Holidays in Tenerife: The island of eternal spring
Whether you're looking for some winter sun on a trip to the Canary Islands or just want a perfect summer holiday in Spain, Tenerife is an ideal destination. The year-round temperatures are between 23 and 28 degrees, and there is plenty to do, from relaxing on the beach to climbing the impressive Teide volcano. If it's a cheap holiday to Tenerife that you're after then you've come to the right place. Find a travel deal for Tenerife that suits your needs below or read on for our guide to Tenerife for any time of year.
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The top 5 things to do in Tenerife
The beautiful island of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, sits off of the coast of West Africa. While many people know the Spanish island for its year-round glorious weather, there’s even more to Tenerife, including plenty of activities for couples, families and solo travellers.
Here’s 5 of our favourite things to do on the island:
1. Mount Teide National Park
Mount Teide National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the incredible Mount Teide, the highest point in Spain. You can hike up, or take a cable car, and take in the stunning views of the surrounding area. If you choose to hike to the very top, be advised that you need to get a permit in advance.
Thanks to the high altitude and low pollution, the area is considered to be one of the best in the world for stargazing—it’s rumoured that on a good night you can even spot the rings of Saturn!
2. Costa Adeje
The upmarket area of Costa Adeje in the south of Tenerife is the ideal base for exploring the island. Costa Adeje is home to plenty of 5-star hotels and resorts, beautiful beaches, waterparks (see below) and more.
The area is also great for lots of outdoor activities including jet skiing and windsurfing. If none of that takes your fancy, head over to Playa del Duque where you’ll find beaches with golden sand, crystal-clear water and a chic and elegant promenade that’s home to bars, restaurants and high-end boutiques.
3. Siam Park
Siam Park is the self-proclaimed “most spectacular waterpark in Europe” and holder of a TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Award 2019 in the “Top 10 Amusement Parks & Water Parks - Spain” category.
The Thai-themed park, located in Costa Adeje, has plenty of amazing rides including Vulcano, The Dragon, Naga Racer and The Giant (to name a few). If you prefer a gentler pace, the park has one of the longest lazy rivers in the world.
Tenerife is famed as a great beach holiday destination and with good reason -- the island's beaches are long, plentiful and have warm, golden sand. Tenerife alone has 14 Blue Flag accredited beaches!
Aside from the beach at Playa del Duque (as mentioned above), there are quite a few nice beaches in Playas de las Americas including Playa La Troya and Playa El Camisón.
Another strong favourite for holidaymakers is Playa Las Vistas, which is about a kilometre long and 80 metres deep with plenty of bars, cafés and restaurants.
5. Visit the capital—Santa Cruz
The capital of the island is Santa Cruz de Tenerife, more commonly known just as Santa Cruz, a port city on the northeast coast.
We would definitely recommend visiting the Auditorio De Tenerife, home to the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. With its floaty curved design, it’s certainly one of the most unique buildings on the island!
We also love the Old Town -- go for a wander around the picturesque pastel-coloured streets and get lost in the moment.
Where to stay in Tenerife?
Finding a place to stay is probably one of the biggest challenges when you are organizing a holiday getaway by yourself. Tenerife offers a variety of activities and your choice of accommodation depends on the kind of holiday you are looking for. Are you coming to party? Or would you like to experience quiet beaches with the authentic character of the Canary Islands?
If you are coming to enjoy yourself, Playa de Las Americas and Costa Adeje are the locations that you want to be staying in. Full of bright lights and an active nightlife, you are guaranteed a night of partying. Hotels, villas and country houses are conveniently located around the nocturnal Veronica strip.
For families and couples
For a quieter holiday with some family time involving beautiful beaches, Puerto Santiago is the ideal location! If you are a couple or are travelling with children, Puerto Santiago will offer an idyllic alternative to the crowded areas in the south. Its narrow streets covered in small shops and cafes will help you to get into a relaxed mood as soon as you walk in.
The stunning black sand beaches of Playa de la Arena provide visitors with sun loungers, showers and nearby restaurants. The currents might be strong so keep an eye for the red flags, especially when travelling with children. The beach is a year-round treasure with breath-taking sunsets.
Pirate tip: Puerto Santiago is on mountainous terrain, so be sure to bring your walking shoes.
When is the best time to travel to Tenerife?
Tenerife is alive all year long so it’s difficult to pinpoint the best time to travel. The island offers so many diverse activities throughout the year that you can almost create your own custom holiday experience, catering to your own interests and preferences.
Surf from September to April
For the surfers amongst us, the best time to catch amazing Atlantic waves is from September to April. You might want to consider the north as your destination and El Socorro is a well-known spot for competitions. The volcanic beach is also stunning while you watch the black sand from your surfboard.
If you are more of a windsurfer or kitesurfer, we will see you on Tenerife from May to September as the winds are particularly strong during summer. Whether you are a beginner or an expert - Tenerife is the place to be for aquatic sports.
Whale watch from December to May
With a little bit of luck, a highlight of your stay in Puerto Santiago could be whale and dolphin watching. You can book a boat trip and spend some hours observing the beautiful creatures, all at very affordable prices. The busiest time to see the breath-taking marine giants is from December to May, add snorkelling and swimming to your experience to complete your Tenerife holiday.
Taste wine from July to October
Wine connoisseurs should visit from July to October when the wineries are harvesting the fresh grapes. There will be celebrations and wine tastings and you can observe the wine harvest. If you are a fan of dry white wine, perfect! The region is known for it. However, you will still be able to find some reds as well, so don’t worry too much!
If you are looking to stretch your Pound, the more budget-friendly time for your Tenerife holiday is from October to November and between March and May.
As the weather stays amazing all-year-round, so does the magic of Tenerife. Most of the main attractions or restaurants remain open, but it is advisable to plan ahead if you want to get the best deals to enjoy one of Spain’s most beautiful islands.
Pirate tip: In February, the second largest carnival after Rio de Janeiro, the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife takes place and the prices tend to increase. The weeks around Easter can also get busy due to the religious festivities taking place.
How to get around in Tenerife
The easiest and most flexible way of getting around Tenerife is by renting a car. If you want to explore the island, go hiking or are simply travelling with kids, a rental car is an affordable and easy way to discover the beauty of the Canary Island. If you prefer to use public transport, Tenerife has a bus system that is comfortable and economical. However, keep in mind that public transport might be time-consuming and that you may have to change busses in order to reach your destination. The green and white local busses are called Guaguas (pronounced “wa-was”) in case you want to ask a local where to find them…
Tips for your Tenerife holiday
- Plan for at least 5 days: If you can, take an extended weekend break as you will need a bit more time to take in the full picture of what Tenerife has to offer.
- Learn a few Spanish phrases: “Cuanto cuesta una cerveza?” means “How much is a beer?” and might come in handy on the Spanish island.
- Take some sunscreen: The days are known to last long in Tenerife and you can expect approximately 9 hours of sunshine a day in summer.
- Bring an adapter: If you need to do a bit of work on a holiday or can’t put your phone down, then take an adapter with you. The plugs are different from the ones in the UK and we don’t want you running out of juice!