Tenerife is popular all year round thanks to its beautiful sunny climate. Luckily, flights to Tenerife are available throughout the year and are never likely to break the bank - plus with a little planning they can be really quite cheap indeed!
Tenerife is one of the Canary Islands, which lie of the coast of Morocco. It takes around four and a half hours for a flight to Tenerife from the UK to land on the island. In peak season as well as during the depths of winter, you can get flights to Tenerife from many of the regional airports, not just the big travel hubs, so you won't have to venture too far on home soil.
Just a short hop away from Morocco, Tenerife's balmy weather attracts tourists throughout the year. That means there are plenty of airlines offering direct routes to the island. They include Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Easy Jet, Thomson Flights, Monarch, British Airways, Jet2 and Iberia.
You can find cheap direct flights to Tenerife from a range of UK airports, depending on which airline you fly with. Prices tend to be lower in spring and late autumn, because the island has two peak seasons - May to October and December to February.
Reina Sofia Airport is the busiest of the two airports on the island, and the only one which receives direct flights from the UK. Flight times average just over four hours from London and around four hours and 50 minutes from Edinburgh. From Belfast, you can expect to arrive in Tenerife four and a half hours after you take off, so it's a great place to visit if you're looking for year-round sun but not the long-haul flight to get there.
Tenerife has two airports, Tenerife North (Los Rodeos), and Tenerife South (Reina Sofia). The northern airport is smaller and is generally used for inter-island flights whilst Tenerife South handles the majority of the international arrivals. Tenerife can also be reached by ferry from Cadiz on mainland Spain if you fancy a slower pace of travel.
There are three bus lines from Tenerife South Airport, heading for Tenerife North and Puerto de la Cruz, Playa de las Americas and Los Christianos in the south, and the main bus station at Santa Cruz. There is also easy and cheap car hire so the majority of visitors to Tenerife choose to drive themselves.
Car hire in Tenerife is easy to arrange, and a popular way of exploring the island independently. There is also a pretty comprehensive bus network serving Tenerife so you can certainly explore the coast by bus, although inland services are less frequent. Buy a BONO bus card at bus stations to save 30% - 50% on your travelling costs.
Regular flights and ferries between the Canary Islands mean that you can easily partake in a bit of island hopping during your stay on Tenerife.
With little rain and warm temperatures throughout the year, Tenerife has earned itself the name of the "Island of Eternal Spring". Summer temperatures average 27°C and in winter the average is 21°C. Higher altitudes experience colder temperatures, so in the winter it is usual to see snow topping Mount Teide.
Temperatures can vary across the island depending on wind conditions and altitude, but Tenerife is an excellent destination for year-round sun. There are two distinct peak seasons. During December to February tourists come to visit the cultural spots in northern Tenerife. May to October draws a young crowd to the beaches and bars in the south of the island.
€ Euros. Currency can be exchanged or obtained from an ATM at plenty of places in the south, but currency exchanges are rarer in the north. Make sure you go prepared if you head into more rural areas in Tenerife .
The official language of Tenerife is Spanish. Although throughout the tourist hotspots in the south English is very common and Italian and German are also spoken.
+34 for Spain then 922 for Tenerife. Mobile numbers begin with (0)6.
UK tourists only need carry a valid UK passport to enter Tenerife.
The choices almost seem endless if you're after a package holiday, and even more so if you're booking your flight and hotel separately. The big resorts of Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos are all in the south, and this is where you will find louder nightlife and plenty of Brit-centric attractions. If you prefer to just take advantage of the great flight prices but then head off to explore some of the unseen Tenerife, try Santa Cruz de la Tenerife and La Laguna.
Holidays in Tenerife can be as relaxed or as active as you want. There are all types of water sports on offer at the main beaches, and if you want adventure, set off into Mount Teide National Park. You can also spice up your holiday by coinciding your stay with one of 2013 or 2014's festivals and carnivals. Loro Parque and Siam Park are also fun day trips out for the whole family. For more ideas on saving money in Tenerife click here.
The beautiful El Duque Beach could be in the Caribbean!
Get away from the beach and explore the beautiful interior too
The tiny Masca Village sits in amazing surroundings
Mount Teide National Park is probably the best-known sight on the island
Santa Cruz Old Town makes a great day trip
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