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Flights to Tenerife

Tenerife is the largest, and most visited, of all the Canary Islands. There’s something for everyone on Tenerife: from lush mountain scenery to cocktail bars on the beach.

The beaches of Tenerife have been drawing British, German, and Spanish tourists for generations, especially along the South coast. If you’re not keen on the black sand beaches of Playa Americas, head next door to Los Cristianos. The yellow sand has been imported specially from the nearby Sahara Desert.

If sunbathing isn’t your thing, try your hand at water sports. The sea around Tenerife is great for snorkelling and diving. For something a little more extreme, El Medáno is one of the best kitesurfing and windsurfing locations in the world. The beach often hosts international competitions.

The capital city, Santa Cruz de Tenerif,e is very different to the tourist resorts. Old buildings, museums, and sculpture parks provide the backdrop for a cosmopolitan city with an island attitude. Don’t miss the carnival: held each February in the weeks leading up to Lent, it’s second only to Rio de Janeiro. Other great festivals include the Heineken Jazz Festival in July, and the Santa Blues festival in June.

Inland Tenerife is home to some breathtaking scenery, so pack your hiking boots and a map and set off on an adventure. Climb Mount Tiede (the highest peak in Spain) or wander through pine forests to the famous lunar landscapes of Paisaje Lunar. Pop into a guachinche for lunch: these rough and ready restaurants often appear in the middle of banana plantations, and serve up home cooked fare to hungry passers-by.

Fly in

There are two airports in Tenerife.

Tenerife South Airport (also known as Reina Sofia Airport) is the busiest airport on the island due to its proximity to the holiday resorts on the south coast. You can get flights from most UK airports, usually with Ryanair, flythomascook, Thomson Flights, Monarch, British Airways, and Jet2.

Tenerife North Airport (also known as Los Rodeos) is best for visiting Santa Cruz and the northern holiday resorts. You can’t fly direct from the UK, but you can get indirect flights with a stop off in mainland Spain. 

What You Need to Know

Currency: The Euro (€)

Visa: Tenerife is part of Spain, so UK nationals don’t need a visa to visit.

Laws: You can be arrested for sleeping on the beach at night.

Best Time to Visit

They don’t call Tenerife the “Island of Eternal Spring” for nothing. The climate is famously pleasant all year round, with an average temperature of 26-28°C in summer and 20-22°C in the winter. Summer is obviously the high season, so look out for cheap flights in November, December, March, April, and May. 

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