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Tenerife

Island in Canary Islands

Known as the Island of Eternal Spring, Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, an archipelago off the West coast of Africa on the same latitude as the Sahara desert.

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Why move to Tenerife?

Tenerife has a rich cultural make-up as well as a diverse range of territories. It’s clean, warm, well set up for international travellers and ideal for a leisurely lifestyle.

Famed as Spain’s highest peak, Mount Teide is a dormant volcano that dominates the island’s landscape. From ancient forests to lava fields, and snowy peaked crests to famous basalt black sanded beaches, Tenerife packs a huge amount of diverse terrain into a small area. According to Spain’s Health and Industry Ministry, Tenerife is one of the cleanest places in the country with an air pollution index well below the national average. That’s partly down to lack of industry, but also down to a heady sea-breeze. At the moment of counting, there are 13 Blue Flag beaches during peak season and National Park status protects much of the interior.

Tenerife claimed global significance when Spain conquered the Americas, with the port town and now capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife providing a trading point for sailors heading across the Atlantic. Tourism began in earnest with the Victorians and now accounts for a considerable part of Tenerife’s economy — with 78% of the population in the service industries.

Because of its international population, many businesses and services are open from 10am until 10pm, with only the smaller towns honouring the siesta break. It’s the best island in the Canaries for airport travel, with two international airports (North and South) growing exponentially, with 24 new routes added in the winter season of 2018 alone.

As for leisure, there’s shopping centres, water parks, restaurants and nightlife aplenty. While water sports, football, volleyball, deep sea fishing, golf and sailing are popular, native sports still thrive on the island. These include Canarian wrestling and Bola Canaria, a game similar to French Boules. Then if you like dancing, there’s the Santa Cruz Carnival, second only to Rio de Jinero, a world-class event that lasts for 3 weeks.

Where to live in Tenerife

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Adeje

Town in Tenerife

A few kilometres north of Playa de las Americas on the south west of the island is the historic town of Adeje, close to some of Tenerife’s most stunning scenery.

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Playa De Los Cristianos

Village in Tenerife

This former fishing village is located on the coast of south Tenerife and offers great access to the neighbouring islands of La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro.

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Arona

Town in Tenerife

Arona is the name for both a town and a municipality at the southern tip of Tenerife. It incorporates two of the busiest tourist beaches on the island.

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Q&A

Tenerife FAQs

There is fast fiber internet available in most of the larger towns of Tenerife. For smaller & more remote locations there is usually 4G available.

The tourism industry provides many jobs in the Canary Islands, especially seasonal work during the summer months. Work is available in other industries such as construction, trade, agriculture, livestock, fishing, and port activities. A working level of the Spanish language is expected and will make finding a job much easier.

The Tenerife coastline enjoys all year round great weather, with mild temperatures, a lot of sunshine and very little rainfall. The summer months hover around 28 degrees Celsius to 30, and the lowest temperature in the winter is about 17 degrees.  Rainfall varies quite considerably across the island, the Northen facing mountain slopes receive more rain than the rest of the island and are quite green as a result.  There can be clear sunny skies along the coast at the same time as the mountains being enveloped in a thick mist.

There are 2 international airports in Tenerife: Tenerife South airport & Tenerife Norte airport. Tenerife South airport is the larger and the second busiest in the Canary Islands. The most popular flight routes are from the UK, Germany, Belgium & the Netherlands.

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