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Tenerife Destination Guide

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For more information, please call our Travel Consultants on:01244 897 771

Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Tenerife , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Capital Santa Cruz
Language Spanish
Time Difference 1 hours
Currency Euro
Voltage 220V

Tenerife sits majestically in the shimmering Atlantic Ocean - bigger, bolder and more imposing than the rest of the Canary Islands. Travellers around the world are drawn here for the beaches and the sunny climate, but there is more to Tenerife than this: on your luxury escape with Elegant Resorts, you will discover a truly civilised island offering an amazing menu of things to see and do: museums, art galleries, couture shops, colonial towns, medieval castles, botanical gardens, world-class golf, surfing, whale-watching, tropical forest walks, jeep tours, helicopter flights – these are just a few highlights. This huge array of activities, alongside iconic natural landmarks like Mount Teide, makes it clear why visitors return to charming Tenerife year after year.

Highlights+

Mount Teide National Park
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a true “must-see” in Tenerife. The third tallest volcano in the world and the highest peak in Spain, Mount Teide’s peak measures a staggering 3718m. The National Park is a geological gem and gateway to incredible hiking terrain, boasting miles of trails with extraordinary rocky boulders and unique flora. For a real challenge (and breathtaking views), take the five-hour climb to the top of Mount Teide, or, for a less strenuous route, take the scenic cable car ride. The park is stunning whatever the time of year but especially so in early spring, when the lower slopes blossom with colourful plant-life and the summit is draped in snow.

Puerto de la Cruz
The star of northern Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz offers beaches, boardwalks, restaurants and bakeries laden with German-style goodies. Mooch around the Old Town’s cobbled streets, before bagging a table by the harbour for a fresh fish lunch and exquisite wine. Watch animal antics at Loro Parque, cool off at the Lago Martianez open-air swimming pool or admire exotic flowers at Jardin Botanico. Just on Puerto de la Cruz’s doorstep, explore the fruit plantations of the lush Oratava Valley and the aristocratic town of La Oratava, where beautiful churches, renaissance mansions, pretty gardens and exclusive shops await.

Beaches & Watersports
In Costa Adeje, the golden-sand beaches take centre stage during the day, washed by warm, clear waters and scattered with plush sun-loungers for your comfort. As you might expect, water activities prove popular and there is a huge variety to choose from - windsurfing, jet-skiing and whale-watching boat trips are just a few aquatic highlights. Meanwhile, located on the west of the island, the secluded enclave of Guia de Isora offers a stunning unspoilt coastline. Due to the rougher waters around this area, surfing and kite-surfing are particularly good here. Home to an underwater kingdom of colourful marine life, explore beneath the ocean’s surface with snorkelling or scuba-diving.

Family
The perfect destination for your next family getaway, Tenerife has plenty to keep its younger guests entertained. Costa Adeje is home to two fabulous waterparks: Siam Park boasts a lush Thai theme throughout, offering thrilling slides and rushing rapids. Part of the park, “The Lost City”, houses multiple towers, bridges, nets, cascades and tamer water slides, perfect for even the smallest visitors. Aqualand, the area’s second park, is home to twisting slides, tube rides and the fun-filled “Kidzworld”. Meanwhile, Loro Park in Puerto de la Cruz is a glorious zoo and theme-park, home to an array of animals (including Killer Whales and Pandas) alongside fascinating exhibitions.

Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.

Cooking Classes

ABAMA Golf & Spa Resort offers a selection of special activities throughout the year including some fantastic cooking workshops where themes might include a paella master class or Sushi making.

Spa
There are some fantastic spas at our featured hotels and Hotel Botanico & Oriental Spa Garden offers a sublime experience. Located in a private garden, the natural daylight and exuberant vegetation transmit a unique sensation of wellbeing and relaxation, where you can enjoy a host of pampering treatments including some using local produce such as volcanic lava from Tenerife and Aloe Vera from Fuerteventura.

Climate+

Boasting the lowest temperature difference between summer and winter in the world, Tenerife is an ideal year-round destination.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Tenerife.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January1866
February1955
March2042
April2031
May2111
June235
July251
August263
September2513
October2441
November2169
December1975

Getting There+

Flight Information
Easyjet direct from London Gatwick to Tenerife. UK regional departures also available.

Flight Time
From London Gatwick to Tenerife South: 4 hours, 30 minutes.

Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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