For many, Tenerife conjures images of tacky bars, high-rise hotels and hordes of sunburned Brits. However, with postcard-perfect scenery, year-round sunshine and stylish hotels, Tenerife (the largest and most populous of the seven Canary Islands) couldn’t be a better destination for a spring break.
Whether you’re after a cheap deal or something a little more upscale, Tenerife is extremely affordable. Average flight prices from a search on Fly.com start from £106, return, for travel in March and April, and Travelzoo currently has full-board holiday deals available from £299 for a week in spring.
Nicknamed the Island of Eternal Spring, Tenerife has a temperate climate. Its temperature rarely drops below 20°C, even in early spring, making the island a perfect holiday spot any time of the year.
Easy to reach
Another big plus is that it’s only four hours away by air from London, which goes to show that you don’t need to travel far for good weather and stunning scenery.
Tenerife boasts 350km of coastline and 67km of beaches. A mix of white, gold and black sand, the beaches are described by Condé Nast Traveller as "gorgeous". Teresitas and El Bollullo are two of the most beautiful.
Nature lovers or walking enthusiasts should head to Mount Teide (a 12,198-foot volcano and Spain’s highest peak), and the surrounding Teide National Park -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is rich in flora and fauna and has plenty of walking and climbing trails. You can also take a cable car up to the peak -- a great alternative for those who want the spectacular views without the effort.
For a day of culture head to Tenerife’s capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Lonely Planet describes the city as "vibrant" and "typically Spanish" with "evocative, brightly painted buildings, sophisticated and quirky shops". We recommend a visit to the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre (Museum of Nature and Man) and the Auditorio de Tenerife, home of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, and one of the island’s main attractions.
Tenerife hosts a whole bundle of festivals in the springtime, including Semana Santa (Holy Week) over Easter, and the more traditional Romería de San Marcos and Fiestas de la Cruz, celebrated with fireworks, processions and fancy dress.