Is it safe to travel to Tenerife?

Forest fires are spreading across Europe and thousands of people are being evacuated.

The Spanish island of Tenerife was the last to be affected. Officials are calling the fires the “worst wildfires in 40 years.”

Tenerife was hit by the disaster "worst forest fires" in 40 years


Tenerife has been hit by the “worst forest fires” in 40 yearsPhoto credit: Getty
Here's what you need to know about visiting the island


Here’s what you need to know about visiting the islandPhoto credit: Reuters

Here’s everything you need to know when planning a trip to the island.

Is it safe to travel to Tenerife?

Most of Tenerife is still safe for travel to Tenerife.

Airports remain open and airlines and tour operators continue to travel to the island.

The British Foreign Office does not advise against a trip to Tenerife.

However, there is evidence on the subject of forest fires.

The website states: “Forest fires are common.” Spain (including in the Spanish islands) during the Summer Months in which temperatures regularly rise above 40 °C.

“When you visit, be aware of your surroundings Drive through forest areas.

Where are there forest fires in Tenerife?

The 19-mile blaze occurred in the mountainous region of Arafo – and hundreds of people in the surrounding villages of Arafo, Candelaria and La Orotava were forced to flee.

Officials said the affected areas were “mainly in the mountainous areas of Arafo, Candelaria, La Victoria de Acentejo, Santa Úrsula, La Orotava and El Rosario.”

The island’s main town – Santa Cruz – is only 20 km away from the flames.

The fires have devastated more than 4,450 hectares of land in just 24 hours, forcing 7,600 people to be evacuated from furloughs Houses and houses or forced to stay indoors.

Where are forest fires in Europe?

Thousands of British tourists have been rescued from the Greek island of Rhodes after multiple attacks Hotels were destroyed by forest fires.

Fires also broke out in Corfu, causing nearly 2,500 locals and tourists to be evacuated overnight on July 23.

The Italian island of Sicily is another popular tourist destination hit by devastating wildfires.

On July 25, Sicily’s Palermo Airport was forced to close for several hours due to dangerous fires burning near the runways, before finally reopening just before 11am.

And last week campsites were packed with British holidaymakers France were evacuated after forest fires.

Authorities are still fighting the flames


Authorities are still fighting the flamesPhoto credit: AFP

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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