Things to do Tenerife

Tenerife is filled with endless opportunities for fun and adventure. An abundance of beaches from rocky coasts to fine sand allow for all types of water activities. At the center of the island, the rugged landscape leads to gorgeous views of the mountains that can be attained through a vehicle or on foot. Home to a number of amusement parks and animal centers, families with kids that have varied age ranges will find it easy to keep themselves active and entertained with endless things to do.

Things to Do in Tenerife

Diving, Snorkeling and Cetacean Watching

Tenerife has some of the best dive sites in Europe. Despite its warm climate and sunny disposition, the cold water of the Atlantic Ocean is home to diverse ocean life. A variety of fish, marine species and water-locked mammals can be found around Tenerife, mostly on the Southern Coast. Numerous diving schools will teach and guide all levels of divers around the underwater topography, while even more boat rentals and cruises will navigate through the habitats of whales and dolphins for some memorable sightings. Beaches at the provinces of El Puertito and Alcala attract tourists not just for their calm waters but also because many are able to swim and interact with the sea turtles that frequent these coves.

Scuba Divers in Los Cristianos
Scuba Divers in Los Cristianos – ©peteretchells

Watersports

Tenerife is also extremely popular with water sports enthusiasts. A variety of beaches allows for an assortment of water-based activities. The coastal municipality of Adeje is filled with beaches that attract surfers, parasailers, and the like. On the opposite side, coves, especially in the laidback town of El Medano, have ideal conditions for kiteboarding and windsurfing. And at the northernmost tip of the island is Almaciga, a remote surf spot where surfers have the waves all to themselves. However, around Tenerife, there is no denying that every sand-bottomed beach will have a slew of water activities for tourists, from banana boats to jet skis.

Hiking and Trekking

Nature-lovers and adventure-seekers rejoice! Tenerife is packed with forest trails and challenging hikes. Central Tenerife is home to Mount Teide, the tallest volcano in Europe. The surrounding area is considered a national park and includes a variety of trails to get to the summit. Apart from the arresting views below, the scenery above of the night sky is just as breathtaking. While the Teide National Park is the most popular among tourists, hiking trails are also profuse at the Anaga Forest and at the Las Canadas Park further up north. Cycling tours are also available once traveling on foot gets monotonous.

Hiking in Tenerife
Hiking in Tenerife – ©khrizmo

Culture Trip

At Santa Cruz de Tenerife alone, you’ll find multiple museums to satisfy anyone’s curiosity: from the history of the Canaries at the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre to the latest contemporary art exhibit at the Tenerife Espacio de las Artes. Kids and kids at heart should head to Icod de Los Vinos for the latest craze, ARTlandya, a doll museum atop a hill with gorgeous views of the island. If you have a penchant for rustic towns, the picturesque coastal town of Garachico and the university town of La Laguna provides a peek into Canarian past.

Family Fun

Home to Siam Park, considered as Europe’s best water park, Tenerife does not run out of experiences to offer. Giant slides and a near-perfect wave pool you can surf are just among the few attractions here. Just nearby, another water park, Aqualand, has dolphin and whale shows. Loro Parque at Puerto de la Cruz is a zoo filled with all types of animals and the showcase of their talents. At Arona, just 5 minutes away from Los Cristianos, Jungle Park Las Aguilas is a zoological and botanical park that the whole family will be sure to enjoy.

Things to Do in Tenerife

Playa Jardín

The famous family resort of the north, Puerto de la Cruz, is home to a few sandy beaches. Although limited, these are legitimately good ones. …

Anaga Mountains

Tenerife is the undisputed tourist mecca of the Canaries. Its bustling ports and cosmopolitan towns are never without a horde of tourists. Not very far …

Roques de Anaga

Rising out of the Atlantic Ocean, oblivious of its splendor, are two monolithic rock formations known as the Roques de Anaga. Both the Roque de …

Castillo de San Miguel

Castillo de San Miguel is located close to Los Cristianos in southern Tenerife. Spending an evening in this majestic place is magnificent in all aspects. …

Playa del Duque

Playa del Duque is separated from the rest of Iberostar Grand Hotel El Mirador by a massive rock formation jutting out of the sea. The …

Lago Martianez

Playa de Martianez is a small-town beach in the vibrant cosmopolitan town of Puerto de la Cruz. This black-sand beach stretches along a promenade, and …

Playa de Benijo

The unspoiled condition and lack of modern amenities in Playa de Benijo can only add to its beauty. The solitude of this beach is enough …

Pyramids of Guimar

Guimar is a laid-back holiday spot away from commercial developments and the tourist-congested south coast of Tenerife. The town features impressive architecture and churches that …

Parque Taoro

An often-overlooked park in the heart of Puerto de la Cruz, Parque Taoro is a delight to anyone who finds it. It is a well-manicured …

Loro Parque

Loro Parque is one of the main reasons why travelers around the world flock to Tenerife Island. Set within a Jurassic Park environment of dense …

Siam Park

One can’t go to Tenerife and not visit the internationally-acclaimed Siam Park. This water kingdom, opened to the public in 2008, is already established as …

ARTlandya Doll Museum

ARTlandya is not the typical tourist attraction especially when it comes to museums. For those who did visit, it must have brought back nostalgic memories …