The vibrant island of Tenerife is the largest among Spain's Canary Islands. The island is served by two airports, one in the north and one in the south. Book your flights to Tenerife North Airport (TFN) or Tenerife South Airport (TFS) according to the part of the island you'll be exploring. Those looking for beaches, clubs, and luxury resorts generally choose the hotter and drier southern end, while those interested in a more authentic cultural (not to mention gastronomical) experience typically gravitate north. If you want to see it all, don't fret; it takes less than an hour to drive from end to end of the island, so day trips are certainly possible. Those landing on Tenerife flights will have an incredible view of the volcano Mount Teide, which commands the landscape at 12,198 feet and is the highest point in Spain.
Transportation from TFN and TFS
The island is speckled with Tenerife hotels, so you'll have plenty of choices. If you fly into TFN, you can find lodgings clustered just outside the airport, as well as quite a few more in downtown Santa Cruz, just an eight-mile drive away. The south end of the island has even more options, with dozens and dozens of hotels and resorts accessible within just 20 minutes of TFS. To get to your hotel, rent a car at either airport, take a city bus or shuttle, or catch a cab. This is island living, and everything should be easy! Once you've settled in at your lodgings, hit the beach to get started on your tan or, if you're feeling ambitious, plan an ascent of Teide (just be aware that this is a somewhat strenuous hike for which you'll need a permit). Gaze on the incredible cliffs of Los Gigantes or join a whale-watching expedition. And, of course, there is shopping, dining, and clubbing galore to occupy you in the evenings.
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