A holiday in Tenerife is never short of possibilities. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking for the rush of surveying the island by hang glider, or are content to laze in the heat of the day, this canary gem caters for all tastes.
No matter what season you visit, you’re guaranteed sun and pleasant temperatures in Tenerife. Even in January you’ll still hit highs of around 17 degrees Celsius, peaking in the late to mid 20s in summer. Winters back home can get dark and dreary, and more often than not we all feel the enticing pull of exotic foreign lands. Late deals to the island are easy to come by, making it the ideal destination for a last minute getaway.
Visit Teide National Park
Sometimes nothing beats getting stuck into the great outdoors and shutting out the wider world. When the surrounding countryside includes a volcano 3,718-metres about sea level, you know that you’re on the cusp of something special. Take a wander through dusty fields, or visit the Teide National Park. The rocky, lava-tinted landscapes here take you back to a distant time, making for a truly other-worldly experience. For a unique and memorable afternoon, hire a camel and see the land as our nomadic counterparts would have done long ago.
Take this one step further, and get a cable car up Mount Teide. The lower station is complete with a self-service restaurant and unrivaled views over the island and its dramatic coastline. If nothing else, you’ll get to use that panoramic function on your iPhone and break into double figure ‘likes’ on Facebook.
Search for rare wildlife
Offshore, the island’s surrounding waters offer visitors a glimpse into the lives of multiple species of whales and dolphins. Near the resorts and hotels of Costa Adeje, you’ll find boats running daily marine tours from Los Cristianos throughout Tenerife’s Atlantic coast. Rated as one of the top 3 destinations in the world to find such marine life, you’re likely to come across bottlenose dolphins, and both pilot and sperm whales.
Party in Playa de las Americas
On the southwest coast of the island, Playa de las Americas is the go-to spot for anyone looking to enjoy Tenerife’s vibrant nightlife. There’s everything from super-clubs to lively Irish bars such as the Dubliner, whose resident band are twice winners of the Tenerife Entertainment Awards. Aside from these, you’ll come across more laid-back venues playing soul music, and family friendly beaches for those long days under the Canary sun. If this doesn’t quite do it for you, then a visit to the windsurfing capital El Medano will. El Medano is just 15 minutes drive from the bars and clubs, with waves that’ll cater for beginners through to seasoned professionals.
Kick back in Playa de la Arena
For a more relaxed holiday, visit the Playa de la Arena, which is 30 kilometres from Playa de las Americas, and home to attractions such as the Siam Water Park. Taking inspiration from Thai architecture, the park comprises a range of slides aimed at both adults and children – and the inner child in you! An afternoon spent lazing on the golden sands here is sure to transport you to a tranquil, stress-free land which you’ll lust after for years to come.