Top Tips for Tenerife on a Budget

Sat, September 24th, 2011 - By Andrea Montgomery

Making the holiday money stretch without feeling like you’re on an Oliver Twist tour isn’t always easy. Luckily, here on Tenerife there are lots of ways to look after the cents and have some great family fun while you’re doing it.

Go by bus
Unlike the UK, buses on Tenerife are clean, modern, air conditioned and generally efficient. Invest in a Bono card from any kiosk where you see the green circle Bono sticker, or from any bus station and it will entitle you to 50% discount on your journeys. You buy a card for either €15 or €25 and use it for any number of people, just punching it into the machine once for every person you’re using it to pay for. Your Bono card also entitles you to discount on the Santa Cruz and La Laguna trams and on entry fees to museums so it’s a very handy little number to have.

Menu del Día
Most restaurants will have a set menu called a menu del día which will change daily or weekly. Usually it involves three courses and a drink, with a choice of two or three dishes for the main course, for under €10. So before you order off the a la carte, just check if they’ve got a menu del día that rings your bell.

Double fun
If you’re planning to enjoy trips to both of Tenerife’s must visits – Siam Park in Playa de Las Américas and Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz – buy a twin ticket which covers you for both and saves a family of four €33.

Sunday outings
All Tenerife’s Government owned museums are free to get into on Sundays so take advantage of fewer crowds and no tour groups and head to some of the island’s top museums for fun without a price ticket.

Buy big
Small bottles of water at any beach side shop or kiosk will set you back in the region of 90 cents to €1.50 whereas you can buy 8 litres of water at the supermarket for around 1 euro. So refill bottles at home before you head to the beach. The same is true for all sorts of family toiletries, whether it’s toothpaste, soap, shampoo or shower gel you can buy huge bottles at the large supermarkets in places like Chafiras, Playa San Juan, Playa la Arena, Los Cristianos and El Médano for a fraction of what you’ll pay for a small bottle in the local shop.

Avoid airport prices
Don’t wait until you get to the airport to buy your cheap cigarettes and alcohol for taking home, you’ll find them far cheaper in your local supermarket. But don’t forget, as Tenerife is a tax free island you don’t have the same duty free allowances that you have in the rest of the EU.

Posted : Saturday, September 24th, 2011 at 8:23 am
Category : days out
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