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The island of eternal spring: Tenerife’s charming nickname comes from its balmy vernal temperatures. But you only have to look at a map to see that it’s also the island of endless adventure, the island of beach living, the island of curious Canarian traditions and the island of volcanic virility.

Tenerife is the largest Canary island, and the most popular with visiting Brits. English and Spanish speaking tourists alike will feel at home, and kids will be welcomed with open arms. Families will love the water parks in the south whilst nature enthusiasts will be in their element: whale-watching tours come with guarantees that you’ll see the island's resident pilot whales. Couples can stay in one of the adult-only hotels or choose somewhere in the north for an even quieter stay.

If you want an adventure holiday, then this is the island for you. Tenerife’s extraordinary interior has the potential to be so much more than just a photogenic backdrop. If you want to explore the hinterland, it’s surprisingly easy to ascend Mount Teide by cable car – but harder if you want to hike ‘La Rambleta’ – the path to the summit. Whatever holiday you want – you’ll find this pocket island can please most tastes.

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Tenerife hotels for all types of traveller

Tenerife has fantastic all-inclusive holidays, family-friendly hotels and luxury resorts on all sides. You’ll be touched by the local hospitality, family provisions, and swoon-worthy settings of these carefully-selected hotels. Or if you’re looking for a home away from home or hot spot for the whole family, you'll find some great Tenerife villa accommodation available at Royal Garden Villas and Vincci Seleccion La Plantacion del Sur.

Book into GF Gran Costa Adeje, which has extensive pools – including one on the rooftop for adults – plus seven bars and restaurants. For a luxury hotel, try the Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife, a rocking venue filled with music memorabilia, plus three good-sized pools. On the quiet Guía de Isora, The Ritz-Carlton Abama is a great choice for golf lovers and spa-seekers.

3 star hotels

Tenerife can be a wallet-friendly island, with plenty of free beaches, inexpensive tapas joints and affordable places to stay. Whether you’re travelling with your family or on your own, pick a hotel that suits your budget from our carefully-selected list of three-star hotels. Near the famous Playa de las Americas, stay at Marola Portosin Apartments, which is great for families. Select Sunningdale is near the golfing greens of Golf du Sur and guests can play at a discounted rate. In the picturesque town of Guanchico, North Tenerife, Hotel La Quinta Roja The Senses Collection fits right into its quaint surroundings, with lovely traditional furnishings.

4 star hotels

Want to book a great holiday, but budget won’t stretch to five star? Pick one of our carefully-selected moderately-priced resorts and you’re bound to have a brilliant stay. Stay at Sandos San Blas Resort, a good four-star hotel with its own nature reserve and golf course. For a lovely beach, Iberostar Las Dalias is near to Playa del Bobo and 15 minutes from Siam Park. The hotel itself has a spacious outdoor pool area.

5 star hotels

Banish all thoughts of run-of-the-mill package holidays: Tenerife has its fair share of luxury hotels, too. For a hotel near the action in Costa Adeje, stay at the attractive Sheraton La Caleta, with its many pools, its spa and its great kids’ facilities. Away from the busy south, you’ll find even more wonderful five-star hotels. Look out for unique features – whether that’s remarkable architecture, Michelin-starred kitchens, or access to the best star-gazing spots. The inimitable Ritz-Carlton Abama on Guía de Isora has all three.

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Bahia Principe Fantasia Tenerife

This all-inclusive resort is bursting with imagination –  creating fun-filled memories with a magical castle as its showpiece and a whole host of activities. Be entertained by the animation team, have free run of the water park and splash pools or sit back and enjoy cocktails on tap at the adult-only infinity pool. Younger children will love all the activities planned at the kids’ club and teenagers will want to hang out in the exclusive area designed just for them – there’s ping pong, pool, foosball and discos planned. The buffet restaurant, pool restaurant and bars throughout the resort are included in your package, plus you’ll be offered the opportunity to eat in the resort’s three world cuisine restaurants (Italian, Asian and a Steakhouse) a few times during your stay.

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Gran Melia Palacio de Isora

This oceanfront resort combines the best of both worlds, with its refined setting and family-friendly personality. In addition to boasting the longest salt water hotel infinity pool in Europe, there's a family pool, a children's pool featuring a pirate ship, and a baby pool too. You can upgrade to the RedLevel for Families experience offering superior facilities and services for little ones; kids can enjoy free drinks in the Family Lounge, there's a water ritual for the whole family, five and older, at the Spa and the turn-down service includes milk and biscuits. Perhaps what's even more reassuring is that there's an adult-only RedLevel boutique hotel within the resort, so you'll never feel like your brood is disturbing anyone.

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Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife

With its two soaring towers and three swimming pools, the Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife is a fun, modern, family hotel – with as much swagger as Mick Jagger. You’ll stay in one of two rock star-inspired towers at the Hard Rock Hotel: Oasis or Nirvana. Oasis is for families (as Noel and Liam Gallagher would probably attest), whilst Nirvana is for adults-only. Both have good-sized rooms, where room service allows you to order – among the usual snacks – a Fender guitar should you wish to perfect your chord progressions. Your children will love the futuristic gaming stations in the kids’ club. You might prefer the stylish swim-up bar in the adults-only pool, the beach club at the saltwater lagoon and the 16th floor bar.

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Bahia del Duque

One of the best hotels in Tenerife south, Bahia Del Duque is palatial – and has the service to match. Every room has a balcony or a terrace, and there are five pools – a mixture of saltwater and freshwater – scattered around the grounds. Hotel activities range from tennis and flyboarding to a jaunt on a luxury yacht. After your excursions and exertions, you can enjoy a score of restaurants and bars on-site. Each is supplied by an in-house organic garden and well-stocked with the necessary gins and tonics – plus local specialties like cheese and seafood. Sit out on the terrace for breakfast before a short stroll through the gardens to Playa del Duque beach promenade.

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Iberostar Grand Hotel El Mirador

This adult only hotel is set on the quieter end of Costa Adeje with direct access to the area’s best beach. It’s so grand that it even smells good – thanks to scented candles in the lobby. The all-suite Iberostar Grand Hotel El Mirador is in-your-face fancy. A massive lagoon-style pool encircles its pile of pink turrets. Grand, columned hallways and elegant corridors lead to your room, where there’s a capacious dressing room and wardrobe, his and hers sinks, romantic translucent drapes around the bed and a furnished terrace. You can stay on your terrace for breakfast, or hit the buffet, where you can pick the perfect local fruits to create your own breakfast smoothie.

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Make the most of your Tenerife holiday

In the dramatic shadow of the massive Mount Teide you’ll make many holiday memories in Tenerife. The adventurous can take to the seas in search of native pilot whales and the romantic can point out shooting stars in Mount Teide National Park.

Where are the best places to stay in Tenerife?

Most tourists flock to the south coast of Tenerife, which enjoys the most sheltered beaches, with imported golden sand and dry, sunny days all year round. The famous Playa de las Americas region has the most famous strip on the island, plus six safe, sandy beaches, duty-free shops and great tapas restaurants for visitors. Stay here to be near Tenerife’s nightlife on Veronica’s Strip.

If you continue around the coast, you’ll reach an even newer resort area. Guía de Isora gets the afternoon sun for longer on the beaches – and there are lovely sunsets over the ocean. This area is near the impressive Los Gigantes, a series of 800m high cliffs that plunge straight into the ocean.

In the south east, Golf du Sur is a convenient resort area right by the airport, but you won’t want to fly away in a hurry. Enjoy the sunny shores– especially at beautiful windsurfing beach Playa El Medano.

More people are discovering the north coast of Tenerife. Lusher than the south, the beaches are left to their volcanic black selves, and there are some wonderful traditional Canarian towns.

Los Abrigos at night. © Piotr Jaczewski

Study the skies at Teide Observatory.Study the skies at Teide Observatory.

What are the best things to do in Tenerife?

From water sports to volcano walks, find out what to do in Tenerife, whether you’re on the beach or exploring inland.

  1. Enjoy the coastal life at Costa Adeje.
  2. Ride the cable car up in the peak in Mount Teide National Park.
  3. Go for lunch in a Guachinche.
  4. Study the skies at Teide Observatory.
  5. Get lost in the Anaga Mountains.
  6. Cross over to La Gomera.
  7. Go whale and dolphin watching in the wild, from the south coast.
  8. Bathe in the rockpools of Puerto de la Cruz.
  9. Drive up to the picturesque village of Masca.
  10. Walk around the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Best things to do in Tenerife

Whale and dolphin watching. © Martin Hhne / EyeEm

Tenerife by road

Hire a car and discover Tenerife by road. From the charming traditional towns to the switchback mountain route that leads to Masca, Tenerife’s terrain changes with every turn in the road. It's just an hour’s drive across, but you should take your time exploring the island with our road trip picks.

The Volcano

Costa Adeje – Mount Teide – Los Gigantes

The drive through the Teide national park is stunning. You’ll ascend to 3,000 metres from sea level – your ears will pop on the switchbacks and there are numerous miradors along the way, with views so astouding that you'll simply have to stop at to take a picture. You’ll drive along the very rim of the crater to approach the peak Mount Teide. Return via Los Gigantes for another rocking rock formation – photographs simply cannot do these massive cliffs justice.

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The road to Masca

Garachico – Buenavista del Norte – Masca

A rainforest awaits in the north-west corner of the island. Many take the gruelling hike down from Masca to the ravine. But you can also content yourself with the winding drive – a bit of an adventure in itself. Garanchico is a popular stop, with proper, old-style wooden mansions. In Buenovista del Norte stop off at El Adermo bakery for traditional cakes and aniseed biscuits.

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The Anaga forest

Santa Cruz – La Laguna – Almáciga – Playa de Las Gaviotas

Drive into the ancient laurel forests off the north-eastern tip of Tenerife and follow the signs to Almáciga, Anaga Country Park. It’s wild out there, and you’ll be accompanied only by local bird species. The mountain peaks are spiky and impressive, with volcanic formations and a soft blanket of cloud that rolls into the valleys. The hidden Playa de Las Gaviotas, a secret black beach, is your reward on your way back.

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