The Canary Islands, unbeknown to some, is just off the coast of Africa and so offers year round sunshine. But, having been under Spanish rule, it offers the attractions of a top European resort.

TenerifeTenerife is probably the most popular of the Canary Islands and with its distinctive volcanic black sandy beaches it is a great place to take a break. Instead of opting for one of the many large, often soulless, all-inclusive hotels – where you are surrounded by other Brits – a terrific alternative is to look for a villa.

Villa holidays offer that intimate family environment, where the privacy means that you spend a lot of time together as a family.

Playa De Las Americas

Playa De Las Americas is one of the most popular resorts in Tenerife and is packed with beaches, bars and excellent restaurants. For a villa holiday, the best bet is to stay in one of the many villas on the outskirts. These offer respite from the hustle and bustle, but mean that you can easily sample the highlights either by hire car, taxi or even public transport, which is regular and reasonably priced.

There is lots to do in Playa De Las Americas; in the day you can hire jet skis and pedalos to explore the sea, visit one of the many water parks or even relax with a pampering session. During the night, there are loads of bars and clubs to choose from, all of which offer drinks promotions to secure your custom.

Costa Adeje Golf, Costa Adeje

If you are looking to spend your Tenerife holidays playing golf, then Costa Adeje golf is one of the best spots around. Tenerife is perfect for golf because of its perfect weather and undulating terrain, so is always a safe bet if you want to spend a few days on the green.

Costa Adeje Golf has plenty of villas to choose from, all of which have access to the many facilitates on offer. While you spend the day putting and driving, the kids can be off splashing and sliding at one of the nearby waterparks. Plus, the beaches around Costa Adeje are perfect to spend your days by the sea.

Los Gigantes

The cliffs of Los Gigantes are spectacular and the area boasts one of the best volcanic beaches in Tenerife, Playa de la Arena. You couldn’t find a more spectacular setting, with the Los Gigantes cliffs dropping steeply into the sea and there are plenty of restaurants, whose quality matches that of the scenery. Los Gigantos is also the perfect place to catch a boat and go on a whale and dolphin spotting trip.

There are plenty of reasonably priced villas in the area from which to choose – it’s hard to go wrong in a setting as stunning as this.