Before going to Tenerife, I have to admit I was a bit of a snob about the Canary Islands. I thought that all they had to offer was Lad’s Holidays, Hen Do’s and fly and flop holidays. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
We travelled to Tenerife with Jet 2 Holidays who offer the entire package holiday, or just flights. It was a seamless journey from door to door with genuinely THE friendliest check in staff I’ve ever met. Flying in to the island, clouds had split it right in half, with the tip of the volcano reaching right out of the top and the bottom bathed in sunshine.
Our hotel, The Iberostar Anthelia, was right on the coast, on the West of the Island. A Hotel with three main pools, the grandest entrance hall EVER, two spas, a gym and activities fit for the whole family.
We stayed in a gorgeously bright and airy two story Priority Location Double Room with a terrace off our bedroom and another off the living room, complete with views of the pool below and ocean beyond. Such a treat.
Breakfast each day was an elaborate buffet with al fresco seating.
Lunch was held at the Barbacoa restaurant next to the pool; serving typical Canary Island Tapas and a brilliant wine and cocktail list. Dinner each evening was a choice of one of the five restaurants around the resort.
We ate in Poseidon – a gorgeous restaurant overlooking the water with white table cloths and waiters dressed in dinner jackets.
Portofino – the Italian restaurant, alfresco and incredible food
And Zeus – the buffet restaurant.
As we were only in tenerife for a few days, we spend either the morning or afternoon by the pool making the most of the all inclusive cocktails and smoothies, using the rest of the day to explore the island.
- Visit the beautiful cliff top town of Masca
I actually discovered this via another page on instagram. Another blogger had visited and posted THIS gorgeous photo and I knew it had to be on our list. The town itself is beautiful and the drive up is something pretty special too. Winding roads where you meet full coaches trying to navigate the sharp corners make you feel as though you’re on a roller coaster. Try to visit early in the morning, to avoid the coach loads of tourists!
- Spend a day on a black sand beach
Tenerife, as a volcanic island has so many of these to offer. Before visiting the island I had never seen a black sand beach before, but they really are something special. Especially as the waves turn white as they crash to the shore making the sand look even darker. The sand is surprisingly not too warm, but on some of the beaches, it is a bit rockier and not quite fine sand, so make sure to bring beach shoes.
- Drive up into Teide National Park and see the Lava Fields
One of the most spectacular drives ben and I have ever done, you drive through pine forest before the road spits you back out into brilliant sunshine above the clouds, with endless 360 degree beautiful views. When you get up into the park, you’ll find it very difficult to not want to stop at every point to take photos, every corner you turn is more beautiful than the last. We went late into the evening at about 6pm which meant that most of the crowds of tourists had already left for the day and we had the most heavenly golden hour glow across all the mountains.
- Swim in the rock pools at Garachico
This is the one thing we didn’t get to do while we were on the island. It also was never truly hot enough to swim in them, but we did drive past and they looked beautiful. Crystal pools of water lapping the edges of dark black rocks with a few steps hammered into the edges at intervals to make it easier to climb out. Garachico, also happens to be one of the prettier seaside towns in Tenerife!
- Stop for lunch in La Orotava
A beautiful little town built on a steep hill. Around every corner in this town, there is something more beautiful to see, or a little restaurant hidden away. We found the most incredible views just by sneaking through a couple of open doorways. One was the entrance to THE single most beautiful hospital I’ve ever seen!
- Watch the sun set into the clouds at Mirador De Chipeque
Ben found this one while he was researching the best spots to watch the sunset from. While it feels you’re on the very edge of the world, looking down, pine forest surrounds you and trickles off, disappearing into the clouds below. The sun set behind La gomera and the vlouds glowed a deep orange. We didn’t have the spot to ourselves, but it was a lot quieter than any of the others we had found.
So… have I changed your opinion on Tenerife?