The first time I had a holiday in Playa de las Americas, Tenerife, I was about 10 years old and I remember loving the lazy days by the beach and my Dad telling me I should try out a jet ski! (I declined, but I would love to try one out one day!).
I was lucky enough to head back to the island this year for a wonderful week in the canarian sunshine. We relaxed, we explored and we ate and drank through our bodyweight of delicious food and drink. You can’t beat a cold fruity glass of sangria!
Tenerife is such a beautiful island with something for everyone, so if you’re looking for a little bit of holiday inspiration for 2018, here are my recommendations.
We stayed in a hotel which was just on the edge of Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje. One of the most stand out reasons to choose this side of the island is how this beautiful stretch of coastline offers you the most stunning sunsets. Perfect to watch with a cocktail in hand!
Playa de las Americas is a lively resort resulting in choice for everyone. Restaurants, cocktail bars, beautiful beaches, clubs, shops (credit cards at the ready ladies!), watersports, kids entertainment…you’ll be sure to find the perfect little spot for you and how you wish to spend your holiday. It caters for families, couples and singles alike.
I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite trips and things to enjoy during your stay in Tenerife. Hopefully this inspires you to go and explore this gorgeous island that’s steeped in both natural and manmade history.
You can’t go to Tenerife without considering a trip to the island’s most focal point. Teide is the third largest volcano in the world from its base. Standing proud at 12,000ft. Originally, Tenerife was actually three different islands, but it was all brought together due to the volcanic activity of Teide.
If you’re not afraid of heights, be sure to book a ticket in advance for the cable car to take you up onto Teide. I’ve done this both this year and when I visited as a child and absolutely loved it both times. It’s a really fun way to travel up to see some beautiful scenery.
Wild Whales & Dolphins
One of my favourite things to do in Tenerife is to go out on a boat to spot whales and dolphins in the sea. You just can’t beat seeing animals in their natural habitat just doing their thing.
We didn’t manage to see dolphins this time but we saw loads of beautiful pilot whales including some baby ones too! It was so magical and a real privilege to see them.
We went out on a catamaran and paid a little more (about 10 Euros) to have a lovely VIP bed on the front of the boat, which is really worth doing if you get a chance to.
The City of Garachico
It’s definitely worth exploring the different areas on the island, and one place I’d really recommend is Garachico.
This city is full of history to discover all about the lava flows that came from the eruptions many years ago. We had a guide to walk us around the town, so I’d recommend a guided tour or grabbing a Tenerife guidebook that may explain all about the town and its history.
If you’re a strong swimmer, I’d recommend packing a swimsuit to jump in and enjoy the rocky pool areas by the sea! Waves flow in to this secluded area of water, creating a really fun place to swim (like a wave machine in a pool, but a naturally made one!). We watched person after person jump in and enjoy themselves, we were quite jealous we couldn’t join them!
Wine Tasting & Food to Enjoy
Tenerife and the other canarian islands actually produce a decent amount of wine! We headed up into the hills on a guided tour and wine tasting session, which was great fun and really interesting.
Whenever I travel somewhere, I always try to make an effort to try the local cuisine. In Tenerife it’s all about beautiful seafood dishes. We had a lovely octopus starter in our hotel’s restaurant, but you’ll find a whole host of options either in your hotel or at nearby restaurants I’m sure.
Another typical treat to try are the canarian potatoes, which are divine! These salty tasting potatoes are found everywhere and are most definitely moreish.
As you travel round the island, you’ll be likely to notice the vast amount of banana farms. The bananas over there are a little sweeter to the taste, so definitely try those out too!
Tempted to holiday in Playa de las Americas in 2018?
You may want to pop over to the Holiday Gems website here and discover all the wonderful holidays they have on offer. There really are some beautiful hotels to book on their website. It’s definitely giving me the travel bug once again as I write this!
I really hope this post has given you a flavour of what’s on offer on the stunning island of Tenerife. Why not hire a car and make the most of the island?
*This is a sponsored post thanks to the lovely people at Holiday Gems, but as always my thoughts on the beautiful island of Tenerife are most definitely my own.