Tenerife Canary Islands

Tenerife

Tenerife - located just off the west coast of Morocco. Tenerife is the largest and best known of the Canary Islands, and has rapidly become one of the most popular party and family beach holiday destinations in Europe.

Tenerife is affectionately known as the 'Island of Eternal Spring' due to its year round warm and sunny climate. Tenerife is known for its striking volcanic landscapes, golden and charcoal beaches, crystal blue seas, picturesque mountain villages, pretty coastal towns and year-round sunshine. It's also known for Mount Teide, a dormant volcano and Spain’s tallest peak that dominates central Tenerife.

There's more to Tenerife than just great beach holidays! Tenerife is an island with two distinct parts attracting two very different markets. South Tenerife is where you’ll find most of the islands white sandy beaches and the fast paced and family favorite holiday resorts of Playa Las Americas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje.

North Tenerife is greener, quieter and slightly more sophisticated, it's also where you'll find Canarian heritage displayed throughout the old town areas of Santa Cruz, La Orotava and Puerto de la Cruz. Here you'll find 18th century colonial style architecture, cobbled-stone streets, picturesque victorian gardens and Renaissance mansions with beautifully carved wooden balconies and stylish interior courtyards.

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Tenerife Holidays: Tenerife ticks all the boxes for a sun-soaked holiday for any age, including families, young couples and groups of friends. There is an abundance of low cost carriers and holiday airlines providing cheap flight tickets and package holidays deals to Tenerife, including luxury all-inclusive holidays, family beach hotels and self catering breaks.

Tenerife offers a unique blend of both Spainish and African culture and is a perfect destination when searching for year-round fun in the sun, especially during Europe's colder months.

Tenerife Introduction: With the advantages of year-round sunny sky's, warm sandy beaches and diverse geographical features, Tenerife has fast become the 'first choice' holiday destination for many European travellers.

Tenerife is an ideal all-round holiday destination for all holidaymaker's, especially family's, couples and younger groups. The island offers an extensive mix of entertainment, great watersport facilities and renowned golfing resorts. With so much to offer, Tenerife has become the perfect alternative to the sunny resorts of the Spanish Costa's.

This unique island features cosmopolitan resorts, great nightlife, deserts, volcanoes and breathtaking beaches. We strongly recommend hiring a car in Tenerife to help you discover and enjoy this, the most beautiful of European Islands.

Tenerife's Popular Resorts:

(1). Playa de las Americas: Las Americas is a vibrant modern beach resort with a colourful international feel, the resort of choice for sun seekers and hardy party goers. Las Americas is perfect for families, young couples and groups of friends.

Play de las Americas has six main beaches (mostly made-up with golden sands shipped-in from Africa's Sahara Desert), with most beaches conveniently backed by a string of bars, clubs and restaurants. Troya beach is one of the resorts most popular beaches, it's calm waters are ideal for watersports, sunbathing and swimming, perfect for enjoying the beautiful year-round warm sunny skies of Playa de las Americas.

Las Americas is a fun family resort too with plenty to keep children occupied, including the option to splash around at the islands most popular attraction, Siam Park. Siam Park is a Thai-themed outdoor adventure water park, providing both thrill and family slides, swimming pools and a relaxing beach. Siam Park is located close to main holiday resorts between Costa Adeje and Las Americas.

There are two excellent 18 hole golf course nearby, Golf Las Américas is a picturesque course amid lakes, palm trees & sloping hills, it provides a restaurant, golf school & pro shop. Whilst Golf Costa Adeje is part of a very exclusive hotel, sport and leisure complex.

There's plenty going on in Las Americas! Resort nightlife is centred around 'Veronica's strip and Starco' where you'll find an endless supply of bars and nightclubs open from dusk till dawn. A short walk along the coast from Veronicas is 'The Patch’ a lively area packed with pubs, bars and restaurants (this area is slightly quieter and less energetic than Veronica's).

Tenerife's most favourite club is 'Tramps - The King of Clubs' located on Starco avenue, Tramps is recognised as one of the best 'house music and R&B' venues on the island and hosts world-famous DJs from 10pm till 6am. The club also boasts a state of the art light and sound system, three dance floors playing different music genres, a large terrace and plush vip seating areas.

Tenerife Beaches

(2). Puerto de la Cruz: Puerto de la Cruz is located at the foot of the La Orotava Valley on Tenerife's northern coast. The north is often favoured due to its ideal mix of beach life, dramatic and picturesque coastline, sub-tropical climate, lush greenery and an abundance of Canarian charm. Puerto de la Cruz is regarded to be more sophisticated than its southern counterparts and provides a good mix of stylish shops, quaint bars, excellent seafood restaurants, elegant plazas and leafy open spaces.

There are two sides to Puerto de la Cruz, first is the pretty seaside town with its historic quarter and distinct Canarian character. Here you'll find bustling picturesque squares, narrow cobbled streets, pavement cafes, trendy boutiques and leafy avenues lined with colourful traditional colonial-style buildings.

The old fishermen's district of 'La Ranilla' is full of charming architecture and is known as the quirky part of town. La Ranilla has plenty of local bars and restaurants, independent boutiques and local artists showcasing their work at local art galleries. Top Tip: Look out for the pretty and colourfully painted fishermen's cottages that are lit at night by old fashioned lanterns.

A more recent addition to the resort includes an extensive and uniquely designed open-air swimming pool complex called the Lago Martianez. The lido has beaches, sunbeds, several swimming pools (including sea water pools), a huge artificial lake with waterfalls and foot bridges, all surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens. The complex offers a good selection of inexpensive bars, cafes and restaurants. Lago Martianez is a perfect spot for a family fun day in the sun, or to just relax and recharge your batteries.

Top Places to Visit:

(1). The Botanical Gardens.
The Exotic Botanical Gardens can be found in La Paz, located on the edge f the town. These beautiful 18th-century gardens are a must-see and include more than 5,000 exotic plants and trees representing different parts of the world, a perfect location for a peaceful escape. Top Tip: Close to the Gardens is the Plaza de Mirador de la Paz with its great views over Puerto and Playa Martianez and out to sea, you'll also find a statue of Agatha Christie here.

(2). Best Beaches in Puerto de la Cruz
Remember the Atlantic seas surrounding Puerto de la Cruz can be strong and dangerous, only swim at designated safe areas.

Playa Jardin Beach: Playa Jardin is the main beach in Puerto de la Cruz. At just over 1 km long the beach is made up with soft, dark volcanic sand lappedby clear and protected waters. The beach has numerous facilities including sunbeds, showers and toilets and is beautifully lined by tropical gardens.

Playa Martianez Beach: The second most popular beach after Playa Jardin is Martianez Beach. The beach has black sands that stretch over a 960 feet and is one north Tenerife's best surfing beaches. The beach has the usual facilities and is backed by a promenade and tropical trees.

If your looking for tranquility, culture and year-round sunshine, Puerto de la Cruz is the place to stay. The resort is approximately 88km or just over a hours drive from Tenerife South Airport.

(3). Los Cristianos: Los Cristianos is situated just south of Playa de las Americas and is a relaxing, traditional harbour town. The resorthas a continental flavor with plenty of cafes bars and restaurants, plus three golden sandy beaches to show off, with rows of sunbeds and umbrellas to hire. Los Cristianos has a small town centre with a charming square and a promenade that runs the length of the resort, there's also a beautiful harbour that offers fishing trips and pleasure cruises.

The resort is tucked away on the south coast, and is the perfect spot if you like a bit of sophistication. The busy and bustling town centre has a labyrinth of shops including boutiques, designer labels and a sleek shopping centre, plus plenty of cafes, al fresco restaurants and busy bars.

(4). Puerto de Santiago: Puerto de Santiago sits on the west coast of Tenerife, it's a small whitewashed fishing town complete with old world charm, a pretty harbour, black sandy beach, plus plenty of friendly bars and restaurants. Puerto de Santiago is a great location for exploring Tenerife's rugged coastline and has stunning views of the famous Los Gigantes lava cliffs.

Puerto de Santiago is less than an hours drive from Mount Teide, the world’s third highest volcano. An excursion to Mount Teide is highly recommended, if time allows you can do the 5 hour guided hike to the volcano's summit, or you can take the cable car to the top station which is just short of the summit. There are plenty of official Mount Teide excursions and hiking trails to chose from, you can plan your National Park day-out adventure at the volcanoteide.com website.

Top Tip: Tenerife has one of the best night skies in the world and the Teide sky is one of the best for astronomical observation. Treat yourself to one of several guided Teide at night tours, including: (1) Sunset and the stars on Teide. (2) Astronomic tour to Teide including a visit to the Observatory. (3) Stargazing excursion with a visit to the Observatory, plus other choices and combinations of night-sky and star gazing tours.

Top Tip: The exciting and colourful 'Carnivalde Santa Cruz' takes place on the Island in February. When it comes to scale and pageantry the Carnival is known to be the second largest in the world after Rio's annual carnival in Brazil. The Santa Cruz Carnival starts in Tenerife's vibrant capital port city, Santa Cruz.

Tenerife Local Transport: Tenerife's main public transport consists of Bus and Taxi services. Buses are popular, efficient and cover the whole island.

Tenerife Bus services: Buses are operated by a company called 'Transportes Interurbanos de Tenerife, Sociedad Anónima' (TITSA for short). TITSA operate a modern fleet of over 600 vehicles that are bright green in colour. Buses are comfy, reliable and provide an inexpensive means of exploring the island. You can plan your bus journey in advance by using the online 'Bus Route Planner'.

Bus Routes & Timetable Check out the TITSA 'Tourist Bus Route Planner' which includes an interactive planner and timetable. If you'll be traveling by bus a lot consider buying a 1 or 7 day travel card, they provide unlimited trips on buses and trams throughout the island. Alternatively there's the convenient Ten+ WALLET (or contactless top-up card) that can be used on all busses and trams, plus there's the 'ten+Movil' mobile app that can be downloaded to purchase bus tickets and travel cards online.

Top Tip: Buses have a 3 digit route number displayed on the front, back and sides of the vehicle, this number is the same for both directions. Remember to check the direction of the bus by checking the Destination Display next to the route number above the front windscreen. If you're unsure if your boarding the right bus simply ask the driver.

Tenerife Taxi Info: Taxis are a very convenient and a popular mode of transport in Tenerife. They are generally white in colour and mostly consist of Mercedes cars or larger estates that can easily accommodate 4 adult passengers plus luggage, should you need a larger taxi ask for a ‘grande taxi’ (pronounced Granday). If you plan on using a Taxi for longer journeys or for a day excursion, it is possible to negotiate a fixed price with the driver in advance.

All taxi fares are metered, you have the right to ask the driver if the meter is working before you set off. The metered fares start with a base rate that covers the first part of the journey, followed by the metered rate charge calculated on distance covered, night rates are more expensive. Journeys to/from the airport and public holidays carry a supplement which is added to the metered fare, a sticker displayed inside the cab should indicate all additional charges and supplements.

By far the vast majority of taxi drivers in Tenerife are honest and helpful. If you do experience a problem or have a dispute, you must ask the driver for an official receipt (recibo official and a complaint or claim form (Hoja de Reclamaciones), also take a photo of the licence displayed inside the cab, then take your complaint to a police station for filing. The act of standing your ground, asking the driver for a receipt and a record of the fare charged, may well resolve the problem there and then.

Tenerife Sightseeing Tips: The best sightseeing can be found in North Tenerife and the interior. Hire a car and drive along the west side of the island to see the dramatic cliffs of Los Gigantes or drive through the Las Canadas National Park around Mount Teide for an adventure.

Visit Siam Park, the largest waterpark in Europe. The park is filled with adrenaline pumping attractions, animals, children's play areas, a tropical river and man made golden beaches plus a surf school and wave pool like no other.

Visit Mount Teide, the island's central mountain stands at 12,200 feet (3,719m), the highest mountain in Spain. A cable-car ride can take you to the summit where you can marvel at the views of the lunar-like landscape and volcanic slopes.

Tenerife Airport (TFS). Also known as Tenerife South–Reina Sofía Airport. TFS is the Island's most modern international airport, it's located in South Tenerife and is the busiest airport within the Canary Islands.

Airport Transport and Transfer Services: Tenerife (TFS) airport is within easy reach of popular south and western holiday resorts. Most holiday tour operators can arrange (in advance) coach transport from the airport to Tenerife's main holiday resorts. There are regular direct bus services to Santa Cruz, Los Cristianos, Playa de las Americas and to other towns and resorts around the island.

Taxis are available from outside the arrivals hall, they are plentiful and fares are metered, but be prepared to wait a while in high season. There are several private transfer companies operating in Tenerife, it's recommended to pre-book your resort transfers in advance prior to arrival.

Tenerife South Airport is 60 kilometres from Santa Cruz, 88 km from Puerto de la Cruz, but close to the popular beach resorts of south Tenerife with Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos only 15 minutes taxi ride away.

Car Hire: All major car rental companies are represented at Tenerife TFS airport, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt.

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