Tenerife Journals

Family Friendly Tenerife

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An October 2012 trip to Tenerife by Joy S

La Orotava from the bridge Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands More Photos
Quote: Some of the places we, as a family with a 9 year old boy, most enjoyed during our stay in Tenerife

Teide National Park/Mount Teide

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Attraction | "Mount Teide Volcano"

Teide National Park/Mount Teide Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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If there is a place on Tenerife that you must visit before you leave the island, it is Mount Teide. This place fascinated us so much, we hired a car during our first week and spent the day exploring the area, then we did the same thing on our second week. It is fascinating, beautiful and very unusual.Mount Teide is actually Spain's highest mountain, standing at 12,198 feet above sea level. It dominates the entire island, is the first thing you see when you fly over Tenerife and is the main geographical feature. Added to that is the fact it is a dormant volcano! It is the third largest volcano in the world. Only in Hawaii will you find 2 bigger volcanoes.Our son was thrille...Read More

Teide National Park/Mount Teide

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Loro Park (Loro Parque-Parrot Park)

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Attraction | "Loro Parque"

Loro Park (Loro Parque-Parrot Park) Photo, Canary Islands, Spain
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We booked an excursion to Loro Parque through our tour operator, before we left the UK. We did have a good day out, but in hindsight, had we known exactly how long the journey there and back would take, we would have given it a miss. The tour operator said it took just over an hour to get there from our location, it took well over 2 hours each way, so a lot of our time was wasted travelling on the motorway.Loro Parque is in the north of the island, in Puerto de la Cruz. It is a wildlife park - with all sorts of animals including sharks, gorillas, parrots, penguins and all kinds of other exotic animals. It is a massive attraction on Tenerife, they advertise and promote themselves heavily ju...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 20, 2013

Loro Park (Loro Parque-Parrot Park)
Puerto De La Cruz
Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Siam Park

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Siam Park Photo, Adeje, Tenerife
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Siam Park is supposedly the biggest water park in Europe. When you are in Tenerife, you can't fail to hear about this place. It is very well marketed and there are adverts and huge posters literally everywhere. We drove past it on our way from the airport on our first day, so it was a must-do for us, according to our 9 year old son. We did have a great day out at Siam Park, in fact our son thought it was the best thing he did in Tenerife.The park is in Costa Adeje, not far from Playa de las Americas. Apparently if you are staying in one of the big resorts - Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas or Coste Adeje, they run a free bus service to the park. Our hotel was about 25 minutes dr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2013

Siam Park
Autopista TFE 1
Adeje, Canary Islands
00 34 922 691 45

Los Gigantes and Puerto de la Cruz

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Puerto de la Cruz Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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Two seaside towns that we as a family enjoyed visiting were Los Gigantes and Puerto de la Cruz. Los Gigantes is in the south of the island, Puerto de la Cruz is right up in the north, but both offer lots of family friendly things to do.Los Gigantes was only about 15 minutes drive from our hotel, so we decided to go there and explore. It is a nice resort - quite touristy, but still fairly small. The good thing is that there are no high rise hotels, so the views are still very lovely.The resort, on the day we visited, had beautiful views over the sparkling sea, blue skies and glittering sands. It gets its name from the huge, dramatic cliffs which tower over it - the giants. ...Read More

La Orotava

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La Orotava from the bridge Photo, Tenerife, Canary Islands
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La Orotava is a beautiful little town in the north of the island - very close to the resort of Puerto de la Cruz. It kept both the adults and children in our party happy. It is an old, elegant and very sophisticated hill town with amazing architecture - great for the grown-ups, but with steep, cobbled streets, wooden balconies and great places to explore so it is also fun for children.Traditionally La Orotava was home to Tenerife's aristocracy. The most wealthy and noble families settled here after the Spanish Conquest. There is still something of an aristocratic air about the whole place today.We parked and crossed over the bridge towards the old town. If you stop on the...Read More