Sun, sea, sand and so much to do – when it comes to picking the perfect destination for a family holiday, it’s hard to beat the beautiful Spanish island of Tenerife.
It’s convenient too – even if you’re getting flights to tenerife from glasgow, for example, it will only be a few hours before you’ve swapped rainy Scotland for an island jam packed with exciting and varied opportunities for entertainment.
One of the very best of those is Siam Park, a water-based theme park set amongst 185,000 square metres of exotic grounds. It has plenty for the real thrill-seekers – the Tower of Power is more than just your regular water slide – it featuresa near-vertical drop of 28 metres and a trip through a piranha infested aquarium.
The 200mKinnaree water slide and The Dragon offer up more options in terms of adrenaline-fuelled fun, but there is plenty on offer for younger children and older, less ambitious members of the family too. There are several tamer and yet equally enjoyable rides, as well as an area where you can learn to surf on artificial waves – none of that waiting around for a big one like in the real sea.
Sticking to the sea theme, if you’re a family of explorers then you’ll love the Tenerife’s submarine safari.Be taken down 30 metres below the surface and experience the sea like you never have before – looking through your very own porthole across the seabed and all the wonderful life that inhabits it. Stingrays, eels, starfish – the seabed is your oyster with one of these trips (and maybe you’ll see one of those too).
If you prefer the animals of the land to the creatures out at sea then fear not, because Jungle Park LasAguilas can cater for your needs. With over 500 animals, including lions, leopards, birds of prey and ten different types of monkey, you really are spoilt for choice here. Catch the shows to see the animals at their absolute finest – certainly not to be missed.
Ever wished you could go on a beautiful, scenic cycle ride but without having to bother with all that tiresome pedalling? Well, with Rafting Bikes from The Boke Man, now you can! Travel through 22 miles of stunning Tenerife land without having to pedal once as you freewheel fromTeide National Park, 2,200 metres above sea level, all the way back downto the coast. You’re even followed by a vehicle laden with picnic supplies for when you get a little peckish and fancy a break from all that pedalling you haven’t been doing…
If you fancy an even more authentic way to travel through the Tenerife countryside, then CentroHipico La Caldera del Rey, an English farm which offers up trips on horseback, is the perfect choice. Based just 10-15 minutes’ drive from the main resorts, you can saddle up and trek through rural Tenerife, exploring parts of the island that you would never normallysee. If you’re not an experienced rider then there’s no need to worry – they cater for every level and there are over 3o horses, which means you’re sure to find one on which you feel comfortable.