Tenerife is the largest island of Spain’s Canary Islands and is truly a carnival of thousands of experiences. The island is a dream destination with dramatic volcanic scenes, beautiful beaches, and lush landscapes. Below is a list of unforgettable, fun-filled things to do in Tenerife.
Hike on Mount Teide
Mount Teide is a breath taking mountain rising 12,198 feet above sea level making the summit, the highest peak in Spain. You can get on the cable car and surround yourself with local flora and fauna. Go on a stargazing visit and reward yourselves with uninterrupted views of nature. Climbing Mt. Teide is our top favourite on the list of things to do in Spain.
Go kayaking along Tenerife’s Coastline
Paddle on the clear, blue waters of Tenerife and stop by several scenic beaches, passing by secret caves along the volcanic coastline. Go on a tour amidst lovely sea creatures like dolphins and turtles tacked away into nature’s finest. Swimming and snorkelling are other popular tourist activities while taking in spellbinding views of the wrinkled mountain ranges.
Spend a whole day at Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital island of Tenerife, is ideal for visiting at any time of the year. This vibrant city is home to Carnivals and is full of exotic gardens, squares, and sidewalk cafés. The Tenerife Symphony Orchestra offers an opera season in fall and winter as well as jazz festivals, concerts, and live shows. Have a glimpse of the past by visiting modernist architectural masterpieces dating back from the 15th century.
Go dolphin spotting
The award-winning Tenerife-La Gomera Marine Area is Europe’s first Whale Heritage Site. Spotting whales and dolphins while floating under the cliffs and across the lush landscape is a sight for sore eyes. This is a thriving tourist hot spot in Tenerife with 6 million visitors annually.
Get on a Ferry from Tenerife to La Gomera
La Gomera is known as Spain’s ‘Magical Island’ for its unspoiled land, surreal viewpoints, and ancient forests. This island is 40 minutes away from Tenerife by Ferry and is one of the most visited places by tourists and residents. The sun-soaked island offers the perfect escape for beach and mountain lovers. Some popular beaches include the magical Valle Gran Rey or Puerto de Santiago. Other must-visit tropical mountainous viewpoints include Garajonay National Park or the Cumbre de Chijere.
Get wet and go for some waterpark fun
If you want to beat the heat, a visit to Siam Park is the ultimate remedy. Tourists can enjoy this Thai-themed thrill with family and friends by taking a dip into the swimming pools or heading for an adventurous network of water slides. All adrenaline junkies can go straight to the heart-racing Tower of Power or slip, slide and twist on an inflatable rubber boat at Mekong Rapids. This is not your ordinary waterpark; it wears the crown as the number one spot on the list of best waterparks in the world.
Pico del Inglés- The view you were looking for is here
If in Tenerife, you cannot miss the mountain range of Pico del Inglés. Climb up the enchanting forest and transport yourself to an imaginary world by taking in the most panoramic views of Santa Cruz, Roque de Anaga, and La Laguna. Fill your feed with Insta-worthy photos of these incredible landscapes at this wanderer’s paradise.
Meet the wildlife at Loro Park
Loro Park is one of the most modern zoos in the world spreading across 13.5 hectares of land. From 400 different animal species to dense green foliage, this park is a popular pick on our choice of things to do in Tenerife. Families with little kids can watch live birds, pandas, flamingos, apes, and colourful parrots. Moreover, a special place for kids called Kinderlandia is designed for the little explorers to have fun moving down snake-shaped slides or hopping on the Orca Train. Loro Park is one of the best places in Tenerife to visit with kids.
Go for a wine tour
If you like both, nature, and wine, then you’re at the right place. Tenerife has vineyards with Canarian experts eager to reveal their trade secrets to you. Visitors go on a wine tour for sampling local wine and cheese made on the island’s fertile volcanic slopes. These wine masters have been making wine since the Medieval Times treating you to the finest wine during your trip to Tenerife. Some of the best vineyards are Bodega Monje, Casa del Vino, and Viñedos Angola.
Feast on the island’s local delights
Some traditional culinary options you need to try while in Tenerife are the mouth-watering Fish and Sancocho Canaria, fresh Goat cheese, the delicious Mojo sauce, hot Papas Arrugadas, and flavourful Conejo al salmorejo. Visit these restaurants in Tenerife for the best culinary scene: CHAR Modern Cocina & Grill, Etéreo by Pedro Nel, Limoncello, and El Taller Seve Díaz. Tenerife is also famous for its authentic guachinches offering locally crafted wines and traditional dishes.
There is something to suit everyone in Tenerife. Whether you enjoy hiking, lively nightlife, marine life, pristine beaches, sensational mountain views, or appetizing potato dishes, Tenerife has a flavour for every taste bud.