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Are you dreaming of sun, sand… and lava? Tenerife is full of surprises, and its tourist scene has erupted in recent years. Affectionately nicknamed the Island of a Thousand Experiences, Tenerife earns this moniker with its mild climate, which makes adventures of all flavours easy. From the sun-soaked beaches of the south to the lush forests, cloud-poking volcanoes and wild pockets of the north, there’s something for all tastes.

Discover why the island is enjoying a new-found reputation as the go-to holiday destination, with so many different types of holidays that you can enjoy here. Whether it’s a romantic getaway, classic beach break, thrilling adventure trip, golf holiday or Tenerife family holiday on this paradise island, at Idiliq Hotels & Resorts we will help you create your perfect break away. Expect phenomenal year-round temperatures too, thanks to the island’s location. Did you know it shares the same latitude as the Sahara Desert? Read on to find out more about the memorable experiences you can enjoy, the eclectic sampling of dishes to taste, and the amazing Tenerife resorts you can stay at.


Tenerife golden sandy beach with palm trees and looking out to sea

tenerife fast facts

22 – 28ºC – Average temperature

ESPAÑOL – The language spoken in Tenerife is Spanish

Timezone – Tenerife is in the same time zone as the UK (GMT)

Tourist Info Find out more by visiting Web Tenerife website

4.5 hrs – Average flight time from UK

Currency – The currency used in Tenerife is the Euro (€)

Fly to – Tenerife Sur (TFS) is the main airport for the region

Visa & Health – Visit for advice.

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Forget the Tenerife you thought you knew. This shape-shifting island, the largest of the Canary Islands, has swapped its former image for a more wild and natural side. As a result, it’s now revelling in its new status as the place that’s got it all. Carnival celebrations, unique history and natural wonders are just some of the treasures in store. The sun, sand and sangria remain but visitors have discovered its alternative attractions, from whale watching in the Atlantic to climbing Mount Teide and kayaking off footprint-free volcanic coves. The land of a thousand experiences indeed. Soak up every magical moment from the comfort of your luxurious home-from-home, where delicious cuisine and fun-filled facilities await.

Watching a Pilot whale off the coast of Tenerife, Canary Islands.


Come hungry, come thirsty: Tenerife has plenty of culinary treats in store. Discover a diverse cuisine that reflects the island’s cultural melting pot, which blends African, Latin, and Spanish influences – to delicious effect. We don’t have enough space to tell you all our local favourites, but highlights include papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes), cooked in salt water and best eaten smothered in various mojos (sauces), and its cheeses. Naturally, the island doesn’t stint on oceanic delights: expect to eat lots of garlic-flecked fresh fish, grilled with local herbs, and seafood, served raw or cooked to perfection. Crack open a Canarian wine and tuck in. Getting your five-a-day is a pleasure, thanks to the abundance of tropical fruit that grows here (papaya, mangoes, bananas) and many mealtimes end on a high with a shot of Ron Miel, the local honey rum. You are on holiday after all…

Famous Canary Islands dish, Papas Arrugadas (wrinkly potatoes with salt) and Mojo picon (red spicy sauce)


Mix the ease of apartment living with the frills of a top notch hotel at our self-catering hotels in Tenerife. Retreat to your roomy accommodation for space, seclusion and a snooze or hang out by pools, dine in restaurants and get stuck into an array of onsite activities. The choice is yours. Our self-catering hotels are close to Tenerife’s glorious beaches too, and all have kids’ clubs where little ones can let loose while grown-ups get some down time. With options for one, two and three bedrooms – all with proper kitchens and outside space – there’s plenty of room for all your crew.


The island is unique, and this really shines through in the different Tenerife resorts that it boasts. Here is a flavour of some that you should make the effort to visit.

Costa Adeje: People have been flocking to the sunny resort of Costa Adeje for as long as Tenerife has been a holiday destination. Some of the most popular holiday resorts in Tenerife are located here, and with the island’s best waterparks (Siam Park and Aqualand) and its golden sandy beaches, it’s easy to see why.

Playa de las Américas: The largest of all the holiday resorts in Tenerife, Playa de las Américas might be known as the party capital of the island, but there is much more to it than that. There are five stunning beaches which you can lounge on, and an enviable restaurant scene.

Puerto de la Cruz: Despite becoming a hugely popular holiday destination and the main resort on the rugged north side of the island, Puerto de la Cruz still retains plenty of local character which dates back to the 60s when it was just a fishing village. With a picturesque old town, black-sand beaches, and attractions like the family-friendly leisure park of Lago Martiánez, there is plenty to do here.

Los Gigantes: One of the most laid-back Tenerife resorts, Los Gigantes gets its name from the huge cliffs that sit just to the north of the town. These impossibly steep formations rise to a giddy height, dwarfing the black volcanic sand beach and collection of secluded rocky coves beneath. The town’s harbour provides boating, scuba diving and water sports opportunities.

Teide volcano in Tenerife in the light of the rising sun

we recommend

  • Making a splash at Siam Park, named the world’s best water park by TripAdvisor for 5 years in a row (just a stone’s throw from Wyndham Residences Costa Adeje)
  • Teide National Park; take the cable car to the summit
  • Admiring Los Gigantes cliffs and unwinding on the nearby beach
  • Seek out Masca, Tenerife’s hidden village
  • Day trips to picturesque old towns with candy-coloured houses, winding streets and a welcoming vibe
  • Teeing off alongside the cerulean sea
  • A whale and dolphin cruise in the waters between Tenerife and La Gomera
  • Taking in the views at Punta de Teno
  • Letting the colourful town of Garachico charm you

FAQ about Tenerife

Where is Tenerife?

Tenerife is one of seven Canary Islands, and it is part of the Spanish territory. It is the most visited of the Canary Islands and is also Spain’s most populated island.

How big is Tenerife?

Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, has an area of around 786 square miles (2036 sq km).

Is Tenerife expensive?

Tenerife is not an expensive destination. Of course, it depends what activities you want to do, and whether you want to stay in an exclusive Tenerife resort, but compared to most other destinations in Europe, Tenerife is an affordable destination.

Can you drink tap water in Tenerife?

Most people in Tenerife and the Canary Islands buy bottled water because much of the tap water here is desalinated sea water – it's safe to drink but not particularly pleasant taste-wise.

What to do in Tenerife?

Despite being a relatively small island, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to the different activities you can enjoy. There are boat trips and whale watching tours on offer, beaches and beach clubs to relax in, vibrant resort towns you can visit, an unrivalled restaurant and nightlife scene, as well as attractions that the whole family can enjoy such as Loro Parque and Siam Park.

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