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Winter Holidays in Tenerife

Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, is very easy to get to from the UK by flying via First Choice. With its strategic location close to Europe and Africa, it makes for an excellent winter destination compared to the frigid temperatures you’ll experience at home. Known for its nightlife and its beaches, this is a brief guide to spending your winters in this island. Note that the Canary Islandsares technically a part of Spain so you will need your passport to get in, and they mostly speak Spanish on the island.

Getting In: There are two airports on the island: Tenerife South & Tenerife North, although most airlines land on Tenerife South. Once you get there you can take a bus or rent a car and drive yourself around the various attractions or activities you may set your heart on doing.

What to Do: Plenty!

1) Loro Parque (Parrot Park) – it’s one of the biggest attractions in the Canary Islands. This is a humongous zoo/theme park/conservation area, known for its orcas (some on loan from SeaWorld), and its animal shows. If you’re in for some water fun, you can slash around at Siam Park the next day.

2) Teide Volcano - catch a cable car (26 EUR) to Spain’s highest volcano. Along the way, you can also see majestic views of the national park around you. There are three cable car routes that you can choose from; you can actually spend hours on end just staring at different views form various viewpoints.

3) Playa de las Teresitas ­If lounging at the beach and soaking the sun is more your thing, head to this white beach, which is not really common around the area (they had to import the sand from the Sahara desert). This is one of the more popular beaches in the island, so be prepared for some crowds if you’re here during peak season.

4) Playa Jardin – Speaking of black sand beaches, this is the best black sand beach in the island. It got its name from the garden that’s on top of the main beach, filled with palm trees, cacti, and other plants. Be careful when going in the water though, the waves are quite big.

5) Garachico – A pretty little seaside town that’s been unfortunate enough to endure volcanic eruptions, the bubonic plague, and other disasters. Very charming and quaint with cobblestone streets. You can swim in the natural rock pools that came from previous volcanic eruptions

Undoubtedly, Tenerife is one of those destinations that is close to Europe but feel  like a tropical country in itself, even during the dead of winter!

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