How to Enjoy Tenerife on a Budget
For some travelling the world feels like something of a pipe dream, due to the perceived expense, but turn to Europe and there are plenty of destinations in Europe where you can enjoy an action-packed trip for less. Tenerife ranks near the top of the budget-friendly list. The island has some must-see attractions that cost absolutely nothing, and even flights to Tenerife are moderately priced, especially if you start looking well in advance.
Ready to start planning your budget Canary break? Take a look at some of our recommendations on where to go and what to do while you are there:
Explore the Island
Like the other Canary Islands, Tenerife is full of natural wonders, and you can enjoy many of these for free. Best of all, this is where you will find El Teide, Spain’s highest mountain. A lot of visitors opt for the heftily priced cable car to the peak, but you can save money by climbing to the top yourself (it is possible!). Or, if you want a more leisurely experience, the mountain is surrounded by miles of national park that you can explore.
Rent a Car
The easiest and cheapest way to explore Tenerife is to hire a car. Rental prices are reasonable, and if you plan to do a lot of moving around, this will definitely cost less than bus tickets as well as sparing you the hassle of figuring out timetables.
With a car, you’re free to explore every inch of the island at your own pace. You’ll even be able to visit remote spots like the stunning mountain village, Masca, without booking expensive coach tours.
Go to the Beach
Tenerife is a famed beach break destination, and for good reason. There are countless stretches of sand to choose from on the south of the island, and it won’t cost you a penny. We would recommend Playa Los Gigantes, where you can swim and sunbathe against the backdrop of the magnificent Los Gigantes cliffs will make up for it.
Visit the Museums
Carry out experiments at La Laguna’s Museum of the Science and the Cosmos, delve into Canary history at the Museum of Man and Nature in Santa Cruz, or even enjoy a tasting at La Baranda House of Wine museum.
For such a small place, Tenerife has an impressive array of museums and galleries to choose from, and any that are government-owned are free to visit on Sundays.
Dine on Canary Food
A great meal won’t cost you a fortune on Tenerife. Venture outside the resorts and it won’t be hard to find a cheap but authentic Canary dining experience. Make sure you go to Otelo in Adeje, where you can sample pollo al ajillo – this garlic chicken dish is a local favorite.
With all of this and more to do, Tenerife is the perfect place to enjoy a holiday for less. Have you got any tried-and-tested holiday budgeting tips? Let us know in the comments below!