Tenerife has two airports. Tenerife North (TFN) is also known as Los Rodeos Airport. It’s 11km from capital city, Santa Cruz, and acts as an international hub for people flying out of the Canary Islands. You can’t fly in directly from Ireland, but you can fly in from Spain.
Tenerife South (TFS) or Reina Sofia Airport is the busier of the two airports, and is on the south coast near the holiday resorts. Aer Lingus fly in from Dubllin and Cork, Jet2 fly from Belfast International; Thomson Airways fly from Dublin, and Ryanair fly in from Dublin, Cork, and Shannon.
What to do in Tenerife
Tenerife is the ideal year round holiday destination. While mainland Spain gets chilly between September and May, the Canary Islands continue to enjoy African sunshine throughout the winter.
Los Cristianos is one of the top holiday destinations in Tenerife, with beautiful beaches and plenty of bars and restaurants to help you relax from the stresses of daily life.
Head inland for a walker’s paradise. Rocky ravines, shady forests, beautiful wildflowers, and a mysterious lunar landscape all make for some interesting trails. The best place to walk is around Mount Teida, Spain’s highest peak. Head to the National Park Office in Santa Cruz for maps before setting out: wear appropriate hiking boots, and remember your hat.
Santa Cruz, the island’s capital, is worth a daytrip if you want to get a taste of local life. The streets have a vibrant atmosphere and there are lots of shops where you can pick up a bargain. Culture vultures will find plenty to keep them occupied, with year round shows and exhibitions.
Currency, Visas, and Strange Laws
Although it’s far from the Spanish mainland, Tenerife is still part of Spain. Irish nationals don’t need a visa to visit, and the legal currency is the Euro.
There’s something for everyone on Tenerife, but the island paradise is best for…
Families: The area around Puerto de la Cruz is great if you’re travelling with kids. There are loads of family friendly hotels and the bars aren’t as rowdy as the Southern discos. For a day trip, visit Loro Parque zoo: home to parrots, penguins, dolphins and other exotic animals.
Party People: The clubs of Playa de las Americas in the South stay open until breakfast time, when you can pick up a greasy fry before heading to the beach for a nap.
Water sports enthusiasts: El Medano is a chilled out haven for surfer types, and is one of the windsurfing capitals of the world.
Budget or Break the Bank?
Despite being an island, the prices on Tenerife are fairly low as long as you keep your wits about you. For example, a pint of Guinness will cost a fortune as it has to be imported, but a pint of the local beer Dorada will cost no more than €2.50. A meal for two in a mid-range restaurant will cost around €30, and a cappuccino will cost around €1.80 (Correct as of June 2013 - prices to be used as as a guide only).
Did you know…
Tenerife’s beaches are naturally black, so the government have imported white sand from the Sahara to make some of them prettier.
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