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Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020
Tenerife is one of the most popular tourist breaks in Europe because it offers a vibrant and varied holiday where you can relax by the sea or find a new favourite hobby. The largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, Tenerife has something to offer families, solo travellers and couples.
Many tourists take advantage of the Canary Islands year round sunshine and head to Tenerife for a beach break in the colder months.
Tenerife has a great selection of hotels and self-catering options near the beach to suit different tastes and prices. From family friendly resorts to romantic luxury hotels, Tenerife has something to suit everyone. It is advisable to book in advance, particularly for breaks during school holidays when Tenerife is particularly busy.
The stretches of golden beaches make Tenerife the perfect place to have a relaxing holiday soaking up the sun and reading a book on a sun lounger. When you are feeling restless, stretch your legs and embrace the views as you walk along the coast.
There are a number of water sports on offer for those in your group that are seeking adventure on the beach. El Medano beach on the South Coast has a naturally windy climate making it perfect for windsurfing or kitesurfing. You will also find amazing opportunities to explore under the water where you can come across turtles, rays, tuna and so much more. You can find information on the different options at the beachfront or in your hotel.
Sea kayaking is a popular water sport in Tenerife and makes a great experience to view the beautiful backdrop of the Canary Islands. If you are lucky you may spot a dolphin or two who are happy to swim underneath your kayak undisturbed.
Siam Park is the largest waterpark in Europe and attracts families visiting Tenerife’s Costa Adeje each year. The setting is truly stunning even if you are not interested in the rides. Meandering rivers and amazing slides are all set against a backdrop of Thai architecture.
Tenerife is home to some amazing cafes, bars and restaurants all closely situated to the beach. As a top tourist spot, you will find cuisine from all around the world, but many places serve Canarian specialities.
Being situated by the sea, makes fish a key ingredient in many Canary dishes that are often inspired by Spanish cuisine with a fusion of African and Latin flavours. Lobsters, crab and sea bream are all popular fish that are often caught and served in nearby restaurants on that day. This is regularly served with Canarian potatoes that are cooked with skin on and accompanied by a spicy mojo dip.
Tenerife also features some fantastic Spanish tapas bars where you can choose from delicious small plates like from garlic prawns to fried squid. These of course are traditionally served with a glass or two of local wine or sangria.
The nightlife in Tenerife is varied and suits all types of holidays. Whether you want to enjoy a cocktail as the sunsets on the beach or dance until the small hours, you will find an abundance of places to choose from in Tenerife.