Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands a firm-favourite with sun-seekers. More than 5 million visitors flock to this island a year. It's a perfect summer or winter-sun holiday destination as it is blessed with lovely weather all year round. There is no shortage of activities on offer, and this blog only mentions the hi-lights that many tourists enjoy.
Ever wanted to visit a water-park on Christmas day? Siam Park is open 365 days a year due to its popularity and the year-round sunshine. Anyone who enjoys water-parks needs to visit this place at least once as it has been voted best water-park in the world on Tripadvisor for several years running. It is also one of the most beautiful water-parks in the world with its Thai-themed gardens and slides and resident sea lions. Adrenaline-junkies will love the Tower of Power where you can slide down at speeds up to 80km/h and finish the ride by sliding past an aquarium filled with sharks! For adventurous families, try the Singha, which is part water-slide and part water coaster. You'll travel up, down and around on a track thanks to its unique jets. Younger ones will love the mini-wave pool and a trip down the longest lazy river in the world, you'll even get to travel through an aquarium and spot sharks and fish!
Pro-Tip: The park offers all-inclusive tickets which gives you access to the fast pass queue, unlimited food and certain drinks (beer, soft drink, juice and water) for 122 euros. It's excellent value if you're visiting during the peak season and want to make the most of your day. Eat lunch here and then supper right before closing to get even more out of your ticket.
Budget Tip: There are free buses from the water-park to the neighbouring resorts of Costa Adeje, Las Américas and Los Cristianos. Do your research to see if this is a money-saving option that works for you.
Tenerife is home to Spain's highest peak and the 3rd tallest volcano in the world: El Teide. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site due to its unique, out of this world landscapes. Looking around, you'll feel as though you've travelled to the moon or Mars. A trip to Teide national park is a great way to experience the natural beauty of this island as you'll wind your way up many scenic roads. A cable car will whisk you to the top of the mountain saving you a long journey. You'll be treated to breathtaking views of the island and can properly appreciate both the interior and coastal beauty of this place. If you want to reach the peak of Mount Teide, you'll have to book a special hiking tour. On your way back down, stop by a local cafe and refuel with a Barraquito. A traditional drink that combines coffee with condensed milk and a vanilla-cinnamon spiced liqueur (Licor 43), you'll get a caffeine and sugar kick!
Pro-Tip: If you're not going on a guided tour that organises your cable car ticket for you, we recommend you book online in advance. The volcano is one of the island's most famous sights, and cable car tickets are timed to keep up with demand.
Many of Tenerife's beaches offer a wide variety of water-sports to delight anyone. You can rent a jet ski and go on a safari exploring the beautiful coastline of the island. Keep your eyes peeled, and you might spot some turtles or dolphins. For a water-sport with a view, try parascending. You'll be strapped into a harness and lifted into the air as a boat tows your parachute. While you float in the air admire your bird's eye view of the coast. Children will love the excitement of riding a banana boat or fly fish over waves.
Pro-tip: Many water-sport providers offer discounts on packages saving you money if you want to experience a variety of water-sports.
There are few things as thrilling as watching a pod of dolphins race alongside your boat. Nature-lovers will appreciate the chance to observe them in their natural habitat and learn more first-hand about these fascinating creatures. You can also often observe pilot whales on these tours and will probably spot some flying fish. There are plenty of excursions to choose from that offer whale and dolphin watching. Be sure to bring a good camera and be ready to snap a photo at a moment's notice.
Pro-Tip: Please think about the welfare of these magnificent creatures. Choose a reputable tour that has eco-credentials and doesn't jeopardise the safety of these animals for profits. Please choose to see these animals in the wild rather than at dolphin shows. Many marine biologists argue it's not ethical to keep dolphins in a swimming pool when in the wild they travel up to 80 miles a day. These sorts of attractions are banned in the U.K and many other countries for a good reason.
For a genuinely unique sunbathing experience head to one of the island's famous black beaches. The black sand is a result of the area's past volcanic activity. Volcanic rocks crushed by the waves resulted in black sand and pebbles. The golden beaches you see on the island are a result of sand being brought in from places like the Sahara desert. You can find black sand beaches all around the island the famous ones in the south being Playa de Los Guíos and Playa de Alcalá and in the North Playa del Ancón, Playa de Los Patos, La Fajana and Rambla de Castro. The beaches in the North tend to be quieter if you want to experience a secluded, black beach.
Pro-Tip: Bring beach-friendly footwear. Black sand traps in more heat than golden sand due to its colour, it can be quite hot to walk on barefoot on a warm day. If you want to dip in the water, bring your sandals as close as possible to the water's edge so you can avoid walking on the hot sand.
Tenerife's interior is just as beautiful as its coastline. There are plenty of ways to explore it whether it be a hike, quad bike safari or from the back of a camel! Camel Park is the largest camel farm in Tenerife with more than 60 camels. They offer a free pick up service to the southern resorts of the island such as Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos, and Las Americas. They offer a variety of packages so you can make the experience your own. Choose from a 20 or 40-minute camel ride and then decide whether you want to be able to feed the camels, want a meal included and photos. Camel Park is located on a banana plantation so you'll get to experience some traditional Canarian countryside while on your trek.
A trip to Tenerife is sure to be one you won't forget. The island is one of Europe's top beach holiday destinations for a good reason. There is a wealth of activities, sights, gorgeous beaches and delicious food to enjoy. Combine that with sunny weather that stays all year round, and you have a perfect destination. This blog post is only the tip of the iceberg of what Tenerife has to offer. Why not visit for yourself and see?