Tenerife in the Canary Islands has sunshine all through the year, miles of sandy beaches, beautiful mountains and startling volcanic landscapes. It is an ideal island for an active holiday with plenty of opportunity for walking in the glorious countryside or enjoying a wide range of water sports. It is also a great island for taking a book and lazing around on beaches or on loungers beside hotel pools. There are also many visitor attractions; 3 of the best are highlighted here by cheapflights.co.uk:
Siam Water Park, Adeje
Siam Park is a new attraction in Tenerife, opened in 2008. The water rides in the park have Thai architecture as a backdrop. The floating market has the appearance of a traditional village with shops selling food and drink and offering Thai massages. Water activities include the Wave Palace which has the largest artificial waves in the world, at 3 meters. Visitors can paddle round the edges or jump right in! Enjoy the Naga Rider where you can slide on a mat down the Naga Snakes. Spin down the Mekong rapids in family sized rafts. Siam Beach is a large pool with a water temperature of 24 C and surrounded by palm trees and loungers. Climb to the top of the Tower of Power and free fall down 28 meters to be bottom! Siam Water Park is a great place for a day relaxing or a day of energetic activity.
Loro Parque is a sister attraction to Siam Water Park. It opened in 1972 with 150 parrots and has now grown to house 4000 parrots as well as many other animals. The parrot collection is the largest in the world and the park is involved in study, conservation and breeding of various parrot species. Other animals which can be seen include dolphins, orcas, sharks, penguins, tigers, gorillas and chimps. After enjoying a meal at one of the many places to eat within the park, take a walk through the tree tops along a jungle walkway, or take a visit to the children’s playground. For plant loving visitors, there is a large collection of orchids including some of the rarest species of this beautiful plant.
Tenerife Zoo Monkey Park, Los Cristianos
The aim of this zoo, which opened to the public in 1992, is to protect and breed endangered species of primates. It describes itself as the biggest little zoo in the world. Besides monkeys, there are other animals to watch, including iguanas. It is possible to walk through the cages, visit the monkeys and feed them and some of the animals will perch on a shoulder or look in a bag for food. There are no cafes or shops selling souvenirs, so it is very different from some of the other visitor attractions, though they do sell food for feeding the animals. This is a great place to get close up to some of the animals and find out more about some of the world’s endangered primates.