Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and attracts many thousands of visitors each year as it enjoys long, sunny days into the autumn months. Aside from its many beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters (perfect for deep sea divers and snorkelers) it is known for being home to the largest elevation in Spain, a World Heritage Site and the third largest volcano in the world - Mt Teide.
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Adults with children and big kids alike should make a point of visiting Siam Water Park, in the Costa Adeje. One of the most popular attractions is the Tower of Power. Riders plunge their way down a 28 metre free fall drop via one of the park’s many aquariums and into the pool below- be sure to hang onto your hat (and your swimwear!). If the thrill of the water rides is not for you, you can relax and unwind on the Mai Thai lazy river, which will take you all the way around the park in the safety of a rubber ring (so not to worry if you aren’t a strong swimmer).
Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival
The Tenerife pre-lent carnival is one of the most exciting cultural events of the calendar year, for both Tenerifians and holiday makers. The celebration begins a week before Ash Wednesday with the election of the carnival queen, the ‘cabalgata’ (horse parade) and a weekend of cross-dressing, dancing and street parties. The carnival winds down the following Sunday, with a large procession, held in the town square ending in a huge fireworks display by night which lights up the island. So if you are undecided about which time of year to visit Tenerife, consider April for a mild climate and lots of fun!
Playa el Duque beach
Thrill seekers among you, will love the golden sandy beach at Playa el Duque in the Santa Cruz region of Tenerife. Try your hand at water skiing, or jet skiing all guided by expert instructors. The warm, calm wind on this south west facing part of the island makes it a surfer’s paradise too, especially if you are a beginner. You can rent all the necessary equipment from the water sports store on the beach so there’s no need to think about transporting your own board or packing your wetsuit.
After a day of sightseeing, head over to La Tejita beach near El Medano, a local surf town and wrap up your perfect day with a few drinks. Be sure to sample some of the delicious Canarian cuisine too- in particular ‘bienmesabe’ a traditional dessert comprised of honey, almond cream, eggs and rum. It’s a must try!