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3 Days in Tenerife: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, June 2016

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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.

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Loro Parque Admission Ticket with Round-Trip Transport and Optional Siam Park Upgrade, Tenerife, ... 
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Loro Parque Admission Ticket with Round-Trip Transport and Optional Siam Park Upgrade

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 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 $62.15
Private Tour: Teide National Park Tour in Tenerife Including Mt Teide Hike and Cable Car, Tenerife, ... 
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Private Tour: Teide National Park Tour in Tenerife Including Mt Teide Hike and Cable Car

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

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 $118.65
Skip the Line: Tenerife Mt Teide Cable Car Round-Trip Ticket, Tenerife, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Skip the Line: Tenerife Mt Teide Cable Car Round-Trip Ticket

4 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Bypass the main lines for the cable car on Mt Teide, Tenerife’s and Spain’s highest peak, with this skip-the-line round-trip ticket. Enjoy priority access to ...  Read more

Location: Tenerife, Spain
Duration: Varies (15 minutes per way)

From USD $30.51
Western Tenerife Cruise Including Buffet Lunch and Drinks, Tenerife, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Western Tenerife Cruise Including Buffet Lunch and Drinks

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 8 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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $45.20
Tenerife Helicopter Tour Including Mt Teide, Los Gigantes Cliffs and La Orotava, Tenerife, Sailing ... 
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Tenerife Helicopter Tour Including Mt Teide, Los Gigantes Cliffs and La Orotava

Take in Tenerife’s spectacular natural highlights from above on this exhilarating helicopter tour. Board a comfortable helicopter and soar over the ...  Read more

Location: Tenerife, Spain
Duration: 50 minutes (approx.)

From USD $559.33
La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife, Tenerife, Helicopter Tours
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La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 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 $71.19
Mt Teide and Masca Valley Tour in Tenerife, Tenerife, Ports of Call Tours
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Mt Teide and Masca Valley Tour in Tenerife

4 star rating: Recommended 18 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 $37.29
Mt Teide Sunset and Stargazing Experience in Tenerife Including Sparkling Wine and Dinner, ... 
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Mt Teide Sunset and Stargazing Experience in Tenerife Including Sparkling Wine and Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Wonder at the sun and the twinkling night sky during this unforgettable 4-hour sunset and stargazing experience in Tenerife. Travel into the heart of the ...  Read more

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

From USD $158.19
Teide National Park Tour in Tenerife Including Los Roques de Garcia or La Orotava Valley, Tenerife, ... 
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Teide National Park Tour in Tenerife Including Los Roques de Garcia or La Orotava Valley

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $28.25
South Tenerife Coast Helicopter Flight: South Coast or Beaches and Ravines, Tenerife, Day Trips
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South Tenerife Coast Helicopter Flight: South Coast or Beaches and Ravines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Reviews

View southern Tenerife from above on a shared 10- or 15-minute helicopter flight! Aboard a comfortable 4-passenger helicopter, gaze down at Tenerife’s ...  Read more

Location: Tenerife, Spain
Duration: Varies (10 or 15 minutes depending on chosen option)

From USD $110.74

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