With winter hitting some of us hard, it’s time to start planning our next summer getaway, and where better than Tenerife? Spain’s paradise island is highly popular among holidaymakers, and it’s no surprise! With stunning volcanic beaches, diverse landscapes, and tropical climate, who wouldn’t want to visit?
You can even experience the wonders of Tenerife while adhering to a strict budget. By following our top tips, you’ll be living the low-cost Canarian dream. From opting for low-cost airlines to travelling out of peak season, let’s take a look at these in more detail below.
Choose a budget-friendly airline
When searching for the best deals on your flights, it’s important to take a look at several UK airlines.
While some may offer a very similar price, it could be that one includes an in-flight meal with your ticket, so look to see where the value lies.
Known for their budget-friendly prices, Ryanair takes the lead for cheap flights. While you may not always have the best allowances when it comes to baggage, you’re still guaranteed to get from A to B, and you’ll have spending money left over for when you arrive.
Most major UK airports have direct flights to Tenerife, including London Heathrow, London Gatwick, and Manchester. However, Ryanair does not operate in London Heathrow.
If you choose to fly from Gatwick Airport, the airline can be found in South Terminal. Alternatively, Ryanair operates from Terminal 3 at Manchester Airport if you plan to travel from the North. There is Manchester Airport Parking located directly outside Terminal 3 for ease should you wish to drive.
Opt for inexpensive activities
Arguably the top attraction on the island, visiting Mount Teide should be a priority during your stay. The volcanic landscape is beautiful and perfect for a day’s hike. Once at the top of the volcano, you’ll feel like your head is literally in the clouds.
While entering Teide National Park and hiking on Mount Teide itself is free, you will need a permit for the summit. There aren’t any costs involved in this but you will need to apply in advance since there are a limited number of permits allocated each day.
It’s also recommended that you head to the beach while in Tenerife, and the island sure has plenty to choose from. In the summer, it’s the best free activity, especially if you’re willing to travel a bit. The best places to top up your tan include Playa de Benijo, Playa de las Americas, and Playa de los Cristianos.
Visiting during the off-peak months
First things first, Tenerife is beautiful year-round. While the summertime sees the hottest temperatures, you’ll still find the climate to be warm, rarely dipping below 18 degrees Celsius. If you’re willing to travel outside of summer, the cheapest months include March, April, May, October, and November. Essentially, you want to avoid peak season, which is the summer holidays.
When we say cheaper, we mean flights are usually less expensive as well as accommodation – so long as these are booked ahead of time. It’s also worth bearing in mind that the crowds will be much smaller, allowing you to go sightseeing more easily and find that perfect spot on the beach.
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Spain Web Design by Gandy-Draper.
Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.