10 Things to Do in Tenerife
Almost every destination holds something magical if you know where to find it. Tenerife, however, is a stand out place to go on holiday as there are simply hundreds of things to do. It is the largest of the Canary Islands and has a rich cultural history, as well as year-round warm weather and a truly stunning natural landscape. The attractions listed below are just a taster:
1. Mount Teide
This mountain is the highest peak in Spain and the surrounding area is a national park with gorgeous views, making a hike or ride to the top well worth the effort. The mountain is also a volcano, which accounts for the stark contrast in landscape as you climb above the cloud cover on a cable car ride.
2. Parque Nacional Las Canadas del Teide
The 100 plus miles of terrain surrounding Mount Teide was named a national park in 1954. This area is extremely diverse in landscape, with patches covered in snow, views of the beach from the top and even a huge volcanic crater!
3. Loro Park
This wildlife paradise is home to animals of all shapes and sizes and makes for a lovely day out for the family. Kids and adults alike will be in awe of the dolphin and orca shows, in addition to a wide array of tropical birds and animals unique to Tenerife.
4. Tenerife Monkey Zoo Park
As the title suggests, this zoo is home to lots and lots of primates! The best part is that there are walk-through cages and feeding is allowed, meaning that you can get up close and personal with these adorable creatures.
5. Santa Cruz
This north-eastern city serves as the capital of Tenerife and, as such, is a great place to stay while visiting. The city is marked by vibrantly painted buildings, beautiful beaches, good public transportation and excellent accommodation options.
When you are booking flights to Tenerife, plan to visit the Masca Valley. This little hamlet has amazing views and cobbled paths to explore them from. It’s also a good way to gain insight into rural life on the island, with local cuisine to sample and a slower pace of life than in the big cities.
7. Los Gigantes
The cliffs of Los Gigantes gave the resort town its name and are still a major draw for tourists. With innumerable amenities, this area also has views of La Gomera Island.
8. Cueva del Viento
If you are looking for a piece of natural history, try the “Cave of the Wind” which was discovered by the native Guanches people in Tenerife over 2000 years ago.
Grachinco originally served as the main port for the island of Tenerife, but when Montana Negra erupted in the 1700s, the lava flows destroyed that title. Now, however, the lava has provided a perfect spot for rock pools which are popular with visitors to the town.
10. Tenerife Auditorium
Located in Santa Cruz, this landmark is a standout. The unique venue plays host to a number of performances throughout the year, so culture-lovers should check the schedule of shows before arriving.