Mummy and O Tenerife

Enjoying Tenerife when Oliver was younger.

In fitting with my recent holiday themed posts, I bring you another fantastic family friendly destination: Tenerife.

When Oliver was 15 months, we spent Easter in Los Cristianos in the largest of the Canary Islands.

Luckily with summer-like weather all year round, spring was a perfect time to holiday with a young child as it was warm yet not unbearably hot and Oliver could enjoy being by the pool or beach, in the shade for most of the day.

It’s funny reflecting on him being a baby now that he is 3 and I really enjoyed finding these old photographs and reminiscing about one of our favourite family holidays.

tenerife beach

With golden beaches and blue waters as far as the eye can see, along with restaurants and shops on the boardwalk, we found it an ideal location for young families.

Oliver in Tenerife

I personally adored the labyrinth of boutiques and designer stores along the parade that were open late and I bought the cutest Nike sandals for Oliver (above) along with some pretty summery dresses for myself whiles we were there.

I would recommend nearby Aqualand for delightful dolphin shows, play areas and swimming pools for all the family and Siam Park, a water park with rides and slides suited for slightly older children and teenagers (or adults who never quite grew up!).

By night, it lights up as one of the busiest places in the south of Tenerife along with nearby Playa de las Américas but there are plenty of family friendly restaurants and quieter parts for those wanting dinner and a few drinks.

family Tenerife

We found the locals friendly, the food fabulous and the holiday the most relaxing of breaks. We would like to return again later on in the year, with baby Alexander in tow and hope to stay at the gran oasis resort tenerife this time in Los Cristianos.

Have you been to Tenerife and what did you think of it?

Photographs ©Peter Broadbent.

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4 Responses

  1. jonharington

    Tenerife is really fantastic place for families; there are water parks and several activities for kids with educational value as well. But, I did not find in your post, however, thanks for sharing your experience with family.

  2. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    Hello lady. I just stumbled upon this after I clicked on the lovely photo of you looking all curly and beachy. In answer to your question -Yes! I have been to Tenerife twice. The second time isn’t really worth mentioning, but the first time was back in February 2000. I went as part of a field trip with my ‘A’ Level geology group. I had met Ian in that geology group 4 months prior to this, so Ian was there on that field trip. We stayed in the most basic accommodation out in the country – just a group of about twenty 16-20-year olds and our geology teacher Guy (plus a few other teachers for good measure). It was the MOST FANTASTIC time that Ian and I ever had. Our time was spent going up and down Teide, looking at rocks (unsurprisingly). And when we weren’t doing geology stuff, we were getting drunk and partying (as teenagers do) in the only pub in the village. They did amazing chips there.

    Ian and I became friends on that trip and made a permanent mark on each other’s souls. God that sounds cheesy, but it is so true. He is all I think of when I think of Tenerife. All of our shared memories of the people we spent our time with there are so precious to us. Guy was at our wedding, and one of our best men, Luke, was a friend we both met in geology too. He’s still very close to us now.

    I LOVE Tenerife. The sun, the sea, the volcano, and the memories… And by the way, during my second trip there (with my ex), I visited the capital city Santa Cruz, in the north, which I highly recommend. It has a totally different feel than the south of the island, more like a cool European city, and very different from a holiday resort. xx
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  3. Sarah @loosingmylemons

    We love Tenerife North!

    The north is more cultural, greener and cooler, and of course the scenery there is incredible!
    Turquoise water, black sand, volcanic rock and Mt Tiede looking down on you, it’s stunning.

    Also, the North of the island has some incredible restaurants, you know me, the food obsessed!

    Just one more thing… if you go there again I shall scream! Come visit me in Gran Canaria instead! 🙂

    • honestmum

      @Sarah Wow, the North sounds amazing! Ooh we are also thinking about Gran Canaria too lovely so will let you know x


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