Tenerife holidays

Essential Information

When To Go

Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn
March, May
June, July
September – November
December

Getting There

77 £GBP

LCY → TFS

Stay There

66 £GBP

3-star hotel

Visas

Tourist Visa
not required

Freedom of movement

Currency
Euro
1.00 USD = 0.94 EUR
CURRENT WEATHER
Rain
+13°C
Airport Transport

Taxi: 10 £GBP (20 min)
Restaurants

Lunch ≈ 8 £GBP
Dinner (for two) ≈ 31 £GBP
Espresso ≈ 1.30 £GBP
Bottled water ≈ 0.40 £GBP

Health & Safety
Travel insurance is recommended
Emergency numbers:
Ambulance: 112
Police: 112

Why Tenerife

Enjoy sunshine year-round; see spectacular sights and scenery; relax on golden or striking ash-coloured volcanic sands and eat amazing cuisine washed down with award-winning wine on Tenerife holidays.

Golden Mile shopping and vibrant nightlife awaits on Tenerife, the largest of the Canary island’s south coast while staying at a hotel in Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje. Or get acquainted with charm and traditions in the north – the pace of life is slower in La Laguna and Puerto de la Cruz and both feature quant cobbled streets and a historic feel. Spot whales and dolphins on a cruise around La Gomera on your holidays to Tenerife, or go on a diving expedition to discover a different world underwater. On Tenerife it’s highly recommended to hire a car, then you have the freedom and opportunity to see the best the island has to offer at your own pace. Tenerife’s capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is a vibrant city just begging to explored, get back to nature on a hiking expedition in the spectacular Mount Teide National Park.

When to go

Climate

With temperatures in the summer reaching 28 degrees Celsius (82 Fahrenheit) and winter lows of 13 to 18 degrees Celsius (55-64 Fahrenheit) it’s hard to resist Tenerife’s fantastic year-round climate. Known internationally as the “Island of Eternal Spring” (Isla de la Eterna Primavera), the island is on the same latitude as the Sahara Desert and the warm climate is largely controlled by the trade winds.

Where to go/stay

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The capital and largest city on Tenerife Island, it also serves as capital of the Canary Islands, jointly with Las Palmas. There is a wealth of historic monuments alongside modern museums in this cosmopolitan city, which should be visited on holidays to Tenerife. The beaches here are less crowded than in the south of the island. The largest is Las Teresitas and the yellow has been imported to replace the less attractive volcanic sand. It is 20 minute bus ride (number 910) from city. Las Gaviotas is a quieter beach is the next bay over and has black sand and…nudists among the more clothed bathers.

Los Abrigos

The name translates from Spanish as “The Overcoats” and Los Abrigos is a pretty fishing village in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona, on the south east coast. The name comes from the fact it is home to a naturally protected harbour.

Costa Adeje

A promenade follows the beach from Los Cristianos, through Las Americas to Costa Adeje in southern Tenerife. The area is totally dedicated to tourism, and therefore is home to a multitude of apartment complexes, hotels, bars, cafes and restaurants for holidays in Tenerife. It boasts some of the best beaches in Tenerife, including the Blue Flag-accredited beaches Torviscas, Fanabe and El Duque A favourable climate makes Costa Adeje perfect for a winter getaway and despite modern development you can still admire the colonial-style buildings.

Las Americanas

Las Americanas joins with Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje to form a city. The different names are part of separate local government regions but the borders are indistinguishable. Like Costa Adeje, the city was built for tourists.

Los Cristianos

One of the most popular tourist centers and linked to Las Americanas and Costa Adeje – known for its sandy beaches, in particular golden sanded Las Vistas.

Puerto de la Cruz

This resort is more suitable for Tenerife holidays for families and older people than the other tourist areas of Tenerife. Wander around the historic quarter and stop at the beautiful Chapel of San Telmo or lunch at the 18th-century Casa Miranda.

Los Gigantes

Is a resort and also the name of a some cliffs in Tenerife it is also home to a picturesque marina.

La Laguna

Is the oldest city on the island and a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. The university means up to a quarter of the city’s inhabitants are either students or connected to the university.

El Medano

A town in Granadilla de Abona is notable for hosting various windsurfing competitions and championships, as has a reputation for being one of the world's best windsurfing/kitesurfing locations. This resort is perfect for those who want to have sport activities during their holidays to Tenerife. The sports typically take place at the Bay (where water conditions are flat or mild swell), Cabezo Beach (waves), and the Harbour Wall (waves).

Things to do

El Teide

From the car park, visitors can board the 10 minute cable lift to 3550 meters (11,647 feet) (25 Euros per person) for stunning views of the island. To ascend the final 168 meters (551 feet) to the summit of the mountain requires special permission from the National Park Office in Santa Cruz. Be warned though altitude sickness is a risk at this height above sea level.

Parque Rural de Anaga

This is a great place for hiking on Tenerife holidays. Go to the Pico del Ingles observation point where you can see an incredible view of the island (in good weather). The park is only 15 minutes from La Laguna by car. Other places in the park include the black sand beaches Almaciga, Taganana, Roque las Bodegas.

Drives

Here is why renting a car is great idea in Tenerife due to the wonderful drives all over the island. Masca village located about one hour drive north of Los Gigantes is a popular destination.

Parks

Just outside the northern city of Puerto de la Cruz is Loro Parque Zoo – a huge animal park.

Jungle Park close to Los Cristianos is also worth a visit and there are free bus links to the park.

The water park, Siam Parque, in Costa Adeje features 2 meter high artificial waves, as well as cafes and bars. Also in Costa Adeje is a second water park Aqualand.

Besides cheap holidays to Tenerife, this destination offers a great variety of dining options. Try the salty papas arrugadas – it is a dish made from potatoes with fiery mojo sauce. Don’t forget the wine sun-drenched grapes grown in volcanic soil have resulted in superb quality wines.