Going on holiday with your children is one of the enduring memories of early family life. Many of us may have grown up remembering trips to the British seaside with a fondness that only comes with nostalgia.
However, these are now the days of X Boxes, iPads and social media and unfortunately, your kids are unlikely to be as impressed with a bucket and spade, a 99 and a shingle beach as you were, but you can rest assured there is plenty to keep the kids entertained in resorts across Europe now.
One location that has been a long-standing favourite of families looking for some sun, sea and sand is Tenerife – family holidays in Tenerife have a great mixture of fun activities of kids for all ages and here are our top three.
Tips For Exploring Tenerife With The KidsExploring Tenerife With The Kids
Visit Siam Park
While on your Tenerife holiday, you will notice the sun gets hot – very hot – and what better way to cool off than in one of Europe’s largest waterparks?
Here your kids will be thrilled to see menacing-sounding rides such as the Dragon, the Volcano and the Tower of Power – which has a massive 28m vertical drop.
If you want to do some family activities (or if you just don’t feel like the Tower of Power today), you may take solace in the six-lane racing slide or the rapids, which will have you and your kids circling around under the Canary Island sun.
While you are there you will not want to miss out on the Wave Palace, which boasts waves of around 3m – the largest artificial ones in the world.
Also you could spend the evening whiling away the time on the blissful Mai Thai lazy river ride – just don’t fall asleep..! Siam Park is open daily between 10:00 and 18:00, although in the winter it does close an hour earlier.
See Some Exotic WildlifeExotic Wildlife
Most kids love animals, but in Tenerife there is more to see than just goats and cows. If you time it right, you and your family will be able to spot some magnificent pilot whales and a pod of dolphins.
All you need to do is head to the popular tourist resort of Las Americas and book yourselves onto one of the numerous boat trips.
It’s best to be as environmentally friendly as possible to ensure that the ocean giants return for for generations to come. Choosing an operator that follows guidelines for minimising the disturbance to the whales can help ensure your kids can take your grandchildren to see the beasts in years to come.
As well as the marine life, you can also find the world’s largest collection of parrots at Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz.
Get The Best Picture Opportunity
Waterparks and whales are all well and good, but if your kids are after the perfect Facebook picture, then you should find Mount Teide – and you can hardly miss it!
As you approach the island on your plane you will see the huge volcano jutting up from the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Once you have touched down, a day trip to the Parque Nacional de las Canadas del Teide is a must.
Here, you will find an enormous 48km crater, out of which the 3,718m peak rises. It is the highest point in any Spanish territory and its hardly surprising that it is Tenerife’s most visited tourist attraction.