Healthcare

If you live in the European Union, you are entitled to free medical and hospital care during your holidays, in the network of public health centres in Tenerife. To qualify for this service you must have a European Health Insurance Card, which you will have to apply for in your country of origin. If you live in Spain, it is sufficient to present your health card from the autonomous community in which you live.

In private centres, the health card is not valid, so you will have to pay for medical care or provide proof of health insurance accepted by the particular health centre.

It is advisable to take out travel insurance to cover you for any unforeseen health problems.

Carnival

Carnival is Tenerife's most emblematic festival that has been spreading smiles and filling the island with rhythm, glitter and debauchery for centuries.

The Tenerife Carnival is the second most popular and internationally known Carnival, only after the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

There are groups that take part in different competitions every year, divided into various phases that are experienced with real passion by both the participants and the public who come to see them.

Regarding the origin of the term Carnival, some say it comes from carnelevarium, the Latin word that defined the religious prohibition of meat consumption during Lent, while others relate it to the carrus navalis (boat on wheels) that the priest of the god Bacchus drove during the Roman bacchanals.

The Tenerife Carnival will start on January 24th 2022 until March 1st 2022.

Weather

Due to its geographical location, Tenerife can be enjoyed at any time of the year, as its average annual temperature is 23ºC.

The presence of the sun is constant throughout the year, which makes the temperature mild during the summer and warm during the winter.

The variety of microclimates found in Tenerife is striking, the north is not the same as the south, and there is a great variety of flora.

If we climb the peak of Teide, we must take warm clothes, given the great difference in temperature with respect to the beach areas.

It is undoubtedly one of the best places to live in the European Community.

How to get around

There are several options for getting around the island.

Roads

Using the road network it is possible to reach every corner of Tenerife.

There are two main motorways (without tolls), one to the north and the other to the south, leaving from the capital. There are also numerous two-way roads.

Rent a car

To have the freedom to move around without relying on other transport, you can choose to hire the vehicle of your choice.

En guagua

Another way of getting around the island is by using the guaguas (bus) service. The Tenerife bus network is run by the TITSA company.
You can choose to pay for each trip when you get on the bus or buy a bono-bus, which can be purchased at any of the TITSA stations (it cannot be bought in the vehicle itself).
There are plenty of bus lines to get to all the places. For some excursions this is the best option.

Consult timetables.

By tram

The tram is a means of transport managed by the company Metropolitano de Tenerife (MTSA) and owned by the Cabildo Insular de Tenerife.
It has 2 lines. It is a good way of getting around Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
To use the tram, all you have to do is buy a ticket, voucher or season ticket from any of the ticket machines available at the tram stops or at the MTSA sales offices.

Consult timetables.

By Taxi

Different taxi companies operate in all the municipalities of the island. Taxis in Tenerife are white in colour. They all have a taximeter, which must be started at the beginning of the journey, although it is possible to hire an excursion to any part of the island at a fixed price determined in advance.

In Tenerife there is no Uber, Cabify or similar service. Only Taxis.

Geography

The island of Tenerife is located slightly north of the Tropic of Cancer, between the meridians 16º and 17º W and the parallels 28º and 29º N.

It is separated by about 1,000 km from the Iberian Peninsula and about 300 km from the African coast.

Tenerife is located in the central part of the archipelago between the islands of La Palma, La Gomera and Gran Canaria.

You can reach the island by plane, as it has two airports: Tenerife Norte and Tenerife Sur. You can also get there by boat, as there are two international ports at both ends of the island.

Tenerife is moving forward by looking to the environment, it is an example of balance with the environment and sustainable development.

The reality of Tenerife as a volcanic island has been evident throughout its history with numerous eruptions. The central areas of the island were the protagonists of the volcanic eruptions that took place three million years ago and which created, little by little, the silhouette of Tenerife as we know it today.

The island has a good fibre-optic internet connection. Wi-Fi is available in most of the bars.

Schedule

The official time of Tenerife and all the Canary Islands is that of the zero meridian, which passes through Greenwich in the United Kingdom. The time that establishes the time zone corresponding to Greenwich is called Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

In other words, while mainland Spain and other European countries have an extra hour, Tenerife is GMT, as are the cities of Dublin and London.

Currency

The legal tender in Tenerife is the same as in the rest of Spain, the euro (€).

The euro is the currency of the Economic and Monetary Union and was adopted by 11 EU Member States on 1 January 1999 and became legal tender on 1 January 2002.

You can always change your currency into euros: you can exchange it at a bank with morning opening hours, hotels often offer a currency exchange service and travel agencies.

In any case, most sites allow payment by credit card.