My wife and I decided that, together with our two children, we needed a well-deserved break and we opted to go on holiday to Tenerife. We booked a flights and hotel package on line and it was so simple. I had been to Tenerife as young man but I wasn’t prepared for the colossal changes that had taken place with the explosion of hotels, restaurants and other amenities.
We were booked into one of the smaller family operated hotels in Los Christianos. This suited us just fine with it’s friendly lack of formality and a swimming pool that would grace any 5 star establishment. The main beach was a ten-minute stroll away and although the food at the hotel was of a very high standard we were spoilt for choice with the many restaurants that surrounded us. It’s interesting to note that nearly four million Brits visit the island annually along with a further 1.2 million other nationalities which explains why tourism is the number one industry on Tenerife.
Being the largest and most populated of the seven Canary Islands Tenerife is by far the most visited and its facilities reflect this. To build a new hotel on the island is now strictly controlled and it must aspire to at least 5 star standard and offer a golf course, conference facility or some other eco friendly attraction.
We spent days out at one of the many water parks, which meant we didn’t have to travel outside for lunch or snacks. In the evening we would try different restaurants or dine at the hotel. My son and I are very keen golfers and we managed to get in a couple of rounds a week while the girls went on shopping expeditions in either Los Chritianos or Playa de las Americas and I am assured that all the big brand names are readily available.
In the middle of the break we decided to go to the north of the island to for a couple nights and found it refreshingly cooler than Los Christianos, which is in the hottest part of the island. Getting around Tenerife couldn’t be easier whether it be by hire car, metered taxi or by the very efficient and cheap bus service.
I will definitely go no holiday to Tenerife again and probably make base in the north of the island and take in more of the cultural side of things that it has to offer. I suspect it will be sans children as they are now reaching the age where they will want to vacation with their friends, suits me.