Tenerife Holidays

Your Tenerife holiday

Legend has it that Tenerife actually made up a number of the visible peaks of the lost city of Atlantis, which disappeared into the ocean thousands of years ago. Historical evidence, however, points to early, very basic, settlements around 200BC by a group known as the Guanches, who came from north-western Africa.

In the late 1400s, Spain began to demand the submission of the last of the Canary Islands, held independent by what records say were a brave and powerful people. The Spanish forces, however, had superior technology and arms, and eventually defeated the Guanches in 1494, enslaving most of the natives and wiping out many with new diseases such as smallpox and influenza.

The island saw rapid population growth over the next few centuries, with new immigrants clearing forests to make way for new crops like grapes, bananas and sugar cane.

The 1700s saw multiple attacks from British invaders, most notably in 1797, when Admiral Horatio Nelson famously lost his right arm. Pirates have also seen the island as a worthy target, with Dutch, French and Berber ships all calling uninvited into the port at Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

In the 1890s, when word of Tenerife’s beauty began to spread, the isle became a popular tourist destination, which was then stemmed by Tenerife’s involvement in the Spanish Civil War, and the misery and emigration that followed.

The boom in mass air travel of the 1960s meant that Tenerife was placed firmly on the map of favourite sun destinations, ushering in an era of holiday homes, beach resorts and top hotels.

You might be considering a holiday in Tenerife because it’s relatively cheap and easy to get to. But you’ll end up choosing this destination—and loving the resulting trip—because of its incredible beaches, exotic inland forests, and soaring volcano. As the largest of the popular Canary Islands (there are seven) lying just north of the Sahara, Tenerife has all the modern luxuries a reputable tourist island calls for, whether you’re into hiking or lounging on a unique black-sand beach.

A cheeky flight to Tenerife might be the start of just the short break you need.

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Tenerife Holidays

Santa Barbara Golf and Ocean Club

3 stars
4.0 / 5 15 reviews
This sun-drenched paradise rests on the southern tip of the Golf del Sur, San Miguel de Abona, and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Moorish-inspired architecture clings to the cliff side and embraces the rolling tides of the Canarian coastline. The accommodation at Santa Barbara expresses a combination of modern and traditional dcor complete with a flat-screen television and DVD player. Each apartment features fresh and cool living areas with tiled floors and white-washed walls. Guests can also benefit from excellent kitchen facilities including an oven, hob, microwave and refrigerator. The majority of apartments also benefit from air conditioning. The clear waters of the outdoor swimming pool are surrounded by landscaped gardens, sea views and a relaxing chill-out area. There is also a fitness centre, spa, pool bar and restaurant. Other activities include a children's Creature Club during the day, a games room, and a disco in the evening. Santa Barbara Golf and Ocean Club is ideally located just five minutes from the Golf del Sur golf courses and a range of excursions can be booked from the resort reception. Experience the awe-inspiring Mount Teide volcano, or visit Las Americas and Los Cristianos for a taste of Tenerife nightlife and shopping. Please note that requests for wheelchair accessible accommodation must be confirmed by the resort. Upon arrival guests are required to present photo ID, a passport or government ID card. A valid credit or debit card will also be required to provide a 200 euro security deposit for each apartment. Guests who are unable to provide the security deposit may be refused entry to the apartment. Double glazing refurbishments will be carried out from 3 Mar to 30 May 2014. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. As part of our continuing effort to enhance the resort, electrical upgrades will take placefrom 5 May to 5 Aug 2014. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. As part of our continuing effort to enhance the resort, painting work will take place from 30 Jun to 30 Sep 2014. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Apartment refurbishments will be carried out from 8 Sep to 4 Dec 2014, between the hours of 10am and 6pm Mon-Fri. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Sunset Harbour Club

3 stars
4.5 / 5 4 reviews
Sunset Harbour Club is 50 metres from Tenerife's Faabe Beach. It is an attractive complex of white studios and apartments, set in tropical gardens, around an outdoor pool. Costa Adeje, Spain is the setting for the Sunset Harbour Club, a resort that is one of the most popular anywhere in Spain. Here you will find spacious, comfortable accommodations with wonderful facilities and lovely balconies, and you will be surrounded by exotic gardens and an amazing view of the mountains. All studios and apartments have a private balcony, satellite TV and a DVD player. Each has a kitchen area with a dishwasher, fridge and microwave. There is a kettle and coffee maker, and some units have air conditioning. You can play table tennis, and children have their own play area. There is a hot tub, and massage is available. There is an on-site cafe-bar, and you will find many shops and a supermarket within a short walk. The Sunset has easy access to the TF-1 Motorway. Playa de las Americas, Siam Water Park and Las Americas Golf Course are within a 10-minute drive. Car and bicycle rental is possible on-site. Please note between 1 May and 1 July 2014 there will be refurbishment works to a small number of apartments. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause you. Upon arrival guests are required to present photo ID, a passport or government ID card. A valid credit or debit card will also be required to provide a 100 euro security deposit for each apartment. Guests who are unable to provide the security deposit may be refused entry to the apartment.
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Sunset View Club

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews
If you enjoy panoramic views of the ocean, snow-capped mountains and plenty of sun and sand, then the place for you to be is in San Miguel de Abona in Spain, and the place for you to stay is at the Sunset View Club. Here you will find the Golf del Sur estate, which is at the southern tip of Tenerife, and you can play on the greens on the prestigious PGA-sanctioned championship golf course. You and the kids can even enjoy a few rounds of miniature golf, as well as other sports, including tennis and squash. There are so many wonderful things to see and do in the area that it will take more than one holiday to fit in everything. You can enjoy plenty of great shopping, relax on the beaches, take in some nightlife, and take part in many outdoor adventure activities, including swimming, windsurfing and whale watching. The Sunset View Club boasts a heated outdoor pool and heated outdoor whirlpool, and even its own solarium, where you can see all of the constellations. There are also ping-pong tables available, and if you like, you can challenge your friends and family members to a match or two. The nearest beach is just six kilometers away from the resort, the marina two kilometers away, and fabulous shopping is just 50 meters from your room. When you stay at the Sunset View Club, you will be treated to modern and comfortable accommodations. You can choose from one and two bedroom units, both featuring partially equipped kitchens for making snacks and small meals. The one bedroom units have tasteful bathrooms, as well as flat screen televisions with DVD players. All one bedroom units have large balconies. If you choose a two bedroom unit, you will have a modern living space with two bathrooms. Please note between 1st May and 1st July 2014 the outdoor swimming pool will be closed for renovation work in accordance to new Spanish pool legal requirements. We apologise for the inconvience this may cause. Upon arrival guests are required to present photo ID, a passport or government ID card. A valid credit or debit card will also be required to provide a 100 euro security deposit for each apartment. Guests who are unable to provide the security deposit may be refused entry to the apartment.
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Cleopatra Palace Hotel Tenerife

4 stars
4.2 / 5 10 reviews
The Mare Nostrum Hotel is located directly on the sea front at Playa de las Americas and is formed of three luxury buildings: The Julio César, Marco Antonio and Cleopatra Palace. Julio César and Marco Antonio are offering amazing views of the original Roman Swimming Pool with the large terrace for sunbathing, surrounded by magnificent columns and marble statues of gods of the ancient Roman Empire.The Cleopatra Palace offers romantic views of the sea and the promenade flanked by exotic palm trees and is situated opposite the delightful Playa de "El Camisón", right on the sea front.
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H10 Tenerife Playa

4 stars
4.5 / 5 4 reviews
Located in Puerto de la Cruz, in the north of Tenerife, the H10 Tenerife Playa is set right in front of the well-known Lago Martinez and just 50 metres away from the sea. The hotel has comprehensive facilities featuring swimming pools, solarium, an extensive gastronomic offer and meeting rooms for holding events. Free Wi-Fi in common areas and meeting rooms. Furthermore, all the rooms and the El Drago Restaurant have recently been revamped.
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H10 Las Palmeras

4 stars
4.3 / 5 3 reviews
The H10 Las Palmeras hotel is surrounded by extensive subtropical gardens. It has comfortable rooms, restaurants, bars, swimming pools, tennis courts, an internet corner, meeting rooms, in addition to a complete programme of daytime and night time activities. The hotel also provides free parking, pool, restaurant, room service, smoke-free property.
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Sunset Bay Club

3 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews
If sun and sand are two of the most important things for your holiday, then this is the destination for you and your family. Everything you could ever want in a resort can be found at the Sunset Bay Club, from white sandy beaches to Costa del Sol to the beautiful Canary Islands. The nearest beach is only 500 meters away from the resort, and the marina is just 1,400 meters away. You will also find an abundance of shops, all located within 100 meters of the Sunset Bay Club. History abounds here, and you will find many great museums and other attractions that relate the area's rich history, from kings and queens to artists, explorers and great wars. When you holiday at the Sunset Bay Club, you will have the finest accommodations available in the area, with large balconies where you can enjoy the beautiful scenic views. You will enjoy a first class holiday when you visit the Sunset Bay Club in Costa Adeje, where the sun shines all year round, and the sandy beaches are waiting for you. Upon arrival guests are required to present photo ID, a passport or government ID card. A valid credit or debit card will also be required to provide a 100 euro security deposit for each apartment. Guests who are unable to provide the security deposit may be refused entry to the apartment. Reception refurbishment and apartment refurbishments works will be carried out from the 1 May to 7 July 2014. Construction materials will be visible at times and there may be some minor dust and noise disturbances throughout this period. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. A small apartment refurbishment program will be carried out from 12 Sep to 6 Nov 14 in block B. Disturbances are expected to be minimal but please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Iberostar Las Dalias

4 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews
Costa Adeje, on the island of Tenerife is one of the Canary Islands' enclaves most valued by international tourism, due to its numerous attractions: natural landscapes full of contrasts, beaches with excellent waters, fine sand and the various water sports that may be enjoyed, as well as golf and paragliding. At the Hotel Iberostar Las Dalias you will have everything within your reach during your holidays, in an international atmosphere with a varied programme of activities to enjoy on the Canary Islands. Our beach hotel, which is open the whole year, offers all the services required to make your holidays on the Costa Adeje a dream. The hotel provides services such as hairdressing, a reading room, a conference room, restaurant and bars with the best atmosphere. In addition, at the Iberostar Las Dalias we will help you to forget your worries and recharge your batteries at our beuaty farm, where you will find different types of massage, manicure, depilation, face, body and beauty treatments.
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Sol Tenerife

4 stars
3.8 / 5 4 reviews
The Sol Tenerife hotel is located right in the center of the Playa de las Amricas resort, facing the sea and offering a beautiful view of the nearby beach (200 m). In the area of the hotel you can find many shops, restaurants and leisure activities and a wide offer of water sports. The hotel also offers free breakfast.
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Mediterranean Palace Hotel Tenerife Island

5 stars
3.4 / 5 9 reviews
The Mediterranean Palace is an impressive hotel. Enjoy spectacular sea views from some of its rooms situated on the upper floor. The comfortable and spacious rooms make the Mediterranean Palace the ideal place for spending your holidays. This magnificent hotels design is reminiscent of the qualities and intense colours of the Mediterranean ocean, featuring an amazing 1,300 sqm swimming pool with stunning fountains.Around the pool is a large terrace with deckchairs and waiter service as well as a sweeping marble staircase. This leads to an elegant terrace where guests can relax and have breakfast or afternoon tea.
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Tenerife Hotels

Nightly rates from £25.42

Santa Barbara Golf and Ocean Club

3 stars
4.0 / 5 15 reviews
This sun-drenched paradise rests on the southern tip of the Golf del Sur, San Miguel de Abona, and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. Moorish-inspired architecture clings to the cliff side and embraces the rolling tides of the Canarian coastline. The accommodation at Santa Barbara expresses a combination of modern and traditional dcor complete with a flat-screen television and DVD player. Each apartment features fresh and cool living areas with tiled floors and white-washed walls. Guests can also benefit from excellent kitchen facilities including an oven, hob, microwave and refrigerator. The majority of apartments also benefit from air conditioning. The clear waters of the outdoor swimming pool are surrounded by landscaped gardens, sea views and a relaxing chill-out area. There is also a fitness centre, spa, pool bar and restaurant. Other activities include a children's Creature Club during the day, a games room, and a disco in the evening. Santa Barbara Golf and Ocean Club is ideally located just five minutes from the Golf del Sur golf courses and a range of excursions can be booked from the resort reception. Experience the awe-inspiring Mount Teide volcano, or visit Las Americas and Los Cristianos for a taste of Tenerife nightlife and shopping. Please note that requests for wheelchair accessible accommodation must be confirmed by the resort. Upon arrival guests are required to present photo ID, a passport or government ID card. A valid credit or debit card will also be required to provide a 200 euro security deposit for each apartment. Guests who are unable to provide the security deposit may be refused entry to the apartment. Double glazing refurbishments will be carried out from 3 Mar to 30 May 2014. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. As part of our continuing effort to enhance the resort, electrical upgrades will take placefrom 5 May to 5 Aug 2014. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. As part of our continuing effort to enhance the resort, painting work will take place from 30 Jun to 30 Sep 2014. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Apartment refurbishments will be carried out from 8 Sep to 4 Dec 2014, between the hours of 10am and 6pm Mon-Fri. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
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Nightly rates from £25.42

Sunset Harbour Club

3 stars
4.5 / 5 4 reviews
Sunset Harbour Club is 50 metres from Tenerife's Faabe Beach. It is an attractive complex of white studios and apartments, set in tropical gardens, around an outdoor pool. Costa Adeje, Spain is the setting for the Sunset Harbour Club, a resort that is one of the most popular anywhere in Spain. Here you will find spacious, comfortable accommodations with wonderful facilities and lovely balconies, and you will be surrounded by exotic gardens and an amazing view of the mountains. All studios and apartments have a private balcony, satellite TV and a DVD player. Each has a kitchen area with a dishwasher, fridge and microwave. There is a kettle and coffee maker, and some units have air conditioning. You can play table tennis, and children have their own play area. There is a hot tub, and massage is available. There is an on-site cafe-bar, and you will find many shops and a supermarket within a short walk. The Sunset has easy access to the TF-1 Motorway. Playa de las Americas, Siam Water Park and Las Americas Golf Course are within a 10-minute drive. Car and bicycle rental is possible on-site. Please note between 1 May and 1 July 2014 there will be refurbishment works to a small number of apartments. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause you. Upon arrival guests are required to present photo ID, a passport or government ID card. A valid credit or debit card will also be required to provide a 100 euro security deposit for each apartment. Guests who are unable to provide the security deposit may be refused entry to the apartment.
Value Stay 6 Nights & Pay Only 5
Nightly rates from £19.77

Sunset View Club

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews
If you enjoy panoramic views of the ocean, snow-capped mountains and plenty of sun and sand, then the place for you to be is in San Miguel de Abona in Spain, and the place for you to stay is at the Sunset View Club. Here you will find the Golf del Sur estate, which is at the southern tip of Tenerife, and you can play on the greens on the prestigious PGA-sanctioned championship golf course. You and the kids can even enjoy a few rounds of miniature golf, as well as other sports, including tennis and squash. There are so many wonderful things to see and do in the area that it will take more than one holiday to fit in everything. You can enjoy plenty of great shopping, relax on the beaches, take in some nightlife, and take part in many outdoor adventure activities, including swimming, windsurfing and whale watching. The Sunset View Club boasts a heated outdoor pool and heated outdoor whirlpool, and even its own solarium, where you can see all of the constellations. There are also ping-pong tables available, and if you like, you can challenge your friends and family members to a match or two. The nearest beach is just six kilometers away from the resort, the marina two kilometers away, and fabulous shopping is just 50 meters from your room. When you stay at the Sunset View Club, you will be treated to modern and comfortable accommodations. You can choose from one and two bedroom units, both featuring partially equipped kitchens for making snacks and small meals. The one bedroom units have tasteful bathrooms, as well as flat screen televisions with DVD players. All one bedroom units have large balconies. If you choose a two bedroom unit, you will have a modern living space with two bathrooms. Please note between 1st May and 1st July 2014 the outdoor swimming pool will be closed for renovation work in accordance to new Spanish pool legal requirements. We apologise for the inconvience this may cause. Upon arrival guests are required to present photo ID, a passport or government ID card. A valid credit or debit card will also be required to provide a 100 euro security deposit for each apartment. Guests who are unable to provide the security deposit may be refused entry to the apartment.
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Cleopatra Palace Hotel Tenerife

4 stars
4.2 / 5 10 reviews
The Mare Nostrum Hotel is located directly on the sea front at Playa de las Americas and is formed of three luxury buildings: The Julio César, Marco Antonio and Cleopatra Palace. Julio César and Marco Antonio are offering amazing views of the original Roman Swimming Pool with the large terrace for sunbathing, surrounded by magnificent columns and marble statues of gods of the ancient Roman Empire.The Cleopatra Palace offers romantic views of the sea and the promenade flanked by exotic palm trees and is situated opposite the delightful Playa de "El Camisón", right on the sea front.
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Nightly rates from £42.46

H10 Tenerife Playa

4 stars
4.5 / 5 4 reviews
Located in Puerto de la Cruz, in the north of Tenerife, the H10 Tenerife Playa is set right in front of the well-known Lago Martinez and just 50 metres away from the sea. The hotel has comprehensive facilities featuring swimming pools, solarium, an extensive gastronomic offer and meeting rooms for holding events. Free Wi-Fi in common areas and meeting rooms. Furthermore, all the rooms and the El Drago Restaurant have recently been revamped.
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Flights

Flights to Tenerife

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
London Tenerife Wed, 14 May - Thu, 15 May £79
Manchester Tenerife Thu, 8 May - Fri, 16 May £79
Birmingham Tenerife Tue, 29 Apr - Thu, 8 May £92
Bristol Tenerife Sun, 4 May - Thu, 8 May £83
Barcelona Tenerife Mon, 26 May - Mon, 2 Jun £69
Madrid Tenerife Thu, 15 May - Tue, 20 May £67
Belfast Tenerife Sun, 20 Apr - Tue, 6 May £167
Malaga Tenerife Tue, 10 Jun - Mon, 16 Jun £149
Glasgow Tenerife Tue, 6 May - Wed, 14 May £80
Arrecife Tenerife Tue, 3 Jun - Sat, 7 Jun £276
Budapest Tenerife Thu, 15 May - Fri, 23 May £338
Gran Canaria Tenerife Tue, 3 Jun - Wed, 4 Jun £656
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Best time to take a holiday to Tenerife

  • The island's weather varies by location, as the geography affects conditions significantly. In the winter months, it is possible to experience snow and warm temperatures within miles of each other. When travelling to the island, keep the changes in weather in mind, and pack accordingly. The island experiences warm temperatures throughout the year, with an average of 20°C in the winter and 28°C in the summer. The summer months, from May to September, bring the least amount of rainfall, so travellers wanting maximum time outdoors should visit Tenerife during this time.

Tenerife highlights

  • Go Crazy at Carnival

    Considered the biggest on the planet after Rio and Notting Hill, the carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is not to be missed. Celebrated every February, this explosion of music and dancing attracts a huge number of visitors, with thousands taking to the streets in wacky outfits. Highlights include the dazzling opening parade, the ‘burial of the sardine’ and the election of Carnival Queen.

    Hike El Teide

    Reaching higher than any other mountain in Spain, El Teide is an active volcano (last erupted in 1909) definitely worth exploring. It’s set in the craggy volcanic landscape of Teide National Park (a UNESCO world heritage site), and is home to a surprising number of plant species, reptiles, and birds. You’ll need special permission to hike right to the top, but halfway up there’s an observation deck with telescopes. There’s also a cable car that will take you up almost to the summit—beware of altitude sickness!

    Try Scuba Diving

    With waters that only drop to a low of 18 degrees in winter, Tenerife is a great place to try a spot of scuba diving. Among the assortment of diving sites, you’re likely to see some fantastic marine life such as impressive moray eels, parrotfish and stingrays. There are also some dramatic volcanic rock formations, especially around the harbour at Puerto de la Cruz.

    Desert Quad Safari

    One of the best ways to take off and see the craggy scenery of this volcanic isle is on a powerful quad bike. Thrilling excursions are mainly off-road, and a 35-minute trip costs just under €30 (£25).

    Visit La Laguna

    A UNESCO world heritage site, La Laguna is a beautiful old city that was once the capital of the island. It sits in the sheltered countryside of the Aguere valley and is home to bustling La Laguna University and the Cathedral of La Laguna. In this charming town you’ll find plenty of surprising architecture, museums, ancient churches and some great local restaurants.

Top Tenerife attractions

  • Loro Parque Zoo

    View wildlife and spend a day with the family at this zoo located near Puerto de la Cruz.

    Museum of Nature and Man

    Housing the history of the Canary Islands, this museum is actually a complex of three different museums.

    Teide National Park

    This expansive park features a huge volcanic crater and the highest peak on the island. It's a great escape for a day of hiking and exploring.

    Los Gigantes

    Enjoy the breathtaking cliffs of Los Gigantes, located on the west coast of the island. Featuring massive cliffs that tower above the Atlantic, this is a must-see for travellers.

    El Médano

    A favourite among wind and kite surfers, this beach features a boardwalk for an ocean-side stroll.

    Barranco del infierno

    A rich ravine complete with a waterfall, this site offers picturesque views.

    Calle Castillo

    A hugely popular shopping district in Santa Cruz, this area offers plenty of boutiques and shops where you can buy everything from electronics to local fashions.

    Masca

    A tiny village at the base of the Teno Mountains, Masca is believed to have been a hideout for pirates.

    Carnival in Santa Cruz

    The capital city of the island is the place to be for parties and celebrations. The Carnival festival is quite the show, with wild outfits and parades on display.

    La Orotava

    The bright and beautiful architecture of this town is truly worth seeing in person. Every view looks like a postcard.

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    Piramides de Guimar

    Situated in the south east of the island, about 26 kilometres from Santa Cruz, these pyramids are actually six square, terraced structures built in the 19th century from local lava rock. Some believe that they were piles created when people moving to the rural interior were clearing the land. Others insist that the pyramids, similar to those found in Mexico and Peru, were connected to the Guanches and were aligned astrologically. Stand on top of the largest one on the day of summer solstice to observe a double sunset.

    Cave Paintings

    Tenerife has a number of sites related to the Guanches, but the most fascinating remains of their culture are to be found hidden in the south of the island, where cave paintings have been discovered in the archaeological sites of Cambados and El Barranco del Rey in Arona.

    Tenerife’s Museums

    The sunny island may be a magnet for beachgoers and nightlife lovers, but it is rich in culture too, and Tenerife is justifiably proud of its museums and heritage sites. Begin your tour at the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts, which has a comprehensive collection of works by Canary Island artists, plus pieces from the Prado in Madrid. As well as art and sculpture, this museum houses wonderful collections of antique furniture, weapons, porcelain and coins. Bring yourself right up to date at the Museum of Contemporary Art, and then get a taste of science, nature and archaeology at the Natural and Human History Museum, where you’ll find out what life was like for pre-Hispanic man on the islands.

    The Cliffs at Los Gigantes

    On the west coast of Tenerife are ‘The Giants’¬—sheer cliffs that plunge 800 metres down to the sea. You can trek out there from the neighbouring town of Los Gigantes, and inch out on your stomach to get a better view. Or choose the non-death-defying option and take a boat trip to the base, where you can gaze up at the dramatic rock face above.

    Tip * Booking your Tours, Transfers & Airport Parking before you go will save your money & time and ensure a stress free start to your holiday

     

Tenerife holiday travel tips

  • Arriving and Getting Away

    Depending on where you’re staying, you’ll either take a flight to Tenerife South airport (Reina Sofia, which handles most international flights) or go to Tenerife North (Los Rodeos) airport. You’ll find a good bus system at both which runs from about 5am to midnight (check current times on airport website), and serves the major cities on the island. The trip from the airport to the capital, Santa Cruz, takes around 15 minutes from the northern airport or an hour from the south. Both arrivals terminals have ATMs, banks where you can change money, and competitive options for car hire in Tenerife.

    There is also the option of taking a ferry to Tenerife. Boats (with surprisingly comfortable sleeping quarters) leave from Cadiz in Spain, and the journey takes two days.

    Transport Around the Island

    If you want to travel the island on a budget, get yourself a bus card (ask at any bus station or your hotel), which can be used on all lines and will reduce your fare. Taxis are another good option if you haven’t hired your own car—drivers on the island are generally honest and reliable, and all cars should be metered. There are ferries that you can take if you feel like checking out some of the other Canary Islands.

Insider tips for Tenerife travel

  • Siam Parque

    This water amusement park is located in Costa Adeje and features artificial waves and several cafes.

    Kiú

    This cafe is an excellent place to grab a delicious bite to eat for any meal, as well as enjoy music on the weekends.

    Playa Americas

    More than just your typical beach, this site may catch some holidaymakers off guard due to its black volcanic sand.

    Anaga Mountains

    Located on the northeastern region of the island, this mountainous area is rather remote and unexplored. It's a great place for pristine views and photo opportunities.

    La Cazuela

    Popular among locals, this restaurant offers regional favourites such as cazuela, a tasty fish casserole.

Where to stay in Tenerife

  • Tenerife has some really great deals when it comes to accommodation, even if your checklist includes a pool, gym and beauty salon. Hotasa Lagos De Cesar Hotel is a surprising budget option, with great staff, a quiet location, and huge rooms. The location in Puerto de Santiago is perfect for exploring the north and south of the island, and there are all-inclusive packages, though you may want to try the many dining options nearby.

    If you’re looking for something directly on the seafront, go for the Cleopatra Palace Hotel, part of a Mare Nostrum hotel complex made up of three buildings. Two of the buildings—the Julio César and the Marco Antonio—are Roman themed, with thick columns and statues of the gods, while the Cleopatra Palace has pyramids and palm trees. Kitsch and fun, this five-star option is like Vegas by the sea.

    At the H10 Las Palmeras Hotel, you get a good-value hotel in Tenerife where you can relax surrounded by wonderful subtropical gardens, or treat yourself to lunch at the poolside bar. The dinner buffet here is wonderfully varied, while the hotel is also very close to a black-sand beach, with perfect waves for those interested in surfing.

    For really spectacular views, choose the Gran Hotel Semiramis, built on the edge of a cliff in Puerto Cruz. The sound of the waves breaking on the rocks below drifts up to clean, comfortable rooms, while guests can choose between the refreshing outdoor pool or the heated semi-indoor pool.

Tenerife restaurants

  • Rated as a favourite time and again by travellers, Los Roques (Calle La Marina 16) is a gem of a restaurant, tucked into an unassuming spot fronting the harbour in Los Abrigos. If it’s a special occasion, book a table on the terrace at sunset and go for the seven-course taster menu—it’s a stunning experience that you’ll be talking about for weeks. The friendly hosts and the ambience make it worth the trip, no matter where on the island you’re staying.

    In Puerto de la Cruz you’ll find Toucan (Calle Sebastian Padron Acosta), a reasonably priced offering run by an especially friendly German couple. Fresh ingredients and loving preparation make the difference here. Go for the tasty fish dishes, or try the veal with cranberry sauce for something different.

    If you like a little entertainment with your evening meal, then stop in at pub/restaurant Original Wigan Pier in Adeje (Local 11a Mareverde). There are pub quizzes, singers, and even a hilarious drag act, ‘Mister Sister’. For a pint and generous helpings of tasty pub food, this is the place to be—the atmosphere is bursting with energy too, and the sangria has a great kick to it.

    Much-loved by regular Tenerife holidaymakers, the Monte Christo (Avenida Bruselas) is a pricy option that’s worth it for a top-class dining experience. Five-star service adds to the gourmet modern Italian food, with warm herb bread accompanying crispy pizzas and tender steaks.

Health & Safety

  • Health and Safety

    Given the volume of people constantly out and about in the larger cities and beach resorts of Tenerife, it is generally a safe destination to wander around with friends. However, petty thieves and opportunists are always ready to make a purse, bag or camera disappear, so be sensible with your belongings, especially if eating outdoors in a busy street.

    If you do need help, the number to dial for police is 061. Tenerife has excellent healthcare and your hotel should be able to find an English-speaking doctor or dentist if needed. If you need emergency help, call Hospital Las Americas on +34 922 75 00 22.

    Sunstroke and sunburn are a real hazard here, so make sure to keep the sun-cream handy and go for water or juice whenever possible, as alcohol from the night before dehydrates the system. Mosquitoes are an annoyance here, but don’t carry malaria.

    Be aware of scams involving timeshare apartments; if someone offers you a scratchcard, or encourages you to attend a presentation on holiday homes, be wary. Contracts that thousands of unwitting holidaymakers have been persuaded to sign here are illegal, with false claims about the holiday deals you’ll get when you hand over your bank details.

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