There’s a reason why millions of tourists flock to Tenerife annually – the weather. With average temperatures of 24 degrees all year round, and pretty much guaranteed sunshine, it’s no wonder the Canary Island favourite is consistently one of Britain’s top winter destinations. When the MTM family went, we enjoyed staying in the resort of Costa Adeje and were impressed with the wealth of attractions that were suitable for the whole family. Did you also know that Tenerife not only has the second biggest carnival in the world after Rio, in capital Santa Cruz, but also historical sites, museums and plenty of outdoor pursuits, including a UNESCO World Heritage site Mount Teide National Park?
The Best Beaches in Tenerife
If you’re like me and enjoy sunning yourself on the beach, then you’re in luck, because Tenerife has tons of stunning coastline. The strong currents from the Atlantic rollers may be great for surfers and strong swimmers, however, they’re not so great for families with young children. Which is why we only braved paddling on the shoreline.
Playa de las Teresitas
Imagine splashing in the calm, still waters alongside tropical fish? The enclosed long and golden beach of Play de las Teresitas stretches over a mile long and was built for the residents of Tenerife’s capital Santa Cruz. Take the kids out on the pedalos or go snorkelling in what is regarded as one of Tenerife’s best beaches.
Playa la Pinta
If you want a little bit of a buzz whilst being able to sun yourself all day then Playa la Pinta in Costa Adeje is the perfect spot. Flanked by tons of shops and restaurants on the lively promenade, it’s a relatively small beach, however, its waters are protected by the marina so it’s pretty calm. The kids will adore the floating play area bobbing a few metres from the shore.
For a beach with bags of character and charm, El Muelle in Puerto de la Cruz is a family favourite with locals and is also the centre of town Garachico’s fiesta celebrations. If you’re lucky enough you can see the whole beach decorated with flags, and in June goats and horses are bathed in the harbour waters for good luck. Meanwhile, the nearby man-made complex of Lago Martiánez has large lake-sized lagoons to swim in and a sea dragon in a shallow pool for toddlers.
Protected by Los Cristianos harbour, this popular golden sandy beach has calm waters and a plethora of bars, cafés and restaurants to escape to, if the sun gets too hot. Boat trips from the harbour mean you can go dolphin and whale spotting – or if you fancy taking a trip yourself there are sailing lessons on offer, too.