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A guide to all-inclusive breaks in Tenerife

Submitted by on 03/01/2014 – 10:24 amNo Comment
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The Canary Islands are a fantastic part of Spain to holiday in, but I think the isle that stands out for me is Tenerife. Tenerife tourism has become big business in recent years and the destination boasts an array of attractions that are free or very affordable to take part in, making it a top spot for budget-conscious holiday makers.

If you go for an all-inclusive hotel, you’ll find Tenerife becomes even more affordable. I like the thought of paying everything upfront and not having to worry about spending a single penny once I land at the resort.

While all-inclusive resorts typically cost a little bit more than a standard apartment or half-board hotel, you can eat and drink whatever you please without keeping on eye on your finances. When I go on holiday, I don’t want to have to worry about whether I’m still within my budget, and Tenerife’s wide selection of all-inclusive hotels means you’ll easily find somewhere to suit your tastes and preferences.

Another bonus of taking this type of getaway is that you’ll be surprised at what activities you can often get for free at your hotel. I’m a firm believer in making sure you take advantage of everything you’re entitled to, and you might find you can enjoy some complimentary water sports.

Scuba diving is brilliant in Tenerife due to the clear and warm waters. There are lots of different diving centres to choose from, although if you book through your hotel you’ll find it uses a set one anyway.

I love the look of the whale and dolphin-watching tours from the island, particularly in the south-west where you’ll get the best chance of catching a glimpse of these beautiful creatures. During 80 per cent of the year, you can see pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins, and on these days you are almost guaranteed to spot these species splashing about in the waves close to your boat.

As you sail away from the coastline, you’ll notice Tenerife is home to many beaches, with 16 of these being awarded the Blue Flag for the good water and sand quality. If you are a sun worshipper – after all, the island boasts an average yearly temperature of 23 degrees C – you’ll definitely want to hit the beach. Not only is it a free activity, but the stretches of sand on the island really are beautiful.

Just a small selection of beaches to lie back on includes El Duque, a golden sandy stretch with calm waters, and El Socorro. This latter location is popular with surfers, but with this comes a strong swell, so be careful when swimming.

Aside from the wide choice of beaches, water sports and all-inclusive accommodation, Tenerife is also famous for its green spaces. Teide National Park is full of flora and fauna, such as the Canary Island Lizard, wall gecko, wild canary and Algerian hedgehog. It costs nothing to go on a walk across the national park, allowing you to stretch your legs and soak up the sun at the same time.

You’ll notice Mount Teide in the distance, which standing at 3,718 m makes it the highest mountain in the country. If you’re something of an activity enthusiast, I definitely recommend you climb some of the way up this peak, as the views are simply spectacular.

Have you been on holiday to Tenerife? If so, leave your top ideas for affordable things to see and do below.

 

 

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