When’s the best time to go?
Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, and a hugely popular year-round holiday destination for couples, families and groups of friends. Known for its bustling nightlife, spectacular beaches and beautiful scenery, you’ll find everything from sleepy fishing villages and traditional Canarian towns to lively holiday resorts and cities here. Just follow our Tenerife travel advice to ensure you get the most out of your trip, and visit Tenerife at the best time of year.
The Canary Islands are known for their mild climate, with more days of sunshine here than almost anywhere else on the planet. The most popular time of year to visit is from May to July, when temperatures range from around 24°C to 28°C and a cooling sea breeze stops things from getting uncomfortably hot.
If you’re planning on spending your holiday on the beach, August is a great time of year to visit, when the sea temperature averages around 23°C, perfect for swimming, fishing and snorkelling.
Tenerife is a popular destination for a winter sun break too. Winters are cooler, with temperatures rarely dropping below 15°C and temperatures of around 22-24°C fairly common. The island is generally quieter during the winter months, so a winter break means you can visit tourist attractions and relax on the beach without the busy atmosphere of the summer months.
What should I pack?
There are some essentials you’ll definitely need for your trip to Tenerife, no matter what time of year you’re visiting the Canary Islands. With its long, hot, sunny days, plenty of sun cream is a must, as is a hat and a cover-up for the beach or the poolside. You’ll also want to pack your sunglasses and plenty of cool, light clothes for summer. We recommend going for natural fabrics like cotton and bamboo for maximum comfort.
It’s a good idea to pack comfortable shoes if you’re planning on sightseeing, while a light jacket is ideal for cooler evenings in low season.
Don’t forget to pack an EU travel adaptor for charging your mobile phone and other devices on your trip. A Spanish phrasebook can also come in handy, and although most people in Tenerife speak English it is polite to at least try a little Spanish to show willing.
Passport and Visas
Do I need a passport?
All visitors to the Canary Islands will need a passport. Your passport needs to be valid for the duration of your stay, but it doesn’t need to extend for any specific period of time beyond this.
For more information on Tenerife passports and details of the country’s entry requirements, head to: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements.
Do I need a visa?
British citizens do not need a visa to visit the Canary Islands as a tourist. If you’re in any doubt as to whether or not you will need a visa, it’s best to check with the Spanish Embassy.
For more Tenerife visa information as well as details of entry requirements to the country, head to: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements.
Health and Safety
Should I get travel health insurance?
We always recommend that you take out comprehensive health and travel insurance before travelling abroad, particularly if you’re on a family holiday. Insurance will cover you in case you need emergency medical treatment while you’re abroad. It’s best to read through your policy documents before your holiday so that you know what is and what isn’t covered. You should also check you’ll be insured for any activities you’re planning on participating in during your trip to Tenerife.
Any other tips?
- It’s generally not a good idea to leave large sums of cash, credit cards or expensive electrical goods unattended while swimming or at the beach.
- The currency here is the Euro. You may be asked to show ID if paying for goods with a credit or debit card in the Canary Islands.
- Although the Canary Islands is a holiday destination, it’s recommended to save swimwear for the beach and cover up when you’re in town or visiting nearby cities, especially if you visit any religious or cultural sites.
- For more information and Tenerife travel advice, head to: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain.