Tenerife Destination Guide

Tenerife is located in the Canary Islands and is Spain’s most populated island. Some of the most popular tourist resorts are Santa Cruz de Tenerife (the capital city), Los Gigantes, Costa Adeje, Los Cristianos, and Playa de Las Americas and all provide opportunities for cheap flights to Tenerife.

Tenerife has the Teide volcano, which is the Earth’s third largest volcano and Spain’s highest mountain. There are large natural beaches near the southern airport. These beaches are popular with naturists and wind surfers.

In Santa Cruz de Tenerife you can see the Torres de Santa Cruz (towers of Santa Cruz), which are Spain’s highest residential towers with a height of 120 meters, which are also the Canary Archipelago’s highest skyscrapers. Also in this city you can visit the Tenerife Auditorium, which is the Canaries’ best known modern structure.

Los Gigantes (“The Cliffs of the Giants”) is on Tenerife’s western coast and has a beach with black volcanic sand and a very busy yacht marina.

Costa Adeje offers an excellent family vacation because there is much entertainment for children in the hotels and restaurants. Also for the family to enjoy a variety of water sports, there is a large waterpark (Aqualand Costa Adeje). For all ages there is also a Monkey Park and a Jungle Park as well as safe bathing beaches, dolphin and whale watching, camel rides, botanical gardens, excellent golf courses, casinos, busy night life, live music, karaoke, etc.

Another good resort for Tenerife family holiday is Los Cristianos, which is joined to Playa De Las Americas by a beautiful promenade of shops, restaurants offering a variety of international cuisine, and Romanesque statues. There is a beach at that location which has been named the world’s most accessible beach for disabled visitors.

Playa de Las Americas I and II were awarded a “blue flag” in 1998 by the European Environmental Education Foundation for having regulated standards of cleanliness in their beaches. This has created a desire in tourists to dive, surf, parasail, jet ski, sail perhaps in a catamaran, rent other pleasure craft maybe for a fishing expedition, and more. There are also some luxury hotels rated with a 4 or 5 star, several big night clubs, and more of a glitzy atmosphere in this most-developed of the Canary Islands resorts.