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Tenerife Attractions - Things to Do - Day Trips in Tenerife

Tenerife Top Attractions - Things to Do in Tenerife

OVERVIEW OF TENERIFE ATTRACTIONS

Beautiful Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands, which form this Atlantic Ocean archipelago. This sun-kissed holiday hotspot welcomes millions of people every year who are looking for relaxation, adventure, good times and fantastic weather! From the golden sandy beaches in the south to the dramatic lunar landscape of Mount Teide National Park and everything in between, Tenerife has something for everyone. The wonderful climate draws people to the island all year round. Maybe you want a break away with the kids? Perhaps you would like to escape with your loved one for a romantic getaway in the sun? Planning a fun-packed week with a group of friends? Whatever your circumstances, Spain-Tenerife provides all you need to know about this holiday destination; from where to stay for maximum luxury at the best prices to detailed information about individual resorts and what to expect when you arrive. Whether you are interested in water sports, clubbing, chilling out on the beach, the endemic plant life of the island, discovering hidden gems, exploring typical Canarian villages or taking a cable car to Spain’s highest peak, Teide, you are sure to have a great time. And we can help you choose which hotel to stay in to best suit your needs. Our price guarantee ensures that if a hotel booked through us is available cheaper elsewhere (within 24 hours), we will match it.

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Loro Parque (Paid)

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This beautiful wildlife park has some outstanding shows featuring orca whales, dolphins, sea lions and 4000 parrots (the largest collection in the world). It’s highly popular with families and we recommend getting seated about thirty minutes before show time to get a good view. Among the other attractions are many varieties of jellyfish, gorillas, flamingos, jaguars, alligators and iguanas. Penguins are kept in snow and ice, recreating their natural habitat. The park is pleasantly laid out with waterfalls and an extensive array of exotic plants. There are also restaurants on site offering delicious cuisine, and the grounds are very well maintained and cared for. It’s a good idea to spend a whole day here to take everything in. The animals are well looked after and the park is involved in conservation efforts. Staff are friendly and will answer any questions about the animals. You can get joint tickets for here and Siam Park (link), representing good value for money.
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Mount Teide (Paid)

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For a truly breathtaking experience and the most amazing views in Tenerife, climb to the top of this mountain which is still classed as an active volcano (it last erupted in 1909). At 3,718m, it is the highest point in Spain. If you have hired a car, you can wind your way up the mountain through picturesque villages until you reach the cable car station. Hardy souls can undertake a 4 hour trek to the summit, or alternatively you can take the cable car. It’s a fast ascent, taking between 5-10 minutes. The car stops about 30-40m from the peak. You can hike from here to the summit, but a special permit must be obtained (you can get this in advance online, for free). Alternatively, another path goes around the side of the mountain. Once at the summit, you are above the clouds, and on a cloudless day it’s possible to see as far as the surrounding islands.
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Masca Valley (Free)

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This extremely picturesque valley offers the chance for some hiking and an opportunity to get close to the more rugged side of Tenerife. There are several options for exploring this beautiful valley. If you have hired a car, you can make the drive to Masca Village, but be aware the road is quite hair-raising to navigate with lots of hairpin bends. The tiny village has some charming little cafes selling local delicacies like cactus ice cream. If you come via taxi, you can then hike down from the village to the beach. This is a fairly arduous trek and practical shoes are essential, along with a good supply of water. The walk takes around 2-3 hours, and from the beach you can then take a water taxi over to Los Gigantes (or walk back up if you’re not exhausted!). Prebooking is advised. It’s not recommended if you have mobility issues or a fear of heights, but is perfect if you want an invigorating walk with stunning views.
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Jeep Safari (Paid)

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If you want to really explore the amazing scenery of Tenerife from the comfort of a 4x4 vehicle with a knowledgeable and friendly guide, Jeep Tours are the way to go. Guide Henry applies a personal touch and offers several different options for excursions, including up Mount Teide (link) to the cable car, over to the remote village of Masca (link) (once a hideaway for pirates), and even a stargazing tour where you can enjoy a bottle of champagne at sunset before observing the planets of the Milky Way through Henry’s telescope. You can even mount your own camera to the telescope to get stunning shots of these heavenly bodies. Tours are arranged via email before you ever get to Tenerife and Henry will make sure to accommodate any special requirements you have. Henry has a knack of finding secluded spots, away from other tourists, where you can get the best pictures of Tenerife.
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Garachico (Free)

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This charming coastal town on Tenerife’s north coast nestles at the heart of one of the island’s most unspoilt areas. The town has natural rock pools formed by lava flow; these have been joined by manmade steps and are used as a series of swimming pools, sure to delight both young and old alike. Garachico has an interesting history, as it was destroyed by a massive earthquake 300 years ago and subsequently rebuilt. Many of the buildings from this reconstruction remain. The old town is very picturesque and very pleasant to walk around in, with a wide selection of gift shops and restaurants with local cuisine. There is an old monastery next to the main square which you can visit, and museums housed in an old water mill and in Castillo San Miguel, also home of the Medieval Night (link). To get to Garachico you must travel along the coastal ride either by car or bus. Be aware there are a lot of sharp bends and twists and turns!
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Submarine Safari (Paid)

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While in Tenerife it would be a shame to miss out on seeing the diverse array of underwater life via a trip on this fabulous submarine. This purpose-built vessel features 24 large portholes (one for each seat and one at each end) and dives to a depth of 60m. You can see many colourful fish, stingrays, turtles and shipwrecks in the vivid blue of the ocean. Once away from the shore, the sub rests on the seabed and a diver is then sent from a boat above to entice rays over to the sub. You can even arrange for the diver to swim past the windows holding a birthday greeting or other message, for a special surprise. Submarine Safari started in Lanzarote in 1997 and Tenerife in 2007. The vessels are in a great condition and are very luxurious with plenty of room to move. For an extra price you can buy a photo taken as you board the sub.
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Siam Park (Paid)

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Siam Park is a spectacular outdoor water park in Tenerife, featuring slides, buildings and statues based on a Thai theme. It’s a fantastic way to spend a long, hot day with the kids on holiday. Rides cover a wide range of thrill levels, from small slides for the kiddies to the most exhilarating experiences like the Tower of Power, a vertical drop which takes you past sharks and stingrays. Other high octane slides are the Volcano and the Dragon which include light shows and lasers. They’re not suitable for very small children, but there is a very well equipped kids’ area in the Lost City which contains 120 games. The park also boasts a wave pool with the highest artificial waves anywhere in the world at 3 metres. If you feel like something a bit more sedate, the Lazy River is ideal - and it also holds more world records, namely the longest lazy river ride and the highest elevation at 8 metres.
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Los Gigantes cliffs (Free)

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It’s well worth taking a trip to the quaint former fishing village of Los Gigantes to see these magnificent cliffs towering from the ocean to the sky. They reach a height of 500-800m. There are three main viewpoints to see the cliffs: the easiest one to find is on the main road to Tamaimo, but there is also one above the sports club and one from the coastal path around the Hotel Barcelo. However, to get even closer, a boat trip is a great idea. You will often be lucky enough to see whales and dolphins. Jet skis are also available. The town itself has some lovely bars and restaurants as well as an art gallery and marina. You can savour some delicious local cuisine and watch the world go by. Just a short walk from the marina is Playa de Los Gigantes with its dark coloured sand. If you’re feeling more active, Los Gigantes has a dive centre offering the opportunity to explore the undersea world in crystal clear water.
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Auditorio de Tenerife (Free)

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This striking and distinctive modernistic structure sits adjacent to the Atlantic coast at Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It has a very large central arch overhanging the building, inviting differing interpretations; some say it resembles a ship’s sail, others a leaping fish, and many draw comparisons to the Sydney Opera House. The building was constructed between 1997-2003. The auditorium hosts a great variety of concerts and shows, but it’s more than worth going just to see the outside. Also, along the sea wall there are hundreds of rocks with images of famous musicians painted on them, making a fascinating sight. If you want to venture inside, free tours take place at 12.30pm from Monday to Saturday, as well as 5.30pm during the summer. Prior booking is required. The main hall has 1,616 seats, and two large organ pipes on either side of the pit. The chamber hall seats 422. There is also a press room, shop and cafe.
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Medieval Night (Paid)

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This fun and rowdy family night out takes place at Castillo San Miguel. It takes the form of a re-enactment of a jousting battle between knights on horseback, and upon arrival you are given a tabard to wear in the colour of your knight, as well as a crown. You must shout for your knight throughout the evening to ensure his victory. Before the main show there are support acts including juggling and other entertainments, and after the jousting is finished you get another show which may be flamenco or something else. Hearty medieval fare is provided in the form of a whole chicken and potatoes with beer or wine on the side. You get unlimited refills on your drink. Excellent vegetarian options are also available. You’re expected to eat with your fingers in the traditional medieval manner. Afterwards, there are photo opportunities with the knights and horses and you can also meet the Duke and Lady.
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Drago Tree (Paid)

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Known as El Drago Milenario (The Thousand-Year-Old Tree in Spanish), the actual age of this tree is reputed to be between 700 to 1000 years old. It makes for an interesting historical sight, as the centrepiece of the town of Icod on Tenerife’s northern coast. Admission to the park housing the tree is 4€; inside, you will also find a burial site containing a mummy of one of one the Guanchi, the ancient inhabitants of Tenerife. There are also botanical gardens, lizards and chickens. In the town, there are some other sights including the Church of San Marcos, with its iconic stone bell tower and Gothic sculptures inside. The tree is visible from the church’s plaza, if you don’t want to pay the admission to get up close. Also nearby is the Plaza de la Pila, a beautiful square surrounded by historic houses. The most notable of these, Casa de los Cáceres, is now a museum.
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Pyramids of Güímar (Paid)

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One of the most well-kept secrets in Tenerife, not many people know about these stepped pyramids and indeed they seem to be shrouded in mystery even to those who look after the site. Their existence first became widely known when the Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl investigated the site in the 1990s. He thought that the pyramids might show a link between ancient Egypt and the stepped pyramids of Central America. Their position seems to show alignment with the summer and winter solstices. However, archaeologists found pottery shards under the pyramids dating from the 19th century, making the pyramids much younger than they first appear. It was suggested they might be the result of farmers clearing the land of stones, which has led to much controversy. Whatever their purpose, the site makes for a fascinating visit with kids and there are other interesting attractions, including a Poison Garden containing deadly plants.
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