Are you feeling the pinch on your holiday budget this summer? Just because you’re a little strapped for cash doesn’t mean that you have to give up on your hard-earned annual getaway, especially when fantastic sun-drenched destinations like Tenerife have so many great attractions on offer that won’t eat into your holiday savings. We’ve chosen our five favourite things to do on Tenerife that won’t cost you a penny – so you can afford to enjoy that extra cheeky afternoon cocktail by the pool!
Hit the Beach
Sounds obvious, we know, but you really are missing out if you don’t spend the bulk of your Tenerife holiday beach-hopping. There are some utterly gorgeous beaches to discover on this island, from the famous black sand beaches of El Golfo and Playa Jardin, to man-made golden beaches like Las Teresitas, and there are likely to be numerous beaches within easy reach of your resort. Just don’t forget your sandals and sun-cream, because it’s going to be hot, hot, hot!
Have a Cultured Day of Rest
Tenerife is a great destination for culture vultures, with a plethora of intriguing art galleries and museums to be found across the island, and the good news is that you don’t have to fork out to visit all of them. Each Sunday, Tenerife’s publicly-owned galleries and museums waive their admission charges, so you can soak up the local history and admire superb Spanish art for absolutely nothing.
Take a Hike
Being a volcanic island, Tenerife has a fascinating and dramatic landscape, with vast mountains that give way to gaping craters and plenty of picturesque flora to admire along the way. This makes Tenerife a favourite destination among hikers, so pack your most comfortable boots when you take flights to Tenerife and tackle one of the many popular walking routes across the island.
Get Fabulous During Fiesta
If there’s one thing that Spaniards do well, it’s party, so you should always try to plan a trip to Tenerife that coincides with one of the island’s fiestas. There are fourteen that take place annually, and during each the streets will come to life with dancing, music and vibrant colours – plus you don’t have to spend any extra money to take part, with the exception of a few drinks, and of course, the ubiquitous souvenirs.
Watch the Sun Set Over Mount Teide
One of the most breath-taking sights in all of Tenerife has to be Mount Teide – the volcano that also boasts the title of the highest point in all of Spain. You can see Mount Teide for yourself at Teide National Park, as well the curious rock formations and unique plants that grow in the volcanic soil, but although it may cost you a few Euros to get to Mount Teide you can’t put a price on watching the sun set beyond its magnificent peak.