Tenerife’s Loro Park is one of the island’s biggest attractions and makes an easy day trip from Gran Canaria. Home to over 200 penguins and 350 species of parrot (the largest collections of both animals in the world), the park has an enormous variety of animals including sharks, alligators, jaguars and silverback gorillas.
There’s a lot to see at Loro Park and you’ll easily fill a day. Visit Planet Penguin (the biggest replica of the Antarctic continent ever constructed) or watch the antics of the killer whales in the Orca Ocean. Plants lovers will enjoy the Orchidarium - home to more than 1,000 orchids year round. Kids are also well catered for at Kinderlandia – an African-style village and jungle dedicated solely to their enjoyment.
Loro Park is in Tenerife's north and is well signposted as you head north in the direction of Puerto del la Cruz. Alternatively the Loro Parque Express (train) picks people up free of charge from the Plaza Reyes Catolicos, in Puerto de la Cruz every 20 minutes from 9am onward.
Tenerife's capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife is easily reached by ferry (jet-foil) from Agaete, Gran Canaria's north-western port, in just one hour. To get to Agaete by car, follow highway GC-2 north in a westerly direction.