Tenerife in October
Well-served by carriers around the UK, Tenerife is a great choice for a spot of autumnal sun. The resort towns are quieter than in the heat of summer and the island is small enough to explore on your own - hire a car and off you go.
In a nutshell
- Will suit: couples and families with children
- Flying time: 4 hours
- Time difference: 0
- Average temperature: 22°C
- Tourist information: www.webtenerife.co.uk
How to get there
- The major tour operators all operate to the island, although their times and departure airports vary.
Where to stay
- The island is home to several five-star, family-friendly hotels. Top of the Mumsnet reviews is Thomson's Sensatori resort in Guia De Isora. This is a large resort-style, five-star hotel, with separate adult and children areas, four restaurants, four swimming pools, entertainment and spa facilities.
What to do
As a volcanic island, Tenerife is home to some amazing lunar-like landscapes. To really see it at its best, head inland to explore one of the national parks. One of the best is Teide in central Tenerife, which is home to the third largest (and still active) volcano in the world, Mount Teide. For some breathtaking views, either walk the five hours to the top or take an eight-minute cable car ride.
The waters between the islands of Tenerife and La Gomera are a truly outstanding location for observing colonies of pilot whales and dolphins, which remain there throughout the year.
Tenerife offers fantastic views of the Milky Way, nebulas and shooting stars. Families can book a star-gazing excursion and even see red stars and blue stars through a telescope, or simply have a picnic beneath the stars.
- Water parks
Siam Park and Aqualand are both located in the south near Playa de Las Americas. The newer of the two, Siam Park, is Thai-themed, with countless slides, wave pool, lazy river and golden sand beach. Billed as one of the finest in Europe, it scores high on the thrill factor, but bear in mind this park is more suited to over-eights, unless your younger children are very tall for their age.
Aqualand is older - and indeed tamer - but far more suitable for younger children. There is a big pool but with no waves, so you can enjoy a swim without getting dragged underwater, and parents can accompany children on some of the rides.
Swing through the trees at Tenerife's newest outdoor adventure park, the first of its kind on the island. Boasting the largest trees in the Canary Islands, the park incorporates two tree-climbing circuits, one for families and one for the more adventurous, reaching up to 80m in height and featuring 30m-high wooden platforms.
- Hire a car - you'll find plenty of car hire options online, for much cheaper than you'll pay in resort.
- Family-friendly beaches include Torviscas, Fanabe, Troya, La Arena, Las Vistas, El Duque, Los Cristianos, Las Américas and Las Teresitas.
- If you fancy an alternative dip, head to the natural salt pools. Many can be found along the coastline of Puerto de la Cruz or Garachico. For safe, calm swimming conditions, head to the Lido at the Martianez waterfront in Puerto de la Cruz.
- Temperatures drop off early evening so remember to pack something warmer.
What Mumsnetters say
- The North is lush and tropical, so a nice temperature for young ones. It has a cute parrot park, plus lovely cafes for parents. The South is drier and more touristy. Celibin
- Try and go on a Spanish Knight Jousting evening. Brilliant fun and most of the knights are very dishy! Diabolo
- If you're willing to take the 45-minute drive to the other side of the island, Loro Parque is a world-class zoo that I can't recommend highly enough for families. The volcano caldera is an amazing spectacle for adults, but won't necessarily hold a child's attention for long. The forests on the higher regions of the mountain are gorgeous with great walks/hikes and spectacular views across the island and the sea. damphlett