This article contains the top attractions and things to do in Tenerife. We also provide an insight into the history of the island.
Tenerife Things to do & Top Attractions
Top Attractions and Things to do in Tenerife
Tenerife is a beautiful volcanic island and part of the Canary Islands archipelago. The popular Canary Islands are a grouping of 7 main islands and several smaller islets. These islands lie off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. Tenerife is the biggest and most populated of the Canaries. This island is home to some 900,000 permanent inhabitants.
The city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of both Tenerife and the joint capital of the Canary Islands. These islands have a subtropical climate which yields superb weather all year round.
Las Palmas shares the capital city status every four years when parliament changes. The volcanic composition of this island is noticeable when visiting the beaches. Black sand is found at the many holiday resorts here. Some of the best tourist resorts in Tenerife include Playa de las Américas for the best nightlife. Costa Adeje for the quieter and the more refined holiday. Los Cristianos for a more traditional Canarian experience. Below is a numbered list of our favourite things to do in Tenerife during your visit.
1) Teide National Park
Mount Teide dominates much of the centre of Tenerife which includes the skyline. It’s also the third biggest volcano in the worlds if you are measuring Teide from it’s base.
Teide volcano is the main attraction of Teide National Park and indeed, the island of Tenerife itself. The massive crater alone has a width of 10 miles. Standing at 3,718 metres above sea level, Teide is the highest point in Spain. A cable car takes visitors up to the summit of the peak. Here you experience some of the most spectacular vistas on the planet.
The atmospheric conditions often create a sea of clouds as shown in the image above. Previous eruptions have left many different and interesting rock formations. These formations are quite unique and will vary greatly to what you may see at other national parks.
2) Loro Parque
Loro Parque opened it’s doors in December 1972. This superb attraction quickly became the number one in Tenerife. It has since welcomed over 40 million visitors.
This popular zoo lies in the northwest of the island in Puerto de la Cruz. Loro Parque started life with 150 different species of parrot. There are now well over 350 different species and somewhere around 4000 parrots.
3) Siam Park
Siam Park is a beautiful Thai-themed water kingdom and one of the top attractions in Tenerife. The water rides here are grouped into three categories. Relax, family and also adrenaline to suit all age groups. The main attractions are Mai Thai River, Siam Beach, Cabanas, Kinaree, Mekong Rapids, Dragon, Tower of Power, The Volcano and Singha.
One day tickets are prices at 34 € for Adults and 23 € for Children if you are a visitor and not a resident. Siam Park offer various types of tickets. There are many discounts and exclusive entry to certain areas. Please take a look at their ticket prices to get the latest offers.
4) Macizo de Anaga – Anaga Mountains
The Anaga Mountain range is also protected rural park which lies in the northeast of Tenerife. The mountains and park are among the top places for hiking with many routes to enjoy. Some trails offer views to other Canary Islands. Standing at 1024 metres, “Cruz de Taborno” is the highest peak and point of Anaga.
This area is quite green in comparison to other parts of Tenerife. it’s also one of the most remote. Some of the small villages of Anaga are no accessible with vehicles so you will need to go on foot. The “Guanches” are an ancient civilisation that hail from Anaga. They are also the subject of important archaeological finds in recent history.
5) Playa de Las Teresitas Beach
Tenerife has some excellent beaches to spend those relaxing days. Las Teresitas is one of the few white sandy beaches in Tenerife and one of the best. This beautiful beach stretches for around 1.5 km with the water crystal clear in many places. This beach is never as busy as those in the south of the island.
Playa Las Teresitas lies in the northeast of the island. A few km’s from the village of San Andres and 7 km’s north of the capital city Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The sand here is imported from the Western Sahara Desert located on the African mainland. The Anaga Mountains backdrop makes this one of the most beautiful places in Tenerife.
6) Cueva del Viento
Cueva del Viento is another top attraction which lies in Icod de los Vinos. This area is another part of the province of Santa Cruz in the north of the island. The name comes from the strong draughts that blow through the caves.
Formed some 27,000 year ago, Cueva del Viento was the result of the Pico Viejo volcano erupting. So far, 18 km’s have been mapped which makes this the fifth largest of it’s kind in the world. The other four belong to the island of Hawaii. It’s very possible that this labrinth of caves extends for much further than 18 km’s. According to the official website, there are plans to explore the cave system further.
These case are home to 190 different species, 15 of which are new discoveries. The vast majority are invertebrates. The cave lighting displays all sort of hidden wonders. Some walls have vivid red and blue tones which are rarely seen anywhere else.
Guided tours of the caves cost 20 € for adults and 8,50 € for children. You can visit most days of the year but the timetable varies.
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7) Pirámide de Arona
As big fans of Flamenco music it would not be right to miss out the fantastic Pirámide de Arona. The performances of renowned Spanish dance choreographer Carmen Mota are spectacular. A must see attraction.
The Pirámide de Arona (as shown above) is a vast pyramid building that dedicates itself to Flamenco. Antología (Anthology) is the main show of Carmen Mota and her company. This amazing spectacle sees some of the most important choreographies of her career. If you love Flamenco, you will not regret coming here.
You can check out the official website for ticket prices and schedule.
8) Masca Walk
Another attraction for hiking enthusiasts comes in the form of Masca Walk. An incredible but challenging landscape awaits those that come here walking. This is the perfect place to be at one with nature.
The landscape here is simply amazing. Full of caves, arches, beautiful rock formations and vegetation. Many that attempt this walk are surprised by the difficulty. The four hour trek is for beginners but even this will test your strength and stamina. Suitable footwear and comfortable clothing are mandatory.
This excellent article by Walking Tenerife goes into more details about what to expect.