Funky black sand beaches and lively resorts make Tenerife holidays among the most popular in Europe, especially among those wanting guaranteed sun, sea and sand. But venture to the island’s untouched north and you’ll discover a wealth of glorious, diverse landscapes that really set the largest of the Canary Islands apart.
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Take a trip to Mount Teide, a dormant volcano and Spain’s highest mountain, set in the spectacular Parque Nacional del Teide. Catch a cable car to the mountain’s peak for stunning views during the day, and be sure to hang around when sun sets as, due to the clear night sky, the area offers breath-taking stargazing opportunities, perfect for couples. From Teide, you can see 83 out of the 88 registered constellations in the sky and you can even hire a guide to point them all out.
The Jardin Botanico – and 18th-century botanical garden featuring a 200-year-old fig tree – is also a pleasant place to visit during holidays in Tenerife, especially if you want some time away from the beach.
There’s no chance of the kids getting bored during family holidays in Tenerife. Siam Park is among Europe’s most impressive water parks. It boasts a multitude of awesome, adrenaline-pumping slides, flumes and rapids and is the perfect place to cool down from the hot Tenerife weather.
Another wet and wild day out can be enjoyed at Aqualand, while you can also head to Loro Parque, rated as one of the best zoos in Europe, with thousands of animals to meet and dolphin and orca shows to enjoy.
With so many options though, Tenerife beach holidays are rightly popular. In the south, Playa de Los Cristianos and Playa de la Pinta are good for kids, with calm waters for swimming and inflatables to enjoy. In the north, Playa Jardin and Playa de Benijo boast the island’s distinctive black sand beaches, while the lively waters are excellent spots for surfing.
An interesting place to grab a bite to eat is Restaurante La Cueva, partly set in a cave. Not only do the cave walls make for a cool setting but it’s also a good way to escape if the weather in Tenerife gets a bit too hot. While you’re here, be sure to tuck into traditional Canary Islands dish, papas arrugadas.
Don’t miss the chance to visit Casa del Vino either. The wine museum will not only teach you about the island’s grapes and produce, but we’re sure you’ll enjoy the tastings too!
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