The largest and most popular of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is famed for its year round warm temperatures, enticing many Brits to flock to its beaches for sun, sea and relaxation. The south of the island is most family friendly, where all inclusive resorts line the shores. But if you want a taste of the ‘real’ Tenerife, head to the less developed north where you can explore beautiful towns like San Cristobal la Laguna and La Orotova. BabyBreaks has done the hard work for you and put together a s’Top Five’ list of things to do in Tenerife with kids.
1. Tiede National Park
You may have come to Tenerife for a beach holiday, but don’t miss out a trip inland. Certainly one of the island’s star attractions, the lunar landscape of Mount Teide National Park will impress kids and adults alike. So if you like a challenge (and you have a baby who can travel on your back) you can hike to the summit for incredible views of Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Palm. However, you will need a permit.
Alternatively, take a cable car to the base of the final summit. On the other hand, you could even book a hot air balloon trip over the park – an amazing experience in Tenerife with kids.
Lastly, budding astronomers shouldn’t miss the Teide Observatory which is located on Mount Teide- a prime location for stargazing.
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2. Siam Water Park
This huge Thai themed water park in Costa Adeje is sure be be a highlight of your holiday in Tenerife with kids. Consideredone of the best in Europe, visitors can enjoy a huge array of water slides and rides. For example there’s a Lost City, a children’s play area, an artificial beach and a wave pool where you can learn to surf. After all that activity you can refuel at one of several Thai or International restaurants.
Opening Hours: Open daily 10am–5 /6pm (winter / summer)
3. Loro Parque
One of the most visited attractions in the Canary Islands, this large animal park has a diverse range of animals, from chimpanzees to alligators. There is also an aquarium and a children’s play area. You can save money by buying a combined ticket for Siam Water Park and Loro Parque so you can enjoy both attractions. So that’s sure to give the kids lots to look forward to!
Opening Hours: Open daily 8:30am – 6:45pm
4. Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour
If your prefer to see animals in the wild, why not consider a boat trip where you can see whale and dolphins in their natural habitat? Or perhaps you fancy snorkelling with turtles and kayaking with dolphins? There are numerous options for boat trips around this beautiful island. Certainly a great way for kids to get outside and connect with nature.
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5. Day at the Beach
With over 400km of coastline, Tenerife offers a fantastic variety of beaches. There are sheltered manmade bays, dramatic black sand strips or secluded natural coves. We have listed our Top 3 below:
Las Teresitas: 10 minutes drive from capital Santa Cruz, this beach is popular with locals, which is always a good sign! It is made with imported Saharan sand, lined with palm trees, and therefore one of the best looking (and most photographed) beaches on the island. The calm, shallow waters are teeming with tropical fish – perfect for snorkelling . After a morning spent on the beach, head to nearby San Andrés for its excellent selection of seafood restaurants.
El Camisón: This palm tree lined beach is one of the best on Tenerife’s south coast. It is popular with families as it’s breakwaters shelter the sea, making it ideal for paddling and swimming. It feels a little more intimate and natural than some of other beaches in the area.
Playa Jardín: Designed by César Manrique, this ‘Garden Beach’ is surrounded by colourful botanic gardens, and has swaying palm trees lining the black volcanic sand. There are shallow waters for paddling, and plenty of amenities such as shops and restaurants in nearby Puerto de la Cruz.
Visiting Tenerife with your kids is the perfect opportunity for a fantastic Family Holiday. Tenerife is one of Spain’s most popular tourists hotspots, featuring child friendly restaurants and great things to do with children, aside from the obvious beaches.
At BabyBreaks, we have collated a shortlist of activities, restaurants and hotels so that you can prepare your trip to Tenerife without browsing the Internet for endless hours. So if you are looking to be inspired to visit Tenerife for your next family break, just visit our different Tenerife pages to find what this beautiful county has to offer.
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