Being one of the largest of the Canary Islands Tenerife is not only a huge tourist magnet but also the most populated island of Spain. Although its nightlife is buzzing and is very popular amongst the younger generation, Tenerife is also loved by couples, older people and families. Tenerife has scores of hotels, shops and restaurants to suit all styles and tastes. Home to wonderful scenery, national parks and mountains there's something for everyone on this intriguing Island. You'll be sure to have a warm welcome at many places with the locals very used to tourists and happy to see them supporting their local economy.
Although Tenerife is an island its weather varies. The north is cooler and wetter than the south at certain times of the year so if you're not fond of the rain then you may such to stay in the southern regions. The peak season for Tenerife is between January and April, you will find that there are more tourists in the area at these times. If you're looking for cheaper flights then winter is the best time to go but you will find accommodation more expensive. September is a great time to visit as the weather is reliable and hotels will be cheaper. February and March is good for those who wish to experience a carnival atmosphere in Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz. The 30th of May is an official holiday for all the Canary Islands where you'll find music, events and dancing. Mid October is Columbus day, a national Spanish holiday celebrated with parades and more.
As mentioned before, this is a very popular island with many different kinds of people. The resorts and beaches in southern Tenerife like the Playa de las Amaericas and Los Cristianos are a hit and can get very busy. If you're a fan of a quieter atmosphere then the west coast is calmer and the north offers surfing and hiking. The great news is that food and restaurant prices are a little lower than in the UK so you'll have extra spending money.
For around EUR 3 and taking only about 15 minutes, the 343, 350 or 111 buses will take you from the airport to Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje. If you prefer a taxi then this will cost more, between EUR 15 and EUR 20 and takes around the same amount of time. If you want to get to Santa Cruz then the bus will cost around EUR 9 and you'll get there in an hour, a taxi is significantly more at around EUR 50, but gets you there a little faster in 45 minutes. Hostels cost around EUR 20 per night and 3 star hotels around EUR 35. The Titsa is the local bus company and single tickets are priced from EUR 1.50or so, taxis are cheaper than in the UK at about EUR 5 for 3 km and EUR 1 per kilometre after that. Many opt for taxis especially if they're travelling to neighbouring areas.