Tenerife vacation

Photo by Sarah Ackerman

For those people who find it hard to get through an entire winter without some sunshine, then a heading off for winter sun break is always a good idea. You may not just need a hot holiday, but just to be able to stroll around in a t-shirt and shorts for a week instead of being bundled up in winter clothing and boots can give you a real lift.

For Northern Europeans, though, the problem is that the sunshine is always quite a distance away in the winter. Unless you feel like a long-haul flight, your options can be a little limited. Except that is, for the Canary Islands which are located just off north-west Africa.

These Spanish islands have been attracting winter sun seekers for many years for dozens of reasons. The climate is warm and sunny year round, and they’re only a few hours’ flights from most European capitals.

Tenerife is the largest and most popular island. And it’s not just about the beach. There are lots of things to do away from the beach, including hiking, horse back riding and other sports. The lush interior of the island makes for great hiking territory, but there are plenty of water sports you can do by the shore too.

Los Cristianos is a resort that is on the south west coast of Tenerife, a few kilometres south of the island’s most lively and most visited resort Playa de las Americas. In a way, it’s a perfect place to stay as you can go into Playa de las Americas when you feel like it, but then retreat to the quieter resort you’re staying in when you wish. There are many apartment complexes in the Los Cristianos resort area where you can choose from self-catering, half-board or bed and breakfast accommodation.

Before you decide where to stay, check out all the different activities and sights of interest on the island and then pick the resort that is best located for what you want to see and do.

A week in Tenerife could be just your best winter sun break.