Top 11 Things to do in Tenerife

Tenerife has many attractions and places of interest.  These are just some of the areas that you will find appealing and may consider visiting, during your stay on the island.

Parque Nacional del Teide

The Parque Nacional del Teide is a national park on the island and is based around the mountain, Mount Teide, which is the highest mountain in Spain at 3,718 meters high.

The Park was given National Park Status in January 1954.  This makes it the 3rd oldest national park in Spain and shares this status with Caldera de Taburiente National Park, in La Palma. The United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation also declared the Park a World Heritage Site.

Mount Teide

Mount Teide is 7500 meters above sea level and is as impressive as it is big.  It is renowned for being the world’s 3rd largest volcano.  During the winter months, it has snow on its peaks and it is still possible during this time, to swim in the sea, due to the mild winter temperatures that this island is renowned for.

It becomes an especially popular location during the evenings when tourists visit star gaze.  Lots of excursions and trips are available, which transfer tourists from their resorts to the mountain, to view the plough and the amazing stars.  The evening is then topped off with a fabulous evening meal of traditional Canarian food, and, of course, a few drinks too.

Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes located on the westerly point of Tenerife is only 40 minutes from Masca which is a beautiful mountain village, which is well worth a visit.

At Log Gigantes the mountain range rises from the sea and is nicknamed ‘The Giants’.  The mountains protect the resort and the west of the island from trade winds.  This ensures that the area has the best climate on the island, with the longest hours of sunshine.

The resort is quiet.  If you want lively nightlife then this is not the resort for you.  However, the area is popular with British tourists and ex-patriots.

The area also has a beautiful marina that moors 368 yachts, small boats and speedboats.  Spending a day in Los Gigantes is well worth the experience.  You can wander around the marina and have a gorgeous lazy lunch in one of the many restaurants, or cafes that are on offer.

Garachico

The resort Garachico was once the richest town on the island.  It is a beautiful town in the north-west of Tenerife.  It has a little history: it has suffered the Bubonic plague, had floods, storms and volcanic eruptions.  In 1706 the volcanic eruption destroyed a large part of the town including the harbour, which, at the time, was the main source of the locals income.

It is a very picturesque town with cobbled streets, restored decadent churches; it has two fabulous hotels, the Hotel San Roque and the Hotel La Quinta Roja.  It also has artisan shops, coastal water swimming pools and seawater-rock pools where you can see tropical fish.

This town may have had an unfortunate past, however, it is now a pretty area that is worth taking the time to visit, for a spot of lunch and a wander around its quaint streets.

Masca

Masca is a magical valley village, with fabulous views of the island of La Gomera.  Pirates used to hide their contraband from the ships in this village.  It only has approximately 120 inhabitants and until the 1970’s when the road structure started to be built, it was pretty much cut off.  The majority of the locals were self-sufficient back then, and there is plenty of evidence of this still here, with many of the locals growing quite a lot of their own produce.

Masca is a small picturesque mountainous village.  It is located north-west of the island and at the bottom of the Teno Mountains.  It’s a popular strenuous hike from the village, down to the beach.  You will find it takes you approximately 3 hours each way to get down and back up again.

White houses sit among the lush palms and vegetation.  The village is surrounded by mountains on 3 sides with a deep ravine that goes down to the resort of La Gomera that is across the Atlantic Sea. La Gomera is the second smallest of the 7 Canary Islands.

Masca is one of the island’s beaches that you simply must visit for the day, even if it’s not on your doorstep, you can travel to it by boat from Los Gigantes or, alternatively you can take a take from this resort to Masca and hike down the mountain.  A taxi takes around 40 minutes and is approximately 20 kilometres.

La Orotava

La Orotava is in the northern part of the island.  It has very fertile land and this explains why it has banana plantations and grows plentiful supplies of grapes.  It is one of the oldest towns on the island founded in the 16th century.  It lies at the foot of the Teide Mountain.

Anaga Mountains

The Anaga Mountains lie northeast of Tenerife and are the greenest part of the island.   They are covered with rain forests in high areas.  Lots of tourists come to the area to walk or hike, as Cruz de Taborno is 1024 meters high.  The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) have included it in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

The area is affected by trade winds as the mountains attract the clouds from the north-west; hence why the area is wet and green.  It is possible to spend a morning walking through the clouds without experiencing any rain.  At the same time, the rest of the island can be basking in glorious sunshine.  The area is beautiful, and when you visit you will understand why the area attracts so many long distance walkers and hikers.

San Cristobal de La Laguna

This is a city in the northern part of Tenerife and is the gateway to the Anaga Mountains.  It is known as the most beautiful, historic town in Tenerife.  It has narrow poker straight streets and incredibly historic mansions and buildings inclusive of a very impressive University building.

It is the second most important city on the island.  It was until 1723 the capital of Tenerife.  The University is home to 30,000 students and is a very popular educational establishment.  The historical centre of La Laguna was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.

Drago Tree

The Drago Tree or Dragon Tree is a tree that is over 1000 years old.  It is in Icod de Los Vinos and you can travel to it by car or taxi in 50-minutes from Santa Cruz de Tenerife along the TF-5.

The roots of the tree are 6 meters in diameter.  Vineyards surround the area of Icod de Los Vinos and there are shops, bars and restaurants that have lots of tourists visiting, during the daytime.

Loro Park

Loro Park meaning Parrot Park in Spanish has over 300 parrots.  This Animal Adventure Park has over 700 animals an aquarium with piranhas, sharks and dolphins.  It has children’s playgrounds, botanical gardens, holds Dolphin Shows and has lots of on-site facilities.  You can purchase your tickets online.  The prices start at €34 for adults and €23 for children.

Water Theme Parks

Siam Park

Siam Park is a lush green water park. It has an exotic, purpose-built a white sandy beach, with sun loungers, bars and restaurants where you can sit back and relax.

It is a themed fun park that attracts thousands of tourists every year.  Trip Advisor customers have commented that it is the best Water Themed Park in the world.  It is definitely an exciting adventure land.  It has the famous Singha Toboggan water-propelled ride that is just over 240 meters long.  This ride can reach speeds of up to 18 meters, per second.

It is a water park where you don’t have to be able to swim, as shallow waters are available and, of course, there are plenty of bars, where you can have a drink and watch everyone enjoying the rides, splashing about in the water.

They have koi carp and sea lions on display.   There is a man-made wave pool, a Thai-themed floating market and rides with rapids such as the Power of Tower, The Dragon and The Mekong.  A day out at this theme park will keep everyone in the family entertained.  You will need to spend a day at the beach the following day, just to recover and recoup, from your fun day out at Siam Park.

Aqualand

Aqualand is located in Costa Adeje.  It is a theme park that everyone can enjoy but especially is suitable if you have younger children under the age of 12 as they have a few rides that are not too water pressurised.  However, there are slides, flumes, and a Tornado slide that changes rhythm and the strength of the water, this is very effective and you cannot help but laugh and scream on your way down as the water shoots out around you.  There are also twisting enclosed slides, a super slalom ride and many other exciting fabulous rides.

There are also swimming pools and kids play areas.  You can have professional photographs taken of your children playing with the dolphins for €30.00 and the entry fee into the Aqualand for adults is only €23.00 and €16.00 for children.  The Park is a good size and there is no feeling of overcrowding.  If you discover Aqualand on your travels and decide to venture in for the day, you will absolutely adore this great theme park.

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