Tenerife is often perceived as a place where people go to get drunk and lounge by busy pools for their entire stay. However, determined to unveil its true colours, we set out to explore. Only having 4 days was in fact a blessing, meaning that we made the most of every minute. Having seen just a bit of what the island has to offer, I would describe it as ‘a place of opportunity, with something for everyone’. Sun, sea, wildlife, trekking and fun- it’s all here on this mini-continent.
Following our stay in Tenerife, here is a breakdown of the costs along with a few extra top tips- enjoy!
Top Tips for Travel to Tenerife: Our Budget (based on 2 people for 4 nights)
- Flights (booked through Ryanair): £165 each. I booked 6 months in advance however, having looked in June for July travel this year the price isn’t too different!
- Insurance- we were lucky enough to get this free with work, however according to the Post Office website this would be £15-20 each.
- Airport transfers in Tenerife: We got the 111 then 473 bus to Callao Salvaje, taking less than an hour, costing 10 euros (£7) each (per way). Visitors can also get a taxi, costing 40-50 euros (£35-45) together per way.
- Atlantic Holiday Centre: £242 overall. Atlantic Holiday Centre is a great hotel in Callao Salvaje- a small town with Spanish restaurants and bars dotted about. There was a beautiful blank sand beach a stone’s throw away (no pun intended), and the room’s balcony overlooked the ocean. The room itself was advertised as a studio, but was an apartment- bonus- and the price included a lovely Spanish breakfast (with traditional pastries). Plus, there was also a rooftop jacuzzi with views of the ocean. My favourite part of this place was that it didn’t feel like a ‘resort’. It had a great atmosphere, but was quiet enough at night to get a good sleep. The staff were incredibly friendly, offering advice for everything ‘Tenerife’.
Top Tips for Travel to Tenerife: Experiences
- Snorkelling with Turtles (with Xplore Tenerife): £20 each. This price included all snorkeling gear, wetsuits and transfers to and from the hotel. Unfortunately, it is rare to see the turtles now as they have moved on, however Xplore Tenerife offer more awesome excursions!
- Whale Watching: £45 each (with Tenerife Sailing Charters). The price included hotel transfers, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (as many as you like), sandwiches and a private yacht. We shared ours with 4 others, although in total the yacht can take up to 11. This was a 3-hour sail, and was worth every penny!
- Mt Teide: £40 each. We hired a car from Poul’s Auto for a day (£40), drove to the lower station, took the cable car up (£20 return each) then walked to the summit. To take Route 10 up to the summit, I had to obtain a free permit, which I did 3 months beforehand. The permit is free, and you need to provide the names and passport numbers of each person visiting. You then need to select the date and time of your visit. Most time slots were fully booked by the time I got around to it, so book in advance! Time slots are 2-hourly and the last one coincides with the last cable car back (so plan wisely, you don’t want to end up walking all the way down at night!)
- Siam Park: £2 bus fare each (each way), then £25 entry. Personally, this is not my thing. However, being advertised as the Number 1 Waterpark in the World on TripAdvisor, we had to give it a go. The rides were awesome, although there is a lot of waiting. If you can afford to get queue jump (£60), definitely go for it! Make sure that you also buy/take shoes (eg: reef shoes) as the floor in direct sunlight is scorching! The park is huge, so be ready for plenty of walking! As mentioned, waterparks are really not my thing, but I enjoyed myself. The reason we chose not to go to Loro Parque was that I can’t stand animals being held in this way (especially orcas), so I was disappointed to see that at Siam there were angel sharks being kept in an aquarium. I would have preferred to see them in the wild where they belong.
Top Tips for Travel to Tenerife: Other Information
- Playa de Ajabo. This black-sand beach is stunning, and is only a 5-minute walk downhill from Atlantic Holiday Centre. There is a lovely bar (Sansibar) at the back, serving cocktails and snacks which you can enjoy on the sun loungers on the beach. The sea is a little rough in the afternoon, with a strong undercurrent. However, children still swim safely in the shallows- test it out first if unsure.
- Terraza el Jable. This place is difficult to find from the street. However, if you look carefully for the pink sign from the main street of Callao Salvaje, you won’t be disappointed. Tp get to the restaurant, you need to climb the stairs above another shop and, at first glance, it doesn’t look like much. Having said that, when you walk out onto the terrace there are incredible views of the beach and the surroundings. This, topped with impeccably-cooked tapas, fresh sangria and a rooftop pool table overlooking the sea made for a perfect evening.
- Cocktails at Kaluna Beach Club bar, Fanabe Beach. The stunning views over the beach are paired with fantastic cocktails, making this a chill-out area that you can’t miss out on.
Top Tips for Travel to Tenerife: Where to eat
- Jamon Jamon. This is the restaurant at Atlantic Holiday Centre, and it is lovely. We had sangria and wonderful squid á la plancha topped with stunning sunset views.
- El Delfin. A wonderful restaurant which overlooks the sea. If you sit by the windows, you can even watch the Atlantic waves crashing into the rocks beneath you! Be sure to order the fish of the day here- beautifully cooked with traditional Canary potatoes.
- La Fonda. A great, traditional Spanish restaurant. The food was incredible and well-priced. In addition, it was right opposite the Atlantic Holiday Centre.
I would love to return to Tenerife, especially to do a full climb of Mt Teide. Are there any top tips for travel to Tenerife that you would add? I’d love to read your stories, and I will answer all questions about visiting Tenerife- just leave a comment below!