As the largest and most populous island in the Canary chain and of Spain, Tenerife has always had a special appeal for the 5 million visitors that visit the area annually. There are many things to do in this great island paradise. For those considering a tour of this wonderful location, consider the following useful information:
One of the reasons that many individuals flock to this destination would be that the area is definitely a year-round place for visitors to come and soak in the sun. For those who have a preference, the northern side of Tenerife is cooler and has significantly more rainfall than the southern side. The peak season for travel to the island is generally from January to April. During the winter the prospective tourist can take advantage of lower flight prices but may have to contend with higher hotel rates, however. Many visitors have reported that the best month to travel is in September when the weather is more moderate and the accommodation rates are lower.Best Time to Travel (Holidays and Festivals)
If the visitor wishes to take advantage of the various holidays and festivals that the island is known for, then they should consider travelling in February or March when the world-famous Carnival is being held in the Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz areas of the island. On May 30th the island has a famous holiday that features many local events with live music, dance and festivals. Finally, Columbus day on the 12th of October has many great events and parades.
If the visitor wants to avoid the crowds then they probably should avoid the main resorts and beaches in the south of Tenerife. Areas such as the Los Cristianos and Playa de la America are very popular with visitors. For a quiet, romantic and idyllic setting, visitors might consider the west coast. The north usually attracts those who enjoy surfing and hiking.Before You Travel (Cost of Living)
The food and restaurant prices in the Canary Islands are a bit lower than what the visitor will be used to in Britain. Much like in Britain, restaurant workers will definitely appreciate a good tip if they give the customer good service.
The Pension Hostel runs about EUR20 per night and 3 star hotels will set the visitor back about EUR35 per guest.
Local Information (Public Transport or Taxi)
The local transportation is provided by a bus company called Titsa. Single tickets start at EUR 1.50. Of course, if the visitor desires to take a taxi they are generally cheaper than in Britain, running about EUR5 for 3 km, then EUR 1 per km thereafter.