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Holidays in tenerife | Princess Hotels & Resorts

Holidays in Tenerife

The island of superlatives: Tenerife boasts Spain’s highest mountain, two World Heritage Sites, 42 Nature Reserves, the largest parrot collection in the world, and one of Europe's most spectacular water parks.

General Information

Tenerife is the biggest Canary Island and is located in the Atlantic Ocean off the Moroccan coast. Its neighbouring islands are Gran Canaria to the east and La Gomera to the west.

Tenerife’s highest peak, at 3,178 metres, is also its main landmark. Pico de Teide volcano is the highest mountain in Spain and the third largest volcano in the world.

Just like all the other Canarian Islands, Tenerife enjoys a mild climate all year round.

Beaches

Definitely suited to all beach lovers, Tenerife features a total of 140 beaches, 12 of which have disabled access with ramps leading to the beach.


Beaches in North Tenerife


Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The best-known beach in north Tenerife is the Playa de Teresitas.

Only 7 km away from the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife, this beach is located close to the small fishing village of San Andres.

Made from Saharan sand, the Playa de Teresitas is about 2 km long and probably the largest artificial beach in the world.

With its golden sand, turquoise water and tall palm trees evoking Caribbean flair, it is considered Tenerife’s most beautiful beach.


Playa de las Gaviotas

East of Playa Las Teresitas is the Playa de las Gaviotas with its dark lava sand. It’s popular with surfers and bodyboarders as well as nudists.


La Orotava

The Playa de los Patos is a secluded sandy beach, popular with surfers and nudists.


Puerto de la Cruz

On the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz, right behind the Castillo de Filippe, is Playa Jardín with its darks sand. Lanzarote's famous artist Cesár Manrique was involved in the design of this beautiful beach landscape.

The Playa de Martiánez not only attracts sun-seekers, but also surfers and bodyboarders.

It's located right next to the Martianez Lago sea pool complex, which bears the hallmarks of César Manrique's vision and design.


Punta del Hidalgo

The natural black-sand beach called Playa Arenal is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island and very popular with surfers. Situated between the villages of Bajamar and Punta de Hidalgo, it can be reached via a 20-minute walk.


Beaches in South Tenerife


Granadilla de Abona

The best-known beach of Granadilla de Abona municipality is the Playa del Médano, the longest sandy beach in Tenerife.

Due to the favourable wind conditions this 2 km beach is very popular with windsurfers and kite surfers as well as sun-seekers.

The Playa La Tejita is part of Playa del Médano. The small bay by Montaña Roja, the Red Mountain, is a favourite nudist spot.

The Playa del Médano, a gently sloping beach, is very suitable for families with children.


Los Cristianos

The gentle waves at Playa de Los Cristianos make it an ideal family beach.

Situated not far from Los Cristianos harbour it is also great for fans of water sports like diving, snorkelling and sailing.

The adjacent Playa de Las Vistas is one of Tenerife’s longest beaches and is perfect for families as well as water sports enthusiasts.

Both beaches are completely accessible to visitors with disabilities and connected via a barrier-free promenade.


Costa Adeje

Costa Adeje boasts a total of 11 beaches. The most popular ones are:


Playa del Duque

Below the pretty promenade, the Playa del Duque features golden sand and shallow waters. The beach is accessible for people with disabilities.


Playa de Fañabe

South of the Playa del Duque are the adjacent bright sandy beaches of Playa Fañabe and Playa Torviscas.

Several wave-breakers provide calm water and make this beach ideal for families with children. Thanks to their safe water, facilities and bathing and water quality, both beaches have received Blue Flag Awards.


Playa del Bobo

This 100 metre long and wind-sheltered town beach is another Blue Flag beach. There is a sailing and windsurf academy and sailing boat and catamaran rental.


La Playa de La Pinta

Close to Las Americas and Fañabe, the Playa de La Pinta is located directly next to Puerto Colón marina. White sands, calm waves and a good infrastructure characterize this beach.

Places to visit

National Park Teide
The Pico del Teide, with an altitude of 3.718 metres, is not only Spain’s highest mountain but also the world's third largest volcano. Its surrounding national park is one of the most visited national parks on Earth but still feels wild.

In 2007 the national park, covering 18.990 ha, was added to UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.

A special permit, issued by the Park Office, allows you to climb to the tip of El Teide. However, most visitors use the cable car to reach the summit.

On a clear day you can enjoy breathtaking views of the neighbouring islands of La Gomera, El Hierro, La Palma and Gran Canaria from the peak.


Orotava valley

The Orotava valley inspires with its green hills, the picturesque historic centre of La Orotava, and the beautiful Puerto de la Cruz harbour.

Another highlight is the Loro Parque tropical zoo boasting the largest parrot collection in the world. With exotic animals such as tigers, penguins, orcas and colourful birds, it guarantees a fun-filled day for the entire family.


San Cristóbal de La Laguna

UNESCO made this town a World Heritage Site because of its global importance, authenticity and original features.

La Laguna, university town and diocese, was founded in 1497 as the first unfortified Spanish town featuring narrow streets in a checkerboard pattern. The layout later served as a model for many colonial settlements in America.

Today countless buildings in Mudejar style can be admired in La Laguna’s historic centre.


Los Gigantes

The Acantilados de Los Gigantes or Cliffs of the Giants are a spectacular sight from every perspective. The towering rock cliffs reach heights of up to 500 metres.

Various companies offer boat tours along the cliffs. Furthermore, the waters in this area are a paradise for divers.


Chinyero

The eruption of the Chinyero volcano in 1909 was the last volcano eruption in Tenerife.

The Chinyero is a cinder cone located in the Chinyero nature reserve, which also contains countless volcanoes and geological formations.


Malpaís de Güímar

The Malpaís de Güímar reserve, also known as the Badlands of Güímar, consists of a fascinating lava field with cinder cones and basalt lava flows.


Montaña Roja y Montaña Pelada

This Nature Reserve is situated close to El Médano, in the South of Tenerife.

The top of its red volcanic cone, the Montaña Roja, offers stunning views over the surrounding municipalities.

It's particularly spectacular in spring time when everything blooms and flourishes; a hike through this landscape is a must-do in the area.


Parque Natural de la Corona Forestal

The Corona Forestal nature reserve contains Mount Teide and is the biggest reserve in Tenerife.

Canary Islands pines, laurels and tree heaths characterize the landscape of its almost 47.000 ha.

For locals and tourists alike, the Parque Natural de la Corona Forestal is a giant recreation area where they explore the landscape by hiking, biking and horse riding.


Parque Rural de Anaga

The Anaga Mountain range in north-east Tenerife is one of the most beautiful places on the island. Due to the trade winds that often bring rain or fog, the mountain range– declared a biosphere reserve in 2013 – is covered with lush laurel forests. The highest peak in the Anaga park is Cruz de Tabornoat 1,024 metres.


Parque Rural de Teno

Another wonderful destination is Parque Rural de Teno. This rural park in the north-west of the island delights with high peaks, deep canyons, green forests and a species-rich bird life.

Sports & Activities

Surfing
It’s always surf season in Tenerife. With its 10 surf schools the island is the perfect holiday destination for windsurfers and kite surfers.

The most popular surf spots are at El Médano, Las Americas, Valle de la Orotava and Guimar.


Diving

With pleasant water temperatures between 17 and 24 degrees, snorkelling and diving is pleasant all year round. Countless diving schools offer guided dives through Tenerife’s colourful underwater world.

One can marvel at: trumpetfish, red scorpionfish, parrotfish, sea turtles, damselfish, moray eels and barracudas.

Especially impressive are diving trips to caves, grottos and wrecks.


Whale and dolphin Watching

Several companies offer whale and dolphin watching tours in the south and west of Tenerife. With a bit of luck you'll see swarms of dolphins and also pods of pilot whales.


Golf

Tenerife has a total of 9 golf courses, the majority in the south of the island.

All of them guarantee fantastic views of the mountains and the Atlantic.


Hiking

Tenerife has a wide range of hiking trails, sure to wow every hiker.

There are several companies specialized in guided tours and it is also possible to strike out solo and discover the beautiful mountains.

In accordance with the ERA (European Ramblers' Association) trails are well-signposted and divided in three categories:

  • GR means Gran Recorrido, a trail of at least 50 km or a trail that requires more than a day's walking.
  • The trails labeled PR (Pequeño Recorrido) are a maximum of 50 km long and they can be hiked either in one go or in 2 days at most.
  • The Senderos Locales (SL) are local trails and a maximum of 10 km long.


Theme Parks

Siam Park
One of Europe’s most spectacular water parks is in the municipality of Adeje.

It features not only the biggest variety of slides in the world but also the largest dragon statue, the biggest „Lazy River“, the tallest Thai-style building outside of Asia and the largest artificial wave in the world.

Loro Parque
Just like Siam Park, Loro Park is a Tenerife must. The zoo, set amidst a botanical garden, is full of superlatives. Loro Park boasts the largest indoor penguin exhibition and the largest parrot collection in the world, Europe’s longest shark tunnel and the biggest Thai village outside Thailand.

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