where is Tenerife exactly?
lies some 80 km West of the coast of Africa and is on
a similar latitude to Florida in the USA .
The Largest of the seven Canary Islands , Tenerife is
dominated by a rocky back bone of mountains which culminate
with the volcanic summit of El Teide which at 3 , 718
M is the highest mountain in Spanish territory .
the language of the Guanches, the first settlers in the
Canaries , Tenerife literally means... " Snowy Mountain. " The last recorded eruption
was in 1798 . The capital city is Santa Cruz and flying
time from the UK is approximately four and a half hours
. Transfer time to Los Gigantes is about 40 minutes by
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it a popular destination?
my Mobile Phone work there okay?
certainly is . The Canary Islands rank among the top ten
holiday destinations in the world and Tenerife is visited
by over one and half million British tourists every year
upon the model and the type of contract you have . To
be certain check with your air time contract provider
and enquire about a roaming service for international
I need to bring my Brolly?
disabled facilities in Los Gigantes?
to keep the Sun off .
the Marina itself is perfectly level and the apartment
complex of Poblado
Marinero ( the rooms overlooking the Marina ) have
lifts and wheelchair ramps , the town of Los Gigantes
is built onto a steep hillside and thus may not be
the ideal resort for disabled persons nor mums with push
| So it's hot then is it?
it worth bringing any appliances?
. Records indicate that coastal temperatures average 25
to 30 degrees C annually , but expect peak Summer time
temperatures to exceed this . A word of caution - because
Tenerife is so much nearer to the Equator , you can still
burn through a cloudy sky . Baldies and youngsters should
wear hats and t shirts for the first couple of days .
Everyone should apply large amounts of high factor sun
screen. Please be sensible when out in the sun !
problem . Just don't think about bringing a portable TV
because UK models will not work properly here . However,
you will need to bring 3 pin to 2 pin adaptors with you
in order to plug in your hair dryer . While we are talking
about the services here a word of warning about the water
. Mains water is fine for bathing and washing , but do
not drink the tap water . For drinking and making
tea and coffee you must buy bottled water from the supermarket
. Also , power cuts do occur here so packing a small torch
is a good idea .
is the Currency there?
I get more information on arrival?
along with the other Canary Islands and main land Spain
have adopted the Euro as their unit of currency . What
that means to you and me is that those old Pesetas from
previous Spanish holidays tucked away in the top drawer
are now worthless .
.There is a Tourist Information office in Playa de la
Arena (click on Maps
and Directions ) that supplies bus timetables , maps
for walkers and other local information details . Their
staff speak excellent English .
call the UK from Tenerife
, unlike our bigger cousins of Las Americas and Los Christianos
, there are no discos or nightclubs per se in Los Gigantes
, but there are a few bars in the town that stay open
until the wee small hours and provide karaoke and live
entertainment . If it's a quiet and relaxing holiday destination
you are looking for then Los Gigantes is the place for
you . If you want the all night club scene , Las Americas
is only 20 minutes or so away by taxi.
call the UK from Tenerife dial the international code
first ( 00 44 ) followed by your local area code.. ( Omitting the first digit , normally zero ) then the
number you require in the UK .
Thus to phone Bradford ( 01274 ) you would dial .00
44 - 1274 - 123456