A guide to visiting Tenerife with the kids
If you’re planning a family holiday to Tenerife, you’ll no doubt be pleased to hear there are plenty of child-friendly attractions – including several exciting theme parks. To get some quick tips on where to go and how to avoid tantrums, read my guide.
General travel tips
Let’s start with the basics, shall we? Fortunately, it only takes a few hours to fly to Tenerife from the UK, but as anyone who has travelled with kids before knows, you really do need to pack some entertainment. The key is to aim for a mix of different things – so perhaps stories, colouring books and a handheld games console – for variety.
For younger children, it’s also worth packing their favourite teddy so they can sleep on the plane. Once you land, the key thing to think about will be sun safety. Let your kids pick out things like sun hats and sunglasses before they travel (so they don’t end up complaining about wearing something they don’t like) and remember to cover them in sun cream.
It’s also important to book a family-friendly hotel. Companies like Sovereign can help you find resorts that are both great for kids and luxurious (so us adults don’t have to miss out on a little pampering!).
Cable car in Teide National Park
Moving on to where you should go, I think one place that ought to be high on your list is a visit to Teide National Park – more specifically, a trip to the top of Mount Teide in the cable car. This is the highest mountain in Spain, so it’s pretty exciting, and kids are bound to be equally enthralled by the ride up.
My main tip here is to arrive fairly early in the day. The cable car is really popular, so queues can get long – particularly in the afternoon.
All of my next top picks are theme park-based, but each has something quite different to offer. The first, Loro Parque, is the Canary Island’s best-loved animal park, and has the somewhat unusual distinction of being home to the largest collection of parrots in the whole word.
In fact, this park actually started out as a refuge for parrots and, while the birds do remain the key focal point, there’s so much more to see and do here now. For instance, you can discover all kinds of marine life in the aquarium, visit the charmingly named Planet Penguin (that’d definitely be high on my to-do list!) and even spot killer whales.
Next up, we have Siam Park, which you’ll find in Costa Adeje. Styled after the ancient kingdom of Siam, this is one of the largest waterparks in Europe – so it’s a pretty irresistible place to take the kids if you’re coming to Tenerife.
Plus, there’s a free Siam Park bus that leaves from Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos, so it’s nice and easy to get to if you’re staying at one of the major resorts.
There are loads of exciting rides here, including the almost vertical drop that is the 28 m high Tower of Power slide. What’s especially great about his park, though, is that there are lots of gentler things to do too.
For example, you can check out a sea lion show (bound to please the little ones) and relax on the specially designed Siam Beach.
Last up, I recommend heading to PuebloChico in La Orotava. This quirky little park is home to lots of mini recreations and models of popular Canary Island monuments and landscapes. You can even see a miniature Mount Teide here!
There are some lovely gardens to explore as well. Personally, I think this sounds like a particularly nice place to visit if you’re travelling with younger kids.
Photo by mares87 on Flickr.