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Key facts for hiring a car in Tenerife
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There are two airports in Tenerife, so make sure you book your hire car from the correct one. There are also plenty of alternative pick up points – most of these are in the south.
Slow down – reducir la velocidad
One way – una vía
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Local delicacies to try
Chopitos – tiny crispy fried squid
Queso asado – fried local goats cheese
Hire a car in Tenerife
The captain of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is a hugely popular place to soak up the sun.
Surrounded by the warm Atlantic, this volcanic island is an all-inclusive, happy hour haven. But beyond the surface of beachside bars and all-night raves, Tenerife offers so many more ways to fill your time.
If you’re willing, this destination is ideal for an unforgettable, adventure-packed trip. From mountain drives to volcanic beaches, there is something for everyone in Tenerife.
Top rated suppliers for Tenerife
Average Rating 8.1 – “Great little car – very efficient with regards fuel. Great service from Hertz staff.”
Average Rating 8.0 – “I was given a free upgrade and the car was perfect for my family. The pick up counter staff were very friendly and helpful. Will use Topcar again 10 put of 10.”
Average Rating 8.0 – “Great service from counter staff in Tenerife and really easy to find the desk and to pick up the car.”
Average Rating 7.9 – “The young lady that represented Sixt was excellent! Polite, friendly and professional. The overall service from the company was also excellent. A very positive experience.”
Blissful breezes keep the island comfortably cool.
The Canaries are renowned for their year-round pleasant climate and thermometers rarely reach unbearable limits. In fact, the weather is so stable that the seasons of Tenerife present the smallest range of average temperatures in the world.
Ultimately, there isn’t really a bad time to visit. The best bargains are likely to be found October through December, and you should still be able to enjoy some sun at this time of year. For car hire, prices are best during off-peak seasons, but Tenerife is one of the best value places in Europe to hire a car year-round.
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- Los Gigantes
- Costa Adeje
- Puerto de Santiago
- Playa De La Arena
- Playa de las Americas
- Los Cristianos
- El Medano
Car hire tips
- Tenerife is a really popular place to hire a car, so book in advance to get a good deal.
- Renting your car for a few more days might end up saving you money, as many suppliers offer better rates by the week.
- Check the fuel policy and the type of fuel your car uses carefully.
- Parking in Tenerife is good value. Multi storeys are reasonably priced, and some beachside parking is free.
Things to see
The ultimate Tenerife road trip
Tenerife South Airport TFS
The second-busiest airport in the Canary Islands.
Car hire pick up point
Desks are situated in the Arrivals Hall.
Siam Park – 17km
Thai-inspired water park, known as the best in the world.
Masca – 36km
Tiny mountain village immersed in a prehistoric gorge, ravines and greenery.
La Orotava – 48km
Old colonial town filled with beautiful buildings and surrounded with fruit-filled valleys and viewpoints.
Teide Cable Car Station – 35km
Park up and take to the skies!
Write your name in volcanic sand
A day spent on one of Tenerife’s dramatic beaches is far more interesting than most seaside outings. The island’s silvery-black grains clash perfectly with the ocean spray, making this the ultimate place to leave footprints in the sand.
It’s worth noting: The sand’s inky colour absorbs sunlight, which is especially cosy when temperatures drop, but be warned for the hotter months!
Swim in wild sea pools
The town of Bajamar has utilised nature and created a swimming pool in the sea. It’s as safe as a regular pool, but the tide laps over its edges acting as a natural wave machine.
Another unique way to embrace the sea is to try out one of the large rock pools all over the island. The most famous is probably Charco De La Laja.
Tenerife's split climate
South of Teide is dry and hot, but things are quite the opposite in the far north.
At the northernmost point of Tenerife lie the Anaga Mountains. Walk through the clouds that cloak their peaks and you’ll become soaked without a drop of rain falling. A perfect location for forest walks.