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Tenerife Travel Guide

The largest and one of the most popular of the Canary Islands - Tenerife is more than just endless sunshine and beach resorts. Our team has travelled the island end to end, looking for the best attractions, hidden gems, and of course, the best beaches.

What you'll find in this guide:

Practical Information

Getting to Tenerife

Getting around Tenerife

Top things to do in Tenerife

Current testing requirements

Tenerife for families

Tenerife for LGBTQ+ travellers

Accessibility in Tenerife

Practical Info

What time is it in Tenerife?

GMT

What currency do they use in Tenerife?

Euro EUR

What language do they speak in Tenerife?

Spanish

What power adapter do you need for Tenerife?

Type C, E and F

How long is the flight to Tenerife?

Avg 4 hrs 30 minutes

What is the best month to go to Tenerife?

The busiest times to visit Tenerife are July, August and Easter, as these coincide with the school holidays. If you're willing to take your holiday outside of the summer season, you'll be able to save money. The cheapest months include March, April, May (excluding the Easter period), October and November.

What's the weather like in Tenerife?

If you're looking for winter sun, then December, January and February still reach a comfortable high of 15°C. For those searching for a break with a little more heat, temperatures throughout the summer season (July and August) peak at 29°C.

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Getting to Tenerife

As a top destination among UK travellers, it's easy to find affordable flights to the island. Tenerife has two airports, North and South - with South being the bigger of the two and where you're more likely to arrive.

The easiest way to get from the airport to your hotel or resort is to book an airport transfer. Prices vary depending on how far it is to your destination and whether you choose a shared or private transfer.

Drop Off Destination Transfer time Price (per person)
Costa Adeje 45 minutes £3.62 (Shared Shuttle Bus)
Playa Las Americas 50 minutes £3.90 (Shared shuttle bus)
Los Gigantes 1 hour, 20 minutes £15.48 (Speedy shuttle bus)
Los Cristianos 15 minutes £8.25 (Private transfer for 4 people)
Puerto Santiago 60 minutes £10.63 (Private minibus for 8 people)
Note: The prices above are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change according to supplier availability

If you haven't booked an airport transfer, you can either grab an airport taxi or hop on a public bus. A taxi from Tenerife South to Playa de las Americas will set you back around €30 for 4 people. There are a number of bus routes which run from the airport and depending on whether you're staying in the south or need to go north, prices range from €3 to €15 per person.

Getting around Tenerife

There are great options for public transport in Tenerife - with buses that serve the whole island and trams that run between certain locations. Our top tip is to buy a Ten+ card - available for €10 a day or €50 for 7 days. With this you can make unlimited trips on buses and trams across the island. There's also an appyou can use which makes it even easier.

If you want real freedom though, we recommend hiring a car for your stay. They're available for as little as £11.99 a day, allowing you to go where you like, when you like, and not having to worry about crowding or waiting for public transport.

Tenerife Airport Transfers

Tenerife Airport Transfers

Book your Tenerife Airport transfers, with prices starting from just £3.62 and free cancellations up to 3 days before travel on a top range of shuttles, private transfers and taxis from Tenerife South Airport.

Tenerife Car Hire

Tenerife Car Hire

Book your Tenerife Airport car hire, with prices starting from just £11.99 per day with free cancellations*

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What are the current testing requirements for Tenerife?

We aim to keep this information up to date however we advise always checking the current entry requirements on gov.uk before you travel.

If you're looking for a recommended supplier you can find and book these via our Covid Testing FAQ page

Fully vaccinated? 

Travelling with children? 


UK >> Tenerife

⚠️ Tenerife currently requires travellers to present proof of vaccination

Children aged 12 and over must present proof of full vaccination.

Tenerife >> UK

⚠️ Pre-departure test required

Test type: Lateral flow or antigen

⚠️ Day 2 & Day 8 test required

Test type: PCR

⚠️ 10 Day Quarantine

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Test to release (optional)

Children 10 and over are required to provide the same tests as adults.

Children aged 5 - 9 must have a pre-departure test and a day 2 test only.

UK >> Tenerife

😊 No tests required

⚠️ Provide proof of vaccination

⚠️ Complete a Health Control Form

Children aged 12 and over must present proof of full vaccination.

Tenerife >> UK

⚠️ Lateral flow test on return

⚠️ Complete a Passenger Locator Form

Children under 18 have same testing requirements as adults.

Tenerife For Families

Tenerife is a wonderful destination for families. Whether you want an all-inclusive resort holiday, or to get out exploring nature there are some great options for your family.

The most popular resorts are in the south of Tenerife - a nice short hop from the airport. Playa Las Americas, Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje are all firm favourites, with white sand beaches and some excellent family activities nearby. Each have their own quirks, so do your research before you go.

Playa las Americas is a great choice if your kids are slightly older as it has more of an energetic scene - there's water sports, karaoke and a great beach.

Los Cristianos is a bit quieter and calmer, and is really popular among families. The beach boasts plenty of activities for kids and lots of restaurants to choose from at night.

Costa Adeje is a newer resort and the best choice if you're looking for exciting days out - it's near the famous Siam Park which the whole family will love.

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Top things to do in Tenerife

Things to do in Tenerife | Volcan El Tiede

Volcan El Teide

Set in the centre of Tenerife, Teide National Park is a far cry from the bustling beach resorts of the island's coast. This spectacular volcanic landscape covers an area just shy of 200 square kilometres and is home to Spain's highest peak - the active volcano of Mount Teide.

Things to do in Tenerife | Siam Park

Siam Park

Siam Park frequently tops Trip Advisor's Travellers Choice lists. It's just outside of Costa Adeje and is easily accessible via public transport. This outdoor water park is Thai-themed and has a wide variety of slides for thrill-seekers and families, as well as swimming pools and a beach.

Things to do in Tenerife | Anaga Rural Park

Anaga Rural Park

Although many people visit Tenerife for the year-round sunshine and great beaches, there's a lot more to the island. Anaga Rural Park is one of our favourite examples of this.

Found in the highlands at the very north of the island, Anaga Rural Park is a UNESCO biosphere reserve, home to an ancient laurel forest. A million miles away from the sandy beaches and busy resorts of the south, it's the perfect place for a hike, with many trails weaving through the trees.

Accessibility in Tenerife

Tenerife is excellent when it comes to accessibility. The island's government has made a lot of effort to make sure there are no barriers to society, and they classify areas of the island as to whether they are accessible, practicable or inaccessible.

Getting around Tenerife is easy, with fully accessible public transport - the trams in particular are set up to be accessible throughout the whole journey. There are also kneeling buses with continuous flooring and plenty of reserved spaces for wheelchairs. As always, if you prefer to get around at your own pace, then you can hire a car for your stay.

If you want to head to the beach, the number one choice is Los Cristianos as the entire 7km stretch of beach has an accessible promenade with accessible toilets and changing rooms, as well as aquatic chairs and support for getting into the water. Most of the popular beaches throughout Tenerife are accessible, so don't worry about getting bored of the same bit of sand!

Mount Tiede and the outdoor areas of Tenerife are accessible too so you won't miss out on the full Tenerife experience. At Mount Tiede, the Roque de Caramujo Path is completely accessible for wheelchair users. There are other areas that are accessible but you may require a little extra assistance.

LGBTQ+ Travellers

Although Gran Canaria may be the more famous Canary Island among the LGBTQ+ community, Tenerife is equally friendly and laid back in its attitudes. There's a big nightlife scene in Playa de las Américas, so you'll find a number of bars and nightclubs to check out there. Even if a venue isn't exclusively for LGBTQ+ people, you'll find yourself welcome wherever you choose to party.

If you're heading to the beach, there's a section of the Los Cristianos that's a popular spot with gay men.But if you're just looking for a laidback place to spend time with your partner, rest assured Tenerife is an excellent choice and as laidback as the rest of Spain.

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Best beaches in Tenerife

Best beaches in Tenerife | Playa de Benijo

Playa de Benijo

Want a beach a little off the beaten track? Then check out Playa de Benijo at the northern tip of the island. It's a wild black sand beach popular with surfers. As it's in the Anaga region, we recommend heading here for sunset after a day exploring the forests.

Best beaches in Tenerife | Playa el Médano

Playa el Médano

Enjoy windsurfing or kitesurfing? Or maybe just watching other people do it while you relax on the sand? A visit to Playa el Médano is a must.

This beach is found in southern Tenerife, near the most popular resorts. Due to the wind, it's not as busy as some of the resort beaches, so it makes for a nice change of pace and a bit of quiet.

Best beaches in Tenerife | Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes

It may not be the most famous beach on Tenerife, but if you're looking for the most spectacular views and best selfie spots on the island, Los Gigantes is certainly not to be missed. Backed by magnificent cliff faces soaring to peaks of up to 800 metres, coupled with mesmerising volcanic black sand, there's nowhere quite like this unique slice of Tenerife.

Tenerife's hidden gems

Looking to try something different on your next Canarian holiday? Read our guide to Tenerife's hidden gems.