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Things to do in Tenerife: from beaches to water parks

Tenerife is a popular holiday destination for people of any age, at any time of year. Whether you want to relax in warm winter sun, or experience its summer holiday joys, you’re sure to find loads of amazing leisure activities and places to visit when you opt for a Tenerife vacation.

Resorts and things to do in Tenerife

You’ll discover there are lots of brilliant Tenerife resorts to choose from once you start to research this lovely Spanish island, set just off the African coastline. You can opt for a wide range of all-inclusive hotels in Tenerife in popular locations, such as Los Cristianos or Playa de las Americas. Alternatively, families or couples might want to choose Tenerife hotels on the beach to take utmost advantage of water-based activities.

Tenerife is also a brilliant destination for warm weather short breaks, and golfing holidays, so there’s a wide selection of hotels, ranging from five-star luxury spa resorts to two-star basic hotels to suit budget travellers. You can also stay in local B&Bs or hostels which are dotted throughout the island, in towns and villages.

Flights to Tenerife only take around three hours, so this is a good choice for families with younger kids or anyone who doesn’t want to spend hours on long-haul flights to sunny destinations. It’s a great holiday destination in winter, when warmth and sun cannot always be guaranteed throughout European resorts.

You’ll discover there are two distinct Tenerife holiday destinations, in the north and south of the island, and these locations are served by two separate airports. It’s generally accepted that holidaymakers visiting southern Tenerife are more likely to experience the best of the weather, as the northern side of the island generally has a little more rainfall.

When it comes to Tenerife activities, you’re really spoilt for choice as the island is a long-established vacation destination and offers people of any age opportunities to try out a number of different experiences. You might want to think about taking a boat trip excursion for whale watching or going out diving for the day at resorts such as Los Cristianos, Las Galletas, Los Gigantes and Puerto de la Cruz.

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A whale breaching in the oceans of Tenerife.

Families and adventure-seekers will enjoy the zip wire and treetop rope thrills experience of a day out at Forestal Park, and one of the major benefits of holidaying in Tenerife is that the island’s so small it’s easy to reach all the activities and theme parks in a short time.

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Swing through the trees at Forestal Adventure Park.

Hiking Tenerife and staying in a variety of different accommodations is easily arranged before you arrive, or on arrival. Hikers will appreciate the moon landscape of Mount Teide, Tenerife’s volcano which is the cause of the black sands on some of the island’s beaches and the lava caves situated at Roques de Garcia.

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Beautiful moon landscape of Mount Teide.

You’re sure to find a golden, sandy Tenerife beach to delight your senses throughout your holiday. Los Cristianos is a delightful small bay location, featuring soft golden sand that’s ideal for building sandcastles and kids’ play. Some of the other popular sandy beaches in Tenerife include El Camisón at Playa de las Américas, Playa Abama in Playa San Juan, Playa El Médano in El Médano and Playa Jardín at Puerto de la Cruz.

Siam Park Tenerife is the world’s top water park and has an unusual, exotic Thai theme that’s sure to appeal to anybody. Siam Park is situated in Costa Adeje, which is situated in southern Tenerife. But, if you’re staying in the north of the island you’re sure to find a local Tenerife water park in the vicinity, if you prefer. It’s easy to pull in an organised day trip to both Siam Park and Parque Loro, in northern Tenerife, although if you visit them on separate days you will have more time to appreciate the full attractions of each park.

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Why not visit Siam Water Park and float down the lazy river?

Loro Parque is a zoo destination, with a good reputation, offering spectacular dolphin water shows daily. The moment you enter the zoo, you’ll be presented with the sight of golden carp in the lake begging for food and can then tour the landscaped park at your leisure.

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Incredible dolphin water show at Loro Parque.

No matter how old you are, you’re sure to find activities and events to suit your requirements and pretty villages to explore or shopping centres to visit when you holiday in Tenerife.

So, what’s typical weather for Tenerife holidays?

As stated above, Tenerife is a fantastic winter sun holiday destination. Indications of the sort of weather and temperatures you can expect during various months of the year are:

Tenerife weather, February – you can expect daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows of 13°C or higher if you opt to holiday in February, although the island does generally experience up to seven days of rainfall during the month.

Tenerife weather, March – if you book your Tenerife holiday when the March weather’s dull in the UK you can anticipate day highs of up to 21°C, and lows of 14°C, with the islanders anticipating isolated rain showers on no more than six days in the month.

Tenerife weather, June – June holidaymakers in Tenerife should expect day highs up to averages of 25°C, with lows of 17°C in the evenings and there’s a chance of rainfall on just two days of the month.

Tenerife weather, August – if you holiday on the island in August, average highs will range around 29°C and there may be a slight chance of rain on one day in the month.

Tenerife weather, November – dull and wet November’s in the UK can be brightened up considerably when you opt for a Tenerife break as you can expect highs up to 23°C, although this could be one of the rainiest months on the island as there’s a chance of rain on about eight days in November.

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