The largest and most popular of the Canary Islands, Tenerife proves itself to be one of the most diverse, unique, and exciting of the Spanish islands. Beyond the luxury coastal resorts and glitzy urban waterfronts, there’s a raw wild side to this volcanic island that makes it perfect for adventurers and wildlife enthusiasts. A luxury holiday to Tenerife combines natural beauty with culture, nightlife, and urban charm.
In the colourful capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, you’ll find excellent museums, independent boutiques, and a seafront botanical garden. For the best water sports head to El Médano, a town on the south coast with a stretch of warm yet windy beaches.
Year-round warm weather can be enjoyed in Tenerife, however, the most popular time to visit is May to September. During these months, the weather is reliably hot and dry, particularly in the southwest.
If you’re wanting an active holiday or are keen to visit Mount Teide, head to Tenerife in the spring when the temperatures are cooler and the wildflowers are in bloom. During winter, snowfall typically means the mountain stays closed, however, February is the month to visit if you're keen to experience the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnaval.
A luxury holiday to Tenerife lets you sample food from around the world in the comfort of 5-star surroundings. At the beach resorts, you’ll dine at buffet and à la carte restaurants, sampling exquisite fare under the stars or watching the sunset over the ocean.
In the towns and cities, you’ll have the opportunity to try traditional Canarian food and wine, which combines Spanish and North African influences. Classics include papas arrugades con mojo picón (“wrinkled" potatoes with spicy sauce) and excellent white wine from the Abona region.
Tenerife is a Spanish island, which means you should check the entry requirements for Spain before you book your holiday - you can do this at GOV.UK. Once in Spain, keep your passport with you at all times.