Tenerife Travel Guide

Tenerife or the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’ is a popular holiday destination due to its wonderful climate all year round and wide choice of sights and activities. 

Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago located off the northwest coast of Africa. It has a population of over 949,000 people and the capital of the island is Santa Cruz. The main language is Spanish, but there is a slight deviation to the mainland of Spain and this is known as the Canarian dialect.   

Outdoor enthusiasts will appreciate the island’s rugged volcanic landscape, which is dominated by Mount Teide and other picturesque natural attractions like the cliffs of Los Gigantes. Food lovers will take delight in traditional Canarian dishes and in Santa Cruz you can shop to your heart’s content. For history buffs, you can step back in time to the colonial city of La Laguna and see its well preserved architecture. 

We've outlined some general information that may be helpful to you when planning your next holiday to Tenerife.

Time Zone & Currency

Tenerife is on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) throughout the year and as it’s part of Spain, the currency used is the Euro. 

Weather In Tenerife

Tenerife enjoys an ‘eternal spring’, with year round averages of 20-24°C, high sunshine levels and minimal rainfall. 

Reading For Your Trip To Tenerife

Tenerife & Its Six Satellites by Olivia M Stone

Canary Island Song by Robin Jones Gunn

Destiny in Tenerife by Evelyn Hood

Best time to go to Tenerife


Any time of year is the perfect time to visit this Canary Island. 

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Top Tourist Attractions In Tenerife

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Teide National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the 12 Treasures of Spain, this national park is an incredible place to see unique geological features, the dormant volcano of Mount Teide and biodiversity. 

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Los Gigantes

An awe-inspiring sight located on the western coast of Tenerife. Los Gigantes, which means 'The Giants', are huge cliffs created from volcanic activity millions of years ago, they tower upwards from the Atlantic Ocean to heights of 500-800 metres. 


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Playa Jardin

A popular beach in Puerto de la Cruz, it's known for its black volcanic sand and being surrounded by beautiful and colourful gardens, which were designed by the Spanish artist César Manrique. 

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Drago Milenario

Located in Icod de los Vinos, Drago Milenario is the biggest and oldest specimen of the subtropical dragon tree. One of the symbols of Tenerife, it even appeared on the 1,000 Spanish peseta note.

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La Laguna

Once the capital of Tenerife until the 19th century, this city is best known for its well preserved colonial architecture and its historic centre became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. 

Top 8 Things To Do In Tenerife

Did you know? Tenerife is known as the 'Island of Eternal Spring' due to its pleasant weather all year round. It's full of incredible volcanic landscapes, charming towns and has a unique culture from the mainland of Spain.   

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Food & Drink In Tenerife


Tenerife has its own distinct cuisine, although popular Spanish dishes and international-style food are available here too. The local cuisine reflects the island’s location as a former trading post, with Latin American and Arabic influences and featuring spices like cumin, paprika and dried chillies. Traditional Canarian dishes focus on seafood as well as local meats, such as goat, rabbit and pork. Many meals in Tenerife are served with Mojo, a spicy salsa made from garlic and red chilli peppers, and papas arrugadas ; steamed new potatoes in their skin. The most typical dessert is bienmesabe (translated as “tastes good to me”) ; a mixture of honey, almond, egg yolks and rum. Make sure you try some of the local wine too, made from grapes grown in the vineyards on the slopes of Mount Teide.

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Useful Links

  • For up-to-date information regarding entry into Spain please see: www.dfa.ie
  • Official Spanish Tourism Board: www.spain.info

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