Hiring a car in Tenerife

Pick up your hire car at Tenerife airport and enjoy the year-round sun of this Canary that sings sweetly.

Hiring a car in Tenerife

Pick up your hire car at Tenerife airport and enjoy the year-round sun of this Canary that sings sweetly.

60-second guide to Tenerife

In its own head...

"We're the biggest and the best Canary Island, a place sculpted by a history of impressive volcanic eruptions, making us a marvel on the eyes."

...but more realistically

It is indeed all of those things but it also has plentiful, exceptional beaches and water activities to keep the most laid-back, or most energetic holidaymaker entertained.

The vibe

With sunshine all year round, the holiday vibe never really goes away. So expect to find a lot of people unwinding by day, or letting their hair down by night.

The natives

While most holiday makers head to the south of the island, the lion's share of the locals live up north in Santa Cruz. And they're a friendly bunch.

The weather

Known as the 'Island of Eternal Spring', the weather is never bad, and the average temperature is around 28 degrees during the summer months.

The local speciality

Potato fans will be in for a treat with the papas arrungadas, which are spuds boiled in water with a lot of salt, until the water evaporates, forming a salty crust.

The celebrity

Lineker's Bar in Playa de las Americas is owned by ex-England footballer Gary's brother Wayne, no less.

Did you know?

Admiral Nelson lost his right arm in Tenerife, thanks to a cannon ball. It's sort of his own fault - he'd launched an attack on the island.

They say...

"From the coast up to its mountaintops, Tenerife is a universe of marked contrasts." - Canary Islands Tourist Board.

5 to see in town...

1. Playa de las Vistas beach

Great for families. This stretch of beach in the main resort of Playa de las Americas has everything you could wish for: fine sand, hot sun, decent restaurants, and plenty of cafés to pick up some cooling ice-creams in.

Where to park:

There's a large, free car park by the harbour on the eastern side of the beach.

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2. Los Cristianos

Situated next to Playa de las Americas, this is the ferry port to be seen at, especially if you want to go dolphin or whale-watching.

Where to park:

You can park your hire car in the car park that's right by the harbour.

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3: Plaza Iglesia, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The main square in Tenerife's capital boasts a church with a striking bell tower, along with some trendy bars.

Where to park:

There are underground car parks in Plaza de Espana, Mercado de Nuestra Senora de Africa and Calle Ramon y Cajal.

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4: Nuestra Senora de La Pena de Francia

The main church in Puerto de la Cruz, the old colonial town in the north, is worth stepping inside for the cool air and the beautiful interior.

Where to park:

There's a large free car park at the Parque Maritimo on Calle Santo Domingo.

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5: Loro Parque

'Loro' is Spanish for 'parrot' so yes, this is a parrot park. Yet while it's famous for its colourful bird collection, this Puerto de la Cruz institution boasts pretty impressive tigers, gorillas and creepy crawlies too.

Where to park:

Loro Parque has its own dedicated car park where you can park your hire car for free.

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and 4 to drive to...

1: Guimar Pyramids

Made from finest lava stone, these zany pyramids carry a similar mystical vibe to Stonehenge.

How to get there:

From Playa de las Americas follow the main coast road, the TF-1, east until exit 11, which is signposted to Guimar. It's a 35-mile drive.

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2: Teide National Park

Home to El Teide, the highest mountain in Spain and a volcano to boot. Thankfully it's now dormant - it last blew its top in 1909.

How to get there:

Leave Playa de las Americas on the TF-28 heading to Arona. Join the TF-51, which leads up to the park via Vilaflor and the TF-21.

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3: Tenerife Zoo Monkey Park

It’s a well-known fact that everyone loves a monkey. Visit this small zoo and check out some of the species that live here, but be careful if you’re carrying any fruit in your bag – they aren’t shy of a rummage.

How to get there:

Located in the southwest of the island, you can reach the Monkey Park by taking exit 26 off the TF1 motorway and following signs from there.

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4: Macizo de Anaga

It's impossible to realistically comprehend just how devastating volcanoes are unless you've witnessed a spectacular mountain range fashioned from an eruption eight million years ago. Like this one.

How to get there:

From Playa de las Americas take the TF-1 to exit 6A, then head for San Cristobal de la Laguna, then onto the TF-13, which takes you up into the Parque Rural de Anaga.

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Local taxi driver Javier Gonzalez on car hire in Tenerife

My best recommendation is just to be relaxed when you drive in Tenerife and that's it! There's no difficulty driving on the island and the locals are really laid-back. If you're in Santa Cruz de Tenerife or La Laguna watch out for trams - you don't want to get into an argument with them! Also, when you park in the street, you very occasionally might come across someone who wants to charge you money for 'guarding' your hire car. This is not legal - don't pay them!