Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Tenerife
When eating out, “menú del día” offers can keep expenses low and are excellent value for money.
Guachinches (seasonal family-run restaurants) in the north of Tenerife are a lot cheaper than the eateries in the southern resorts.
Museums in Tenerife can be fun. The best time to visit them is Sunday when many are free.
You simply must hire a car to get off the beaten track and experience the dramatic scenery.
The market at Los Cristianos is always good to bag a bargain but watch out for pickpockets if busy.
In the words of those who've been there before ...
Tenerife is a diverse island with some absolutely stunning landscapes that are as contrasting as the island's cultural personalities.
Tenerife must be one of the most underrated and overlooked destinations in Europe. It has sea, sun, scenic grandeur, excellent and affordable cuisine, and a raunchy nightlife.
A favorite of Northern Europeans — particularly Germans — seeking respite from the long, cold, dark winters. It offers beaches, magnificent scenery, adventure, peace, and springtime temperatures the year-round.
Tenerife has got so much going for it: 365 days of warm weather, things to do for the young and the mature people, good beaches, great nightlife, coastal walkways that are great for walking and ideal for wheelchairs. If you don't want the high nightlife there are quieter areas you can go to.
What is the best way to get there?
There are two airports on Tenerife, Tenerife South (Reina Sofia) near Los Cristianos and Tenerife North (Los Rodeos) by La Laguna. Buses connect the airports to the main cities.
Do I need a visa?
If you’re visiting Tenerife from overseas, check here to find out if you need a visa.
When is the best time to visit?
Spring. Tenerife’s warm climate makes it an attractive destination all year round. Easter and summer are the busiest times, due to families taking advantage of the school break, so if you want fewer crowds, aim for spring or fall. Spring temperatures are typically in the low and sit somewhere around 70 Fahrenheit (21.1 Celsius).
Having your own vehicle is ideal for getting to the more remote corners of the region. There are a number of rental companies on the island, or, for the best price, book before you leave home.
TITSA, the island’s public transport system is cheap and reliable. If you plan to make multiple trips, it's worth buying a plastic Ten+ Travel Card, which gives you discounted fares on almost all bus routes. You have to swipe your card when you board and when you get off. The same card can be used by several users.
More information here.
Taxis are plentiful, safe, and reliable. You can hail them on the street or call ahead.
On the ground
What is the timezone?
Western European Standard Time
What are the voltage/plug types?
In Spain, the standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. The plug type is F and has two round parallel pins.
What is the currency?
Are ATMs readily accessible?
Are credit cards widely accepted?
How much do I tip?
Although it is not required, a tip of around 10% for servers and taxi drivers is appreciated.
Are there local customs I should know?
The federal legal age for buying and drinking alcohol is 18.
Even in informal restaurants, beachwear isn’t appropriate so cover up before dining.
Spaniards typically greet one another with a kiss on each cheek—but two men typically only do this if they are friends.
It is considered disrespectful to take pictures and wander around churches during services.
Take it easy
Punctuality is not a big concern of many Spaniards.
Outside of resort areas, stores typically close from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m for a siesta. Also, expect them to be closed on Sundays.
Although English is widely spoken in resort areas, learning a few Spanish words and phrases goes a long way.
Let passengers off before boarding. Offer your seat to elderly and pregnant people and to those with disabilities.