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Tenerife Trips from Gran Canaria

By Viator, June 2014

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Just over 60km (37 mi) from Gran Canaria, lies the largest and most popular of the Canary Islands, Tenerife. Catch a jet-foil ferry from Las Palmas or Agaete and you’ll be there in little over an hour. It’s also possible to travel between the islands by plane. Whichever transport mode you choose, you’ll be glad you went. With two World Heritage Sites, Spain’s most popular national park, an amazing wildlife park and over 40 natural protected spaces, Tenerife is, quite simply, unforgettable.

Famed for its unique blend of animals, Loro Park is one of Tenerife’s major attractions. Not only does it boast the world’s largest penguin and parrot displays, but it’s got sea lions, dolphins, chimps, alligators and big cats. You want more? How about an aquarium with no less than 15,000 marine critters and a magnificent orchidarium? It’s not just kids who go crazy for this place!

While it’d be easy to spend an entire day at Loro Park, the rest of Tenerife beckons. Port capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife is home to some interesting museums (don’t miss the grinning Guanche mummies in the Museo Arqueológico), impressive architecture, and – if you’re there at the right time – the wildest Carnaval this side of Rio de Janeiro.

Millions of visitors make the trek to Parque Nacional del Teide every year, with good reason. The park’s otherworldly landscape will leave you breathless. Trek the 16 km (10 mi) wide crater of Las Cañadas, visit Guanche archaeological ruins, or ride the zippy cable car up cloud-wrapped Pico del Teide, Spain’s highest mountain (as well as an active volcano and World Heritage Site). Miradores (look-outs) provide sweeping views of the surreal volcanic valley below, and sometimes – if conditions are clear – the islands beyond.

Founded in 1496, La Laguna is Tenerife’s second World Heritage Site, and considered the cultural capital of the Canaries. Exploring the atmospheric old quarter, with its historic plazas and splendid churches, will transport you back to an age of conquistadores and pirates…

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