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Tenerife, Canary Islands

San Andres and Las Teresitas beach

Read our Telegraph Travel expert guide to Tenerife, including the best places to stay, eat, drink as well as the top attractions to visit, flights and all of the key information that you need to know before you go

Expert guide to Tenerife

The weather is the number one reason most people flock to Tenerife’s shores, to enjoy almost guaranteed sunshine all year. Safe, family-friendly and just a four-hour flight away, it is consistently one of Britain’s top winter sun destinations.

Playa de las Américas is the island's main holiday centre, attracting singles, families and couples while its Los Cristianos neighbour suits a more mature visitor. Costa Adeje's four- and five-star hotels, chic boutiques and manicured beaches are the upmarket choice.

In the south-east, El Médano has near constant trade winds and boasts the best natural beaches on the island. Los Gigantes in the west enjoys long sunshine hours and provides a quieter alternative to the south. In the north, Puerto de la Cruz is the greenest and most traditional resort with plazas, botanical gardens and easy access to historic centres while Santa Cruz combines beach time with shopping, plazas and art galleries.

When to go to Tenerife

As Tenerife has a spring/summer climate all year round, there is no bad time to visit. You are most likely to see some rain, particularly in the north, in November and February/March. High season is January to Easter.

Flights from Britain are more plentiful and cheaper in the winter months whereas hotel prices are at their highest. With warm, sunny days and balmy nights, September is one of the nicest months to visit and prices have not yet hit their seasonal high.

Where to go

A visit to Tenerife is not complete without taking the cable car to the summit of Mount Teide, Spain's highest mountain, for panoramic views of the island. Another favourite activity is to head to lovely Garachico to drink coffee in the prettiest plaza on the island and swim in the rock pools hewn from lava. For a taste of the real Tenerife visit La Laguna, the former capital and a Unesco World Heritage Centre, which has eclectic architecture spanning four centuries, great shopping and a thriving tapas scene. If you're a hiker, don't miss the ancient laurel forests and rugged ravines of the Anaga Mountains.

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Know before you go

Essential Information

Flight time: anything from 4hr to 4hr 30min from London

Time difference: the Canary Islands are in the same time zone as Britain

Currency: the Euro; most establishments take credit and debit cards and there are plentiful ATMs

Foreign Office advicegov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain

Tourist information:  webtenerife.com and  todotenerife.es  are the websites for the Tenerife Tourist Office

Reading/apps: read Insight Guide to Tenerife for a deeper understanding of history and culture

Emergency numbers/contacts: 112 is the number to call for any emergency. Operators speak Spanish, English and German. The telephone number for the British Consulate is 00 34 902 109 356 (or 913 342 194 if dialling from within Spain). For more information, see: gov.uk.

Top Tip

A visit to Tenerife is not complete without taking the cable car to the summit of Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain, for panoramic views of the island. This Unesco World Heritage site comprises a 10-mile-wide volcanic crater which dominates the centre of the island. At its heart, the Mount Teide volcano rises to 12,198ft (3,718m) above sea level, making it Spain’s highest peak. The cable car takes visitors 3,937ft (1,200m) above the crater floor to mesmerising views over much of the Canarian archipelago.

Teide National Park (0034 922 010 440; telefericoteide.com); opening times: daily, 9am-4pm; admission: adults, €25 (£21); children under 14, €12.50 (£10)

 

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