Tenerife – Treasure Island
Forgotten what the sun looks like? For a low cost winter break, it’s hard to beat Tenerife. The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife lies just off the West coast of Africa, enjoys year round sunshine, and is jam-packed with things to see and do for visitors of all ages. Tenerife’s beautiful volcanic landscape, dominated by the 3718 metre Mount Teide is waiting to be explored, and there are plenty of pristine sandy beaches to bask on.
Waterparks are an ideal way to cool down when temperatures rise, and the beautifully landscaped Thai themed Siam Park has plenty to satisfy thrill seekers and also has the world’s longest lazy river for those who prefer to just drift. Recent addition Kinnaree is a high speed 200 metre long waterslide that simulates the action of a tornado wave, and the new children’s area Sawasdee contains a miniature version of Siam Park’s renowned Dragon slide. For the ultimate chilled experience you can hire a VIP cabin for four with it’s own private balcony overlooking the park. Sunbeds, towels, food, drinks and fast track passes are included in this package.
Loro Park began as a collection of around 4,000 parrots and grew to become a vast animal park, home to tigers, gorillas, chimps, otters, alligators and many other exotic species. It also has a large aquarium, Europe’s longest shark tunnel, and the world’s largest indoor penguin exhibition. The stars of Loro Park are undoubtedly the performing parrots and marine mammals, the Orcas, sea lions and dolphins. Loro Park’s dolphin show is probably the best you’ll see anywhere – the way they interact with their trainers is incredible.
Tenerife is hotspot for whale and dolphin watching trips and also has its own Yellow Submarine to see what’s happening beneath the waves. A replica 18th century galleon promises a pirate style adventure, and there plenty catamaran cruises to choose from. Land-lubbers can take a cheese and wine tasting tour, visiting La Laguna, a World Heritage city, along the way or visit the banana plantations and the Pueblo Chico miniature village. Sunset and star-gazing tours to Mount Teide are a magical way to spend an evening, and if you want to see the island from top to bottom, a downhill bike tour gives you all the views without any huffing and puffing! Tenerife has a vibrant nightlife, but if clubbing til 5am is not for you, there are some fun dinner shows like the Castillo de San Miguel medieval extravaganza, complete with jousting knights, or you can sing along and dance at Showtime – The Sounds of the Musicals. Both show include return transport from your hotel. Follow the sun and discover the treasures of Tenerife – you won’t be disappointed!