Tenerife is the biggest, and most well known, Canary Island, and receives over 10 million visitors each year. Although the weather is the biggest draw for tourists, there are plenty of things to see and do on the island, even during the winter months. Most visitors opt to head to the southerly resort towns, however the north can be ideal for people who want to relax with nature and enjoy a more cultural holiday filled with wine tasting and tropical jungle walks. To find out more about this fabulous destination, keep reading.
When to Visit
Located in the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of northern Africa, the temperatures on Tenerife are warmer than most places in Europe all year round. Temperatures peak at 30oc during the summer, whilst the winter months average temperatures of around 18oc during the day. Sunshine is guaranteed almost all year round, though if you want to avoid the crowds we recommend travelling just outside of the peak holiday season for the best conditions.
How to Get There
Tenerife is a four hour flight away from the UK, making it ideal for all types of tourists, even young families. It’s easy to get a direct flight to Tenerife from the UK as numerous airlines, including Monarch, British Airways, Jet2, Thomson and Thomas Cook, fly direct from the main British airports. All airlines fly into the Tenerife South Airport, so tourists wanting to visit the north of the island will need to arrange onwards travel. Taxis and buses are available between airports and the journey time takes around 40 minutes.
The beaches in Tenerife are clean and well looked after. There are eight blue flag beaches on the island, including Playa de las Arena and Las Teresitas, and many of the beaches offer a variety of attractions including water sports activities and volleyball, as well as food and drink. If you’re not totally focussed on relaxing on a golden beach, make sure to check out some of the volcanic beaches towards the north of the island. The black sand makes for some dramatic photo opportunities.
From visiting the Teide National Park, which has recently been named a UNESCO World Heritage site, to shopping in Santa Cruz, the attractions on Tenerife are as diverse as its landscape. Take a cable car to the summit of Mount Teide, or visit the village of Los Gigantes and marvel at the lava that runs through it. Head to the shores for a scuba diving trip, or take a tour to the top of the island’s volcano. Car hire is cheap and readily available in Tenerife, so driving from attraction to attraction should be relatively simple. Alternatively, buses do run to most of the larger towns on the island. There is so much to see and do on Tenerife that once you have visited the island, you will want to return. Don’t just take our word for it – over 1.6 million UK tourists visit Tenerife every year, and go on to return time and time again.
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