Every place has a detail that makes it special, a light that makes it shine, a wonder that makes it unique. Tenerife is an island full of charms, where the Teide volcano shines with its own light, rising above the island to give life to one of the most impressive natural monuments in Spain. Visiting Tenerife without approaching Mount Teide is not visiting Tenerife.
But beyond the most famous volcano in Spain there is much places to visit and things to do in Tenerife. You may find the imposing cliffs of Los Gigantes, the wild beauty of the Barranco del Infierno, the thick forests of Anaga, the thousand-year-old charm of the Drago de Icod and so many other magical corners that endow the island with a unique natural heritage. We propose these plans:
1. Stroll through the historic centre of La Laguna
The historic centre of San Cristóbal de La Laguna is one of the most beautiful and best-preserved old towns in the archipelago. It is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and it is an essential visit if you want to discover the traditional architecture of Tenerife, the Canarian gastronomy in one of its many restaurants or one of the many secrets of a university city [read more].
2. Climb to the highest point in Spain
Mount Teide is the most visited National Park in Spain, and the most impressive natural monument in the Canary Islands. A must visit [read more].
3. Have fun in the best waterpark in Spain
Siam Park is the best water park in Spain and one of the best in the world. It has been awarded dozens of international awards, and is a must-see if you want to have a good time and get the adrenaline flowing [read more].
4. Observe cetaceans
Sail through the waters of Tenerife and discover its rich marina. Give yourself the luxury of observing the difference species of cetaceans that live near the island in their natural habitat.
5. Discover the historic centre of Garachico
Garachico is a town located in the north of Tenerife, with one of the most interesting and varied historical centres on the island. Popular for its traditional architecture, the natural pools along its coastline and its gastronomic contributions [read more].
6. A visit to Loro Park
Loro Park is a benchmark in animal conservation in the archipelago and one of the essentials in Tenerife [read more].
7. Look out over the cliffs of Masca
Masca is a magical place, with one of the busiest hiking trails in the archipelago and one of the most beautiful hamlets in Tenerife. Visit the farmhouse, take a look at the spectacular viewpoints along the way, and if you’re brave, take the hiking route that descends from the farmhouse to the coast [read more].
8. Surf in El Médano
El Medano Beach is the longest beach in Tenerife and one of the best corners of the island for water sports [read more].
9. Take a dip in a natural pool
The volcanic nature of Tenerife has created a multitude of natural pools that are known on the island as “puddles”. Some are more accessible than others, and a small part has been fitted out to facilitate access.
10. Photograph the island
Tenerife has an extensive network of miradors, located in privileged enclaves, which offer unrepeatable views of the island. There is no better place to photograph Tenerife than up one of its many viewpoints.
11. Hiking through a laurel forest
Anaga occupies the entire northeastern part of the island of Tenerife, sheltering in its interior various towns, wild beaches and one of the most spectacular laurel forests of all the Canary Islands. Inside you will find some of the viewpoints with the best views of the island and a whole network of trails that cross this peculiar forest [read more].
12. Try local Canarian food
Typical Canarian food is delicious, and you can’t miss the opportunity to try it. Potatoes with mojo, Canarian stew, escaldón de gofio or grilled cheese are some of the delicacies of Canarian food.
13. Get lost in the streets of Villa de La Orotava
La Orotava has one of the richest and best preserved historic centers of all the Canary Islands and the largest urban center in the north of the island. Get lost in its narrow streets and enjoy one of the best samples you can find of traditional Canarian architecture [read more].
14. Explore the underwater world
The underwater world of Tenerife is as spectacular as the outside. Canarian waters are suitable for both beginners and experts. Find the best diving school and dive into its waters.
15. A dip in Costa Martiánez
Costa Martiánez is a complex of seawater pools located in Puerto de la Cruz, very popular amongst locals. You can complement the visit by walking through the beautiful urban centre of Puerto de la Cruz [read more].