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The Island of Eternal Spring aka Tenerife

One of the best travel tips I can give you is to plan ahead.  At the start of the year, check your kid’s school calendar, take a note of all your country’s public holidays and work out where and when you want to go.  Despite some great late deals on offer, I prefer to plan months in advance and take advantage of availability and early bird discounts.  With Christmas around the corner, it means that it’s not too early to start planning that summer holiday!

If you live in Europe, an area guaranteed to give you good weather from June to September are the Canary islands, a Spanish archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa.  The largest of the islands is Tenerife, so popular it welcomes 5 million tourists each year!  There is also accommodation to suit any budget that come in all shapes and sizes from country cottages to all-inclusive luxury resorts.

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Whilst there’s certainly nothing wrong with kicking back on a sun lounger and staying put in your resort all week, there’s actually loads to do on the island.  Teide National Park offers the highest peak in Spain and before you mutter ‘well how am I going to do that with kids in tow’, you can take the cable car practically all of the way!  (you’ll need to sign up for a free permit to walk the remaining 200m should you wish…)

Garachico

If you fancy pottering around ye olde Tenerife, take a trip to the historic centre of Garachico founded in 1496.  If the kids don’t quite share the same quest for culture as you do, they might prefer a trip to Siam Park, a Thai themed water park!  Or why not combine watery fun and watching the dolphins at Aqualand Costa Adeje.  Of course you don’t need to visit a water park to get a dip in the water – take yourself to one of Tenerife’s beautiful beaches from Medano to Playa de las Vistas.

For more information, check out the resources at Tenerife Tourism, jam-packed with information on where to go and what to do.  Serviced by two airports, the inventively named (Tenerife North and Tenerife South), you’ll find a direct flight from a multitude of cities around Europe.  

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