THINK YOU KNOW THIS ISLAND?

It is More Than Just Sun, Sea & Sand

Beach Tenerife

 
The island's spectacular coastline provides some exceptional opportunities for a range of exciting water sports and other activities for visitors to enjoy. There's something for everyone to enjoy out on the water, from diving and snorkelling to surfing and windsurfing.

Renowned as a destination of contrasts, the combination of reliable climate and varied landscapes makes the island ideal for outdoor activities. Visitors can explore unspoilt national parks, hike through lush forests, traverse ancient bridle trails on horseback, enjoy the magic of dolphin and whale watching, sail the magnificent Atlantic Ocean and much more.

As the largest and best-known island in the Canaries, we've handpicked a number of hotels in a range of different areas to ensure there's something to suit anyone planning to visit. Holidays to Tenerife take in a landscape encompassing beaches, mountains, deserts and green fields, you can find information on all our accommodation on our Resorts page.

Less Well Known Areas Worth a Visit

Because the island offers so much diversity, whether you're looking for an authentic experience on a rural property, a quiet, easily accessible location, or if you'd like the hustle and bustle of shopping, restaurants and nightlife right on your doorstep, you can be sure we'll have what you want. Our superb range of accommodation for all types of Tenerife holidays means you'll never have to compromise.

We Have a Secret Ingredient Included in our Holidays to Tenerife

Our secret ingredient is our wonderful team of local staff, who between them have more than 100 years of experience working and living on the island. Every one of them has an intimate, first-hand knowledge of the island, and they love sharing that with our clients. In fact, their dedication and passion is one of the most frequently complimented aspects of our holidays in Tenerife, and many of them become friends to clients who return year after year.

There is no hard selling of excursions by any of our resort staff, and every client is treated as a valued individual. Our team makes sure that Prestige holidays to Tenerife are never run-of-the-mill.

Getting Around

For those looking to explore the island at their own pace, car hire is one of the best, most relaxing ways to do it. You'll need a valid driving licence and passport in order to rent a car locally, which can be booked at the same time as the rest of your arrangements or on arrival with our local staff.

We use Oasis Rent a Car, which we've found has no CDW, no hidden extras and the best insurance cover.

For the more independent traveller, we offer some very special and unique small country properties, with which we include car hire.

If you plan on using local buses, ask our team to provide you with an up to date timetable. While the buses are generally good way to get around on Tenerife holidays, they're often a little time consuming, but are a great way to get to the capital, Santa Cruz, if you want to do a little shopping.

For Some it is the Beaches…

Around the major tourist resorts there are some high-quality man-made beaches of sand or fine black shingle. Most adhere to the stringent European standards of cleanliness and have excellent facilities, with good access, showers, sun beds, shades and water sports.

Holidays in Tenerife offer visitors the opportunity to explore the many picturesque beaches, some of which we list below.

 
Things to buy: Genuine local ceramics and embroidery; watches, jewellery, cameras, cigars and flowers.

What to Do? How Long Have you Got?

On this incredibly cosmopolitan island, whether your interests lie in culture, nature, sports, history or just plain fun in the sun, there's something for you.

Below we outline just a selection of the things to see and places to visit and we'll be more than happy to give you more information should you require it.

Spas

Over the past few years the island's spa scene has evolved rapidly. Some of the best ones are located in properties we offer on our holidays to Tenerife. 

Tenerife Golf

The island's reputation as a golfing destination has also developed significantly, and there are eight courses, as well as another on La Gomera, which is just 40 minutes away by catamaran. You can book tee off times with our staff on the island or at the time of your reservation.

Below are some basic details of the best courses.

Abama:  This outstanding 18-hole course is the island's newest, designed by Dave Thomas. A genuine work of art in itself, the course is situated in a tranquil area in Guía de Isora with views over the ocean and over to La Gomera. The course is dotted with over 90,000 palm trees, 22 lakes and includes a Club House and three-hole practice green. 

Amarilla Golf:  Boasting fantastic views of Teide, this Donald Steel-designed 18-hole course is situated overlooking the ocean - sometimes players need to drive the ball over the waves to get to the next green! There are plenty of obstacles and pine trees to add interest, and the club also has a swimming pool, a horse-riding club and a pitch-and-putt course. 

Buenavista Golf:  Set against striking cliffs within the Teno Country Club, this superb 18-hole course in the north of the island was designed by Seve Ballesteros. Situated in close proximity to the rugged coastline, you'll feel like you're hitting directly into the ocean. The clubhouse offers sweeping views over the course. 

Centro de Golf Los Palos: This nine-hole, par 27 course created by Integral Design is reminiscent of a luxurious tropical garden and features delightful streams and lakes as water obstacles and a lovely terrace overlooking the course. It's ideal for beginners or anyone looking to improve their short game as it is virtually level.

Golf Costa Adeje: This unusual Pepe Gancedo course is superbly adapted to its surroundings. The designer has respected the sloping farm terraces leading down to the sea, which are framed by the original dry stone walls. The course enjoys stunning views over the Adeje Mountains and across the ocean to La Gomera. There's a large clubhouse with terraces and courtyard and a lift to transport you down to the driving range in your buggy.

Golf del Sur: This 27-hole Pepe Gancedo-designed course was opened in 1987 with a professional tournament, the first in a history of sporting events held here. The course was later modified by Manuel Pinero, who highlighted the indigenous landscape by enhancing the protected natural areas between the ravines it is set around. Holes 3 (par 5) and 4 (par 4) on the northern part of the course are renowned for their difficulty.

Golf Las Americas: Set right in the centre of Playa de Las Americas in an incredible natural amphitheatre, this course offers superb ocean views. The par 72 course covers a total of 6,039 metres over 18 holes, and the designer, John Jacobs, gave precedence to some interesting obstacles in the layout. There's a great clubhouse with views over the course. 

Real Club de Golf de Tenerife  

Dating back to 1932, this course has a distinctly British ambience. The 18-hole course is located 600m above sea level, and its undulating fairways ascend accompanied by outstanding views of Teide. A difficult fourth hole puts you on the green at the second stroke, with drops to the right and out of bounds to the left, and several holes include the dry streambed.

Feel free to contact us for more details on these courses, or for further information on the Tecina course, on La Gomera, please visit our La Gomera page.

The Beautiful Beaches

Holidays in Tenerife offer so many wonderful opportunities for visitors to explore a wide range of beaches around the island, below are just some you may want to include on your itinerary.

From Puerto de la Cruz, you can get to El Bullullo beach either by driving, by taxi (which will cost about five euros), or you can take a 45-minutes picturesque walk via the banana plantations and cliffs. However you make the journey, the destination is well worth it. The beach is very clean, has great waves and some basic facilities, including a bar nearby.

The 1.5 km long man-made beach at Las Teresitas is one of the most popular on the island and we can understand why. This lovely wide stretch of golden yellow sand has quite good facilities and there's always some kind of energetic activity going on, such as aerobics, beach volleyball, etc. There are lots of palm trees to provide shade as well as a few bars and modest restaurants.

The famous Playa de Las Americas is the most popular coastal area for visitors and you'll find every type of water sport here. The numerous small beaches are protected by long breakwaters, which serve to stop the sand banks from eroding. The beaches here can get quite busy, but if you stroll along the promenade you won't find it too hard to find some quieter spots.

Los Cristianos is a former fishing village that today is a vibrant tourist area encompassing several large beaches, including a new man-made one. Holidays in Tenerife are very popular with families, and this is an especially good area for younger children as the size of the beaches makes them excellent for bathers (one is 400m long and 100m wide).

Tenerife holidays are the ideal time to try windsurfing, and El Medano is one of the best beaches to do so. The beach is quite near the airport and, as it's frequently quite windy, it's sometimes not the best for bathers. However, it's proved so good for windsurfing that it's played host to a number of international competitions. It should be noted that part of the beach is used by naturists.

Holidays to Tenerife also offer the option of exploring Playa San Marco, another fishing village situated 20km west of Puerto de la Cruz. The lovely black sand beach is fringed by rocks and there are a few small restaurants. This beach is one of the more tranquil on the island and, except for weekends, is not often overcrowded.

Lago Martianez: Located in Puerto de la Cruz, the complex of Costa Martiánez is one of the most attractive man-made coastal transformations. There are some lovely seawater pools and good public facilities.

Water Sports

From sea canoeing to sport fishing, scuba diving to sailing, kite surfing to wind surfing, and so much more, you can find pretty much every water sport in existence on the island. Some hotels have their own arrangements, or you will find most things on or near the many beaches. It wouldn't be possible to list all the details here, so if you have a particular water sport you'd like to try just give us a call or use the online enquiry form.

Other Activities for Holidays in Tenerife

For those interested in bird watching, it's easy to gain access to the large number of endemic avian species and subspecies that make the island home.

The island has the perfect diverse terrain for hiking and climbing activities.

Paragliding, mountain biking, canyoning, caving and horse riding are other activities that are readily available on Tenerife holidays.

Fun and Interesting Things to See for Family Holidays in Tenerife

Being such a family friendly destination, there are plenty of leisure parks on the island, from aqua lands to jungle parks. However, the most popular and best known is the fantastic Loro Parque.

Founded in 1972, Loro Park comprises 135,000m2 of space and is home to a variety of wildlife, including the world's most extensive collection of parrots – with over 300 species. As a conservation based organisation, this is no ordinary theme park – every visit counts to support an important wildlife foundation. Attractions and entertainment include the dolphin and sea-lion shows and the Penguinarium, complete with artificial Antarctic climate. Loro Parque is a superb attraction that appeals to all ages.

One of the most popular activities on Tenerife holidays is the opportunity to go dolphin and whale watching. This magical and memorable experience is a favourite with every age group, and an authorised excursion will take you out to encounter these beautiful animals at close range. While they're used to the presence of humans, the activity is bound by strict regulations for the animals' protection.

 
Shopping

For many of us, a little bit of retail therapy is a great activity wherever we are – although maybe some husbands would beg to differ. The island has an excellent selection of shops ranging from high-end designer to quirky boutiques. The list is long so we'll leave to you find your own favourites. Enjoy!

Nightlife 

The island has a diverse and exciting range of nightlife, including some great clubs, bars and restaurants as well as the renowned Tenerife Auditorium. This much-loved venue plays host to a busy calendar of contemporary and classical musical events, which we keep abreast of on our Events page.

The excellent Pyramid de Arona, which is easily accessible from our southern hotels, also puts on a range of spectacular shows.
We could go on forever about holidays to Tenerife, but we think by now you'll have worked out that whatever kind of experience you're looking for, there's plenty of choice on this wonderful island.