Endless Sunshine in the Canary Islands
Spectacular beaches, shimmering water and endless sunshine are just a few of Tenerife's most popular attributes. With year round sun and warm temperatures it has become a haven for tourists during the winter and equally attractive during the summer months. Lush forests, beautiful landscape, and the third tallest volcano in the world place Tenerife in a league of its own.
Best time for Tenerife
Mild temperatures and sunshine make Tenerife a desirable year round destination. North Tenerife can experience a cooler and wetter climate than the south. January through April is generally considered peak season. Be aware that flight prices drop during the winter and hotel rates tend to peak at this time. September is an ideal time to travel with reliable weather and lower accommodation prices. Things heat up during February and March in Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz as locals and tourists alike take part in the revelry of Carneval. The month of May brings several holidays across all of the Canary Islands, "Dias de las islas Canaries,". Be on the lookout for local events with music, dance, and festivals. Columbus Day, "Dia de la Hispanidad," lands on October 12th and is celebrated with parades and festivals.
Important information before you arrive
The most popular beaches and resorts are located in Tenerife South. Los Cristianos resort is a former fishing town now known for beautiful beaches, a harbour, and a pedestrian promenade. The lively Playa de la Americas resort, located nearby, is famous for parties and nightlife. If you are looking for something a little quieter, head to the West Coast to relax and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. Those interested in surfing and hiking should head north.
Enjoy the local fare with fresh seafood at any of the plentiful restaurants. Generally, restaurants and food are slightly less expensive compared to Britain.
Local airport transport, accommodation and transport
Upon arrival at Tenerife South Airport several bus lines are available for transport to Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje: 343, 350, or 111. Approximate price of a bus ticket is 3 EUR and it is about a 15 minute ride. If preferred, taxis are also available and cost between 15-20 EUR and takes approximately 15 minutes. The bus line to Santa Cruz is around 9EUR and takes around one hour. Taxis are also available and will run approximately 50 EUR with a journey time of about 45 minutes. Once settled at your accommodation a local bus company, Titsa, provides transport while staying on the island. Single tickets cost around 1.50EUR. Taxis are also available for local transport and are generally cheaper when compared to Britain. Be aware that the minimum fare is 5EUR for 3Km and then an additional 1EUR per Km.
There are a range of available accommodations throughout the island. For the budget conscious a hostel or pension will run about 20 EUR per night. A 3 star hotel will cost around 35 EUR per person per night.