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Top Family Days Out in Tenerife

Simon Hemelryk / 22 November 2016

The perfect destination for multi-generational holidays, the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife, has some of the best attractions for children, parents and grandparents.

Siam Park, Tenerife
According to TripAdvisor, Siam Park is the best water park in the world

Siam Park, The Water Kingdom

The best water park in the world, according to TripAdvisor. 

The vast site includes terrifying water rollercoaster Singha, in which visitors travel at up to 18m per second for almost quarter of a kilometre, changing direction 14 times. 

On Tower of Power, you plunge 28 metres down a tube that passes through an aquarium full of sharks. The Lost City has multiple towers, bridges and cascades, while The Wave Palace boasts artificial waves of up to 3m high.

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Loro Parque

A classy zoo, featuring gorillas, tigers, sea lion shows and the largest dolphin pool in Europe.

There is also a free-flight aviary that includes emus, cockatoos, kookaburras, and many other exotic birds, and a penguin colony on what is supposedly one of the largest icebergs outside the polar regions.

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Playa de Las Teresitas

Golden sand, imported from the Sahara, stretches for more than a mile at this beach not far from Tenerife’s capital Santa Cruz.

Enclosed by a man-made reef, dotted with green palm trees and with limited development, the area is surprisingly tranquil.

As well as digging sand castles or swimming in the calm waters, you can take part in a game of volleyball, a yoga class, or visit one of the bars and restaurants.

5 great things to do in Tenerife

Whale watching

The stretch of water between Tenerife and neighbouring island La Gomera is a big draw for pilot whales and dolphins, along with the likes of sperm whales and orcas.

Many boat trips takes place on vessels with glass-bottomed hulls. They run from coastal settlements including Los Cristianos, Los Gigantes, and Las Galletas.

Cueva Del Viento

Brave youngsters will be thrilled exploring this network of dark, silent volcanic caves, guided only by the lamp on their helmets.

As well as some spectacular galleries, there are also 190 species of subterranean fauna, most of which are invertebrates, including the attractive-sounding eyeless cockroach.

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Discover Tenerife, an island where the sun shines all year, an otherworldly landscape meets crystal blue seas, and a distinct culture is waiting to welcome you… Find out more here

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