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Tenerife holidays

This is an island of huge sandy beaches, a gorgeous mountainous landscape to wow us all, and resorts built specially for fun. You’ve got it – Tenerife is a big Brit hit with a list of traits to top them all. Welcome to a dazzling destination with magic in its veins.
No.14 – TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Destinations
You’ll have such a top time in magical Tenerife that it’s been stamped as number 14 in TripAdvisor’s Top 25 Destinations in Europe.

Language

Spanish

Currency

Euro

Time difference

GMT

Cost of a beer

€1.80

3 course meal

Expect to pay at least €12

Flight times

4-5hrs

An island of two sides

South Tenerife is all soft sand, warm turquoise waters and lively resorts to sink your teeth into, but things get much greener in the north. Venture upwards and you’ll begin to find lush plants, forests, capitals and lesser-known towns unfolding in harmony. Flip the coin and see where to start.

Dominant force

Tenerife is at Mother Nature’s whim. Its dormant volcano – which last erupted in 1909 – is Spain’s highest peak and commands the island’s landscape. Rich hills are not a patch on this snow-capped point. But don’t miss the gorgeous beaches – they steal some of the limelight along the shore.

Calling all foodies

Not only is Tenerife a tangle of boutiques and retailers to make any savvy shopper swoon, it’s a pantry of local specialities waiting to be tried and purchased. Cheese, honey, sauces – you name it, this island’s got flavours to pack a punch in every dish.

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Costa Adeje

Families and couples alike can expect great food, classy shopping and a touch of glitz in Costa Adeje.

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Callao Salvaje

Not far from the bustling resorts of Costa Adeje and Playa de Las Americas, the petite town of Callao Salvaje occupies a small spot on Tenerife’s rugged west coast.

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Playa Paraiso

With seaside fun guaranteed, it’s no surprise that this sun-soaked scene is great for everyone.

Beaches

Tenerife’s beaches are legendary, and when you set your eyes on the soft white sand, twinkling emerald waters and swaying palm trees, you’ll soon see why. You’ll find many thriving tourist spots with quaint, café-lined promenades and plenty of prime places to watch the sun go down.

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Beach Los Guios

Beach Los Guios

Los Gigantes, Tenerife

When the tide is out, this small quiet beach right next to the marina is a great place to get away from it all. With fine-grain black lava sand and wonderful views of the cliffs, it's easy to relax here. The...
El Caleton

El Caleton

Tenerife

The El Caleton are natural swimming pools, formed when molten lava met the crashing waves of the Atlantic. Take a refreshing dip in the sheltered rock pools or watch the tides rush into the lava channels,...

Sights

A journey through pine forests takes you to the majestic Mount Teide and its epic National Park. You can get within 200m of the summit by cable car, so you’re in for panoramic views. Whale and dolphin watching is another must in Tenerife – you’re almost sure to see some.

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Acantilados de los Gigantes

Acantilados de los Gigantes

Los Gigantes, Tenerife

The dramatic 'Cliffs of the Giants' are aptly named, reaching heights of 600m in some places. They offer some of the most spectacular scenery in Tenerife. Many of the whale-watching tours pass them, and the...
Basilica of Candaleria

Basilica of Candaleria

Tenerife

Visit the impressive Basilica of Candaleria to view an iconic statue of the Virgin of Candelaria that was found on a nearby beach in the 14th century. The ornate Catholic church built to house the black...

Activities

Tigers, gorillas, meerkats and dolphins are just a few of the animals you’ll find at Loro Parque Zoo, but for thrills and spills, Tenerife’s got the mighty Siam Park Waterpark. Harbours and marinas are dotted all around, so scenic strolls are definitely on the agenda – not to mention cycling the coastal routes.

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Siam Park

Siam Park

Playa de las Americas, Tenerife

Sprawling across a huge four acres, this wonderful water kingdom has heaps of attractions to keep everyone happy. Plus, the Thai-inspired theme adds a touch of magic to things. When it comes to the Tower of...
Loro Parque

Loro Parque

Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

One of Europe’s largest wildlife parks, Loro Parque is a great day out for young and old, and an absolute must for animal lovers. You’ll get to see everything from parrots to penguins, go behind the...

Eating and drinking

Wrinkly potatoes might not sound like the most appetising, taste bud-tickling dish, but when done the Canarian way, with skins on and lots of salt, they’re delicious. You’ve also got to take advantage of the fish and seafood – Dorada, a type of sea bream, is the speciality.

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Alcala Harbour

Alcala Harbour

Guia de Isora, Tenerife

The relaxed harbour here is the perfect spot to watch the sunset over dinner and cocktails. There are plenty of restaurants serving local cuisine and fresh seafood from the stylish Escondida to the more laid...
Bars and restaurants at Los Gigantes Port

Bars and restaurants at Los Gigantes Port

Los Gigantes, Tenerife

The port thrives with bars and eateries, which sit beside the many boats and yachts moored there. Naturally, you'll find some excellent seafood restaurants with the freshest of ingredients, while tapas bars...

Shopping

The big, bold capital Santa Cruz is a bit of a shopper’s paradise, with great deals on electricals to be found on Plaza de España and Plaza de la Candelaria. Look out for the street market on Sundays too, where you can pick up everything from jewellery to fruit.

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Bohemian Market

Bohemian Market

El Medano, Tenerife

If you're looking to buy something a bit different, head to this small market. Taking place on Saturdays between 9am and 2pm, it offers locally-made crafts ranging from jewellery to African-inspired clothing...
Calle Castillo

Calle Castillo

Santa Cruz, Tenerife

Head to Calle Castillo, Santa Cruz's vibrant main shopping street, and explore the labyrinth of boutique-filled alleys that cross it. From high street names and designer labels to more unique brands you'll find...

Nightlife

Tenerife has got nightlife as laid-back or revved up as you want it. Playa de las Americas rightfully wears the partying-till-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, so you won’t be disappointed.

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Bar Pilón

Bar Pilón

Buenavista del Norte, Tenerife

At the chilled Bar Pilón, you can get away from the noisy crowds and enjoy a few glasses of sangria as the sun goes down. Spanish love songs drift from the speakers and add to the ambience, and thanks to the...
Bar Plaza la Cruz

Bar Plaza la Cruz

Buenavista del Norte, Tenerife

One of the liveliest bars in the area, Bar Plaza la Cruz has an buzzing atmosphere and shows regular live sports matches. This is a great place to get together with friends, enjoy a few cold beers and Spanish...
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