From beaches to volcanoes under the year-round sun
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife has long been a favourite for holidaymakers looking to grab some sun, sea and relaxation year-round. Perfect for a summer holiday, its year-round warm weather makes it a great choice for a winter sun break to escape the chill of the British winter. It's estimated somewhere between five and ten million visitors head to Tenerife each year, and with a landscape that ranges from sandy beach to volcanic rock, it's easy to understand the island's allure.
The southern areas of Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos may be familiar to many Brits and are popular areas for holidaymakers heading to the island for their two weeks in the sun. However, the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife offers a wholly different experience of the island, with the Auditorio de Tenerife (Auditorium of Tenerife) in the city's port area serving as something of a landmark for both city and island.
Tenerife is an island blessed with diversity and there's an experience for most types of holidaymakers. It has numerous beaches for the sun-worshippers, a capital with plenty of sights for the culture-vultures and the area around Mount Teide – Spain's highest peak – is great for walkers.
When to Go?
Average temperatures in the summer of 26 degrees C and up and winter temperatures that tend to stay above the 20-degree mark mean Tenerife is a year-round destination. Expect the beaches to be busy during the summer holidays as families head to the south for their beach breaks.
How to get there
Low-cost airlines including Ryanair, easyJet, Monarch and Thomsonfly all serve Tenerife South airport with direct flights from across the UK taking around three and a half hours. Jet2 offers flights from regional airports in the north of England and Northern Ireland and Iberia offers one-stop flights from London via Madrid.
Built in 2003, the Auditorio de Tenerife has become a symbol for Tenerife and is home to numerous musical performances and events. Every February the capital of Santa Cruz de Tenerife plays host to the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which is seen as second only to the Rio carnival in status. The area around the semi-active Mount Teide is a spectacular landscape and great for walking.