Experiencing the natural wonders of Tenerife
Tenerife is a great place to relax and unwind in the sun. The island is characterised by idyllic beaches, scenic landscapes and surreal villages. Deep valleys and ancient laurel forests determine its varied landscape. It is home to the highest point in Spain and the third largest volcano in the world - Mount Teide. This popular destination features the crystal clear waters of the Atlantic coupled with the rich diversity of marine life. Tenerife is a diving and snorkelling hotspot that rewards exploration with mysterious marine life and shipwreck sightings. Whether you are interested in scuba diving, relaxing in the sun, viewing the landscape from a cable car or clubbing, you will have a great time in Tenerife. The majority of visitors are drawn to the island by its wonderful climate.
When to travel
Tenerife enjoys warm weather throughout the year making it a great holiday destination for any season. It experiences high precipitation levels between November and March. The island's high season typically starts in January and ends in April. It is the ideal place for swimming and sunbathing in spring and summer. Tenerife winters are pleasantly mild; it's an alluring hotspot for visitors escaping colder weather at home. Although airfares are usually reasonable all year round, the best bargains are available between September and December as well as from March to May, with the exception of the Easter period. The island hosts a wide variety of festivals on a monthly basis, including the procession of the Three Kings (January), St John Fiestas (June), Fiestas de Santa Catalina in Taganana (November) and many more.
Before you go
Spanish passport and residency rules apply to Tenerife island visitors. European Union citizens only require national ID cards to enter while all non-EU citizens should possess a full valid passport. Check with your local Spanish embassy or travel agent about visa requirements well in advance. It is important to keep your travel documents safe, possibly by locking them in your hotel's front desk safety deposit box. Visitors arriving in the Canary Islands from non-infected countries do not require vaccination.
Important local information
International flights arriving on the island of Tenerife land at one of two airports, either Tenerife South Airport or Tenerife North. Tenerife South Airport is located near many tourist resorts on the coast and it is the largest on the Canary Islands. Upon arrival, you will have a variety of airport transfer alternatives, including private transfers, public buses and taxis. Tenerife airports feature taxi bays in front of the arrival terminals. The rates vary depending on taxi company and a supplement fee is added on all airport departures. The public bus service is another viable option when departing the Tenerife South Airport or Tenerife North. The bus transfers use up to six routes linking the airports to local towns. The southwest coast offers upmarket and pricy five-star hotels. The southeast tip of the island is where you can find budget hotels and apartments. Santa Cruz hotels largely consists of high-rise four-stars, the establishments offer contemporary style and comfort and are ideally located for exploring the city.