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Family Vacation Fun

Beaches to parks to preserves — Tenerife has something to entertain everyone in the family, whether you are traveling with little kids or teenagers. Spend time outside in the incredible landscape and get up close with the island’s animals. Splash your way through famous water parks and shimmering waves at the beach. And don’t forget about eating your way through tapas and cakes. Get ready to explore the largest of the Canary Islands with the whole family for an unforgettable vacation.

View of a large valley with a mountain in the distance

Day

1

MORNING
  • Zip Together.

    Start your trip off with a thrill at the largest zip-line park in Tenerife. You can climb walls and rope ladders, enjoy acing obstacles and fly down giant zip-lines in an environmentally preserved forest. Make sure to wear slim-fitting, athletic clothing that you would be comfortable wearing inside a harness. The park is over an hour from the hotel, so fuel up with a good breakfast before you go.

MIDDAY
  • Explore Santa Cruz.

    Take a walking tour through the island’s capital, a bustling port city. Take in the spectacular Auditorio de Tenerife, designed by Santiago Calatrava, from all angles. Stroll through the narrow streets of brightly painted buildings. Check out the wares at the Mercado de Nuestra Señora de África.

  • Historical Lunch.

    Lunch. Make your way to the historic restaurant La Hierbita. Opened originally in 1893, the restaurant is still considered one of the city’s best, turning out Canarian classics in a cozy, two-floor wooden space. If everyone has left room for dessert, head to Palmelita Pasteleria for old-fashioned cakes and frappes.

AFTERNOON
  • Make a Frond.

    Find a unique twist on the typical botanical garden at the Palmetum, which is dedicated to palm trees. Mixing native trees with a collection from the Caribbean, the 30-acre site has been opened to the public for only a few years. Walk through trails and over bridges to see the trees in their natural habitat while taking in views of Santa Cruz and the Anaga mountains.

EVENING
  • Dine in Santa Cruz.

    Head for an early dinner at San Sebastián 57, which specializes in carefully executed gastronomic takes on classic tapas. Join locals in dining on a set five-course menu with plenty of fresh seafood options.

Day

2

MORNING
  • Whale Excursion.

    Spend your morning on a three-hour catamaran excursion to see one of the largest groups of pilot whales in the world alongside schools of dolphins. The excursion takes place daily from Puerto Colon, which is along Los Gigantes cliffs, guaranteeing views of the island that are as enchanting as the cetaceans themselves.

MIDDAY
  • Go Italian.

     After a morning out at sea, satiate the whole family with Italian favorites. Bianco Ristorante offers a variety of pizzas, pastas, meat dishes and antipasti in a chic, all-white space.

AFTERNOON
  • Splash into Siam.

    Siam Park has gained an international reputation as one of the best water parks in the world. It’s the largest water park on the island, with 12 rides and the tallest artificial wave in the world (it checks in at 3 meters high). Go down slides, explore “The Lost City” or relax on an inner tube on the Mai Thai River.

EVENING
  • Dinner for Two.

    Drop your children off for one of the special nights Fun Night in the Ritz Kids (available during high season only). Then head for an adults-only dinner at Abama Kabuki, where you can enjoy a bespoke tasting menu along with an elevated sensory experience and spectacular views.

Dining tables on a deck overlooking palm trees

Day

3

MORNING
  • Breakfast at La Veranda.

    The whole family can indulge in a delicious breakfast at La Veranda, enjoying a sumptuous buffet with over 150 options. Try local fruits, Serrano hams and freshly made pastry for an authentic breakfast experience on the terrace overlooking the tops of palm trees.

MIDDAY
  • Loro Parque.

    Considered to be one of the top zoos in the world, Loro Parque puts you in the midst of the animals with an exotic habitat. You can take the guided Discovery tour or head to shows and exhibits on your own time, including the Jungle Area, Planet Penguin and Katandra Treetops.

AFTERNOON
  • Explore La Orotava.

    As you approach the historic quarter of La Orotava, you’ll start to see the church steeples winding up into the skyline. Wander the maze of cobblestone streets to see historic buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. Stop for a delicious traditional pastry and coffee at Casa Egon, which has been in business for over 100 years.

  • Lago Martiánez.

    If your children typically chafe at museums, Lago Martiánez has found the answer by combining a series of beautiful blue swimming pools with contemporary sculpture. It’s part water park, part contemporary art museum — the brainchild of celebrated Canary artist César Manrique.

EVENING
  • Dine on the Water.

    Keep the water theme going by having dinner overlooking the ocean at Los Roques. The restaurant is on the marina in Santa Cruz, with gorgeous views of Los Abrigos harbor and the island itself. Enjoy fresh seafood and meat, all artfully plated, as the sun sets on a day well spent.

A mother and daughter in the pool

Day

4

MORNING
  • Monkey Park.

    Get up close and personal with primates and other mammals (like lemurs) at this small park. Young children can feel comfortable feeding the guinea pigs that populate the park while older kids can be wowed by all the species of monkeys.

MIDDAY
  • Lunch Show.

    Keep your kids glued to the action at OverSeas, with traditional Teppanyaki chefs flipping knives, sauces and almost anything else they can get their hands on. Sit up close to the grill and watch your lunch be prepared with the sharpest of knife skills.

AFTERNOON
  • Submarine Dive.

    Submarine Safaris takes you under the water on a special diving submarine, where you are able to see the creatures of the ocean directly out your window without getting wet. The battery-operated submarines are environmentally friendly, and the divers pay special attention to taking care of the stingrays that are prevalent in the waters off Marina San Miguel.

EVENING
  • Dine at Verona.

    Head back to The Ritz-Carlton, Abama for a relaxing family dinner at Verona, where fresh Italian favorites rule the menu. Order a handmade pasta and one of the many Italian wines and enjoy the lush, scenic views from the terrace.

Silhouette of a couple look at a star-lit sky

Day

5

MORNING
  • Jeep Tour.

    Time to see El Teide National Park, which houses Mount Teide, a volcanic mountain that is the highest elevation in Spain. Drive through the lava fields to begin your ascent (bring an extra layer as it is chillier as you drive up). See spectacular views of Tenerife and the rest of the Canary Islands if the day is clear. No visit to Tenerife is complete without visiting El Teide.

MIDDAY
  • Beach Club.

    Start your afternoon of beach-going with a scenic lunch at the Beach Club, perched on the edge of the turquoise waters. Choose from grilled local seafood, burgers, salads and more easy favorites.

AFTERNOON
  • Hit the Water.

    It’s up to you to decide if you’d rather enjoy the collection of seven swimming pools available along the Resort or take the funicular down to the golden-sand Abama beach, with two natural pools. You can’t go wrong with some quality family time in the sun.

EVENING
  • Stargazing.

    The Canary Islands are recognized for the clarity and cleanliness of their skies, which make them ideal for stargazing. Whether you want to take a guided tour back to El Teide to look through the observatory’s telescopes or enjoy a private Michelin-starred stargazing experience at Abama Beach. Just make sure to end your time in Tenerife by looking up.