Sandy beaches, duty–free shops and buzzing bars
Fancy getting away, fast? With a last minute holiday to Tenerife, beaches, cocktails and duty–free shopping are just around the corner...
It's real sun tan territory here – the sun shines all year round, making Tenerife's beaches a hotspot for Brits. And you could be hitting the beach quicker than you think on a last minute holiday to Tenerife. Here are a few suggestions for your to–do list
The island is surrounded by beaches – both manmade and natural varieties. The standout is Playa de Las Vistas. The biggest of Los Cristianos' sands, it's a Blue Flag number with swimmer–friendly waves and loads of watersports. Over on the southwest coast, the sands come with a bit more in the way of R&R. Playa de la Arena is dotted with palm trees and traditional tapas bars, and it's quiet enough to sprawl in the sun without any interruptions.
The buzzing night spots in Playa de las Americas are congregated around Veronica's Strip. Lots of places offer 2–for–1 drinks, so it's easy to grab some cocktails. And if you want to keep things going, you're not short of clubs and discos. For something a little more family–friendly, head to Starco's. A shopping centre by day, it boots up the karaoke bars, restaurants and arcades at night.
Perfume is big business on the island of Tenerife and there are plenty of shops in Los Cristianos selling everything from Chanel No.5 to Spanish brands like Loewe. It's all duty–free, too, so you'll pick it up around 20% cheaper than you would back home.
Loro Parque started out as a parrot park, and some 1,400 of the feathered creatures still call this place home. You'll also find things like orca whales, sharks and loads of penguins living here. It's all set in tropical gardens, and there are plenty places to eat.
Siam Park is Europe's biggest waterpark. It packs in some great rides, as well as wave pools, slalom slides and the world's longest lazy river. The park has a Thai theme, and you'll find plenty of kiosks dishing out noodles here. There's even a floating village where you can get a Thai massage.