When you’ve had the excitement of Christmas, the rest of the winter can really be a bit of a drag, especially with the dull cloudy skies, the rain and the cold being the norm.
What better way to think positive than to plan a half term break to some sunshine in February? The trouble with school holidays, though, is that going anywhere long haul for a week doesn’t seem worth the travel involved. This is one reason why so many families head to the Canary Islands like Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria for a week of winter sun without having the hassle that’s involved in going anywhere further afield.
Tenerife is an island that is really set up for holidays. Tourism is the biggest industry in the Canaries, and you can find a huge range of activities to take part in and places to visit. Whatever your tastes, you should find plenty to keep you amused when you’ve had enough of basking in the sun and taking it easy by the pool or on the beach.
As well as the usual array of water parks, zoos and markets to visit, you can also explore the beautiful lush interior of Tenerife, as well as going up to visit the world’s third highest volcano, El Teide. The area around El Teide is a national park and it’s like entering a strange lunar landscape compared to the lusher landscape nearer the coast. You can take a cable car up to the mouth of the crater and walk around it. Anyone more adventurous can ascend to the summit, but you’ll need a permit from the local authorities to do this.
The choice of accommodation on Tenerife is amazing. Whether you want all-inclusive, half board or self-catering, you’ll find that many hotel complexes offer all three. One such example is the Conquistador in Playa de las Americas, where you can choose from bed and breakfast, to half board or full board to all-inclusive.
Wherever you decide to stay in Tenerife, you’ll be able to find a bargain, especially if you are prepared to book at the last minute!