The countdown has begun until the most anticipated holiday of spring. Easter Sunday is March 31st, and if you don’t have your plans set yet, now is the time to finalise your Easter plans. This year though, why not try something different? Instead of sticking to the same tradition, treat the family to an exciting and memorable holiday by heading to Tenerife.
Beautiful turquoise waters, sunny skies, dramatic volcanic mountains and breathtaking scenery – how much more convincing could one really need? Tenerife, the largest of the seven Canary Islands, makes for an ideal holiday because of warm temperatures year-round and family-friendly activities.
Planning a Trip
Getting there is easy. The Mediterranean island is just over four hours away from the UK by plane. There is an excellent array of resorts with free activities and water parks geared toward kids and families. Some of the top beachside choices include Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje. Those who are more interested in experiencing the rustic culture of Tenerife should head inland to the Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Easter is the holiest time of the year for the Roman Catholic Church. While Tenerife is a relaxing getaway, it’s also a great way to experience the holiday’s religious importance and the traditions that many Spaniards in the Canary Islands take part in.
Catch some of the processions and festivities throughout the holy week, known as Semana Santa. For the most religious celebrations, head to La Laguna and Adeje. Other great cities to observe the festivities include Garachico, Puerto de la Cruz, Los Realejos and La Oratova.
Family Fun Activities
The sprawling and geographically diverse island is the ideal playground for those who love outdoor adventures and animal watching. Catch some sun and waves along the 350km of coastline. The best beaches for families include Playa Fenabe, which is good for several water sports, El Medano, known for its windsurfing, and Play de las Teresitas. When you’re not frolicking in water or scuba diving, take the kids on a boat trip to spot whales and dolphins. The landscape inland makes for great hikes and unique experiences. Kids can explore the volcano of Mount Tiede. There is a cable car option for families with small children. If you’re not afraid to get close to the animals, then hop on a camel or pony for a fun ride in el Tanques Camello Centre.
Just make sure you bring your travel-size, and of course a, stylish alarm clock to wake you up early enough so that you don’t sleep half the day away. After all, there are still parrots and penguins to see at Loro Parque, tunnels of luarisilva to explore and more beaches to test out.