Having been to Tenerife several times (check out one of my other blogs about Tenerife here), I thought the family should really try somewhere new. However, once we decided what we wanted from our winter break – which was all about having fun in the sun with the children – we knew we were looking for sand, sea and somewhere to relax with the extended family group we planned to take. We agreed that Tenerife ticked all of those boxes. A bonus of returning to one of our favourite holiday hotspots was the feeling that we wouldn’t have to put time and effort into discovering the area and finding out what there was to do during each day of our stay. Tenerife is truly a home away from home for us, so we knew from the moment we stepped off the plane exactly how we would be spending our time on the island.
For this holiday, we stayed on the Golf Del Sur and quickly got into a nice routine. It was beach in the morning – visiting Playa Del Duque most days, which was the beach we’d discovered a couple of years before and liked for its nearby shops and charming cafes and restaurants. You can’t beat family fun under the sun on the beach. We had lots of laughs building sandcastles and playing cricket. (If you are looking for a smaller, more intimate beach, Los Gigantes is an ideal choice). The afternoons found us back by the pool at the resort, where the grown-ups recovered from the exertions of beach cricket and relaxed completely, while the children spent hours in and out of the pool.
Siam Park, a water park, is a must. Our children are six and three years old and they loved the excitement and adventure of the water park’s slides and activities. And the adults in the group managed to sneak off for a little thrill seeking of their own on the larger water slides. We pre-booked our tickets to the park through our resort which made it so much quicker to get in and find a good family ‘base camp’ spot for the day. Getting away from water-based activities, we loved Jungle Park, a zoological and botanical park, which made for a good day out.
Tenerife has much to offer all age groups. It is a small island and easy to get around – either in a car or by taxi. There are tiny villages tucked away in a world of their own where you can always find a cafe in the shade of a village square; quiet restaurants and chic shopping in the old towns or lively bars on beachfront promenades. All this, and abundant sunshine. It really is tough to top Tenerife as a great all round, year-round, family holiday destination. There’s still so much more that can be said about Tenerife and the Canary Islands. Come back to the RCI Blog this week, where you’ll get to find out what other RCI subscribing members did during their trips to the Canary Islands!