Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Taking the Family to Tenerife

Featured guest post.

Situated in the Atlantic Ocean, Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands. Although officially part of Spain, the region is actually closer to Africa, located just 50 miles from the west coast of Morocco. The famous island is a popular holiday resort and a great place for families looking for cheap holidays. Although Tenerife is home to only around 800,000 regular inhabitants, this figure swells during peak season and around 5 million tourists visit the island every year, making Tenerife holidays some of the most popular getaways in Europe.


When you look at what the island of Tenerife has to offer, it is not hard to see why it’s so popular with families. Despite covering an area of only 785 square miles, Tenerife has areas of countryside and hills, a bustling inner city, glorious weather and, of course, some of the most popular beaches in Europe. The island also offers plenty of great package holiday deals and is blessed with a huge number of well maintained and wallet friendly hotels.

Getting there

Tenerife is serviced by two airports, one in the North in the capital of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and one in the south, in Granadilla de Abona. From drive from one airport to the other takes between an hour and a half and two hours, depending on traffic.


The draw of the beaches in Tenerife is almost irresistible, and it’s the reason that many people visit the island in the first place. The coast in the south of Tenerife is home to some of the more picturesque beaches on the island, with fine golden sand, well maintained coastline and excellent facilities, making them perfect for families. The southern beach of El Medano beach is the longest beach on the island at around 1 and a quarter miles long. In the north, the shore is generally a little more rugged and, although still enjoyable, perhaps not quite as well suited to children.


The history in Tenerife is compelling, and has enough stories to entertain the kids, you can find out about the history of the island in the aptly named Museum of the History of Tenerife, situated in the north of Tenerife. The region was also home to several important painters, such as Cristobal Hernandez de Quintana and Gaspar de Quevedo, whose art can be seen in the various churches around the island.


Food in Tenerife is big business, and the island is home to a varied mixture of cuisine, including an abundance of fresh seafood dishes. Marinated pork tacos are another speciality along with Canarian wrinkly potatoes. However, for those looking for a taste from home, the island also plays host to plenty of English style cafes and restaurant who’ll be more than happy to serve up a full English breakfast at almost any time of day.

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