Tenerife Travel Guide

Introduction to Tenerife

The Canary Island of Tenerife offers the perfect balance between outdoor adventure and relaxation on the beach. Its natural beauty is one if the island’s main assets, and features a contrast of landscapes including Spain’s tallest peak, Mount Teide, prehistoric forests, lush valleys, desert volcanic plains and deep ravines.

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Tenerife offers 400km of coastline, including a selection of golden sand beaches, black sand coves and natural rock pools. In addition, the small volcanic island has plenty of attractions varying from UNESCO World Heritage Sites to charming towns with cobbled streets, theme parks, wineries and some of the best spots for star gazing.

Thai-themed Siam Park, Tenerife

Siam Park

A world record breaking Thai themed water theme park in Costa Adeje, home to the largest Thai structures outside of Thailand, water rides and a Thai floating market.

Teide National Park

Teide National Park

The most visited national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site offering a magnificent insight to the world of volcanic heritage and iconic Mount Teide.

Beach Fun

Beaches

With 10 Blue Flag beaches, Tenerife’s wonderful coastline is ideal for family fun, sunset walks, relaxing or water sports for the more adventurous.

Other things to do in Tenerife

Tenerife is a popular destination for family holidays, many of the resorts catering for families are located in Costa Adeje, on the south west coast of the island. Attractions nearby include Siam Park theme park, Aqualand water parkand the Playa la Pinta beach, with shallow, calm waters, trampolines and inflatables that make it great for children. Loro Parquezoo is another great family attraction, located in Puerto de la Cruz to the north of the island.

 

If you’re looking for the nightlife Playa de las Americas is considered the go-to town. There are three areas where you will find the highest concentrations of bars, clubs and resident DJs; Veronica Strip, Starco and The Patch.

 

Along the coast of Tenerife, you will find an array of beaches, each offering something a little different, from quiet secluded spots for relaxation in the sun and the more active beaches perfect for water sports. El Médano is considered to be one of the best beaches for windsurfing and kitesurfing due to its windy position on the south of the island. Playa de las Teresitas is one of the most popular beaches in Tenerife, a palm tree lined beach with sand imported from the Sahara Desert, distinct from the black volcanic sands of many of the other Tenerife beaches.

 

Mount Teide National Park may be one of the main attractions in Tenerife but when it comes to the outdoors there are even more natural sights and parks to explore beyond this with activities that include hiking, cycling, stargazing and caving. On the northeast tip of the island there is the Macizo de Anaga mountain range, the Orotava Valley runs along the northern coast, Malpaís de Güímar on the east coast is home to volcanic cones, Cueva del Viento (caves) are to the north and Roque de Garachico is a small island off the north coast.

 

When it comes to the arts and history there are a number of World Heritage Sites, museums and art galleries dotted around the island. These include the colonial old town of La Laguna, the historical La Orotava which dates back to the 16th century, and the Museum of Tenerife History.

 

Read more: Top 9 things to do in Tenerife

Eating and drinking in Tenerife

Seafood is the main dish on many menus in Tenerife, this is freshly caught from the local fishing boats around the island. Lobster, clams, oysters, octopus, squid, cerne and seabass are all available. The rest of the cuisine is made up of tapas, paella and a number of local delicacies.

 

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Tenerife climate

Tenerife’s location off the west coast of Africa results in a year round warm, sunny climate, which has led to the nickname ‘Island of Eternal Spring’. Average temperatures throughout the year are around 18-24c, with summer temperatures reaching highs of 29c and winter dipping to 15c.

 

The north and south of the island can experience differences in climates, most of the island’s minimal rainfall occurs in the northwest of the island.

When to go to Tenerife

Tenerife is a great island to visit throughout the year, the weather is enjoyable with extreme temperatures and fluctuations being rare thanks to the breeze of the sea. If you are planning to climb Mount Teide, you will need to be aware of the differing weather conditions compared to the coastal towns such as snowfall and colder temperatures as you near the top.

Flying to Tenerife

Tenerife is served by two airports, Tenerife North Airport and Tenerife South Airport, currently all flights from the UK fly to Tenerife South Airport. To make your way from the airport to your hotel there are car hire companies, taxi services and buses which depart from the airport. Buses run to Costa Adeje, Playa de las America, Santa Cruz and Tenerife North Airport.

 Tenerife Deals

Hotels in Tenerife

Car hire in Tenerife

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