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Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, the main resorts include Los Cristianos, Playa De Las Americasand Puerto De La Cruz. English is widely spoken so the language isn't a problem here. The currency is the Euro. There is no doubt about it, Tenerife is a beautiful country with amazing scenery year round good weather and plenty to see and do. For the most part it is a lovely place but certain areas are nothing short of hideous.
I decided to go in November as I really wanted a bit on sunshine before Christmas and saw a cheap holiday for about £150 self catering for a week. The flight time from the UK is around 4 hours and most UK airports fly to the Reina Sofia Tenerife South airport.
The first apartments I looked at were in the middle of Playa De Las Americas resort, I wanted to stay here as I thought it would be the busiest resort for the time of year. The apartments had sold out by the time I went to book them and I opted for apartments in Costa Adeje which turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
The first apartments I had looked at turned out to be in the middle of the red light district. Costa Adeje was nice and peaceful, the views from the apartments were spectacular, especially on an evening when you could watch the sun set and see the island of La Gomera in the distance and snow covered mountains up in the clouds.
On the first night we stayed around the Costa Adeje area which was pleasant, although extremely quite at this time of year. There are a good number of bars and restaurants around the area but it was just a bit too quiet for our liking.
The second day we visited Los Cristianos which was really nice, had an impressive harbour, many beaches lines with bars, restaurants and cafes of all nationalities. There were a few water sports available on the beaches and the beaches weren't too crowded at this time of year. It is quite built up but there are still plenty of old buildings and many parts of the old fishing village it once was can still be seen. There was a really mixed group of holiday makers in this area both young and old and couples and families and there was something for everyone. There was plenty of evening entertainment on offer and I think if I was to go back to Tenerife this would be where I would choose to stay.
The third day I had to visit the famous Playa De Las Americas and it's strip. I really wish I hadn't bothered. There was a football match on at lunch time so we visited a famous sports bar to watch it. The place was dirty, the staff didn't seem to notice or acknowledge us when we walked in and when we finally got a drink it was considerably more expensive than the other areas we had visited. A group of young men were really drunk, some were asleep and one of them fell into a tray of glasses smashing them all over the floor, they were not told to leave and the staff seemed to find it funny. We had to leave our drinks and go somewhere else because they were so annoying. We found somewhere else to watch the match and headed to the beach. The beach was large and clean and had plenty of bars and restaurants around and after a couple of hours we decided to head back to the apartment before going to see the strip at night.
At 8pm we went for a meal and into a bar, a young girl vomited in a bar and then went up to the bar where she was served even more alcohol. I am by no means a party pooper and love a good time and a few drinks but each bar was offering free shots and a lot of 2 for 1 drinks. Most of the crowd were very young and extremely drunk, I really feel the bars were very irresponsible serving people who could barely walk or talk even more alcohol. It was cringeworthy watching young girls who didn't seem to know what planet they were on be talked into taking part in wet t-shirt competitions and proceeding to fall off tables. We left as each bar we went into seemed like more of the same it was just uncomfortable to be around and certainly not a place for families.
Things to do in Tenerife
Teide National Park - Here lies Spain's hightest mountain, Mount Teide, which is over 3700 metres tall. When we were here we saw it from a distance which was enough for us it was snow covered and stunning. You can get a cable car to the peak or for the more energetic people you can take a guided 6 hour walk up to the peak. In winter the temperature at the top drops to below freezing which is why we decided not to go any closer than we had to but we saw the views from the top in guide books and it really did look amazing. In the summer it can be over 40 degrees as the top. You can see four other Canary Islands from the top and when you get near the top you are above the clouds. I have spoke to others who have gone here as a day trip and say it really is one not to be missed. The Jeep Safaris look like a load of fun.
Festivals - There are many religious festival's throughout the year. Tenerife is a popular Christmas destination due to it's warm winters, the Christmas dinner is traditionally had on Christmas Eve in Tenerife and Mass is attended on Christmas Day.
Large colourful carnivals take place throughout February and March and a lot of festivals happen in the capital of Tenerife, Santa Cruz.
Water sports - There is diving, jet skis, whale and dolpin watching, paragliding, fishing and boat trips on offer all over the Island of Tenerife these are available all year round although more frequently in the summer.
Water Parks - Siam Park is the probably the most popular park in Tenerife, it is located in Costa Adeje and has lots of slides for all ages, a floating market where you can buy souvenirs and snacks, a lazy river, small beach and pool areas. In high season it gets extremely busy and at a hefty 33 euros per adult many people opt for Aquapark in Costa Adeje which is a smaller water park with a dolphin show and plenty of slides and pools.
Loro Parque is like a sea life centre full of animals including whales, dolphins and penguins.
Tenerife has a monkey park, camel park and jungle world as well for the animal lovers out there.
Golf - There are many golf courses around Tenerife including the stunning 18 hole Golf Las Americas and Golf Costa Adeje. There are plenty of practise courses, 9 hole courses and pitch and putt courses for beginners.
For older tourists who might want something less energetic there are shopping trips, bowls, ballroom dancing and bingo all over the island.
There are plenty of walking tours to do in Tenerife including the coastal walk from Loc Cristianos to Playa De Las Americas which is also suitable for those in wheelchairs.
There is a miniature park, which features some of the Canary Islands most famous buildings in stunning miniatures.
The food and drink in Tenerife is reasonable with a meal with drinks under 10 euros per person. There are all kind of restaurants to choose from including local canarian restaurants, fast food chains, italian, mexican, indian, chinese, roast dinners and much more. Drinks are around 2 euros, a bit more in Las Americas where they can vary depending on the time of year, time of day and whether there are any specific events on at the time. Some bars charge a small entrance fee which comes with a free drink and shot. There are karaoke bars, sports bars, bars showing comedy dvd's and soap operas, quiz nights, bingo, cabaret and much more.
With all of the above and much much more to do in Tenerife there is something for everyone. It is not one of the first places I would choose you visit although I would visit again but would definitely not go in peak season and would steer well clear of Las Americas.
As the weather is good all year round and most of the theme parks, attractions and day trips open all year round it is a perfect winter destination.
Just got back from a great holiday in Tenerife. Stayed in Costa Adeje, next to Playa de Las Americas but without all the noise, at the Esmeralda Playa. My main piece of advice would be not to use the reps to book your trips out. We saved loads as a family of 4 on the whale/dolphin boat trip and the combined ticket to Siam Waterpark and the Loro Park. We went on the Eden Catamaran for the boat trip and bought the tickets through a guy who wanders along the sea front at Playa Torviscas. His name was Tony and he wears a large sombrero type sun hat and bright red trousers every day so it is easy to spot him. He charged 57 euros for 4 of us, classing my 12 and 14 year olds as children, which not many places do out there. If you want a 2 hour cruise you can book it up to 10am on the day you want to go, but the 2 hour trip does not include lunch and swimming. The 3 hour trip does but is more popular as a result and you needed to book at least a couple of days in advance. We paid a deposit of 20 euro for the 3 hour trip and then on the day itself w found him again and he walked us to his company's office where we paid the balance and collected our boarding cards. Worth getting there a little bit early because first ones there get the first boarding cards and therefore get to choose where they want to sit on the boat. We sat right at the front and saw loads of pilot whales and some dolphins. The boat gets right up close to them and everyone gets a good view no matter where you are sitting. Lunch was a sandwich and a can of drink, but we all felt it was well worth the money. For the Loro/Siam park tickets we went to a man with an office somewhere near the La Nina/La Pinta/Flamingo hotels on the one way road system. He has his placards on the sea side of the road and his office on the opposite side and wears a bright orange Tshirt, baseball cap and has a ponytail (may well be Dutch according to my husband!). He gave us the best deal on a combined ticket including the coach to get to the Loro Park, saving us nearly 80 euros on the reps price. We were collected from the hotel just around the corner from where we were staying (Torviscus Playa), driven 1.5 hours to the Loro Park, arriving at around 10am and got to stay until 4.15pm, which was just about the right amount of time. We did all the shows and felt we had plenty of time to look around. Useful tip - the queues for the ladies toilets at the park exit at 4pm were a nightmare, enough to make you miss the coach back, so either go earlier or better still use a different set of toilets elsewhere in the park before going to the exit. The sea lion, whale and dolphin shows were brilliant. Nothing ever quite compares with Sea World in Florida, but these shows were the best we have seen anywhere else in Europe. You had great views wherever you sat and people were still able to find seats with a minute to go before the shows started - not bad for school holidays. Lastly we went to Siam Park. This is a fairly new waterpark and again was brilliant. We got there for when it opended and stayed until it shut. Queues were at there longest at lunchtime, where we had to wait the best part of an hour for a couple of the rides. The rest of the time the queueing wasn't too bad. Most of the rides are designed for more than one person - either tubes of 2 or 4 - which added to the fun. We managed with a small locker for a family of 4 and it cost 3 euros for the day plus 5 euros deposit for the key which we got back. You could go back to the locker as often as you wanted throughout the day to top up on sun cream, drinks etc. We took a few sarnies, crisps and biscuits for our lunch so can't comment on the food/drink prices at either of the parks. Siam park itself was very well designed and most of the time you could queue in the shade or under parasols. The waves in the pool were ginormous and the lazy river had a different twist to most - I won't spoil the surprise but I'm not a great lazy river fan but this one is very well done. Word of warning is for the free bus. In the mornings once the seats are full the driver will not take anyone else eg no standing. Therefore there tends to be a bit of a scrum to get on if there are lots of people and assuming you all get on at the first bus stop it will not then stop at the next 2 bus stops. This means that if you do not get on you will have to wait another 20-30 minutes and theoretically the same thing could happen all over again. Therefore 4 choices - walk to Siam park if near enough, walk to the 1st bus stop instead of the nearest one to your hotel, make sure you are good in a rugby scrum or get a taxi. We were lucky on the way there and managed to all get on the bus. On the way home however it was even worse. There was an orderly queue until the bus arrived and then chaos descended as people thought they were not going to be able to get on the last bus of the night. To say it was dangerous was an understatement. 2 of us got on and the other 2 didn't. Finally some people got off that were in a similar situation, which meant the rest of our family got on. As it happens they ran an extra bus to ensure everyone got home, but nobody was telling anyone about this. The day was still excellent but if I went again I think I would get a taxi home just to avoid all the grief. All 3 trips we went on were great and worth the money, just don't book them through your rep. Walk down the road and find someone else.
Ok, so I may be a bit bias here.
I lived in Tenerife for the first 17 years of my life, and have been on holiday there as much as if can. The only reason I came back was due to my education, but that's another story.
It is part of an archipelago known as the Canary Islands; it is the biggest and perhaps the most popular. The islands are situated just off the coast of Africa, meaning a lot of the Sirocco sandstorms occasionally blow over. The islands themselves however belong to Spain, so the native language is Spanish (more precisely canarian).
*POPULAR TOWNS TO VISIT OR STAY IN*
The island has many towns which are worth visiting, each for there own reasons. These are just a few to get you started. When you are there I am sure you will realise that there are many other places to go. The best way to do this is to speak to the local people and other tourists in your hotel...you might just find a gem!
Santa Cruz - This is the capital of Tenerife and is home to most of the wealth. This is a traditional Spanish city and is reminiscent to major cities on the mainland. Obviously, there are many things to do (shopping, eating, sight seeing). However, in my opinion, Santa Cruz is home to some of the best architecture in Tenerife. There are some brilliant Cathedrals and cleverly built statues.
Las Americas/Los Cristianos - These are perhaps the most popular with tourists. There are a lot of hotels situated here and usually they are only a short walk from a beach. The beach front has lots of different restaurants and souvenir shops. It is also the best place to go clubbing.
Los Gigantes - meaning the giants, it is home to magnificent cliffs and a rather nice beach! Well worth a visit if you have the time.
*THINGS TO DO*
To be honest there are lots of things to do in Tenerife. No matter who you go with, or what you enjoy doing you are bound to find something that you like!
Families - There are many animal parks that do not cost too much. Perhaps Loro Parque is best which is situated in Puerto de la Cruz in the North. If you are staying in the South I recommend booking a coach (if you don't drive) and it will take around an hour to get there. Jungle park, formerly known as Aguilas del Teide, is also a great place to visit as a family. Here there are eagle shows and seal shows, something which the kids will love!
As it is indeed an island, another popular activity are boat trips. You simply book at either your hotel or from one of the many booths that are situated on the beach front. It gives children the opportunity to see whales and dolphins!
A cheap alternative to all of this however, is simply taking them to the beach! There are plenty to choose from. They do get very busy in the summer however, and can be quite stressful trying to find a place! Having two sisters...I know!
For night time entertainment there is usually a good selection in your own hotel. However, if you fancy venturing out there are lots of family friendly bars and restaurants that will more than likely have some form of cabaret or karaoke!
18-30 - They still do special deals if you're between these ages, and there is a big group of you. Hen and Stag dos are very popular in Tenerife. Mainly, this is due to the large selection of clubs that Tenerife has to offer. The majority are situated in the South in Las Americas.
During the day, if you fancy a bit of fun, there are many different extreme water sports to take part in. These can usually be booked with the hotel!
Other (more cultural) options - Mount Teide (the volcano that created the island) is a popular attraction. It was the set for Planet of the Apes so as you can imagine the scenery is fantastic. It is worth a visit if you have the time...plus there is a cable car which is great fun and takes you to the top of the mountain. (Though you do have to pay). There is also a lovely forest, which isn't that popular over there, but I think it is worth a visit. Mercedes forest has lush vegetation and lots of fauna. There are also Museums everywhere and there is usually an exhibition on. In February the carnival takes place which is always fun...you will have the opportunity to dress up, and there is also a fairground at the end of the parade!
generally, it is sunny and warm. The average temperatures for winter are around 22 degrees C and for summer around 28! It can be very humid due to the calimas (sand which is blown over from the Sahara desert).
*OTHER INFORMATION YOU MIGHT FIND HELPFUL*
The exchange rate is usually better over there meaning it might be best to wait until you arrive in Tenerife before you change your money. However, it is worth shopping around as there are places that DON'T charge commission :D.
Call 121 in case of emergency
It may be worth hiring a rent-a-car even if it is just for a day or two. This will allow you to travel all over the island so you can experience the culture a bit better.
Tapas is the most common, traditional food type...It is a selection of all different dishes that you just help yourself with. Gofio is also worth a try, it is a cold soup which can be very tasty depending on where you get it from.
There are a lot of English people that have moved over and opened up businesses so speaking the language is not essential. And over there you have Iceland and Netto (apparently Aldi has just opened up over there as well) for all your shopping needs.
In my opinion it is great for everyone, there is always something to do...and it doesn't have to be expensive. I hop you enjoyed reading about Tenerife!
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***I have checked it through now, so the mistakes should be all gone, let me know if you spot any more***
Now the weather is warming up (well, a bit) and I'm on the lookout for a holiday deal, what better way to get in the mood than review one of my favourite holiday destinations - Tenerife!
***A little about Tenerife***
Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. Because of this, you can get away with going a little earlier in the year - even a February holiday in Tenerife can be warm and sunny, and right through to September the weather is hot and bright.
The largest mountain in all of Spain is situated in Tenerife, the impressive and spectacular Mount Teide. Visitors to the island can participate in trips to the snowy summit, with wonderful views of the island and the seas to Lanzarote.
***How to get there***
All major air traffic travels to Tenerife - including the budget airlines BMIBaby, Jet2, RyanAir and EasyJet, meaning a deal is usually out there for the budget traveller.
There are two airports in Tenerife, Reina Sofia, in the south, and Tenerife North Airport. Reina Sofia is by far the most well known and used by UK tourists; mainly for it's relatively short 30 minute commute to the popular destinations Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos (about 30 Euros in a taxi).
Reina Sofia airport is a small size but has all the necessities, shops, cafes and rest areas with a 'traditional' UK pub too.
As with any popular destination Tenerife has a range of accommodation ranging from the 1* self catering 'bargain basement' aparthotels, to 5 and 6* hotels in the Adeje and Del Duque areas. You can, however, find some real bargains if you're not too fussy about when you're travelling. The flexible traveller can find a 5* all-inclusive deal for under £500 per person including flights; often far less. The nicest hotels are undoubtedly any of the larger and more exclusive ones in Del Duque just off Costa Adeje, with it's private beaches and designer shopping area, to the gems found nestled in Adeje itself - like the Costa Adeje Gran, a gorgeous hotel which I've stayed at twice. As long as you're mindful of the star rating (and always check Trip Advisor for the latest traveller reviews) then you can make up your own mind on what's best for your money in terms of where to stay.
Tenerife has some beautiful stretches of coastline - Playa Torviscas being the most popular with travellers. Los Cristianos has some lovely beaches too but it is a fishing area, so it does have more noise and more smell.
The beaches are as you'd expect for the Canaries - hot white sands, palm trees and clear blue seas. Idyllic.
Tenerife has some beautiful shopping malls, with many designer goods to window-shop at. There are plenty of perfume shops and even a few bargains to be had. If you're looking for a designer bag, belt or purse, there is certainly plenty of choice!
In terms of Supermarkets again there are plenty, from good old Netto to more traditional Spanish supermarkets selling the usual day to day produce. Be wary though - sun tan lotion is vastly overpriced due to it's demand. Also, given that newspapers and magazines must be imported via sea/air, they tend to be marked up to as much as 5 Euros each. So if you are an avid reader, I'd recommend you either buy a few magazines in the airport, or you take a few books with you.
There are some lovely street markets in Tenerife, the Adeje market is every Thursday and Sunday, where street traders make their living selling decorative items such as fans, tea towels, tee shirts and so on. You can grab some real bargains here if you are prepared to haggle!
There are plenty of attractions to keep the active holidaymaker amused in Tenerife. The most popular has to be Loro Parque, a fabulous fun park-cum zoo, showcasing some wonderfully diverse animals - gorillas, lions and parrots to name but a few! I'd allow a good day to see Loro Parque, it is well worth the 25 Euros a ticket.
Secondly there's Mount Tiede, where travellers can travel (via bus or on foot) up the active volcano.
Newest of all the big attractions is Siam Park, a huge water park with slides, pools and other 'water kingdom' attractions. It is vying for the best water park crown in the world, so they're trying very hard - it's well worth a visit, very exhausting! Don't forget to stock up on waterproof sun-tan lotion - it's all set in the open air.
Even those on a half board or all inclusive tariff would be missing out if they didn't try the local restaurants - there are fresh fish bars in the fishing bay of Los Cristianos, there's a Chinese chain called 'Slow Boat' which does some wonderful authentic cuisine, and there's a fabulous pizza chain 'Telepizza' which does some deliciously bizarre pizzas such as the creamy, indulgent carbonara pizza - a steal for 9 Euros and absolutely delicious!
Of course Tenerife also has it's share of 'authentic English' bars just dying for you to go inside and have an all day breakfast, scampi and chips, or a club sandwich - at least there is something for everyone and you can pretty much find something that floats your boat. I'd rather sample a delicious authentic paella, mind!
Tenerife also has Burger Kings and McDonalds - which serves beer! - as per any country these days - which may appeal especially if you have kids.
Overall I'd say that to me, Tenerife is like a home from home. It's so welcoming, friendly, and has so much to offer for such a small place. Certainly, it's easy enough to get to with a comfortable 4 hour flight followed by a short 30 minute cab ride right over the top of Tenerife with it's beautiful views of crystal clear seas and staggering mountain sights.
If you check sites like TravelSoon, Thompson, Thomas Cook, Co-Op and Teletext you are sure to find a deal to suit you. Whether you are an older couple, honeymooning pair, young family or group of friends, there is something for everyone in Tenerife, it really does have so much to offer. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a sunshine break with plenty to do, good choice of food and beautiful surroundings.
5/5 for me - hope to be going back soon :)
I've just come back from my 6th visit to Tenerife in 5 years and approximately my 12th visit there overall...
This is an article I wrote about Tenerife for villas-in-tenerife.co.uk. It's written with the angle of encouraging people to visit Tenerife and so if it's seems a little "markety", then that's why! I was actually contacted on Twitter to write an article for the website, the guy paid me £5 for the 500 or so words, so it may be worth getting in touch with him if you've got an article you can share!
The article can also be seen at: http://www.villas-in-tenerife.co.uk/118/tenerife-island-of-year-round-sun/
No matter what time of year you visit, you're almost guaranteed to have a sunny stay in Tenerife, with average temperatures ranging from 18C in winter to 25C in summer.
Tenerife is just a short 4-hour flight from the UK, with almost daily flights from most airports.
The main tourist areas are in the south west of the island - with the resorts of Los Christianos, Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje particular favourites for British and European holiday makers. The three areas are connected via a promenade that spans some 5 miles along the coastline. Transfer time from the main airport (Tenerife South) is approximately 20 minutes and will set you back around 25 euros in a taxi.
Once you get to your resort, have a wander around and get used to your location - you'll probably want to visit the local supermercado (supermarket) to stock up on supplies. The running water on Tenerife has a higher mineral content than you'll be used to in the UK, so it's recommended that you drink bottled water.
The south of the island is blessed with many things to do during the day - either relax and get some sun or head off out to the newly-opened water park, Siam Park. You'll also find plenty of sporting activities including beautiful golf courses and go-karting tracks.
If you fancy a full-day out, why not head to Spain's highest mountain and climb to the top of Mount Tiede? A cable car ride gets you close to the summit, but you can actually reach the rim of the dormant volcano by getting a special pass from the island authorities.
If you like animals, you may want to head north to the excellent Loro Parque where you'll find plenty of things to see including: dolphins, whales, gorillas and tigers!
After a busy day, you'll most likely want to treat yourself to a nice meal out a night. There a plenty of fantastic restaurants along the southern coastline, with my particular favourites being The Boulevard (La Pinta Beach), The Great Little Italy (Playa Fanabe) and Vilaflor (Las Americas). All meals are reasonably priced at around 5-10 euros for chicken and chips to 15-25 euros for steak.
After your meal, you may want to treat yourself to a cocktail (hey, you're on holiday). The Monkey Beach Bar overlooks one of the bays in Las Americas and serves a fantastic array of ice cream cocktails. If you're nearer Adeje, you can treat yourself to a cocktail on the beach. This bar has fantastic recliner chairs that allow you to sit back, relax and listen to the sound of the waves gently crashing on the shore.
With its beautiful coastline, stunning volcano and great water parks, Tenerife really is the perfect place for year-round sun. Whatever you're looking for on holiday, you're sure to find it in Tenerife.
The History of Tenerife:
Tenerife, a Spanish island, is the largest of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. Tenerife has an area of 2034.38 square kilometers, and 886,033 (as of 2008) inhabitants, which make it the most populated island of the Canary Islands and Spain. Tenerife is an important tourist destination in Spain and in the world.
The earliest known human settlement in the islands date to around 200 BC, by people known as the Guanche. They were characteristically tall, powerfully built Scandinavian-looking people with blue eyes and long, fair hair. They had little technology, even by Stone Age comparison and dressed in animal hides and lived in caves on the island. According to legend, many islands in the chain, among them Tenerife, were believed to be the uppermost peaks of Atlantis, which catastrophically sank under the ocean leaving only the highest mountains above sea level.
(Taken from Wikipedia)
My Thoughts on Tenerife - mainly Tenerife Sur:
My mum, dad, sister and I have lived and worked in Tenerife Sur for 6 years (since December 2003). We ran a bar when we first moved here but now manage apartments in Las Americas and Los Cristianos. We live away from the Americas/Cristianos-tourist-y areas in Los Menores.
Everybody frowns upon Tenerife calling it an 18-30 type resort and that's true to an extent - Las America and Los Cristianos are the tourist areas but that isn't the whole of Tenerife. If you're looking for somewhere quieter to stay - you could stay out in Callao Salvaje, or closer to Las Americas in Fanabe.
There are plenty of hidden gems to discover on your holiday to Tenerife. You can take the ferry over to the neighbouring island of La Gomera - we still haven't been but have heard lovely things about it. You could take a Titsa bus up to the capital, Santa Cruz and have a wander around there. Or go a bit further to Puerto de la Cruz... the list is endless if you're looking to explore the island.
One thing you absolutely have to do is go up to Mount Teide. It's like being on an entirely different planet. I went a few years ago on the bus up there and really enjoyed it but more recently we took the scenic (long) route with the dogs. As you rise above the clouds all you can see is greenery, a whole host of mountains as well as all the volcanic ash next to the roads from years before. It's a surreal experience and one you have to see to believe.
The mountain itself is very impressive. If you have the money you can pay to go to the top of the mountain on a cable car but just staying at the bottom of the mountain is impressive, you can get our and explore. We carried on further and come across a bar (filled with bikers!) where we could stop and walk the dogs. It was a great day out and we also got to see where they are filming the new Clash of the Titans!
There is also plenty on offer to keep the kids happy. There's the Aqua Park which was the only waterpark in Tenerife until the Siam Park came along last year which has now blown Aqua Park out of the water. Aqua Park is great if you're on a tight budget but, from what I've heard, the Siam Park is well worth a visit. We pass it on the way into work and from the outside it looks fabulous. There's a manmade beach, plenty of water-slides, you can hire a beach hut for the day. We haven't been yet as not only is it a bit expensive it's also incredibly busy.
If water isn't your thing you can head to the Jungle Park - one of two Tenerife zoo's. It has a host of animals and, like Aqua Park, is great if you're on a budget. However if you want to see a wider range of animals you can head to Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz. I've only been to the Jungle Park and we really enjoyed it - well worth a visit. You can buy double tickets to Aqua Park & Jungle Park (35Euro adult, 25Euro child) as well as Siam Park & Loro Parque (49Euro adult, 33Euro child) to try and save a bit of money.
The weather in Tenerife is always hot and sunny and this year especially has been no exception. This is by far the hottest summer we've had here in Tenerife with temperatures topping 50 degrees. It was so bad they had to close the BBQ areas up near Mount Teide due to the risk of forest fires!
There are also plenty of boat trips to whet your appetite. Go out, see the dolphins, some even offer the chance to swim in the sea while you're out there. You can also go go-karting at the track in Parque de la Reina, that's always fun!
If you're looking for English breakfasts and English food there are hundreds of bars and restaurants. Some good, some bad, it depends on your taste. You could also go into a Spanish bar and have some tapas!
I also must mention the Policia. As I said, we've lived here six years and it's rare we hear of muggings or break-ins at apartments - they happen, obviously, but the police deal with it well! The Policia are very strict with criminals and there are plenty of Policia wherever you look as well as the Policia Local & Guardia Civil. They definitely run a tight ship which is more than you can say for British police.
Tenerife really is worth a visit - you hear about the drunken young-people and the tourist-y-ness of Las Americas and Los Cristianos but you don't hear about how beautiful Mount Teide is or how much more of Tenerife there is to visit - Costa del Silencio, Las Galletas, Los Gigantes, Golf del Sur.
Tenerife really is a beautiful island and is well worth a visit.
I have just recently returned back to the UK from Tenerife and must admit that I really enjoyed every minute of it. There was great weather, stayed near the beach, many restaurants and activities to do and take part in. The average weather temperature was around 25 degrees and I stayed in Playa De Las Americas, which is by the south west coast of the island.
If you are planning to go somewhere warm, fun, lively, and entertaining, then Tenerife is the place for you - good for a quick getaway!
I visited Siam Park, which is a water park with slides, and seals, went out on a catamaran to see the dolphins and whales, and sat on the beach soaking up the sunshine.
I am definitely considering going there again in the future and really did have a blast.
If you decide to go, enjoy and I am sure that you will have a great time!
Tenerife is an all round destination ideal in my opinion for younger couples and couples with young childrens.
I liked Tenerife, but I feel the weather had a lot to do with this decision. Myself and my partner went in December 2008 and the weather was good for this time of year, mostly sunny!
Tenerife as a resort is ok, there is stuff to do for a week or so, dependent of course on where you stay.
We stayed in the Laguna Park hotel in Costa Adeje, which we found suitable for a week (in okish weather) but to be honest without the sun there just doesnt seem that much to do without leaving your resort of course.
The transportation links and routes are good and cheap. You could catch a bus for 1,50 euro which would take to you a whole different location for you to explore. As with most holiday destinations though there is crime, street sellers, BUT no apparent time share people (unless I missed them).
In the day time Tenerife seems a bit quiet, but it seems to get a bit more lively as night falls. There are a lot of English or Irish bars to visit, but there are also a selction of traditional Spanish restaurants which of course are nice to visit if you want a taste of Spain.
On the whole Tenerife is a nice place to visit, and I would recommend it for a week/short break, however I do think that if you go for any longer than this and the weather is not brilliant then you will be struggling to fill your days up.
It's pretty hard to compete with the previous review of Tenerife which more or less covers every detail but i'll try and give my own, somewhat compact version! Tenerife is a good place to go for year round sunshine. I've been a couple of times in the summer months and a few times at the end of January. The end of January is actually a nice time to go to get away from the miserable weather here and you can enjoy the beaches and the nightclubs with a bit more space! There are still plenty of people about though.
Playa de Las Americas is the bigger, more lively resort with plenty of bars along the Veronicas Strip and some others nearby. They are very typical of what you would expect to find in a holiday resort - promotions people standing on the streets trying to pull you in with the free shots or two for one drinks - usually the cheapest gin or voda which burns your insides! Linekers, Yates's, Jumping Jacks and Busbys are the popular ones. There are plenty of hotels and apartments to choose from. Some nice ones down by the beach but some can also be quite a distance up the hill so if you don't fancy a steep walk choose carefully!
There's a wide range of restaurants to choose from in the resort. One which I remember well was called the Ship which wasn't too far from the Laguna Park 2 apartments. Its speciality was really good steaks at reasonable prices. The Chateaux Briand was very good!
Los Christianos is the resort beside Las Americas and is within walking distance. It would be more suitable for families and those wanting to avoid the nightlife of Las Americas. There is still plenty to do at night though with quite a few good bars and restaurants. I would also recommend taking a bus to one of the other parts of the island for a day. Peurto Colon the main town is ok with plenty of shops and cafes but it seemed quite run down looking. There are some other small fishing type villages which are nice to stop off at for a few hours with more traditional local restaurants and bars. The Waterpark in Las Americas is a good day out too - no matter what age you are and it is quite handy to get to - within walking distance.
As the previous reviewer mentioned you do need to be careful of pickpockets! The 'Looky Looky' men will be friendly when chatting to you, trying to sell their watches, sunglasses and chains but be careful. Some of them will shake your hand whilst slipping their other hand into your pocket to steal your wallet. A lot of them carry knives too so if they do rob you it's advisable not to challenge them.
Also watch out for the prostitutes (this one probaby just applies to the guys!) The prostitutes down near the Veronicas area will hassle you if you are a group of guys and start pulling on your arms to try and drag you down an alleyway with them! They ususally hunt in threes or fours so be careful as one of them will try and pickpocket you while the others grab you! If you're with a girl or a family they aren't likely to bother you!
All in all it's not a bad place for a holiday. It has it's tacky parts to it which you can choose and manage to avoid if you wish. The main benefit is the good weather and it can be reasonably cheap.
~*~TENERIFE IN GENERAL ~*~
Tenerife is a Spanish island and is one of the largest of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Africa. The island is of volcanic origin, and was created by 3 volcanic eruptions approximately 3.5 million years ago. The most recent earthquake in Tenerife was in 2002 and reached 4 on the Richter Scale.
The largest city in Tenerife is Santa Cruz, which is the capital of the island. The approximate population of the island is 778,071.
The average temperature in Tenerife is between 20 - 22 °C. On cooler days it usually drops to around 15 °C and on hot days up to about 30 °C. The south of the island is warmer and sunnier than the north, and is usually where the younger fun seeking holiday makers head. The north of the island is much greener than the south, and sometimes in the winter there is even the possibility of snow, this is where the older holiday makers and those looking for a quieter relaxing holiday usually head.
Tenerife is called "The Island of Eternal Spring" because of the climate and green vegetation in the north.
The Euro is now used in Tenerife. The costs on the island aren't particularly cheap with a bottle of wine costing about £4 and a glass of beer costing around £1.15. If you're looking for a dirt cheap holiday Tenerife isn't the place. UK citizens can stay on the island for up to 90 days without a Visa, so if you fancy extending your break, you've got up to 90 days to do it in! There is no time difference between the UK and Tenerife, perfect if you want to ring home, and you're worried about waking them up. You'll need an electrical adapter in Tenerife, for items such as hair driers and straighteners. They're available in places like Boots for about £3. Tenerife has two airports, Los Rodeos airport is situated in the north of the island near La Laguna and the second airport is the Reina Sofia, which will probably be the one you fly into as the other air port isn't usually used by tourists it's used for local flights. The flight will take you about 4 hours from any UK airport; we flew with a company called Iberian Air. The main language in Tenerife is Spanish, but most locals and business owners, do give English a good go, so unless you're heading off into the small villages you don't really need to learn the language.
~*~PLAYA DE LAS AMERICAS ~*~
Las Americas is situated on the South West of the island in the borough of Arona. Las Americas was more or less where we stayed. It was classed as Las Americas but I'd say it was probably more the Los Christianos / Las Vistas area, as Veronicas was a good ten minute walk away. Las Americas is very tourist orientated. It's not the place to be if you're looking for a quiet subdued holiday. It was built in the late 1960's and neighbours Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje. It has a busy nightlife and is very 'English' with rows and rows of British Pubs and Fish and Chip shops. Las Americas has fabulous beaches, water sports, shopping facilities, theme parks, eateries, entertainment and a huge variety of bars and pubs. There is a main strip of bars called Veronicas which is located very near the beach, during the day it's busy with tourists buying bits and pieces from the souvenir shops, or getting their hair braided by the Africans who come over for 2 day visits, they come on the ferry then have to return after two days.
Planes leave for Tenerife from all UK airports. We flew from Newcastle with AirEuropa. Out flights were 10.35 pm leaving the UK, but we left Newcastle at 10.10pm (the first flight I've ever been early to arrive at my destination on) and arrived at 2.20am, instead of the estimated 3.30am. The flight wasn't too bad, despite not paying for in flight meals, we all received them. Although there were no vegetarian options, or actually any other option at all. Both going and coming back the meals were pretty much the same, horrible pasta with chicken and tomato sauce, portion of carrot and cabbage (salad), bread roll, piece of cake and a cup for your tea or coffee. If I'd had to pay £10 for the meal I'd have been very disappointed but for free I really can't complain. If in future I had a choice though, I wouldn't choose to fly with AirEuropa again. The staff weren't particularly helpful and I thought they looked unprofessional dressed in jeans and a shirt.
The best way to travel in Tenerife is by taxi. It's probably not a good idea if you're a nervous passenger though. Bus are also easy to access but I preferred taxis.
We stayed in the Mar Ola II Apartments, which are situated on a busy road. There are loads of different types of accommodation, obviously with varying standards and prices. It doesn't matter where you stay, make sure you hire a safety deposit box; otherwise you run the risk of losing all your valuables. We rented ours for 30 Euros and a 10 euro deposit which we got back at the end of the week. It may sound expensive, but it's definitely worth it. We had a 1 bed Apartment which had a double balcony with two double patio doors facing the pool. There was a good size bedroom with two twin beds and plenty of storage space. There was also a dressing table with mirror and two with 2 pull out beds in the main room.
The kitchen area had a four hob cooker top, a fridge and plenty of plates and cutlery, including a bottle opener!
The maids clean the room every day with the exception of Wednesdays and Sundays (unless the room is being changed over). I've got to comment on the cleanliness though it 'look's clean but after walking over the floor your feet are black! It's clean where you can see, but definitely not hygienic. The bathroom had a bath and shower, sink and toilet all of which were ok. Hot water is limited but it was so hot when we were there it was nicer to have a cold shower to cool down anyway.
The apartments were ok for a cheap holiday, fantastic base if you're going on a girly / lads holiday, but not suitable for families or the older generation as it's extremely noisy and busy from about 4am - 8am when people are coming back from nights out. The balconies are also very low, and are easy to climb over, so be careful not to leave you balcony doors open or anything valuable on your tables.
The staff in the apartments and friendly and helpful when ever you needed to speak to them.
~*~DURING THE DAY~*~
During the day there are numerous things that holiday makers can get up to. If you're happy sunbathing and lazing round the pool, there are plenty of places. I went with the intention of toping up my tan and having a peaceful and relaxing holiday. The beaches are lovely, but the ones down at Las Americas have black sand and loads of stones! - So watch your feet! I preferred the beach at Las Vistas, it's a man made beach with golden sands. You can hire sun loungers and umbrellas. A sun lounger and umbrella cost 6 euros or two and an umbrella was 9 euros. You were able to use these for the full day though if you wanted. It's just as easy to take a towel down and lie on the sand though. The beach at Las Vistas is gorgeous and the waters are clear and blue. I loved wandering along the edge of the water.
There are some nice bars along the front in Las Vistas, look out for Taylor's, it was very friendly and made you feel welcomed. There are also loads of little souvenir shops along that way, you can pick up some really pretty things. Watch out for the bargain perfume, it's quite a bit cheaper over in Tenerife, I managed to pick up 6 bottles for about 100 euros. There are loads of shops that specialise in perfume and make up. I also brought quite a lot of alcohol home. They sell the most gorgeous Smirnoff vodka, which is flavoured with Vanilla, Raspberry or Citrus. I cost me 12 euros for a 1.5 litre bottle! I also brought back some Absinthe (which is so deadly) and various local liquors, which you can get for as little as 2 euros!
There are also various excursions and tours you can book, if you want to take in some of the sights and culture while you're there. You can book this from small booths in the main part of Tenerife. Be careful though, there are a lot of people willing to rip you off. The cheapest isn't always the safest option.
There are various places to visit, e.g.
Teide National Park
This is where Mount Teide Volcano is situated. The park lies around 2000 metres above sea level. During the summer months this looks like something out of a John Wayne film. It's stark with cactus littered about. In the winter snow falls and the roads up to the Volcano are often closed. You can access the Volcano either by foot or by cable car. You can almost reach the summit, please be aware though, the higher you get the thinner the air gets. If you suffer asthma make sure you take your inhaler. It is also quite cold, so bikini tops and shorts are no good, take a thickish top and cover up. This is the most visited tourist attraction in Tenerife and is definitely worth a visit. The views are breathtaking and it's an experience you'll never forget. Prices for this excursion vary. I didn't go on this excursion but some of my group did and they loved it.
Loro Parque is home to collection of over 300 species of parrot, and has features such as a sea-lion show, dolphin show and a Gambian Market. It costs around 16 Euros / £11 each approximately to visit the park, but is amazing to see. There are parrots, chimps, lions and loads of other animals. It's a great day out and if you're an animal lover you'll love it.
Glass Bottomed Boat
This was available from various locations including Puerto Colon and Las Vistas. We went on the one from Las Vistas and it cost 15 euros for a two hour journey. It was quite a small boat and there were about 15 people on board. Make sure you take a hat and sun tan lotion on these type of journeys because the heat is so intense out on the sea, you'll burn! The dolphins were amazing to see and had lots of little baby ones when we were there. If you want a good view though, don't sit next to the Germans!
~*~ EATING OUT~*~
There are various eateries in Tenerife, ranging from fast food outlets to very posh restaurants. There's always the option of the Spanish cuisine, I loved trying all the new and different things, but if you prefer English food, there are plenty of places that will cater for you. There is a lovely Chinese restaurant called Overseas which is located at the bottom of the San Marino apartment block. It was gorgeous, and Tony the owner was really friendly and helpful with his advice on insect bites! It cost us about 80 euros for two rounds of drinks and a meal for four.
There is a lovely fish restaurant just under the bridge at Las Vistas, just before you reach the harbour. I can't remember the name, but it did the most gorgeous Prawns in garlic.
If normal English food is more your thing, there's a nice little bar called The Castle Inn in Las Americas on the way along to Puerto Colon. It does lovely jacket potatoes for about 3.50 euros and gorgeous full English breakfasts for 2.95 euros. Tenerife caters for everyone, with both a Burger King and a MacDonald's located central to Las Americas. There are various small cafes and restaurants which are reasonably priced. Most restaurants have the menus in various languages so don't panic.
There are also some nice restaurants overlooking the harbour at Puerto Colon, which is a nice stroll away. If you walk there, get a taxi back as you'll be stuff after your meal.
~*~THE NIGHT LIFE~*~
The nightlife all depends on the person I guess. There are plenty of quieter pubs located on the way to Los Christianos but the main night life, especially for the younger generation is Veronicas which is on the front at Las Americas. You do need to keep your wits about you at Veronicas though. The first thing you'll notice is the PR's trying to drag you in off the street, this is a massive thing at night, but you'll also notice it during the day but at a smaller scale, during the day it's mainly to get you to go into restaurants. At night they'll try and tempt you in with the offer of free shots, or two for ones all night. The shots are usually very weak and more like fruit juice than alcohol and the two for ones aren't usually free at all, as it's so expensive to buy the normal round. There are also a lot of Spanish and Moroccan people in the bars and clubs in Veronicas. I found the Moroccans to be quite slimy and hard to get rid of! We didn't go to Veronica's every night, well not the main strip. There are plenty of fun bars located just off the main strip, in an area called Starko. The bars on Veronicas are worth a try, but not particularly amazing, they're expensive, dirty and very overcrowded, but Watch out for Bonkers which is a good laugh. It's very English with load dance music and cheesy older stuff, which is great to have a dance to. Linekars is also good fun with friendly bar staff.
Another great bar down that end was The Quayside Bar. It's a small English sit down bar. Some of the people I was with knew the owner so we spent a while there. Stay away from the Absinthe and Baileys though - deadly stuff! It's called Concrete for a reason.
Places like Bobby's and Busby's are infamous for drink spiking. We went to both to give them a go, and all though the atmosphere was good, with people having a laugh and dancing, there is an underlying edge to it, it all seems a bit dodgy and you need to be wary of who you talk to and dance with. The whole of Veronicas is worth trying, as there are some good bars and clubs, but the drinks are expensive.
We went to a great Karaoke bar called The Full Monty, and there was a bloke from Loro Parque with three snakes. I ended up being roped into holding a 6 foot albino python!
On the way back from our nights out, we found a lovely all night café / bar very close to the hotel, it was called Café Epoch and was great. It was mainly Spanish people who used it, but was great for calling for a Macchiato coffee and a sandwich on the way home!
~*~ THINGS TO BE WARY OF~*~
Like any holiday resort there are things to be wary or careful of. Nowhere in the world is perfect, so it's good to have your wits about you. Cockroaches can be rife in Tenerife. They usually live in little cracks and tiny spaces, so you're more likely to see them if your hotel or apartments are on the old side. They eat just about anything, including fingernails, glue, pet food and cigarettes! There were no cockroaches in our actual apartments but I did see quite a few at the pool area on an evening and on the streets when we were walking home. Some people can be allergic to cockroaches if you find that you have any in your apartment, don't panic, go down to the local shop where they sell various sprays and powders to get rid of them.
Time Share / Winning on the scratch cards - Tenerife has got to be the Timeshare or holiday co-ownership as they prefer to call it, capital of the world. If you look English, over the age of 25 and under the age of 60 you'll be approached, after that you may be asked to help them with a holiday questionnaire on behalf of the Spanish tourist board, or the more common scratch card. These scratch cards are all winners, you'll end up with a bottle of champagne or 100 cigarettes, but you'll need to go and listening to about 5 hours of hard selling to collect your prize. It's not worth it. Just keep your head down and keep walking or tell them you don't do timeshare.
The Looky - looky men - be careful of what you buy, the cheap gold they sell isn't a bargain, it's fake and it's likely to turn your hands green! I did end up buying a couple of sparkly bracelets in bars. I like costume jewellry so I wasn't expecting diamonds and pearls. For two bracelets for 5 euros I couldn't complain. Watch out for the pickpockets and bag snatchers while you're in Tenerife, on various occasions we saw people who had seen thins stolen. Watch out for people pushing past you and stay away from dark alleyways and very quiet places. Be wary of the African women offering to braid your hair. They're not legally allowed to do it, and if the police come they'll do a runner, leaving you with half a head of braided hair. The prices aren't cheap either, but if you do decide to do it, make sure you have someone else sat with you.
I'd heard in the past that Tenerife is famous for its prostitutes, but I can't say I saw any. I know there's supposed to be a street which is nicknamed 'Prostitutes Lane' which is near Veronicas, but I can't comment too much as I didn't see it. It was one of the things I was warned about when I went to Tenerife though, so I'm passing on the information.
Walking home is not a good idea as I found out. One night I ended up walking home alone, I was reasonably sober and just fancied some fresh air before going to bed. All the way home I was pestered by men in cars, I've got to say though it was the Spanish men I found intimidating, blowing kisses out of the car and crawling along beside me. Just be careful, try and stay in a group.
~*~COMMENTS ON TENERIFE~*~
Overall Tenerife wasn't a bad place. It did remind me a lot of Blackpool though. If I ever went again I would either stay smack bang next to Veronicas for a mad weeks holiday or I'd stay further out in Los Christianos where it's quieter and cleaner. Las Americas was very busy and commercialized and also pretty dirty. The prices weren't too different from home and with there being so many English visitors and staff it isn't hard to get people to understand what you want. I'm not sure where I'd visit Tenerife again, there are a lot of other places I'd rather try and places I've been more impressed with. But a week in the sun, with plenty of drink isn't bad.
I have visited Tenerife twice now first in Costa Adeje, the second time I stayed in Las Americas. Both times were for a week and being honest spent a lot of time on the beach and taking it easy.
Choice wise for restaurants in Costa Adeje there are more places to eat, and a few bars none of which are really lively in comparison to neighbouring Las Americas. If you do want to go clubbing it's a 5 minute taxi ride to Las Americas which will cost you no more than 5 euros.
Las Americas has some nice shops on the main street including Mango, Hugo Boss and some really nice jewellers. However as you can imagine being a very touristy place there are the usual souvenir shops in their plenty!
Nightlife is good in Las Americas, one of my favourite bars was Leonardos as I loved the live entertainment. The two nightlife areas are Veronicas Strip and Starco. Virtually right next to each other, but out of the two go to Starco area there is less trouble and a better choice of bars both in terms of price, range of music and they are a lot cleaner. The bars around Veronicas area was very much dance music based and on most nights there were police cars turning up to sort out various issues!
Things to do in the surrounding area include Loro Park Wildlife Park and a waterpark. I would recommend a visit to Mount Teide. It's worth paying a bit more for a night visit in a 4X4 a fantastic experience which cost us £60 each (as a couple) but this did include a 3 course meal and in all was around a 4 hour experience
Las Americas was best for the location to the main nightlife but I preferred Costa Adeje. The beaches are a lot nicer, it is a lot more relaxed, and only a short taxi ride away if you do want to go clubbing. For families stick to Costa Adeje rather than Las Americas.
Tenerife is a country I have visited on many occasions last time accounting 8 times.
It is a beautiful country which as a bit of everything for everyone in my opinion.
I usually stay in a place called Playa La Vista this is located between Playa Las Americas and Los Cristianos.
So the location is ideal because you have the best of both worlds. You have the opportunity to visit the lovely shops and quant little pubs and bars in the less lively area of Los Cristianos.
And if you are a bit of a party goer then Playa Las Americas is only a 10 minute walk away.
The weather for one thing is something you can guarantee in Tenerife it is not far from Morocco so gets the African weather although I have been in a sand storm once before and that wasn't the best but I am not a fan of sand.
There are beautiful beaches with sand imported in from Africa on some off the beaches as the sand in Tenerife is actually really dark to the Mount Tiede. On Mount Tiede this is meant to be a place to visit but my partner as never fancied it.
There are many attractions to visit in Tenerife and one of the ones I would recommend is the medieval night.
This is a beautiful country for families and for those girls or lads holidays it has a bit of everything for everyone.
tenerife is one of the best canary islands that you can travel too. it takes just over four hours to get too but is absolutely brilliant. its a destination that all ages can enjoy. i have travelled here four times and would definately go back. i would say that the south of tenerife is a lot better than the north as there is a lot more going on. in my opinion if you travel to tenerife you should stay just outside of playa de las americas. this is because thats where all the nightlife is going on however if you stay just outside you are not constantly in the major hustle bustle of it all and can also spend time relaxing. tenerife is a volcanic island and has black sand however this does not affect from the beauty of the island. there are lots of things to do such as visit mount teide the islands volcano and also the set for planet of the apes. there is also an excellent water park which is fun for all the family. there are a lot of water sports that you can participate in on the beach which are lot of fun such as paragliding jet skiing and the classic bannana boats which are absolutely terrifying your gauranteed to end up in the water. such a laugh. hotels are really lovely especially the gran tinerfe would reccommend this hotel to anyone its brillaint. a really high standard and good value for money. home to many bars and restaurants. the best bars in the main strip of las americas in my opion are linikers yates and of course wigan pier youll always have an excellent night. for the more adventurous there are many clubs which you can visit. youll be gauranteed to have a funfilled holiday no matter what age you are. relatively cheap once you get there.
I have been to Tenerife 5 times now and I'm still not tired of going there yet, this is the first holiday I've been on that I would return to over and over again. I always stay in the same hotel in Playa De Las Americas, it is a family run hotel close to shops, restaurants, not far to the beach and right in front of water park. There is so much o do in Tenerife, all the usual water sports, but you can also go on a day trip to Mount Teide which has an active though dormant volcano with amazing views, you have to take a cable car up and there's a couple of cafes at the top. There is also loads of beaches to go to, the sand is quite black so you will never be able to stand walking in it as it gets too hot. I have been to Tenerife April, May, October, November and December and everytime I've been there it's been so lovely and warm and I've always come back with a tan, so you don't need to go in peak expensive seasons to get a summer holiday. The North of the island does seem to be a bit cooler and a lot more green, it's not got as many tourists here if that's what you would rather but it's not what I enjoy. You can also go on boat trips to other Canary Islands. I went to La Gomera, which was wet, full of hills and reminded me a lot of Scotland in parts of it! lol!! I definately highly recommend Tenerife for a holiday and just writing this review is making me want to be there right now! Amazing place
When it comes to a relaxing holiday in the sun my first choice destination is the beautiful island of Tenerife. Tenerife can be a hustle and bustle holiday full of adventure and high nightlife or it can be ever so tranquil and relaxing depending on which part of the island you choose to stay on.
There are many parts to the island but the two most famous are Playa de las Americas which is famous for the now diminishing Veronicas strip and Los Cristianos which is merely a stone's throw away from Las Americas but an awful lot quieter.
I have stayed in both locations and loved them equally even if you do want a quiet holiday you can still book for Las Americas as most of the hustle and bustle and the nightclubs are all along the Veronicas strip whilst the rest of Las Americas caters well for families.
However if you want to be beside the elder holiday makers and you are really seeking quietness and beautiful beaches to relax on and soak up some radiant sunshine then Los Cristianos would be the answer for you and all you have to do is tread the beautiful tiled pathway from Los Cristainos into Las Americas anytime you want to pick things up a bit, it is a mere 15 minute walk even for my old legs.
The people of the island of Tenerife are Spanish in the main but they mostly all speak some English because this island is a dedicated holiday island. The hotels and guest houses that I have stayed in are all of good standard and the service both in hotels as well as in cafes and restaurants on the island is always very good.
My only bugbear with the island is the looky lookies, these guys are mainly African and they frequent parts of the island trying to sell what can best be described as utter rubbish. Things like fake designer watches and fake gold is there main line of tat. These guys can mainly be found in and around Las Americas but do stray to other parts of the island too and whilst they are in the main friendly they are a real nuisance at times.
I would recommend everyone try Tenerife at least once and would be very surprised to find too many people that did not enjoy it. The weather is always lovely and pretty steady at around 28 - 30 degrees no matter what time of the year you visit and it never rains you only get liquid sunshine!
"Tenerife, a Spanish island, is the largest of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. The island's population is 839,000 (2006 census). Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the second biggest city in the archipelago, the capital of the island and the head of the cabildo insular (island government); it is also officially co-capital of the autonomous community of the Canary Islands together with Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, with whom it shares governmental institutions such as Presidency, Parliament and ministries. The island is home to La Laguna University founded in 1792."