Booking flights to Tenerife and the Canary Islands is always the best and fastest way to get there. The travel time from Madrid, for instance, is about 2.5 hours, and it can be even shorter if you are in the northwest of Africa, like in Morocco.
There are several airlines operating regular flights to Tenerife with good connections, as well as few low-cost airlines, like Ryanair and Vueling. You should also be alert for offers of major airlines, like Iberia, British Airways and others, as once in a while they tend to drop some flash offers.
Due to the importance of tourism on the island of Tenerife, it’s not going to be hard for you to find really cheap flights to Tenerife or great deals when coming from the Iberian Peninsula and even from some capitals of Europe. Check our special section for further information and tips.
The two Tenerife airports have connections with the other islands, as well as national and international airports. They are: Los Rodeos, in the North of the island and located in the municipality of La Laguna; and Reina Sofia, which is the Tenerife South Airport, located in the municipality of Arona. Both airports have major infrastructure and extensive facilities that assist tourists in a smooth journey to and from the island.The airports are also really well served by public transport (buses) or taxi services, including if you need Tenerife airport transfers.
Ferries & Boats
Another way to get to the island and bring with you your own car is to make a journey by boat or ferry from several ports in southern Spain (such as Cadiz and Huelva) and Portugal (from Madeira). The journey take can take about a day but if your vacation is not limited to just a week, it might be to your advantage.
Similarly you can go to any island in the province (La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro) by boat or ferry directly, but must check the hours and days of departure. There are also direct connections with the islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, although for the last two most of the journeys have a connection in Gran Canaria.
And last, but not least, you have the option of renting a boat, a yacht or plane in order to reach the neighbouring islands. For those, of course, you need the necessary permits and some experience.
Just Don't Forget...
Even though Tenerife and Canaries are located just next to Africa, and due to the fact that the islands are part of Spanish territory, any European visitor (from the Schengen area) can get there by showing the National Identity. Non-European/Schengen members need to show the passport / visa as would be required to any other place in Europe. So, before travelling just make sure you have your documentation in good order to avoid any problems at the border.
It is also advisable to hire short-term insurance, so you are then ensuring full medical services for any emergency. Not only for medical assistance, but also legal, travel, etc. Better safe than sorry…
So, when coming to Canaries, don’t forget to bring along your laptop, book, iPod, to entertain yourself during the trip – if you don’t prefer to sleep. But this beautiful island will be best explored if you are coming in the company of your family or friends.