Guide to Tenerife Car Hire for September 2022

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Tenerife has been a popular holiday destination for years. One of the main advantages of renting a car in Tenerife is that it gives you the opportunity to explore parts of the island other tourists can’t.

With your own car you can decide where you want to go. Tenerife is home to a diverse range of landscapes and locations, from pine forests and coastal cliffs, to picturesque villages and ocean resorts. Getting the right car can open up many more possibilities and get the most from your holiday.

Read on learn more about how to hire a car in Tenerife.

7 car hire companies at the Tenerife-South airport

The northern airport in Tenerife is small and generally isn’t used to flights from the UK. Here’s a list of the car rental companies you’ll find at the more popular southern airport:

  1. AutoReisen
  2. Sixt
  3. Europcar
  4. InterRent
  1. Top Car AutoReisen
  2. Cicar
  3. Goldcar Rental

4 of Tenerife’s best driving routes

1. The road to Masca

This features at the top of a lot of lists. The views are worth the journey, though the twists and turns on this road might not be for those who get sick! When you eventually reach Masca you’ll find great views through the hillside to the sea and a few good places to eat.

2. Coastal Route

Sticking to the coastline is a safe bet for scenic driving. The Adeje to Los Gigantes route is popular among islanders and tourists alike. This route is also ideal for stopping off at the resorts dotted along the western coast.

3. The ‘spinal route’

The road from La Laguna to El Portillo, also known as the spinal route, let’s driver see both sides of the island. The forests and rock formations make for beautiful scenery along this stretch of road.

4. Boca Tauce to Roques de Garcia

This road is one of the straightest stretches on the island, allowing drivers to floor it a bit while enjoying the views as the whizz past.

Other things to remember if you’re hiring a car in Tenerife

  • Key documentation. This includes driving license (yep, people forget that), DVLA Code, payment cards, and any other important paperwork you’ll need.
  • Compare the competition. Tenerife car hire companies are extremely competitive. Make sure you scope out the best deal for you.
  • Book in advance. This will help you find the best deal, with some people paying nearly double by booking on the day of arrival.
  • Check the car for any damage. Last thing you need is to be charged for a scratch or dent that was there before you drove it!
  • Air-con! It’s pretty hot in Tenerife. Especially in the summer months, so make sure you’ve got air-conditioning, or you’ll be in for a pretty unpleasant journey.

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