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Travel Insurance for Tenerife

With paradisean coasts, stunning volcanic landscapes and UNESCO world heritage sites, it's small wonder that Tenerife attracts upward of five million tourists a year.

Whether you're lounging in Los Gigantes or trekking up Mount Teide, you'll want a reliable travel insurance policy for your trip to Tenerife. Take a look at our guide to holidaying in Tenerife and getting the right travel insurance policy for your trip.

What will I need from a Tenerife travel insurance policy?

1. Water sports cover

Tenerife Surfboards

Something would be amiss if you went to Tenerife without enjoying the sea in one way or another. With Holiday Extras travel insurance, you are covered for a range of water sports as standard - whether you're parasailing across the Playa de las Americas, or simply dabbling at the water's edge. For more information on water sports insurance and the activities covered under our standard travel insurance policy, visit the water sports insurance page.

2. Medical emergency cover

It's important to check if you are covered for medical expenses, as the last thing you'll want in an emergency is to be hit with a crippling medical bill or hefty policy excess. Holiday Extras travel insurance policies are designed to cover for medical emergencies, with minimal policy excesses. Under a Gold level policy, you are covered for unlimited medical expenses with 24hr emergency assistance.

3. Does European travel insurance cover Tenerife?

Tenerife is classed as a province of Spain and is, therefore, an EU member state. Due to higher healthcare costs on the island, some insurers may charge more for travel insurance to Tenerife than to mainland Spain. At Holiday Extras, Tenerife comes under European coverage. You won't be charged any more than if you were travelling to any other European destination.

Why choose Holiday Extras for travel insurance to Tenerife?

With the Holiday Extras booking process you can choose the exact level of cover that suits your needs. Choose from three coverr levels, with optional extras for extreme sports, wedding, and gadgets.

Frequent travellers can choose an annual travel policy, which provides the same cover levels as our single trip policy with year-long protection.

Pre-existing medical conditions

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, you shouldn't feel put off from getting travel insurance for Tenerife with us. Simply declare any medical conditions you have at the booking process, and we will try to tailor a policy specifically designed to cater for your needs. For more information, check out our travel insurance with pre-existing medical conditions page.

Tenerife travel advice

Where to go in Tenerife

With so much to do in Tenerife, choosing where to go really depends on the kind of holiday you're looking for.

El Medano, Los Gigantes - For days spent relaxing on sun-bathed shores, away from the hustle and bustle, El Medano on the south-east coast and Los Gigantes on the western coast offer some of the best beach lazing experiences. With two of Tenerife's largest beaches, El Medano is also the ideal location for beginner surfers.

Tenerife Carnival Parade

Puerto De La Cruz - If you're looking for a dose of Canary Island culture, history and cuisine, head for Puerto De la Cruz. Here you'll find galleries for art both contemporary and historic, museums hosting ancient island curios, exotic botanical gardens, and restaurants serving the finest in local delicacies.

Playa de las Americas - For nightclubs, beach bars and boutique stores, look no further than Playa de Las Americas. The resort also boasts an expansive water sports scene, with plenty of snorkelling and jet skiing opportunities.

Places to stay in Tenerife

Tenerife has a range of comfortable bolt holes and places to stay, from luxury 5-star resorts, to more affordable, functional apartments and hostel style accommodations. Getting a room at short notice is usually quite easy to do in the north of the Island, in places like Santa Cruz. However, if you are visiting the south, you will want to book accommodation in advance, as these areas tend to be the chosen locations for package holidaymakers.

Luxury accommodation - If you are willing to spend out on accommodation, there are a variety of excellent quality, luxury hotels and resorts to choose from. Costa Adeje boasts numerous beautiful resorts with heated freshwater pools, hot tubs, poolside restaurants and live piano music.

Budget accommodation - For a comfortable 2 bed apartment in Santa Cruz, prices average at £41 per night - creeping up slightly, the further south you go. Hostel prices tend to range from £34 per night, depending on the area and any added services, like free breakfast and wi-fi. It's always a good idea to check out the ratings and reviews of a potential hostel or bed and breakfast before booking.

Places to visit in Tenerife

    Volcan El Teide - At 3718m tall - the tallest peak in Spain and the third tallest volcanic peak in the world - this world heritage site attracts over 4 million visitors a year. With a vast network of hikers' trails and fascinating sites of historical and geographical significance, there can be no doubt that a visit to El Teide will be the high point of any trip to Tenerife.

    Cueva del Viento - Running for 11 miles in a three-tiered labyrinth, this volcanic tunnel is the fourth largest of it's kind in the world. Take a guided tour to really get the most out of your visit, with commentaries available in English.

    Jardin Botanico - With fragrant herb gardens and major collections of tropical and subtropical plants, visiting the Jardin Botanico of Santa Puerto de la Cruz is a great way to spend a leisurely afternoon.

    La Laguna - Considered one of the most beautiful towns in Tenerife, La Laguna boasts a rare combination of rich history, culture and an exuberant nightlife.

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