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Things to Do In Tenerife

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Garachico

Discover one of the most beautiful towns in Tenerife with a trip to Garachico. On the North West tip of the island around an hour’s drive from Los Cristianos, you’ll come across this picturesque Canarian town with a fascinating history.

Arriving in Garachico, spend some time exploring the cobbled streets on foot, flats are always a favorite on these. Go to the main plaza, known as La Libertad, to see the ruins of the 16th-century Convent of San Francisco and the clock tower at Santa Ana church. It’s absolutely beautiful, so make sure you take your camera and prepare to click away snapping every little inch.

As you walk through the town, look out for the old toll gate in Puerta Tierra garden, which was destroyed in 1706 after a volcanic eruption. To find out more about the devastation caused by the volcano, go and visit the museum which has artifacts and first-hand accounts of the eruption.



 

A visit to Garachico isn’t complete without a walk along the coast. Stroll along the promenade and look out for the natural swimming pools created by volcanic rock. You need to avoid going into the water at high tide, but when the water level’s low enough you’ll be able to swim with the locals, looking out for all types of tropical fish beneath the surface. For great views of the pools, climb up to San Miguel Castle is breathtaking.

When you get hungry, there are plenty of places to eat in the town, from small cafés to restaurants serving up freshly-caught seafood. If you’re in Garachico during August, you may be lucky enough to see the town come to life as residents celebrate the Fiesta de San Roque.

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 Things To Do For Families

We love to travel with our children so we know what makes the perfect family holiday. That’s why all of our holiday plans are set up with one thought in mind – to keep our kids stimulated and us relaxed and happy.

But what about the destination itself? What are your ingredients for family holiday success?  We decided to ask a few holidaymakers whilst we were away in Tenerife to see what they get up to whilst away with children. Below is a list of all fun and exciting things we found most families do whilst in Tenerife.

1. Enjoying the thrills and spills at Siam Park

The Thai-themed water park is one of the world’s best.

How much is it?

For an adult pass its €34.00 and €23.00 for kids (aged 3-11) not bad prices for a full day of fun.



What makes it great for families?

It offers the adrenaline-fuelled rides you’d expect from a world-renowned water park (The Dragon, Tower of Power and the Mai Thai River), but what really sets it apart is the wave pool. At three meters high, they are the biggest artificial waves in the world. There’s the option to ride the waves or just enjoy them lapping at your feet from the sanctuary of the white sandy beach.

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2. Exploring nature at Aguilas Jungle Park

This jungle park and the zoological center features a number of shows and events, showcasing a wide variety of wildlife from around the world.Your kids are sure to love this day out.

 

How much is it?

An adult ticket costs €26.00 (€24.00 if you book online), a child pass for those aged 5-10 years old is €17.50 (€15.50 when booked online) and for those aged 3-4 years old it’s €9.00 (€7.00 when booked online).

What makes it great for families?

It’s perfect for exploration. Set up as a jungle, it’s home to more than 300 animals, pretty impressive hey.You’ll find all from exotic birds, a range of primates including chimpanzees, lemurs, and orang-utans as well as penguins and sea lions. The educational element of the park is what really makes it the ideal day out for families with inquisitive children; they will have a good range of animal knowledge by the end of the visit.

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3. Relaxing on a peaceful beach

Tenerife has a number of fabulous beaches. Due to its volcanic heritage, the island is home to a variety of natural black sand beaches, as well as the beautiful golden sands everyone loves. Due to the year-round sunshine and lack of rainfall, all the holiday makers we spoke to told us that a quiet day relaxing on the beach is always one of the best family activities.



How much is it?

Absolutely nothing, stay all day long and it won’t cost a penny.

What makes it great for families?

The beaches in Tenerife offer so much for families. From the gentle child-friendly Breakwater at Playa de Las Vistas, one of Tenerife’s finest beaches situated on the border of the Playa de Las Americas and  Los Cristianos, to water sports at El Madano, to the picturesque spot of Playa Jardin there’s everything the family needs and more.

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4. Teide National Park

It’s the most famous natural wonder on the island. At an imposing 3,718m high, Mount Teide is the third tallest volcano on the planet that last erupted 18 November 1909, Surrounded by hundreds of smaller volcanoes, the national park is a truly breath-taking place.

How much is it?

There is a large range of tours and excursions to choose from, including a simple journey up the cable car and a trip up to see the sunset and stars. For a full range of excursions visit

What makes it great for families?

Taking the opportunity to enjoy one of the many trails in the national park is the ideal family day out. With over 30 walks to choose from, they cater to all levels and abilities.

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5. Bike Experience

Enjoy the stunning landscape on two wheels with ‘Bike Experience Tenerife’ Tenerife is so much more than just the beach and resort. The island is home to amazing volcanic landscapes and a beautiful coastline, which is waiting to be explored by all.



How much is it?

You can hire bikes from around €20 a day, €18 for 2-5 days, and €16 for more than six days.

What makes it great for families?

As well as being a training base for a professional team like Team Sky, the island also offers a lot for beginners looking for an easier cycling experience. Bike Experience Tenerife; have created a number of amateur routes catering for families and couples.

6. Kids love Aqualand

The likes of the Kamikazes, Tornado, and Super Slalom will keep adrenaline junkies happy all day long. With two new big rides added this year (Flying Boats and Multisurf), the park has been packed during the summer and autumn.

How much is it?

A family pass for two adults and two children will cost €71.00.

What makes it great for families?

The younger kids can enjoy Kid world, Family Adventure Land, the Family and Child Wave Pool, the Rapids and Water Castle, while the large heated Jacuzzi is ideal for adults to relax for a moment or two.

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The daily dolphin shows at the Dolphinarium add an extra spectacle for a memorable family visit.

7. Enjoying family sports together

Watersports are popular in Tenerife you can choose from – diving, sailing, and water-skiing, but it’s not just water sports on offer. Days spent mountain biking or playing tennis with the family not only makes the most of the Canarian climate, it’s also an ideal way to spend time together laughing and experiencing the best of Tenerife.



How much is it?

Water sports activities will vary, check out costs online or pop into one of the local excursion shops near your hotel to compare prices.

What makes it great for families?

The chance to bond over sporting endeavors – it’s what family holidays are made of.

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8. Learning about endangered species at Loro Parque

Loro Park is famous for its parrots which you’ll see flying overhead, but it’s also renowned as a sanctuary for a number of endangered species from around the world.

How much is it?

Adult tickets cost in the region of €24.00 whilst children’s are €16.00

What makes it great for families?

The daily shows, including sea lions, dolphins, and parrots are a real draw. What makes it a special experience, however, is Katandra Treetops – a new attraction which gives you the chance to travel along the tree tops and jungle pathways to see the birds in their natural habits.

9. Exploring on foot

Tenerife offers so much more than just water sports for active families. There’s nothing better than exploring the island on two feet, with highlights including the coastal walks in the north, the northern Anaga Mountains, and the woods on the outskirts of the Teide National Park.

How much is it?

Of course, walking is free, but to really make the most of the island you can purchase guides from Walking Tenerife. From around €9 you can explore all of the islands seven best walks.

What makes it great for families?

The fresh air, spectacular scenery and the feeling of exploration this intriguing island offers.



Although not technically on Tenerife, walking trips to the neighboring island of La Gomera have proved especially popular.

Tenerife truly is one of the best destinations for a family holiday. Have you been to Tenerife with the family? What was the most memorable experience of your time there? We love Tenerife and intend on visiting the island many more times. We agreed completely with the families we spoke to, Tenerife has a lot to offer and will keep the whole family happy from beginning to end.

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