Camping can be wild and wonderful or tamed and terrific, and Tenerife offers both kinds.
Most of the island is off limits to wild campers, so don’t imagine you can just turn up and pitch a tent wherever you please. There are, however, several designated camping areas that are free to use, providing you have a permit. Amenities vary from the very basic to the almost non-existent, but since you’re not paying for anything this is only to be expected. Getting a permit requires turning up in person at the Medio Ambiente, Paisaje, Deportes building in La Laguna. Online booking is possible, but in order to get the necessary password you still need to go in person, so you might as well just go and get the permit in the first place. Having go the permit, you’re allowed to stay at any of the designated camping areas. One thing to bear in mind is the people in the permit office will likely only speak Spanish. Be prepared.
An alternative to wild camping is to say at one of the camping resorts on the island. Here are three:
This is a huge camping resort with all the facilities you could want including swimming pools, supermarket, laundry and showers plus actities such as tenning and handball or basketball. There are thousands of tent sites, plus room for hundreds of motorhomes or caravans and a number of cabins. Open all year, a place can be booked for a set fee on a per night basis.
Camping Montana Roja
In El Medano, the campsite is located close to Playa de la Tejita where there’s windsurfing and kitesurfing activities. The campsite itself is well equipped with laundry facilities, two bathroom blocks and lashings of hot water provided by solar power. There’s a kids play area and a cafe/restaurant. Not as large as the previous site mentioned, there is space here for 68 tents and 20-odd caravans or motorhomes.
Camping Punta del Hidalgo
If you want to get totally away from the typical tourist holidays to Tenerife, this is the place for you. Up in the far north of the island, it’s remote and unspoiled, offering some of the best views anywhere on the island. It’s a walkers paradise, with walks and hikes starting close to the site, some of which will take you in the Anaga National Park. An added bonus is that the site is but metres from the coast, which is rocky with natural seawater pools. It’s a tiered site consisting of upper and lower. the upper tier is small and just for tents, while below is a larger area that has tents and caravans or motorhomes. There are showers and bathrooms, electricity and a barbecue.
So, if you fancy something different or you just love camping, check out some of these ideas for a great, natural holidays to Tenerife.