Tenerife Flights:

Flights to Tenerife

image of TenerifeTenerife is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, located around 100 kilometres off the coast of northwest Africa. Tenerife has long been popular with tourists, offering year round warmer weather, scenery, culture and great beaches.

The island is served by two international airport: Tenerife North Airport (airport code: TFN) and Tenerife South Airport (code: TFS). The southern airport offers a few more flights to Tenerife, though both are fairly limited when travelling from South Africa. You can get a one-stop flight to Tenerife with Iberia that makes a connection in Madrid. Otherwise you will have a 2-stop flight. Both Lufthansa and BMI connect in Frankfurt and Berlin, while a flight to Tenerife with South African Airways has transfers in Frankfurt and Prague.

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The Tourist Attractions of Tenerife:

Tenerife is a popular sun and sand destination for many European tourists, though the island offers far more than just its pretty beaches. Tenerife is graced with the highest mountain in Spain, Mount Teide, and the landscape of the island contrasts greatly from north to south, making this an interesting island to explore in more detail.

South Tenerife vs North Tenerife
Before you book a holiday to Tenerife you need to think about which side of the island you want to stay on as there are advantages and disadvantages to both. The northern half of Tenerife is far greener than the south simply because it’s more under the shadow of Mount Teide and gets more rain, and slightly cooler temperatures. The good thing about the north side is that it’s quieter, so if you want rest and relaxation this is the better place to come.

South Tenerife on the other hand has really taken advantage of the warmer temperatures and this is the far busier side. Though this means there are far more facilities, entertainment and more here it also means there are many more tourists and it’s more crowded and noisy.

Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos
Two of the best known resort towns on Tenerife are in the south. Playa de Las Americas is one of the largest towns, and though Los Cristianos was once smaller it’s grown now too and the two towns have nearly converged. Families, couples and the youth market all enjoy coming here as there is still a god mix of family friendly things to do, as well as bars, restaurants, and discos for those looking for a more lively holiday.

Puerto de la Cruz
On the northern side of Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz is the main tourist town, though it’s still retained some of its traditional Spanish charm, such as the old harbour. Just outside the centre is one of Tenerife’s most popular attractions, Loro Parque. This is Tenerife’s Parrot Park and far from being just a park for parrots there’s sealife, penguins, dolphins and more here.

Teide National Park
Encompassing Mount Teide, visible across most of Tenerife, is Teide National Park. This is one of Tenerife’s World Heritage Sites and Spain’s most visited national park. During the summer you can climb Mount Teide in the cable car.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife
The capital of Tenerife is Santa Cruz. Quite a modern city, Santa Cruz is best known for the annual carnival which is now one of the largest in the world.

When Should You Visit?:

Though there are some temperature and rainfall differences between north and south Tenerife, generally the island is warm all year round. The average high across Tenerife never goes below 21C in the winter, and this rises to 29C in August. Between May and September it’s practically dry here.

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