by John Robertson
Everyone loves sunshine and a warm climate so where could be better than a destination that enjoys both, pretty much all year round? Known for its stunning coastline, looming mountains and vibrant culture, Tenerife is not only the largest but also the most popular of the Canary Islands. Along with the rest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife often has the perceived image of the perfect family holiday destination. In many respects this is true. However, it also has many attractions for discerning travellers looking for a slice of Canarian culture. With a coastline that stretches almost 270km the beaches are in abundance and with new, bustling resorts and traditional towns and villages it is the perfect destination for adults looking to escape.
For those looking where to start, Southern Tenerife boasts the sophisticated resort of Costa Adeje. With numerous stylish restaurants and modern hotels it is ideal for those looking for adult luxury holidays in Tenerife. Costa Adeje is far less commercialised than the also popular Playa de Las Americas, which is around a twenty minute drive away.
Sights of Tenerife
Tiede National Park is definitely one of the top recommended places to visit in Tenerife, named as one of the 12 Treasures of Spain and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is centred around the base of the famous volcano, Mount Teide. Driving up to the park is an experience in itself. As you leave the warm and sunny coast the terrain become more alpine-like and further up is more akin to a lunar landscape and the views are breathtaking.
The most spectacular views of Tenerife, as well as that of Gran Canaria, La Gomera and La Palma can be seen from Mount Teide, which is accessible via cable or by foot. For those wishing to climb the volcano by foot, guided tours are available and are a great way to see and learn about the area.
For Art Lovers
The capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife is around an hour’s drive for those staying on the south coast of the island and makes for an ideal day trip for those wanting to shop, dine and visit some of the islands most famous landmarks. The Auditorio de Tenerife, designed by the Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava is the most iconic building on the island. To further inspire those with a love of art, the Exhibition of Outdoor Sculpture in Santa Cruz de Tenerife boasts a range of exceptional art sculptures.
For those who consider themselves thrill seekers, Tenerife has an abundance of fantastic locations and centres for watersports enthusiasts. With a wide variety of marine life, and warm water temperatures snorkelling or diving is a must for holidays to Tenerife. Costa Adeje boasts some of the best PADI dive centres. Windsurfing and kitesurfing are also great options for those looking to get out on the water and there is plenty of tuition and equipment for hire available. In addition there is Siam Waterpark located near Playa de Las Americas which is fun for both children and adults alike. With a shuttle service that can pick you up from Playa de Las Americas, Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos, it is a fun day out for all ages and there are a number of adrenaline rides!
Great for Golf
One of the calmer things to do in Tenerife and an activity which it is famed for is to partake in a round of golf. Tenerife sports some of the finest golf courses in Spain, many of which are located at the islands luxury hotels. Located in Costa Adeje is a course designed by Pepe Gancedo which hosted the Spanish Open in 2003. Equally the course in Playa de Las Americas is an excellent 18-hole, Par 72 course which overlooks the sea.
For those looking to escape and relax the adults-only five-star Iberostar Grand Hotel El Mirador is located opposite the stunning Playa del Duque Beach and its elevated position offers exceptional views of the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel boasts a fitness centre, spa and fantastic restaurants including the gourmet El Cenador restaurant. The Iberostar Grand Hotel El Mirador is undoubtedly everything that an adult only five-star should be. Charming and luxurious, it has a warm and friendly atmosphere that seeps class. This exceptional hotel is highly recommended for those seeking somewhere elegant and comfortable to unwind after a day of excursions or, perhaps to spend a day itself.