Tenerife, you had us at Ola!
We’re just back from the most amazing trip to Tenerife, it was so beautiful, a top destination for a bit of outdoors sunshine adventure and nowhere near as ‘Benidorm’ as we were first expecting!
Just 4.5 hours flight from London Stansted (can I just say it’s all about the fast track through security, just £7 extra and took every ounce of stress out of the trip a la toddler) !
We stayed in a little cove called Puerto de Santiago, which is just a small walk down a big hill into Los Gigantes, adorned with a stunning backdrop of mountains, a little volcanic sand beach, a harbour and the most epic sunset over the sea every night. it was the sunshine family re-set we so desperately needed, we would definitely go back.
There is a huge range of accomodation, especially hotels and apartments. We stayed in a family apartment, within a complex called El Marquis, which was relatively basic but lovely all the same. It was reasonably priced and perfect for our needs, a great size with a spacious kitchen with all appliances you need to cook, there was a lovely sized balcony where I practised yoga and we watched the sun set every night with a glass of wine! Downstairs there was a pool with good restaurant and friendly staff, who let me take the sangria jug up to our room! Just a walk across the road there was a Lidl (I did not know how good Lidl now is for Organic food until this trip!) and then just behind us on the other side was the most amazing supermarket with an even bigger range of organic and ‘free from’ foods, perfect for stocking up the fridge with snacks and meals and as we had Kobe, we ate most evenings at home, especially once we had discovered that our balcony was the best place in Tenerife to watch the sunset, we had no need to go out at night to eat.
Mount Tiede National Park
if you visit Tenerife, you have to go to Mount Tiede National Park,, it was the highlight of our trip. We got a cable car up the mountain, which was stunning and the only way up with a toddler! Kobe loved the adventure of the cable car and the views from the top of the mountain were epic, you can only spend an hour there though with young children due to the altitude, which genuinely felt a bit intense, however there is so much to see in and around the base of the mountain and the parks, that if you don’t fancy the trip up, you can still make a day of adventures at the bottom.. Bring a picnic, some warm clothes and stop off at all the different little rocky nooks – we spent hours adventuring and climbing, it was the best day!
Pool day at Oasis, Los Gigantes
This place is great for kids,; 2 pools, one shallow for younger children with a small slide and sprinklers and another with two bigger slides. From the side barriers you can watch the waves crash and just below there is a public pool. There is a pool bar and general cafe/restaurant where you can grab a bite to eat.. You pay just 8 Euros for a bed for the day, its in the centre of Los Gigantes, so you have the beach, harbour’s shops and restaurants all in a 5 minute walking distance.
Sunset Sangria & Surf
Before we had discovered the sunset fruits of our balcony, we headed over to watch the sunset with a sangria at a little beach bar in Los Americas, there are lots of beach bars along the strip there. There was a lovely atmosphere and it was much quieter than I had expected. We watched the surfers ride the waves as the sun went down and Kobe snoozed in his pushchair. It was perfect!
The best thing about Tenerife was the ease of being there with Kobe, it was perfect for young children, with lots to do,. The weather was lovely every day and there were slots of outdoors adventure options , If you have older kids, there is even more to do, lots of excursions, a big waterpark and boat trips to see whales and dolphins in the wild. We were only there for 5 days and will definitely return again, but if you do nothing else when you visit, you must go to Mount Tiede! x