Tenerife in 2011 – More for Less

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Jet2.com’s Summer Sale continues, with up to 75% off many Summer 2011 destinations including this exotic island retreat

Jet2.com’s Summer Sale continues, with up to 75% off many Summer 2011 destinations including this exotic island retreat

Maybe you didn’t realise because of the recent rain, but last week saw 2011’s summer solstice, the longest day of the year and generally regarded as the start of the summer. So, if you haven’t already booked this year’s get-away to the sun why not consider Tenerife, the pride of the Canary Islands?

One of the lesser-known secrets to those unfamiliar with Tenerife is her tax-free status, meaning that you can expect discounts of up to 50% on a wide range of your usual holiday buys. Plus, with the sheer volume of shopping on offer across the island it’d be easy to blow your holiday kitty on bargains!

All Kinds of Bargains

Whilst it’d be easy to stay in the larger shopping centres of San Eugenio and Tenerife’s capital Santa Cruz, it’s when you venture out to the African markets and Asian bazaars that you find the real gems. That said it’s hard to beat finding incredible buys at familiar stores like Marks & Spencer and Zara.

Yet it’s not just shopping which benefits from excellent value. Thanks to its year-round sunshine and the islands continuing popularity amongst holidaying families, it can easily and affordably facilitate every holiday whim. Tenerife is home to Europe’s largest water theme park, the splash-tastic Siam Park, a perfect all-in-one daytrip destination for its rides, restaurant, chilled out beach and all at very good value.

In fact, family-friendly theme parks are something of a recurring theme across Tenerife, with Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz being home to not only Orca Whales, Gorillas, Tigers and sharks but also the largest population of Penguins outside the Antarctic. Then there is Aqualand in Costa Adeje which combines aquatic thrills and spills with wildlife in its world-standard Dolphinarium.

Going Easy on the Wallet

Easily one of the most wallet-friendly of all holiday pursuits, if you time your visit right, is taking in one of the many carnivals and festivals spread across Tenerife’s hectic social calendar. The annual Carnival of Santa Cruz every February is an unforgetable visual treat almost unparalleled in its flamboyance (generally regarded as second-only to those of Rio de Janeiro!), but whichever ones you catch they always make for great holiday snaps!

Whenever you choose to visit Tenerife you’re sure to have a fun-packed sun-filled time, and even if you choose to just stick with the island’s gorgeous beaches, you’ll love this exotic paradise; especially for the prices you pay.

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