With great weather throughout the year and plenty of sandy beaches, it is easy why Tenerife draws in more than 10 million visitors a year. However, Tenerife is not your average beach destination. Indeed, beyond the coastline there are a plenty of cultural attractions and in the heart of the island you will find a tropical forest waiting to be explored. In addition, if you are visiting Tenerife during February, be sure to stick around for Tenerife Carnival.
Tenerife is served by two airports Tenerife North Airport (TFN) and Tenerife South Airport (TFS). Tenerife South Airport is the larger of the two airports and mainly handles international flights whereas the smaller Tenerife North Airport deals with flights from mainland Spain and the neighbouring islands. There are a number of airlines which provide flights from London to Tenerife; some of the most popular include EasyJet, British Airways and Norwegian. On average, a direct flight from London to Tenerife will take just over 4 hours. A return flight to Tenerife will usually cost you £100 at most. However, during August a return flight will cost closer to the £140 mark.
What to Do in Tenerife
The largest of the Canary Islands is renowned throughout the world for its stunning beaches. Tenerife has a mixture of white and black sand beaches to enjoy. The 400 metre long Los Cristianos Beach is a firm favourite with holidaymakers. With clean sandy beaches and calm water, this is the perfect spot for sunbathing and swimming. If you enjoy water sports, Médano Beach and Roque Beach are great for surfing and windsurfing.
Siam Park is a must-visit for anyone on holiday in Tenerife. Siam Park is a Thai-themed waterpark and is one of the biggest in the Europe. The park has a number of fast water slides, the most formidable being the Tower of Power which shoots visitors down a 28m near-vertical drop and takes them through a shark aquarium. However, if that is not your cup of tea, there are plenty of tamer slides and rides to enjoy such as the Mai Thai River, a lazy river which takes visitors around a scenic route and through an aquarium of tropical fish.
If you enjoy playing golf, you will be pleased to know that there are a number of excellent golf courses. Most of the golf courses welcome all skill levels and do not require membership. Some of the best golf courses in Tenerife include Costa Adeje Golf Course which offers stunning views of the tallest mountain in Spain, Mount Teide and Real Club De Golf on the north side of the island.
If you are interested in history and culture, there are a number of great museums to visit on the island. The Tenerife Anthropology Museum is not to be missed. The collection is housed in a grand eighteenth century building and explores the history of the Canary Islands through a range of exciting exhibitions.