Having long shaken off its brits abroad status, Tenerife is a tantalizing destination and one of the largest in the chain of Spain’s Canary Islands. While the beachfronts are lined with family-friendly all-inclusive resorts, the island offers plenty of life beyond the beach opportunities. Famed for its striking black volcanic sands, bright spring climate, and epic hiking trails –a holiday to Tenerife is all about subverting expectations.
There are no less than 15 blue flag beaches to sugarcoat this sunny island; take your pick from wide sandy stretches like Las Teresitas or cocoon yourself in a remote corner of the natural north. Active travelers will find leg-burning trails winding through the ancient canopies that weigh heavy in the Anaga Mountains or those who want the views without the walking shoes – take the cable car to dizzying new heights at the Teide National Park.
In-between the mountains and the sea, a holiday to Tenerife comes with a cut of luxury; from Michelin starred restaurants to cozy boutique hotels. Those seeking a culture heavy stay will also adore sipping wine at the local guachinches and soaking up glitzy carnival vibes in the capital of Santa Cruz. In short, Tenerife is full of surprises.
How to Get There
North and South, each side of Tenerife have an airport. Budget airlines from Europe tend to touch down in Tenerife South which is closer to Los Cristianos whereas Tenerife North is nearer La Laguna. Carriers include EasyJet, Ryanair, and British Airways from the UK, and Aer Lingus, Air Berlin, and Condor among others from the rest of Europe.
Transfers from the South Airport to the South and Southwest Coast take less than thirty minutes whereas Puerto de la Cruz can take closer to an hour. Those flying into the North Airport can reach Puerto de la Cruz in half an hour. Metered taxis are available from outside the airport or you can book a shuttle to your accommodation. Tenerife has a great bus system operated by Titsa, although access to the wild west coast can be tricky to navigate by public transport.
If you want a fully immersive experience on your holiday to Tenerife then the freedom of four wheels can grant you unparalleled access to the islands best treasures. Car hire is easy and affordable and having a vehicle at your disposal will mean you can explore everything from the volcanic peaks to sleepy mountain villages, the sprawling coast, and the lunar-like landscapes. The airport boasts plenty of car hire options across the board covering everything from budget options like Goldcar to premium names like Hertz and Avis.
Celebrated as being the island of eternal spring, Tenerife is both a winter sun wonder and soft summer escape. The temperature rarely plummets below 17 degrees Celsius in the cooler months and even at the height of August, it stays mild but ripe for swimming at a solid 25 degrees. In the north of the island, you will find lush green rainforests and flora clad volcanic peaks, whereas the Saharan winds keep the south sunbaked and dry.
When to Visit
As many travelers head to Tenerife to escape colder climates, the islands’ high season takes place between November and March. The spring shoulder season is a great time to visit particularly before the summer holidays bring flocking families. With over three hundred days of sunshine a year, you can truly take your pick of when to head out on a holiday to Tenerife.
Attractions & Activities
Waterparks and Whales
Family fun runs rampant on the Canary Islands and Tenerife is no exception. For those wanting to get wet and wild then the Thai themed Siam Park invites epic sliding and splashing with its long lazy river, roaring wave pool, and 100-foot vertical slide that sends you swooshing through an aquarium. If you want a real-world aquarium experience then take a boat trip out to the surrounding seas where whales and dolphins skim the surface.
Mountains and Stars
Back on dry land and Tenerife is rife with majestic landscapes; the Los Gigantes cliffs are a must with their soaring vertical rocky walls and gin-clear waters. Outdoor lovers will also adore taking the cable car up Mount Teide especially after sunset when 83 of the 88 named constellations can be seen with sparkling clarity against the inky black sky.
Carnivals and Culture
The capital of Santa Cruz may be famed for its Rio style carnivals but throughout the year it makes for a charming destination. Dating back to the 15th century, you can wander ancient streets with artfully restored merchant houses and admire the architectural curves of the Auditorio designed by Calatrava. In the northern Puerto de la Cruz escape the heat by ducking into the lush 18th century botanical garden or linger by the beautiful sculptured pools of Largo Martianez.
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Mallorca really has it all as the perfect place to go on holiday and have an experience of a lifetime. From luxury resorts to hillside hotels, rich with local markets, cafes, fashion stores, eateries, activities, peaceful beaches, nightlife, surrounded by beautiful vistas of the Mediterranean and Balearic Island mountains
The Balearic capital worthy of a visit for a day or longer. Laying along the spectacular waterfront makes its beauty memorable, as are its sights, and lanes.
Presided over by the Gothic cathedral known as La Seu, other highlights include the Parc de Mar, Old Town with its tiny shaded streets, Castell de Bellver and Pueblo Espanol. It’s easy to spot historic Jewish and Arab influences.
Palma is a shopper’s paradise, with two branches of department store El Corte and a warren of streets and lanes offering everything from luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss, Cartier, Loewe, Mulberry, and Twin Set to individual stores such as the wonderful lifestyle store – Rialto Living, top designer boutique Kidama, and for the latest in beachwear.
The weather on Mallorca is a major attraction for the millions of tourists that visit the island each year. With more than 300 days of sunshine, and clear blue skies all year.
Mallorca experiences different seasons for different moods so choose your time for travel - Winter is sunny but cool, with temperatures rising again in Spring. Summer can be hot and humid and one of the nicest times in Autumn when the tourist masses are gone, the temperatures become more temperate.
If you take the combination of sea and culture and add a lively atmosphere, plenty of tapas served in its bars, fashionable neighbourhoods like Soho, areas such as the port that have been transformed to offer a more modern image, and monuments with centuries of history, the result is an exciting city everyone would want to discover. Because if everyone says that Malaga is prettier than ever then it must be true.
A journey in time
Malaga is a city full of historical spots such as the Alcazaba, one of the largest Moorish fortresses in Andalusia, or Gibralfaro Castle, which offers the best views over the city. At the foot of the castle there is a Roman theatre and an old town to stroll around. Its streets offer attractions such as the Atarazanas Market to have a vermouth, and monuments like the Cathedral, known as ‘La Manquita’ (one-armed), due to its unfinished right tower. You can’t miss visiting its roof; a unique experience. Here in the city of Picasso, you can visit the excellent Picasso Museum in the centre, and the home where he was born.But Malaga doesn’t only live on its past. In recent years it has inaugurated the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the only Pompidou Centre outside France -its coloured cubes have become an icon- or the Saint Petersburg Russian Museum Collection.And if you prefer a more underground culture, look out for the Centre for Contemporary Art, the street art on the city’s buildings, and the alternative establishments in the Soho neighbourhood.
Essence of Malaga
Several things make Malaga a unique place. To start, beyond its monuments, a sunny day spent on the legendary La Malagueta urban beach is a must. Anyone who wants to delve into traditional flavours should visit the seaside neighbourhood of Pedregalejo and try the typical grilled sardines on skewers.Back to La Malagueta, nearby you can find Muelle 1, a port promenade full of shops and restaurants that is perfect for a sunset stroll to La Farola, a lighthouse that is a symbol of the city. Another emblem of Malaga? Without a doubt its pedestrian street Marqués de Larios, a busy thoroughfare decorated with flowers and which you must visit at least once on a trip to Malaga. At night, this area and its nearby streets become the perfect spot for tapas at establishments that have become an institution, such as Bodega El Pimpi; and for trying the ajoblanco chilled garlic soup.Malaga is also known for its Film Festival, its Holy Week, its innovative restaurants... But above all, Malaga is joy. And it's catching.
Madeira, a paradise in the Atlantic
You're invited to this paradise island where time seems to stand still and the jade ocean stretches in all directions under blue skies and warm sunshine.
What to do in Funchal
On top of the stunning views and Funchal’s famous cuisine and exciting promenades, there is plenty to do for them more adventurous and energetic! the opportunities are endless: Levada walking, mountain walks, hiking, sailing, dolphin and whale watching, scuba diving, big game fishing, canyoning, surfing and paragliding are just some of the activities for those that want to experience as much as they can while in this magical isle.
?The Madeiran archipelago is located about 700 km off Africa and 450 km from the Canary Islands, 800 km from the Azores and 900 km from mainland Portugal and consists of two inhabited islands, Madeira and Porto Santo and two sub-archipelagos consisting of the Nature Reserves of Desertas and Selvagens islands, occupying a total area of around 5000 km2 of the Atlantic Ocean.
??The archipelago is of volcanic origin, however, volcanic activity is now dormant and has been for thousands of years. The main island, Madeira, is 57 km long and 22 km wide. Its capital, Funchal, located in a natural bay on the south coast, has a modern harbour, which hosts cruise ships. And while it is not a big island, it takes more than one day to explore! . Because there is more to Madeira than Funchal… The island’s hilly terrain offers a wide diversity of landscapes — from high peaks (Pico Ruivo is the third-highest of Portugal, with 1861 metres of altitude) and impressive cliffs, as Cabo Girão, to deep valleys and the great plateau of Paul da Serra. Laurissilva forest, endemic to Madeira, was classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.
Getting to Madeira
Return flights start as low as £38 per passenger return from major UK airports.
Transfers, car hire, and buses are available at the airport if required. We recommend organising your transfer with the resort at the time of confirmation of your reservation.
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