“According to data from the Canary Islands Ministry of Tourism… more than 1.5 million Canary Islanders chose to spend their holidays on the Islands in 2015, 100,327 more than the previous year, representing a 7% increase. Domestic tourism is an important source of business that generates around €400 million, a figure comparable to the turnover for the Irish market, the Italian market, or the Swiss market.” (Source: The Canary News )
A large percentage of tourists come to Tenerife by plane, others on cruise liners and in the south of the island, it would appear that a vast number bring their mobile homes.
Having had a motorhome in the UK I was interested to see how many campsites there were on such a small island. I’m not talking about camping in a tent, that is far too basic for my needs, but luxuriating in a mobile home with all mod cons including TV, shower, and loo. It would seem, despite the number of vehicles, there are relatively few. On checking various websites, I can only find 3 campsites suitable for motorhomes.
So, where can you go if you want to use a motorhome in Tenerife?
1 At a great location in Los Cristianos, there is a relatively new area steps from the beach and a short walk to the town centre. It has everything needed including chemical dump and grey water.
2 Close to La Laguna in the pretty fishing village of Punta del Hidalgo is a municipal campsite. Ideal for enjoying lovely coastal walks, mountain scenery and marvellous sunsets. It is divided into zones, the upper for tents and the lower for caravans and motorhomes.
3 Red Mountain Camping close to El Medano is located within Montaña Roja Special Nature Reserve and is next to the stunning Playa de La Tejita. It offers visitors a wide range of services and 25 pitches for caravans/motorhomes.
Although not designated as official campsites, I am assured the following areas are places you can spend the night without being woken in the small hours and moved on.
There is a large dirt car park close to the sea and only 5 minutes from El Medano. There are of course, no service so you will need to be prepared with your own water etc.
Palm Mar has a small RV parking area near the beach where you can enjoy a quiet night and La Caleta has an overnight stop, located near the sea no more than a parking area during the day.
By the famous cliffs of Los Gigantes is the parking area for the marina and providing you arrive in the evening you should be able to find a place to park. If you arrive during the day, it will be almost impossible. Once again, you do not have any services. Finally, in Puerto de la Cruz, there is a public car park where I am assured you can spend the night without any problem. Located by the fishing harbour and close to the town centre.
Although nothing like the 5-star sites we used in the UK I am almost tempted to give it a go and experience the fun of camping once more.