Of the seven Canary Islands, Tenerife is the most populated and is very popular with British tourist seeking sun, sea and sand. With sun-drenched beaches in abundance, there’s little wonder that tourists flock to this island each year to relax, unwind and soak up the Spanish sun and enjoy the vibrant party nightlife. For those who want more to than a beach holiday, Tenerife has plenty going on inland where you’ll discover a more traditional Spanish way of life. You’ll find sugar cube buildings lining the narrow streets and banana plantations dotted across the island. Many tourists like to take advantage of the lower taxes and indulge in a spot of retail therapy given that the island boasts a wide range of large department stores and tiny boutiques in Los Cristianos and Santa Cruz. For more active holiday makers, there’s plenty of hiking and walking opportunities across this volcanic expanse of land. The Pico del Teide is the tallest peak in Spain and doesn’t fail to deliver stunning views of the island below. The weather here tends to be warm throughout the year with temperatures reaching into the late twenties during the summer months.
Ideal for nipping around the island and in-town driving, a compact car makes for easy manoeuvring and parking in busy areas, especially in Santa Cruz.
Driving in Tenerife
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Important things to note
Seatbelts are compulsory in both the front and rear seats of the vehicle.
Be aware that many roads have fixed speed cameras on them, so always keep an eye or your speed to avoid a fine.
It is against the law to use your mobile phone or any other electronic device while driving. If using a GPS to help with navigation, then it is against the law to handle this when driving.
Major resorts offer free on-street parking as well as underground car parks which will cost a small fee. Blue lines indicate a restricted parking zone, whereas yellow or white lines indicate a no parking zone.
Highlights & Hotspots
Animal lovers should take a trip to Loro Parque where you’ll see the largest collection of parrots in the world as well as other exotic animals such as tigers. It’s a great place for families to visit, if only for the dolphin and whale shows.
For those who want to see an impressive view of Tenerife’s volcanic landscapes taking a trip to Pico de Teide is a must. If you don’t fancy hiking then you can take a cable car up to the peak instead.
If you want to take some time to soak up the sun, then Tenerife has plenty of beaches to choose from. Playa De Las Americas located on the south coast of the island is a party beach which has something going on 24/7.
For white sandy beaches where you’ll find water-sport activities in abundance, head to the resorts of Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje also located on the south coast.
For a taste of culture, why not visit the Auditorio de Tenerife to see an opera, dance or classical music performance. You’ll also have the opportunity to admire the stunning architecture of the building, which is reminiscent of the Sydney Opera House.
Tenerife North Airport is located in San Crist√≥bal de La Laguna, which is approximately seven miles from the capital of Santa Cruz and is accessible by the TF-5 motorway, leading you eastwards towards Santa Cruz.
Tenerife South Airport is located in San Miguel and Granadilla de Abona and is accessible via the TF-1 motorway, taking you north towards Santa Cruz.