Through the eyes of a tourist – South Tenerife

Following our Tourist in Tenerife series, most people looking for sunshine, beaches, luxury hotels, and stunning scenery come to Tenerife. It is what brings tourists to the busy southern resorts. So let’s look around …Starting with Los Cristianos.

The town has a history that predates the tourist boom of the 1970s and 80s. For many years, it was a quiet fishing village and evidence of its humble origins can still be seen in the typical Canarian architecture of the older buildings. The town centres around the harbour, ferry port, pretty promenade and its superb beaches. Some black sand others, if you prefer, golden and those where you can enjoy swimming, practice fly-boarding, scuba diving, and windsurfing.

It is a popular resort with everything you need for a fun filled holiday close to hand, a charming, friendly place recommended to families or the more mature traveller without the raucousness of Las Américas.

Playa de las Américas purpose-built at the height of the tourist boom sits next to Los Cristianos and stretches west to Costa Adeje. The resort is the centre of nightlife with its bars, clubs, restaurants, attractions, and beaches. You can also find some of the best water sport opportunities in Europe here all by the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

Today our exploits starts at Monkey Park. Less than 5-minutes’ from the above resorts. Described as the “Biggest little zoo in the World”, it is an international breeding centre for endangered species. Where it differs from others is you can walk through the monkey cages and feed them. You quickly learn each animal has its favourite food, so make sure you buy a box at the entrance.

There are a great collection of monkeys, lemurs, birds, and guinea pigs within the park. On a sunny day, it is fun to watch the ring-tailed lemurs sitting with outstretched arms, heads back “sun worshipping”. The time needed at Monkey Park is about 3 to 4 hours, which gives us enough time for our next adventure a Submarine Safari.

This excursion is out of the ordinary, and quite memorable! A chance to explore the depths of the ocean without getting wet. With your own porthole, once down, you’ll be joined by a whole variety of marine life – stingrays, eels, barracudas, even shipwrecks.

The next excursion will each fill a whole day – Siam Park. If you bought a twin ticket that includes Loro Parque then providing you remember to take your passport, entry is painless and far quicker than waiting for the free buses to offload numerous tourists that arrive throughout the day. Then, a quick look at the map to decide where to start.

Perhaps the Wave Palace with its beautiful white sand beach and wave pool. Young ones can splash around a separate area and toddlers can safely enjoy themselves in the Lost City.

Try the Volcano, a four-person slide with a flashing dragon. How about the Naga Racer, a six-lane racing slide or the Tower of Power that plummets you down a 30m vertical drop, ending in a transparent slide through shark infested waters, or the Singha, a water slide with four tunnels, and speeds up to 18 meters a second

If you are not brave enough or tall enough to go on these monsters you can sail on the Mai Thai lazy River: the world’s longest lazy river. There is so much to choose and Siam Park delivers thrills and spills for everyone.

Now let’s get ready for a new adventure tomorrow

While not as well known as Loro Parque, Jungle Park is an awful lot of fun. Set in a lush jungle it is a joy for young and old. Stroll through the beautiful scenery and check out the animals and birds of prey or scramble across rope bridges, and fly through the park on an 800m toboggan.

The southern resorts may be man-made but they provide the unforgettable experience most want on a holiday. Whether you go Off-Road in a 4×4, ride a camel, hit the golf courses, watch whales and dolphins, take in a show or if you want a calm, relaxing time it is all here in the south of Tenerife.

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