Like the rest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife was long painted as the destination of choice for sun-seeking pensioners. More recently, however, the island’s reputation as a family-friendly holiday spot has been growing and growing. And for good reason. These days, cheap Tenerife holidays promise year-round sunshine and spectacular scenery, as well as a massive range of fun activities for all the family. Here are just a few ways of keeping kids of all ages entertained while on the island.
Get back to nature
Forget lazing on a beach, Tenerife offers everything a nature-lover needs to enjoy a holiday to remember. Loro Parque, located in Puerto de la Cruz, is home to a massive array of wildlife, including the world’s largest collection of parrots, a breeding colony of penguins and an impressive selection of native birds. Children are invited to join in the fun and help out at feeding time.
Parque del Drago, located in Icod de Los Vinos, is perfect for nature walks, with the ancient Dragon Tree in the heart of the park more than worth the small entrance fee alone.
Conquer Mount Teide
Spain’s highest peak, Mount Teide tests even the most experienced of walkers. However, families with young explorers can cheat and jump on the cable car running up to the summit, with the trip to the top taking just eight minutes. From here, you can enjoy stunning views across the volcanic landscape and the ocean.
See nature’s giants
Thanks to their mid-Ocean position, few places can beat the Canary Islands for spotting whales and dolphins. For the best views, join a guided tour out of Las Americas, whose experienced skippers knowing the best places to spot pilot whales and a number of different dolphins.
Although a whale-watching trip for the whole family may eat up a fair bit of the budget, particularly if you’re keen to enjoy a cheap getaway, getting up close to these magnificent creatures is worth every penny.
Go back to school
As well as its volcanoes and beaches, Tenerife is famous for its surf, with waves breaking here after building up right across the Atlantic. All of the top surf schools welcome both children and adults, though most ask that youngsters are at least 14 years old.
The K16 Surf School and the Blackstones Tenerife Surf Camp is among the best, boasting an excellent safety record as well as some of the island’s top teachers.
Make a Splash
If surfing’s not your thing, then check out Tenerife’s celebrated water parks.
Aqualand Costa Adeje is among the best, with slides suitable for thrill-seekers of all ages and special discounts available for families. Siam Park’s extreme rides are perfect for children and adults who really want to get their adrenaline flowing. Test your mettle on the Tower of Power, a 28-metre vertical drop slide, and the roaring artificial surf of the Wave Palace.
Kick back in the garden
If you need a breather from the thrill and spills of Tenerife’s beaches and water parks, pay a visit to the botanical gardens in Puerto de la Cruz. There you’ll find a massive selection of both native and foreign plants and trees, while visitors are also invited to kick back on its lush lawns and enjoy an ice cream or two.