Advance Planning

Three months before Reserve your accommodation early, especially for the southern resorts.

One month before Buy tickets online for world-class performances at Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s Auditorio de Tenerife and make reservations for the best restaurants.

One week before Reserve a place in advance for climbing to El Teide’s summit: if you allow a week you'll be likely of getting a space.


Lonely Planet ( Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Tenerife ( Official tourism site with comprehensive information on all aspects of the island.

Reservas Parques Nacionales ( For the latest on climbing El Teide.

Top Tips

  • If using the bus frequently, invest in a Ten+ Travel Card (, which gets you 30% off the ticket price (except on Teide and Teno lines).
  • For inexpensive restaurant dining order the menú del día for lunch.
  • Request tap water (un vaso de agua del grifo) rather than the overpriced bottled variety.
  • Always make sure valuables are kept out of sight in your car.
  • Look out for free entry to sights, often on the first Sunday of the month.
  • Check your bills in restaurants to ensure you haven't been overcharged.
  • If bringing kids, always ask at the tourist offices for a list of family activities.