Cheap flights to Tenerife South
How to describe Tenerife? Volcanic lunar landscapes, lush pine forests, fertile valleys, beautiful beaches, traditional Spanish towns and bustling resorts - yes they're all here.
The largest of Spain's Canary Islands is an old favourite when it comes to tourism, having seen visitors travelling to its shores for over 100 years. So Tenerife has an infrastructure that caters for every tourist, from young revellers to families. And what's more, because it is located a mere 100 kilometres off the coast of northern Africa it has great temperatures all year long. The average is a balmy 23 degrees - no wonder it is called the 'island of eternal spring'.
Stuck for something to do on a Sunday from October through December? Grab your best swimwear and join the Insomnia Boat Party complete with drinks, DJs and the occasional inquisitive dolphin. http://www.boatpartytickets.com/boat-parties/insomnia-boat-party-tenerife/
Grab a flask, a group of friends and a blanket and head to the hills above Los Cristianos for a rustic picnic under clear night skies. The village of Vilaflor is a good spot for star-gazing, away from the light pollution of the southern resorts.
Slip into somewhere a little cooler when the sub-tropical sunshines slides south. Hard Rock Cafe's free, weekly acoustic sessions are a good bet, featuring local musicians playing it easy in Tenerife's music hall of fame restaurant every Wednesday through summer.
On April 1 The Moscow Ballet returns to Tenerife, bringing Adolphe Adam's romantic ballet Giselle to the stage of the Auditorio Infanta Leonor in Los Cristianos. You can buy tickets from the venue's terrace café, but be warned, they sell out quickly.
The back end of February and the first week in March are dominated by Santa Cruz Carnival, a non-stop frenzy of street partying, outrageous costumes and a cacophany of live music in Tenerife's capital. If you've never been, do; it's billed as the second biggest carnival in the world after Rio. If you have been, go again as every year has a new theme. This year it's Caribbean.
Arona Summer Festival kicks off on 22 July at Los Palos Golf Course in Guaza (free buses from Los Cristianos). Deadmaus, Nervo and Danny Avila are all lined up so far, along with Carl Craig and a host of other mix-spinners cranking up the crowds over at the 2nd stage. For tickets visit aronasummerfestival.com/?lang=en.
Canarian Day is on 31 May - a public holiday which sees most of the towns and villages donning their traditional Sunday best. For the most authentic experience (and freeflowing food and wine), drive to one of the fishing villages such as Los Abrigos or Las Galletas, or head to hillside towns such as Adeje or San Miguel.
With the winter sales running from the day after Kings Day (Jan 7th), often for a month or more, perhaps it's a good time to head into the mountains to escape the commercial madness. There are several picnic spots on the southern slopes of Mount Teide, including Las Lajas and Chio. Buy some meat, pack a cool box and make use of the built-in grills in these pine forest playgrounds.