This month we spoke to a young traveller, Lauren Cinderey, who packed her bags and left the UK for a year of work on the island of Tenerife. Sheâ€™s shared with us the highlights of her time in the Canaries, along with some top tips for exploring this wonderful destination.
Things to do
If you can peel yourself away from the pool youâ€™ll find plenty of entertaining things to do in Tenerife.
One of the most highly rated excursions on the island, and definitely one I’d recommend, is a visit to Loro Parque. The zoo and aquarium have a wide range of animals. Loro Parque’s behind-the-scenes tours are well worth the extra cost, as you will get access to the gorilla beds and water windows, along with a guide who will share with you everything there is to know about the zoo.
A trip to one of the many harbours will give you a variety of boat excursions, from dolphin watching to day-trips to neighbouring islands. On the south coast of Tenerife is the golf resort of Gulf del Sur. The 27-hole golf course draws in tourists from all over the world to test their skills and watch the renowned competitions.
Incredible geological sights
With Tenerife being a volcanic island, it makes sense to explore the rocky regions while holidaying there. Opting for a guided mountain tour will give you the chance to discover Tenerife’s true beauty from on high. Winding through vineyards and quaint, charming villages, these tours take you right up to the infamous dormant volcano, Mount Teide. This is Spain’s highest mountain at 3,718m. Most of the tours pass the unusual rock formations of Las CaÃ±adas del Teide and Los Roques de Garcia.
Mount Teide is also home to the Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can witness the sun sinking behind the silhouetted mountains as it sets.
One of Tenerife’s geological wonders is the PirÃ¡mides de GÃ¼Ãmar. The site contains six stepped pyramids built from lava stone, along with a museum and tropical gardens. While the pyramids arenâ€™t as iconic as the Egyptian ones, it still makes for an interesting day out.
Resorts and accommodation
Being an all-year-round tourist destination, there are plenty of places to stay throughout the island, suitable for every budget. Los Cristianos is a pleasant town in the south of the island, which features a gorgeous beachfront promenade full of restaurants, bars, and shops. This charming and mature area includes a variety of rental villas and grand hotels, along with smaller guesthouses and apartments.
Also in the south is the more upmarket resort of Costa Adeje. Here, you can find some of Tenerife’s most luxurious hotels and apartments that offer a truly relaxing experience. The area is made up of independent boutique shops, fine dining restaurants, and well-maintained beaches. In the southeast and southwest of the island are the resorts of El MÃ©dano and Los Gigantes which have some of Tenerife’s best beaches, and are the more desired options for those seeking some peace and quiet.
The north of the island is where you’ll find the capital, Santa Cruz, and the popular resort of Puerto de la Cruz. A selection of modern apartments and urban hotels are scattered throughout the area, which combines beach days with city-living vibes.
Why visit Tenerife in October?
With many of Europe’s children back at school, and with plenty of travel discounts popping up, October is a perfect time of year to visit Tenerife.
Tenerife is just off the coast of Morocco, making it one of the most southerly points in Europe. The weather in October for southern Tenerife reaches daily averages of 26C (79F). Northern parts of the island are usually slightly cooler than the south, with average daily temperatures of 22C (72F).
The real beauty of visiting Tenerife is the diversity of the island. There are plenty of beaches to relax on, mountains to hike around or admire from afar, and adventures to be had. Whether you’re looking for an event-filled trip or a quiet break, Tenerife has something for everyone.