A toddler guide to Tenerife
Tips to make the most of your holiday to the family-friendly Canary Island
Ask any parents of toddlers and chances are they’ll tell you that – apart from sleep – the one thing they look forward to most is a holiday. But then the time finally arrives and they realise that this is a notoriously tricky age where vacations aren’t always the definition of relaxing: early starts, lunchtime sleep battles, fussy eating – and dare we mention the terrible two tantrums?
If you’ve ever returned from a holiday with your young kids feeling anything but recharged then it’s time to consider a destination such as Tenerife for your next break. If the promise of direct flights from the UK, no time difference and average winter temperatures of 22°C is not enough, accommodation choices such as CLC World Resorts & Hotels are designed to make travelling with kids as relaxing as possible. Plus, you’ll find there’s plenty to tire toddlers out on the largest of the Canary Islands, both on and off your resort!
Adventures for active toddlers
Slam Park: This Thai-themed water park is not only Tenerife’s most popular attraction but ‘The Best Water Park in the World,’ according to TripAdvisor. While many of the rides have height restrictions, your toddler will love splashing around in the shallow waters of Siam Beach and visiting Sea Lion Park. Sun loungers, life jackets and umbrellas are included in the admission price.
Loro Park: Cuddly otters, friendly dolphins and cheeky meerkats are three of the toddler-friendly animals at Loro Park, another of Tenerife’s top attractions. Along with fish, birds and replites, top billing here goes to the jaguars, lions and gorillas.
Mount Teide Cable Car: At the interior of the island, the volcanic Mount Teide is the highest peak in Spain, a massive 3,718 metres above sea level. An hour’s drive away from CLC’s resorts in Tenerife, toddlers aged 2 and above will love the cable car that transports you to the summit. The journey takes eight minutes and the doors open onto spellbinding views across to neighbouring islands. Operators recommend arriving early – for both the views and the lack of queues; good tips if you have a toddler who gets bored easily in tow.
Submarine Safari: Strictly reserved for ages 2+, this hour-long journey departs and returns to San Miguel Marina and will submerge you in an underwater world of colour as you get up close to a dazzling array of fish and other marine life – all enjoyed from the comfort of a bright red and yellow submarine.
Food for younger palates
Apart from the deliciously juicy fresh fruits such as bananas, papayas and mangoes that are a staple of the local diet, the cuisine of Tenerife is made for toddlers. Local ingredients range from the exciting and adventurous – young imaginations will love the promise of parrot fish or rock cold for dinner – to the most beloved dish across the whole of the island, papas arrugadas, or wrinkled potatoes, served with mojo or dipping sauce.
Where to stay in Tenerife
Of all Tenerife’s holiday resorts, CLC Sunningdale Village is designed with ultimate family relaxation in mind. You’ll immediately relax in your surroundings: spacious and well-equipped apartments, a dedicated kids’ pool and great menus, including a fun one of the kids, ensure you’re able to really recharge and unwind without having to leave the resort. Yet CLC World Tenerife’s close proximity to Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas means the island’s most popular and vibrant attractions are never far away.
*Collaborative feature post written by Chrissie McClatchie*