Many of us lead a continual search for the perfect all-round holiday destination and it may take us years to find it but for many, it begins and ends with Tenerife; the largest of the popular Canary Islands, but also one of the most versatile and accommodating holiday locations in the world.
Lying just off the coast of Africa, and hence near the Equator, Tenerife enjoys all-year-round sun and warmth, making it a popular destination even in the winter. Particularly when the weather turns chilly in the UK.
Tenerife is one of the world’s most popular islands because it has a bit of everything and appeals to almost every type of holiday traveller; the family, the romantic couple, the adventurer, the thrill-seeker and the group of young party animals. The beauty of the island is that they all co-exist and there is no overlap between one group or the other unless you want there to be.
Every area of the island offers something different
In the north of the island is Santa Cruz with its populist city vibe and a more cosmopolitan air of café culture, shopping and restaurants. The south of Tenerife offers more for the younger crowd, with Costa Adeje and Playa de las Americas hosting the party scene, with busy strips of bars and clubs offering a non-stop hedonistic ride.
But then you are not far from Los Cristianos and its more relaxed atmosphere of beaches, cafes and eclectic restaurants. And if you really want to escape the crowds, you can head up the west coast to Los Gigantes, where the cliffs create seclusion and a beautiful natural backdrop to the relaxing beaches.
All over the island, you can quite easily escape into hidden medieval towns and quaint fishing villages with history just waiting to be discovered, making Tenerife an enticing mix of culture, natural wonder and excitement, all in one neat package.
Tenerife has an appeal for all ages
For the more adventurous there are opportunities for boat trips and scuba diving to mix with the stunning marine life of dolphins and sperm whales, or you can go hiking in the hills of the Mount Teide National Park – the most popular national park in Europe – where you can visit the volcano and also go stargazing at night in the most natural surroundings away from the light pollution of the big resorts of Tenerife.
Water sports are also big in Tenerife with numerous beaches offering aqua-filled action, whilst the Siam Park is possibly the best water park you will ever experience.
With temperatures still averaging 20°C in the winter months, Tenerife endures as one of the most popular all-year-round destinations and winter escapes from the UK, and with its flexible appeal to all demographics, and its value-for-money hotels, all-inclusive deals and pocket-sized accessibility, it is really no surprise.