Golden shores and volcanic landscapes
With its sandy beaches, diverse scenery and year-round sunshine (even in January, you can expect the mercury to hit 20 degrees), Tenerife has been drawing in holidaymakers for decades.
The south is where you'll find the bigger resorts like Costa Adeje, Playa Paraiso and Playa de las Americas, as well as the island’s best beaches. The north of the island, meanwhile, showcases a lush landscape and a more traditional feel (particularly during February’s colourful carnival celebrations).
Standing tall in the centre of the island is Mount Teide, Spain's highest peak. It's set in a UNESCO-listed national park, which is covered in moon-like lava formations.
The island has plenty to keep you busy, from golf courses and whale-watching trips (pilot whales, sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins cruise the waters around here), to mountain hikes. Tenerife also flaunts one of Europe's biggest waterparks, Thai-inspired Siam Park.
Flight time from the UK to Tenerife is around 4 hours 30 minutes.
Tenerife enjoys a classic Canarian climate: hot sunshine, all year round. You’ll get around 11 hours of sunshine a day throughout summer, which starts warming up around April and regularly pushes into the low 30s around July. Even in the off season, it’s unlikely to fall below the low-to-mid teens.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Spain.
Restaurant bills include a service charge by law in Spain, so whether you choose to tip further is up to you. If you enjoyed the meal and service, it is customary to leave 5-10%. Hotel porters and maids will appreciate a small tip, and while taxi drivers don’t require a tip, it’s common to round up the fare.
The official language of Spain is Spanish. English is widely spoken too, so getting by is easy.