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Situated off the coast of west Africa, so boasting a superb climate all year round, Tenerife is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands. The island offers an enviable range of natural, cultural and historical draws centred on its main port, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Offering pristine beaches, amazing colonial architecture in picturesque squares, fascinating museums and cosmopolitan restaurants, Tenerife is the perfect destination for a relaxing break, with something to please everyone.
Tenerife South Airport lies 39 miles south of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Due to the absence of any rail service on the island, it is only possible to continue your onward journey by bus or taxi, should you be tied to public transport.
However, with a hire car you’ll be able to make the most of your break by driving into Santa Cruz in under 45 minutes via the scenic coastal TF-1. You’ll then be able to venture to other Tenerife destinations such as Adeje on the west coast. Kids of all ages won’t be able to resist the spills and thrills at the Siam Park water park.
The car rental pickup areas are clearly signposted at the airport and they’re open from early morning to the last thing at night, so your break will be off to a flying start – especially if you book ahead.
Choose from a wide selection of hire car providers at Tenerife South to suit every budget and requirement, from Avis and Thrifty to Plus Car.
One of Tenerife’s top annual attractions is the Carnaval de Santa Cruz, a traditional festival featuring a grand parade, lavish costumes and unmissable street entertainment, held in February every year.
Elsewhere in Tenerife, your hire car can take you to other exciting destinations such as Puerto de la Cruz (40 minutes west across the island from Santa Cruz) where you can enjoy more excellent beaches and coastal activities, and visit the beachfront Loro Parque, with its highly rated zoo. For a change of pace and scenery, you may choose to explore the interior of the island from La Orotava (just over half an hour’s drive) taking in the natural wonders of the Unesco-listed Teide National Park, centred around the island’s dramatic volcanic mountains.
As in Britain, it is illegal to use a mobile telephone while driving, although you should bear in mind that handling a GPS/satnav is also banned when the vehicle is moving. As in the rest of Spain, the police may carry out breath tests at random, and are empowered to give on-the-spot fines to non-residents who are over the limit. Be aware of variable legal alcohol limits. If you have held your driving licence for less than two years the limit is only 0.1%, while other drivers are limited to 0.5%.
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When visiting Tenerife there are a multitude of transport options. Private car hire is an ideal way to reach the island's diverse landscapes, enjoy the sights, and capture the true essence of Tenerife in an affordable and convenient way. You can explore the glorious coastline, which features some of the country’s top beaches, and travel to the majestic mountains and the stunning Teide National Park with ease, without being restricted to public transport timetables.
Tenerife Airport South is the larger of the two international airports in Tenerife, and the second busiest in the Canary Islands. If you wish to hire a car, there are a range of options available depending on your group size and preferences. Major companies offering car hire services from Tenerife Airport South include Avis, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hertz – all clearly signposted within the main terminal building.
Being the capital city and home to Tenerife’s most popular beach – Las Teresitas – Santa Cruz is an incredibly popular destination for tourists and locals alike. As a result, driving in this area can be busy, but you will find there is a lot of stunning scenery to take in along the way. Visitors looking to hire a car in Santa Cruz can either go to one of the many car rental companies in and around the city centre or rent a car from the airport. Car hire companies operating from Tenerife Airport North include Budget, Goldcar Rental and Avis.
The majority of Tenerife's attractions are accessible by car, so renting a vehicle gives you complete freedom to explore as you please. A trip to Tenerife would not be complete without visiting Teide National Park, where you can explore the volcanic rock formations and lava formations of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For a different experience of the island's volcanic past, visit Tenerife’s smallest town of Puerto de la Cruz and stroll along the black sand beaches. You'll also find parks, botanic gardens and other tourist activities on offer. Finally, for something that may not spring to mind when planning a break in Tenerife, why not consider the fantastic ski resort in San Isidro? This location is perfect for skiing in the winter and also offers great spots for biking and horseback riding in the warmer months.
While there are clearly signposted and reasonably priced underground car parks across the island, many of the resorts tend to offer free on-street parking. Additionally, most of tourist attractions have parking facilities as well.
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