'''Tenerife''' is the largest of the [[Canary Islands]] and is a great place to travel. British and German tourists come in their tens of thousands every year to visit its spectacular beaches and lively nightlife. It is also very popular among holidaymakers from the Spanish peninsula, especially during Easter time. Tenerife is probably one of the last European paradise isles. It offers lush forests, exotic fauna and flora, deserts, mountains, volcanoes, incredibly beautiful coastlines and spectacular beaches.
* [[El Medáno]] Laid back, alternative haven, one of the windsurfing capitals of the world. It is usually very windy here.
* [[Santa Cruz de Tenerife]] the capital of the Island and department of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
As an island the usual way to arrive is by air. There are two airports, Tenerife South (Reina Sofia) near Los Cristianos and Tenerife North (Los Rodeos) by La Laguna.
Buses run from both airports to other towns, though you may have to change routes. They stop around midnight and start again around 5-6AM.
Trasmediterranea run a weekly ferry from [[Cadiz]] in [[Spain]] which takes two days.
A hire car is the best option for discovering the remote
wilderness regions. TITSA buses cover most of the island and the buses are fairly frequent. A BONO travel card is a good idea if you intend to spend some time travelling on the buses as they can save 50-70% on journey costs. Only one card is needed by any number in a group and can be bought at bus stations as well as some tobacconists. Beware of the morning ( ~7-8) traffic jams on the highway in the direction of Santa Cruz! A tram line operates between Santa Cruz and La Laguna; the BONO card is valid on this.
'''SatNav''' Tenerife is building many new roads including some major routes. The latest TomTom maps while useful for getting around Tenerife overall, are not very accurate (using maps correct as of 6th March 2009). Garmin maps are even less accurate. As of 2013 TomTom maps now cover the majority of the island and have many points of interest.
You can also prebook an airport transfer with [http://www.tenerifeairporttransfer.co.uk Tenerife Airport Transfers] who possess a wide range of vehicles such as shuttle buses, minibus, limousines and coaches.
Of course, many visitors just want to spend their time on a beach or by the hotel swimming pool. Playa Americas beach is black volcanic sand, but Los Cristianos is yellow imported sand. The black sand feels the same as the yellow, but can be much hotter when sunny and is not as pleasing to look at to many. Beaches often have sun-loungers with parasols available to hire for the day, but if you are doing this for a few days it is probably better to just buy a parasol and some beach mats.
=== Hiking ===
These are the most interesting hikes:
* '''El Teide'''. Alongside the cablecar, a hike is possible
a well. The ascent by foot starts at the base of the “Montaña Blanca”, at an altitude of 2200 m (very limited parking). Don't underestimate the short walk as the gradient and low oxygen levels make it challenging even for experienced walkers. After a relatively gentle start up a 4x4 track for around 4 km, you begin the steep and spectacular climb, ascending 530 m in just over 1.5 km, when you will reach the recently rebuilt [https://www.volcanoteide.com/en/altaviste_refuge Altavista Refuge] (3270 m). This offers climbers a bed for a maximum of a night and kitchen facilities. After a further kilometer and 250 m ascent, the path joins another leading to La Fortaleza viewpoint, which follows the contour around El Teide to the cable lift. If required for descent, always check if the cable lift is operational before you set off, as it does not run in poor weather conditions and closes without warning. You should allow 6-8 hours for an ascent and descent on foot.<br/>Accessing top of the mountain requires a (free) permit (book early, it's often full a month upfront), unless you visit outside the regular hours (before or after the cablecar operates). Also the Altavista Refuge has limited space and requires a reservation.
* '''Pico Viejo''' - a moderately demanding hike (hiking boots recommended) is possible from El Teide. One reasonable itinerary is leaving car at "Boca Tauce" (interesection of TF-21 and TF-38), taking bus (line [http://www.titsa.com/index.php/tus-guaguas/lineas-y-horarios/linea-342 342]) from there to the cablecar, going up and then just descending via Pico Viejo, Narices del Teide and back to Boca Tauce. It takes around 5-6 hours from the top to bottom.
* '''Masca''' valley. Probably the most popular (and somewhat crowded, compared to other Tenerife treks) path. Starting at Masca valley, going down all the way to a beach, inbetween massive cliffs. Check [Los_Gigantes] for access info. Taking the hike uphill requires at least water supplies, in case of high temperatures.
* '''Barranco del Infierno (Hell's Ravine)''', close to Adeje popular with hikers, you need to book to go on the walk. There is little to see but vegetation on this walk and a
TINY waterfall at its end. (Path currently closed due to danger of falling rocks and risk of fatal accidents.)
* The most western point is '''Punta de Teno''' with excellent views.
As of October/2016, the road [http://www. tenerife- holiday- home- insider.com/punta- de-teno -road.html is not passable] by the main road. There are some hike paths available from roads towards El Palmar.
* '''Roque del Conde''', one of the most prominent mountains on the south coast. A few hours hike from the nearby ''Arona'' village goes through a relatively big canyon of ''Barranco del Rey'' and at top provides good views to all sides (unless mist builds up).
The south is full of plenty of junk food restaurants with hamburgers, pizza, chips, etc. There are 15 McDonald's including some on the beaches. Also note that in touristic hotspots such as Playa de las Americas, menus are available in numerous languages ranging from English, German, Russian and some Scandinavian languages, making it very easy to choose even if you are not familiar with the local dishes' names or don't understand Spanish.
Lots of Chinese Restaurants are also available in Tenerife. You can eat as much as you can (buffet) paying fixed price like 6€ or 6.50€,
lets say the price is different according to the variety of food.
In the tourist spots, there are also many up-market restaurants, such as the Thai Botanico and Bianco's in Playa de las Américas.
Some car rental companies like Goldcar charges extra money in Airport from your credit card. Always ask them how much they'll refund after you drop the car back. Read carefully about rental policy. There're a lot of reviews about latter on the Internet. Losing of vigilance may make big dark spot in your holiday.
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