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Discover the Canaries' largest island, Tenerife, a volcanic paradise where the landscape changes with the rhythm of the waves.

Tenerife in short

Breathtaking scenery on Spain's volcanic island

Tenerife is the largest island in the Canary Islands, the Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. It is a popular tourist destination, with many Spaniards spending their holidays here and travellers from all over the world landing in Santa Cruz de Tenerife every year. When you arrive on the volcanic island, you'll soon realise why Tenerife is so popular. Magical landscapes await you in every corner of the island.

It's rare to have so much diversity and beauty in such a small area. In fact, this little 2,000 km piece of land is teeming with rich and varied ecosystems. Starting out from the pleasant colonial town of San Cristobal de La Laguna, you pass through the dense primary rainforest of Anaga Park before taking a dip in one of the black sand beaches on the Atlantic coast. Once you've cooled off, you'll discover the arid lands of the Teide volcano before relaxing in the island's natural pools.

Pleasant, authentic towns

Tenerife's towns are relatively small, making them pleasant places to visit. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of the province. It is the island's cultural centre, home to the media, the largest hospital in the Canaries and the Museum of Man and Nature. It's a charming town where you can relax in the seawater pools of the César Manrique maritime park or shop at the local farmers' market.

San Cristobal de La Laguna is the religious and historical capital of the Canary Islands. There are plenty of emblematic monuments to visit, including La Laguna Cathedral and the Nava Palace.

Aerial view of Tenerife with the imposing volcano Teide in the background.

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The Teide volcano and its wonders

The Teide volcano sits enthroned in the centre of Tenerife. It is the highest peak in Spain and the third highest peak in the Atlantic Ocean. The volcano is still active and rises to a height of over 3,700 metres. At the summit, the observatory of the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics offers night-time expeditions to admire one of the most beautiful starry skies in the world.

You can also hike to the volcano's crater. Le Teide also offers you some choice geological wonders. You can discover the Cueva del Viento, a network of underground tunnels formed by cooled lava, or relax in the island's natural pools, also formed by the thermal shock between molten lava and ocean water. Within these capricious shapes, you are sheltered from the currents and waves and can enjoy a moment of total serenity.

Tenerife, a hiker's paradise

The island is one of the best places in Europe to practise this discipline. Tenerife has all the ideal conditions for hiking: pleasant temperatures all year round, breathtaking scenery, beaches and, of course, incredible landscapes.

In the area surrounding the volcano, you'll hike through the lunar landscapes of the island's centre. On the coast, you can finish your hikes by taking a dip in the Atlantic Ocean. Finally, in the Anaga forest, there's something for everyone: the park's trails are specially adapted for people with reduced mobility.

Tenerife offers a wide range of activities and landscapes, Canary Islands, Spain, Europe©Balate Dorin/Shutterstock

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Cuisine from the sea

Do you love fresh fish, shellfish and seafood?

Tenerife is a little paradise for foodies. Every day, fish is caught just a few hundred metres from the restaurants.

The food here is generous and authentic, from the familia as they say over there.

How to get there?

Tenerife is certainly the most popular destination in the Canary archipelago. In fact, its airport welcomes international flights all year round. Depending on your country of departure, it's sometimes better to fly to Spain and then back to the Canaries.

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Where to stay?

Tenerife is a tourist destination and certainly one of the least expensive in the whole of Europe. Tourists from all over the world love to indulge and enjoy their holidays in the Canary Islands. In fact, all around the island, superb hotels and villas have opened their doors.

Relax by the Atlantic Ocean in one of the volcanic island's finest hotels.

Practical information

The weather in Tenerife

The Canaries enjoy good weather all year round, with temperatures never reaching extremes and remaining mild all year round.

In fact, there's no ideal time to go to Tenerife, although summer is warmer and very pleasant for those who enjoy swimming and water sports.

In winter

Winter temperatures in Tenerife rarely fall below 16°C. Winters are sunny and resemble northern summers.

There are more rainy days in November, December and February, although rain rarely prevents tourists from taking part in activities.

In summer

Summer is warm and sunny. Temperatures range from 25°C to 30°C. Not very hot for a European summer, admittedly. However, some people find it pleasant not to be too hot, as in southern Europe, Spain and Italy, for example.

Ocean temperatures, meanwhile, remain constant all year round. They are around 20°C.

When should you go to the Canary Islands?

If you prefer a quiet trip, perhaps with your family, involving hiking, sightseeing and serenity, winter is perfect for you.

On the other hand, if you want the hustle and bustle of the crowds, the bars and cocktails on the beach, then summer is definitely the time to go.

Administrative formalities for travelling to Tenerife

European citizens

The Canary Islands are part of Europe. So there are no special formalities for Europeans. You can only travel to Tenerife with your identity card.

Europeans, Norwegians, Icelanders and nationals of the Schengen area can stay on the Canary Islands for 90 days without a visa.

Residence permit

Travellers wishing to stay longer may apply for a residence permit during the first month of their trip to Tenerife.

Non-EU citizens

Travellers from outside the EU need a valid passport. Depending on your country of birth, you may be required to obtain a visa, a return ticket or a tourist itinerary.

Check the official Tenerife website if you need anything in particular to travel.

COVID situation

There are currently no restrictions relating to COVID-19 on the Canary Islands.

lightbulb_outline Editor's tip

The sunsets on the island are simply fantastic. To catch a glimpse of one of the most marvellous, we recommend the Teide volcano and its observatory.

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