A holiday hotspot
Tenerife’s unerring reputation has been built on the back of decades of good reviews. One of the earliest came from Queen Victoria, who used to take her vacations here in the 19th century. If you want a more up-to-date character reference, you only need to look to the 450,000 holidaymakers who flock here every year.
The beach scene
The secret of Tenerife’s success starts with its beaches. On the island’s south coast, resorts like Playa Las Americas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje have something going on around the clock. There are white sands and watersports to see you through the day and a world’s worth of restaurants, bars and nightclubs to move you through the night. The tourism limelight shines a little softer on the resorts on the west coast. Days in Playa de la Arena, for example, revolve around the sleepy volcanic beach, and nights play out in beachside restaurants.
Mount Teide National Park
There’s more to Tenerife than its coastline. Its interior is dotted with banana plantations, traditional villages and national parks. Take a trip to the centre of the island, and you’ll discover Mount Teide, the third largest volcano in the world. It’s surrounded by an unearthly landscape of solid lava.
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Apparently the Beckhams are big fans of Costa Adeje, on Tenerife’s south coast. It’s hardly surprising, what with the luxury villas, 5-star hotels, designer shopping and waterfront restaurants. And the place has even got its own waterfall. It’s all about laid-back sophistication here – though the party bars and clubs of Playa de las Americas are just a stone’s throw away should you want them.
Guia de Isora
Guia de Isora, on Tenerife’s west coast, is an up-and-coming resort with an old-school Canarian feel. The main town is a quiet affair up in the mountains, with sweeping views of the Atlantic. Down by the sea is Playa San Juan, home to a small harbour and a chic prom. And next door is Alcala, a fishing village with a pretty main square.
Playa de las Americas
Set on Tenerife’s southwest coast, Playa de las Americas is a purpose-built resort that comes with great clubbing credentials. The year-round sun and multiple sandy beaches also pull in the Brit crowds. And then there are the duty-free shops, some great tapas restaurants, a waterpark on the doorstep and the upmarket resort of Los Cristianos just next door.