Looking for ideas for a winter sun family holiday? In today’s guest post, Katie of Delight So Me shares with us her wonderful family friendly ideas of things to do in Tenerife, an ideal all year round holiday destination. Katie I’m sold, my bags are packed :)
My Favourite Family-Friendly Activities in Tenerife
Tenerife is one of my favourite places to go for a family holiday. Not only is the weather almost always superb, but there are loads of family-friendly activities available for everyone to enjoy.
We regularly stay in the south of Tenerife and over the years we’ve put together a list of our favourite things to do each time we visit. Some of them cost a little bit of money and some of them are free, but all of them are guaranteed to bring smiles to our faces. Here is a small selection of some of my favourite family-friendly activities in Tenerife:
Spend a day at the beach
My most favourite beach is the one at Fañabe – it’s easy to get to and can be accessed by walking along the promenade, just south of the resort at Playa Real. This beach stretches on for what seems like miles and has a type of sand somewhere in between volcanic and golden grains. The sea is very gentle at this part of the coastline, too, so we rarely have to be concerned about waves or tides.
We love lounging on the plush sun loungers and sipping drinks from the beach bar whilst the kids play in the supervised inflatable play area, just a short distance away from the shore. There are loads of cafes, restaurants and supermarkets in the area, so we’ve got plenty of choice when lunchtime rolls around. If we don’t bother with the drinks and pack our own lunch, spending a day at the beach can even be a completely free activity.
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Visit the water park
Whilst Siam Park may be known as one of the best water parks in Europe, I think Aqualand is a better choice for families with young children. Aqualand tickets are much cheaper and some excursion companies even offer a deal where one child gets to go free for every paying adult. The park has loads of different slides and several kids’ zones full of mini water slides and other rides for them to enjoy.
My favourite thing about Aqualand is the number of lifeguards – there are loads so we always feel like the kids are in safe hands. Plus, we never get stuck paying extortionate prices for food and drink – we’re allowed to bring our own lunch and snacks into the park with us. This can make the difference between it being too expensive and it being an affordable day out everyone can enjoy.
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Play Mini Golf
Sometimes the simplest activities are the most fun and this is true when it comes to mini golf. There are quite a few mini golf courses in Tenerife but my absolute favourite is the one at Vivo Treasure Island. This course is divided into two – one suitable for children and one which is a bit trickier, more suitable for adults. Both courses are decorated beautifully with full-size statues of pirates, pirate ships and waterfalls.
After we’ve finished our game, we usually chill out on the mini man-made beach whilst the kids cool off in the pool and play on the bouncy castles and trampolines. There’s also a bar/restaurant which serves food and drink throughout the day if we get hungry.
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Spend Time at the Monkey Park
Loro Parque is a great place to spend a day, but when you’re a family of four it can get a bit expensive. Monkey Park Tenerife is a much more affordable option and it’s much closer if you’re staying in the south of Tenerife. We always have a great time wandering around the enclosures and checking out the animals, but our favourite part of this park is the interactive section.
The interactive section is a walk-in enclosure full of all different sorts of friendly animals. We buy small bags of animal food at the entrance to the park and keep a hold of them until we get here with the hopes of attracting as many animals as we can. Exotic birds usually perch on our shoulders whilst spider monkeys climb up our legs to get to the food.
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Katie is a newbie blogger from Bradford. She thinks that spending time on holiday together as a family is very important and always tries to do things that everyone can enjoy. This is one of the reasons she we continues to return to Tenerife – there are so many things to see and do to keep everyone happy and ensure everyone has a great holiday. You can follow Katie’s adventures on twitter @delightsomeblog