Tenerife is a perfect holiday destination because it can suit all your holiday needs. There’s plenty of sunshine, glorious beaches and lively resort towns. If you’re planning a break to this beautiful island, be sure to visit some of its most popular attractions.
Garajonay National Park
Hop on a short boat ride to the neighbouring island of La Gomera and you’ll find this stunning national park. Protected from mass tourism, it’s kept an old world charm that you’ll fall in love with. In the main village, there’s some nice spots for a lazy lunch or you can hike into the woods and enjoy some tranquility. Be sure to pack a swimsuit, as you can swim in a crystal clear river or at one of the many waterfalls.
Teide National Park
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is well worth a visit. It’s home to the impressive snowcapped volcano, Mount Teide which can be seen from many places on the island. There’s different hiking trails to the summit with something for all abilities. If you’re feeling lazy, you can hop on a cable car and marvel at the spectacular views. Thrill seekers can enjoy some mountain biking along the rugged terrain. If you’re planning to enjoy one of the activities, be sure to wear hiking boots or durable shoes.
Dolphins and Wales
The waters surrounding Tenerife are home to a diverse ecosystem with its own population of bottlenose dolphins. It’s one of the best places in the world to spot these magnificent creatures and you may even see some pilot whales. Plenty of operators provide early morning boat tours which depart from the harbour of Los Gigantes – a resort town on the western coast. Make sure you pack a warm jumper or light coat as it can get cold.
Playa de las Americas
This sprawling resort town is famed for its night life, watersports and golden beaches. The main beach is perfect for the family, as it has a gently sloping shoreline and calm waters. As the sun sets, you can indulge in a traditional Spanish meal of tapas and sip on a cocktail at a trendy bar. Known for its laid-back atmosphere, you won’t feel under-dressed in a maxi dress and flip flops. It can get colder in the evening, and a top tip is to carry a pashmina or a light cardigan.
Widely recognized as one of the best water parks in the world, it’s a great day out for kids and grown ups alike. With over 30 rides, a large sandy beach and impressive aquarium there’s something for the whole family. If relaxing is more your thing, be sure to unwind on the world’s longest lazy river.
We’ve barely got started! There’s so much to see and do on this stunning island, you’ll be spoilt for choice, just make sure you pack plenty of swim suits, and don’t forget the sun cream.
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