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Tenerife for the perfect family holiday

The island is an ideal  for young and old

When a family is looking for a holiday spot where everyone can have a great time, many automatically think of Tenerife. Why? The island is a close, accessible destination with an annual average temperature of 22 degrees centigrade and above all, it offers almost endless possibilities for having fun.

A family trip involves toying with an idea: that the location for a few days of fun and relaxation is different enough from back home but, at the same time, you do not have to travel halfway around the world to get there. Tenerife usually comes to mind because it is only about four hours’ flight time from Europe. In under a day, you can travel to the island of eternal spring. When you land on the island, its pleasant traditional atmosphere welcomes you and it’s perfect for outdoor activities every day of the year; and if you have children, that’s crucial.

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Theme parks for young and old

One of Tenerife’s big selling points for families are water theme parks. Siam Park in Costa Adeje, is the largest water park in Europe and the best in the world according to Travel Advisor. Inspired by the Kingdom of Siam, it offers incredible slides, tropical gardens and attractions like a large white sandy beach with an artificial wave pool. Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz, is one of those places you must visit. Penguins, gorillas, otters, sharks, and orcas … Nature in all its splendor in a unique area considered the best zoo in Europe also (also according to TripAdvisor).

There are very many more alternatives, for example in the south of the island. Families can roam around Jungle Park with all kinds of free flying exotic birds and birds of prey plus 500 species of animals and tunnels, bridges, waterfalls, lagoons and caves. For an adrenaline rush, it’s best to go racing at Karting de Tenerife.

Aqualand is a water park offering not only water attractions but also dolphin shows. If you want to feel like a true explorer, head for Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park, which offers several routes outdoors where little ones have a very important mission: to unravel the secrets of the six ancient and mysterious stepped pyramids. If your kids feel like playing and having fun in the countryside, Forestal Park offers all family members the chance to swing on zip lines among towering pines of the Esperanza Mountains.

 

Who said museums weren’t fun? 

The Museum of Science and the Cosmos in La Laguna invites you to discover the fun part of science through experiments and gadgets that you can touch and play with. For those interested in the origin of the island’s indigenous culture, the Museum of Nature and Man in Santa Cruz displays well preserved mummies and pottery that belonged to the Guanches, the first settlers on the island.

Star gazing and whale watching

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Kids will love seeing the stars while adults are fascinated by the unfathomable vastness of the universe. Tenerife, especially Teide National Park, is one of the best spots in the world for stargazing thanks to the clean air and purity of the sky. An original activity for the whole family especially if you hire the services of a specialized company with Starlight Guides offering expert knowledge, long-range telescopes and even dinner at high altitude. Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an attraction in itself for its volcanic landscapes that look like another planet. Dedicating one day to discover the park and the majestic volcano Mount Teide is a terrific idea and don’t miss a ride up the cable car to get close to the crater (you need a permit – apply online).

Another of the island’s star activities is the whale and dolphin watching. Just three miles off the southern coast of Tenerife live colonies of these adorable marine mammals. Hop on one of the boats that organize daily trips for an unforgettable and moving experience.

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Wonderful, surprising spots

Tenerife’s coast is full of beaches north to south, ideal for a good swim in the waves or just to have fun making sand castles with a bucket and spade. If you prefer a relaxing dip, check out the eight spectacular natural pools at Martiánez sea-bathing lake in Puerto de la Cruz. Ideal for a different day out, there are great restaurants in and around this lovely old town.

On the island there are also some very original attractions. From the Palmetum in Santa Cruz, a true botanical garden with all kinds of plant species including an impressive collection of palm trees, to the Cueva del Viento (Icod), one of the largest volcanic tubes in the world thanks to its 17 kilometres of caves filled with silence and darkness.

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There are 4 and 5 star hotels galore with all the amenities and facilities for families – specially equipped rooms, children’s pools, play areas, plenty of entertainment activities and food that satisfies any palate, even the kids. Tenerife is irresistible for families.

A (REAL) DAY AT THE BEACH

Lying on the beach enjoying the sun and sea breeze, doing some water sports, trying some local food for lunch and rounding off the day with a cocktail while watching the sunset… here’s the recipe for a dream day at the beach in Tenerife.

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There are days when you don’t fancy doing much at all, except just relaxing. Well, you can do just that in Tenerife, but not in your hotel room with the curtains drawn. We’re talking about lying on a sun lounger at the beach listening to the hypnotic sound of the waves and soaking up the sun while the cool sea breeze caresses your skin. Sound appealing? Well that’s just the basis for an enjoyable day at the beach.  If you want to get even more out of your day, whether alone, with your partner, family or friends, you can add lots of extras to enhance your day and make it a truly unforgettable experience.

Here’s our plan for you to spend 24 hours in Tenerife that includes a bit of everything, but always with the beach and sea as the star attractions.

CHOOSE YOUR IDYLLIC BEACH

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Close to a hundred beaches stretch along the north and south coasts of the island. The ones in the north are more wild, especially as most are of black volcanic sand. We suggest checking out the beaches of El Socorro (Los Realejos) or Playa Jardín (Puerto de la Cruz), for instance.

If you prefer golden sand, Las Teresitas, in Santa Cruz, is over three kilometres long, so there’ll be plenty of room for your towel and to let yourself be seduced by this tranquil setting. If you decide to head south, there are lots of golden beaches to choose from, such as Playa de Las Vistas (Arona) or Torviscas (Adeje), to name just two.

 

HAVE FUN AND MORE BESIDES

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At the beaches of Tenerife, you’ll often find options to complement your sunbathing and refreshing swims with other activities that require a minimum of effort. From donning your mask, flippers and snorkel to explore colourful sea beds teeming with life, through to more daring options like parascending, windsurfing or kitesurfing. For such sports, El Médano is definitely one of the best places to head, whether you’re a beginner or an expert. Here, you can enjoy your favourite sport in excellent wind and sea conditions combined with an ambience that is both bustling and inviting at the same time.

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GREAT SEAFOOD AT MASÍA DEL MAR

All over the island, restaurants serve traditional food that turns them into culinary temples where eating is about more than simply satisfying your hunger. On this occasion, we’re recommending one such restaurant where they create exquisite seafood specialities: Masía del Mar, in La Caleta de Adeje.

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It’s easy to find as it stands on a pedestrian-only street that ends at the picturesque cove after which this fishing village is named. A useful tip: before sitting at your table, take a leisurely stroll through the narrow streets that lead to the cove, and have a refreshing swim next to the small boats moored on the pebbles. Then, having worked up an appetite, you can head back to the restaurant.

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Guests are met by Marivi who runs the restaurant and tells them all about the mussels, langoustines, shellfish, crabs and lobsters they serve that attract hundreds of diners to the restaurant every day.  What to have? Paella, “arroz caldoso” (a delicious rice soup), “zarzuela de marinera” (seafood casserole), bouillabaisse… Whatever you choose, you won’t regret it. This spacious, well-lit establishment has various dining rooms where you can try their exquisite dishes, as well as a terrace with spectacular views.

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PAPAGAYO BEACH CLUB

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A day at the beach wouldn’t be “a real day at the beach” without a fabulous sunset, and if we throw in some good music, great food and enticing cocktails, we can only be talking about one place: Papagayo Beach Club, at Playa de Troya beach in Arona.

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Since its opening in September 2012, Papagayo has become the island’s number one hotspot at any time of the day and night. It has two floors with a very tasteful decor, so you’re sure to find a corner to chill out in;  including the outdoor area, with exclusive Bali-style beds and “VIP palapas” (thatched-roof shades), as well as the indoor restaurant.

They serve a wide variety of dishes, as well as different breakfasts to start the day or lunches that include sushi specialities and gourmet burgers. Of course, there is also an extensive choice of international dishes: rice with lobster is probably the star of the show, but they also have grilled Iberian pork with potatoes and seasonal vegetables, or chef’s special sea bass.

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In the evening, you can enjoy fabulous sunsets from here, which is yet another great reason to come along. In good company, trying some of the many cocktails or signature G+T’s, all makes for a truly sublime experience. If you like gin and tonic, you simply must try a G´Vine Floraison, made with slices of grape and raspberry (or strawberry) and a sprig of basil accompanied by Fever Tree tonic.

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Later on, you can enjoy some great live music, including soul, funk and flamenco. At weekends, the cabin attracts great artists from both the national and international electronic music scene. Papagayo Beach Club opens at 10.30am and doesn’t close until 4 in the morning (6am on Fridays and Saturdays).

 

What beach should we choose?

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During these days nothing seems more appealing than a good dip. But, where can we go? Tenerife, which has almost 70 km of beaches, most of them Blue Flag awarded due to the quality of their water, provided services and accessibility, is the ideal place. So, our only concern will be to decide which one.

In the South beaches usually have golden sands, while those in the North are almost black.

Here you can see a list of the beaches that have been awarded with the Blue Flag:

Golden sands: Playa de Fañabé and Playa del Duque , (in Adeje); El Médano and La Jaquita (in Granadilla de Abona).

Black sands: Troya I and II (in Arona); Playa San Juan (in Guía de Isora); La Arena (in Santiago del Teide); El Socorro (in Los Realejos); Playa Jardín and San Telmo (in Puerto de la Cruz); Arenisco (in San Cristóbal de La Laguna); La Arena (in Tacoronte).

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However, we can always opt for wonderful natural pools. The most popular ones are in Bajamar and Punta del Hidalgo (in La Laguna); San Juan de la Rambla (Charco de la Laja); Garachico (El Caletón) and San Miguel.

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Besides, every single place offers lots of fun activities: windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, etc.

No matter what you choose, sand or natural pool, any option is great for relaxing and enjoying our fantastic coast.

But remember, it is important to measure out your sun exposure. Use sunscreen, drink plenty of fluids and, of course, look after our shores and keep them clean.

Tell us which one you finally chose!

Las Gaviotas Beach in Tenerife is reopened

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Las Gaviotas – Naturist Beach in Tenerife

 

The reopening  of Las Gaviotas beach  in Tenerife is already a fact.

After its closure in 2010 due to landslides that made impossible guarantee to the safety of the users, the town Hall informed first phase of heath and safety works were   completed works , leaving 30% of the beach with restricted access, establishing fines in case people don’t respect resticted areas.

Las Gaviotas beach  is one of the most popular nudist beaches in Tenerife and these are its main characteristics:

average width: 40 m

length: 250 m

composition: dark sand

types of access : -car (TF-121)

– bus line 945. Check schedules at  Titsa.com.

Parking: 50approx.

There is  cleaning service.

Disabled access: NO

Now that  good weather is already here we have one beach more beach  in Tenerife to have fun with friends, surf or get a Tanned in the Sun.

Enjoy Tenerife!

Blue flag Beaches in Tenerife updated listing

The Environmental Education and Consumer Association (ADEAC)  decided what beaches are top quality in Tenerife awarding them with Blue flags.

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Tenerife beaches with blue flag

Tenerife Tourist Board and town halls consider  keeping  the beaches in the best conditions a priority as it’s one of the most demanded by  most of the travellers that visit the island  for beach holidays, they are precious natural resources we all need to care about.

In order to get the Blue Flag award the beaches have to meet the following chriteria listed here http://www.blueflag.org/ :

  • Environmental Education and information
  • Water quality
  • Environmental Management
  • Safety and Services

List of beaches in Tenerife with Blue Flag 2013:

Granadilla:

  • El Médano
  • La Jaquita

Adeje:

  • Troya I and II
  • Fanabe
  • El Duque

Santiago del Teide: 

  • La Arena
  • Los Guíos Beach

La Laguna

  • El Arenisco

Los Realejos

  • El Socorro

Puerto de la Cruz: 

  • Playa Jardín
  • San Telmo

Tacoronte

  • La Arena – Mesa del mar

Guía de Isora

  • San Juan

13 top quality beaches in Tenerife just waiting for your visit.

Beaches in Tenerife with Blue Flag

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Tenerife Blue Flag Beach Playa de la Arena

The Environmental Education and Consumer Association (ADEAC) has finally decided what beaches are top quality in Tenerife awarding them with Blue flags.

Tenerife is happy to announce that this year nine more beaches in the island got awarded as a result of improvements and hard work.

It’s vital for Tenerife to keep the beaches in the best conditions as most of the travellers come here for beach holidays, they are precious natural resources we all need to care about.

In order to get the Blue Flag award the beaches have to meet the following chriteria listed here http://www.blueflag.org/ :

  • Environmental Education and information
  • Water quality
  • Environmental Management
  • Safety and Services

List of beaches in Tenerife with Blue Flag:

Granadilla:

  • El Médano
  • La Jaquita
  • La Tejita

Adeje:

  • Troya I and II
  • Fanabe
  • El Duque

Arona: 

  • Los Cristianos
  • El Camisón
  • Las Vistas

Santiago del Teide: 

  • La Arena

La Laguna

  • El Arenisco

Los Realejos

  • El socorro

Puerto de la Cruz: 

  • Playa Jardín
  • San Telmo

Tacoronte

  • La Arena – Mesa del mar

Guía de Isora

  • San Juan

17 highly recommended beaches for all of us.

We could make several listings with our beaches, one for surfers, for divers also nudist beaches in Tenerife, so stay tunned for the next one, now you just need your accomodation, check the most recommended hotels in Tenerife at Tripadvisor, HolidayCheck, Zoover and others for the best holidays in the Canaries