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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.

Tenerife's best places

Top destinations in Tenerife

Costa Adeje Sandy beaches, fine dining and fun for all ages

Los Cristianos Charming harbour and wide choice of entertainment

Playa de las Americas Lively nightlife and a different beach each day

Puerto de la Cruz Beautiful parks, waterfront and beaches to explore

Golf del Sur Tranquil town surrounded by golf courses

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Capital city with something for everyone

Costa Adeje Sandy beaches, fine dining and fun for all ages

Los Cristianos Charming harbour and wide choice of entertainment

Playa de las Americas Lively nightlife and a different beach each day

Puerto de la Cruz Beautiful parks, waterfront and beaches to explore

Golf del Sur Tranquil town surrounded by golf courses

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Capital city with something for everyone

Best beaches

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Tenerife's travel tips

Why visit Tenerife?

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary islands and has plenty to show for it, with more sights, more cities and more contrasts than any of the other islands - from sandy beaches and botanical gardens to lunar volcanic landscapes. It boasts the grand scenery of Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain, and has the greatest number of tourist attractions by day and night. With a wide choice of holiday resorts and beaches, there's plenty to entertain all ages.

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Watersports

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. Los Cristianos, with its beautiful harbour offers a wide choice of fishing trips, diving excursions and sailing in glass bottom boats on the calm waters.

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Mount Teide

Don’t forget to take a trip to Teide National Park for incredible volcanic landscapes, lush flora and breathtaking views. In the UNESCO World Heritage site, Mount Teide, Spain's highest mountain rises 12,200ft from its centre. A great place for hiking - or, you can ride a cable car to the top and take in the spectacular scenery.

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Eating out

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 not forgetting drinks - Spain’s celebrated tipple, sangria is perfect for balmy evenings.

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Nightlife

Tenerife holidays offer a great choice of evening activities. Most resorts have a thriving restaurant and bar culture. The nightlife hub is Playa De Las Americas, with an international mix of casinos, clubs and bars for party animals. For a flavour of the Spanish and Canarian nightlife, the colourful Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz showcase salsa clubs and dancing.

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Family fun

Lago Martianez in Puerto de la Cruz is a water park like no other. With seven saltwater pools around an artificial lake and island, plus waterfalls and gardens all designed by famous artist Cesar Manrique, both adults and children will enjoy a day on the water. Elsewhere, parks like Aqualand and Siam Park offer water slides and rides for more family fun.

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Carnival

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. The whole city gets involved in the party, filling the streets with parades, colourful costumes, singing and dancing, with celebrations lasting long into the night.

Watersports

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. Los Cristianos, with its beautiful harbour offers a wide choice of fishing trips, diving excursions and sailing in glass bottom boats on the calm waters.

Mount Teide

Don’t forget to take a trip to Teide National Park for incredible volcanic landscapes, lush flora and breathtaking views. In the UNESCO World Heritage site, Mount Teide, Spain's highest mountain rises 12,200ft from its centre. A great place for hiking - or, you can ride a cable car to the top and take in the spectacular scenery.

Eating out

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 not forgetting drinks - Spain’s celebrated tipple, sangria is perfect for balmy evenings.

Nightlife

Tenerife holidays offer a great choice of evening activities. Most resorts have a thriving restaurant and bar culture. The nightlife hub is Playa De Las Americas, with an international mix of casinos, clubs and bars for party animals. For a flavour of the Spanish and Canarian nightlife, the colourful Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz showcase salsa clubs and dancing.

Family fun

Lago Martianez in Puerto de la Cruz is a water park like no other. With seven saltwater pools around an artificial lake and island, plus waterfalls and gardens all designed by famous artist Cesar Manrique, both adults and children will enjoy a day on the water. Elsewhere, parks like Aqualand and Siam Park offer water slides and rides for more family fun.

Carnival

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. The whole city gets involved in the party, filling the streets with parades, colourful costumes, singing and dancing, with celebrations lasting long into the night.

Best beaches

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 Teresitas

Playa de los Guios

Platja de la Tejita

Playa El Médano

Playa del Duque

Playa de los Cristianos

Playa Jardin

Playa de las Américas

Playa Fañabé

Playa Abama

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Your Tenerife questions answered

Where is Tenerife?

Tenerife is one of the Canary Islands, an archipelago in the North Atlantic Ocean which is part of Spain although it lies closer to the west-African coast. There are 13 Canary islands in total, although just 7 are inhabited and of those, the 4 closest to the mainland are best known to holidaymakers: Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife - which is the biggest island. Tenerife's location is the reason for its beautiful beaches, diverse landscapes and sub-tropical climate, making it an attractive holiday spot all year round. And within easy reach of the UK, it's no wonder Tenerife is a top choice for visitors looking for short-haul sun & beach breaks.

How long is the flight to Tenerife?

You can fly to Tenerife in around 4 and a half hours from the UK. There are direct flights from most cities including London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff and Bristol, with multiple departures every day. There are two airports on the island: Tenerife North (Norte) and Tenerife South (Sur) also known as Reina Sofía Airport. Majority of UK flights arrive at Tenerife South Airport, which is a short distance from major resorts like Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje.

When is the best time to go to Tenerife?

Tenerife makes a great holiday destination at any time of the year. With guaranteed sunshine and warm weather throughout the summer months, even in winter the average temperature remains around 20°C, making Tenerife a great winter sun destination. September to October is an ideal time to visit the Canary Islands - the beaches are less crowded after peak season, while the sea is still warm enough to swim in and you'll enjoy average daily temperatures in the mid-20s. Looking to experience Tenerife at Christmas? Holidays in December offer a sunny escape from the cold weather at home and a choice of events, indoor and outdoor activities to keep all ages entertained. August is the hottest month in Tenerife and there's less chance of rain between April and September, making the school holidays a popular period for families. Whenever you plan your Tenerife holiday, you can look forward to a glorious sun & beach break.

Is Tenerife expensive?

It's possible to enjoy a cheap Tenerife holiday while still making the most of this beautiful island. For a start - days at the beach, exploring parks and gardens, swimming or hiking don't cost a thing! The choice of activities makes Tenerife one of the most affordable Canary Islands. Local buses are also cheap and reliable, meaning you can explore different parts of the island during your stay. When it comes to eating out, you'll find a wide range of restaurants to suit all budgets, including informal dining great for families and larger groups. Tenerife's resorts also have plenty of cheap and cheerful bars and entertainment, so you can enjoy the nightlife without breaking the bank. During the day, stock up on snacks and cold drinks at the supermercado where you'll find other essentials like sun cream and beach toys too. Choose local brands and fresh produce over imported goods for lower prices.

What language do they speak in Tenerife?

While English will be spoken in all touristic areas of Tenerife, Spanish is the official local language. This is the same on all of the Canary Islands; however the pronunciation of Canarian Spanish can differ slightly from what you'll hear in mainland Spain. In particular, when the letter “c” comes before a vowel - here it becomes an "s" sound. Meanwhile, an "s" at the end of the word is often ignored in casual conversation. So, in Tenerife "gracias" becomes grassia. Learning a few basic Spanish phrases to throw into conversation will be appreciated, even if you can expect most information to be available in English for holidaymakers.

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