Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands and attracts the most tourism, thanks to its many hotels and resorts, its beautiful beaches and impressive leisure facilities. However the island offers so much more than just golden sand and 5 star digs. Tenerife is also home to the tallest mountain in Spain, the majestic Pico del Teide, not to mention fascinating museums, historic sites and scenic forest walks.
The capital of the island is Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which, every February, plays host to one of the biggest carnivals in the world – a magical spectacle not to be missed. To explore the city, why not take a well-priced and highly convenient ‘Hop On Hop Off’ bus tour, which departs from the Plaza de España and takes in various city attractions such as the Castillo de San Juan, the Natural Science and Archaeology Museum and the Church of the Immaculate Conception. For a lazier and more relaxed activity why not just make your way to the Parque Garcia Sanabriá, with its lush Mediterranean trees and flowers and its rather less indigenous Indian parakeets.
If you are keen to experience the isle’s famous beaches head to the South of Tenerife and places such as Los Cristianos, a former fishing village turned bustling resort, and Costa Adeje with its lavish hotels and impressive stretches of pristine golden sand. Costa Adeje is well known for its impressive facilities such as world-class golf courses, animal parks and water parks. In this part of Tenerife you can enjoy vibrant nightlife and diverse dining opportunities ranging from Mexican to French to traditional English fare.
To the north, you will find picturesque historic towns, such as the atmospheric resort town of Puerto de la Cruz, which attracted hordes of Victorian tourists in the 19th century and is now home to many charming gardens and parks, a leafy central square, historic churches and delightful restaurants.
What is the currency in Tenerife?
The official currency of Tenerife is the Euro.
How long does it take to fly to Tenerife?
A flight from London Gatwick to Tenerife with British Airways last 4 hours and 30 minutes.
What is the time difference in Tenerife?
There is no time difference between Tenerife and London.
When is the best time to visit Tenerife?
Weather-wise there is no bad time to visit the island of Tenerife, but if you want to take advantage of lower airfares perhaps time your trip between September and December, and March and May.
What language is spoken in Tenerife?
The official language of Tenerife is Spanish (Castilian) though both dialect and accent are more similar to South American Spanish than that spoken in mainland Spain.