Christmas is a special time of the year, but being abroad in the likes of Tenerife for many is even more special. Cheap holidays to Tenerife resorts have made it a hugely popular holiday destination for many Brits over the Christmas period.
If you are spending Christmas in Tenerife this year or are considering taking a break on the island over the festive period in future years, then luckily there is plenty you and other visitors can do on the island during this time of the year.
Karen Blanchard, Marketing and Communication Co-ordinator for the Tenerife Tourism Corporation, adds, “Christmas is a wonderful time to visit Tenerife – especially for those who would like to swap the winter chill for some winter sun. During the festive period, the island boasts desirable spring-like temperatures, averaging 23 degrees, enabling visitors to enjoy outdoor activities such as a hike in Teide National Park, a relaxing day on one of the many beaches, a whale-watching trip, or perhaps a spot of Christmas shopping.”
With this in mind we take you through some of the best places in Tenerife that you can visit during the Christmas period, as well as other things to do.
Hard Rock Cafe Tenerife
If you are looking for somewhere to dine at on Christmas Day, then Hard Rock Cafe Tenerife is certainly one of your best options. Those of you on Playa de las Americas trips over the festive period can easily walk to the restaurant and enjoy the delicious food that is on offer.
From starters such as Rockin’ Wings and Tupelo Chicken Tenders to mains like Hickory Smoked Ribs and the Local Legendary burger, there is a variety of foods available to diners.
Hard Rock Cafe Tenerife also have a lot of events over the Christmas period, such as their Ho Ho Ho Party, a DJ set that will be playing music from the top floor of the restaurant on Christmas Day.
Teide National Park
The Tenerife Tourism Corporation recommend visiting the island’s natural gem: Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The national park is home to Mount Teide, which is Spain’s highest peak at 3,718 metres high. The national park has also been the setting for many great films and you can learn all about these on an escorted tour there.
Whale and dolphin watching
A colony of pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins live in the waters surrounding the island all year round and you could see them during your Christmas break if you go on a wildlife boat tour.
Visit Anaga Rural Park
Another recommendation that Tenerife Tourism Corporation suggests visitors do is to take a hike at Anaga Rural Park, a striking subtropical forest comprised of ancient laurel trees and ferns. The park has recently been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and if you are a family of walkers then this is a must-do.
Cave of the Wind
Karen Blanchard of Tenerife Tourism Corporation says that putting on your helmet and visiting the Cave of the Wind, also known as Cueva del Viento, is a must. It’s not often you can say that over the Christmas period you explored Europe’s longest lava tube!
Swim in the sea
One of the main reasons for British holidaymakers to visit the island over the Christmas period is down to the great weather in Tenerife. You can swap the damp, dark and cold days and nights in the UK for the sun and warmth of Tenerife – average of 23°C remember! This warmth means that you can also swim at one of the island’s natural black sand beaches in comfort.
Visit Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is the island’s capital city and Tenerife Tourism Corporation says that holidaymakers should go an excursion to the city during Christmas. They also recommend visiting the former capital of La Laguna, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see the difference between modern and old.
Visit some of Tenerife’s attractions
Tenerife attractions such as Siam Park and Loro Parque should be at the top of your to-do list if you are holidaying on the island with kids. Siam Park is regarded by many as the best water park in the world, whilst Loro Parque is a jaw-dropping zoo that is home to killer whales, dolphins and more.