Things to do in Tenerife
As one of the larger Canary Islands, there are plenty of things to do in Tenerife, with a real focus on the outdoors.
Tenerife’s vast and varied landscape mean that your activities can be as relaxing or as energetic as you like. The winding roads make it extra special for cyclists, and hikers will love the variety on offer.
We haven’t even attempted to include everything in this article. Instead, we’ve highlighted a sprinkling of outdoor trips that we think you’d enjoy… and we’re trying to drag you off that sunbed to see a little more of the Island too *winky face*
Visit Mount Teide
Tenerife is home to the tallest mountain in Spain, Mount Teide. At 3,718 metres (12,189 feet), this mountain proudly overlooks most of the island and is a sight to behold, especially in the winter when the peak is covered with snow.
You have a choice of methods to scale its heights. There is a cable car which takes less than ten minutes to reach 3,550 metres (so you can cover the remaining 200 metres on foot), or you can drive up partway and then walk the rest. To walk it in its entirety will take the average walker around five hours – so don’t start your walk after lunch or you’ll be coming down in the dark. Once up the top, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views, although of course those are better on clear days. En route you can enjoy stunning rock formations, including the Roque de Garcia.
Before setting off, check the weather conditions which mean that sometimes access is restricted for your own safety. Also – be sensible and wear something on your feet that is up to the job. Flipflops are not recommended.
There are also reasonably priced coach trips available which depart from larger places such as Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the south of the island. Speak to your hotel or accommodation manager, who will happily arrange this for you or advise someone who can.
Get wet at Siam Park
Siam Park is one of Tenerife newer attractions and a great way to keep the kids out of your hair.
The park includes far more attractions than you could ever wish for including relaxing or more energetic choices. There is even a river market and a high-octane rapids river.
At time of press the Mai Thai River (slow river) attraction is closed, but do check before visiting in case it is open again.
For prices – click HERE and use the dropdown menu at the top to view the many options
- Visit the Siam Park website
Visit the Masca Valley
The Masca Valley is, in many people’s opinions, the most beautiful area on the island.
Imagine lush green valleys, stunning tiny villages and views to die for. That’s exactly what you can expect when visiting the area.
There are a number of tour companies that can arrange a visit for you, or you can make your own way there in a hire car. If you are a nervous driver, however, you may wish to leave those winding roads to someone a little more confident.
Be sure to take your camera along – you’ll be so pleased that you did!
Aside from being the set for a Doctor Who episode screened in 2015, Garachico is one of Tenerife’s prettiest villages.
The previously hidden secret that is the beautiful village of Garachico in northern Tenerife got some extra publicity when Missy met up with Clara during “The Magician’s Apprentice”.
Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain, was also the set for some of the episode and its sequel – including Clara being dangled by her ankles by mischievous Missy.
The Plaza de La Libertad in Garachico itself is beautiful and the harbour is quaint. However, the pretty facade hides what has been a colourful history. The town was previously hit by the bubonic plague and almost destroyed by a volanic eruption in the 18th century.
Today, the town is regularly undergoing restorative work, and improvements to various areas of the town is a regular event.
The observatory at San Cristobal de la Laguna
This observatory in the natonal park for Teide is well worth a visit, if only to broaden your mind a little.
The guided tour is available in various languages (say “Hola” to José), with plenty of detail and the opportunity to ask questions. There is also a five minute video detailing the night skies of Tenerife – simply wow!
Try to visit when the skies are clear, or you may be disappointed with what is viewable.
If you will be attending the noon presentation, take some snacks with you because there is nowhere to eat on site. Alternatively, enjoy a hearty breakfast before you set off and then grab a leisurely lunch on your way back to your hotel.
While enjoying everything that Tenerife has to offer, why not consider hiring a professional photographer to capture your special moments.
Are you celebrating a significant anniversary or family get together to celebrate a special birthday? Perhaps you are considering a romantic proposal? Or any other event? Phil Crean is available for hire and covers the whole Island of Tenerife.
To view a selection of Phil’s work, or to find out more, visit his website HERE
by Elle Draper
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Gandy-Draper. Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, their three bouncing dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.