Tenerife

Canary Islands holidays

Tenerife at a glance

Why do two million people from the UK choose Tenerife as a holiday destination each year? Is it the fabulous beaches, stunning scenery, breath-taking volcano and tremendous amenities? Yes. But there is one more crucial consideration.

The wonderful weather.

Tenerife, only a few hours from the UK, has a sub-tropical climate and is warm and sunny all year round. It is known as the island of eternal spring. Catch an early flight and be on the beach, in the sea or on the first tee in the afternoon.

Let’s take a quick look at those other reasons.

The beaches: There are more than 50 on an island 60 miles long. They are mostly long, lovely and white or golden sand. Many are made of sand imported from the Sahara Desert and some are black sand made of volcanic lava. The lava created natural pools at the sea’s edge and some are perfect for swimming. Sunbeds and parasols, and just about every water activity you can think of, are available in the resorts.

The scenery: Breathtaking - towering coastal cliffs, natural parks, mountains, valleys, pine forests, a lunar landscape of lava, gorgeous villages and culturally-rich historic towns. Look out for unusual Canarian dragon trees.

The volcano:  There are lots on Tenerife, but one literally stands out. Mount Teide is the highest mountain in Spain. A cable car takes you close to the 3,700-metre summit. The views are out-of-this-world. Teide dominates a national park so special it is a world heritage park.

The amenities:  Hotels range from superb all-inclusive luxury to family-friendly self-catering apartments. Restaurants offer all types of international cuisine and this is Spain - there are tapas bars everywhere. Think of a sport and you can almost certainly play it.  There’s an impressive mix of land and sea excursions.

So, as you can see, whatever you want, whenever you want it, you are likely to find it on warm and welcoming Tenerife.



Where to stay in Tenerife

Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Puerto de la Cruz

Seduced by the exceptional climate, stunning scenic landscapes and dramatic coastlines of Tenerife, visitors flock here every year.

Playa Americans, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Playa de las Americas

The largest and most popular resort in Tenerife and a magnet for the young and lively with a plethora of bars and clubs.

Los Cristianos, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Los Cristianos

Holidays to Los Cristianos are considerably more relaxing than its party filled neighbour Playa de las Americas.

Costa Adeje, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Costa Adeje

Costa Adeje is ideal for families with children and couples looking for an upmarket alternative to its busier neighbour Playa de las Americas.

Callao Salvaje, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Callao Salvaje

This small quiet resort lies 12 kms North West of Playa de las Americas where you can find all of the nightlife.




Best Time to Visit Tenerife

If you were a weather forecaster for Tenerife you’d be fed up with talking about the sun, which shines nearly all the time, and very excited about rain, that is a rarity.

Visitors who flee the UK’s winter chill can expect to spend Christmas or the New Year in shorts and a T-shirt during the day, especially if they are on the south side of the island where temperatures will be around 20 degrees Celsius. The sun can shine for seven hours a day. During the summer there is little chance of rain and the temperature soars to the high 20s and low 30s.

Tenerife has two climate zones, north and south. It gets chillier on the wetter, windier northern side, where it has been known to snow on high ground in winter. Most rain is likely to fall there in January and February. As a result, it is lusher and greener.  

Autumn in both the north and south is often quieter. The weather is good, the sea still has its summer warmth and evenings warm enough to eat outside.

Easter can be a busy time as most towns have Holy Week fiestas, called Semana Santa. The weather is generally good.  Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Puerto de la Cruz have the largest and most spectacular carnivals in February or March. There are also “end of summer” carnivals in September.




Tenerife Travel Advice

Car Hire: One of the best ways to explore the amazing landscapes of Tenerife is to hire a car. Most of the roads are good and you can drive around the 350km (217 mile) “autopista” coastal route comfortably in a sight-seeing day. Some of the mountain roads can be hairy. There are many car hire outlets. Drive on the right.

Buses: Look out for the distinctive bright green Titsa Buses. The local word for buses is guaguas, pronounced wa-wa. Services connecting main towns and resorts are regular, elsewhere less so. There is an easy to follow, detailed and downloadable timetable on-line.  Fare discounts are available. Getting on the last bus of the day can be a scrum.

Taxis: There is a sign setting out taxi fares at the airport. The “Guia de Horarios” bus timetable from the airport information booth includes a price guide for taxis. They are usually large white Mercedes. Larger groups than family-size can be accommodated in “un grande” (pronounced grand-ay) which is a people carrier or minibus. Check the fare with the driver at the start of the journey. Most drivers speak English.

Trams: Tenerife has the only tram network in the Canaries. There are two lines in Santa Cruz, the capital, and 20 five-car trams each capable of carrying up to 200 passengers.  One of the services goes to the nearby historic town of La Laguna. Fares start at less than two euros. A third line is planned.  There are no trains on the island.

Ferries: Tenerife's capital, Santa Cruz, is a hub of ferry and hydrofoil travel to the other islands of the Canaries and to Cadiz in southern Spain.

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