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3 Days in Tenerife: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, March 2015

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Whether you’re escaping for a weekend in paradise or visiting as part of a Canary Islands cruise, there’s plenty to keep you busy in Tenerife. Here are some ideas for how to spend 3 days in Tenerife.

Day 1: Check Out the Capital

The most atmospheric time of year to visit Santa Cruz is during the vibrant annual Carnival, but even if you miss out on the festivities, you can still learn about the islands’ unique history at the Museum of Man and Nature, admire the landmark  Auditorio de Tenerife and Church of the Immaculate Conception, and tuck into traditional Spanish cuisine at one of the many restaurants. The capital is also linked by tram to neighboring La Laguna, where you can marvel at the colonial architecture and historic churches that line the UNESCO-listed Old Town.

Day 2: Climb an Active Volcano

Take in the best of Tenerife’s rugged scenery with a trip to the top of the El Teide volcano,  Spain’s highest peak at 3,718m and one of the most iconic attractions of the Canary Islands. Whether you brave the steep hike or hop on the cable car, the views are spectacular, looking down over the surrounding Teide National Park, a UNESCO World heritage Site, and the neighboring Pico Viejo volcano.

Day 3: Hit the Beach

With some of the most popular beaches in Europe, you can’t come to the Canary Islands without adding sun, sea and sand to your itinerary. Where you go depends on your tastes: major resorts like Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Americas are crammed with tourists during the summer season, whereas El Bollullo and La Caleta offer a tranquil vibe with fewer amenities. Thrill-seeking windsurfers and kitesurfing should head to El Médano on the south coast or if sunbathing sans clothing is your thing, head to the nudist beach of Playa Tejita.

Tours & Tickets

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La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Visit the island of La Gomera on a day trip from southern Tenerife, and experience its sights, culture and food with a local guide! A haven of peace with ...  Read more

Location: Tenerife, Spain
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $72.21

Loro Parque Admission Ticket with Round-Trip Transport

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Head to Tenerife’s popular animal kingdom at Loro Parque and enjoy a day of adventure and fun for all the family! After traveling to the site by ...  Read more

Location: Tenerife, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $54.43

Western Tenerife Cruise Including Buffet Lunch and Drinks

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Laze in the sun on a half-day cruise around Tenerife’s glorious western coastline, and see the Cliffs of Los Gigantes, unspoiled scenery, marine life and more! ...  Read more

Location: Tenerife, Spain
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $59.99

Private Tour: Teide National Park Tour in Tenerife Including Mt Teide Hike and Cable Car

Venture to the top of Tenerife’s Mt Teide volcano on this private, half-day tour, led by an expert guide. After traveling through the beautiful Corona Forestal ...  Read more

Location: Tenerife, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.32

Mt Teide and Masca Valley Tour in Tenerife

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore the villages and landscapes around Tenerife’s Mt Teide and the Masca valley on a full-day tour! After leaving southern Tenerife, make your way through ...  Read more

Location: Tenerife, Spain
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.88

Mt Teide Volcano Tour by Night

See the stars from Tenerife’s Mount Teide, on a 4.5-hour evening tour from southern Tenerife! The dormant volcano — Spain’s tallest — lies at the heart of the ...  Read more

Location: Tenerife, Spain
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $53.32

City Sightseeing Santa Cruz de Tenerife Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 16 Reviews

Explore Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the Canary Islands, on this City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour. Board the open-top, double-decker buses ...  Read more

Location: Tenerife, Spain
Duration: Ticket valid for 24 hours

From USD $19.99

Teide National Park Tour in Tenerife Including Los Roques de Garcia or La Orotava Valley

Discover Tenerife’s spellbinding natural beauty on this 6-hour tour of Teide National Park. Set off from your hotel in south or north Tenerife and travel by ...  Read more

Location: Tenerife, Spain
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $26.66

Dorada Beer Tour

Get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the Canary Islands' most popular beers on this 1.5-hour tour of the Dorada brewery. With an expert guide, tour the ...  Read more

Location: Tenerife, Spain
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $33.33

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