Buzzing beach resort
Tenerife's entertainment superstar is Playa de las Americas, a little resort with a big personality in the south of the island. Playa de las Americas doesn't hold back when it comes to beaches – there are six to choose from, from quiet stretches of sand to a surfer's paradise.
The main beach has calm and brilliantly blue waters that shelve gently out from the sandy shore, making it a safe and paddle-friendly spot for kids. The fantastic watersports centre means you've got the option of jet skiing, banana boating or even dive excursions, and the beach is backed with a good mix of drinks kiosks, beach cafés and pizza places.
For a day away from the sands, the resort is within easy reach of Siam Park, one of Tenerife's biggest attractions, with water slides, a huge wave pool and a lazy river.
Playa de las Americas is big on nightlife, but it's not all raving and misbehaving. The vivacious Veronicas strip hosts cabaret, comedy and karaoke alongside cocktail bars, meaning there are a fair few family options, too.
Flight time from the UK to Tenerife is around 4 hours 30 minutes.
Transfer time from Tenerife South airport to Playa de Las Americas is approximately 15 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.