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Tenerife holidays

Giddy heights and beachside sights

Spain’s highest mountain

Mount Teide

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The island of eternal spring: Tenerife’s charming nickname comes from its balmy vernal temperatures. But you only have to look at a map to see that it’s also the island of endless adventure, the island of beach living, the island of curious Canarian traditions and the island of volcanic virility.

Tenerife is the largest Canary island, and the most popular with visiting Brits. English and Spanish speaking tourists alike will feel at home, and kids will be welcomed with open arms. Families will love the water parks in the south whilst nature enthusiasts will be in their element: whale-watching tours come with guarantees that you’ll see the island's resident pilot whales.

If you want an adventure holiday, then this is the island for you. Tenerife’s extraordinary interior has the potential to be so much more than just a photogenic backdrop. If you want to explore the hinterland, it’s surprisingly easy to ascend Mount Teide by cable car – but harder if you want to hike ‘La Rambleta’ – the path to the summit.

Couples can stay in one of the many luxurious couples-only hotels: choose somewhere in the north for an even quieter stay. Wander the botanic gardens, drop in on a vineyard, or challenge each other to a cookery lesson to learn who can make the spiciest mojo sauce.

Whatever holiday you want – you’ll find this pocket island can please most tastes: book flights to Tenerife now.

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Tenerife hotels for all types of traveller

Tenerife has fantastic All Inclusive hotels, family-friendly villas and luxury suites on all sides. You’ll be touched by the local hospitality, family provisions, and swoon-worthy settings of these carefully-selected hotels.

Book into GF Gran Costa Adeje, which has extensive pools – including one on the rooftop for adults – plus seven bars and restaurants. For a luxury hotel, try the Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife, a rocking venue filled with music memorabilia, plus three good-sized pools. On the quiet Guía de Isora, The Ritz-Carlton Abama is a great choice for golf lovers and spa-seekers. And don't forget to check out the island's selection of villas.

3 star hotels

Tenerife can be a wallet-friendly island, with plenty of free beaches, inexpensive tapas joints and affordable places to stay. Whether you’re travelling with your family or on your own, pick a hotel that suits your budget from our carefully-selected list of three-star hotels. Near the famous Playa de las Americas, stay at Marola Portosin Apartments, which is great for families. Select Sunningdale is near the golfing greens of Golf du Sur and guests can play at a discounted rate. In the picturesque town of Guanchico, North Tenerife, Hotel La Quinta Roja The Senses Collection fits right into its quaint surroundings, with lovely traditional furnishings.

4 star hotels

Want to book a great holiday, but budget won’t stretch to five star? Pick one of our carefully-selected moderately-priced resorts and you’re bound to have a brilliant stay. Stay at Sandos San Blas Resort, a good four-star hotel with its own nature reserve and golf course. For a lovely beach, Iberostar Las Dalias is near to Playa del Bobo and 15 minutes from Siam Park. The hotel itself has a spacious outdoor pool area.

5 star hotels

Banish all thoughts of run-of-the-mill package holidays: Tenerife has its fair share of luxury hotels, too. For a hotel near the action in Costa Adeje, stay at the attractive Sheraton La Caleta, with its many pools, its spa and its great kids’ facilities. Away from the busy south, you’ll find even more wonderful five-star hotels. Look out for unique features – whether that’s remarkable architecture, Michelin-starred kitchens, or access to the best star-gazing spots. The inimitable Ritz-Carlton Abama on Guía de Isora has all three.

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How to visit on a budget

As a long-established tourist destination, Tenerife can accommodate boutique hotel-seekers just as easily as budget-conscious travellers.

Whether you want to blow the budget at a vineyard or save the pennies with market picnics, our budget planner will help you organise your holiday. Check out our budget, mid-range and luxury options to see where your money will take you.

Where to stay

Get good value for money on your holiday by booking into an All Inclusive in the popular Costa Adeje region. The Sunlight Bahia Príncipe Tenerife Complex has a huge swimming pool, plus mini golf for the kids.

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What to eat

The daily market at La Laguna is a great place to sort out a beach picnic for the day. There are sweet Tenerife bananas, fresh tomatoes and avocados, bread, local ham, and fresh goat and sheep cheese. For dessert there are scoops of chocolate-coated almonds or a bright yellow bottle of banana liqueur.

Things to do

Head out for a hike. If you’re in the south, visit Vilaflor for its special ‘paisaje lunar’: a strange crop of rock formations that look like they’re straight out of the backdrop of a Sci-Fi film set. Wander through pine forest and under almond trees until you feel like you’re walking on the moon. ‘Paisaje lunar’ simply means ‘Lunar Landscape’.

Where to stay

Lie back and relax at Tigotan Lovers and Friends. This adults-only resort is near enough the buzzing Playa de las Americas to keep things exciting, but the rooftop café and infinity pool is your own pocket of peace.

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What to eat

If you’re staying in Costa Adeje there are heaps of restaurants to suit all tastes. If you want a change of scene, then why not go on a mini-adventure? A 15-minute drive from Costa Adeje will bring you to the wildly popular ‘Otelo’ restaurant. This laid-back eatery is famous for its local specialty: crispy, salty pollo al ajillo – garlic-baked chicken.

Things to do

The south of the island is a great jumping-off point for taking to the water. Go on a whale-watching tour from Costa Adeje. No fewer than 28 species of dolphins and whales have been spotted around the Canary Islands – most are merely passing through, but pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, risso dolphins and sperm whales live here year-round.

Where to stay

The distinctive architecture of the Ritz-Carlton Abama makes it really special. This terracotta-toned palace sits on the less-visited Guía de Isora, on the slopes of Mount Teide. It’s surrounded by a gorgeous golf course and perched above a lovely, sheltered beach.

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What to eat

There are two Michelin-starred restaurants at the Ritz-Carlton Abama. Try M.B., which is garnished with two Michelin stars, and serves modern Basque Cuisine. Make sure you make a reservation before your holiday to ensure a table – this is one of the best places to eat on the island.

Things to do

Tenerife’s extraordinary landscape is best seen from the air. Book a helicopter tour to scale the slopes of Mount Teide in mere minutes. Look out for the corona forestal: the magnificent pine forest that sweeps across the lower slopes of the volcano. Next, swoop beside the stony faces of Los Gigantes, the east coast’s enormous cliffs. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins leaping from the ocean.

Make the most of your Tenerife holiday

In the dramatic shadow of the massive Mount Teide you’ll make many holiday memories in Tenerife. The adventurous can take to the seas in search of native pilot whales and the romantic can point out shooting stars in Mount Teide National Park.

Where are the best places to stay in Tenerife?

Most tourists flock to the south coast of Tenerife, which enjoys the most sheltered beaches, with imported golden sand and dry, sunny days all year round. The famous Playa de las Americas region has the most famous strip on the island, plus six safe, sandy beaches, duty-free shops and great tapas restaurants for visitors. Stay here to be near Tenerife’s nightlife on Veronica’s Strip.

Moving away from the busy strip, many opt to stay in the exclusive resorts on Costa Adeje. In this area, Playa del Duque, with its chic signature cabanas, is the beach to be seen on.

If you continue around the coast, you’ll reach an even newer resort area. Guía de Isora gets the afternoon sun for longer on the beaches – and there are lovely sunsets over the ocean. This area is near the impressive Los Gigantes, a series of 800m high cliffs that plunge straight into the ocean.

In the south east, Golf du Sur is a convenient resort area right by the airport, but you won’t want to fly away in a hurry. Enjoy the sunny shores– especially at beautiful windsurfing beach Playa El Medano. For lunch, head to Los Abrigos, where the catch of the day is hauled straight from fishing boats into the restaurants.

More people are discovering the north coast of Tenerife. Lusher than the south, the beaches are left to their volcanic black selves, and there are some wonderful traditional Canarian towns. Puerto de la Cruz is known for a sophisticated set of saltwater bathing pools at Lago Martiánez, whilst at Punta Brava, two of the north’s best beaches are next door to each other: the secret coves of Playa del Bollullo and Playa de los Patos.

Los Abrigos at night. © Piotr Jaczewski

Top five things to do

This island might be far from the mainland, but it’s far from boring. From water sports to volcano walks, find out what to do in Tenerife, whether you’re on the beach or exploring inland.

  1. Ride the cable car up in the peak in Mount Teide National Park
  2. Go whale and dolphin watching in the wild, from the south coast
  3. Walk around the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  4. Play your way across the greens at Golf del Sur
  5. Try every water slide in Siam Park

Best things to do in Tenerife


Which is the best Tenerife beach?

Though they're not the biggest or whitest in the world, there are over 40 beaches to choose from in Tenerife. Here are a few favourites from around the island, starting in the south:

  • Playa de las Americas – Tenerife’s most famous area has six beaches. The eponymous Playa de las Americas is safe and shallow, and right next to the shops.
  • Bahia del Duque – Surrounded by upmarket resorts, Bahia del Duque is a calm sandy bay with facilities, restaurants and bars nearby.
  • Playa las Vistas – One of the most popular beaches in the south, Playa las Vistas has tawny sand and plenty of facilities.
  • Playa Abama – Directly below the Ritz-Carlton Abama, under the cliffs, this beach feels very exclusive.
  • Los Guios, Los Gigantes – This black sand beach in the west has great views of Tenerife’s famous 800m high cliffs, Los Gigantes.
  • Playa La Tejita, El Médano – On the east coast, this popular windsurfing beach has an amazing red mountain on one end, but it’s often extremely windy.
  • La Terasitas – North of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Terasitas is widely considered one of the most photogenic beaches on the island.
  • Garden Beach – Backed by gardens, hence the name, Garden Beach is one of the beautiful black beaches of the north.
  • Playa del Bollullo – Near Punta Brava, this beach is one of two neighbouring coves, the other being Playa de los Patos, which are popular with both locals and tourists.
Whale and dolphin watching. © Martin Hhne / EyeEm

Tenerife by road

Hire a car and discover Tenerife by road. From the charming traditional towns to the switchback mountain route that leads to Masca, Tenerife’s terrain changes with every turn in the road. It's just an hour’s drive across, but you should take your time exploring the island with our road trip picks.

The Volcano

Costa Adeje – Mount Teide – Los Gigantes

The drive through the Teide national park is stunning. You’ll ascend to 3,000 metres from sea level – your ears will pop on the switchbacks and there are numerous miradors along the way, with views so astouding that you'll simply have to stop at to take a picture. You’ll drive along the very rim of the crater to approach the peak Mount Teide. Return via Los Gigantes for another rocking rock formation – photographs simply cannot do these massive cliffs justice.

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The road to Masca

Garachico – Buenavista del Norte – Masca

A rainforest awaits in the north-west corner of the island. Many take the gruelling hike down from Masca to the ravine. But you can also content yourself with the winding drive – a bit of an adventure in itself. Garanchico is a popular stop, with proper, old-style wooden mansions. In Buenovista del Norte stop off at El Adermo bakery for traditional cakes and aniseed biscuits.

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The Anaga forest

Santa Cruz – La Laguna – Almáciga – Playa de Las Gaviotas

Drive into the ancient laurel forests off the north-eastern tip of Tenerife and follow the signs to Almáciga, Anaga Country Park. It’s wild out there, and you’ll be accompanied only by local bird species. The mountain peaks are spiky and impressive, with volcanic formations and a soft blanket of cloud that rolls into the valleys. The hidden Playa de Las Gaviotas, a secret black beach, is your reward on your way back.

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Hiring a car on holiday allows for the ultimate freedom to explore.

Volkswagen UP or similar
  Flights +   7 days car hire
Volkswagen Polo or similar
  Flights +   7 days car hire
Citroen C4 Cactus or similar
  Flights +   7 days car hire
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the house cocktail isa Canarian Mojito– made with local banana.

Eloise Barker,  for British Airways