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Tenerife’s Top Free Attractions for Families Holiday On A Budget

With hours of sunshine all year round and some of Europe’s best beaches, Tenerife is an ideal destination for holidaymakers. There are also plenty of cheap flights available from all major UK airports, making it perfect for anyone travelling on a budget. They say the best things in life are free, so check out our guide to the best purse-friendly attractions Tenerife has to offer. The whole family will love it!

Beaches

It might sound obvious, but what better place to start than Tenerife’s famous beaches? The island certainly isn’t short of golden sands and clear waters where you can soak up the sun and enjoy a swim. After all, it’s completely free to relax, unwind and top up your tan!

Visit El Drago

Located in a park in the town of Icod de los Vinos, the multi-headed Drago Tree is certainly unusual and is said to be up to 1000 years old. You have to pay to get into the park where this huge knarled tree is, but if you head to the town plaza instead you can get a brilliant view of it completely gratis.

Teide National Park

Exploring on foot is one of the best ways to discover Tenerife, and some of island’s most fantastic views can be found at Teide National Park. Its surreal volcanic landscape really does have to be seen to be believed! Alternatively, enjoy a walk around one of the island’s many promenades and coastal paths where you can enjoy an ice cream, enjoy the breath-taking views and see some of the island’s fascinating flora and fauna.

Surfing

If relaxing on the sand isn’t enough for you, dig out your board and take advantage of Tenerife’s excellent surfing conditions. Forget paying for pricy water parks and head to Playa Jardín in Puerto de la Cruz where you can brave the waves and enjoy all the thrills and spills of the water for free.

Sightseeing

Famous attractions like Siam Park don’t come cheap, so take advantage of Sundays on the island where entry to all of Tenerife’s publicly owned galleries and museums is free. Alternatively, if you’re not over there on a Sunday, try using a service like Cheapflights the online comparison website to save some money on flights for the sightseeing. It’s a great way to combine fun and learning for the whole family.

Fiesta!

Mainland Spain is renowned for its fiestas, and The Canary Islands are no exception! Canarians love a celebration and there are no less than 14 fiesta days celebrated throughout the year. Most shops close on fiesta days, but bars and cafes largely remain open and the main plaza is decorated with colourful bunting and a huge stage ahead of the celebrations. Once the sun goes down, local Canarian bands take to the stage to deliver performances of traditional music and singing, and the atmosphere is electric.

Food and drink flows freely and people descend on the plaza to join in with the fun. Canarians are also renowned for being welcoming and hospitable, so tourists are always heartily encouraged to join in too.

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Barbados Attractions Aside from the Beach

Barbados offers so much more than your typical Caribbean island, and behind all the white sands and great surf lies a number of fabulous cultural attractions to suit any budget or style. No matter what time of the year you’re thinking of travelling to Barbados, there’s no doubt that you’ll be able to find all the home comforts you need to have a fantastic holiday, whether you’re travelling alone, with friends or with your family.

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As Barbados is the most developed of all the Caribbean islands, there’s no need to worry whether you’re going to be able to find a wifi connection, or if there will be powdered milk on sale for your new born. It’s well known that Barbados has the best education system in the Caribbean, and with the island’s capital Bridgetown attracting millions of tourists every year, the hospitable locals make sure that all tourist needs are catered for. Let’s take a look at some of the best attractions in Barbados apart from the beach.

Away From the Luxury Resorts

The west and south coasts of the island are well developed, however if you want to see the real Barbados, you’re going to have to head inland towards central Barbados. From beautiful, lush landscapes to rolling limestone hills, this part of the island offers so much more than the typical tourist attractions, especially if you’re looking for a historical insight into the island’s past.

Barbados has a detailed colonial past, and the central areas of the island show elements of this in great detail. For example, take a tour of the stunning plantation homes that spread across the countryside. Not only do these show the wealth of the island’s settlers, but it also provides insight into the devastating effects of the slave trade.

From museums to libraries, the brutality of the slave trade is well documented on the island, so take some time out from the resort beaches and western elements of the island, and come and see some true history.

 

Harrison’s Cave

This beautiful cave, only mapped in 1974, is one of the best attractions on the island, and it was named after the land owner of where it was discovered – Tomas Harrison. Over the next few years, the cave was excavated, and a tram was installed to allow tourists to delve into the fantastic deep rock formations of is natural wonder.

Finally opening in 1981, Harrison’s Cave remains a significant cultural hotspot on the island, and at only 60 Barbados Dollars to get in (per adult), it’s a real bargain! If there’s one thing to remember, it’s that the cave is not located on any GPS devices, so if you’re not careful you might miss the entrance. Included in the price of your ticket is a friendly and educational tour, and there’s also a souvenir store on the way out where you can take home some of the actual rock from the cave.

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