Sun, sea, and fabulous family attractions; it’s no wonder that Tenerife holidays are still right at the top of favourite hot spots for couples, families, and groups. It’s the largest and most developed of the Canary Islands, but head inland and you’ll still find traditional Canarian life carrying on as it has for centuries. Tenerife is an island of two halves, with Spain’s highest mountain sitting right in between the lush, tropical north and the rocky south. Mix in beautiful beaches, water sports galore, and plenty of family adventures at the parks, and the cliffs of Los Gigantes, and Tenerife holidays tick everyone’s perfect holiday boxes.
22-28 °C - You’ll be spoilt for sunshine all year round, with average temperatures of 22°C throughout the year, with highs of 28°C in the summer.
4.5 hours Flight time from UK, making it accessible for everyone, including families with younger children.
enjoy an island adventure among dramatic volcanic peaks and long sweeping beaches.
A trio of lively resorts covers the south-west corner of Tenerife with fine sandy beaches and plenty of family-friendly facilities. Choose from Costa Adeje, Playa De Las Americas and Los Cristianos. The island’s pretty capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, lies in the shelter of the Anaga Mountains that sit right in the middle of the island. Charming fishing villages like San Andrés dot the coastline, where you can tuck into some fresh seafood in waterside restaurants. Head north past the white peak of Mount Teide and you come to dreamy La Orotova, a beautifully preserved 17th century town of pretty pastel colours. Just beyond is attractive Puerto de la Cruz, a popular tourist spot.
Families will love Tenerife, as well groups and couples. With plenty to see and do, you’ll never be bored on this sunshine island. Couples looking for that romantic meal for two can look forward to fresh fish served with a dash of mojo, Tenerife’s own spicy sauce. Spain’s tallest peak, Mount Teide, dominates the centre of the island, giving fantastic views from its lookout points. Take the cable car to the top where on a clear day you can see the entire Canary Islands.
Take an unforgettable drive up the steep, winding road through the Masca Gorge, one of the most extraordinary places in Tenerife. At the top you get some knockout views of Mount Teide on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Follow in the wake of mythical giants on a boat trip to Los Gigantes, high cliffs that loom over the Atlantic on Tenerife’s north-western coast.
Playa De Las Americas is party central, and is one of the buzziest places in Tenerife. Dozens of bars offering everything from cabaret to karaoke are clustered around three main areas: the Patch, Veronicas, and Starco Centre. Fancy some glamorous cocktails for a sophisticated evening out? Put your best tux on and head to Costa Adeje’s unique Faro Chill Art. This unusual ship-shaped club sits between Puerto Colón and Playa de Fañabé, and its terrace is one of the most elegant places for a sundowner. Puerto de la Cruz hits the spot if you want more Latin and salsa sounds.
Tenerife’s jewel in its crown are the beaches that have attracted tourists for over 100 years. Golden sandy beaches run all along the south-western coast from Playa De Las Americas to Costa Adeje. Thanks to some unique African winds, the island is a magnet for windsurfing and kiteboarding, especially along the south coast’s El Médano beach. If you want something more private then there are plenty of hidden coves like El Bollullo on the north coast, where the Atlantic’s waves crash onto distinctive black volcanic sand.
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Tenerife is best for
Scenery lovers: From mountains and sub-tropical rainforests, to azure waters filled with wildlife, you’re in heaven if you love scenery. Head out to sea on a luxury catamaran, and make sure your camera’s is ready to capture shots of animals in their natural environment.
Outdoor types: Grab some water, comfy walking boots, and a guidebook for a full day’s adventure exploring Mount Teide and the eco paradise of Masca, filled with colourful birds, beautiful butterflies, and fabulous flowers.
Beach lovers: Tenerife’s beaches are big, golden, and perfect for that lazy beach holiday in the sun. Head to the south coast for the best beaches that are family-friendly and a great spot for water sports lovers.
Language: The language spoken is Spanish, although English and other European languages are widely spoken.
Currency: The currency used is the Euro (€).
Local time: Tenerife is the same time as GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Tenerife South Airport. The transfer time to Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas is 25 minutes, it's 1 hour to Costa Adeje and 1 hour 40 minutes to Puerto de la Cruz.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Tenerife is 4.5 hours.
Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at Tenerife holidays: hotels, tourist atractions... | Tenerife
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health.
Weather & climate
With an average temperature of 22°C throughout the year, it's no wonder Tenerife has been nicknamed the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’. Even the off-season months are pleasantly warm, making it a great destination for couples looking for a quiet autumn break. Up to nine hours of sunshine and highs of 28°C make summer a great time to hit the beach, but the weather is still warm enough during the other seasons to enjoy a swim in the sea.
By taxi: You can’t miss the white taxis, and they’re fully metered too, so you know how much your journey will cost. If you want to go exploring then you may want to negotiate a fixed price before you set off.
By car hire: You can pick up a hire car from the airport and use it to discover those hidden gems inland, or a secret cove on the coast.
By bus: Cheap, cheerful, and impossible to miss, the bright green buses nicknamed “guaguas” make getting around in Tenerife easy.
By tram: Sleek modern trams zoom between Santa Cruz in the south and La Laguna in the north of the island.
Carnival time: For two weeks in February, the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is carnival central. Leave the cold and the rain back in England; head to the sun and join in with the celebrations. Expect vibrant parades, fireworks, parties, and celebrations as the island throws off winter and welcomes spring with music, dancing, and plenty of drinking!
Easter celebrations: Easter sees the island celebrate again, with the festivities of “Semana Santa”, or Holy Week, marking the end of Lent in spirited style.
Patron saint: Join the party in August when Tenerife celebrates its patron saint, the Virgin of Candelaria, with two days of spectacles.
For wine lovers: Raise a glass and try out the latest vintage in November. The feast of St Andrew in Icod de los Vinos is a chance for the island’s winemakers showcase the year’s vintage.