Tenerife Holidays

Float in volcanic rock pools, dine at the foothills of mountains and stargaze under the highest peak in Spain on sun-drenched Tenerife holidays.

There’s your first glimpse of Mount Teide from one of Costa Adeje’s Blue Flag beaches, late-night shopping along boardwalks filled with designer shops and al fresco dining on terraces overlooking the Atlantic. Beaches of black and gold line this volcanic island, skies are so clear rumour has it you can see Saturn’s rings from Mount Teide National Park, and a climate of ‘Eternal Spring’ means basking on a beach and getting out on crystal clear waters are where most of the fun is to be had.

Holidays to Tenerife can be as lively or tranquil as you like. Dance until the early hours along Playa de las Americas strip, cocoon yourself in a decadent spa or bring the kids along to luxury family-friendly hotels where plenty of land and water activities keep little ones occupied and teenagers away from their phone. You’ll find Instagram-worthy content in capital Santa Cruz with its space-age style opera house and then colonial architecture and traditional tapas in La Laguna. One moment you’ll be spotting wild pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins, the next hiking through laurel forests, lava fields and vineyards. Urban strips of sand are lined with palm trees and spiky cacti, beaches are strung with straw-topped parasols under a burning sun and dramatic cliffs lead out to secluded rocky coves.

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Holidays in Tenerife

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  • Tenerife
  • 5 Star

Set across from Playa del Duque, this is a tranquil resort with spellbinding views and an Arabesque pool.

From £1,609 p/p
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  • Tenerife
  • 5 Star

A lavish beachfront village-style resort with superb facilities for all ages.

From £1,386 p/p
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  • Tenerife
  • 4 Star

A serene hotel in buzzy Costa Adeje for sun seekers looking to while away their days.

From £966 p/p
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  • Tenerife
  • 4.5 Star

A design-centric hideaway close to the ocean and the village’s vibrant Pueblo-style square.

From £1,126 p/p
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  • Tenerife
  • 5 Star

A prime beachfront spot, diverse dining and a Star Camp for kids make this a top choice for families.

From £1,160 p/p
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  • Tenerife
  • 5 Star

Moments from Torviscas beach, this adults-only hotel is designed for sun-sleepy days.

From £1,021 p/p
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  • Tenerife
  • 5 Star

Make yourself at home in a luxury sea-facing suite on the renowned Abama golf course.

From £1,098 p/p
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  • Tenerife
  • 5 Star

Ensconced in an architectural vision that cuts a liner-like presence, Royal Hideaway Corales Suites is a family-friendly section of the Royal Hideaway Corales Beach.

From £1,549 p/p
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  • Tenerife
  • 5 Star

Grab your beau – or travel solo – and whisk away to this swish adults-only enclave.

From £1,564 p/p
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  • Tenerife
  • 5 Star

With a sleek new look, reinvented dining scene and island-exclusive spa, this is a slice of modern luxury on the Costa Adeje

From £1,230 p/p

Highlights of Tenerife

Spend a full day visiting the must-see locations across the west and north of Tenerife with a small group. Your tour starts from your hotel or pickup point nearby, where you’re collected by minivan and travel in a group of eight or fewer guests. You’ll visit the beautiful village of hillside Masca, its classic country houses, and Garachico village, destroyed by a volcano in the 18th century. You’ll also visit Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Along the way, there are beautiful views to admire as you listen to stories and fascinating details about Tenerife from a well-informed guide. Lunch is at a restaurant in La Orotava, where you can enjoy the local flavours of the Canary Islands.

• Monday and Friday departures
• Operates year-round
• Group experience

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Discover La Gomera by Jeep

Roam over the little island of La Gomera by jeep on a full-day exploration of the Canaries’ second smallest island. You’ll be collected from your hotel or a point nearby and head to the ferry port for the hour-long crossing over Atlantic waters to San Sebastián de La Gomera. You’ll join a caravan of jeeps to visit the fascinating features of the island, including Garajonay National Park. Your tour includes lunch in a local restaurant where you can taste the local favourites. In the afternoon, the ferry will transport you back to the departure point, and you’ll return to your accommodation or nearby drop-off point.

• Departs Friday
• Operates year-round
• Group experience

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Scenic Catamaran Cruise

Set sail for a half-day exploration aboard a glorious catamaran cruise departing from Playa de la Américas. Departing from the Puerto Colón marina in the south of Tenerife, you’ll sail northwest in search of pilot whales and dolphins found all year round in these waters. Then you’ll head towards the coast to swim in the island's crystalline waters and pause for drinks and snacks. There’s time to appreciate the immensity of the Los Gigantes Cliffs, which measure up to 600 meters in altitude, one of the highest in Europe. Finally, you’ll call at the Bay of Masca one of the most picturesque spots on the island.

• Daily departures from Puerto Colon Marina
• Operates year-round
• Group experience

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Royal Path Hike

Stretch your legs on a half-day hike to one of Tenerife’s most scenic spots. Follow Tenerife’s Royal Path, or Camino Reales, in the southwest of the island on a half-day guided hike. The first part of the route takes you through natural habitats to reach a magnificent view of Mount Teide — the highest point of Tenerife. Then you’ll walk between cultivated terraces – where you can see tropical fruits, such as bananas, mango, and papaya – and past farmyards, where you’ll see ostriches and goats.

• Departs Tuesday & Friday
• Operates year-round
• Group experience

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Explore Mount Teide and Masca

Dedicate a day to exploring Tenerife’s looming Mount Teide and visiting the pretty village of Masca. You’ll board a panoramic bus that allows 360-degree through its windows as you travel, beginning the day with a morning in Masca, reached by a winding and scenic road. There’s time to appreciate the dramatic gorge and palm trees which extend to the sea and the pretty houses here. The next destination is the National Park of Las Cañadas del Teide, a UNESCO World Heritage Site incorporating the highest mountain peak in Spain, Mount Teide. Otherworldly landscapes with volcanic lava formations and local vegetation surround the peak, and you’ll see the volcanoes that formed this island, some as old as Tenerife itself. You’ll have the option to ride the cable car to the volcano’s highest point. On the way back, you’ll stop at Vilaflor – the highest village in Tenerife.

• Daily departures • Operates year-round • Group experience

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Discover Teide by Jeep

Spend a morning on a guided jeep safari through lands forged by nature and discover first-hand what it means to live on the slopes of a volcano — the mighty Mount Teide. You’ll travel comfortably but adventurously by jeep to one of the least-known corners of southern Tenerife. You’ll visit small villages such as Vilaflor, the highest village on the island, and see how they’ve learned how to live on the sides of a dormant volcano.

• Departs Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
• Operates year-round
• Group experience

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Get to know Tenerife and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.

Capital
TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT+1 hour

CURRENCY

Euro

FLYING TIME TO DESTINATION

Tenerife: 4½ hours

RELIGION

Christianity (majority Catholic)

LANGUAGE

Spanish (also known as Castilian)

Where is Tenerife? Just 200 miles off the west coast of Africa, Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands. It lies in the Atlantic Ocean and at its centre is Mount Teide, the highest point in Spain.

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Costa Adeje Many of our favourite luxury hotels are located in the south’s Costa Adeje so you can make the most of beautiful beaches, watersports, luxury accommodation and upmarket restaurants and nightlife. Here you’ll find Playa del Duque Beach where white sands lap turquoise waters and stylish restaurants and cafés line the back of the beach.

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Tiede National Park If you want to explore further afield, just an hour away in the north visit the UNESCO World Heritage Tiede National Park and jump on a cable car up above the crater floor for spectacular views over the island. At night, there’s the opportunity to stargaze in one of the best spots in the world, recognised as a Starlight Tourist Destination.

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Exploring Tenerife For family fun we recommend the Thai-themed Siam waterpark complete with wave machines, huge slides and exhilarating vertical drops, and a boat trip from Los Cristianos or Los Gigantes for wild dolphin and whale watching tours. La Laguna, once the capital of Tenerife is a charming day trip filled with 16th-18th-Century architecture and the chance to experience authentic island life, browsing bookstores and antique shops and stopping for traditional tapas. If you’re interested in hiking you’ll love the Masca Valley where a trek through waterfalls, rock faces and caves leads you to the spectacular black sands of Masca Bay.

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Getting around The most convenient way to see most of the island is with car hire, so that you can get to see the best of both the south and north. If you’re planning to stay mostly in-resort but still want to get out and about a little, bus and taxi services are readily available. Public buses are called Titsa and cover most of the island.

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Visas & passports UK visitors to Spain currently do not need a visa. However, in late 2023 (date to be confirmed), British citizens must apply for a European Travel Information and Authorisation System waiver, commonly known as an ETIA, covering a visit for up to 90 days. Passports must have at least three months of validity after your intended departure date.

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