Situated off the Western Sahara, the island of Tenerife is extremely popular for holidays not just for its sublime climate, but also for its stunning landscape, its beaches and UNESCO national parks, and its hectic nightlife.
The most popular beaches for holidaymakers are in the south of the island. The long stretches of sand make this an ideal venue for families with children and, if you head for Playa de las Americas, you will be able to take a trip out to see and watch the dolphins, and sometimes whales, at play.
These cruises are an excursion in themselves and can take between three to five hours. During this time you will be offered food and drink to ensure that every need is taken care of. There are many travel companies, including Sunshine.co.uk that offer beautiful hotels within this exciting resort and boast competitively affordable prices.
Some people go on holiday just to lie on a beach and enjoy the sun. Others prefer a little more excitement and the water sports activities available on the island are excellent.
The resort of Playa de las Americas includes both water sports and access to a water park. If you enjoy diving and watching marine life, then head on up to the northwest of the island, to Los Gigantes, and join one of the daily trips to the dive site.
If staying in the north, the market of Mercado de Nuestro Senora in Santa Cruz de Tenerife has a huge selection of goods on offer and if you want to sample the local food, then this is the place for you. For more commercial shops and outlets, head on to the Calle Castillo where there are excellent bargains to be found.
Tenerife comes alive at night and in every resort throughout the island there is a selection of nightclubs and decent restaurants. For those who prefer slightly less commercial sounds, take a trip to Bar Imperfecto in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Meanwhile, the Puerto de la Cruz resort will satisfy all those who need their diet of house and techno music. Try and find ‘Joy’ if you are in your 20s where women can enjoy free drinks until the wee small hours.
One of the most energetic and interesting ways of exploring the island is to take a trek around its beautiful national parks. Tenerife is home to mountains, volcanoes and international observatories, so make sure you wear good walking boots when exploring.
Mount Teide is situated in the middle of the island and it is still active. The summit of the volcano can be reached from the Parque Nacional Del Teide but it is not the only adventure into the wilderness available for those looking for cheap holidays in Tenerife. Why not take the kids on a star gazing trip at Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos, a planetarium close to Plaza del Adelantado?
The greens on the islands are internationally famous so why not try to improve your handicap at the Golf del Sur course? If the rest of the family don’t share your passion then they can always visit the local town of San Blas, famous for its shops and cafes, while you spend a few hours on the green.