Holidays with children in Tenerife
This was not our first trip to Tenerife, but this year we were surprisingly unlucky with the weather. We were on the island in the first half of July, there were no completely sunny days, the sea was not too hospitable, it often rained. Basically, the picture outside the window was like this:
We stayed at the Sandos San Blas Nature Resort & Golf 5 * hotel near the town of Los Abrigos. The hotel is not ready to praise or scold much, but the well-heated pools were a big plus, thanks to which our vacation did not go completely without swimming. In terms of accessibility to beaches, this location is only suitable for those who, like us, rent a car. The popular Los Cristianos and Las Americas can be reached quickly by the hotel shuttle, but without a car it would still be inconvenient.
There are several very decent fish restaurants in Los Abrigos that stand out from others in the more touristic parts of the island. I liked the assortment of products in stores: good fruits and seafood, a large selection of jamon and Spanish (including continental) sausages. Restaurants near the beaches are average, often have a large menu, they prepare dishes for almost every taste, but from frozen products. Significantly better cooked in places where there is no such stream who wants to eat quickly. At the same time, the local cuisine is quite simple, it will not surprise a person who is able to cook vegetables and fish himself. Service is normal, barkers near restaurants are moderately intrusive, but without busting.
Near the city there is a little-known tourist beach with natural baths of Granadilla – not the best place to visit with children, but tourists who are tired of standard Canary attractions may like:
We went to Monkey Zoo – a zoo dedicated entirely to monkeys. In addition to cages with a variety of primates, there is a pavilion filled with lemurs, where you can go to chat with these tailed and friendly animals. They can be touched, ironed and fed (with feed sold at the entrance to the zoo).
We went to the popular Loro park, which left a double impression. We were there about ten years ago in the late autumn, then the excursions and design of the park really liked. During this time, the park did not become worse, but the number of tourists greatly spoils the pleasure of visiting. There are not many people, but wildly many, you can’t push through the tracks, there are about a dozen people who want to capture it in memory of one beast. There are quite expensive and very average quality cafes in the park. I think that traveling with children should not be at the peak of the tourist season. We left in an hour, and the children did not ask to stay yet.
I really liked the cliffs of Los Gigantes, I am sure this place is suitable for lovers to spend their holidays in a well-kept place a little away from the main tourist flows.
We were on the island at different times of the year, in my opinion, it is best here in the fall: in September and October. At this time, the ocean is well warmed up, very warm and few storms.
The advantages of the resort I would include: safety, good medical care (I had to use it), well-developed public transport, cheap car rental, a variety of climate in a small area, clean large beaches, a good selection of products in stores.
The minuses of relaxing in Tenerife include: in the summer it is not hot at all, the resort is popular and it is crowded, most of the restaurants are not up to par.