Among all major Spanish cities, Tenerife is the one which attracts most tourists every year. But you can also find a job there. Find out how.
If you aspire to a change of scenery and a different lifestyle, Tenerife can be the ideal destination for you. Located in the Canary Islands, Tenerife is mainly a tourist region. In fact, it attracts tourists and expatriates in large numbers every year due to its tourist infrastructure and its places of interest such as museums, monuments, national parks, beaches, etc. According to official statistics, some 5,3 million tourist arrivals have been recorded in 2015.
Moving to Tenerife can be a pleasant experience, especially due to its inhabitants’ relaxed lifestyle and its sunny climate. Moreover, Tenerife provides a wide range of accommodation for all tastes, as long as you know where you would like to settle.
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Tenerife is deemed to be the Canary Island's and Spain's most densely populated regions. Indeed, its population amounted to some 888,000 inhabitants in 2015, including a large number of German, Italian, British, Moroccan and Colombian expats.
Tenerife is the biggest of the Canary Islands and its capital city is Santa Cruz de Tenerife which is divided into thirty municipalities, namely Adeje, Candelaria, La Guancha, Guía de Isora, Puerto de la Cruz, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Los Silos, Tacoronte, etc.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Laguna, Bajamar Punta Hidalgo, Tacoronte, Puerto de la Cruz, as well as the North and South of the island are known to be the island's main tourist zones. In fact, most expats in Tenerife have settled in these regions. Hotels, tourism infrastructure and leisure activities are rather abundant there.
As regards Laguna, it is known to be Tenerife's historical district with museums, monuments, etc. Playa de Las Americas, on the other hand, is a more dynamic and lively district with its thrilling nightlife thanks to restaurants, bars, pubs, nightclubs, among others.
Apart from hotels and apart-hotels, you can find apartments, studios and individual houses for rent in most neighborhoods. Prices obviously vary from one region to another, according to the type of accommodation and comfort level. Rent prices however remain more affordable than in other Spanish cities, although these have started rising for some time.
Tenerife's average rent price revolves around 600 euros monthly. Hence, to rent a single-bedroom apartment you will need an average of 550 euros per month and some 750 euros for a two-bedroom apartment. A studio's rent can cost some 250 euros per month. To rent a house, on the other hand, you will need between 1,100 and 5,000 euros, depending on the area.
If you are already in Tenerife, you can hire a real estate agent to facilitate your accommodation search. However, the local real estate market rather encourages people to buy property than to rent. Thus, many agencies may not take into account your rental applications. But you can still seek their help by providing as much information as possible regarding your criteria.
You can also opt for short term rental on your arrival so that you can look for long term housing on your own more efficiently. Consider browsing ads on the Internet and in local newspapers as well, some of which are available online.
Your housing search in Tenerife could take up to 15 days if you have already listed your criteria in terms of surface area and neighborhood. Hence, once you have moved there, take the time to visit the different neighborhoods to see which one suits you best.