Tenerife is much more than a place to lay a towel. In this guest post, Jet2Holidays highlight five different ways of enjoying this volcanic isle…
Located in the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Africa, Tenerife forms part of the Canary Islands and is one of Europe’s most popular holiday destinations. In an effort to attract even more visitors to the island, Tenerife is expanding the type of activities and attractions available to tourists, to ensure there is something to suit everyone, regardless of age, taste or budget.
If you’ve never considered Tenerife before, I think you’ll be surprised at the different kinds of experiences the island offers. Whether you’re holidaying on your own, as a couple or as a family, here is a small list highlighting five different types of holidays you can enjoy in Tenerife.
1. Family-Friendly Sunshine Escape
Tenerife has long been known as a great place to spend a holiday as a family. Photos of parents and children playing together on Tenerife’s beaches always grace the windows of travel agents and feature prominently on their websites.
Due to its popularity amongst families, Tenerife goes out of its way to make itself child-friendly. During my visit to the island I came across a great number of hotels which offer a wealth of facilities, such as children’s swimming pools, kids’ clubs, child-friendly menus, daytime and evening entertainment and often even crèches to ensure the little ones have everything they need to enjoy their holiday whilst mum and dad relax.
When it comes to family-friendly attractions, Tenerife is tough to beat. Not only does the island offer many Blue Flag beaches, but there are also several water parks, boat trips, zoos and the ever-popular Loro Parque, all of which can be enjoyed by the whole family. I found that many of the cafes, bars and restaurants in Tenerife also cater for children in the form of colourful alcohol-free cocktails, free crayons and colouring books, mini discos and entertainment such as clowns and magicians.
2. Spa Break
I was very impressed by quantity of hotels throughout the island which offer fully-equipped spas alongside wellness centres, fitness facilities, massage services and beauty therapies. When I visited, almost all of the five-star hotels offered some sort of spa zone, and many of the four-star complexes did, as well. I popped into several hotel spas and found that as a general rule, you don’t have to be a guest to use the facilities. You do have to pay an entrance fee, but it was always affordable and well worth it.
As well as the spas located within the hotels, Tenerife also offers several stand-alone spas throughout the island, which are used by residents and visitors alike. The Aqua Club Termal in Torviscas is one of the most popular spas in the south of the island and was certainly my favourite. This club features a huge thermal circuit, several massage options, aesthetic treatments and even an oxygen bar.
3. Adventure Holiday
Even though I love spending days relaxing at the beach and lounging by the pool, I also enjoy getting out and about in search of adventure. I discovered a wealth of outdoor activities to try during my travels, almost all of which can be enjoyed by visitors of any age. Tenerife boasts a number of clearly sign-posted walking, hiking and cycling trails, from easy two-hour strolls along the coast to intense eight-hour treks through the Teide National Park. Many of the routes pass by the campsites throughout the island where you can stop for a rest and enjoy a spot of lunch at the recreational picnic areas.
Water sports can be found at almost all of the beaches in Tenerife. I was really interested in having a go at some sort of surfing, so I headed to the bohemian resort of El Medano. The weather at this beach is generally always windy, which makes it ideal for surfing, windsurfing, body boarding and kite surfing. Even if you’re not a fan of water sports, watching the locals ride the waves is always fantastic fun.
4. Golfing Vacation
Tenerife boasts a total of nine golf courses which attract amateur and professional players from all over the world for their fantastic layouts and incredible views. I have very little experience swinging a club, but I’ll give anything a go. I headed to Golf del Sur – a holiday resort built surrounding a golf course – to play on the easiest section of the 27-hole course. I played in the late afternoon and ended up finishing just as the sun began to set, which doused the course in beautiful hues of red, amber and pink.
Many of the golf courses in Tenerife are situated next to hotels so avid golfers never have to venture far away from the course if they don’t want to. My piece of advice for anyone planning a golf holiday in Tenerife is to research your accommodation before you go. Some complexes situated close to the courses offers deals and discounts on green fees.
5. Romantic Retreat
Not only is Tenerife a popular holiday destination for families, but it’s also a top choice for couples looking for a romantic retreat. The island’s soft sand beaches sprinkled with tall, swaying palm trees and stylish Balinese beds provide the ideal place to enjoy each other’s company whilst lazing in the sunshine and sipping on exotic cocktails.
There are several adults-only hotels, many of which are located in the chic El Duque area, where you can spend time at the pool or in the spa without having to worry about noisy children.
When it comes to a romantic evening meal, you’ll be spoilt for choice. There are many fine dining eateries peppered throughout Tenerife, so whether you’re in the mood for a candle-lit Spanish, Italian or French dinner, you’ll find the perfect restaurant to suit you and your partner.