Tenerife South travel tips
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As the largest and most populous island in the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a wonderful and entertaining place for relaxation and adventure with its diverse landscapes that include beaches, mountains, lush forests full of wildlife, and even a volcano. For enjoyable entertainment, head into the city and hang out at the wild nightclubs or visit during the Carnival in Santa Cruz. No matter what you like to do, there's something for everyone in scenic Tenerife.
Tenerife: best travel times for weather & what to do
Those with more flexible schedules will find the best time for great deals on accommodation is during September, when the majority of other travellers are heading home. At this point the weather is very nice and will stay consistent during your time there.
Flight prices to Tenerife are lower from January to April, but this is one of the peak seasons for tourism to the island so you can expect accommodation prices to rise significantly.
The wide variety of things to do in Tenerife, both outdoors and indoors, makes it the perfect year-round destination. In South Tenerife you'll find the weather is a bit warmer and not quite as wet as in the North.
Holidays celebrated on the islands:
- Carnival in Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz: February/March
- Dias de las Islas Canarias: 30th May
- Dia de la Hispanidad: 12th October
What you need to know about Tenerife
Consider which side of the island you want to stay when booking your accommodation. South Tenerife is the place for popular resorts and beaches. The western coast is quiet with a more relaxing atmosphere that is not so crowded. North Tenerife is great for surfing enthusiasts and hiking activities, as well as anyone hoping to spend more time in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Restaurants and food prices are just a little lower than what you're used to paying in the UK. Accommodation in hostels/pensions is available for about 20 euros per night; 3+ star hotels will cost from around 35 euros per night.
Tenerife South airport: information about onward travel and getting around
Accessibility to and from Tenerife South airport is provided by buses or taxis. From the airport you can catch a 343, 350, or 111 bus to go to Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje which takes around 15 minutes at around 3 euros. Taxis for the same trip also take around 15 minutes but cost between 15-20 euros. A bus from the airport to Santa Cruz takes about one hour at approximately 9 euros. Taxis take about 45 minutes and costs closer to 50 euros.
When you are out and about without a hire car, you have the choice of the local bus system which is cheaper at about 1.50 euros for a single ticket, while taxis have a minimum fair of around 5 euros for 3 km and 1 euro per km after that.