9 Reasons Why Tenerife Isn’t Just For Nans
There’s more to the biggest Canary Island than timeshares and tanning…
Think of Tenerife and what springs to mind: all-inclusive package holidays with your grandparents? Tans so leathery they could rival a Louis V handbag? Well, get ready to have your mind blown wide open, because we’ve seen a whole different side to the biggest Canary Island and it’s every bit as Instagram-worthy as anywhere in the Caribbean – without the long-haul flight.
Here’s why you should consider Tenerife for your next vacay…
1. It’s got a brand new gig space to rival your favourite Ibiza hotspots
The December 2016 Grand Opening of Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife brought with it a new outdoor entertainment venue. With a capacity of 5,000 it can hold as many gig-goers as Ushuaia in Ibiza and there are already plans in place to introduce a version of Ushuaia’s signature day party, Ants, to HRH Tenerife. Can we get a ‘yaaaaaaasss’ please? Add to that a monthly Children Of The 80s night, complete with OG acts (December’s had the Village People, C+C Music Factory and Rozalla) and fancy dress, and what more could you want from a holiday really? OK, OK, we know you want more, so…
2. It’s home to the third-highest volcano in the world
Let’s just stop to consider that, because who would have thought it, really? But it’s true: inside Teide National Park lies Mount Teide, the highest peak in the whole of Spain, which you can take a cable car up and see some pretty amazing views. You can even opt to do it at sunset, for some extra ’grammable pics, or if you’re more at one with nature than us you could hike instead of taking the cable car. Feel that burn (and no, we don’t mean from lava, because we doubt Teide’s going to erupt anytime soon).
3. There’s a pretty epic waterpark
According to TripAdvisor, Siam Park is the best waterpark in the world. According to us, it’s a pretty damn good way to spend a day, with rides for both adrenaline junkies and less enthusiastic swimmers (hello, lazy river). Personally we’re big fans of the Tower Of Power, a 28-metre tall slide, which you’ll fly down at up to 80km/h. You do pass through an aquarium on the way down, but it’s pretty hard to keep your eyes open and look at the fishes when there’s water splashing up at you, and you’re about to lose your bikini. Still fun though.
4. Sunset views don’t come much better than this
The 16th rooftop bar at Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife is the perfect place to watch the sun set over Teide, cocktail in hand… how blissful. Then, when it gets dark and the live music starts, you can stay up there and dance under the stars. Dreamy.
5. You can go wine tasting and feel *~fAnCy~*
If you want a traditional Canarian experience, away from the resorts, then Finca Altos de Trevejos in Vilaflor is a must-visit. A farm near Teide National Park, its vineyards cover 24 hectares of land, so needless to say there's more than enough wine to go round. As well as sampling the vino, Altos de Trevejos also offer a delicious set lunch and canapes, all locally sourced so you get a real taste of Tenerife.
6. Or you could even pretend you’re in Arizona
Back at Teide National Park you'll find Los Roques de Garcia, including the Roque Cinchado, a pretty famous rock formation that used to appear on Spain's 1000 peseta notes before the Euro kicked in. It also looks a lot like you're in the Grand Canyon, so you know, feel free to fool your Insta followers.
7. There’s a spa with a twist that your nan would never approve of anyway
The Rock Spa at HRH Tenerife offers an exclusive Synchronicity Rhythm & Motion Massage, where the therapist's motions are specially choreographed to a soundtrack, and you've got a fancy speaker right above your head to make sure you really feel that music. Sounds slightly weird, but it's actually just what you need in between a morning of sunbathing and a night of partying, trust us.
8. You can go snorkelling or scuba diving with sea turtles
Whoa, dude! If you’re a big fan of Finding Nemo and (hopefully) water, there are so many snorkelling and diving centres in Tenerife, though one of the best is Tenerife Scuba. You can book in for a single dive, where you’ll be underwater for 30-40 minutes, or total water babies might want to try a multi-day course. Gimme some fin, noggin, duuuude.
9. Loads of movies have been filmed there
If you're a film buff, why not hire a car to explore the island's various film locations? Jason Bourne, Fast And Furious 6 and Wrath Of The Titans are just a few blockbusters that have been shot on Tenerife in recent years, but you can find out more about filming in Tenerife here.
Rooms at Hard Rock Tenerife start at €250 per night for a silver deluxe room (standard double) based on two people sharing. For more information visit hrhtenerife.com.