The Island Of Tenerife
The largest of the seven Canary Islands, Tenerife sits in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of North Africa and enjoys the eternal sunshine – one of the reasons that make this beautiful island such a popular hotspot for millions of tourists every year. Hence the reason we keep going back.
You can walk for miles and miles in the blissful dunes, with the sun beating down on you, and not get bored. Tenerife is a volcanic island that has been sculpted over time by several eruptions, but don’t worry the last was in the early 20th century, so you’re pretty safe.
It has a great mix of rugged terrain, dramatic landscapes and a sub-tropical climate with temperatures averaging 20°C – 22°C in the winter months and 26°C – 28°C in the summer, if you’re like us then you will embrace the weather with open arms.
There have been four recorded volcanic eruptions with no casualties at all; two in the early 1700 s, the third in 1798 and the last known eruption was in 1909, quite a while ago now, so if you’re a worrier, rest assured you’re more likely to run into a Barred Hogfish (a curious fish)
Over the years Tenerife has become a popular holiday destination and it’s easy to see why with dozens of great resorts to choose from.
From the well-known resorts of Playa Las Américas and Los Cristianos, the stunning cliffs at Los Gigantes to the pine forests in the national park…this island has so much more to offer other than great weather. So what you waiting for, get booking your flights, you won’t regret it.
We have been to Tenerife a few times now, each time staying somewhere new. We do love the island, it has a lot to offer, whether you’re a family of four or away as a couple you won’t be stuck for adventures and activities.
Every time we go we love to hire a car and travel around the island, visiting old and new places. Hire cars are a popular one in Tenerife, it’s very easy to arrange, most people do this before they travel so all is in place for when you arrive, alternatively, you can queue up at the airport and arrange a car for as many days as you wish.
A few good companies to look at are Europcar, Thrifty, Auto Reisen, Cicar, Plus Car and Hertz. If you do not fancy queuing at the airport after travelling for a few hours get a taxi to your hotel and then if you wish to hire a car from one of the hire car shops in the town, there is plenty to choose from, all reputable firms.
There are so many hotels to choose from when you are booking a holiday. We would say first of all start thinking of your location as if you have very young children walking their feet off isn’t always a good idea, you may like a full-blown coastal walk but I doubt they will, especially in the hotter months.
You will be spoilt for choice with all the hotels in Tenerife, so I doubt you will have a problem finding one. Here are some of our favourites: H10 Las Palmeras, Costa Adeje Grand Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Catalonia Las Vegas, Hotel Troya, Malibu apartments.
Malibu Apartment is better for families or couples looking for a budget place to stay.
Here is the H10 a luxury hotel with a lot to offer.
Although if you’re on a budget why not try, Laguna Park 1, Laguna Park 2, Malibu Apartments, Park Club Europe. The best bet is to do a full Google search if you’re on a budget, this makes keeping an eye on what you’re spending easier, cheap is cheerful.
When travelling as a family check that the accommodation has enough to keep your little ones entertained, there are countless of hotels that have kids clubs, and entertaining staff to keep them happy, you can then, of course, sit back and enjoy your well-earned rest, knowing that there having a great time.
The hotels in the North of Tenerife do tend to be a little cheaper than the south. This is due to the south being much more commercialised, so if you’re looking for peace and quiet and a cheaper holiday, go to the north of the island, there are still tons of beautiful beaches, coastal walks, and activities to keep you all happy.
The south of Tenerife is full of bustling Bars & Restaurants that stay open until the early hours, so depending on where your hotel is I doubt it will take long to find all the life and fun that’s on offer. The younger generation (20 s) love the south; the stretch from Las Americas to Fanabe is the place where the hotels are the most popular.
Bars & Restaurants
The size of the place also adds to its splendour, there’s nothing worse than being too cramped in a corner with your face nearly being dipped in your drink. The layout of Papagayo is great, there’s a second floor where you can chill out on sofas during the day, looking out as far as the eye can see, the views are spectacular.
The evenings are busy here, full of people having a great night out with friends and family, don’t expect it to be quiet, it won’t be, the DJs have only just got started. At around 10 pm the whole place comes alive with pumping music and dancers that everyone likes to admire.
Price wise it can be on the dear side, especially the alcoholic drinks, but hey what do you expect you’re in a plush environment in Tenerife, live a little.
The service here is great, very helpful and experienced staff only too happy to accommodate you. The bar does get kind of busy so get there early if you want to try it out, you will notice all the good bars are always busy.
There’s comfortable seating inside and out, and good music to just finish off your experience. Definitely, check this place out; I’m sure you will enjoy it as much as we do.
In Tenerife, there are 100 s of bars and restaurants do take your time strolling around them, obviously not them all, but do explore a little as some of the best ones are hidden gems.
We generally opt for a fish platter dish as we know it will come out looking fantastic and taste delicious as always, and is more than enough for two people. You don’t want to eat too much you need to leave a little room for the drinks.
Excursions and Things To Do
In Tenerife, you most definitely won’t be bored. Wander off and investigate what is on offer, most hotels will have lots of leaflets and maps of what to do and where to go, also the excursion shops in the town also have many leaflets and a friendly way of explaining what is available on what days and for how much.
Here are a list of some of the places that offer some exciting day outs: Luxury Yacht Trip, Free Bird One & One For You, Teide Half Day Excursion, Teide By Night (with meal), Classic Island Tour, La Gomera, Santa Cruz And Tagnana, Loro Park, Siam Water Park, just to name a few, so as you can see boredom won’t be a problem on this island.
We’ve visited beaches all around Tenerife’s coastline, from the ones everyone knows about to coves that require three hours of trekking to get there. But we’re as subjective as the next person.
We prefer beaches with a distinct personality that don’t have the usual bat and ball being whacked across your face whilst trying to sunbathe.
We also avoid the ones that aren’t backed by hotels and don’t have row upon row of sunbeds lined across them, it can make you feel a little overlooked by almost everyone. Not everyone is the same so if you do like a busy beach with lots going on you sure will find a fair few.
In many ways, this is our favourite beach of the main southern resorts. Playa El Camisón lies tucked in between Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje. Because it’s on a headland it doesn’t feel crowded by hotels and benefits from having the five-star retro good looks of the Sir Anthony Hotel behind it. It feels smaller and more intimate than other beaches in the area. Although it can get extremely busy.
Another of our favourites is this one, acres of pale golden sand, a red mountain, loads of space and ideal if you want to go for the all over tan, Playa La Tejita ticks a lot of the boxes that put it up there as one of the best-looking beaches on Tenerife.
But this is the east coast, but be warned there is a lot of wind, so maybe take a hoody just in case you feel a little chilly, even on a hot day the wind will disguise the sun pretty well.
This is the perfect beach for the area often referred to as the ‘upmarket’ part of Costa Adeje thanks to its profusion of luxury hotels and restaurants.
The beach is segregated from the rest of the southern resorts by a rocky outcrop with a mock castle, adding to that air of exclusivity.
The sea is a beautiful turquoise colour, the beach is white and straw umbrellas, striped beach huts and a colonial restaurant on stilts lend it a personality that mixes south of France with the Caribbean. It’s a beautiful looking beach.
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