Within half an hour of the airport you can find the sandy beaches of Los Cristianos and its hundreds of hotels. The resort is also one of the main party destinations on the island and is popular with young travellers. Next to Los Cristianos you’ll find the quieter resort of Costa Adeje with more upmarket hotels and a quieter feel.
Both resorts are within easy reach of Mount Teide National Park where you’ll be able to ride the cable car up to the top of the dormant volcano. Plan your trip carefully though for the cable car doesn’t operate in poor weather when low cloud and fog obscures the summit. Tenerife’s position in the Atlantic Ocean makes it a great place to go whale and dolphin spotting. There are many operators found around Los Cristianos harbour that will take you out to see them. Be warned though that the sea can often be rough, even in summer so you’ll need good sea legs.
To escape the clamour of the main coastal resorts, collect a hire car at Tenerife South Airport for your stay and continue on the road along the rugged west coast where you’ll pass villages that have been left untouched by the advance of mass tourism.