Don’t Like Britain? Try Tenerife Instead!

While I’m trying to preach that Britain is the best place since sliced bread, some people just can’t stand being here longer than they have to and love to get abroad for a few weeks rather than staying at home.

I invite people on the write for us page to rant, rave and criticize Britain as there are two sides to every story, so if you want to read about somewhere else, read on…

Tenerife is a well-known summer destination, and one in particular is hugely popular with the
party-orientated set – Playa de las Americas. This is the biggest resort on the island, and the busiest, thanks to its party atmosphere. Due to the almost guaranteed sun, there are many bargains to be had all year. I wouldn’t recommend this destination for those wanting a chill-out – it’s noisy!

There are many great deals to be had, thanks to low-cost airlines. I’ve found one way of making my holiday even more fun, is to book an airport hotel prior to travelling. This means an earlier start to my break, which is never a bad thing. It also means I wake up fresh and raring to go, not stressed out and ready to scream. Give Ramada Encore at Birmingham Airport a try when flying from the Midlands.

Another plus in this destination’s favour is the short transfer time – something I look for. Around 30 minutes should get you to resort, from Reina Sofia airport. Once there, you’ll find it easy to get around with good bus links and plentiful taxis. I would recommend you set the price of your journey before getting in though. Alternatively, why not hire a car and explore, I find this is a really great way to see more.

This is a lively destination, based around the beaches during the day, and nightlife later on, however there is plenty to explore. Acantilados de los Gigantes, Cliffs of the Giants to you and me, are a really popular day out, and one I’d suggest. Remember your camera – the huge, sheer cliffs are an imposing sight to remember.

If you’re like me, and into nature, there are lots of whale and dolphin watching boat-trips available. Alternatively, Pico del Teide, Spain’s highest mountain, begs to be explored, by either hiking, if you’re feeling energetic, or cable-car. For fantastic views alone, I suggest you do this.

Of course, Tenerife’s beaches are famous for being volcanic, with a dramatic dark colour to the sand, all lined by plentiful bars and restaurants for a cool-down. The beaches can get crowded in peak season, so I’d recommend getting your spot early. There are plenty of water-sports on offer, including my favourite – parasailing. Give it a go, it’s great fun.

Are you like me, and enjoy shopping? Well there’s plenty around the resort, including larger stores. For something a little more traditional, on Thursdays and Saturdays there’s Torviscas Market. I always like to take home something traditional as a souvenir, and you’ll find plenty here.

So onto night-time. Famous for its loud, bright vibe, Playa de las Americas is all about fun. Before hitting the clubs, I suggest lining your stomach, and there are plenty of restaurants offering international cuisine. Try some traditional Canarian food, with Canarian potatoes delicious, although spicy!

Bars, clubs, even a casino await you. I’d suggest you look for the best drinks deals – many will offer happy hours or buy-one-get-one-frees.

Tenerife need not break the bank, with plenty of scope for saving, and Playa de las Americas will leave you with a smile on your face. I would recommend starting your break refreshed, so look into the airport hotel idea, with Russ Hill Hotel Gatwick, and The Holiday Inn at Gatwick two great suggestions when flying from Gatwick.

For good summer fun, I’d recommend Tenerife.

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