Tenerife family holidaysGet away from it all on the Island of Eternal Spring!
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For us Brits, Tenerife is a bit of a favourite destination - and rightly so. From luscious beaches to mountains, exuberant nightlife to remote and isolated beauty spots, this is an island that has something for everyone. As such, it will please you to note that it’s an ideal destination for kids as well as adults. Keeping the little ones entertained for a week or two is all too often a serious challenge, but on the largest of the Canary Islands, you should be able to achieve just that with relative ease.
In terms of climate, it doesn’t really matter which time of the year you jet to Tenerife. It is, after all, known as the “Island of Eternal Spring” due to its pleasant year-round climate. Mercifully, the temperature is usually agreeably sunny rather than stifling, making for an altogether pleasant family getaway. Take a look on HomeAway to find the perfect Tenerife holdiay rentals to enjoy your sojourn in style: many villas even come with swimming pools! To ensure you make the most of your time away, our guide to the best family activities on the island will get the ball rolling.
Top five Tenerife family attractions
Tenerife family holidays: Siam Park
A relatively new addition to Tenerife’s already impressive armoury, Siam Park is the self-proclaimed most exciting water park in Europe. Located in the scenic hills of Adeje, the park opened amongst much fanfare in 2008. The rides vary in terms of bravery requirements, with the lazy Mai Thai River ride offering a gentle drift downstream. On the other end of the spectrum, the heart-stopping Tower of Power tests your mettle with a vertical drop through an aquarium populated by sharks and stingrays. The fearsome looking Dragon, meanwhile, lets riders momentarily experience zero gravity as they hurtle towards the end.
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Tenerife family holidays: Loro Parque
Probably the most prominent family-orientated destination on the entire island, Loro Parque is so much more than just the zoo that it initially seems to be. This is Tenerife’s very own answer to the Sea World parks found in the USA, with numerous dolphin and killer whale shows amongst the captivating attractions. The zoo itself houses an impressive array of animals, including the world’s most impressive collection of parrots. As if that wasn’t enough, the park also boasts the largest penguinarium on Earth, getting through 12 tonnes of artificial snowfall on a daily basis! Loro Parque can be found on the north side of the island, not far from the city of Puerto de la Cruz.
Tenerife family holidays: Boat trips
Zoos and water parks are all fine and well, but the Canary Islands are amongst the greatest places in the world to spot whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. In fact, many excursion organisers are so confident of the local waters’ generative powers that they give guests their personal guarantee of a sighting should they hop aboard. These magnificent creatures are of course the main allure of such a venture, but packing a lunch and enjoying a lazy cruise on the high sea is in itself a fantastic way to spend the best part of any day.
Tenerife family holidays: beaches
With so much going on, it’d be criminal not to take at least a day or two to rest your weary legs and relax on one of the countless divine beaches Tenerife has to offer. Some of them are tailor-made for water sport enthusiasts, with the mammoth waves popular amongst surfers and kiteboarders. That said, with the children in tow you may well prefer to settle down on the soft golden sand where the water is more appropriate for a cooling dip. The vast majority of these are laden with cafes and refreshment kiosks, but taking your own picnic is an equally enjoyable way to sustain yourself as you bask in the sun.
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Tenerife family holidays: El Teide
Tenerife is an island blessed with rugged volcanic landscapes, and none are quite as salient as the mighty El Teide. Dominating the skyline over Garachico, the peak of the volcano is widely regarded as holding the best view on the island for those daring enough to venture there. Getting there by foot is not recommended for children – this is the highest mountain in Spain – but thankfully cable cars are on hand to get you as close to the summit as possible. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing, however, as the conditions, at an altitude of over 12,000ft, can be chilly to say the least!
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