Introducing the city

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One-way ticket £1.09 | 1.30 €

Beer £1.51 | 1.80 €

Main Course £5.88 | 7.00 €

About Tenerife

One of Europe's top island getaways, Tenerife boasts a fantastic year round climate and is packed with beautiful natural scenery, vibrant nightlife and top attractions such as the exhilirating Siam Park.

If you’re looking for a European destination that will blow your socks off, Tenerife might just provide the solution given its landscape is dominated by a huge volcano at its very centre. The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife has a population of nearly 800,000 and attracts every type of holidaymaker from the party-hungry Brit, to the nature-loving hiker, to the sun-seeking couple.

Where a holiday-driven market, a lively nightlife scene and an array of tourist attractions boom in the south at places like Playa Las Americas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje, in the north you’ll discover an authentic Canarian culture and the historic capital of the islands, Santa Cruz. The scenic, natural landscape in Tenerife is envied across Europe with Spain’s tallest mountain, Mount Teide, lush vegetation and a gorgeous coastline boasting sun-kissed sandy bays, all attracting nature-seeking tourists. And with the sun shining nearly all year round, the volcano isn’t the only thing making this one of the hottest destinations around.

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When Should You Visit?

September is a great time to visit when there are less crowds and hot, sunny days.

Tenerife has a desirable climate which attracts tourists from across the continent. In spring, temperatures peak at just over 20 degrees Celsius and in summer around 30. May through to September experiences very little rainfall with June receiving the least. October and November can still see temperatures over 20 degrees although you may be caught in one or two showers. Winters are mild and can still see very warm days. Note that snow is common up on Mount Teide. Be aware that parts of the island are at varying altitudes so the climate ranges from dry in the south east to Mediterranean in the north west.

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Travioor top tips

Rent A Car
Camp
Menu del dia

Insider Info

  • Tenerife has a main road circling the whole island and one of the best things you can do here is rent a car to explore the surrounding landscape. Head to Mount Teide or drive the coastal routes boasting some jaw-dropping scenery. Alternatively, you can park up and hike the many paths and dirt tracks getting to spots you wouldn’t be able to reach by car. But don’t park on double yellow lines and in restricted zones (even though the locals do) - your car might be towed.

  • On a low budget? Some backpackers buy a tent and opt to stay at the camp sites around the island during summer which are amazingly, all free to stay in.

  • To get the best value for money in restaurants, look out for the menu del dia. This will include three courses with bread and a glass of house wine or beer for an incredibly reasonable price.

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Food and drink

Main Course £5.88 | 7.00 €

3-Course Meal £29.38 | 35.00 €

Cappuccino £1.23 | 1.46 €

Beer £1.51 | 1.80 €

The Scene

As expected you’ll find an abundance of Spanish cuisine on the island including paella, potato omelette and tapas. An island delicacy to look out for is Papas Arugadas (potatoes covered in rock salt) which accompany many dishes on menus. Also typical of the island are the fruits of banana and tomato which are mass produced here.

Some of the best dishes found in restaurants will include fish or seafood which is caught the same day. Where there are a lot of superb local restaurants displaying some fine Canarian cuisine, there’s also a heap of fast food chains and international eateries, particularly in the south, given the high number of tourists.

The local beer on the island is called Dorada whilst there are many varieties of wine which are produced locally. For the liveliest parts of the island, head for Playa de las Americas or Los Cristianos which both carry a reputation for a lively clubbing scene and open their bars until the early hours.

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History

Tenerife’s Story

Founded by cave-dwellers from North Africa known as Guanches around 200 BC, Tenerife was occupied by these aboriginals for many centuries, yet their lifestyle and where they came from is still debated today. Despite the Fenician, Punician and Romans making contact with the island, the Guanches were said to know nothing of boats (and consequently the outside world) and their evolution was almost non existent over hundreds of years.

It wasn’t until very late in the 15th century when the Spanish and Alonso Fernandez de Lugo ordered by the king to concur the island. However, the Guanches were resistant and won a major battle at the Bay of Acentejo; references to this battle can be seen today including the town’s name (la Matanza) meaning ‘the massacre’. A year later in 1497, the Spanish finally conquered and the decimation of the Guanche culture was hidden and not spoke of to the Spanish public.

The island went on to become a significant trading centre and many pirates tried to invade before the British came in 1797. Later in 1821, Madrid named the island’s main port, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the Canaries. The 20th century then saw Tenerife become a desirable destination for other nationalities with many influences embedded into the local culture which can be seen today and air travel increasing tourism from the 1960’s onwards.

Language

Hola | Hello
Gracias | Thank you

Spanish

LANGUAGE

Spanish is the official language of Tenerife although English is widely spoken in the south, as is German and Italian. In the north fewer people speak English but many can understand it. Having said this, it never hurts to know the basics:

  • Please: Por favor
  • Excuse me: Perdón
  • Do you speak English?: ¿Hablas inglés?

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Need to know

+34 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Beware of pickpockets, particularly at the markets.
  • You can get a cable car up Mount Teide but beware of altitude sickness even if climbing.
  • Don’t try to sleep on the beach at night as you may be arrested.
  • Beware of electrical shops selling goods. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • A tip of 5-10% is usually left for good service in restaurants.

 

VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Spain here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Beaches

Explore the island’s range of beaches from the black bay of Playas de Bollulo to the imported sand at Los Cristianos.

2. Mount Teide

Experience breath-taking views after hiking Spain’s tallest mountain, Mount Teide.

3. Siam Park

Enjoy pulsating rides at Siam Park - one of Europe’s best waterparks.

4. Villages

Visit the island’s most beautiful villages like Masca in the Teno Mountains and drive their scenic routes.

5. Watersports

Take advantage of the warm waters and go scuba diving or partake in some watersports.


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