This article takes a closer look at some of the top attractions and things to do in Tenerife. All information provided is based on our experience on the island in March 2016.
Top Attractions & Things to do in Tenerife
Tenerife is a beautiful volcanic island that helps to form the archipelago known as the Canary Islands. The popular Canary Islands are a grouping of 7 main islands and several smaller islets. These islands are located off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. Tenerife is the biggest of the Canaries and has the largest population of around 900,000 inhabitants.
The capital city title is shared with Las Palmas every four years when parliament changes. The largely volcanic composition of this picturesque island is noticeable when visiting the black sandy beaches 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 and 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
The skyline of Tenerife is dominated by the awesome Mount Teide Volcano, the third biggest in the world when measured from it’s base. Teide is the highest point in the whole of Spain standing an impressive 3,718 metres above sea level. The volcano is the focal point of the Teide National Park along with it’s 10 mile wide crater. This national park is one of the four to be found in the Canaries and a protected Unesco World heritage site. A cable car takes visitors up to the summit of the peak and treats them to some of the most spectacular vistas on the planet. The atmospheric conditions often create a sea of clouds as shown in the image above which can be mesmerising. The volcanic eruptions throughout history have created some of the most unique rock formations you are likely to see anywhere.
2) Loro Parque – Parrot Park
The popular Loro Parque opened in December in 1972 and is arguably one of the top attractions in the Canary Islands. Located in the northwest of the island on the outskirts of Puerto de la Cruz, more than 40 millions people have now visited this popular zoo. When opened originally, the park had only 150 parrots, Loro Parque now houses over 350 different species and over 4000 parrots. For more information, check out our Loro Parque article for more details about the shows and entertainment on offer.
3) Siam Park – Thai Theme & Water 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 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, discounts and exclusive entry to certain areas, have a look at their ticket prices to get the latest offers.
4) Anaga Mountains – Macizo de Anaga
The Anaga Mountains are located in the northeastern part of Tenerife which is also a protected rural park. This mountain range is particularly popular with climbing and hiking. Here you can find many hiking trails offering amazing views of the surrounding islands and the Atlantic Ocean. The highest point is “Cruz de Taborno”, this peak stands at 1024 metres above sea level. Anaga is by far the greenest part of the island and also the oldest. Interestingly, there are several small inhabited villages dotted around Anaga without direct access to the roads. Anaga has also been the subject of many important archaeological finds which date back to the ancient “Guanche” settlers.
Best Tenerife Beaches
Like most Spanish Islands, Tenerife has some excellent beaches to spend those relaxing days. Below is one of our favourite beaches.
Playa de Las Teresitas
Las Teresitas is one of the few white sandy beaches in Tenerife and arguably one of the best. This beautiful beach stretches for around 1.5 km with the water crystal clear in many places. Las Teresitas in located in the north of the island, the sand here has been imported from the Western Sahara Desert located on the African mainland. The Anaga Mountain range backdrop makes this one of the most picturesque places in Tenerife.
Map Of Tenerife
The image above is only a rough indication, this page shows the map and points of interest in Tenerife.