parade which rivals the likes of Rio’s Carnival. The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife runs for several days, until the finale on Ash Wednesday. People from around the world travel to Tenerife to take part in this dazzling display of traditional costumes, music and parties. Each year has a different theme – 2015 is set to be ‘The Future’… Better start planning your outfit!
See the third highest volcano in the world!
One of the best features about Tenerife is the variety of outdoors activities. El Teide, an active volcano and the highest mountain in Spain, is the island’s largest attraction. El Teide sits in an immense UNESCO World Heritage-listed National Park where tourists can see Tenerife’s unique flora and fauna. Climbing Mt Teide itself is quite difficult but well worth the view for experienced hikers. There is also a cable car that can take you to some magnificent lookouts.
Give your holiday pics the ‘wow’ factor
Volcanoes aside, there are also plenty of other natural wonders on Tenerife. In the northeast, Parque Rural de Anaga is known for its superb hiking trails – make sure you follow the maps to the Pico del Inglés lookout where you can see across the whole of the island. Parque Rural de Teno is another amazing sight. It’s very isolated, but worth the trip for the panoramic view over the 600m high Gigantes Cliffs and the old lighthouse. Tenerife’s terrain is also good for mountain biking and you’ll find many bike hire places around the towns.
You want beaches? You’ve got beaches!
Of course, many people who come to Tenerife are looking for sun, sand and sea. And they’re never disappointed! Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos are the two busy holiday hotspots, with both black and yellow sand, calm waters and a variety of watersports, sun loungers and beachfront cafes on offer. El Medano in the south is the home of the kite-surfing championships and is decidedly quieter. The beaches at Costa Adeje are known as the best on the island.
This is just a tiny snapshot of the things to do and see in Tenerife. Find out more about flights to Tenerife and see why everyone can’t get enough of this gorgeous Canary Island!