Tenerife the biggest of the group of islands known as Canary Islands, and people have been attracted to it for years. Tourists race to Tenerife to relax in the imported sand (from the Sahara, no less!) and gaze at the amazing black volcanic rock. One of the most appealing things about Tenerife could be the gorgeous weather with almost year round sunshine.
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Playa De Las Americas
This purpose built resort is a great way to enjoy the food and culture of the western world at the same time as enjoying beaches, water sports and a buzzing night life. There are water parks nearby, the Aqua Park Octopus Park and Siam Park, where there are fun flumes to keep everyone happy. The beaches are artificial, but Playa del Bobo las Cuevitas and Playa del Trova have hundreds of sun beds where you can just chill out and sun bathe. Just make sure you use sun cream! Just 13 miles from Tenerife South airport and with three stars, Las Piramides resort hotel has a pool with sun loungers. A snip at £29.07 per person per night.
Not far from Playa De Las Americas is the quieter resort town, Los Cristianos. It has two golden beaches, unlike it’s black sanded neighbours. There are activities on offer, from beach volleyball to the more exciting jet ski-ing or paragliding. You take take a ferry to La Gomera, and spend the day exploring Garajonay National Park.
The old town is full of little shops and cafes, and if romance is on your mind then go to Cabanas on the waterside and watch the moon reflecting wonderfully on the still water.
Enjoy an apartment holiday at Agua Mar Apartments, with their rooftop jacuzzi and the big swimming pool which is just a short walk from the beach. They even have a mini-golf range. £18.82 per night.
If you like the thought of relaxing and sun bathing, listening to the beach lap on the stunning black sand, and dozing happily then perhaps you would enjoy Costa Adeje. It boasts three blue flag beaches, Troya 1, Troya 11 and Playa Fanabe where you can swim, go snorkelling, have a go windsurfing and scuba diving. In the background you will see Mount Teide, a huge 3,700 metre peak which is the highest mountain in the whole of Spain. The Puerto Colon marina is a short walk away and you can dine at Bahia Beach Restaurant and watch the sea. The Isla Bonita Hotel is four star hotel and the rooms start at just £31.61 per night.
Playa de la Arena
This pretty corner of the island has great views and what are generally considered the very best beaches. There are breath taking cliffs and a gentle hill, the warm calm waters will enthrall you. It is a quiet resort with amazing sea views from the promenade, where you will find lots of fine restaurants.
If you take a day trip to Mount Teide National Park you will see the landscape look like something out of a sci-fi movie. The land is desolate in some places and forested in others, and you can get to the top via cable car, to enjoy views of Gran Canaria, La Palma and El Hierro. The Barcelo Varadero Apartments offer rooms from as little as £28 per night.
If you want to keep a Canarian feel to your holiday, you will find Puerto de la Cruz a wonderful family place to stay. The Old Town is full of cobbled streets and colonial buildings. The backdrop is mountainous with lush greenery. Tourists visit to swim in Lago de Martianez, which is a huge eight-acre saltwater lido. Surfers will relish the challenge of Playa Jardin, the western beach, and children will love Loro Parque, home to many animals. If the sea creatures don’t tempt your children, how about the tigers, gorillas and chimpanzees?
For bargain prices check out Hotel Acuario, starting at £10 per night.
Tenerife has something to offer everyone and with beautiful weather as well, why not get yourself out there to experience the sunshine and the night life, as well as the beautiful scenery?
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