What to know before a trip to Tenerife
Tenerife is the largest island of the Canary archipelago, located in the Atlantic Ocean.
In winter the temperature on the island never drops below +18 ° C, and in summer never rises above +29 ° C, so Tenerife is called the island of eternal spring. Tourists come here all year round.
The island is divided into two parts, the southern and the northern part, by a volcanic ridge. The sparse landscapes of the desert south differ from the north, where everything is green and in bloom.
My parents and I went to Tenerife in 2018. To admire the unusual scenery, we rented a car and drove around the entire island. In two weeks we had time to sunbathe on black sand, climb to the top of a volcano, pet lemurs, and eat a lot of seafood. The plan is to go back to Tenerife again. There is so much to see there that it is impossible to explore everything in one trip.
I will tell you about the main attractions, resorts and beaches of Tenerife. The article has a lot of useful information about food, lodging, and rental agencies, so it’s easy to navigate your way through the trip.
What you’ll learn
Country : Spain.
Where is it : Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Morocco and Western Sahara.
How long is the flight : from Moscow on average 7,5 hours.
Difference with Moscow: 2 hours in summer and 3 hours in winter.
When is the season: All year round.
Average temperature : summer +27 ° C, spring and autumn +24 ° C, winter +18 ° C.
Language : Spanish.
From Russia to Tenerife directly fly Aeroflot and S7, as well as the Spanish Iberia. Ticket prices from Moscow start at 22 000 R round trip. There are no direct flights from St. Petersburg.
In my experience, it is more profitable to fly to Tenerife from Europe. For example, in 2018 the flight Helsinki – Tenerife with a connection in Barcelona cost 11,000 P round trip. On the way you can drink sangria and climb the Sagrada Familia.
Tenerife has two airports – South and North. Planes from Russia arrive in the south, at the airport Reina Sofia. European flights most often land in northern Los Rodeos.
️ The resorts and beaches of Tenerife
When I vacationed on the island in 2018, 12 of Tenerife’s beaches were awarded the Blue Flag. This means that the coast has crystal clear water and developed infrastructure. The award is given once a year: each season, the commission again checks the beaches for high standards.
Playa de Las Americas is the most popular resort on the southern coast. It is always warm there because the mountain range protects the city from the winds and vagaries of the weather.
In my opinion, Playa de Las Americas is a branch of Turkey in the Canary Islands. There are tall, modern hotels and entertainment for all tastes: rowdy parties, catamaran rides and hanging out with compatriots at the bar. This resort may also suit tourists who prefer group tours with a guide in Russian.
From the port of Los Gigantes runs pleasure boats to the famous “walls of hell. This is the name of the powerful steep cliffs of Los Gigantes, formed from basalt volcanic rock. On a boat ride you can meet dolphins and whales. Still from the water there is a view of the picturesque Masca Gorge, where the mountain settlement is located.
I did not swim in Los Gigantes because our goal was to take a boat ride and take pictures with whales. I didn’t get to take selfies with them, but meeting a flock of dolphins gave me a real thrill.
Playa de la Arena is a small cozy beach with volcanic sand. I really liked it there: there are fewer tourists in the area, so you can comfortably sit and meditate. But the beach has a minus: on a hot day, the black sand gets so hot that you can burn your heels.
Puerto de Santiago. Because of volcanic activity in Tenerife, many open natural pools were formed. This is a part of the ocean off the coast, which is enclosed by solidified lava.
One of these pools is El Tancón, it is located in the town of Puerto de Santiago. Swimming in the pool is allowed if the ocean is calm. During waves, the pool is hidden by water.
Puerto de la Cruz is one of the largest northern cities in Tenerife. We walked through the narrow streets of the old town and admired the mountainous landscapes of the island. There’s always a fresh breeze from the ocean, so the resort will be comfortable for those who can’t stand the heat.
Even Puerto de la Cruz will suit those who like a quiet holiday. It lives here locals, and among the tourists few Russians. Most of the rest in the town are Englishmen. The highlight of the resort – “Costa Martianez”. This complex of 7 outdoor pools with sea water directly on the ocean.
Los Gigantes, Puerto de Santiago and Playa de la Arena are located close to each other – the boundaries between them almost erased. It’s quiet there: few tourists and no high-rise hotels. But there are cozy taverns and picturesque promenades. Pictured – Los Gigantes
What I liked most in Tenerife was swimming in the ocean pools. The water in them is calm and warm, even though the ocean is raging nearby.
San Andrés is a cute village at the foot of Mount Anaga. At the eastern end of the village are the ruins of the fort of the same name, which protected the residents from pirates since 1706.
San Andrés is famous for Las Torresitas beach. The sand for it was specially brought from the Sahara. The beach is comfortable to swim on: the rocks protect the village from the wind, and the waves break on a specially built stone dam.
Benijo beach is considered one of the most beautiful wild beaches on the island. There are black volcanic sand, strong waves, and rocks that resemble crocodile teeth. There are no changing rooms or showers on Beniho. The only infrastructure is garbage cans. But it is worth going there for the most incredible sunsets on the island.
Before you go, I advise you to pay attention to the tide schedule. The beach is gentle, so at high tide it is almost completely hidden under the water.
Sunset at Benijo Beach. Romantics note: this is the perfect place to propose to your girlfriend
Attractions in Tenerife
There is a lot to see in Tenerife. For example, in the cultural capital of the island, San Cristóbal de la Laguna, stands the main cathedral. In Santiago del Teide, almond orchards bloom, and in La Orotava, there are preserved buildings from the 16th century. Near Icod de los Vinos, an 18 km long volcanic cave was formed. There are also several parks and nature reserves on the island where animals roam. It was there that I fed lemurs from my hand for the first time in my life.
These are the main attractions of the island that I remember.
Dormant volcano Teide. It last erupted in 1909. The scenery on the way to Teide is called Martian because of the reddish hue and relief created by the frozen lava.
The volcano is located in a national park. There you can walk hiking trails and climb to the summit of Teide. Compared to the coast, it is very cold on the volcano: maximum +10 °C. I prepared myself and brought a jacket and a hat. In the cable car cabin, other tourists looked at me with curiosity and at the top with envy.
“Loro Park is the most popular park on the island. Thousands of parrots once lived there: “loro” in Spanish means parrot. Today it is a whole entertainment complex. The park area resembles a tropical forest, where in addition to birds live crocodiles, chimpanzees, jaguars and other exotic animals. Every day in the park put on a show with the participation of orcas, seals and dolphins.
The dragon tree is the largest tree I have ever seen. It is 20 meters tall and 10 meters in girth. The tree grows in the town of Icod de los Vinos. Scientists argue about its age: some say the tree is 1,500 years old, others say 3,000. The exact age cannot be determined because the Dragon Tree has no annual rings.
Garachico is a northern town rebuilt on solidified lava after the eruption of the Trevejo volcano in 1706. There are many El Caleton lava pools here. When the lava flowed out of the volcano, it collided with water and solidified, so the bathing pools are all unusually shaped.
The currency in Tenerife is the euro. Cards are accepted everywhere except in markets and public transport. ATMs are plentiful, but local banks charge a fee. The exact amount of it I do not remember.
If you take cash, I advise you to change it into small denominations – 10, 20 or 50 euros each. Otherwise the vendor may not have change.
Cafes and restaurants. It is better to try local food in small cafes away from tourist spots. Good and inexpensive fish restaurants in Tenerife are in the fishing town of Los Brigos and the village of Tachao. A dinner for three with appetizers, grilled fish and a liter of house wine cost us 38 € (2812 P ).
In restaurants at the request of customers leftovers are placed in a container and given away. Some tourists are embarrassed to take away their food, and in vain – in this way Spaniards understand that the customer liked the dishes.
Options for a homemade dinner in Tenerife. Cooking with local products is a pleasure. A kilo of fresh mussels in the store will cost 3,5 € (259 P )
The best way to explore the island is to rent a car. I advise you to book it in advance online, because it’s better value for money. You will also be able to choose a good car instead of settling for what’s left in the fleet.
Public transportation in Tenerife includes a streetcar that runs between Santa Cruz and La Laguna, as well as buses and cabs.
Buses are called “gua-gua” in local slang. They are well connected: comfortable bright green buses pass through the island’s most popular beaches and attractions. Check the schedule and ticket prices at the official website.
Instead of a five-star hotel, we chose an apartment overlooking the sea and palm trees near Playa de la Arena
WiFi works in cafes, hotels, and entertainment venues. At home, there can be problems with it. For example, nominally there was wifi in our apartment, but in fact it was constantly turned off. The speed was also very low.
⚠️ Safety rules
In general, Tenerife is safe and friendly, but in popular resorts there are petty thieves. When leaving the car, I advise you to put all things in the trunk. Insurance won’t cover broken glass if someone is attracted to your jacket or iPhone charger.
If something happens.
There is no Russian embassy in the Canaries, only an honorary consulate of the Russian Federation.
Phone: +34 928 49-22-22.
Mobile: +34 637 83-17-73.
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Attractions in Tenerife
The catalog contains the main attractions of Tenerife, marked on the map, with photos and descriptions in Russian. From the review below you will learn what parks and attractions will like children, what to see on Tenerife by yourself in a few days and where to go by car.
The most tempting excursion destination on the island is Teide National Park, which is home to Spain’s highest point, Volcano Teide.
Tenerife, the largest island of the Canary archipelago, has an impressive number of attractions: national parks, classical and unusual museums, historical monuments. The map of tourist routes covers almost the entire island and pleases with a variety of places.
Attractions available year-round include gorgeous beaches, family-friendly amusement parks, manicured parks designed for contemplative relaxation, and colorful tropical zoos.
Evening vacations can be provided by cultural and entertainment venues: the legendary Pyramid of Arona concert hall, theatrical knightly tournaments in the San Miguel Castle.
The cities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Costa Adeje, Puerto de la Cruz, Playa de las Americas, San Cristóbal de la Laguna, Icod de los Vinos, Los Gigantes are rich in attractions.
What to see in Tenerife
Those wishing to take a break from the noise of the city and fish in the ocean are invited to the west coast resort .
For connoisseurs of exotic flora, the Botanical Garden in the east of Puerto de la Cruz, which was created in the middle of the year, will be a memorable place to visit.
Lost among the rocks in the thickets of the northwest is the village of Masca, whose picturesque scenery is the value of the mountains.
The six pyramids of Guimara, located on the island of Tenerife, can be considered the youngest such attraction.
Loro Park is an amazing zoo, which is located on the island of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands.
Monkey Park is an international breeding center for rare species of primates and birds. Cat lemurs live here.
In the park of Icod de los Vinos, like a giant cactus, grows the oldest dragon tree of the Canary archipelago.
Tenerife sights on a map
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What to see on your own in Tenerife
Exploring the sights of Tenerife is not only possible within the resort or popular excursions. The transport system on the island is quite possible to create your own route review of architectural monuments and natural sites.
When planning a vacation in the major cities, do not forget to look out for historical museums with rich exhibits: first of all the Tenerife History Museum in San Cristóbal de la Laguna, which collected artifacts of the Guanches, and the combined with it Museum of Anthropology; the Archaeological Museum in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, better known as the Museum of Nature and Man.
By bus you can get to the town of Guimar, in the vicinity of which there are stepped pyramids of Guimar, reach the “pirate village” Masca, to visit Candelaria, where the statue of the Black Madonna is carefully preserved.
Renting a car solves the problem of getting around almost any planned route. In a short vacation on Tenerife by car you can manage to see the sights of the southern cities, to get to the west coast – Los Gigantes, go to the park Teide, and finally pay attention to the less visited park Rural in the northern part of the island, where the observation deck of Pico del Inglés.
A trip to the picturesque resort town of Puero de la Cruz, with the Royal Botanical Gardens as one of its central attractions, can be enriching.
Tenerife attractions for children
Family vacation in Tenerife involves visiting zoos with a show program, water parks and outdoor attractions. And this program is relevant all year round: the island’s climate is mild and conducive to all kinds of active tourism.
One of the most famous parks of the island – Loro Park, its visit can safely plan for the whole day. Highlight of the park – dolphin and killer whale show, held on a schedule, the rest of the time you can relax in a tropical park, visit a stylized “Thai Village”, to observe the parrots, gorillas, chimpanzees, penguins and other animals in the thematic areas of Loro Park. Special attention should be paid to the aquarium complex with a glass tunnel, which contains sea creatures.
While vacationing in Icod de los Vinos, tourists can add the Butterfly Museum to the list of children’s attractions, where about 800 insects, different from the usual moths and butterflies with bright colors or sizes, are kept in reconstructed tropical conditions.
Activity centers at the resort are huge water parks, which are among the largest in Europe. The Thai-style Siam Park and Aqualand Costa Adeje, which has its own dolphinarium, are very close, in the vicinity of Playa de la Americas. It is very convenient for tourists: it is possible to compare the parks’ slides in one day or to divide the entertainment part into two days.
Excursions with children should include a trip to Jungle Park and an informative walk through the park of miniatures Pueblo Chico, which collected the famous architectural sites of the island, as well as a trip to the interactive and playful Science and Space Museum.
Private guides in Tenerife
Russian private guides will help you learn more about Tenerife. There are 4 registered russian guides in Tenerife.