Tenerife

The biggest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife has been a firm favourite with holidaymakers for a long time. And with stunning scenery, action-packed resorts and all-year fantastic weather – it’s easy to see why!

Playa de las Americas

Playa de las Americas is the island’s most popular resort and is packed with an abundance of bars, clubs and restaurants – great for anyone who really wants to let their hair down. This purpose-built resort also boasts an 18-hole golf course, fantastic beach and a waterpark – ideal for a great day out!

Los Cristianos

If you are looking to enjoy the action, but want to stay somewhere more laid-back, head for neighbouring Los Cristianos. As well as restaurants and cocktail bars, it also boasts two beaches and a bustling Sunday market.

Los Gigantes

For those seeking some rest and relaxation, visit Playa de la Arena which is situated off the south-west of the island, or Los Gigantes. Both show a more traditional view of the Canaries and are renowned for their fabulous tapas bars. Travelling with family? Check out Costa Adeje, which has a great range of family-friendly accommodation and facilities, as well as safe beaches for children to play on.

Culture

The natives of Tenerife were known as the Guanches who were the inhabitants of Tenerife until the Spanish conquest of the XV century.

Traces of the Guanches can still be found in Tenerife today, even though it is dominantly a Spanish culture, for example, certain words of their language still remain, including the word Tenerife which was the name of a great Guanche king named Tinerfe. Also, you will be able to find many features from when the Guanches lived on the island including caves and pyramids, clay pots and engravings on certain rocks.

Whilst the religion in Tenerife is Roman Catholic, not everyone on the island practices, and although the main event of the year – the Santa Cruz carnival is loosely connected to saints’ days, the festivities don’t really have a religious meaning. The different theme year after year further cements the fact it’s now primarily a social event.

Families

Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz is Tenerife’s popular zoo, home to the largest display of penguins and parrots in the world. You will also find sea lions, dolphins, jaguars, chimps, gorillas and much more.

Siam Park is situated near Costa Adeje and Las Americas and is Tenerife’s new biggest and most exciting waterpark! Mimicking the ancient kingdom of Thailand, you can ride the red dragon, the Mekong Rapids or take the plunge in the Tower of Power for a true adrenaline rush. However, be warned that in the summer months, Siam Park gets incredibly busy, so make sure you get there early to avoid the queues.

Nightlife

For a night to remember, Playa de las Americas is the perfect location and the Veronicas strip is where you should go. With loads of bars and clubs with many providing cheesy entertainment like drinking games, it isn’t for the light-hearted.

If you are looking for a more relaxed time, most of the resorts in Tenerife offer beach-side bars and quiet restaurants especially Costa Adeje which is a much more chilled out scene. Head into the hills to Adeje for a more traditional evening with the locals, where you will find the drink prices significantly cheaper than in the resorts.

Shopping

Tenerife is a great destination for all you shopaholics out there! Santa Cruz is home to many of the larger, more popular shops, department stores and large shopping centres.

If you are after a serious shopping trip you should head to the Continente Shopping Centre, Santa Cruz’s Calle Bethencourt Alfonso, Calle El Castillo, Calle Sabino Berhelot, Calle San Jose, Calle Villalba Hervas, Rambla de Pulido, the Plaza de la Candelaria and the Plaza de Espana. If, however, you want a more traditional feel to your shopping, the markets in Tenerife are always buzzing and a great place to pick up a bargain.

You will find a number of markets in Tenerife, some small and traditional and others which are larger and targeted more to tourists. The largest markets in the south of Tenerife are the Torviscas Market on a Saturday and Los Cristianos on a Sunday.

Eating and Drinking

Traditional Tenerife dishes usually feature the bread-like staple Gofio and lots of fruit, vegetables and fish. Papas Arrugadas are salty potatoes with a dip of hot ‘mojo’ sauce and are a Tenerife speciality- an absolute must on Tenerife holidays! The large beach resorts in the south of the island cater to all tastes, with many restaurants and cafes serving international cuisine including home comforts such as all day breakfasts.

You will also find many fast food restaurants in resorts such as Costa Adeje and Playa las Americas.

Weather

Temperatures in Tenerife can reach over 30ºC, and stay around 20ºC in winter – making it an ideal destination for a winter trip abroad.

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