10 places to visit in Tenerife
- Volcan Teide National Park – the biggest park on the Canary Islands. Mount Teide rises up to a height of 3,718 m, which makes it the highest peak in Spain.
- Montana Amarilla – an incredible mountain by Costa del Silenco. It’s one of the Island’s most unusual landscapes. You will marvel at the impossible shapes that the waves have carved into the yellow rocks on the mountain, which has been declared a Natural Monument because of its extraordinary beauty.
- Los Gigantes – is a resort town in the Santiago del Teide municipality on the west coast of the Tenerife. Its main feature are the giant rock formations, Acantilados de Los Gigantes, that rise from the sea to a height of 500-800 metres (1,640–2,625 ft) after which the town has been named. Los Gigantes means “The Giants”.
- Roques de Anaga – are two monolithic rocks forming some of the most emblematic natural monuments of Tenerife. Roque de Tierra stands 179 meters above sea level and is closer to the main island while Roque de Fuera, at 66 meters above sea level, is farther away. Both rocks are also included in the European Union’s Natura 2000 ecological network of protected areas. They are located off the north-east coast of Tenerife.
- Masca – is one of the most picturesque parts of the island and is located in the northwest at the foot of the Teno Mountains. This beautiful little village may be somewhat difficult to reach but it is well worth the journey, which takes you through deep ravines interlaced with lush green flora and winding roads with hairpin bends. The scenery on the way is breathtaking and once you reach Masca, the natural beauty of this stunning location is overwhelming.
- 1 000 year old Drago Tree – legends say that when dragons die they become dragon trees, and it is obvious why this living fossil is one of the symbols of the Canary Islands, and maybe even the greatest treasure of Canarian flora.
- Playa del Duque – is a premium beach on Costa Adeje in southern Tenerife. This whole area is a high-quality, exclusive resort; the essence of chic. And the beach is just as fantastic! Walk along the soft golden sand, feel it between your toes… take a dip in the warm, crystal clear waters… unwind on sumptuous sunbeds in glorious sunshine while listening to the sound of the waves gently lapping the shore. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
- Playa de Las Teresitas – is the most emblematic beach in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Located in the town of San Andrés, this golden sandy beach is alive with palm trees and is a very popular spot among residents of Santa Cruz.
La Orotava – located in the north of Tenerife within the beautiful valley of the same name, La Orotava is an old town distinguished by its architecture and traditional Canarian atmosphere. Charming and attractive, this whole area is a stunning showcase of picturesque houses, buildings and quaint cobbled streets — perfect for scenic photographs.
- Santa Cruz de Tenerife – the bustling capital city is located on the eastern tip of Tenerife and is home to one of the most historically important harbours in the Atlantic Ocean.
10 things to do in Tenerife
- Boat trip – treat yourself well with a beautiful boat trip on the sea! Leave all your cares behind on a boat trip with the sailing boat, yacht or speed boat, enjoy a relaxing day on a catamaran or observe the gorgeous underwater world from a glas-bottom boat. On a boat trip you can discover the impressive coast of Los Cristianos.
- Swim in Natural Pools El Caleton – there are lots of rock and sea pools around the coast of Tenerife that act as natural or semi-natural swimming pools. Most, but not all, tend to be found along the north coast
- Siam Park – has become the best water park in the world according to Trip Advisor with its incredible sceneries inspired in Thai architecture.
- Loro Parque – the park was conceived as a paradise for parrots and has developed over the years into one of the biggest attractions of the Canary Islands. Did you know…? You can find the largest population of Penguins in the world at Loro Parque – outside the Arctic regions, of course!
- Monkey Park in Los Cristianos – this is a great place for kids (and not only) since you can feed monkeys and parrots and lemurs and turtles.
- Forestal Park – climb up the walls and rope ladders, enjoy high rope obstacles in the treetops, leap off Tarzan Swings and fly down giant ziplines. Live a unique experience at the gates of Teide National Park.
- Playa de Las Americas – is the party capital of Tenerife, that’s the most important aspect to remember about this lively resort on the south coast of the island. Thousands of revellers live it up in this vibrant and colorful holiday destination that is renowned for its 24-hour festivities, making it one of the most popular places to visit in all of Europe. You should party there at least once in your life!
- Carnival – is held each February in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the largest of the Canary Islands, and attracts people from all over the world. It is considered the second most popular and internationally known carnival, after the one held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). Partially for this reason, the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is twinned with the city of Rio de Janeiro.
- Go to Local Places, listen to some Latino Music and let your body dance – you should try those latino moves. Bachata, Tango, Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton…?! Yes, please!
- Enjoy the best Sunsets – if you ask me what I liked the most in Tenerife, my answer would be a very simple one – THE SKY! I was admiring every sunset on this wonderful Island.
10 things about my Tenerife
- The Tenerife flag is the same as Scotland’s, this is because St Andrew is the patron saint of the island.
- Every year the island attracts over five million tourists.
- The islands weren’t named after the Canary Bird; the Canary Bird was named after the islands.
- Those good-looking golden beaches are all man-made; it’s the ones with black sand that are natural.
- The focal point of Teide National Park, the breathtaking Mount Teide is the third biggest volcano in the whole world.
- The mammoth Mount Teide is known to cast the largest sea shadow in the world – impressive!
- William Shakespeare was such a fan of Tenerife’s home grown wine, that he referred to it in two of his plays and would receive a barrel of Malmsey wine as part of his salary each year.
- Tenerife has been used to film a number of recent Hollywood blockbusters. Clash of the Titans in 2010, Fast and Furious 6 in 2013 and most recently Jason Bourne 5 in 2016.
- Tenerife is closer to Africa than the European Continent. The distance from the island to African coast is just 100 km whereas, the distance from Europe to Tenerife island or Canary island is more than 3000 km.
- Friday 13th isn’t a worry on this island, it’s Tuesday the 13th that’s considered unlucky here.