Today I wanted to have a word about package holidays. I’m sure there are a lot of people who know me who would perhaps consider me ‘snobby’ about package holidays. This is not in fact true. The only reason we haven’t been on a package holiday is because we usually want to go to long-haul destinations not usually included in a package deal.
But lately, as money has been tighter and we’ve been desperate to get away for some winter sun, I have been browsing package holidays as a cheaper alternative to our usual ways of travelling. I have to admit that I’m generally astonished at how cheaply you can get away. My sister recently returned from an all-inclusive week in Ibiza that cost her less than £200. That just blows my mind.
When I was little we went on holiday to Tenerife several times and I have nothing but happy memories of hanging out by the pool and gorging on ice-cream all day long. (I managed to dig through my mum’s old photo albums and find some terribly embarrassing photos of me on holiday in Tenerife as a child).
I know the idea of this wouldn’t sit very well with Nick though as he much prefers to be active and go exploring so I’ve been looking on First Choice for ideas to make a package holiday to Tenerife a little more ‘us’.
My first suggestion to him would definitely be a trip up Mount Teide. It’s the highest mountain in Spain and an active volcano. You can even go at sunset where a guide will point out all the constellations for you once the stars emerge.
My second suggestion would be La Garajonay National Park which is actually located on the tiny neighbouring island of La Gomera. With it’s lush forests and rocky peaks it looks a million miles away from the images of a tourist-packed beach you usually see of Tenerife. (Seriously, look at these Pinterest photos)
Our next stop would be Garachico back on mainland Tenerife for a taste of the traditional. I know Nick would enjoy the cobbled streets and colonial houses but the main draw for him would be the natural pools overlooking the sea.
If all else fails, I know I could sway him with a trip to Siam Park. There’s nothing Nick loves more than a waterpark, especially when there’s a lazy river that goes through an aquarium tunnel. According to the website, it’s the biggest lazy river in the world! It was even included in CNN’s round-up of the 12 best waterparks in the world. He’s so going to be sold on this!