Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, especially popular among British and German tourists. Tenerife is famous for its sandy beaches and its lively nightlife. The island is considered to be one of the last European paradise islands and its attractions include sandy beaches, the volcanoes, exotic animals and vegetation.
Monthly Weather Conditions
Tenerife offers few doubts about the weather regardless of when you visit, because the weather is glorious all throughout the year. Simply decide when you want to travel and Tenerife will take care of the weather. Tenerife has most of its rainy days in December and January, but even then you can still find sunshine, days on the beach, swims in the ocean and lovely blue skies.
The best months to visit are in December and January; when other places are cold people come to Tenerife to enjoy the weather and visit its great sights. Then, try from May to August when Tenerife offers wonderful beach time and a host of other activities, keenly priced.
More information: Tenerife forecast and weather conditions monthly
Tenerife 9 most important sights:
- Loro Parque: A popular park displaying hundreds of picturesque parrots and other tropical birds.
- Siam Park: One of the best water parks in the world.
- Teide National Park: Strange volcanic rock formations and spectacular scenery can be found in the park, as can an active volcano.
- Monkey Park: Park with monkeys
- Masca Walk: Picturesque village
- La Orotava: A town and municipality that contains the Garden of Hesperides.
- Pyramids of Güímar: Pyramids of Güímar-mysterious place.
- Botanical Gardens: Garden that contains more than 3,000 specimens of the world's most uncommon plants and trees.
- Costa Martianez: Beach
Recommendation for one day:
- In the morning you can visit Teide National Park and see its strange volcanic rock formations. The park is centred on Mount Teide, an active volcano and the highest peak in Spain. While there, a walk around offers spectacular sights.
- A 1-hour road trip will get you to most of the great places in Tenerife. You can also take a sailing trip with Freebird Sailing, on one of their meticulously maintained, tailor-made fleet comprising five sleek and comfortable boats on which you will see both dolphins and whales.
- Try Club Sail Tenerife, it's for those who might like to learn a little sailing, or who'd like some recreational Sailing, Powerboating or Motor Cruising.
- Club Hipico offers Horse Riding Adventures in Tenerife, specialising in Horse and Pony hacks across the beautiful Canarian countryside, with fantastic sea and mountain views.
- Nearby is The Claddagh Irish Bar, for lovers of Irish Music, or you can go to Exit Palace where you can enjoy great shows and good food at the same time.
The recommended accommodation areas for Tenerife are:
Cheap area: Puerto de la Cruz
Central location: Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Beach area: Medano, Playa de las Vistas, Playa Las Teresitas, Playa de Las Americas
Nightlife: Playa de las Américas
Compared to prices worldwide, Tenerife is an average price destination.
On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $67.54, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.
On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $139.73, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.
- Basic hotel: $63.30
- Taxi ride (3 miles): $11.05
- Taxi ride (6 miles): $18.17
- Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $2.70
- Meal, McDonalds: $7.55
- Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $10.78
Tenerife has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.
Safety index values (higher is better):
- General: 74.7 (better than United states average 48.3)
- Walking alone during daytime hours: 85.4 (better than United states average 70.0)
- Walking alone at night: 70.2 (better than United states average 42.1)
More information: Tenerife safety
Things which affect the renting of the car:
- Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
- Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
- Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
- Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.