Home of the Canary Islands’ capital city, Santa Cruz, Tenerife is a wonderful place to visit as a family, with your partner, or on your own. There are a wide range of resorts offering a variety of accommodations and entrainments, as well as a number of natural attractions such as Mount Teide, the highest Spanish peak, and the surrounding National Park.
The island is also somewhat of a gastronome’s delight as its geographical position means a broad choice of fish dishes, a wine trade dating back to the 16th Century, as well as a healthy industry in exported cheese. There are also ample opportunities for shopping, visiting the museums, checking out the ancient churches, taking a day trip to one of the wildlife or aqua parks, or simply lying back and soaking up the sun.
Airports in Tenerife
The easiest way to get to Tenerife is by flying into one of the two airports serving the island: Los Rodeos (or Tenerife North Airport) which primarily accommodates travellers from the mainland of Spain, and Reina Sofia (or Tenerife South Airport) which welcomes visitors from the rest of the world. Many of the world’s major airline fly into Tenerife, and UK visitors have a wealth of options when it comes to short, direct flights with airlines like British Airways, Monarch Airlines and EasyJet.
Tenerife is territory of Spain, so the visa requirements are exactly the same as for entry to the mainland. Those with British citizenship only need to apply for a visa if they plan to stay on the island for longer than 90 days and anyone from the EU can travel to Tenerife with government-issued identification.
Laws in Tenerife
The laws of Tenerife state that drinking, driving and smoking is only permitted by those of 18 years or older, and drivers must obey the same laws as those in force in Spain. There is also a law preventing private property rental to tourists, so any visitor is advised to seek accommodation from commercial sources.
Getting Around Tenerife
Tenerife’s trams and buses have routes all around the island. These tend to be quite a slow way to travel so those only planning a short stay might find car rental a more time efficient option if they want to see multiple attractions.
When To Visit Tenerife
Tenerife enjoys balmy weather all year around, although the temperature does drop during the later months. As the island is a tourist hotspot during the summer months with a considerable number of visitors arriving in the autumn in order to spend the winter in the warmth, it is best to visit during the spring to avoid the crowds.
Image Attribution: Sea near Masca by Jens Steckert | Pyramids of Güímar by Steffen Löwe | Beach photo by Jose Mesa