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  • elguiri 216 posts

    What would you recommend visiting, doing, eating on a trip to Tenerife?
    Which are acceptable with young children in tow?

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    cinereus 161 posts

    If possible I’d get out of Tenerife and go to one of the smaller islands – La Palma (not sure how it’s doing at the moment), La Gomera or El Hierro. They are all easily accessible by regular ferries.

    Teide is an obvious choice for when the weather is good. It’s not a hard walk carrying young children up the main trail or you can always take the cable car.

    Santa Cruz and San Cristobal are much much nicer than Los Cristianos.

    cinereus 161 posts

    For food I’d recommend:

    Nub
    Solana
    La Tasca de Cristian
    Marisquería Isleño Delgado
    Abama Kabuki
    Sucas

    Though again some excellent food on the other islands

    elguiri 216 posts

    Thanks for your tips, I’ll take a look if the ferries are still running, but I think Palma might be a bit too adventurous for us…

    elguiri 216 posts

    For food I’d recommend:

    Nub
    Solana
    La Tasca de Cristian
    Marisquería Isleño Delgado
    Abama Kabuki
    Sucas

    Though again some excellent food on the other islands

    Great, thanks! I’ll start salivating reading through their menus…

    Super Secret Stuff 365 posts

    I would highly recommend Siam Park, a massive water park with a lot to do for all ages

    Aliks 67 posts

    Drive inland to the Mount Teide for spectacular views – the volcano is happily not active at the moment.

    NorthernLass 7,452 posts

    If you want something cheaper than Siam, or the children are very young, Aqualand is great alternative, and a fraction of the cost.
    I don’t think they want visitors on La Palma at the moment, but La Gomera should be doable.
    There’s also plenty to see in Tenerife’s capital, Santa Cruz, a couple of great museums, a very nice lido and also a stunning city beach (Las Teresitas) with plenty of F & B options, sun loungers and safe swimming.
    Teide needs a full day really so it depends on the age of the children. Great if you like volcanoes and dramatic rock formations, and spectacular views.

    Martin 3 posts

    Check out the Dragon Tree park – El Drago Milenario https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Drago_Milenario

    If you get there on a sunny day you’ll enjoy seeing a magnificent (several?) thousand years old living tree, last blossomed in 1995 😉 The park itself is rather small, but there are interesting corners beyond The Tree. Some souvenir shopping is recommended – there’s plenty of choice from memorablia to saplings in pots, and it’s your opportunity to support the park, too.

    M

    jj 515 posts

    Teide, of course, as others have said.

    I don’t know how well it would work with your kids in tow, but some of the historical northern towns are well worth a visit. It’s a world away from the madness of the south coast.

    A few particularly pretty spots where we have enjoyed long liquid lunches are Masca, Icod de los Vinos (the sight of the Dragon Tree Martin mentions), Garachico and La Orotava. San Cristóbal de La Laguna is much bigger but also beautiful. And the isolated lighthouse at Punta de Teno is particularly dramatic, albeit tricky to get to as the road is closed for much of the day.

    Head north.

    elguiri 216 posts

    To reply to myself – we found the Palmetum (park of all different types of palm trees from around the world) and Carnival Museum in Santa Cruz to be worth a visit.
    Teide was spectacular.
    The north was very different, however the small hill roads we took were a bit too exciting for our little one.

    Also, whoever recommended GF Victoria in Adeje for staying with kids – it was perfect. The separate living room and extra bathroom meant little one could be asleep early and we could continue reading (or filling in the PLFs on our phones).

    kai 77 posts

    We are going to Tenerife for five nights staying at the Ritz Carlton Abama.

    We won’t be driving – is there any advice on how to go to the hotel from airport (TFS), and how to get around please? Thanks!

    cinereus 161 posts

    Buses all over the island are completely fine. But it’s really going to make life a lot easier to just get a dirt cheap hire car.

    Gary 293 posts

    Anyone stayed in The Villas at Bahia del Duque Tenerife recently? The villas looks decent and has a pool adequate for beginner swimming lessons. However, read conflicting reports on Tripadvisor of villas being dated/tired and quite different from their website photos. Any data points or suggestions would be appreciated? Royal Hideaway would be our go to but unfortunately no room with pool available.

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