Tenerife has been a holiday destination since the 1890s, and today it continues to get more and more popular — but why do people love it so much?

With towering mountains, picturesque towns and lively beach resorts, Tenerife offers a surprisingly varied number off attractions all within a stone’s throw of one another. It also helps that flights to Tenerife from the UK are a bargain, meaning that your holiday doesn’t have to cost a fortune. If you’re looking for somewhere to spend your next break, here are some reasons why Tenerife is a firm favourite destination:

We all want a bit of sun when we go on holiday, and Tenerife checks that box all the year round. With average temperatures that rarely drop below 15°C and minimal rain even in winter, you’ll have plenty of time to sunbathe on one of the island’s many beaches.

Tenerife is home to Spain’s highest summit, El Teide, and around it a beautiful national park. This makes the island a haven for hikers who want to bag a European peak. For the more casual holidaymaker, the Teide cable car will take you up the mountain and spoil you with splendid views across the water to neighbouring islands.

Tenerife’s cuisine is another reason for its popularity. Resort restaurants offer the comfort of the kinds of food you know and love at home. Elsewhere, you can sample the best of Spanish food and local delicacies in restaurants all around the island. If you’re visiting La Laguna, El Guaydil in the city centre is one of the best for local and seasonal dishes.

The island’s party reputation is what makes it a hit with younger holidaymakers. For the best clubs and bars, you’ll want to go to Playa de los Americas in the south west, located halfway between the upscale Costa Adeje, and the more family-oriented Los Cristianos. Here, you can expect to party well into the early hours in busy clubs and pubs with live music, most of them being clustered along Veronica’s Strip.

Tenerife isn’t all beaches, bars and mountains. Travel further north if you want an extra slice of Canary culture. La Laguna is home to the oldest university in the Canaries, and it is a lesser-explored alternative to the capital, Santa Cruz. The old town’s quaint streets have been well preserved, and it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Plaza del Adelantado. San Cristobal de La Laguna. Tenerife.

Tenerife has all you could need and more in a holiday destination. Whether you prefer to revel in the nightlife or climb mountains all day, it will have something for you, so why not give it a try?

Images by Enrique Mendez and Miguel Angel Garcia, used under the Creative Commons Licence.