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Welcome to Tenerife

Land of volcanic drama, staggering sunsets, and some of Spain’s most diverse terrain, Tenerife is vying to be the adventure capital of the Canary Islands. The colossal, dormant volcano Mount Teide—together with the red-tinted rocks and barren landscapes of Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is one of Tenerife’s top draws: Hike, drive, or take the Teide Cable Car to the top of the volcano for stunning views of Orotava Valley and the crater of Mount Chahorra. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island’s lively and culturally rich capital, boasts bars, museums, and shops, and serves as a launchpad for day trips to La Gomera, an unspoiled Canary Island home to Garajonay National Park and Masca Valley. From Playa de la Americas, whale- and dolphin-watching trips are a popular choice with naturalists; while Costa Adeje proves the perfect place to snorkel with turtles or learn to scuba dive amid submerged caverns. The popular resort towns of Los Cristianos and Los Gigantes appeal to travelers looking to relax with pretty marinas and golden beaches. Explore the quaint town of Puerto de la Cruz on a Segway, see the island from above on a paragliding flight, or soar out to sea on an extreme jet ski safari—no matter how you explore Tenerife, the island never fails to impress.

Top 15 attractions in Tenerife

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Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide)

Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide)

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The largest and oldest national park in the Canary Islands and home to Spain’s highest peak—Mount Teide—Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide) is one of the top attractions on Tenerife. The rugged landscape of the park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is magnificent—a geological wonder featuring an expanse of rugged lava fields, ancient calderas, and volcanic peaks.More
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Masca Valley

Masca Valley

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Characterized by rugged cliffs, forested trails, and waterfalls, the wild landscapes of the Masca Valley are among Tenerife’s most beautiful. The remote gorge offers a thrilling backdrop for a hike—the trail winds down through the gorge and finishes at a black-sand beach.More
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Vilaflor

Vilaflor

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Perched on a rocky plateau at 1,400m, Vilaflor is Tenerife’s highest village and it’s a scenic spot, encircled by pine-covered mountains, rugged lava plains and fields of wildflowers. Located in the foothills of the Teide National Park, Vilaflor makes a popular starting point for hiking and climbing treks, as well as being famed for its local wineries and vineyards.Regional highlights include the Paisaje Lunar (lunar landscape), an unearthly lava valley, where unusual rock formations have been sculpted out of striking white tuff. Nearby, the mineral springs of Fuente Altam, the Sanctuary of the Santo Hermano Pedro and El Pino Gordo (the Fat Pine), the largest tree in the Canary Islands, are also worth a visit.More
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La Orotava Valley

La Orotava Valley

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Some of Tenerife’s most scenic landscapes can be found along La Orotava Valley. Stretching from the Teide Volcano, this picturesque region is dotted with vineyards, banana plantations, and pine-clad mountains popular for hiking. The historic town of La Orotava serves as a base for adventure in the valley.More
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Mt. Teide (El Teide)

Mt. Teide (El Teide)

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At 12,198 feet (3,718 meters) above sea level, Mt. Teide (El Teide) is the highest point in the Canary Islands and all of Spain. The towering peak in Tenerife allows visitors to stand atop a volcano and look out over nearby islands including La Palma and Gran Canaria—if the clouds cooperate—whether they get there on foot or by cable car.More
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Los Roques de García

Los Roques de García

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A cluster of uniquely shaped rocks lying in the shadows of the notoriously volatile Teide volcano, Los Roques de García are among the top attractions of Tenerife’s UNESCO-listed Teide National Park. Formed by years of ancient volcanic activity, the pyroclastic rocks are best known for their impressive stature and peculiar shapes, some appearing to defy gravity and others taking on an otherworldly presence.The most famous rocks include the ‘Roque Cinchado’, known as ‘God’s Finger’, now one of Tenerife’s most iconic landmarks, and the imposing La Catedral, the tallest at 200-meters high and a popular challenge for climbers. Each rock has its own unique moniker, including ‘El Queso’, ‘Roques Blancos’ and ‘Torrotito’, and the best way to enjoy the views is hiking the circular trail around the valley, which takes around 2 hours.More
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Teide Cable Car (Teleférico del Teide)

Teide Cable Car (Teleférico del Teide)

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Do more than just see Spain’s highest volcano from afar—float to the top on the Teide Cable Car (Teleférico del Teide). This smooth-moving ride transports you to the summit of Mount Tiede, a jumping-off point for hikes among the otherworldly landscapes of UNESCO-listed Teide National Park or stargazing from Teide Observatory.More
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Drago Park (Parque del Drago)

Drago Park (Parque del Drago)

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The main draw for Drago Park (Parque del Drago) in Icod de los Vinos, Tenerife, is its towering 800-year-old Dragon Tree, the oldest of its kind in the Canary Islands. It’s a sight best enjoyed from inside the botanical garden, which also features an extensive collection of endemic fauna, birds, caves, and viewing platforms.More
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Las Vistas Beach (Playa de las Vistas)

Las Vistas Beach (Playa de las Vistas)

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Many of the beaches beckon on Tenerife, but there’s a reason the wide stretch of golden sand at Las Vistas is one of the island’s most popular. With a range of facilities and bright blue umbrellas and lounge chairs, there is something for everybody. The waters just off the beach divide into two bays, which are particularly calm and good for swimming. There are also lots of bars, restaurants, and shopping options both on the beach and just nearby.Water sports, beach volleyball, and other leisure activities are also popular here. The beach is well known, so it can be busy with other travelers particularly during the summer months. Because of its accessibility and relative safety, the beach is a good choice for those traveling with families. Those seeking more adventurous activities can choose from boating and scuba diving in the waters off the coast, which often launch from the beach.More
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Las Águilas Jungle Park

Las Águilas Jungle Park

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Las Águilas Jungle Park on Spain's largest Canary Island, Tenerife, is a treasure trove of exotic birds, big cats, lemurs, primates, penguins, reptiles, and more. Explore the park, marvel over daily flight and feeding exhibitions, get adventurous on toboggan runs, and then refuel at the onsite snack bars.More
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Monje Winery (Bodegas Monje)

Monje Winery (Bodegas Monje)

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Discover the Canary Islands’ viniculture traditions at Monje Winery (Bodegas Monje) in scenic La Hollera on Tenerife. Sample the reds, whites, and rosés; wander the vines; and learn how traditional methods and modern innovation come together. Then, enjoy some of the best views on the island from the terrace at the on-site restaurant.More
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Monkey Park Tenerife

Monkey Park Tenerife

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Located in the southern part of the island, Monkey Park Tenerife is a breeding and refuge center for endangered primates. The park is home to free-roaming lemurs, gibbons, and squirrel monkeys—to name a few—and gives you the chance to enjoy close contact with the semi-wild primates.More
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El Médano

El Médano

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The sweeping coastal winds and long sandy beaches of El Médano provide some of the best conditions for windsurfing and kite surfing on Tenerife. Perched along the southeast coast, the traditional Spanish town offers a laid-back alternative to the island’s busiest beach resorts, making it a popular spot for both families and adrenaline seekers.More
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Auditorio de Tenerife (Tenerife Auditorium)

Auditorio de Tenerife (Tenerife Auditorium)

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With its wave-like silhouette and futuristic architecture looming over the waterfront of Santa Cruz harbor, Tenerife Auditorium is one of the capital’s most recognizable landmarks. The sculptural marvel doubles as a prestigious entertainment venue, where you can enjoy music concerts, operas, and dance performances.More
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Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park and Botanical Garden (Pirámides de Güímar)

Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park and Botanical Garden (Pirámides de Güímar)

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At Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park and Botanical Garden in Tenerife, uncover the history of the six mysterious lava-stone pyramids and explore the Canary Islands’ only poisonous plant exhibit in the Poison Garden. Then, learn about Polynesian culture, visit the Casa Chacona Museum, and wander the themed gardens.More

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Top activities in Tenerife

Tenerife: Quad Adventure Teide Tour
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La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife
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Tandem Paragliding Flight in South Tenerife
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Night Sky Star Safari Teide National Park Tenerife
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Yacht Trip in Puerto Colon
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Whale Watching Eco-Adventure from Costa Adeje
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Whale Watching and Listening Eco Catamaran Tour with Food Tasting
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Mount Teide Stargazing with Dinner
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Recent reviews from experiences in Tenerife

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Best Day Ever!
Alexandra_A, Aug 2022
Guided Kayak Tour From Los Cristianos Beach Tenerife
Our guides were so lovely and gave us some amazing information on the tour, not to mention a whole heap of suggestions on the best things to do/eat in Tenerife.
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Great for anyone
YAJAIRA_O, Jul 2022
STARGAZING BUS TOUR, Volcano Teide at Night, Meal & Drinks included!
The tour was very informative got to see a lot of cool stars.
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A must while on Tenerife
Diane_O, Jun 2022
Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruising Catamaran with Lunch and Drinks
It was an amazing experience to see whales and dolphins up close!
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Amazing instructors and great experience!
Nipuni_M, Jun 2022
Tenerife: Quad Adventure Teide Tour
The views were jaw dropping and overall one of the best activities in tenerife.
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Amazing experience!
Caitlyn_H, Apr 2022
Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruising Catamaran with Lunch and Drinks
We loved the views, got to see dolphins/whales, the team on board was amazing and the cava was delicious!
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Very interesting and engaging tour
Gerard_O, Apr 2022
Tenerife Gastronomy Tour with Two Winery Visits and 4-Course Lunch
Great to see the Northern part of Tenerife and a chance to see a family run winery and old town with historic buildings and our guide was excellent
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AMAZING!!!!!
Chelsea_P, Sep 2022
Night Sky Star Safari Teide National Park Tenerife
The sunset we got to see was beautiful, also I am blown away with how quick it actually goes down.
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Peaceful and Beautiful Experience
Tomasina_V, Sep 2022
Whale & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour from Los Cristianos
We were lucky enough to see a few families of pilot whales and several bottlenose dolphins during our 2 hour trip both from afar and very close to the boat.
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Just great
Richard_H, Aug 2022
Small Group Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise with Transfer, Food & Snorkeling
Just not enough stars available to rate this, 5 isn’t enough, I honestly believe this is one of the best things you can do in Tenerife, the staff are amazing and speak perfect English which is great even though me and my 10 year old son are trying to learn Spanish and believe you should, the boat is luxurious, we saw whales a few meters from the boat, he got sea sick and the staff and other customers were so accommodating, there was no hard selling of photos or any of that business and in my opinion was under priced, our first outing was cancelled when we got to the harbour because of rough sea’s and we were offered a full refund or to rebook at a later date, we were picked up and dropped off back to the hotel without any charge then picked back up again in a brand new transit minibus with a friendly driver when we had rebooked and again no charge, it would have cost easily €30 each way so in total €120 in taxis alone, we chose the sunset experience and I had watery eyes at one point and my son asked why I was crying, it was because it was the best end to a holiday I could have ever imagined, looking at the island lit up like a Christmas tree from the distance, I absolutely recommend anyone travelling to Tenerife to do this, don’t waste your time with the regular tourist boats they sell you at the sea front, we have done the Peter Pan boat etc which was good and we enjoyed it at the time, this is just off the scale, thank you so so very much you guys rock 👍
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Amazing Experience with Brisa Paragliding
Pavla_K, Aug 2022
Tandem Paragliding Flight in South Tenerife
Having the wish to see Costa Adeje Golf course from a bird view, flight instructor navigated the glider in that direction.
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Great day out (full summary)
Euan_M, Aug 2022
Tenerife: Quad Adventure Teide Tour
The guides were fluent in English and Italian.
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A MUST if you like your own space the luxury way!
Alasdair_J, Aug 2022
Whales and Dolphins excursion on a Luxury Yacht in Canary Islands
Got to swim off the boat, get close to the rock faces to see the red crabs, and the on board nipples were superb.
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Amazing Experience
Rebecca_W, Jul 2022
Small Group Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise with Transfer, Food & Snorkeling
We got to see both pilot whales and dolphins up close, an unforgettable experience.
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Amazing
Debora_S, Jul 2022
TEIDE NIGHT Astronomy Stargazing Bus Tour, Meal & Drinks included!
We went to see the sunset above the clouds and was a great experience as it was magnifiecent.
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Not to be missed!!!
minesh_p, Jun 2022
Buggy Teide Express 3.30 Hrs
Add this to your list of excursions when travelling to Tenerife, it’s definitely one of the best ways to see and explore the Island.
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A must in Tenerife
Luisa_G, May 2022
Teide tour with Sunset and Stars
Got to see an amazing sunset with a glass of cava and then stargazing higher up the mountain.
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Don't hesitate, just go!
Nora_S, May 2022
Whale and Dolphin Watching Yacht Trip in Puerto Colon
We saw dolphins and whales from very close, it was just so cool to see these amazing animals in their natural environment.
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Nice way to spend an hour
Rob_B, Apr 2022
Banana Plantation and a Farm by Tuk Tuk from Costa Adeje
The plantation was interesting to see too, we bought some fruit that is grown there on the farm, and the kids enjoyed the beautiful views along the way.
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The trip was our high...
Connie_v, Jan 2022
Mt. Teide and Masca Valley Tour in Tenerife
Tour guide spoke fluent English and German and was very knowledge.
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Great value for money
Jonathan_N, Dec 2021
Tenerife Gastronomy Tour with Two Winery Visits and 4-Course Lunch
For the price of this excursion, we found it very enjoyable and a great way to see parts of North Tenerife.
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What is Tenerife best known for?

Tenerife draws sunseekers to its sandy beaches year-round, and it’s one of the most popular winter sun destinations in Europe. The island is also known for its volcanic topography—the Teide Volcano is Spain’s highest point, and the rugged landscapes provide plenty of options for hikers.

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What activities are popular in Tenerife?

The sun is always shining in Tenerife, and outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round. Hit the beach to surf, snorkel, or scuba dive; try water sports such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and parasailing; or head inland to hike, mountain bike, or drive an ATV around the volcanoes.

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What is the best month to go to Tenerife?

While the most popular months are July and August, the best time to visit Tenerife is actually from April-June and September-November, when you can enjoy the warm weather without the crowds. Tenerife has mild, sunny days year-round, making the island a popular choice for a winter sun getaway.

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Which is the nicest part of Tenerife?

Many vacationers opt to stay on the southwest coast of Tenerife, where the beach resorts of Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje, and Los Cristianos are some of the island’s most popular. For a change of scenery, try the luxury resorts of Puerta de la Cruz on the north shore.

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What is there to do in Tenerife at night?

Tenerife’s nightlife is legendary, and the bars and nightclubs of Playa de las Americas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife stay open till the early hours, especially in peak season. Alternatively, join an evening safari tour and enjoy stargazing in the Teide National Park

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Are things cheap in Tenerife?

Yes, at least in comparison to mainland Europe—Tenerife is a tax-free island, and prices are often lower. Average daily costs for vacationers in Tenerife are about US$122, but this greatly depends on your choice of accommodation and activities. Low-season travelers can often snag a bargain at the island’s resorts.

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