The island of Tenerife is the largest of the Canary archipelago and is known as the island of eternal spring because of its all year round excellent climate.
The island is full of stark contrasts and has a great variety of scenery which varies through the regions. A mountain chain runs through its centre fro Anaga to Teno and on both of its slopes there are large, exuberantly fertile valleys, among them especially La Orotava and Gumar.
In the heart of the chain there is a gigantic, natural crater, called Las Cañadas del Teide, which is
about 29 km across and has officially been declared a National Park. It lies over 2,000 m above sea level. North of the crater stands El Pico del Teide (Mount Teide), a 3,718 m high mountain, which is the highest point in Spain. It
is snow covered in the winter and marks the island with its unique silhouette.
There are now so many means of transport in Tenerife including the excellent taxi service, you should never be without. The taxis generally take up to four passengers, and some are equipped for wheelchairs (taxis para todos), but there is always the exceptional need. These companies cater for the non standard traveller.
Orange Bus for group and large family travel http://www.orangebus.eu
Blue Badge Tenerife got the mobility traveller http://www.bluebadge.eu
Transfer Tenerife for golfing holiday transfers http://www.transfertenerife.com
Transfer costs with all these companies are about the same as a taxi, so it probably costs in for families of 5 or more.
As Tenerife has a spring/summer climate all year round, there is no bad time to visit. You are most likely to see some rain, particularly in the north, in November and February/March. High season is January to Easter.
Flights from Britain are more plentiful and cheaper in the winter months whereas hotel prices are at their highest. With warm, sunny days and balmy nights, September is one of the nicest months to visit and prices have not yet hit their seasonal high.
I've been going to Tenerife since 1983 when there was hardly nothing there but now it's build up and has everything you could wish for. Shopping, day trips, evening entertainment, sunbathing on beautiful beaches. We go every year, sometimes twice a year. We Stay in Parque Santiago 3, wouldn't stay anywhere else. Really good restaurants all over although we do eat in Montana many times which is opposite La Siesta Hotel, the waiters are really friendly and the food is such good value for money you can't beat it. Love Tenerife Love Love Love it.
Holidays to Tenerife can be whatever you want it to be! The Canary Island is known for its family friendly resorts, beautiful beaches, safe waters, and countless attractions, with a warm climate for most of the year Tenerife is the perfect holiday destination for any time of year. It’s easy to see why so many of our customers flock to the island each year, it has something for everyone.
A perfect destination for families, which offers family friendly resorts with plenty of things to do and see with the children; Spend the day at Siam Park, the islands world-class water park, or learn to surf and ride the waves, get close up and personal with some wildlife with a visit to Monkey Park, or spend the day make sandcastles on one of the islands family friendly beaches, you will never be short of things to do here.
Tenerife during the day is fun in the sun, splashing in the water and getting some much needed rest and relaxation, but by night, it comes alive. The island has something to suit everyone, from atmospheric family friendly resorts of Los Cristianos to the hub of partying in Playa de las Americas where you can dance in to the early hours of the morning.
Here at Cassidy Travel we cater to your every need, call in to one of our travel stores and speak to our specialists who can tailor-make your Tenerife holiday to suit you, or build it yourself on our website.
I live in Tenerife, in Puerto de la Cruz.
For motorcycle rentals you need a motorcycle driving license, do you have one?
Food- try a guachinche. These are family run restaurants which are in the mountain, especially in the north. Try goat meat, something very typical (we had no cows and sheep for many years). Also, arepas which also is south american.
Drinking, try honey rum, one of the best drinks there is. About half the alcohol of rum, and extremely sweet. Best taken cold, and unmixed.
The bus is a good alternative depending on where your hotel is. For going up teide, and visiting coastal towns I'd definitely rent a car. Buses are mostly meant for main routes (Puerto-Americas, Santa cruz-Puerto, etc.) and not for small villages, as they can take a very long time (they go through every town, its a nice scenic route, but may be tiring).
Teide is snowed ATM, so you will see the "paradisiac" view of snowed volcano and 24º-25º in the beach. I love it. If you want to go up, you might find the cable closed these days due to ice at the top (quite dangerous for tourists) and wind. If you plan on going up teide and are not used to exercise you will suffer from altitude sicknes if you are not careful. Be very wary, I've seen many people think they can make it.
Any thing else, just orange me !
We had a great time in Tenerife. I think the good thing is that there is something for everyone. Adventure, luxury resorts, hostels for backpackers....
To give you some background, we are all about backpacking style, adventure, nature, off the beaten track, authentic local experiences.. you get the idea. If this sounds like you - go North.
We stayed in some hostel in La Orotava. Brilliant town to be located. Locals dont understand english but are really hospitable.
If you go to the right places, you get goooooood food & wine for very cheap.
Step 1: rent a car! You need to explore this island, and a car is best. Well at least thats if driving on dodgy winding roads on edges of cliffs doesnt bother you!
But if you want resorts and luxury - go South. This is the ugly part of the island with little vegitation, but with all the high class resorts. You can join loads of other tourists on buses or alternatively lie on the beach all day.
The best is climbing the volcanoe - beatiful. Must do!! a real experience!
Tenerife is the striking (and slightly saucy) grand dame in the archipelago family. Attracting over 10 million visitors a year, the island’s most famous southern resorts offer Brit-infused revelry and clubbing, combined with white sandy beaches and all inclusive resorts. But step beyond the obvious tourist spots and you’ll find a cultured and civilised island of extraordinary diversity.
I miss Tenerife, last time I was there I rented a car and drove all over the island. I'd love to go back, it was beautiful, and had some really fun (and some scary!) roads.
I love it there! The 4 years I lived in Tenerife were awesome!