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Tenerife, Canary Islands Travel Information

According to payhelpcenter, Tenerife is an island in the Atlantic Ocean (Africa) that is part of the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands are one of the autonomous regions of Spain. The capital of Tenerife is Santa Cruz de Tenerife. A number of major cities in Tenerife are: Playa De Las Americas, Puerto de la Cruz, La Orotava, Los Realejos and La Laguna.

Tenerife is a mountainous island with the highest point at 3718 meters. This highest point is formed by the mountain El Teide. Especially the southwest of the island is known among tourists for its beautiful sandy beaches, water sports facilities and sunny location. There are virtually no beaches in the north of the island and several natural baths have been constructed here. Some places of interest on the island are an amusement park (Loro Parque), a water park (Siam Park) and the pyramids of Güímar. The island is also known for its many banana plantations and the football club CD Tenerife, which plays in Spain’s second highest division. See animalerts for overview of Africa, covering list of all countries in the continent.

Where is Tenerife?

Travel information of Tenerife

Official name: Tenerife
Continent: Europe (politics) and Africa (location)
Area: 2,057 km²
Capital: Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Country code: ES, ESP
Population: 917,841 inhabitants (2019)
Form of government: Constitutional monarchy
Highest point: 3,718 m (El Teide)
Distance (Amsterdam – Santa Cruz de Tenerife): 3,181 km
Flight time: approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), (temporary) measures may apply in Tenerife that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Tenerife, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Tenerife. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Tenerife?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Tenerife at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
Tenerife has a subtropical climate. Temperatures average 20 degrees in winter and 25 degrees in summer. Tenerife is also called the island of eternal spring.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Tenerife can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Tenerife can be found at Climate info.

Best time
May, June and September are the best months to travel to Tenerife. This avoids mass tourism from the Spanish mainland and the chance of precipitation.

Spanish is the official language in Tenerife. In addition, a lot of English is spoken because of tourism.
Would you like to translate from or into Spanish for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Spain: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch consulate in Tenerife:
Spanish Embassy in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
Spanish consulates in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to Tenerife.

Money and Currency
On Tenerife, payments are made with the Euro (EUR).
An overview of all ATMs on Tenerife can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
The prices on Tenerife are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -31% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (40% cheaper), food (27% cheaper), imported beer in catering (50% cheaper), cigarettes (51% cheaper) and public transport (59% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Tenerife it is customary to tip. In most hotels and restaurants, a service charge is added to the bill. If this is not yet the case, the tip is approximately 10%.

Time difference
On Tenerife it is 1 hour earlier than in the Netherlands.
The summer time on Tenerife is the same as that in the Netherlands.
The local time, date and time zone of Tenerife can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
On Tenerife you must drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Tenerife.
Information about public transport in Tenerife can be found on Titsa.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Tenerife.

On Tenerife you may need a travel plug in some cases.
More information about common plugs and sockets in Tenerife can be found on our electricity page (look under the Canary Islands).

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112

Tap water
The water from the tap is slightly chlorinated and can therefore cause stomach and intestinal complaints.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Tenerife can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Tenerife can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Tenerife end in.es.
Tenerife official websites: visitenerife.com and hallocanarischeeilanden.com.

The country code (international access number) to call someone in Tenerife is 0034 or +34.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Tenerife? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Tenerife Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Tenerife.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Tenerife.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Tenerife.

Public holidays and school holidays
An overview of all public holidays in Tenerife can be found on Lonely Planet.
You will find an overview of all school holidays in the Canary Islands (Tenerife) in the Eurydice school guide.

Places of interest
When you think of Tenerife, people quickly think of the Teide and the Dragon Blood Tree, but Tenerife has much more to offer. On our places of interest page you will find an extensive overview of the most beautiful and famous places of interest in Tenerife. Here you will find general information, opening times and entrance fees.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Tenerife, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Travel reports
Are you looking for a travel report (travel story) about Tenerife?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Tenerife. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on Tenerife can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites on Tenerife can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Tenerife? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Studying and internship
Are you considering a study, internship or gap year in Tenerife? You are by no means the only one and certainly not the first. To help you on your way, Nuffic (the Dutch organization for internationalization in education) has set up the WilWeg.nl website. On this website you will find all the information that can help you on your way, such as admission requirements, forms of education, housing, scholarship, internships, health insurance, study costs and of course experiences.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Tenerife.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5 (0.3 for novice drivers up to 2 years old).
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…Tenerife is the most populous island in Spain?
…The El Teide is the highest mountain in Spain at 3718 meters?
…The movie ‘Clash Of The Titans’ was partly shot on Tenerife?
…The flag of Tenerife is very similar to that of Scotland?
…Tenerife has more than 300 days of sunshine a year?
…Tenerife is visited annually by more than 5 million tourists?

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