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How to Spend 3 Days in Tenerife

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How to Spend 3 Days in Tenerife
Three days in Tenerife give you ample time to explore volcanic landscapes, sample local culture and cuisine, and enjoy downtime at the beach. To make the most of your time, book tours and activities in advance, especially during peak season. Here’s how to spend three days in Tenerife. 

Day 1: City Sightseeing 
Spend your first day exploring the north of the island, starting in the capital of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. A hop-on hop-off bus tour comes with the flexibility to create your own itinerary and features onboard commentary that ensures you don’t miss anything. Look out for landmarks such as the Tenerife Auditorium and Plaza de España and learn about the island’s Carnival Celebrations at Casa Del Carnaval.

Discover more of Tenerife’s northern villages and beaches without having to worry about hiring a car on an afternoon trip to San Cristóbal de La Laguna. Tours typically combine a walking tour of La Laguna’s UNESCO-listed Old Town with a trip to the villages of Taganana and Las Teresitas, and provide insight into Canarian life and culture; some also visit the sacred Basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria in Candelaria. If you’re a food lover, opt for a gastronomy tour that includes a typical Canarian lunch and wine tasting.  

Day 2: Natural Wonders of Tenerife
It’s worth devoting an entire day to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Teide National Park. Ride the cable car to the 12,198-foot (3,718-meter) summit of Mt. Teide, Spain’s highest peak, for an incredible view over the island—book your tickets in advance to save time waiting in line. 

The park is only accessible by 4WD, so taking a tour means you can explore further afield and get the best views of Roques de Garcia rock formations, the moon-like lava fields of Llano de Ucanca, and Pico Viejo volcano. Some tours include a hike in the Masca Valley, while others visit either the Millenary Dragon Tree at Icod de los Vinos, the historic town of La Orotava, or the Los Gigantes sea cliffs. At night, return to the park to enjoy moonlit views of Mt. Teide during a stargazing experience—the remote location is renowned for its clear skies and high visibility. 

Day 3: Beach Breaks and Island Escapes
You can’t come to Tenerife without adding some sun, sea, and sand to your itinerary. Kick off day three with a boat cruise along the south coast; tours typically give you time to swim and snorkel at beaches and bays, and increase your chances of spotting whales and dolphins. Alternatively, set sail for the neighboring island of La Gomera to explore the UNESCO-listed Garajonay National Park.

Spend the rest of the afternoon at one of the beach resorts. Choose a beach that fits your preferences—Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Americas are two of the biggest and busiest, with plenty of options for drinking and dining. Nearby La Caleta is a more tranquil option, while El Médano is the top choice for windsurfing and kitesurfing. To satisfy an appetite for adventure, book a Jet Skiing safari, try scuba diving, venture inland on a buggy excursion, or visit Siam Park water park.  
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Skip the Line: Siam Park Direct Entry TicketWater Parks

Skip the Line: Siam Park Direct Entry Ticket

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Discover one of Tenerife’s most thrilling and extensive waterparks on your next trip. Opened in 2008, Siam Park features waterslides, a lazy river, a wave pool, and many more attractions. Secure your admission in advance, and choose from a number of different tour options: standard admission, admission with included lunch, a deluxe pass with all-inclusive service and a fast pass, or Champagne club entry which comes with a bottle of bubbly.
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Top Buggy Adventure from Costa Adeje4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Top Buggy Adventure from Costa Adeje

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Explore Tenerife’s natural wonders by buggy on this fun self-drive tour. Choose from three different tour itineraries and benefit from a personalized experience with a small-group tour and a local guide. Either follow the coastal road to Las Americas and Los Gigantes; traverse the volcanic landscapes of the Teide National Park; or take the scenic route between Las Americas and La Caleta.
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Stargazing Experience - Telescope Observations on mount TeideNature & Wildlife

Stargazing Experience - Telescope Observations on mount Teide

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Tenerife’s Mt. Teide is a prime spot for viewing the stars and constellations of the night sky. Departing from south Tenerife resorts, this tour provides a ready-made stargazing experience: with high-tech telescopes and equipment that let you view the heavens in ways usually reserved for professional astronomers. See planets and deep-space phenomena, learn the science behind your observations, and enjoy a traditional Canarian dinner and Champagne to make your experience extra special.
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La Gomera Day Trip from TenerifeDay Trips

La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife

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Explore the idyllic island of La Gomera, a place replete with spectacular sights and authentic culture, on a full-day trip from Tenerife. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, discover the highlights of the gem of the Canarian archipelago, gaze at panoramic vistas of Tenerife Mount Teide volcano, and visit legendary landmarks like Torre del Conde in San Sebastian.
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Tenerife Gastronomy Tour with Two Winery Visits and 4-Course LunchCultural Tours

Tenerife Gastronomy Tour with Two Winery Visits and 4-Course Lunch

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Visit one of Spain’s largest Canary Islands, Tenerife, and become familiar with its gastronomy on this 8-hour tour. In the UNESCO-listed town of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, spend time sampling local wine and cheese at two popular wineries before relaxing over a 4-course meal with wine. Then, pop over to the fishing village of Candelaria to learn about its religious background, and check off its must-see sights.
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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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9 hour Trekking Tour of Masca Village in Tenerife for Small Group with GuideHiking & Camping

9 hour Trekking Tour of Masca Village in Tenerife for Small Group with Guide

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Hike from the mountains of Santiago del Teide to the pretty village of Masca to the beach on this all-day trek. Look for prickly pear, waterfalls, and impressive rock formations as you make your way down to Masca. Enjoy a drink and some free time before finishing your adventure with a boat ride in the clear blue ocean for stunning views of the towering rocks of Los Gigantes.
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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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Western Tenerife Cruise including Food and Open BarSailing Trips

Western Tenerife Cruise including Food and Open Bar

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Soak up the sunshine on a luxurious half-day catamaran cruise along Tenerife’s curvaceous western coastline. Climb aboard your stylish vessel and set sail on the shimmering sea; see unspoiled coastal scenery and enjoy gorgeous ocean views as you drift along the Atlantic Ocean. Relax in the shaded lower deck or feel the sun on your skin on the top-deck while sipping unlimited drinks and feasting upon a delicious buffet. Plunge into the crystal clear waters of Masca Bay for a revitalizing dip during your oceanic adventure.
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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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Teide National Park Tour Including Transfers and Cable Car or Observatory TicketsNature & Wildlife

Teide National Park Tour Including Transfers and Cable Car or Observatory Tickets

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Stand in awe beneath the looming Mt Teide volcano and explore the lava-sculpted landscapes of the UNESCO-listed Mt Teide National Park on this 6-hour tour. Choose from two different itineraries depending on your pick-up point: those arriving from south Tenerife will stop off at the unique rock formations of Cañadas del Teide and Los Roques de García; while the northern route passes through the serene La Orotava Valley. For the ultimate panoramic view, opt for a thrilling cable car ride up Mt Teide, the highest mountain in Spain.
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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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Discover Scuba Diving, Playa de las AmericasScuba Diving

Discover Scuba Diving, Playa de las Americas

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Splash into the clear Atlantic waters surrounding Tenerife on an introductory scuba dive. Get an overview of equipment and basic skills either in a pool or on a shallow beach (depending on experience), and enjoy individualized attention with a student-to-instructor ratio of 2:1. Then, test out your new skills with a dive from the shore or off a boat. With your instructor by your side, get an up-close perspective on amazing marine life and underwater volcanic formations.
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Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: Santa Cruz de TenerifePrivate Transfers

Private Arrival or Departure Transfer: Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Use a door to door transfer, a comfortable and hassle free service that will allow you to enjoy your journey from the moment you arrive to the beautiful island of Tenerife. Your driver will be waiting for you in the airport's arrival hall and will take you straight to your centrally located hotel in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
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