Looking for sunshine and partying at any time of the year? Playa de las Americas on the island of Tenerife could be just the ticket. This famous resort in the sun-drenched Canary Islands is nightlife central. And the year-round sunshine means that you can even book a beach break here in January - prefect for warding off the winter blues.
Wedged between Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje on the south coast of Tenerife - the biggest and most westerly of the big four Canary Islands, which include Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, and Gran Canaria - Playa de las Americas has been attracting holidaymakers since the 1960s. In that time, the daytime temperatures have rarely dropped below 18C, and the party scene on Playa de las Americas holidays has never wavered from hot, hot, hot!
Whether you want to blast out some karaoke tunes, dance the night away as DJs spin tunes, or drink brightly coloured cocktails and have a laugh with friends, it's all here for you. Just head to the main nightlife hotspots: the Veronicas Strip, the Patch, and Starco Commercial Centre.
Away from those areas, holidays in Playa de las Americas are good for families and couples too, though. Everyone loves the wide sandy bay of the resort and there are plenty of hotels and self-catering apartments tucked away from the rowdy after-hours antics. In fact, some of the finer hotels in Playa de las Americas occupy positions on the edges of the resort, where nights are a little quieter. And there's lots to do, whatever your age, with fun day trips, including Mount Teide, the nearby slides and rides at Siam Park, whale- and dolphin-watching cruises, and shopping in the capital of Santa Cruz all likely to appeal.
You can reach the resort by flying into Tenerife South Airport (TFS). The flight time from the UK is around four to five hours, which makes Tenerife one of the most popular short-haul winter-sun destinations in Europe.
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Holidays in Tenerife are ideal at any time, as winter days generally stay above 18C, spring and autumn see pleasant averages of 25C and summer is hot, with temperatures reaching 30C and beyond. Rainfall is minimal year round, too, although you might need a jacket for cool evenings out in winter.
Three Kings; January: If you have travelled with children at this quiet time of the year, be sure to catch the parades on January 5, which is a kind of Christmas Eve in Spain. The Santa-like Three Kings will shower the little ones with gifts.
Carnival (Carnaval); February: The start of Lent also marks the beginning of this wild party. The streets of Tenerife's capital Santa Cruz host the biggest and best gathering, but local shindigs can be found in many of the island's towns and resorts.
Arona Summer Festival; August: This dance music event draws big crowds thanks to the top acts on the bill, which has featured David Guetta and Roger Sanchez in previous years. It's held minutes away from Playa de las Americas.
Best of Playa de las Americas holidays for...
Nightlife: Whatever kind of music gets you moving, you can find it here in Playa de las Americas. Pubs, bars and clubs offer theme nights, foam parties, famous DJs and all kinds of hedonistic action.
Babies & toddlers: The beach at Playa de las Americas is ideal for little ones, with shallow waters and plenty of parasols.
Kids & teens: Aqualand is another water-based park near the resort, offering fun times for all the family.