Tenerife travel guide

Weather & climate

With an average temperature of 22°C throughout the year, it's no wonder Tenerife has been nicknamed the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’. Even the off-season months are pleasantly warm, making it a great destination for couples looking for a quiet autumn break. Up to nine hours of sunshine and highs of 28°C make summer a great time to hit the beach, but the weather is still warm enough during the other seasons to enjoy a swim in the sea. 

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Tenerife is best for

Scenery lovers: From mountains and sub-tropical rainforests, to azure waters filled with wildlife, you’re in heaven if you love scenery. Head out to sea on a luxury catamaran, and make sure your camera’s is ready to capture shots of animals in their natural environment.

Outdoor types: Grab some water, comfy walking boots, and a guidebook for a full day’s adventure exploring Mount Teide and the eco paradise of Masca, filled with colourful birds, beautiful butterflies, and fabulous flowers.

Beach lovers: Tenerife’s beaches are big, golden, and perfect for that lazy beach holiday in the sun. Head to the south coast for the best beaches that are family-friendly and a great spot for water sports lovers.

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Fast facts

Language: The language spoken is Spanish, although English and other European languages are widely spoken.

Currency: The currency used is the Euro (€).

Local time: Tenerife is the same time as GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Tenerife South Airport. The transfer time to Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas is 25 minutes, it's 1 hour to Costa Adeje and 1 hour 40 minutes to Puerto de la Cruz.

Flight time from UK: The flight time to Tenerife is 4.5 hours.

Tourist Information: Further tourist information can be found at https://www.webtenerife.co.uk/

Visa / Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health. 

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Getting around

By taxi: You can’t miss the white taxis, and they’re fully metered too, so you know how much your journey will cost. If you want to go exploring then you may want to negotiate a fixed price before you set off.

By car hire: You can pick up a hire car from the airport and use it to discover those hidden gems inland, or a secret cove on the coast.

By bus: Cheap, cheerful, and impossible to miss, the bright green buses nicknamed “guaguas” make getting around in Tenerife easy.

By tram: Sleek modern trams zoom between Santa Cruz in the south and La Laguna in the north of the island.

Events

Carnival time: For two weeks in February, the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is carnival central. Leave the cold and the rain back in England; head to the sun and join in with the celebrations. Expect vibrant parades, fireworks, parties, and celebrations as the island throws off winter and welcomes spring with music, dancing, and plenty of drinking!

Easter celebrations: Easter sees the island celebrate again, with the festivities of “Semana Santa”, or Holy Week, marking the end of Lent in spirited style.

Patron saint: Join the party in August when Tenerife celebrates its patron saint, the Virgin of Candelaria, with two days of spectacles.

For wine lovers: Raise a glass and try out the latest vintage in November. The feast of St Andrew in Icod de los Vinos is a chance for the island’s winemakers showcase the year’s vintage.

Safety and Security

For up to date advice on travelling to Tenerife, please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/safety-and-security