Fly Direct From Britain to North Tenerife

Fri, April 24th, 2015 - By Jack Montgomery

From May 2015 Spain’s Iberia Airline will start operating direct flights from London Heathrow to Tenerife North Airport.

Some newspaper reports have made it sound that a part of Tenerife, the north, will magically be revealed to the millions of visitors who visit the island each year, as though they never knew about it previously. Whilst that’s clearly nonsense, the news is very welcome.

 

Los Rodeos, North Airport, Tenerife

 

Getting to northern parts from Tenerife South Airport might not exactly be like setting out on an expedition to reach the North Pole. But more direct flights from London touching down at Los Rodeos in La Laguna are going to make life easier for British visitors who want to experience the parts of Tenerife where most Canarios have set up home since the conquest just over five centuries ago.

Arriving at Tenerife North Airport means it’s only a short drive or transfer for a diverse range of holiday options.

 

Plaza España, Santa Cruz, Tenerife

 

City Break
Tenerife’s capital, Santa Cruz is just down the hill from the airport, about 15 minutes by car to the centre, a bit longer by public transport. The city is the cultural centre of Tenerife with art galleries, museums, theatres and a very different bar and restaurant scene from the one found in the main tourist centres of Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje. The distinctive Tenerife Auditorium is a stunning venue for ballet, opera and concerts. Being quite a compact city, Santa Cruz is ideal for a city break where exploring isn’t exhausting. In terms of where to stay there’s a decent range; from one of my favourite luxury hotels on Tenerife, the Grand Hotel Mencey, to chic city centre hotels such as the NH near the bustling bars of Noria.

 

Historic courtyard, La Laguna, Tenerife

 

Historic Holiday
On the other side of the motorway from the airport lies one of Tenerife’s historic treasures, La Laguna, whose preserved old quarter is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. La Laguna is a beautiful old city with traditional tascas hidden away behind picturesque façades that span various centuries. As Tenerife’s religious centre, there are churches galore to explore. However, it’s also Tenerife’s centre of learning and where there’s a university you’ll find a buzzing after dark scene. Nightlife here is quite different from the music bars in Las Américas, but drinking where the locals like to let their hair down is part of the attraction.

 

Playa Jardin, Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

 

Beach Scene
Just because it’s the north doesn’t mean there isn’t a beach scene. Tenerife is a subtropical island which means you can sunbathe on any coast during every month of the year. The beaches along the north coast might not be of the golden variety – they’re black volcanic beaches – but that doesn’t make lying in the sun any less delicious. Puerto de la Cruz was the island’s original holiday resort and, before mass tourism, Victorians used to visit the town because of its excellent climate. It’s one of the best places on Tenerife to mix a beach scene with experiencing local culture and traditions.

Throw in historic towns, coastal villages and rural retreats and the range of holiday options to suit various preferences just grows and grows.

Of course, these were all available anyway. But Iberia’s direct flight to the north of Tenerife might just make them seem that little bit more attractive and accessible.

Posted : Friday, April 24th, 2015 at 1:28 pm
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3 Responses to “Fly Direct From Britain to North Tenerife”

  1. Linda says:

    I should tell you that I have a BA flight tomorrow from Los Rodeos to Gatwick. Not only that but it which the cheapest flight which came up when I searched for one for that date! I have no idea how long this route has been open (since BA merged with Iberia?), but it’s going to be interesting 🙂

    • Of course, it’s been operating for about a year. You don’t tend to hear that much about it. With the Iberia flights as well that should make it around 4 direct flights a week into the north airport. Scratch that last sentence. I read something that said they’d be sharing the Tuesday flight once the Iberia flights start, so it will be the three flights a week (Tue, Thur and Sun).

  2. Linda says:

    And my flight turned out to be Heathrow, not Gatwick! It had been booked for me, so I hadn’t realized. Still it was fine, no complaints!

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