Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, does have a notorious party scene, but family travelers have much more good clean fun to choose from than the lively local bars have to offer. Kid-friendly activities and attractions abound, and you can easily find accommodation that suits your family scene.
From Here to There
Most flights to Tenerife arrive at Tenerife South Airport, the largest on the island. If it’s in your budget, renting a car is the best option for getting around as a family on the island. However, if you don’t plan on driving much, just hop one of the TITSA buses that travel to most of the island when you get an itch for a jaunt. Also look into getting a BONO card for your family; it can save you between 50% and 70% on your bus trips.
Where to stay
Plenty of choices: family hotels, B&Bs, villas and other home rental by owners – you’re sure to find something ideal for you and your brood.
If you’re staying somewhere that has a kitchen, be sure to make good use of it – you’ll save a bundle. There are also plenty of reasonable, family-friendly restaurants. Just ask around.
Okay, So What to Do?
There are quite a few water-filled activities on Tenerife to keep you and the family entertained.
• Costa Adeje’s Agualand – A pool with a waterfall, slides for all ages, a dolphin show (if you’re into them), and much more can provide a whole day of fun.
• Siam Park – If it’s one of Europe’s largest waterparks, it’s got to be filled with endless great activities. And it is.
• Enjoy the natural saltwater pools along the coastline of Puerto de la Cruz.
• Sample the beaches. Some of the island’s most family-friendly include Playa de las Teresitas and El Médano.
Towns Big and Small
• The magnificent old towns of La Orotava and La Laguna are definitely worth a visit. La Laguna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
• Pueblo Chico is just that, a little city. A miniature (1:25) scale model in an open-air museum – 20,000 square meters of it – reproduces emblematic landscapes and buildings from all the islands.
Mount Teide is the highest point in all of Spain, and it’s yours for the not-too-tough climbing. You can also take an eight-minute cable-car ride to within 160m of the summit.
Carting Club Tenerife
Go carts and motorbikes racing around a track! If this is for you, you know who you are.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s incarnation of this world famous event is the second-most popular one in the world, after Rio’s.
Mariposario del Drago
This tropical garden hosts hundreds of butterflies from all around the world.
Bananera Jardines del Atlantico has “a variety of cultivated plants, but mainly bananas.”
There are plenty more adventures to be found on this popular island. And there are no scorpions or snakes on the whole island! So book your flights to Tenerife and enjoy your vacation filled with family fun!
Sarah Nguyen is a mother of two who enjoys family holidays all over the world and loves to share her knowledge and experiences through travel writing
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