5 Reasons Tenerife Is A Great Holiday Destination for Families
Tenerife has everything for an amazing family holiday. From the sparkling blue water, the frothy waves, the soft, crunchy sand, and the way the clean fresh breeze blows past you, to the picturesque, activity-packed parks and the charming towns. So, pack your bags and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime.
Tenerife is a great family-friendly holiday destination that's perfect if your a family that's keen on exploring the local culture whilst letting off steam on the stunning beaches, exploring the incredible lava tubes, and throwing yourselves down the adrenaline pumping water slides.
Tenerife is a stunning island with some equally beautiful family-friendly beaches to match. Home to both natural and man-made beaches like Playa de la Tejita, Playa del Duque, Playa el Bollullo, Playa Jardin and Playa de Los Gigantes you can be sure you won’t run out of exquisite, beautiful beaches during your time on this island.
If you want to say that you've stepped foot in the Sahara whilst in Tenerife then make sure you visit Playa de Las Teresitas. This man-made beach has been constructed using 270,000 tonnes of imported sand from the Western Sahara. It's a very pretty beach dotted with magnificent palm trees that will easily become one of your favourites. Other beaches like El Medano serve as excellent windsurfing and kitesurfing spots because of the intense winds.
Parks & Attractions
Tenerife isn't all about the beach and the sea (though it can be if you like)! If you want to break up your days on the beach then we'd recommend visiting one of Tenerife attractions from water parks to the amazing Museum of Science and the Cosmos.
Tenerife has two main water parks - Siam Water Park and Aqualand Water Park. Siam Water Park boasts being the biggest water park in Europe. Whilst having a large array of rides and pools for all ages, this Thai themed park also holds the record for the largest collection of Thai themed buildings outside of Thailand.
For the budding scientists of the family, we can't recommend a trip to the Museum of Science and the Cosmos highly enough. Based in the north of the island in San Cristóbal de La Laguna, the museum covers topics such as black holes and solar activities such as sunspots, but you'll also learn about how mobile phones and human organs work.
If you want to experience the famous lava tubes of Tenerife then you should take the family to the Teide National Park close to the middle of the island. As well as being in the presence of the incredible Teide volcano you can also explore the surrounding caves and of course the lava tubes.
Hiking in the Masca Mountain and Valley
If your family is more drawn to outdoor activities, hiking might be one of the best things you can try out in Tenerife. Hiking in the Masca Mountain and Valley is a must in Tenerife. The 7km long trail extending from the northwest part of the island to the beach offers a great opportunity to explore this island's stunning scenery. If you're after a more informational experience then guided tours of the mountain are also available from a number of companies in the area. The walk there and back takes around 5 hours and is relatively easy but the end of the trail on the way back is quite steep so we wouldn't recommend this for younger children. Just remember to bring plenty of water and snacks.
Try Sea Kayaking or Canoeing
If your family are big fans of being out on the water then what better way to use your sea legs than renting kayaks or canoes. You can rent kayaks and canoes at most of the main beaches on Tenerife. They are one of the best ways to explore the nooks and crannies of the Tenerife coast and get up close and personal to some of the marine wildlife too. The waters surrounding the island are home to dolphins and whales so you may be lucky enough to spot some.
Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
If you happen to be thinking of some winter sun (February/March) in Tenerife then make sure you experience the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This festival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife takes place two weeks before Ash Wednesday and finishes the weekend after Ash Wednesday (dates will vary depending on when Ash Wednesday falls in the year).
The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is often cited as the second biggest carnival in the world, after Brazil's carnival in Rio de Janeiro. If you're planning on staying in Santa Cruz de Tenerife during the carnival we'd recommend checking where the the processions will pass through as the parties can carry on well into the night. So if you're after a quiet night's sleep you'll want to find a place well away from the carnival.