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20 things to do in Tenerife

I just can’t wait! Tomorrow morning we are flying to Tenerife 🙂 It is known locally as the ‘Land of Eternal Spring’ – sounds good to me. It is the largest of the seven Canary Islands and there really is something for everyone – sun, sea, mountains, history, festivals, nightlife and much more.

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I have prepared 20 things to do in Tenerife. I’m going for one week only, so I won’t be able to do everything.

Mount Teide volcano

  • the highest peak in Spain and the third highest volcano in the world: 3,718m (12,198ft)
  • You can do guided walks to the peak, which take around 6 hours or you can take a cable car, which takes visitors 1,200m (3,937ft) above the crater floor. Make sure you book ticket in advance (€27 adults, €13.50 children). If you do fancy to see the crater of the volcano, you’ll need to apply for a permit.

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Teide National Park

Masca

  • the village of Masca was cut off from the rest of the island until the 1970s
  • arrive early to start of the Masca Gorge Trek, a 3 – 4 hour walk down to Masca Bay; from there take a boat trip to Los Gigantes

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Los Gigantes

  • cliffs 500-800 metres above the sea
  • take a boat ride into the ocean to see the cliffs up close
  • visits Los Gigantes town to arrange snorkelling, diving, kayaking, paddle-boarding and dolphin and whale-watching trips around the cliffs

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Siam water park

  • Thai-themed water park located in the south of Tenerife (the biggest artificial waves in the world, an artificial beach, river rapids and a sea-lion island)
  • Admission: adults, €34 (£29); children aged 3-11, €23 (£19.60)
  • Opening times: daily, 10am – 5pm

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Loro Parque

  • 13.5-hectare zoo in the north of Tenerife
  • Attractions: the world’s largest collection of parrots, an aquarium with seven themed exhibits, a ‘Thai Village’, an orchid garden, the sea life shows
  • Opening times: daily, 8.30am-6.45pm
  • Admission: adults, €34 (£29); children under 6, free; aged 6-11, €23 (£19.60)

Lago Martianez Lake

  • one kilometre stretch of artificial seawater pools, three beaches, gardens and terraces, located in Puerto de La Cruz
  • Admission: €5.50 for adults and €2.50 for children
  • Opening times: from 10am to 5pm from Monday to Sunday, but visitors can stay at the facilities until 6pm

Cueva del Viento

  • the fourth-largest volcanic tube in the world (17 kilometres of tubes)
  • Opening times: Tues-Sat, 9am – 4pm
  • Book in adavnce 
  • Admission: adults, €20(£17); children aged 5-12 €8.50(£7.20); credit cards are not accepted

Garachico

  • Garachico Pools were created following the 1706 volcanic eruption
  • the crystal clear water is perfect for snorkelling
  • warning: the pools are cordoned off during high tide in spring and autumn
  • alternative: Bajamar Pools with two manmade saltwater pools next to the ocean and a sandy beach, free entrance

Drago Milenario (Dragon Tree)

  • the national symbol of the island
  • 1,000 years old
  • it was once believed to have sprouted from the blood of slain dragons

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Anaga Mountains

  • the north-east of the island
  • formed by a volcanic eruption 7-9 million years ago (the oldest part of the island)
  • lots of hiking trails – check circular route in Anaga Mountains ‘Stepping Back in Time’
  • Exploring by car: Stop at the Pico del Inglés and Cruz del Carmen for epic views of Anaga

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San Cristóbal de la Laguna

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • the ancient capital of the Canary Islands with the large number of churches and other historic religious buildings (the neoclassical cathedral – La Iglesia del Cristo)
  • the Museum of the History of Tenerife (there is free entrance to the permanent exhibition on Fridays and Saturdays)
  • Calle Herradores, a pedestrianized street filled with shops, bars and restaurants

Stargazing

  • one of the best places in the world for stargazing, with its clear skies, clean air and high altitudes
  • the solar observatory near the summit of Mount Teide
  • book stargazing trip at the Teide National Park

Dolphin and whale watching boat trip

  • Up to 21 different species pass through the channel between Tenerife and La Gomera annually
  • Daily trips from Los Cristianos and Los Gigantes guarantee sightings
  • It’s important to do a bit of research and book online – we booked 3h trip on Freebird One catamaran

Scuba diving and snorkelling

  • clear, warm waters
  • underwater volcanic columns
  • the best places for diving: Las Galletas, Los Gigantes, Los Cristianos and Puerto de la Cruz

Playa de Las Teresitas

  • 20-minute drive from the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • manmade beach that sits on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean
  • sand from the Sahara was used to form the beach

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Playa de las Americas

  • located in the south of Tenerife
  • no lava sand here, but fine-grained, golden sand
  • the party capital of Tenerife
  • a large number of boat excursions, including whale and dolphin watching
    cruises, trips on a pirate ship and a yellow submarine

El Bollullo

  • located in a secluded bay four kilometres east of Puerto de la Cruz in northern Tenerife
  • natural beach surrounded by dramatic cliffs
  • you can reach El Bollullo beach  by walking the coastal path from Puerto de la Cruz (30-35 minutes’ walk). The alternative to this half-hour trek is to come off the TF-5 at Rincón
  • apart from a beach café there are no facilities.

La Tejita

  • located on the south coast of Tenerife close to the holiday resort El Médano and the airport, Reina Sofia
  • one of the largest natural beaches on the island
  • breathtaking  view of Montaña Roja (the Red Mountain)

Enjoy Spanish Food & Wine

  • authentic island cuisine: Vieja (parrotfish), Cherne (wreckfish), Rabbit served as conejo en salmorejo (in a richly flavoured sauce) or conejo frito (fried rabbit pieces), Puchero (chorizzo, bean and potato stew), Cobra con papas (goat with potatoes), Papas Arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes), Bienmesabe (puree made with ground almonds, egg yolk, sugar , lemon rind and cinnamon), Platanos Fritos (fried bananas)
  • local wine: particularly popular are the dry whites made with the white grape varieties

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