One of the most popular winter-sun destinations with British holidaymakers, Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and lures visitors with promises of sunshine, nightlife, shopping, and spectacular scenery...
Beloved of families, couples, and party-goers, the island of Tenerife is one of the finest short-haul holiday destinations for sun-seeking Brits. Crowned by the magnificent Mount Teide, Tenerife is crammed with family attractions and circled by beaches of fine sand, sometimes of the black volcanic variety and sometimes sublimely golden.
Part of Spain, in Tenerife you can expect a typically warm Spanish welcome when you step foot off the plane at either Tenerife South (TFS) or Tenerife North (TFN) airports. The heartfelt hospitality continues into your resort, where you can get a zesty taste of Spain at one of a huge number of excellent restaurants. Get your lips around fresh seafood and be sure to try 'papas arrugadas', or Canarian potatoes. They're wrinkly and salt-boiled and arrive with a sauce called 'mojo' - delicious!
Family holidays aren't complete without a trip to one of Tenerife's terrific theme parks. Try Siam Park, Aqualand, or Loro Parque.
Hotels in Tenerife range from basic and budget, to incredible luxury hotels...
Where you stay in Tenerife will largely depend on what kind of holiday you're after. Playa de las Americas is the undisputed hotspot for nightlife, with Los Cristianos and Puerto de la Cruz also offering fairly lively breaks in the sun. Resorts with a more relaxed attitude of an evening include Costa Adeje, Los Gigantes, Playa de la Arena, Playa Paraiso, Costa del Silencio, and Puerto de Santiago.
In Tenerife, hotels with four and five stars above their name are mostly found in the resorts of Playa de Fanabe, Puerto de la Cruz, and Costa Adeje, while budget hotels and mid-range rooms can be booked across the island, both on the seafront and amid the tree-clad slopes of the interior. There are plenty of self-catering apartments and villas on the island too. Golf and spa hotels are also popular on Tenerife.
Some hotels are offered on a room-only basis, though the majority dish up breakfast or treat guests to a half-board or all-inclusive experience. Whichever option you take, it's worth trying the local restaurants for authentic flavours and reasonable prices. And for picky children, there's a huge selection of globally-themed restaurants and fast-food joints in the bigger resorts.
Holiday packages to Tenerife offer good value, though the price of flights to Tenerife can be incredibly low, so it's worth considering booking flights and hotels separately. You can check prices for all elements of your holiday, including car hire, with TravelSupermarket.
Peel yourself off the sun lounger and check out the range of attractions in Tenerife...
From family-friendly theme parks to Spain's highest mountain, there's a diverse and large number of ways to spend your break.
Top five attractions
Sometimes snow-capped and always stunning, Teide is the highest peak in Spain and the top can be reached via a cable car ride.
Just outside Puerto de la Cruz and originally opened as a parrot park, these days you can view the antics of dolphins, sea lions and penguins, and view sharks and whales.
The island's capital and the place to be for world-class shopping, striking architecture and another good dose of energetic nightlife.
Pyramids of Guimar
There are plenty of theories about the origins of these fascinating stone pyramids, some saying they were simply put there to clear room for a growing population, others suggesting that they're linked to the ancient Mayan civilisation of Central America. Visit and come up with your own ideas.
Whale or dolphin watching
Boat trips from Tenerife's harbours offer excellent opportunities to see whales and dolphins at sea.
Never needing an excuse to party, the locals put on a fine line-up of events in Tenerife...
See what's on when you visit with our quick guide to some of the island's best events.
Carnaval; February/March: The capital of Santa Cruz is the place to be for the biggest and best annual carnival, though there are parades and parties in most areas.
Fiestas de Mayo; May: There are parties and fireworks to be enjoyed in May, and the chance to see ancient traditions, such as Canarian wrestling.
San Andres Wine Tasting Festival; November: Travel to the Orotava Valley in the north of Tenerife to sample some of the tastiest wines from the garden of Mount Teide.