The largest of the Canary Islands, and the liveliest – there are so many reasons for Tenerife being the holiday hotspot it is today.
With year-round warm weather, it’s ideal for sunseekers. There’s also the natural wonders of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Teide National Park, plenty of fun attractions like Siam Park and fantastic nightlife in Playa de las Americas. Plus, there’s also our amazing Tenerife holiday deals to discover.
If you’re in the capital of Santa Cruz in February, you’d be mad to miss the fabulous Santa Cruz carnival, considered the second most popular and famous carnival in the world after Rio de Janeiro. To soak up even more Canarian culture, why not rent a car and explore the historical towns dotted around the island. And don’t forget to take a trip to Teide National Park, where you can ride a cable car to the top of Mount Teide, that rises 12,200m ft from its centre, and take in the spectacular views.
One of the main appeals of holidays in Tenerife is the many beaches that fringe the island. The natural beaches feature black sand due to past volcanic activity on the island, but plenty of man-made ones with postcard perfect golden sand are available to discover during your holiday in Tenerife.
Playa De Las Americas, the beating heart of Tenerife, features a famous black beach as well as beaches with soft white sand where there are plenty of opportunities for water sport activities. For a quieter resort, visit Los Cristianos for its beautiful harbour and opportunities for fishing trips, diving and sailing on the calm waters in glass bottom boats. Lastminute.com has fantastic holidays to Tenerife in these resorts and others including Costa Adeje and an old fishing port that still features a beach with fine black shingle called Puerto De Las Cruz.
You’ll be spoilt for choice with the restaurants that Tenerife has to offer, where you can sample Spanish and traditional Canarian cuisine. With plenty of seafood dishes and tapas available at excellent prices, there is also an array of international restaurants in the resorts. And of course to drink there’s Spain’s celebrated tipple, sangria.
Tenerife holidays have plenty to offer for evening activities. Most resorts have a thriving restaurant and bar culture with the nightlife hub in Playa De Las Americas. This resort has a more western flavour, with plenty of casinos, clubs and bars for party animals. For a flavour of the Spanish and Canarian culture, the colourful Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz showcase salsa clubs and dancing as the staple nightlife.