Isle of Tenerife

More About Tenerife

The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is one of the top holiday destinations in the world, and it's not hard to see why. From its spectacular beaches and coastlines to its majestic mountain ranges, Tenerife is a study in contrast and a magical place that really does have something for everyone.

So, if you are looking for golden beaches or black volcanic sands, a driving disco beat or traditional Spanish music, moonscapes or seascapes, bustling holiday resorts or charming colonial villages, banana plantations or modern shopping centres, then Tenerife holidays are for you.


Lying off the coast of Africa, this Spanish island paradise has one of the best climates in the world, with sunshine guaranteed nearly every day of the year. Thanks to the Gulf air current, the 'island of eternal spring' is blessed with average temperatures of a warm but not-too-hot 24°C in summer and a delightfully cool 15°C in winter. The hottest temperatures can be found along the southern coasts, while just an hour's ride away can bring you to snow-capped mountain peaks. So, if you fancy a bit of working on your tan in the morning and going for a brisk walk in the afternoon, then Tenerife has it all for you.


The extinct volcano Mount Teide dominates Tenerife and is the highest peak in Spain. It is responsible for the amazing volcanic sands and incredible landscapes that make a visit to Tenerife so astonishing. Along with miles of unbelievable beaches, there are also lush forests, deep ravines, rugged cliffs, exotic woodlands, interior deserts and, of course, glorious sunshine.

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A holiday to Tenerife has so much to offer that it is hard to know just where to begin. Black volcanic sands, breathtaking coastlines, brilliant sunshine, startling lunar landscapes, exotic fauna and flora, historic towns and modern resort facilities offer you everything you could want from your holiday, no matter what time of year.

The south is the warmer and drier part of the island and tends to attract the most tourists. There are facilities here for everything from big-game fishing to windsurfing, not to mention caving, climbing, cycling, golfing, horse-riding, paragliding, scuba diving and walking. If all that gets too much, you could always pamper yourself at one of the many health and beauty centres or, perhaps, just slap on the suncream and laze on the beach.

The northern part of the island is much quieter and more traditional. Here, the moon-like landscape is speckled with vivid banana plantations, sleepy whitewashed villages, shuttered colonial buildings and local tapas bars, all just waiting for you to discover them.


Tenerife is the shopaholic's heaven, thanks to its tax-free shopping and department stores dripping with designer labels, perfumes and spirits. You can find everything here from inexpensive clothes to the latest in mobile phones and all at rock bottom prices. There are also a wide variety of traditional goods on offer. Particularly sought after is Tenerife's unique pottery, which is made by hand and decorated in bold, tribal designs.


Some parts of Tenerife can rival Ibiza when it comes to a throbbing nightlife. The south coast, in particular, comes alive when the sun goes down with bars, clubs, pubs and casinos. Neon-lit discos and buzzing night spots play everything from swing 60s sounds to the latest in pop, and the dancing doesn't stop until the sun comes up.

For those looking for something a bit quieter, there are also romantic harbourside restaurants and cosmopolitan pavement cafes serving everything from freshly caught fish in a spicy garlic sauce to Lebanese and Indian cuisines. Of course, there is always fish and chips for those looking for a little taste of home.


Accommodation in Tenerife ranges from rural houses with a family atmosphere to luxury 5 star hotels. No matter what brings you to the island, there is something for every taste and every budget. So, whether you are looking for half-board in a lively resort, a holiday apartment complex for some winter sun, full board in a child-friendly resort, or a romantic break in a luxurious, world class hotel, it is all available in fabulous Tenerife.


A wide range of airlines fly from all over Britain into the two international airports on the island. Flight times are just over four hours and, since the time is the same in Tenerife as it is in Britain, there is no chance of jet lag. So, for an easily-reached, sun-drenched holiday at any time of the year, think Tenerife.