1. Travel Guide

Tenerife Wildfires

Last updated

Are you visiting Tenerife and worried about the forest fires that have been all over the news recently? Fear not, we're here to keep you updated with the latest developments so you can make informed decisions ahead of your trip.

This is an evolving story and we will post daily updates in our Magazine section to keep you updated on the story as it unfolds.

Jump to:

Latest updates

  • The fire is now conained within it's perimiter. Hot spots remain and there is still a risk of re-ignition in places.
  • Roads into Teide National Park have re-opened in Vilaflor and Chio, although only as far as the Cable Car. All other access roads remain closed.
  • Trails and recreational areas are closed in those municipalities affected by the fire, with restrictions in place for other municipalities.
  • Over 14,600 hectares have been affected thus far
  • Nobody has been injured or killed in the fire so far

Frequently asked questions

Should I cancel my holiday to Tenerife?

In a word, no. Almost all tourists in Tenerife are based along the coast, far away from the wildfires and in no direct danger. The fires are contained to the pine forests high up the mountain in the north of the island, so if you are in the south you won't notice the fires at all.

How will the wildfires affect my holiday?

It depends where you are staying.

Most tourists will be based in the south and west of the island where there are no noticeable signs of the wildfire. This includes popular resorts such as Costa Adeje, Playa de las Americas, Los Cristianos, Playa Paraiso, Callao Salvaje, San Juan, Los Gigantes, and Golf del Sur. Depending on the wind direction, there may be extremely light ash fall in the south, but it's insignificant and not noticable at all, you may just notice a few specks on your balcony when you wake up.

If you are staying in the north, such as Candelaria, Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz, or Santa Ursula, you will be able to see the wildfires and may be affected by the smoke and ash fall depending on the wind and spread of the fire.

Some parts of the island have been closed whilst authorities fight to get the blaze under control, most notably Teide National park. Those who want to visit will be unable to do so until further notice. This may also affect some excursions that venture into the national park, if you think you may be affected by this you should get in touch with your booking agent to see what options are available.

Are the wildfires affecting the weather?

No, it's actually the opposite, the weather is affecting the fire. It's still extremely hot in Tenerife at the moment, with average temperatures over 30°C most days. There is sometimes a light haze that reduces long distance visibility (particularly when looking out to sea), but this is normal for Tenerife and not the result of the wildfires.

Are flights being delayed or canceled?

As of the time of writing no flights have been affected to either Tenerife North or Tenerife South airports.

Can I get a refund on my holiday?

The FCDO has not issued an advisory against non-essential travel to Tenerife, so it may be difficult to get a refund. However if you are concerned you should contact your travel agent as soon as possible.

Can I still go up Mt Teide?

No. All access to Teide National Park has been closed until further notice.

How did the fire start?

On the evening of Tuesday 15th August 2023 a wildfire broke out in the north eastern region of Tenerife around Guimar and Candelaria. The blaze broke out after a prolonged period of high temperatures and little precipitation. However, the Guardia Civil have announced that the fire was started intentionally and are pursuing 'three lines of investigation'.

Is the fire likely to spread further?

Firefighters are currently battling to get the blaze under control and although they have been successful in slowing it's advance in some parts it continues to spread in others. 

If you are concerned about the impact the wildfires will have on your holiday checkout the frequently asked questions below or contact your travel agent as soon as possible. If you have a question you would like us to include in the FAQ please email us at [email protected].


Search results