Spain is one of the most popular destinations for UK holiday goers and expats too. With more and more of us heading over for a quick bit of sun whenever a great holiday deal comes along. Winter sun has long been coveted here in the UK, as most of us feel it’s well needed to break up those cold rainy months that are now typically British. Although Spain is all too familiar now, it’s not all sun, sea and sangria! Along the African coast lies a Spanish Island that is much more than just a beach destination. Here are 5 Hidden Treasures That Tenerife Has To Offer.
If you venture out past Playa De Las Americas, past Los Cristianos and take quite a long drive along a very bendy road, you will come to Los Gigantes. A name which literally means ‘The Giants’. Here you will find many small costal and mountain villages surrounded by mountains up to 800 metres high and 11 km wide. Los Gigantes are so big they can easily be spotted when you fly in to Tenerife South airport.
Along with the views, you can also stand on the volcanic beach and pick out the formations in the rocks from thousands of years ago. You will find a few bars and intimate restaurants in the cliff side villages and along by the marina. Be sure to book in a boat ride too. The shores here are filled with bottle nosed dolphins that never seem to miss a chance to meet their adoring fans.
Rock Pools of Garachico
Garachio is a town in the North of Tenerife. It used to be the main port until a volcanic eruption blocked off the entrance many years ago. Luckily for the island, nature left behind these beautiful natural rock pools. Formed from volcanic lava, they are hugely popular with locals and tourists. The water is heated by the sun and as the pools don’t have an exit, they stay warm most of the year. A ladder has even been installed for easy access to the water. Perfect if you don’t like the open sea!
Water Caves at Los Gigantes
Back to Los Gigantes….
Something I have always wanted to do myself is a cave dive but I’m not quite sure if I’m brave enough. Good to know that when I finally pluck up the courage I can just pop over to Tenerife to explore.
The natural caves are again part of the wonder of the volcanic island. Naturally made by erosion and the way the mountains were formed. The caves are easily reached by a short boat ride in to the cove of Los Gigantes. Nothing too scary in these waters so the boat staff normally just let you jump off and swim over. Easy peasy!
If you are more adventurous, then book with one of the local dive centres and take an in depth look at these magical caves below the water.
Papagayo Beach Club
Eating out is a must when on holiday. There is nothing worse than having to cook whilst away from home, completely not the point of being on holiday! Such amazing restaurants in Tenerife especially in Playa De Las Americas along the beach front. True to form I have completely forgotten the name of one of the best. There is a restaurant just down from the shopping centre which is made up of big round tables and a black front. If you’re there and spot it definitely check it out.
One restaurant I can remember is the Papagayo Beach Club. This fab place has super comfy chairs and the most amazing sea views. Serving a mix of Mediterranean and Japanese food, you can even try body sushi, yep, sushi off of someones body! Not sure I would go that far but count me in for the sushi 🙂
The Papagayo turns in to a great cocktail bar in the evening. With a bar on each of the two floors it is for sure a nice spot to spend your winter sun evenings sipping on a mojito.
Corpus Christi Festival
Head north of the island during the month of May and you will find roads closed and streets covered in intricate carpets made entirely from flowers. The Corpus Christi festival is a catholic tradition in Spain. You will find the biggest and best ‘fiesta’ celebrations in a town called La Oratava in the North of Tenerife. In a carnival like style you can catch the locals dressed in traditional costumes and local music played in to the night. This time of year is extremely busy so make sure you book your holiday way in advance! This one is a must so rent a car and take a drive around the island.
Where To Stay?
I am such a fuss pot when it comes to travelling so take it from me that Tenerife is definitely a safe bet. Stay at the H10 Big Sur during October for great deals and even better weather!
You can visit Tenerife from just £618 per person for 7 nights with a 4* package holiday with Thomas Cook.
If you do prefer all out amaze balls luxury on the other hand, then head to the The Ritz-Carlton, Abama. Set in the islands Guía de Isora on Tenerife.
As well as it’s own spa, golf course and tennis courts, the resort also boasts seven swimming pools. The hotel houses ten restaurants, amongst them Japanese, Italian and a market grill serving fresh meats and fish. Choose from a luxury room or your own private villa overlooking the Atlantic.
Get an outstanding 5* package holiday with Thomas Cook to Tenerife during October from just £1000 pp.
If you’re a huge waterpark fan or on a fun family trip, make sure to head over to Siam water park. Go for a ride on the underwater river in your giant rubber ring and count how many sharks you spot too!
Don’t forget to check out the volcanic sand beach at Los Cristianos. Take a walk around the shops up on the promenade and you will find some quirky souvenirs to take home.
Do you prefer tourist hotspots or off the beaten track?