With this week’s mid-term holidays in mind, here are some top tips for family fun on Tenerife without having to spend half your holiday standing in lines:
Pre-book Siam Park and Loro Parque tickets
When the mercury rises, Siam Park calls. Unfortunately, everyone hears the call and if you’re not careful, you can spend precious ride time standing at the entrance queue. Pre-book your tickets online and join the fast moving, pre-paid tickets lines. Invest in a €15 fast track ticket and you can also jump the queues at every ride except the Tower of Power.
You don’t need to fast track to see the shows at Loro Parque, but buying your ticket online before you go avoids the queue at the entrance, just go straight to the turnstiles and show your e ticket. Note: the orca show is closed for renovations until 17th June.
Cash in on siesta time
During the summer season, Canarios and mainland Spanish make up a large part of the volume of visitors to Tenerife. Both still follow traditional Tenerife siesta hours, enjoying a long, leisurely lunch and a snooze in the middle of the day. Use this time to go shopping and you’re unlikely to find yourself in a queue at the check-out or elbowing your way through the clothes racks in your favourite shopping centres.
It’s also worth remembering that the Latinos tend to lunch and dine later than the Brits so if you want to be sure of getting a table at your favourite restaurant, get there before 1.30pm for lunch and before 8pm for dinner. Just don’t complain that the place was too quiet if you do, hold off until later and it will be a whole different story.
Avoid the tour groups
Although jeep safaris are great fun when you’re on them and tours are always popular, they’re not such fun when you’re trying to find a parking space at Masca or at Roques de García. Most tours tend to take in Mount Teide and Masca, one in the morning and the other in the aftrenoon, or a round-island tour. The best way to avoid running into them is to arrive before 11am or after 4pm and opt for Fridays and Saturdays.
As a general rule, Spanish, Italian and Canario families hit the beach late, sit as close to the water’s edge as they can get without actually having their towels floating and avoid having to walk too far from vehicle or hotel to sand, mainly because they’re carrying so much food! With a little careful planning you can still enjoy your own beach space regardless of the crowds.
Get to the beach before 10am and choose a spot some distance from the water’s edge. Sun loungers are always a good bet as they’re rarely used by the Mediterranean holiday makers. If you really want to avoid the crowds altogether, choose a beach that’s off the visitor beaten track or that you have to make an effort to get to such as Playa Bollullo in Puerto de la Cruz, Las Teresitas in Santa Cruz, La Tejita in El Médano and Playa Callao at the foot of Guaza in Los Cristianos.
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