About Jack M
Lives in Portugal
Since Aug 2007
50-64 year old male
I work as a travel writer and photographer specialising in Tenerife, the Canary Islands and hiking and dining across Europe. I have written four guidebooks about Tenerife, write for for travel websites and magazines and have acted as a Tenerife expert for various British travel companies as well as being a Canary Islands consultant for a specialist slow travel holiday company in the UK. I also co-own the Real Tenerife, Walking Tenerife and Buzz Trips websites.
Theme Parks, Water Parks
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Other Outdoor Activities
A visit to Siam Park is a must for anyone who loves messing about in the water. The Thai themed water park is beautiful -- it's bizarre to find a white sand beach in the hills -- and offers hi-octane rides that will test the nerve of even the most macho members of the family. There are rides for smaller children, too, as well as areas for anyone who just wants to chill out in the sun.
This is one of the extra special trips you can do on Tenerife. There's nothing quite like seeing dolphins and whales at play in their natural environment. With resident pods of bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales, plus over 20 different types of species passing through the waters around Los Gigantes each year, lots of up-close sightings are almost guaranteed. A truly fantastic experience.
This César Manrique-designed swimming pool complex offers bathing in stunning, subtropical surroundings. The largest pool is the size of a lake, but there are also fountains and plunge pools to explore, plus shallower pools for younger children. There are plenty of places to eat inside Costa Martianez too, meaning once in, you can simply eat, drink, swim and relax in the sun.
Loro Parque is one of the most popular attractions on Tenerife, drawing visitors from all over the island on a daily basis. While the animal shows tend to get most of the publicity, there is a lot more to Loro Parque. The setting is exotic, lush and tropical with some fascinating exhibits such as Planet Penguin, the Aquarium, the Katandra tree tops walk and Animal Embassy -- 2,200 square metres designed to highlight the environmental work carried out by the park.
It might sound a bit dry, but the Museum of Science and the Cosmos in La Laguna is loads of fun. Most of the displays are interactive -- think lifting cars with one finger, a hall of mirrors, and turning each other into skeletons -- making it a case of learning with laughs!
The Canary Islands in miniature, Pueblo Chico is an intricately designed model village which gives visitors an insight into all the Canary Islands with a main focus on Tenerife. The buildings are exact replicas of their full-sized counterparts and look wonderful, but the miniature-sized population are the real stars here! They breathe witty life into the park as they go about their daily business in exactly the same manner as real Canarios do.
The world below the waves around Tenerife is just as stunning as the volcanic landscape above, and populated by a colourful cast of marine characters. Normally the only way to get to meet them in their home environment is by donning a wet suit. However the yellow submarine -- sailing from San Miguel Marina -- makes the undersea world accessible without the need to get wet.
In addition to being the gateway to many water-based activities and sea trips, Puerto Colón in Costa Adeje boasts an attractive little family beach, Playa la Pinta. The water is calm, the beach shelves gently into the sea and best of all, there's an inflatable green iceberg just offshore that can provide hours of endless wet and wild bouncy fun.
It's not everyone's cup of tea, but children get a real thrill out of being able to mingle with and feed monkeys and lemurs at the Monkey Park near Tenerife's main southern resorts.
Located in the wonderfully over-the-top Piramide de Arona (Roman pillars topped by statues of female archers), the Hard Rock Café is a must for anyone with stars in their eyes. Food and drink isn't cheap, but the place is pure Hollywood, and its atmosphere is more Las Vegas than Tenerife. An interesting place to just wander round and check out the displays.