Tenerife, Spain

Tenerife, Spain

Things to do - general

Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Located off the coast of North Africa it enjoys a dry, sunny climate and temperatures that rarely dip below the mid 20s.

Tenerife is dominated by the towering El Teide volcano in the centre of the island, which slopes steeply down to the coast, where beaches range from pale yellow to dramatic black sand.

The El Teide National Park is a must for all visitors and offers outstanding views, rugged scenery, lots walking trails and more, whilst authentic local culture and colour is found in the main towns – the capital, Santa Cruz, hosts one of the largest pre-Lent carnivals in the world, and the attractive San Cristobal de la Laguna is a World Heritage City – and the smaller mountain villages.

The majority of resorts are strung along the south coast, and offer everything one would want on a warm-weather holiday: beaches, water sports, restaurants, golf courses, shopping malls and some of the best theme parks in Europe.

Languages spokenSpanish
Currency usedEuros
Area (km2)2,034
Gran Melia Palacio de Isora

Gran Melia Palacio de Isora

Tenerife, Spain
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Hotel Gran Melia Palacio de Isora offers year round sun and activities for all ages.                

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Activities for kids

Monkey Park

A breeding centre for endangered species, the Monkey Park in southern Tenerife offers an insight into how various primates, reptiles and exotic birds live, eat and breed. A small, friendly place, children love being able to touch and hand feed some of the resident animals.

Siam Park

A huge Thai-themed water park with lazy rivers, rapids, wave pools and white knuckle rides, there is fun to be had for everyone from babies to adults, swimmers and non swimmers alike. Set into lush grounds there are various places to eat and drink and an artificial beach if you just want to soak up some sun.

Submarine Safari

Plunge down up to 30 metres below the surface of the ocean without even getting wet. State of the art submarines are equipped with big viewing windows and tour guides talk you through the marine creatures you pass on your cruise. Not suitable for children under 2.

Whale and Dolphin Watching

Tenerife is one of the top whale and dolphin watching destinations worldwide. Bottlenose dolphins, pilot whales and sperm whales are some of the resident species and boat trips depart from various points along the coast to see these magnificent creatures in their natural environment.

Theme Parks

Tenerife has an impressive number of theme parks, some of which are considered the best in Europe. About 20 minutes from the resort on the Costa Adeja is Aqualand, an open air water park with slides, tube rides, kids pools and a dolphinarium, and Jungle Park is a zoo set into jungle scenery, with over 100 species of exotic birds and animals, some of which perform at scheduled shows.