When people think about taking an end-of-year break, they usually envisage snowy landscapes, skiing and cold temperatures. The winter months don’t have to be filled with warm jumpers and log fires though; in fact, you can escape the cold completely by hopping over to somewhere far more exotic.
If you’re ready for a change this year, and can see yourself opening Christmas presents by the beach, then read on to find out why Tenerife is the perfect destination for you. Don’t worry, you’ll still get all the decorations and rituals you’ve come to love, but minus the ice.
What you can expect
You’ll be pleased to know that the good, old-fashioned switch-on of the Christmas lights is still very much a favourite over here, and from early December, you’ll find them twinkling away in the towns of Santa Cruz, La Orotava, Puerto de la Cruz and La Laguna. This creates a wonderfully magical scene at night, and you don’t have to brave the cold to enjoy it!
If you have children with you, you’ll also be able to find plenty of Santa Claus figures and toys for them to enjoy. The only difference is that in Tenerife, they’re adorned in blue clothes instead of red, which is sure to make a memorable addition to your own decorations for years to come. If you’re a lover of traditional Christmas food, then you’ll have to try the number one addition to the Christmas table in Tenerife, which you can only buy during the festive season, as the supermarkets are bursting with different varieties of turron cake.
What is there to do?
There are just as many activities during the winter here as in summer. You might prefer to take a stroll into town and take dozens of photographs of the intricately made nativity scenes, the largest of which is the life-sized version in front of La Orotava Town Hall.
If you’re the adventurous type though, you’ll be able to spend an unforgettable Christmas break up Spain’s highest mountain, Mount Teide. If you’re missing the traditional snowy season, there should be plenty at the top for you to make snow angels to your heart’s content before making your way back down. However, you could always make the most of the clear skies up there by taking a stargazing tour, where a professional guide will walk you through the stars and constellations.
If you’re a music-lover, you can head to the capital on Christmas Day, as tradition dictates the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra to perform a free concert beside the port. Whatever you do, our top tip if you’re planning on heading here for Christmas is to eat early on Christmas Eve. The Spanish are very serious about Nochebuena being strictly family time, so you’ll discover most places close early.
So, have we convinced you why Tenerife is the perfect place for a Christmas getaway? It’s proving more and more popular every year, so many sure you book early to avoid missing out.