The Brits are an ever-changing breed; once content with a fortnight baking on a sun lounger on some anonymous beach, they’re now looking for a little bit more from our yearly getaway.
Although sunshine is still a major factor when choosing a holiday destination there are many other factors that rank in importance; is there the option of sightseeing? Is there a cultural aspect to the destination which I can explore, and what day-trips and excursions are available?
Destinations such as the Balearic Islands, Canary Islands and Mainland Spain offer an ideal mix of beach life and sightseeing and provide plenty of options for both fun and cultural days out.
Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, is a popular choice with couples, groups and families and the volcanic origins of the island offers ample opportunity for exploring the wonders of natural world.
Families looking for fun days out also have plenty of choice with top Tenerife water park, Siam Park, offering slides, rides and watery attractions for families of all ages.
Days out can be expensive so it’s often wise to pre-purchase tickets for attractions such as Siam Park before you go on holiday; there are many attraction websites such as Attraction Tix which offer a range of ticket options and prices exclusive to UK customers including a four-day admission option which can’t be purchased at the park itself.
Teidi National Park is a must-see for visitors to the island and a cable car ride to the summit of Mount Teidi is not to be missed.
The Botanical Gardens are also well worth a look. With over 3,000 species of trees and plants to enjoy, it’s the ideal place for an afternoon stroll or a spot of quiet contemplation away from the frenetic pace of the resorts.
Savvy holiday-makers may wish to pre-purchase a Siam Park twin ticket which also includes entry to Loro Parque, one of Tenerife’s other top attractions and home to 700 animals, an aquarium and the incredible ‘Planet Penguin’.
Aside from the beach and sightseeing there’s plenty on offer during evenings out, and foodies will be able to sample a range of national and international cuisine. Nightlife varies from resort to resort, but those looking for lively evenings out will find plenty of choice in areas such as Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Americas.
Holidays are good for you, according to a recent Telegraph article, and can help to reduce blood pressure, strengthen relationships and even make us live longer.
We now want our holidays to be life-affirming, offer new experiences and have an element of excitement, and this means careful planning and working out a realistic itinerary before we set foot on the plane.
Surprisingly research also showed that it’s often busy holidays that offer the most long lasting reduction in stress so it makes sense to plan wisely and ensure your time away provides more than just an all over tan.