Located off the West African coast, the beach paradise of Tenerife is the largest island in the Spanish Canary Islands archipelago. Tenerife is sprawling with beaches and all-inclusive resorts connected by winding roads, making it a great destination to set out on the open road. With limited public transportation, travellers will enjoy exploring the area on their own schedule. Travellers can use Skyscanner to find the best deals on the perfect car rental for exploring Tenerife.
Car Rentals in Tenerife
Renting a car is the best way to get around Tenerife. Countless car rental agencies are dotted along the main auto route, TF-1, which winds around the perimetre of the island, stretching from north to south. Travellers arriving from international destinations will fly into the main airport, Tenerife South. Tenerife North is smaller and serves mainly inter-island travel.
Auto Reisen, Gold Car, Hertz, Cicar, Avis, and Europcar all operate from both airports. Before pulling off the lot, make sure the rental car has an ITV (Inspección Técnica de Vehículos) sticker on it, which indicates the car is roadworthy.
Driving Around Tenerife
The rules of the road on Tenerife are much like those around the rest of the globe — don't drink and drive, don't text and drive, only use the horn in emergencies, and be courteous to other drivers. Also, be sure to keep a passport and driver's licence handy.
There are toll roads (carreteras de peaje) on the island, but most tourists will not need to take these routes because they're more for cutting down travel time than for offering scenery.
When parking, look for a ticket machine or a parking attendant. Signs saying "Prohibido aparcar" indicate areas where parking is prohibited.
Scenic Routes in Tenerife
From volcanic landscapes to pristine beaches, Tenerife offers many wonders for those who explore the island by car. The route on TF-47 from Adeje hugs the coastline, passes several resorts, and ends at the massive cliffs at Los Gigantes. The scenic TF-28, set more inland, parallels the busier TF-1 highway.
Drivers should take the TF-28 through the mountains to experience Tenerife's understated east coast. For a daring drive, guests should make the windy, treacherous trek from Santiago del Teide to Masca on the TF-436. The views are worth it! The drive to Mt. Teide will reward travellers with view of the weird and wonderful volcanic landscape and snow-capped summit.
Things to Do in Tenerife
With so many attractions, it's hard to choose what to do in Tenerife. Visitors can begin the day by driving to Teide National Park and viewing Spain's highest volcano from the Teide Cable Car. Next have fun with the kids at the Thai-themed water park Siam Park. See tigers, dolphins, and penguins at Loro Park near La Orotava.
Go hiking in the Macizo de Anaga mountain range, or catch some rays at the popular Playa de la Arena. Explore the Castillo de San Juan Bautista fort. Then walk over to the Tenerife Auditorium, a true architectural wonder overlooking the Santa Cruz harbor. Drive five minutes up the road for lunch on Calle Antonio Dominguez. Then stroll around the Natural History Museum. End the day at the botanical gardens, Municipal García Sanabria.
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