Shops are open Monday to Saturday between 09:00 and 13:00/13:30. They open again from 16.00 for another 3 or 4 hours (most are closed on Saturday afternoon).  In the major tourist areas many stay open throughout the afternoon. The big supermarkets are open 9am to 9pm, 6 days a week. Apart from the major tourist resorts, shops are closed on Sundays.

Being duty free the main bargains to be sought on Tenerife are perfume, spirits and tobacco. Buy your duty free goods in local shops or supermarkets, which are usually cheaper than either the airport or airline but do remember that you are restricted to the amount you can take back to the UK.

Tenerife is outside the EC customs territory and as a result the customs allowances for outside the EU apply. So your allowances for those returning to the UK for example are: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g smoking tobacco
1L spirits over 22% or 2L spirits under 22%
2L sparkling wine and 2L of any other wine
£145 worth of other goods including gifts and souvenirs
60 ml perfume, 250 ml eau de toilette

Internet Cafes can be found in all major resorts and towns. 



There are banks in every town, village and tourist resort in Tenerife. Opening hours are from 08.30 to 14.00 hours Monday to Friday.  Between October and June some banks also open on Saturday mornings. Outside these hours you can still use the 24-hour cash points.

English speaking Church Services in the South

Cristianos Community Church - Sol Princesa Dacil Hotel, Los Cristianos
Services start every Sunday morning at 11:00am after a Sunday Prayer Meeting from 10:30am to 11:00am. Bible Study & Prayer every Wednesday 5:00pm in the Video Room downstairs from the Lounge. All are welcome. Pastor Adrian McBride. http://www.cristianoscommunitychurch....

South Tenerife Christian Fellowship first floor of the Apolo Shopping Centre, situated next to the bus Terminus in Los Cristianos. Every Sunday 11am & 6pm. Church also open daily 11.00am to 1.00pm & 4.00pm to

 Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church Los Cristianos Masses Tues., Thurs. – 7.00pm. Wed., Fri. – 9.00am. Sat.7.00pm. – Youth Mass. Sunday 9.00am. – Spanish. 12 noon – Spanish/English. Father Juan Felix.

International Worship Service - Centro Cristianos, Edificio Verodal (behind the Post Office), Los Cristianos, Sunday 5.30 p.m. Pastor Joseph Szabo

San Eugenio Anglican Church Pueblo Canario Playa Las Americas (near Hotel Bouganville Playa). Holy Communion with hymns Sunday at 10.15am. Vicar, Rev Roy Taylor Tel. (0034) 922 742 045 This is a ecumenical church, used also by the Roman Catholics and the German Lutherans http//


Church of Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church Playa de las Americas behind Tax Office building. English mass Sundays 10.00am. Father Manuel Izquierdo.

Calvary Assembly International Church. Valle San Lorenzo Tenerife. Full Gospel Evangelical Fellowship. Bi-Lingual. International Church, all are welcome. Sundays 11.00. Weds 7pm. Bible studies, youth group, Mums and Toddlers etc. Further details contact +34 608 724 369 Or Facebook. calvaryassemblyintchurch.  Website:

The Holy Spirit Church  (La Iglesia del Espiritu Santo) Los Gigantes Anglican Holy Communion with hymns Sunday 6.00pm Holy Communion Thursday 10.30am vicar Rev Roy Taylor  Tel. (0034) 922 742 045

Tenerife Family Church   located in Coral Mar Square in Costa Del Silencio is a family church for all ages and people from all walks of life.  It is a fairly international congregation with services in English.  Additionally the church meets in the evenings at  The Living Room in Las Americas (opposite CC Veronicas) at 6pm and Winter Gdns, Golf Del Sur next to the Rendezvous Restaurant at 6.30pm.  There are a host of activities in the week based at the Coral Mar site.    Pastor Bill Jeffery can be contacted on (0034) 609 565 528  or Roz Jeffrey  on : 639 426 835.


The Swedish Church Anglican Holy Communion with hymns offered on 2nd and 4th Sundays at 10.30 Vicar Rev. Roy Taylor

Scandinavian Church - Puerto Colon, located on the first floor at (facing the Marina) led by Pastor Runa Carlsson and his wife Ulla-Brit. Tuesday Evenings 7.00pm from October to April each 'winter'. It is based (loosely) on the style of the BBC Songs of Praise programme.

English speaking Church Services in the North

Church of England Parque Taoro, Puerto de la Cruz. Sundays 9.30am Holy Communion; 11.00am Sung Eucharist; Wednesdays 10.00am Holy Communion. Resident Chaplain, Fr. Colin Fowler

North TF Christian Fellowship (Independent – Evangelical)
Services: Sunday 11.30am all year round.

Roman Catholic Church Nuestra Senora de la Piedad, opposite Hotel Monopol, Puerto de la Cruz. Mass every Sunday at 10.00 at the


 English speaking Church Services in the West

LOS GIGANTES: The Church is The Holy Spirit Church, location coordinates are:
 28.244,-16.84048 on,...

near the address:
Pje Acacia, 29
38683 Santiago del Teide, Santa Cruz de Tenerife ‎ 21 m S

The bulletin says the address probably of the Fr. Evans D. Gliwitzki:
Apartadode Correos, 51 - 38683 Santiago del Teide
Los Gigantes - Tenerife - Espana
Mobile: 636 37 27 49 - Office tel: 922 86 80 58

E-Mail: fatherevans2002(at)

Sunday Holy Mass in English at 11am
Weekdays: Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 9:30am
Wednesday at 5pm
Thursday 8pm Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and
the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.

Confessions before morning Mass or
by appointment Tel. 636 37 27 49

From Wednesday July 10, 2013 till July 20, 2013 there will be no English Mass.


If you have brought any electrical appliances with you from the UK they will work here but you will have to change the plug, or buy an adapter. (Voltage 220, 240 in the UK. The plugs have two round pins).

The tap water is safe to drink, brush your teeth etc but has a salty taste because of the high mineral content. Most people prefer to drink bottled water, which costs about €1 for a 5 litre bottle.

There are two types of police in Tenerife, the local police "policia local" and the civil guard or "guardia civil". The guardia civil have green uniforms with green markings on their cars, the policia local have blue uniforms with blue markings on their cars. 

Only telephone the police if you need them to stop a crime in progress. The police here speak very little English so simply let them know where you are and they will come straight to you.

To report a crime after the event, or to obtain a police report for any reason, you should go to the local police station. If you don't speak or understand Spanish, take someone with you who does. If the police can't understand you, they won't make a report.  If you are the victim of theft and are covered by insurance, you need a police report to make a claim. 

If you're driving a car, as well as papers for the car you must also carry your driving licence and passport. If you're stopped and can't provide all of these, you will get an on-the-spot fine of about €450.  It is illegal to drive wearing shoes which have no back strap (flip flops eg)

DO NOT lose your temper with either police force, argue with them or shout at them -  you will regret it.

Multi-lingual police central office - 902 102 112
An alternative way of making a report is to call the number above An English operator will go through your report with you and they will send it to the local police station


EMERGENCY General - 112
EMERGENCY Policia - 091
EMERGENCY Guardia Civil - 062
EMERGENCY Ambulance - 061

To dial internationally, the code is 00 followed by your country code and number.

n Tenerife most chemists or Farmacia open during normal shopping hours. It is not difficult to find them as they are marked with a green cross.  There is also a network of duty chemists which open 24 hours a day to provide cover for emergencies. There is usually a list displayed in each chemist that gives the address of the one on duty in the area for any given day.

Over-the-counter medicine is easy to get and most pharmacists will supply the Spanish equivalent of your prescription drugs without a written prescription if you run out. 

If you need to go to hospital, Spanish medical facilities are among the best in the world.  Medical and hospital services aren't free, so be sure that you have appropriate insurance coverage before you travel.

Hospital contact numbers
Las Americas: 922 75 00 22.
Clinica San Eugenio: 922 79 10 00.
International MEDSERVICE: 922 79 05 63

Tenerife has a hot, tropical climate for about 50 weeks of the year.  January & February are often windy and this is when there might be rain in the south, however it rarely lasts more than a day.

There is the occasional sandstorm called a Calima a cloud of sand blown in from the Sahara and the hot wind that blows from the Sahara is known as the Sirocco and also arrives this time of year.

The north of the island has a different climate it can be 5C or 10C cooler. It also receives more rain than the south.  

Below are the average temperatures in the south of the island.  Also if you click on this link you can see what the weather has been over several years.  It is set to the South of the island  (Tenerife Sur) so all you have to do is change the month and the year, at the bottom of the page on this website you get a visual of what the weather was like so you can see instantly rather than plough through numbers.    If you want to see the weather in the North, type in  just Tenerife .


23C / 71F

   J U L Y

35C / 95F


24C / 74F

   A U G U S T

35C / 95F


25C / 77F

   S E P T E M B E R

32C / 90F


27C / 81F

   O C T O B E R

30C / 86F


30C / 86F

   N O V E M B E R

27C / 81F


32C / 90F

   D E C E M B E R

26C / 79F

Because of the almost guaranteed sunshine, Tenerife is an all year round holiday destination with most bars, restaurants and attractions being open all year.