The island has a number of resorts which have been developed for the tourists but there are also plenty of opportunities to experience traditional island life in some of the quieter towns and villages.

The climate is one of the reasons that the islands attract visitors all year round and there are very good temperatures and plenty of sunshine even during the winter months.

With a flight time of around 4 hours from the UK it is not too long a journey to make with children either.

Places to Stay

Tenerife is home to one of the island’s oldest tourist resorts, a town named Puerto de la Cruz which is often just referred to as Puerto.  This is a town which dates back to the 17th century and became popular with tourists during the 19th century, attracting the very wealthy.

Air travel and package holidays changed this during the 1960s and the town is now filled with hotels and modern developments although the old town still demonstrates the traditional way of life.  The town has a mix of old and new in a way that the newer resorts in the south do not.  Families can take the time to spend a day in the botanical gardens in Puerto or at the Lido Martianez which is a water park which makes use of sea water in the pools.

Los Cristianos is one of a number of resorts which attracts thousands of people each year.  Close to the airport, this town still has the air of a fishing village although away from the harbour there has been a great deal of modern development.

There are plenty of beaches for spending a day relaxing and those who want to get out and about and explore a bit more will find that there are several excursions that they will find interesting.   Fishing trips are perfect for those who want to get out to sea a little and tours around the island’s coastline in a glass-bottomed boat are particularly popular. 

There are also ferries to other popular destinations including Gran Canaria and La Gomera.

The resort also has nightlife which is suitable for families as there are plenty of child-friendly restaurants and bars.

Families will also find themselves within easy reach of the zoo and a number of water parks for fun-filled days out. For a quieter part of the island, La Orotava is ideal.  The town is one of the oldest on the island and is filled with beautifully designed buildings and sits nestled among banana plantations in a valley.  There are plenty of historic monuments to visit including the Conception Parish Church which features on many tours of the region.

Families can spend a tranquil day at the botanical gardens which have plants from Africa, America and Australia.  Tranquil times can also be found at the local beaches which are some of the quietist on the island.  Those who are looking for a more active holiday can spend time hiking in the countryside around the town.  There are plenty of trails around the mountains.

Things to do in Tenerife

The island is filled with great activities for all the family.  One of these is to explore the parks and botanical gardens.  These are ideal for spending some time away from the busier resorts and are perfect for spending quality time together as a family.

The Teide National Park is a good example.  Much of the park sits 2000 metres above sea level and there is a cable car that can take visitors to within 200 metres of the summit of the highest mountain in Spain.  Visitors are advised to get there early to avoid crowds, particularly if using public transport.

In addition there are a number of wildlife parks which the kids will love.  In Puerto families can visit the Loro Parque, which has an aquarium, a dolphinarium and plenty of other species of animals.  The park recently acquired killer whales that live in specially constructed tanks filled with sea water.

Further south there are plenty of opportunities for taking part in water sports.  Those who want to learn to dive, surf or spend time canoeing can do so in a number of locations and this is perfect for the more active family.

Siam Park is located near Playa de las Americas and has been open since 2008.  It is one of the largest water parks in the islands there are slides, rivers and numerous play areas to keep both children and adults busy.  This can be reached from Los Cristianos by the free bus which operates.