Huge sandy beaches, a gorgeous mountain landscape and resorts built specially for fun make Tenerife a big Brit hit.
South Tenerife is all soft sand, warm turquoise waters and lively resorts like Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos. Things are much greener in the north, where you’ll find lush plants, forests and the pretty resort of Puerto de la Cruz, as well as capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
You can’t miss snow-capped Mount Teide. This dormant volcano – it last erupted in 1909 – is Spain’s highest peak and dominates the island landscape. As well as making a gorgeous beach backdrop, it’s well worth getting up close to.
There’s no VAT in Tenerife, which makes it a great place to stock up on perfume and alcohol. Foodies will also want to check out the local cheese, honey and fiery mojo sauce.
Made from golden sand from the Sahara and packed with watersports, Playa de las Americas beach lives up to its reputation as one of Tenerife’s best. Meanwhile Playa de Jardin in Puerto de la Cruz, with its black volcanic sands and romantic palm trees and flowers, is a feast for the eyes.
A journey through pine forests takes you to the majestic Mount Teide at Teide National Park. You can get within 200 metres of the summit by cable car. Whale and dolphin watching is another must in Tenerife – you’re almost sure to see some.
Tigers, gorillas, meerkats, dolphins and orca whales are just a few of the animals you’ll find at Loro Parque zoo. For thrills and spills, head to Siam Park waterpark.
Wrinkly potatoes might not sound very appetising, but done the Canarian way, with skins on and lots of salt, they’re delicious. Also take advantage of the fish and seafood. Dorada, a type of sea bream, is a speciality.
Capital Santa Cruz is a bit of a shopper’s paradise, with great deals on electricals to be found on Plaza de Espana and Plaza de la Candelaria. Look out for the street market on Sundays where you can pick up everything from jewellery to fruit.
Tenerife has got nightlife as laid back or revved up as you want it. Playa de las Americas rightfully wears the partying-til-dawn crown. But like the island’s other resorts, it’s also a place for friendly bars, discos and restaurants where you can take your kids.
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and the most popular with Brits. Like the rest of the Canaries it’s just off the coast of Africa, which means the climate is pretty fantastic.
3 course mealVaries, but expect to pay at least €12