Isla de Tenerife Travel Guide

  • Isla de Tenerife
    by iloveadventure
  • Isla de Tenerife
    by iloveadventure
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    Shot from the plane before landing
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Isla de Tenerife Highlights

  • Pro
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    Muya says…

     Great weather and beautiful little villages 

  • Con
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    easyoar says…

     Hordes of tourists and some dodgy roads 

  • In a nutshell
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    agarcia says…

     Hard to believe how underrated it is... 

Isla de Tenerife Things to Do

  • Los Cristianos

    The oldest resort in the south of the island,with possibly one of the best sandy beaches,a small harbour where the fishing boats ply in and out,together with many shops,bars and restaurants.The Paseo Maritimo promenade links the old and new part of town.This is a busy and overdeveloped part of Tenerife and not somewhere to come if you are looking...

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  • See Punta de Alcala

    Punta de Alcala - is a totally unspoiled small town which is used mainly by the local population.The small beach is a mixture of dark sand and gravel and swimming takes place mainly from the concrete promenade where you can hire sunbeds.A good spot for snorkelling in the clear water and a popular place for scuba diving trips.From here you can also...

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  • Unspoiled Tenerife

    Playa de San Juan - is a small town situated between Las Americas and Los Gigantes which has not been spoiled by mass tourism.Here you will find a couple of nice beaches with crystal clear water,a working harbour where the fisherman land their catch and a promenade with restaurants and small shops.

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Isla de Tenerife Restaurants

  • Dining by the waters edge.

    This restaurant is not easy to find but the location is superb.When you book a table ask for a window seat as the restaurant is situated on the waters edge with great views across to the island of La Gomera.Very friendly welcome from the English proprietor who gave us excellent service throughout the evening.When we arrived it was very quiet,but as...

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  • Dine overlooking the sea.

    Found this nice restaurant in the lovely town of Garachico,which lies in the north west of Tenerife.The restaurant is small with lovely terrace views looking towards the wild Atlantic Ocean.The kitchen can be seen from the restaurant and i must say that it looked spotlessly clean.My choice for lunch was the seafood platter with delicious Canary...

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  • Upmarket British Restaurant

    We were based in Los Cristianos on our most recent holiday to Tenerife, but on our fourth night decided to take a taxi to Playa de Las Americas and check out some restaurants in the Safari Centre (on the recommendation of a friend who lives on the island).On the upper level of this stylish and upmarket shopping centre there are about eight...

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Isla de Tenerife Nightlife

  • Totally Glammy Drag

    Drag Shows may not be for everyone, and indeed I didn't think they were for me, but this top of the range show has me converted.We were collected by coach from our hotel and driven to the venu which was a very impressive purpose built entertainments centre in the design of a grand castle complete with moat. We entered a very large (I estimate six...

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  • Waltzing to Archi Duo

    The cafe seems to be quiet about 8.30pm. Then a couple of guys come in and turn on the disco lights, take the covers off the musical instruments and by nine o clock the music starts. The people start to drift in.Trumpet and keyboard to entertain and one of the musicians does a little vocal.Some of the tables have been taken away to make room to...

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  • The Soul Cellar

    A massive open air bar which plays host to the resident band the Lizard Kings.The band play a varied amount of guitar based songs and are one of the best live acts i have seen.Due to health and safety working the Soul Cellar had to close temporarily so the Lizard Kings had to find somewhere else to play.The bar is now open again but I`m not sure if...

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Isla de Tenerife Transportation

  • Let the horse take the strain.

    If you want to save your legs then this is a nice way of seeing some of the sights of Garachico.The start point is by Libertad Square and the ride takes you through some of the old parts of this beautiful town.The ride lasts about 20 minutes and cost us 15 euros for the four of us.

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  • Catch the Tram.

    An easy and relaxing way to travel between Santa Cruz and La Laguna is by tram.The journey time between Santa Cruz and La Laguna is about 37 minutes,with 19 stops on the way.Tickets are purchased at the machine on the station and once on the tram your ticket must be validated in the machine by the doors.Trams run every 5 -10 minutes and cost of a...

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  • Cable car to Mount Teide

    To visit the summit of Mount Teide gives you a spectacular view of the National Park and coastline way below.Choose a good clear day for your visit as cloud cover over the top can spoil the occasion.Make sure you go prepared with sensible walking shoes,as the terrain is very uneven and ice and snow can be a problem.Remember that although the...

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Isla de Tenerife Shopping

  • Genuine Isla de Tenerife Gifts

    There are two shops opposite each other in the little street full of gifts for the eager tourist in La Orotava. The big difference is that both offer genuine "Made in Isla de Tenerife" articles.You can actually see some of the articles being made right there..In one shop the genuine articles are kept in a separate section and they pride themselves...

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  • Electronics & Photography

    There are plenty of electronics shops around Tenerife, especially in the Centro Commercial's of Los Christianos & Las Americas. I was amazed when i realized how cheap electronics are on tenerife - easily 25 - 35% cheaper than anything in the UK. Worth going to Tenerife just for the discounted prices!! Anything involving Photography, for me :)...

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  • How to buy 20 fans in Tenerife

    It ended up just being one of the many gift shops in Puerto de la Cruz so definitely not unique. There were many beautiful fans to see in the various shops some of which cost 11 to 20 euros each. Some were wooden so I gave these a miss in case Australian Customs did not allow this type of wood. And I had to find "cheap" fans.But were we on a...

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Isla de Tenerife Local Customs

  • Banana plantations

    Tenerife has lots of banana plantations, the whole coastal area, all around the island is covered by banana plants. They are cultivated inside tall cement bricks walls and covered by nets to assure protection against the wind and I suppose also against banana's thieves! Especially in the South-Western part of the island I saw plenty of those...

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  • Papas arrugadas

    Canarian wrinkly potatoes (papas arrugadas in Spanish) is Canary Islands traditional baked potatoes dish.Small new potatoes, the smallest possible are washed very well and boiled skin on. When they are done they have to be put in the oven to bake until the skin become wrinkly and white because of the salt that stuck to them boiling.They are usually...

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  • Mojo sauce

    Every meal we had during our week stay in Tenerife was accompanied by these delicious sauces!There are red, orange or green mojo and the recipe varies from cook to cook.Basically they are a fine mixture of spices and peppers with olive oil.They are always served together with papas arrugadas but they can also be a perfect appetizer spreaded on top...

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Isla de Tenerife Warnings and Dangers

  • Viento Alisio

    As Tenerife is located amidst a lot of water - basically, a whole ocean - there tend to be quite windy areas. The tradewinds (viento alisio) from northwest are saturated with humidity which means that they create dense clouds as soon as they come across an obstacle, such as the mountaineous Canary Islands. Therefore, the northern part of Tenerife...

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  • One-way roads and lack of signs

    As Tenerife is a very hilly island and the towns and villages are scattered all over these hills, there is normally not enough space for a regular street system. Therefore, most of the roads in the centre of any town are one-way roads. This can be quite a nuisance as you often find yourself entering a centre from one direction and leaving it at a...

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  • Beware of Where you Park!

    If you park where you shouldn't then be warned - your car WILL be towed away! I've seen it happen here many times! This car was in a designated bus stop area. They weren't particularly kind to the car whilst loading it onto the lorry either!

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Isla de Tenerife Tourist Traps

  • You will not see a thing

    Because of the unusual weather patterns of Isla de Tenerife you could be unlucky enough to miss the views entirely.Some days it is so cloudy up "in the clouds" you will not see a thing so your trip is in vain. So stay at the time of year you are most likely to be sure of good views. We were there late November and weather was perfect. Consult VT...

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  • Getting up El Teide - be early!

    If you're planning on heading all the way up to the peak of El Teide, you need to use the cable car. It's best to be there as early as possible, as waiting time can apparently stretch into a couple of hours if there are coach tours planning on heading up as well. In the winter the Cable car can also be out of service to to ice on the cable. Try be...

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  • timesharing

    Everywhere you go in tenerife was out for Timescharing they are everywhere and they tell you that you will get a gift if you go to listen for one hour(but actually it is 3 hours)so be aware

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Isla de Tenerife What to Pack

  • Packing for a winter visit

    Weather in January was really mild, we packed no short sleeves shirt and with long sleeves shirts we were sometimes hot. Best is have a bit of everything so to be able to wear layers of clothes and adjust according to the time of the day and weather condition.If you plan to visit mount Teide you will need winter clothes as in January up there it...

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  • Clothing in Winter

    We packed too many long sleeve type shirts, as the weather report must come from the north side of the island. During January it was warm nice a warm. We used Ryan Air and so we did not have room to do both types, and I wished we had brought more short sleeved shirts and shorts. They have everything there that you have at home if you forget...

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  • Pram not needed for Playa de Americas

    Well, we spent the whole of last week at Playa de Americas, splendid time, especially now when back in cold.Plenty of families were checking their prams into our charter plane. Painful task, and perhaps even expensive, especially when there are prams etc for rent (20e per week) at Los Cristianos. LittleCanary.com was the name of the place. Worth...

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Isla de Tenerife Off The Beaten Path

  • Stop at Vilaflor on the way to Mount...

    The lovely village of Vilaflor which is probably the the most perfect spot for getting away from some of the large resorts around the coast is situated 1,400 meters above sea level,and makes a great place for a stop on the way to Mount Teide.Many acres of terraced fields cover the landscape where farmers grow vines and vegetables and Spring water...

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  • Drive up to the base of Mount Teide.

    A visit to Tenerife would not be complete without seeing Mount Teide.To drive up is an experience in itself,with steep twisty roads passing through several villages and in February the countryside was still green,with almond blossom and lavender in full flower.There is know shortage of places for a break on the way up,and the pleasant village of...

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  • The no-tourists-beach

    If you follow TF-121 to the village of Igueste you can go to a beach where hardly any tourist ever goes to. It's only a small strip of black lava sands with some rocks scattered over it, but it's really nice not to have to listen to Germans and English the whole time. Apparently, the currents are really strong here, so don't swim out too far....

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Isla de Tenerife Sports & Outdoors

  • jet ski safari

    I know this might be a late answer for I´m posting for other people that are looking around for jetsky safari. The organizing company of the jetsky has free pick up for customers. You actualy go there on the jetsky. There are a number of companies that do jetsky safari. I work on an excursion shop so if you anyone needs a recomandation let me...

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  • Trampolines!

    If you have a bit of energy to burn off then head for the beach! At most resorts in Tenerife you will find trampolines to bounce away on. Both adults and kids can have fun here!The blocks of around 10 or so well maintained trampolines are enclosed with high safety netting. For a small cost of just over 2 Euro you can enjoy yourself or impress the...

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  • TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN

    It is possible to climb right to the top of Mt Teide, you can go up by cable car then carry on to the summit by foot, then walk down if you wish, the walk however takes about 4 - 5 hoursIf you do wish to walk up to the summit you will need a permit which must be applied for at least three days in advanceplease be aware that the footpaths may be...

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Isla de Tenerife Favorites

  • GPS and hiking information for Tenerife

    These two websites have a lot of GPS files that you can download for free:http://www.gpswandelenintenerife.eu/http://www.walking.demon.co.uk/gpxDownloads.htmSince I had collected so many GPS files it was hard to decide which walks to do during the holiday. Therefore I bought a collection of PDF files that describe the best walks in Tenerife from...

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  • The main shopping drag

    Tenerife has been drawing tourists for a long time so there has been plenty of development over the years. There are some pretty streets to enjoy however it can feel slightly false and touristy, probably due to the large numbers of British and German tourists. Shopping is plentiful and there are plenty of places to buy souvenirs.

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  • Candelaria and its cathedral

    Candelaria is a city in the southeast part of the island of Tenerife. It is a place of veneration of the Virgin of Candelaria which is also the patron of Canary Island, many Catholic canaries come on pilgrimage. The Cathedral host the Virgin's statue which has the peculiarity to be dark skinned.In the Cathedral square there is a line of status...

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