3 Days in Tenerife: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, March 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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Private Tour: Teide National Park Tour in Tenerife Including Mt Teide Hike and Cable Car

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 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 $119.31

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 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 $62.50

La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 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 $71.59

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 island’s ...  Read more

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

From USD $562.46

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 $37.50

Southern Tenerife Helicopter Flight: Los Gigantes Cliffs or Lush Low Island

Marvel at the beauty of southern Tenerife on a 20-or 40-minute helicopter tour. As you fly in a shared 4-seater helicopter, enjoy aerial views of Tenerife’s ...  Read more

Location: Tenerife, Spain
Duration: 20-40 minutes

From USD $317.03

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 southern ...  Read more

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

From USD $111.36

Private Wine Tasting Tour in Tenerife

Quaff your way around three Tenerife wineries on this 8-hour wine tasting tour. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan with a private guide, head into northern ...  Read more

Location: Tenerife, Spain
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $143.92

Western Tenerife Cruise Including Buffet Lunch and Drinks

4 star rating: Recommended 7 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 $45.45

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 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 $20.44

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