Five Wallet Friendly Activities for the Family on Tenerife

Wed, April 27th, 2011 - By Jack Montgomery

Being on a family holiday in Tenerife doesn’t necessarily have to mean digging deep into the holiday funds in order to keep the little ones amused.

Here are five suggestions how visitors can have a great time enjoying the best of what Tenerife has to offer without forking out great amounts of cash in the process.

Go to the Beach
Don’t opt for the luxury of expensive sun loungers, spread out your towels on the sand close to the water’s edge like the locals. Tenerife has a great choice of beaches from sweeping golden and black sand beaches to small intimate coves and sheltered bays. Some are a natural adventure park for water babes (Playa Jardín in Puerto de la Cruz; Playa de la Arena) whilst others are better for paddling, snorkelling and having your feet nibbled by tropical fish (Playa de las Teresitas in Santa Cruz and the beaches in Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje).

Take a Trip to the Mighty Mount Teide
The Cañadas del Teide National Park is the most visited location on Tenerife for a very good reason. It is a breath-taker and is like no other place on earth. Its landscape of lava fields and jagged rock formations could easily belong to another planet. But scenery alone isn’t going to keep the children happy. Spice up a visit with pointing out where gods and men battled it out in the Clash of the Titans (at the Minas de San José) and then challenge everyone to find big pumice rocks that are so light they can be lifted by the smallest members of the family.

Visit a Museum
Entry to museums is free on Sundays so it’s a good time to visit Santa Cruz and La Laguna where most museums are located. If the children aren’t excited about the prospect of visiting a museum, the Museum of Science and the Cosmos La Laguna will change their mind and have them laughing and learning at the same time. When in Santa Cruz take time out to visit Parque García Sanabria, it has a really cool and imaginative children’s play area.

Pack a Picnic
Stock up on snacks and drinks from the local supermarket and head into the hills. Tenerife’s picnic zones are usually in beautiful locations and have barbecues, benches and play areas. Avoid going on a Sunday when every Canarian family on the island seems to descend on picnic areas. From Los Cristianos, Las Américas and Costa Adeje travel uphill to Las Lajas beyond Vilaflor. From Puerto de la Cruz head to La Caldera above La Orotava and from Los Gigantes, Playa de la Arena and Puerto Santiago aim for Chio in the south west hills.

And Finally…Find a Fiesta
Every city, town and village on Tenerife seems to hold fun-filled fiestas throughout the year. The whole family will especially love romerías. Not only do these involve processions of animals galore (ox, goats, horses, ridiculously cute donkeys and sometimes camels), they’re lively, colourful and mountains of free food and rivers of free wine is distributed to everyone from elaborately decorated ox-drawn carts. Details of when and where can usually be found in tourist offices, cultural centres and town halls.

Posted : Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 10:19 am
Category : beaches
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