Tenerife, the largest of the seven Canary Islands off the coast of Spain, is an area ripe with culture and life. The island has been an important tourist attraction in the area since the 1890s. Visit the beautiful beaches or experience the local cultural events and numerous holiday celebrations. Explore El Teide, the third highest volcano in the world, which also boasts the highest elevation of Spain. Whether visiting Tenerife alone or with the whole family, there is so much to see and do on this beautiful island. Explore the island and enjoy the area's gorgeous weather.
Tenerife is a year-round destination. North Tenerife is cooler and wetter than the south. The peak travel season is from January to April. Flight prices tend drop during the winter months when hotel prices peak. The best month to visit Tenerife is September, with its reliable weather and lower accommodation prices. Travel to Tenerife during February and March to experience Carneval in Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz. May 30 is "Dias de las islas Canarias," a holiday on all Canary islands that includes numerous local events with music, dance and festivals. October 12 is "Día de la Hispanidad" (Columbus day) a Spanish National holiday with events and parades.
The main resorts and beaches in the south of Tenerife, including the areas of Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas, are very popular and can be packed with tourists, while the west coast tends to be a bit quieter. The north part of Tenerife is good for surfing and hiking. Food and restaurant prices in the Canary islands are usually slightly lower than they are in Britain.
When looking for public transport from Tenerife South Airport, take buses 343, 350 or 111 to Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje. Bus prices run around EUR 3 and the trip typically takes approximately 15 minutes. A taxi will cost between about EUR 15 and EUR 20 and takes somewhere around 15 minutes. The bus to Santa Cruz costs about 9 EUR and can take at least an hour. Taxis cost about EUR 50 and the ride can take 45 minutes. When looking for accommodations in Tenerife, you may find that you can stay in a hostel or pension from about EUR 20 per night. Three-star hotels can cost around EUR 35 per night per person.
Local transport is also provided by the bus company "Titsa". Single tickets cost from around EUR 1.50. Taxis are cheaper in Tenerife than they are in Britain, with the minimum fare being 5 euros for 3 km, then EUR1 per km after that.