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How to Spend 2 Days in Tenerife

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How to Spend 2 Days in Tenerife
With two days to explore Tenerife, you’ll have time to ride a cable car up a volcano, do some mountaintop stargazing, take an ocean cruise, learn about the island’s famous carnival celebrations, relax on the beach, and more. Here’s how to make the most of two days on the largest Canary Island.

Day 1: From City Sights to Stargazing
Morning: Start in the island capital of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where a city tour or hop-on-hop-off-bus tour will introduce you to the town’s lively neighborhoods, shopping streets, and historic plazas. Jump off to admire the landmark Tenerife Auditorium and learn about the city’s legendary carnival celebrations at the Casa del Carnaval, then ride the tram to neighboring San Cristobal de la Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its colonial architecture. 

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon taking in the views along Tenerife’s west coast. Stop to see the Millenary Dragon Tree at Icod de los Vinos, marvel at the Los Gigantes sea cliffs, and visit the picturesque town of La Orotava, then take a scenic drive through the Masca Valley.

Night: A visit to Teide National Park is a must for first-time visitors to Tenerife, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site is even more spectacular in the evening hours. Ride the cable car to the summit of Mount Teide in time to watch the sunset over the island, admire the park’s lava-sculpted landscapes during a moonlit tour, then take part in an unforgettable stargazing experience.

Day 2: Ocean Views and Beach Breaks
Morning: The south coast of Tenerife is renowned for its dramatic coastal cliffs, rocky coves, and black-sand beaches, and the most striking views are from the water. Many cruise options are available, from dolphin- and whale-watching cruises to private charter boats, but for the best value, opt for a catamaran cruise that includes lunch onboard and plenty of stops for swimming and snorkeling. 

Afternoon: The south coast resorts of Playa de las Américas, Los Cristianos, and Costa Adeje boast some of the island’s most beautiful beaches. Spend the afternoon swimming and sunbathing, take a stroll along the palm-lined shores, or take part in water sports such as Jet Skiing or kitesurfing.

Evening: Playa de las Américas is renowned as Tenerife’s party capital, so it’s worth sticking around after dark to explore the huge choice of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Alternatively, celebrate your final night with a medieval dinner show at Castillo San Miguel, featuring costumed knights and horseback jousting. 
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Whales and Dolphins Watching 12 person Luxury Catamaran, Free Meal & TransfersOther Water Sports

Whales and Dolphins Watching 12 person Luxury Catamaran, Free Meal & Transfers

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Set sail around Tenerife’s southwest coast on this half-day cruise and travel aboard a luxury catamaran with just 12 passengers on-board. Look out for whales, dolphins, and sea turtles as you cruise along the coast; dive in to swim and snorkel, and tuck into a selection of Spanish tapas, accompanied by beer, cava, or soft drinks.
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Mt. Teide and Masca Valley Tour in TenerifeHistorical & Heritage Tours

Mt. Teide and Masca Valley Tour in Tenerife

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Discover the magnificent landscapes that surround Tenerife’s Mt. Teide and the Masca Valley on an exhilarating full-day excursion. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, travel through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Teide National Park on a voyage of natural discovery; gaze at sweeping volcanic panoramas and capture photographs of the island’s unique dragon tree. Ascend to Vilaflor, one of Spain’s highest villages, and enjoy leisurely time in Masca and Garachico, provincial villages cradled by rolling hills. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation on this fascinating tour.
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Tenerife Full Island TourFull-day Tours

Tenerife Full Island Tour

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Tenerife offers an abundance of striking natural landmarks so ensure you admire them all during your time on the Canary island. This full-day tour allows you to travel between Los Gigantes cliffs, La Orotava Valley and Candaleria — three striking Tenerife sights — with ease and efficiency. Benefit from round-trip transport from your hotel and will learn of Canarian history and culture from your guide.
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Tenerife Highlights Full-Day TourFull-day Tours

Tenerife Highlights Full-Day Tour

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Experience Mt. Teide National Park and northern Tenerife on this day tour from south Tenerife. Travel into Mt. Teide’s UNESCO-listed volcanic landscapes, call at the quaint town of Vilaflor, and visit Icod Los Vinos to see its famous Drago Tree and have lunch (own expense). Finally, visit the north-coast port of Garachico and mountain hamlet of Masca, famous for its canyon-and-sea views across to La Gomera. Includes select south Tenerife hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Mount Teide Tour by NightNature & Wildlife

Mount Teide Tour by Night

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Scale the summit of Spain’s highest peak, and look out over Tenerife beneath a blanket of stars. First, tuck into a delicious dinner of typical Canarian cuisine at Bodega Reverón in Vilaflor. Next, follow your guide on an evening tour of Mount Teide, then enjoy stargazing and spot constellations in the darkening night sky.
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Tenerife 3-Hour Luxury Sailboat Tour with Bath and Food On BoardSailing Trips

Tenerife 3-Hour Luxury Sailboat Tour with Bath and Food On Board

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Sail away for a day of luxury, food, and fun during this sailing excursion from Tenerife. Spend your day swimming, eating, and relaxing on board your sailing vessel, enjoying the majestic views of the Costa Adeje and keeping your eyes peeled for marine life like whales and dolphins. Round-trip hotel transport, plus snacks and beverages are included. If you want to further upgrade your experience, an optional celebration package offers paella, Spanish Cava, wine, and dessert.
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Tenerife City View hop On hop Off bus & train tourHop-on Hop-off Tours

Tenerife City View hop On hop Off bus & train tour

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Cover ground quickly in Tenerife with a ticket for the hop-on, hop-off bus. Climb aboard the double decker bus to ride through Santa Cruz de Tenerife with an accompanying audio guide available in 14 languages. The ticket also includes a guided walking tour of the Old Town and discounts or free entrances to museums, parks, and cafés.
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La Laguna, Taganana, and Las Teresitas Full-Day TourCultural Tours

La Laguna, Taganana, and Las Teresitas Full-Day Tour

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Experience the highlights of north Tenerife on an 8-hour tour from south Tenerife. Discover the UNESCO-listed Old Town of San Cristobal de La Laguna, and the beauty of the Mercedes Forest, an ancient rainforest that feels like it’s dropped from a fairy tale. Enjoy a fish lunch (own expense) at the seaside village of Taganana, and admire Las Teresitas beach in San Andres, one of Tenerife’s most scenic. Air-conditioned transport and select hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Mt Teide Crater Hike with Cable Car RideHiking & Camping

Mt Teide Crater Hike with Cable Car Ride

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Scale the mighty crater of Mt Teide, Tenerife’s famous volcano and Spain’s highest peak, on this thrilling 4-hour tour, including hotel pick-up and drop-off. Embark on a scenic journey through La Orotava valley and the UNESCO-listed Teide National Park, then ride the Mt Teide cable car up to a dizzying 11,663 feet (3,555 meters). Finally, set off on a 1-hour hike to the summit and soak up the spectacular panoramic view of the Canary Islands.
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2 Hour Jet Ski SafariWaterskiing & Jetskiing

2 Hour Jet Ski Safari

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Unleash your inner adventurer on a 2-hour Tenerife jet ski tour. Choose to ride a single-seater or a double-seater jet ski with a friend, and bounce over the Atlantic past cliffs and beaches, led by a guide boat. Admire the scenery, watch for dolphins and whales, visit sea caves, and enjoy an optional swim. A rare opportunity to ride along Tenerife’s coast, the tour includes equipment, plus return transfers from select south Tenerife hotels.
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Tenerife Private Luxury Charter with Snorkeling StopSailing Trips

Tenerife Private Luxury Charter with Snorkeling Stop

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Explore the sea around Tenerife on this exciting 3-hour whale and dolphin watching cruise on a luxury private yacht. And don't forget the swimming suit as there will be time to jump off the yacht to do some swimming and/or snorkeling with turtles. This cruise is limited to just 9 people, ensuring plenty of personalized attention from the yacht crew.
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Santa Cruz Half Day City TourCity Tours

Santa Cruz Half Day City Tour

Visit all of Santa Cruz's top spots in one day on this day trip from Tenerife. Follow your guide through the streets of Santa Cruz as you explore neighborhoods and learn about the history and culture of each area. Sights to see along the way include the Auditorium of Tenerife and Plaza de España. 
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Walking tour in La LagunaCultural Tours

Walking tour in La Laguna

Get a close-up perspective of La Laguna on this tour that combines walking and travel by public transport. Explore the must-see sights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, such as churches, monasteries, markets, and more. Active travelers in particular will enjoy this tour. Stop for a coffee break while soaking in the atmosphere of the beautiful old town.
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