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Compare the best Tenerife holidays

Year-round sunshine, great nightlife and a varied range of attractions - from the child-friendly Loro Parque to hiking in Teide National Park - attract visitors to Tenerife every year.

Why go?

Tenerife is a favourite holiday destination for many Brits as it is possible to visit for a week or two of complete relaxation in the sun, flopping on the beach and drinking in the lively bars.

However, the island also appeals to those after a more energetic holiday as it has several golf courses, great diving opportunities and a range of watersports.

The largest of the Canary Islands also has an impressive range of accommodation - you can stay in a five-star hotel and be pampered, but, if partying is your priority, there are plenty of budget options too. Similarly, the resorts on the island offer something for even the fussiest of visitor from family-friendly beaches (some black sand, some golden) to exclusive spa breaks.

The southern resort of Playa de las Americas is the place to head for a fun-filled break as bars and restaurants line the beaches serving everything from full-English breakfasts to tapas. While the days here are all about topping up your tan, the nights are the time to let your hair down and to drink until dawn.

Just down the coast, Los Cristianos is a good option for a slightly quieter beach break, but one that still offers plenty of choice when it comes to eating and drinking. The imported golden sand, pedestrian promenades and sheltered bay makes the former fishing town a popular option for families. Plus, children will love the nearby “water kingdom”, Siam Park, with a handy free bus service on offer from the resort.

Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island was a popular destination for tourists as early as the 19th century, and is still a hot spot today. Visitors can relax on black sand beaches or in the Costa Martianez Complex - a lido with a range of bars, restaurants and a nightclub - or take a trip to Loro Parque to see animals including parrots, tigers and gorillas.

Other options for holidaymakers include the quiet northern village Garachico - a world away from the busier south of the island - with naturally-formed pools created following volcanic eruptions; and Costa Adeje just up the coast from the lively destinations of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas that offers a quieter base.
More adventurous travellers can also visit Teide National Park to see the volcanic landscape and the highest point in Spain.

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When to go?

Ten­erife enjoys near-guaranteed heat which makes it a popular year-round holiday destination... .

The temperatures on Tenerife remain high all year round. Even in January, temperatures average 18°C. August tends to be the hottest months with temperatures averaging 26°C.


What's on?

There's always something going on in fun-filled Tenerife from family parades to food and music festivals. Here's our pick of some of the best annual events...

Canary Islands Music Festival; January-February; various venues - This classical music festival has been running since 1985 and aims to increase  visitor numbers to the islands while showing that there is more to the Canary Islands than just sun, sea and sand.

Tenerife Carnaval; February; Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz hold the biggest celebrations - see Spain. 

Noche de San Juan; June; the biggest celebration is in Puerto de la Cruz - on Midsummer's Eve, more than 20,000 people go to Puerto de la Cruz's largest beach with picnics and flowers. Bonfires are lit, fireworks are set off, bands play and, at midnight, people go into the sea to reap the benefits of the magical Midsummer waters (they are believed to bring good health for the year ahead).


What to do?

Tenerife really has something for everyone whether it's a family holiday, romantic getaway or a trip with friends. Take a look at our top picks of how to make the most of your Spanish holiday...

 

Best of Tenerife holidays for...

• Nightlife: Looking for a wild night out? Head to Playa de las Americas for slam shots, foam parties and karaoke bars. Dance until dawn in the banging club districts of Starco and The Patch and along neon-lit Veronicas strip.

• Babies & toddlers: Take the tots to the broad, sandy bay of Los Cristianos and cool off under the volcano-like fountain. The beachfront playgrounds and palm-lined pedestrian promenades make it perfect for small kids.

• Grown-up families: Ever wanted to spot a whale? Sail away from the towering cliffs of Los Gigantes and out to sea aboard a glass-bottomed boat or catamaran. Keep your eyes peeled for frolicking bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales.

• Kids & teens: Kids love the thrills and spills of Asian water kingdom Siam Park. Zip down flumes through the jungle, ride rapids past Thai temples and surf enormous artificial waves at the Wave Palace.

• Romance: Feel your heart skip a beat on the winding road to Masca. This cliff hanger of a village is perched amid massive mountains, rocky pinnacles and lush terraces. Share the dreamy views and tasty local cactus ice cream.

• Active types: Hike through a multicoloured moonscape of wind-eroded rocks and craters in the Teide National Park. Feeling energetic? Clamber up to Mount Teide, Spain's highest peak at 3718m, for clouds-speckled views of the island.

• Relaxing: Keep your cool in Puerto de la Cruz' botanical gardens on holidays to Tenerife. This wonderland of exotic plants in the Orotova Valley bristles with spiky dragon trees, flame-like bird of paradise flowers and giant figs with strangler roots.