Fly To Tenerife, Spain
Situated in the Canary Islands, Tenerife is one of Spain’s most popular beach destinations. The islands boast a European holiday atmosphere complete with fine beaches, monuments, museums, parks and much to see and do.
While the Canary Islands are Spanish, it is worthwhile noting that they are an autonomous community, with a very clear identity of their own; after all they’re closer to the West Coast of Africa than they are to Spain. This is a place where people are friendly, food is excellent, shopping is interesting and days are as relaxing as a late afternoon siesta after some good Spanish wine.
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Why visit Tenerife
- Take advantage of the many golden sandy and warm crystal clear waters of Tenerife, from Playa las Vistas to Playa Jardin and the many glorious escapes that are scattered across this beautiful place for your enjoyment.
- Visit Teide National Park which has been recognised by the Starlight Foundation as one of the premier star gazing sites on the planet it is a magnificent star filled experience.
- Spend the day with the various marine mammal species swimming off the coast, it is an unforgettable excursion for the whole family to enjoy no matter the age.
The best time to visit would be over the spring months. During this season the weather is warm and the crowds are not as overwhelming.
The most spoken language in Tenerife is Spanish.
- Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands.
- The two biggest attractions on the island are Loro Pargue in Puerto de la Cruz and the volcano Teide.
- The canary bird was named after the islands, not the other way around.
Top highlights to see here include Botanic Gardens and the harbour in Puerto de la Cruz, monuments such as Castillo de San Andrés and Basilica of Candelaria, Basílica de Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria (Patron of Canary Islands), the beautiful buildings seen around Santa Cruz (Plaza de España), Plaza del Ayuntamiento (Town Square), Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre (Museum of Nature and Man), Casa del Vino-La Baranda (House of Wine-La Baranda) and beach resorts such as Playa de Las Teresitas.
While you are in town, besides enjoying the laid-back beach atmosphere and strong sense of history, you should sample some local dishes such as goat’s cheese, wine, confectionary and seafood. There are many great restaurants and cafes to try – why not ask a local to suggest somewhere they enjoy going. Other things to do include walking tours, fishing, visits to theme parks such as Loro Parque (Parrot Park), horseback adventures, hiking at Las Canadas del Teide National Park, scuba diving, snorkelling and plenty more besides.
Be sure to leave some time and cash for shopping too – there are loads of local specialities to take home to family and friends. Things to keep an eye out for include handmade Tenerife Lace known as calado canario, traditional baskets made from palm-leaves and beautifully made clay items. Shops to note are Mercado de Nuestra Senora de Africa, Centro Comercial Plaza del Duque, Tenerife Pearl, Vistasur Shopping Centre and one of the ubiquitous surf shops seen all over the city.
When it comes to getting around Tenerife you can choose between a few different options depending on your budget and preferences. You could hire a bike from Bike Point El Medano, which has a range of cycles at good rates. You could also hire a car to drive around (see below for operators based at the airport). The bus system, called ‘Guaguas’, has stops all over the city and the Tenerife Tram travels past a number of interesting landmarks on its routes.
Spanish cuisine is influenced by regional cuisines, geography and climate have also had a great influence on the cooking methods and availability of ingredients. Giant legs of jamon (ham) hanging in a local tapas bars are among the images that come to the mind when you think of Spain. Cured, smoked, or fresh, chorizo are other local favourites which are made and eaten all over places like Tenerife. Cold days in Tenerife are a perfect excuse to have one of the most popular Spanish foods, Fabada Asturiana which is a hearty warming stew of beans and sausages, it is by far the best comfort food.
Tenerife is home to many tantalising Spanish restaurants to try out, so be sure to visit these great restaurants when on holiday:
- Restaurante El Rincón de Juan Carlos
- Restaurante Lucas Maes
- Tasca Tierras del Sur
- Restaurant Casa TAGORO
- Bianco Restaurant
The most followed religion in Tenerife is Catholicism, there is no official religion but the Roman Catholic faith has been part of Spanish culture for decades of years. Spanish cultures are based around a variety of historical influences, primarily that of Ancient Rome, pre-Roman Celtic and Iberian culture. There is a beautiful mystical historic atmosphere that can be felt not only in Tenerife but throughout Spain. Spain also has an extraordinary artistic heritage, with the early 20th century art world which was influenced by a remarkable group of Spanish artists like; Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, Joan Miró and Salvador Dalí that are all ambassadors of the artistic culture in Spain. All the locals in Tenerife are extremely welcoming and friendly to visitors, this is a place where religion and heritage are viewed with the utmost respect.
This is a fairly safe place to go on holiday and visit, although like any new place it is advised to remain vigilant at all times.
South African Passport holders do need a Visa to enter Spain. Make sure you allow enough time for Visa processing, and ensure that your passport is up to date with 2 blank pages for stamps.
Address: c/o Albareda 54, 2 35008 Las Palmas de G.C. Canary Islands.
Telephone: + 34 928 265 452
|Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant||R 90.00||R 100.00||R 131.06|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught)||R 22.00||R 20.00||R 26.21|
|Cappuccino (regular)||R 19.00||R 20.00||R 21.26|
|Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)||R 10.00||R 12.00||R 9.17|
|Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)||R 35.00||R 35.00||R 40.77|
Tenerife Airport (Canary Islands) – TCI
Food and beverages:Burger King, Burger King Express, Upper Crust, Curry Wurst, Bill Bentley Pub and Café & Tapas.
Currency Exchange:La Caixa-Caja Canarias (ground level in Arrivals) is where you can exchange currency – there are also ATMs throughout the airport.
Lost luggage:Lost & Found is on the ground floor level in Arrivals – if nothing has been turned in, you will need to contact your airline.
Car hire:Auto Reisen, Avis, Cicar, Europcar, Goldcar and Hertz.
Airport hotels:Hotel Aeropuerto Sur, Casa Marechen, Los Amigos Hostel Tenerife and Apartment Vista Montana Roja Atogo.
Airport hub:Tenerife Airport (code TCI) is a hub for Ryanair.
The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, Travelstart.co.za takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.