Tenerife Facts File
A Tenerife holiday is the perfect holiday as it offers something for everyone. Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Isles and has been offering holidaymakers something to suit all taste for the last 40 years or more. Its main attraction is its weather with the south of the island offering temperatures in the mid 20’s all year round. For tourist's who would like to feel warm but would also like to see palm trees and banana plantations then the north of the island should suit them better. Tenerife offers superb beaches, Surfing, Water sports, Theme Parks, Waterparks, Fine Food & Restaurants, Night Clubs and Casinos plus some great Shopping Malls with duty-free goods.
Vaccinations and health
There are no certificates required for vaccinations. UK tourists should take a European Health Insurance Card to avail themselves of free health checks at State hospitals in case of emergency. An all-inclusive Health Insurance is recommended. We advise that you always check with your local GP regarding to vaccinations. Do not leave it to the last minute. Some vaccinations can take a length of time to start working properly. Allow at the latest 8 weeks before departing.
The climate in Tenerife is hot and humid. Always drink plenty of water and keep hydrated. Remember that alcohol has a stronger affect in hot temperatures. More weather details can be seen below.
220 or 225 volts, 50Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are standard.
Euro. ATMs are widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and major hotels, but banks give the best rates.
The dialling code for Tenerife is 00 34
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).
Spanish is the official language, but English is widely understood in areas frequented by tourists.
Visa and passport
Currently British holiday makers do not require a visa but it is always worth checking as rules can change. You must have a passport with at least 6 months validity.
Getting to Tenerife
There are several airports within the UK that fly direct to Tenerife. If departing from a smaller UK airport you may have to try using a few days either side of your desired date as many only offer weekly flights on a particular day of the week. The flight time for direct flights is between 4 and 4.5 hours.
Most Tenerife buses (called guaguas pronounced 'wah wahs' by the locals) on Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain are run by TITSA visit http://titsa.com/index.php/en/. Buses are very cheap albeit the journey time can vary. It´s worth visiting the TITSA website if you’re going to be using public transport to see all that Tenerife has to offer. You can also hire a car and there have been recent improvements to the road network. To hire a car you need to be over 25 years of age, been driving longer than 2 years and hold a full international license. Taxis are metered. Tipping is at your own discretion. Passenger numbers are limited to four people per taxi. Taxis are the best way but try and get a price from the driver or hotel receptionist before starting your journey.