Holidays in Tenerife certainly pack a punch when it comes to sun-drenched beach breaks. Jaw dropping to say the least, this island is less golden swathes of sand and more black volcanic seashores. But if it’s yellow-white sands you’re after, you’ll find your ideal summer holiday spot in Las Teresitas. One thing’s for sure, you’ll return from your Tenerife holiday with a tan that even the most discerning sun-seeker would be proud of.
Away from the beach, holidays in Tenerife take a turn towards the more traditional. And the lunar-like landscape is peppered with banana plantations, whitewashed villages and shuttered colonial buildings. And the shopping’s just as attractive. Santa Cruz and Los Cristianos are the perfect places to take advantage of the lower taxes. Department stores positively drip with labels but you can also find tiny shops brimming with good buys too. So make sure you pack your credit card, as it’s bound to feel the burn.
When you’ve bagged your all your last minute bargains, slip on your new outfit and make a beeline for Tenerife’s buzzing night spots. The island comes to life as happy hours announce the beginning of the night. After a couple of cocktails, make your way to the clubs and discos that spill big beats and floor fillers into the darkness. Whether you’re looking for 80’s electro-pop, songs from the swinging 60’s or top chart tunes let your hair down in some of the best parties on the island and dance to the music.
Tenerife’s coastline tends to be mostly rocky, but the resourceful islanders have managed to increase the range of beaches by importing sand. And not just any old sand, but soft golden sand shipped in from the Sahara Desert. As such, the beaches in the south coast resorts are really rather special ? not to mention well served with watersports. They’re popular though, so can get busy during the high season. However, if you’re prepared to travel out of town a bit, you’ll find some quieter, more secluded stretches of sand where you can get stuck into that bestseller while the kids splash about in calm, balmy waters. Of the island’s natural beaches, El Medano stands out as being one of the best, with two miles of pale golden sand. It’s a good spot for windsurfing, too. Then there are the two beaches at Los Cristianos to think about. Playa de las Vistas, to the west, is the better of the two, but both have good sands and safe swimming, not to mention easy access to cafes and restaurants. Alternatively, you can head for the northern tip of the island, where you’ll find Playa Las Teresitas. With its Saharan-enhanced sands and swaying palms, it’s a surprisingly quiet hideaway, especially on weekdays when the locals are at work. Or if you don’t mind black, volcanic sand, Playa Jardin beach at Puerto de la Cruz is rarely crowded and there are plenty of cafes and bars lining the seafront. There’s also a seafront lido here - a weird and wonderful complex of swimming pools that’s a real hit with families. Sunbathing and sandcastles aside though, Tenerife’s really popular with watersports junkies. The great weather, calm seas and offshore winds make it ideal for windsurfing and sailing. And the clear waters around are great for snorkelling and scuba diving, as well.
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