Being a female solo traveler in Tenerife is not as daunting as it first may seem. Tenerife is known as being a pensioner’s paradise, but that could not be further from the truth. Located off the shores of Africa, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, this island offers a wealth of adventures just waiting to be explored.
On the whole, Tenerife is relatively safe. Even in the capital, Santa Cruz, late at night the city has a feeling of safety even for a woman walking alone. Of course, anything can happen so it is always worth keeping your wits about you if you do plan to stay out late but the whole island is fairly calm and relaxed.
In the more touristic areas such as Las Americas or Los Cristianos, it is essential to always keep an eye on your belongings at all times. Just like in any big city, or resort town, pickpockets can operate and it would ruin your holiday if someone was to steal your belongings.
Sight Seeing in Tenerife:
Tenerife is an island that lives off tourism. Because of this you will never be short of things to do and see. Depending on your interests there are many excursions on offer which allow you to participate in a group activity such as hiking, whale watching, a cooking class or a Spanish lesson. This gives you the perfect opportunity to discover the island’s culture while meeting new people.
We totally recommend visiting the El Teide national park while on holiday in Tenerife. Located in the middle of the island, the impressive El Teide volcano is the highest point in Spain and it towers over the entire island. The national park is great for hiking and also for star gazing at night. It is a great place to see the natural beauty of the island.
Other places worth a visit are the cities of Puerto de la Cruz, Icod de los Vinos, the UNESCO World Heritage site of La Laguna and the island’s capital Santa Cruz. In both La Laguna and Santa Cruz, it is common to find other solo travelers and there are many meet ups for international people to participate in. Check out the latest events on Facebook.
Getting About in Tenerife:
Public transport is great and there are many routes that stretch across the entire island. The local bus company is Titsa and they run journeys across the island from their main hubs in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and La Laguna. The fares are reasonable and it is possible to buy tickets online or at the many bus stations including also inside the bus.
Of course, if you don’t want to be restricted by bus timetables and strict routes then it is worth looking into car rental. With prices starting as little as 25€ a day and fuel prices being very cheap, it is an economical option if you would prefer more freedom and flexibility.
Where to Stay in Tenerife:
Depending on what you are looking to get from your vacation, as a female solo traveler we suggest staying in one of the island’s cities such as La Laguna, Santa Cruz or Puerto de la Cruz. This is because of their good transport connections with the rest of the island and also the fact that they are destinations that attract a lot of other solo travelers and tourists. That being said, they are still very authentic places that offer lots of Canarian charm.
In these places, you will find bars aimed at welcoming foreigners to the island, lots of restaurants and cute cafés to visit, lots of cultural and historical things to do and also if your Spanish is not up to scratch, these places are home to many people with good levels of English and German.
So, while it may be daunting to discover a new place by yourself, Tenerife will welcome you with open arms. Whether you are in search of some rest and relaxation away from the rest of the world, or you are in the mood to socialize and meet new people, there is something for everyone on this little island.
– Grace Molan