Whether you are looking for a sunshine paradise for the ultimate hen party or simply a relaxing destination to get away to with friends, Tenerife will exceed all your expectations. Golden sands, turquoise blue waters, tax-free shopping, and a nightlife that rivals all others, Tenerife is a true island oasis.
Nestled in the centre of the Canary Islands, the Spanish island of Tenerife has much to offer its visitors. Known commonly as the “Island of Eternal Spring”, a trip to the island promises good weather year round. If you are considering heading abroad for your next girl’s holiday, consider the island of Tenerife, a utopia on Earth.
Hit the Beach
The beaches of Tenerife are in short, breathtaking. Once almost entirely a rugged and rocky coastline, the government of Tenerife imported the famous golden sands from the Sahara desert itself. The ladies will love working on their tans amidst the gold of the Nile, with warm waters waiting when they are ready for a swim.
If you are looking to follow the crowds, Playas de Las Americas is arguably the most popular point on the island. The beaches in this resort town are as beautiful as anywhere, and with six to choose from you and the gals will be excited about your options. There is a wide variety of cafes, restaurants, and activities along the beach, making it possible to never leave the beach behind.
Take a stroll amongst the stunning Tenerife scenery.
Take in the Nightlife
Tenerife is well-known around Europe for its 24 hour nightlife. Whatever your group’s style, the island is sure to have it. From hopping nightclubs to wine bars to Irish pubs, Tenerife knows how to get its dance and drink on.
For an out-all-night club experience, Playas de Las Americas is home to the most popular clubs on the island. You can dance until morning drinking Bacardi Cuba, and finish your night by watching the sunrise over the glistening waters. If you are looking for a more chilled out experience, the capital city of Santa Cruz offers a more refined night on the town. Expect rooftop terrace bars, jazz cafes, and hip hammock seating.
Shop Till You Drop
From designer duds to high street labels, Tenerife has every type of shopaholic covered. You can generously treat the bride-to-be or birthday girl to a mini shopping spree, all the while knowing that most of your purchases will be duty-free anyway.
Santa Cruz is a great stop for shopping if you are after familiar shops. You can find all your favourites in the Centro Commercial shopping centre, including H&M, Zara, and Mango. There is a large Carrefour as well, great for stocking up on all the essentials or picking up a picnic to go.
The Safari Centre in Playa de Las Americas caters to the more upmarket crowd, and is home to Guess, Armani, Hugo Boss and many more. When your feet get tired of all that retail therapy, take your girls for a drink at the on-site cocktail bar. Enjoy the sounds of Flamenco, while watching the impressive light show and dancing fountain. A guaranteed success.
Why not take a less typical holiday with your friends this year? Sure, Ibiza is fun, but your girls deserve somewhere a little less sticky, and a lot more spectacular. Tenerife is calling.
Jessica Galbraith is a full-time writer and author of the travel blog The Fly Away American. In her free time, you can find her jet-setting to the next exotic locale.