At 3718m, Teide is the highest mountain in Spain and it effectively divides the island of Tenerife into several climate zones. The warmest weather is found in the south and west, while the east is generally windier and the north wetter. If you travel up to Mount Teide, you may even find snow in the winter! Overall, the summers are long and dry without being too hot, and the winters gentle. Average annual temperatures rarely exceed 30C or fall below 15C making Tenerife a year round holiday haven.
When travelling to Tenerife, keep in mind that there are two airports:
Tenerife Sur Airport (TFS) Like approximately ten million other people annually heading to the southern resorts of Golf del Sur, Los Cristianos, Playa Las Americas Costa Adeje and Los Gigantes your point of entry and exit to the island will probably be through Reina Sofia airport in the south, the busier of the islands airports, handling the majority of European flights.
Tenerife Norte Airport (TFN) Otherwise known as Los Rodeos, the Tenerife North Airport is a small facility handling mostly domestic flights from mainland Spain and other islands in the archipelago. Situated around 11km west of Santa Cruz, the island’s capital. Easily accessed along either the TF-1 or TF-5 motorways. There are transfers available at both Tenerife airports as well as a connecting public bus service.
Tenerife Car Hire
Renting a car in Tenerife is the ideal way to explore the island, especially if you are keen to see more than one place. The competition is high, which means prices are keen. Keep an eye on the insurance coverage. Many agents do not cover island-to-island insurance.
Tenerife Bike Hire
There are excellent selection of mountain bikes and tandem bikes to rent.
There is no shortage of taxis on the island and it is a popular and relatively cheap way to travel, be it from the airport or around town. If you are staying in one place, this might be a good alternative to renting a car. The approximate cost of a taxi from the airport to Las Americas is €25 Please ask the driver for a price BEFORE your journey.
Titsa is the Tenerife bus company. It is reliable, clean, safe, and very inexpensive especially if you purchase a Bono Card. One tip between 4pm to 7pm (Tenerife rush hour) the buses are extremely busy leaving Los Cristianos and Las Americas so a taxi while more expensive may often worth it!
Things To Do
Set sail in search of whales and dolphins on a sensational catamaran cruise. Enjoy a splashing day out at Tenerife’s water parks. Come face to face with crocodiles, gorillas and parrots at Loro Parque. Explore the landscapes of Mount Teide National Park. Take a journey back in time in the mountain village of Masca or take a stroll in the charming old town of and Garachico
Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas both have man-made beaches, with sand imported from the Sahara Desert. These beaches are favourites with everyone, from families, youngsters and couples. They are also Barrier Free having been developed so that people with mobility problems can enjoy being at the beach and playing in the water as much as anybody else. It’s part of the town’s commitment to creating a holiday destination for everyone. The best beach in Puerto de la Cruz is the black sand Playa Jardin, backed by landscaped gardens. The waves here are big so unless you are a confident swimmer do take care. Playa de las Teresitas near San Andres is the jewel in the crown of Tenerife’s beaches. It is what many people think a tropical beach should look like. Golden sand, palm trees and a spectacular mountain backdrop. Tenerife has 7 Blue Flag Beaches. Details at www.blueflag.org
Come face to face with brightly coloured parrots, furry gorillas and awe-inspiring wildcats at this exciting park. Don’t miss the orcas, penguins, sea lions, dolphins or the famous killer whale shows!
Enjoy a splash-tastic time at the largest number #1 in the world water park, filled with adrenaline pumping attractions, a children’s play area, a tropical river and golden beach with a surf school and wave pool like no other.
Try something different with this adventure straight from the middle ages; complete with medieval banquet and an amazing show, as knights on horseback fight one another to the bitter end!
Discovering the island’s capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the ideal place for getting into the Spanish spirit of things Checking out Tenerife’s old capital, La Laguna, which mixes a fun nightlife with beautiful architecture in the stunning north of the island. Do take a light jacket, as La Laguna is the coolest place in Tenerife in both senses of the word. Climb to the top of Spain’s highest mountain, Mount Teide or get a cable car if you don’t fancy the walk! At 3,718m above sea level, you will be rewarded with amazing views from Gran Canaria in the east to La Palma in the west. Exploring the home of amazing marine life while on holiday in Tenerife with the island’s best diving facilities at Los Gigantes Lazing the day away on golden sands in Los Cristianos or Playa de las Americas Partying into the night in Playa de las Americas’ neon-lit bars and clubs. Taking in a round of golf on the island’s fairways at Golf Costa Adeje and Golf las Americas are all part of the holiday fun.
Paragliding at the beach, beautiful sea cliffs, from kids to experienced pilots, from cross to acro, from beginners to experts, enjoy the flying weather over 300 days a year. Visit Barranco del Infierno walking trail in Adeje – 350 metres above the sea level, the trail starts at a natural balcony with magnificent views of the secenery. Against the backdrop of the village of Adeje, hikers will come across a wide variety of plant and animal species, some of which are endemic to the island of Tenerife. Some of them are unique species that have found their final refuge in the Barranco del Infierno.
If you are looking for fast food outlets, pubs serving food and international favourites, Tenerife’s holiday resorts have your appetite covered. Traditional Tenerife meals feature the staple Gofio, along with plenty of fruit, vegetables and fish, although meat is imported for the tourist trade. You are sure to see Papas Arrugadas on the menu on your holiday, a popular side treat of salty potatoes and hot ‘mojo’ sauce. One of the island’s main exports, bananas are served in all kinds of ways with liqueur a firm favourite for tourists.
For the young Playa de las Americas is the nightlife capital of Tenerife with its main party zone Veronicas strip packed with bars and clubs and a hub for night owls looking for holiday fun. There are also areas for the not so young with plenty of choice of cabaret bars, karaoke bars, shows including flamenco, comedy and west end favourites as well as bars that welcome children in specially designed areas like Vivo which keep them safe while parents enjoy themselves.The southern resort of Los Cristianos is also known for its upbeat after dark scene, but with a less full-on vibe and an excellent choice of bars and restaurants, it is also a great family choice.
Perfume, designer goods and electronic goods can all be bought in Tenerife at good prices. Shops line the streets in most major resorts and Los Cristianos’ shopping centre, Vistasur, is perfect for some retail therapy. If you’re after boutique shops the Safari Centre in Las Americas will take some beating, here you will find top designer shops along with designer prices! For local goods, the north of the island is a good place to go, while the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, mixes well-known brands and traditional goods on the main shopping strip, Calle Castillo.
Tenerife Island Rentals – Excursion Discounts
Tenerife Island Rentals deals with all major excursion operators and can usually get good deals for our clients. Use our form and book your excursion in advance with us, we can save you money and time. Once you are in Tenerife, just call in and collect your tickets we will keep them safe for you until you arrive. What better place to holiday than Tenerife, an island known for its tropical vegetation, beautiful sandy beaches and glorious weather. In less than 5-hours from the UK, you can be in Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. To help you enjoy your stay, Tenerife Island Rentals can find you either a short or long-term rental property in Tenerife dependent on your needs.
The South of Tenerife is very popular because of the amount of attractions it has to offer together with award winning beaches and fun for all. The resorts of Costa Adeje and Playa de Las Americas have changed over the years and are no longer just for the young but also ideal for families and those looking for a more upmarket resort coupled with the best entertainment and nightlife on Tenerife. Elegant hotels, such as the Sir Anthony, H10 Conquistador and La Siesta abound and not only do they offer fantastic service but many have magnificent ocean views.
Los Cristianos is popular with tourists looking for a resort that has a traditional feel. Here they will find a typical Canarian town together with the facilities of a top holiday resort. The splendid beaches are home to every water sport imaginable including snorkelling, jet skiing and windsurfing. Alternatively, you can simply relax in one of the many beachside cafes, sipping a cool drink while you plan the day’s activities. There are numerous boutiques for those wishing to shop and those enjoying fine food will be spoilt by the choice of excellent restaurants. Fine hotels, such as Paradise Park, Sol Tenerife, Regency Country Club and Atlantida Apartments will cater to your every whim.
If beaches are not for you, but you enjoy the ocean, then why not swim with the turtles in Playa Paraiso. The resort has no beach but it does have a saltwater lido. The area is relatively new and luxurious surroundings await you at the Sunset Harbour Club, Fiesta Hotel, Paraiso Floral, Roca Nivaria and Club Paraiso Aparthotel.
The north of Tenerife, although cooler than the south, has some wonderful areas to explore. Sightseeing is at its finest, when you take a trip to Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak. Visit Puerto de la Cruz dating back to the 1600s Puerto is the oldest tourist resort in the Canary Islands. The beaches are black volcanic sand but if your sand has to be golden, for a few Euros a day, you can enjoy swimming and sunbathing around the seven saltwater pools of the Lido Martinez. Loro Parque will delight young and old alike with its parrots, Orca, dolphin and sea lion shows and Penguin Planet where 12 tons of real snow falls each day is a must. Finding accommodations is not difficult, there are hotels to suit all budets, such as Luabay Tenerife, Hotel Tigaiga, Hotel Riu Garoe and El Tope.
Tenerife is truly a magical vacation paradise, with beautiful beaches, enchanting villages and resorts. The scenery is lush, the accommodation delightful and plentiful, the restaurants, nightlife and shops will tantalize your senses and the people friendly. Begin creating your holiday memories today by booking a trip to Tenerife with Tenerife Island Rentals.