Tenerife is perfect for some winter sun without having to travel too far.
People often ask us where they can head for some early summer sun which isn’t to far away. And the answer is really The Canaries and particularly Tenerife if you want a good beach. We, like many people, didn’t have great expectations of the island but actually it is lovely. There are some surprisingly stylish hotels, gorgeous beaches and incredible natural beauty. Sleepy colonial towns are back dropped by meadows and mountains and the awe inspiring Mount Teide – the world’s third largest volcano.
Head away from the rather over zealous beach front development around Playa De Las Americas up to northern Tenerife and you’ll find charming villages with restaurants serving authentic Canarian dishes and wine.
There is only really one good family hotel to stay at in Tenerife and that is the lovely Abama with its 400 acres of space. Firstly it is a Spa hotel which is a certain winner for any stressed out parents needing some TLC. And secondly it has good weather before the rest of Europe starts to warm up (and it also has its own beach). As yet the Abama is untested by UFH but it gets good reviews from our clients.Read more about this Hotel
Boasting the lowest temperature difference between summer and winter in the world, Tenerife is an ideal year-round destination. It is on the same latitude of the Sahara Desert and just off the coast of North Africa, hence its sub-tropical climate.
Whilst there are some charming little hotels in the north of the island the best beaches are in the south. And most families are heading to Tenerife for some sun and an easy life and therefore we think it is very important to have a good beach nearby – preferably at the bottom of the garden. Packing a car up to head off to the beach is a struggle most parents don’t want. Our hotels are all on the coast with a great beach. The hotels, which can’t really be described as ‘boutique hideaways’ are fantastic for children with plenty of activities and Kids clubs. You have everything you need without having to leave the hotel.
The main flights to Tenerife are with the charter flights and the low cost carriers.
Flights into Tenerife South:
Birmingham: Thomson. Ryanair, Monarch
Bournemouth: Thomson, Ryanair
Bristol: Ryanair, Easyjet, Thomson
Edinburgh: Ryanair, Easyjet
Exeter: Thomson Airways
Gatwick: Tomas Cook, Thomson, Easyjet, Monarch
Luton: Ryanair, Monarch, Thomson
Stanstead: Easyjet, Thomson, Ryanair
Also from: Manchester, Newcastle, Doncaster. Glasgow, East Midlands
A good idea if you want to explore
the island. You can hire cars at both airports from all the usual providers,
but make sure you book in advance. If you want to pick up from one airport and
drop off at another, this can be done for a small surcharge. You’ll need a car
to make the most of the island, especially if you want to explore the remote
north western tip. Taxis are not a viable alternative as they’ll cost you more
than hiring a car for the day. Roads are fairly busy.
Alternatively your hotel can organise transfers for you.
is the largest and most popular of the seven Canary islands. The cities up north, the capital, Santa Cruz,
and the old university town of La Laguna, are great fun, the carnival in Santa
Cruz is considered second only to Rio. Half of Tenerife’s 850,000 population
live in these two cities.
Easily the prettiest area on the island is the north west corner. While much of Tenerife is ringed by a motorway, the mountains of the north east have stopped it in its trackes. Here, the pace of life here is slow, peace prevails, and the landscape remains gloriously untouched. Rocky coastline gives way to rising mountains with a thin strip of lush farm land in between that’s crammed with banana plantations.
THINGS TO DO ...
One of our favourite stats is that The Canaries is one of only 3 countries in the world with year round whale watching (almost worth the trip for that alone). But if some of the worlds largest mammals aren’t your bag then not to worry – Tenerife has masses to offer. Firstly, for fathers needing their own QT, there a some fantastic golf courses and some great deep sea fishing. There are fantastic hikes or biking to be done or exploring the national park and Mount Teide. Or head over to explore La Gomera Island, Masca, Garachico and Icod de Los Vinos.
For the family there is Loro Parque, Agua Parque, go-karting, horse riding, minigolf, diving and a whole host of activities in your hotel including surfing.
And whilst the family of off being entertained it is a chance for deserving mothers to give the hotel spa a thorough investigation.
Please find below a range of activities available in Tenerife.
We know it is often difficult, with the huge number of hotels out there, to know which one to go for, which combines with which and what sort of costs they are going to be. Here we have put together a few of our favourite options to give you a starting point. Any of these options can be changed, tweeked or added to so please do ask. The prices are per person and include international flights and private transfers. As the rates at all hotels change a great deal from their High Seasons (i.e the most popular times of the year to be there) to their Low Seasons (they often have great discounts at this time) we have based the 'From' costs on a good time of year to be in the country, the dates are included in the text at the bottom. Please do call us for a quote based on your dates.