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Frequently Asked Questions About Tenerife

Quite often we are asked "will I need to be able to speak Spanish?". Well the simple answer is no. All the bar, restaurant and shop owners can speak English and German, however, just notice how the few people who do make an attempt to speak Spanish, no matter how badly, get treated better than the 99% of those who don't. Even the use of common everyday courtesies such as "hello", "how are you", "please" and "thank you" will certainly pay dividends. For those who are serious about learning Spanish either before they travel, or a part of the holiday itself, the Don Quijote language school is widely recognised as being one of the best providers of Spanish language tuition.

Lookie Lookie Men
Many of the popular resorts do have quite a large number of illegal street traders selling "genuine" designer watches and T shirts. Do not start to barter with them unless you have a genuine desire to buy. A firm but polite "no" will not offend.

Regular street markets are held every Thursday and Saturday morning throughout the year in front of the Hotel Esmeralda in the Torviscas district of Costa Adeje, and also every Sunday morning at nearby Los Cristianos. Every person entering these markets will have to run the gauntlet of innumerable timeshare touts attempting to lure you to their development with offers of free car hire, free holidays or even cash rewards. Just smile, keep walking, and say no, and they'll soon move on to the next likely candidate. Once inside the market it usually takes around 1.1/2 to 2 hours to see everything, although to secure the best bargains you will have to haggle with the traders. A couple of words of advice, do not start to negotiate if you have no intention of buying, but do not be afraid to say no and walk away if the prices do not fall to a level that you are prepared to pay for an item. Common sense we know, but still easy to forget.

The official currency of Spain is the now the Euro. For more information please see the "Euro" section on the previous page.

Tenerife, as in every other holiday resort, does have its fair share of pickpockets. Use common sense in any crowded areas, and hold on to any personal belongings. If you do have something stolen, you must report it to the local Police with 24 hours, if only for insurance purposes.

Public Toilets
You will find public toilets in many of the larger shopping centres, other than that, every restaurant and bar will have them for customers use. So it may cost you the price of a Coca Cola to "spend a penny".

The Spanish and most of the other Europeans, do tend to eat very late in the evening compared to the British. As a result, few restaurants will tend to get very busy much before 8pm.

Tenerife is a duty free island and many of the cameras, and other electronic goods will be substantially cheaper than the prices at home. If you do buy, ensure that a UK guarantee is included, and is stamped by the shop keeper, and that where applicable instructions are in English. Don't be afraid to haggle, the shop keeper will often quote in Euros then "convert" the price for you into sterling. Take your time, and ensure that you know the price of everything you are buying. Otherwise you may find out that the batteries have just cost you almost as much as the product itself. Many electronics shops will also sell 32-1 games cartridges. These games are copies and often contain duplicates, and always insist on seeing them work before you buy.

Obvious advice, but the sun in Tenerife is very hot. Please be careful and ensure that you cover yourself in a high protection sun cream. Remember you will get very badly burnt even on a cloudy day.

Taxis are numerous and a cheap way to get around your resort. Your hotel reception will always call a taxi for you (sometimes for a small charge) or alternatively flag one down in the street. Cabs are not always metered, however, a list of common fares is often advertised at the Taxi ranks, and the driver should also always carry a copy. For trips any further a field always agree the price with the driver before getting in.

Public telephones are numerous throughout all of Tenerife with instructions in several languages. International calls home are cheaper between 10pm and 8am, and all day on Sunday. To make a call to the UK dial 00 wait, 44 then dial your full STD number without the first 0. The minimum cost of a call is usually around 2€. International calls can be made from your hotel, but may prove to be very expensive.

Tenerife has got to be the Timeshare, or holiday co-ownership as they prefer to call it, capital of the world! Any couple walking together under the age of 60 will be a prime target for the touts. The first question will always be "do you speak English?". After that you may be asked to help them with a holiday questionnaire on behalf of the Spanish tourist board, or the more common scratch card. These scratch cards are all winners. Prizes may be 3 days car hire, water park tickets, duty free packs or a star prize of 2,000€. Unless you want to sacrifice 1/2 day of your holiday to a relentless hard sell, do not go with them to collect your prize! Remember, only the foolish or greedy will really believe that they are getting something for nothing.

It is customary to give tips in Tenerife. Normally a tip of around 10% of the total bill is expected.

The tap water in Tenerife has a high mineral content and perhaps it will be best to buy bottled water from the supermarkets. The cost of a 5 litre bottle is around 1€ there are two types available, "agua con gas" is sparkling mineral water and the more common "agua sin gas" still water. Avoid ice cubes unless you are sure it is made from bottled water, this includes ice in drinks.

The largest waterpark on the island is called Aqualand Costa Adeje and is situated in the Costa Adeje district of Playa de la Americas. The park is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 and features all the expected slides including "kamakaze", "foam", and slower lazy river type slides. A free bus service runs to the park from the larger resorts, and although these buses do operate for the return journey, remember that everyone else in the park will be leaving at the same time as you, and not all nationalities observe the queuing ethos as the British do. Local taxis are fully aware of the business opportunity that exists when the water park closes, so this may be another option worth considering. For the independent traveller, the water park is situated on exit 29 on the main TF1 motorway. During high season the queues for the slides can become long, and height restrictions do apply on some of the faster slides. During busy days perhaps the best time to get on the more popular slides is during the daily dolphin shows. The park has extensive catering facilities and you are not encouraged to bring your own food into the attraction. A word of caution, whatever skin type you are the probability is that you will get burnt by the sun. Cover up with high protection sun cream on a regular basis. The water used in the park is salt water and this will strip all sun cream from your body with relative ease on ever slide you go on. The park has extensive sun terraces and sun beds, but the cost of these is NOT included in your entrance fee. Contact details are:
Aspro Ocio Canarias SL
Avda de Austria,15
San Eugenio Alto
Costa Adeje
Telephone: +34 922 715 266
Fax: +34 922 714 803
Web site: www.aqualand.es

Working in Tenerife
Without a doubt the most popular question we are asked is regarding finding seasonal work in Tenerife. So, we have created this section which should hopefully answer most of your questions. Firstly, working in Tenerife is not a paid holiday. The bar and restaurant owners work long hours and will not carry passengers. Secondly, work is becoming harder to find for everybody. However, if you are genuinely prepared to work hard, come out to the island early in the season on a cheap flight, pick up the free English newspapers and follow every lead. If you strike lucky then good luck to you, if not, well you've had a cheap holiday.

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