Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, lying next to the coast of Africa. The island is the result of a volcanic eruption. Tenerife is a long-time UK favourite when it comes to budget holidays and last minute holiday deals.
Last-Minute Tenerife Holidays – Things to Do
As it is one of the most unique islands in the world, Tenerife houses a wonderful-looking active (but sleeping) volcano, in fact the largest mountain of Spain – the Teide. Tenerife has some of the world most unique landscapes and a warm (sub)tropical climate all year long. The carnival of Santa Cruz is one of the biggest, longest and most famous carnivals in the world.
As a long-time resort holiday destination for UK tourists, Tenerife package tours are among the most popular, and due to its long-lasting warm weather, you can even get a beach holiday here in October or November. Tenerife has many great sites, from its most popular holiday resorts, Playa de las Americas and Las Galletas to its colourful capital, Santa Cruz, which is one of the most important port towns of Spain; Tenerife has so much to offer for tourists. The whole island is covered with black stones and sand, which makes the sites and beaches unique-looking. Its northern part with Puerto de la Cruz is a must-see. It is one of the most beautiful towns in the world and has some of Europe’s best theme parks, the Loro Parque, the biggest bird park in Europe.
Budget tip: visit Tenerife in October while the weather is still good and prices low.
Cheap UK-Tenerife Flights
The international airport of Tenerife is situated very close to the main holiday resorts of the island. It receives flights from all over the world, especially from Europe. The budget airlines have long implemented Tenerife in their travel plans: Ryanair. Jet2, TUI, Thomas Cook all fly UK Tenerife routes, and additional charters arrive from the UK all summer long. If you plan to come from the mainland, consider taking Air Europa or Vueling, the budget airlines of Spain offering cheap tickets to Tenerife.
You can also try the ferry but it will take long, as the Canary Islands are the furthest-lying islands from Europe, being the closes to the shores of Senegal.
Travelling in Tenerife: Tenerife has great network of roads and highways to take you to every city in the island easily. Note, though that several roads are extremely steep and local drive quite fast, so you need certain driving experience to drive in Tenerife. Anywhere you go there are car rentals, so you should not worry about finding one in your area. Holiday Autos offer cheap deals with pick up and return at Tenerife North and Tenerife South Airports. In case you do not or cannot drive, Tenerife has a great network of buses, departing from the capital Santa Cruz to every direction.
When to visit Tenerife: All year, but best from May to October
Why visit Tenerife: Tenerife is a must-visit island, with the highest mountain of Spain, the great climate having some of the most beautiful sites and cities in the world, Tenerife is a great place to be.
Tenerife – Places to See:
• Loro Parque
Loro Parque, situated in Puerto de la Cruz, is one of the biggest and most beautiful bird and sea life parks in the world. Housing an extensive parrot collection of over 300 species, it also has a daily dolphin and seal show. Some of the birds in Loro Parque walk free and the whole area have been made to the full comfort of the animals living there. Loro Parque also houses jaguars, tigers, gorillas, has a beautiful orchid garden and its own Aquarium with a great, long shark tunnel as well. Loro Parque is perfect for a daily excursion. The Penguinarium of Loro Parque is the largest in the world and houses penguins in an artificially cooled area for them to feel their best. In 2012, Loro Parque represented two new features: the Loro Show and the Terrarium.
Opening Hours: It is open daily from 8.45 to 6.45.
Entrance fee: around EUR 33 per person, children get 50% discount.
• Jungle Park
Situated in Southern Tenerife, Las Águilas Jungle Park is a must-visit for everyone visiting Tenerife who loves nature. Of course, the park is especially great for families. Being open all year long, this attraction is also highly visited by all the locals of Tenerife. Here, you can see several types of parrots and exotic birds, a large collection of monkeys, such as Orang-utans, Gibbons and also raccoons, the red Panda, a puma, penguins, tigers and a jaguar. The park has two successful shows, the Bird of Prey Show and the Exotic Bird Show. Jungle Raid is a real adventure raid through the jungle of the park with lots of things to do and witness over here. Jungle Park is the first jungle experience ever offered in Europe; therefore, it is one of the must-see animal parks in the world.
Jungle Park is open every day from 10 am to 5.30 pm
The park offers free shuttles for visitors coming from Los Christianos and Playa de las Americas.
• Teide National Park
Something you just cannot miss is to visit the volcano Teide, which is the iconic landmark of Tenerife. Travelling up in the mountains to reach this area over the clouds, you must go through jungles, forests until you reach the moon-like land of Teide. This is an extra-terrestrial experience, a highlight for every visitor of Tenerife. The volcanic crater of Teide is 10 miles wide and it is the highest mountain in all Spain. Each travel agency and hotel arranges daily excursions to the Teide; so do not hesitate and go for it!
• Güimar Pyramids
If you like cultural explorations, it is advisable to see the Güimar Pyramids – the origin of which is still unknown. Güimar Pyramids can be seen in the Ethnographic Park of Tenerife. Apart from this mystery, the Park also offers other exhibitions for its visitors, has its own bar and restaurant for the well-being of its visitors.
• Puerto de la Cruz downtown– Lago Martinez
This city, being the long-time favourite of European tourists, has one of the most beautiful highlights of the island. Crowned by the monumental Teide with its snow peak, the bay of Puerto de La Cruz is such a fantastic view, which you must see. The old town is beautiful where you can see several houses representing Tenerife’s architectural heritage. Here, there are plenty of shops and some of the most beautiful cafés and restaurants in Tenerife. The town has a unique shore; thanks to the Beach Lago Martinez installation, which features a series of seawater pools for bathing. This is one of the most beautiful and unique bathing spots in the whole world! Lago Martinez was designed by Cesar Manrique one of Tenerife’s own artists.
Top Three Tenerife Beaches to Relax
Beach of Playa de las Americas: Filled with tons of African yellow sand, this beach is one of the best in Tenerife.
Las Teresitas: The official beach of Santa Cruz is the favourite and well-visited. It is also filled up with yellow sand.
Lago Martinez: This is one of the most beautifully unique beaches in the world, located in Puerto de la Cruz.
Other Places of attraction:
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Downtown Santa Cruz