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It’s no surprise holidays to Tenerife are so popular with Brits. The island offers up huge beaches, year-round sunshine and city-sized resorts.

A holiday hotspot

Tenerife’s unerring reputation has been built on the back of decades of good reviews. One of the earliest came from Queen Victoria, who used to take her vacations here in the 19th century. If you want a more up-to-date character reference, you only need to look to the 450, 000 holidaymakers who flock here every year.

The beach scene

The secret of Tenerife’s success starts with its beaches. On the island’s south coast, resorts like Playa Las Americas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje have something going on around the clock. There are white sands and watersports to see you through the day and a world’s worth of restaurants, bars and nightclubs to move you through the night. The tourism limelight shines a little softer on the resorts on the west coast. Days in Playa de la Arena, for example, revolve around the sleepy volcanic beach, and nights play out in beachside restaurants.

Mount Teide National Park

There’s more to Tenerife than its coastline. Its interior is dotted with banana plantations, traditional villages and national parks. Take a trip to the centre of the island, and you’ll discover Mount Teide, the third largest volcano in the world. It’s surrounded by an unearthly landscape of solid lava.

Things to See and Do in Tenerife

  • The big beach

    Playa de las Vistas in Los Cristianos is one of the most popular beaches in Tenerife, and it’s definitely deserving of the attention it receives. It’s one of the longest stretches of sand on the south coast and it comes with all the essential facilities, from sunbeds and showers to a beach volleyball court.

  • The secret beach

    After more than 100 years of tourism, none of Tenerife’s beaches are truly footprint-free. But if you’re looking for a lesser-known band of sand, your best bet is to look to the north coast. Playa Bollullo, on the edge of Puerto de la Cruz, is a good example. The volcanic sand here is overlooked by craggy hillsides and a solitary café.

  • Rich pickings

    If Tenerife had a penny for each of its beaches, its name would feature on a rich list somewhere. The island is circled by 400 kilometres of coastline, which manifests itself in different ways. There are straights of white sand that roll out for a couple of kilometres, and swathes of dark volcanic sand that operate according to the good-things-come-in-small-packages philosophy.

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