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All About Los Gigantes in Tenerife => General Discussion => Topic started by: pilgrim on September 07, 2019

Title: Driving to Tenerife from the UK
Post by: pilgrim on September 07, 2019
Has anyone driven their car from Uk to the Island. If so what route did you take, and how did you get on.
Title: Re: Driving to Tenerife from the UK
Post by: angiebabes on September 07, 2019
Yes my husband and I did it about ten years ago. We sailed from Portimao in Portugal to Santa Cruz. That route I dont think is possible any more. We first of all sailed from Newhaven to Dieppe and then shared a relaxed drive down through France into Spain, then Portugal. We took 5 days, stopping when we felt tired and finding B and B hotel which was easy enough. Drove around 450 miles per day. Once on board, no problems but boring, read 2 books, 42hr sail va Madeira but on arrival in Santa Cruz,  never saw a customs person, just drove straight onto TF1 and home. So many folk advised against taking a rh drive car to Tenerife but weve still got it there, no problem at all driving it there. Have been stopped by police usually NYE but they always come to lh side of car, suddenly notice no steering wheel and tell us to clear off! So in some ways, an advantage! Think you can sail from Huelva now or Cadiz both journeys very similar to what we did. Hope that helps.
Title: Re: Driving to Tenerife from the UK
Post by: pilgrim on September 07, 2019
Thank you Angie, was thinking Portsmouth to Bilbao or Santanda. Then drive to Cadiz about 600 miles.
I want to reduce the road driving if I can. The car I am planning to take is an old American car (53 years old).
Title: Re: Driving to Tenerife from the UK
Post by: angiebabes on September 08, 2019
That sounds exciting, and Im sure you would enjoy it. We met up with some interesting folk on our journey. Let me know how you get on please.