Tenerife attracts countless European tourists every year. With heavenly landscapes and gorgeous beaches, a thriving nightlife, a wide range of activities and extremely varied geographical features, the biggest territory in the Canary Islands is a perfect holiday destination.
Tenerife is a place that can be visited and enjoyed all through the year. It is worth keeping in mind that the weather is somewhat cooler and wetter in the north than in the south though. Tourism peaks from January to April. While flight prices usually decrease significantly in the winter, hotel prices are much higher during this period. The best month to visit is September, when the weather is the most reliable and accommodation is more affordable. Numerous festivals and holidays are organised during the year, starting in February and March with the Carnival in Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz. On 30th May, the "Dias de las islas Canarias" is a holiday celebrated on all the islands, with local events including music, dance, and various festivals. The "Día de la Hispanidad" (Columbus Day), on 12th October, is a Spanish national holiday when locals celebrate with parades and other events.
The southern region of Tenerife is the most popular tourist area on the island, with the main resorts and beaches being in Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas. On the other hand, the west coast is quieter. The northern part is the best destination for sports and activities such as surfing and hiking. Concerning the cost of living, prices for food and restaurants are slightly lower in the Canary Islands than in the UK.
When arriving at Tenerife South Airport (TFS), visitors can take buses 343, 350, or 111 heading to Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje. Bus tickets cost around EUR 3 and the ride is approx. 15 minutes long. Taxi fares are about EUR 15 to EUR 20, for a similar 15-minute journey to those areas. Otherwise, buses travel to Santa Cruz in at least an hour, with tickets costing around EUR 9. A taxi ride to the same destination taxes 45 minutes and the fare is about EUR 50. Budget accommodation is available in Tenerife, with hostel rooms or pensions starting at around EUR 20 per night per person. Otherwise, rooms in 3-star hotels cost about EUR 35 per night per person. Public transport on the island is provided by bus company Titsa, and single tickets cost about EUR 1.50. Taxis are also cheaper than in Britain, with a minimum fare of EUR 5 for 3km, and then EUR 1 per additional km.