If you think a holiday in Tenerife means being hassled by timeshare people and lookey lookey men selling fake Rolex, then think again! Yes, it's true that they are atill around, but they don't have to be a problem and they shouldn't spoil your holiday.

Take a look through our hints and tips section to see some of the issues people tell us they have to deal with while on holiday.

Money: If you need to use a cash machine, there is a good chance that you will be charged a small percentage by the bank for this service. It's nothing personal, it's just another easy way for the banks to make even more money.

Health Risks: The worst you are likely to get is a hangover or digestive problems if you're not used to olive oil in cooking. No vaccinations required unless you have come from a yellow fever infected area - check with your local Spanish embassy. We don't reccommend you drink the water unless it comes out of a bottle. Remember - alcohol is good for you, in moderation!

Suncream: It is sold almost everywhere in Tenerife and the price is usually lower than in the UK. Consider buying it in Tenerife.

Attractions & tours: There are dozens of great things to see and do in Tenerife. You will be able to buy tickets from your travel reps, hotel, or tour shop once you get to Tenerife however we suggest that you check the online prices for all the Tenerife attractions. Online ticket prices are usually cheaper than anywhere else.

Knives: You don't need one. This is a safe and pleasant land.

Scratchcards: Beware anyone who tries to give you a scratchcard, you WILL win a prize, and one of you will win the star prize! Of course you will have to sit through a 2 hour presentation to get it!

Lookey lookey men: You will be offered more real Rolexes than ever before! Need I say more. No need to be rude to him/her/them. Just say no with a smile, or, "No, Its our holiday, we don`t want to know what time it is. We don`t wear watches." (show him your watchless arm.) You might have to repeat it a couple of times, but sooner or later, Rolex-man will laugh, maybe very loud, and walk away. Of course if you do want to buy something off Rolex-man, don't pay the first price asked - be prepared to haggle a bit and you will save yourself a small fortune!

The Canary Islands are part of Spain and EU licences are accepted. Vehicles are driven on the right hand.

Drinking and driving: Spain takes this offence seriously and there are random tests. If the level of alcohol in the bloodstream is 0.05 per cent or more, on the spot fines and withdrawal of visitor`s driving licence can apply.

Child seats: Children up to the age of 12 and under 135cm travelling on the front or rear of a car must be seated in a suitable child seat Children measuring more than 135 cm may use an adult seat belt.

Fuel: The majority of the island is well served with petrol stations. But take care in rural areas where stations are somewhat sparse.



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