Miles of sandy beaches, year-round sunshine and dramatic volcanic scenery, holidays to Tenerife offer plenty of unforgettable experiences.
Beaches, beaches, beaches
Resorts like Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos and Playa de la Arena boast large, sandy beaches that have attracted holidaymakers for hundreds of years – starting with Britain’s Queen Victoria in the 19th century and continuing to today, when 450,000 tourists a year travel to Tenerife. The year-round sunshine, tonnes of watersports and beachfront cafes, bars and clubs make the beaches of this island hard to beat.
Although the beaches of Tenerife understandably get most of the good press, the island also boasts the tallest mountain in Spain, Mount Teide, which just happens to be an active volcano. Topping out at 3,718 metres the summit of this gigantic peak – which has taken a break from eruptions for over a hundred years – is accessible via cable car. As you can imagine, the views from atop Mount Teide are nothing short of breathtaking. And, the surrounding volcanic landscape of Mount Teide National Park is a dramatic, barren lava wasteland begging to be explored.
Colonial towns filled with history
Many people might not realise it, but Tenerife is an island that possesses a rich and exciting past – evidence of which can be seen in its beautifully preserved colonial towns and villages. For example, Garachico is well worth a visit. As you walk through its cobblestoned streets, you can soak in some of its colourful history dating back to 1496, including bouts of the bubonic plague, volcanic eruptions and pirate attacks. Also, check out the university town of La Laguna with its lively social scene and typical Canarian architecture.
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Playa de las Americas
You’ll find Playa de las Americas in the sunniest part of Tenerife. It’s nabbed a spot on the south-western tip, which means it’s bang on for some winter sun. That’s not all it’s good for, either. This place deals in lots-of-laughs breaks, thanks to its mob of beaches, jam-packed strip and a giant waterpark.
Costa Adeje's anchored on one of the most upbeat strips of Tenerife’s coastline. Big hotels link arms with the seafront, and the offering of cafés, restaurants and shopping centres will leave you spoilt for choice. Next door, there’s a spot of friendly holiday competition in the form of Playa de las Americas. This place plies its trade in pulse-pounding nightlife, live music and tip-top waterside scenery.
Playa de la Arena
Resort-wise, Playa de la Arena is a bit of a quiet customer on the west coast of Tenerife. It doesn’t party hard like full-throttle Playa de Las Americas, 30 kilometres away – and, frankly, that’s the appeal. You get all the bars and restaurants you need without the non-stop pace. And with its craggy coastline and mountain views, the place looks pretty good, too.
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