Tenerife family holidays

Take a family trip to the Canary Islands

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Kai Sedgwick

Kai Sedgwick
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TenerifeThe largest of the seven Canary Islands, Tenerife has long been a family favourite. The island may enjoy a burgeoning tourist trade, but its distinctive landscape is as unspoilt and beautiful as ever. Tenerife no longer houses active volcanoes, but their presence still looms large over the island, with Mount Teide the highest point in Spain at 3,718m above sea level.

Fascinating as Tenerife's geology is, it's probably not the main reason why you'll be booking your partner and brood onto a budget flight to the Canary Islands. That will likely have more to do with the sandy beaches, play centres, water parks and resorts. That's the best thing about Tenerife: everyone gets to have a great time and everyone goes home happy.


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Family holidays in Tenerife: Theme parks Family holidays in Tenerife: Theme parks

If you're taking the family to Tenerife, it goes without saying that you'll be visiting a theme park – at least one and possibly all of them. It all depends on the persuasive skills of your kids really. Siam Park is a water world whose rides carry such names as the Tower of Power and The Wave Palace; even grown-ups may be a little daunted by the prospect of facing manmade waves up to 4m high – a world record. Jungle Park and Aqualand are also worth a visit, while an orca show can be experienced at Loro Park.

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Family holidays in Tenerife: Beaches Family holidays in Tenerife: Beaches

Before you fly out, it makes sense to gen up on Tenerife's best beaches given that you'll be spending a good portion of your holiday on them. Watersports can be enjoyed at Medano, while Playa de Las Vistas and Playa de Las Americas are perennial favourites. If the kids are still mastering their swimming skills, El Camison provides a safe environment in which to tackle the waves that run lazily across the beach.


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Family holidays in Tenerife: Watersports Family holidays in Tenerife: Watersports

When you're not swimming in the sea, you can surf on it or even pedal across it. Watersports include jet skiing, kayaking, flyfish rides and pedal boats. If the kids are too young to tackle jet skiing or bodyboarding, there's always the option of taking a boat ride to go dolphin spotting in the bay. Diving is also popular, with instructors on hand to teach the basics in as little as an hour. Look out for sea turtles and colourful fish as you descend to the ocean floor. Where would you like to explore – a wreck or a reef? It's your call.

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Family holidays in Tenerife: Exploring the landscape Family holidays in Tenerife: Exploring the landscape

While hardly short of scenic spots, Tenerife has excelled itself in the village of Masca. High in the Teno Mountains, getting there calls for navigating a tricky hairpin road, but the view from the top makes it all worthwhile. The tiny village, surrounded by dense vegetation, clings precariously to the mountainside. Have you ever witnessed a volcano within a volcano? Of course not. That's why you need to pay a visit to Teide National Park, whose volcanic landscape is pitted with craters and the remnants of lava flow.

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Family holidays in Tenerife: Nightlife Family holidays in Tenerife: Nightlife

At night, Tenerife comes to life, with the bars crammed together along Playa de las Americas enjoying the best business. With most bars staying open till 3am – clubs till 5 – there's no rush to head into town. If you're holidaying with the family, of course, the odds are you won't be partying into the small hours. For a more laid-back vibe, try Papagayo Beach Club, which provides a chilled-out setting in which to sip a cocktail as the sun sets. Alternatively, if cabaret and karaoke are your thing, St Eugen's is a fun, lively bar where families are welcome.

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Tenerife Family Holiday Homes

4 bedroom semi rural villa with large pool

LEGAL NOTE : The property listed on this page are ruled solely and exclusively by the LEASING CONTRACT to others OF SEASONAL HOUSES, be this in summer or any other, subject to the 29/1994 Law, of the 24th of November, of Urban Leases (LAU) (BOE no...

Parque Santiago 2 Apartment with stunning views

With fabulous views both of the sea and large pool this westerly facing third floor 1 bed duplex apartment also has views of Mount Tiede from the balcony. Ideally situated in the quieter part of Playa de las Americas with the beach, restaurants an...

El Marques - Well positioned resort with onsite facilities including hairdresser.

Spacious 2 bedroom duplexes available on the extremely popular resort of El Marques. Heated swimming Pool with its safe bathing area for children. Poolside bar offering daytime snacks and drinks. An evening bar/ restaurant offers a Half Board op...


Beautiful and luxurious two bedroom cottage with parquet flooring and bathroom included for each room. Living-dining room with sofa bed and TV 42 ". We have Internet, Satellite TV and heating throughout the house. Very complete kitchen (fridge, fr...

Fantastic villa with pool and garden, few minutes from the beach, great sea views

New in Rental Management! One bedroom apartment on 2 floors with pool in a quiet location, just 3 km from the town center and the beach of Candelaria. The apartment is located in a 2-family house on enem completed 1 500 m2 property, where only the...

Fantastic penthouse apartment with 80 m2 terrace, for swimming and hiking holidays

Beautiful penthouse apartment with luxury facilities and a spacious terrace (80 m2) in a two-family house where the bottom house is not inhabited. Access is by appr. 30 steps directly from the street, where you can easily park. The apartment has ...


Big one bedroom BLUE DREAM apartment (sleeping 4) and lovely studio SUENO AZUL (for 3), ideally located in the green & peaceful area of Sueño Azul, with fantastic views of La Gomera. The apartments location offers quiet, silence, all confort and a...

Luxury 120 sq.mts apart in the sun, no steps, heated pool + garage

Have a taste of the island, staying in this beautiful corner of West Tenerife . Enjoy the best all year round weather, between 22/27ºC. This excellent apartment within the new and exclusive complex of Gigansol Del Mar overlooks the welcoming vill...

Pool side apartment in Tenerife, next to golf course

Situated on the south coast of Tenerife between the vibrant resorts of Playa de las Americas and Los Christianos.The apartment is part of the Compostela Beach Golf II complex, built on the perimeter of the renowned golf course Las Americas. Whethe...

1 Bedroom apartment in Playa de Las Americas, Tenerife, Canary Islands

We have 1 bedroom apartment with the sun all day, bungalow Las Piteras is five minutes walk to Troya beach in Playa de Las Americas, and all the beaches in the south of Tenerife 15 minutes from Playa de los Cristianos, with a big swimming pool an...

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