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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 10 attractions in Tenerife

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Masca Valley

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With its steep rocky cliffs, forested trails and trickling waterfalls, the wild landscape of the Masca Valley is among Tenerife’s most beautiful, and the remote gorge offers a thrilling backdrop for a hiking expedition. At the top of the valley, the aptly nicknamed ‘lost village’ of Masca is perched precariously on the 600-meter-high edge of the gorge, reachable by a hair-raisingly steep serpentine road and offering spectacular views over the valley. From the village, it’s possible to hike all the way to the coast, a dramatic 4.5km trail that scrambles over the valley floor, past hidden caves, lagoons and black sand beaches.More
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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, the UNESCO World Heritage listed Teide National Park is one of the top attractions on the island of Tenerife. At 3,718m, the landmark peak of Teide - the world’s third highest volcano from its base - is omnipresent and taking the cable car to the top is one of the most popular pastimes for visitors, with views spanning the surrounding islands. Even from ground level, the park’s rugged landscape is magnificent, a geological wonder featuring an expanse of rugged lava fields, ancient calderas and volcanic peaks. Spread over 18,900 hectares, additional highlights of the park include the 3,135m Pico Viejo volcano, the distinctive Roques de García rock formations, and a unique array of native flora and fauna, including rare insects like the Tenerife lizard and an impressive collection of birds, including Egyptian vultures, sparrowhawks and red kite.More
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Mt. Teide (El Teide)

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Towering 3,718 m over the island of Tenerife, scaling the high-altitude peak of Spain’s highest mountain can be, quite literally, breathtaking. Thankfully, you don’t have to climb the summit to take in the views from Mount Teide – the Teide Cable Car whisks visitors to an observation deck at 3,550m, where you can enjoy dramatic views that span as far as the neighboring Canary Islands on clear days. It’s also possible to hike to the lookout point, a taxing climb that takes around 5 hours, but to scale the final 200m to the highest point, climbers need to secure a free permit from the National Park office. Set in an ancient caldera at the center of the UNESCO World Heritage listed Teide National Park, the Mount Teide volcano dates back around 1 million years and ranks as the 3rd highest volcano in the world, rising 7,500 m above the ocean floor. Although the volcano hasn’t erupted since 1909, it remains active and seismic activity was recorded as recently as 2003.More
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La Orotava Valley

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Stretching out from the shadows of the Teide Volcano and framed by the rolling peaks of the eponymous mountains, La Orotava Valley is home to some of Tenerife’s most scenic landscapes. With its lush banana plantations and vineyards, steep cliffs and pine-clad mountains, this is prime hiking terrain and a number of well-known trails run through the valley. Highlights include the Mirador del Humboldt viewpoint, which offers an expansive panoramic view over the valley below; the historic town of La Orotava, famed for its unique architecture and botanical gardens; and the volcanic sand beaches of El Bollullo, Martín Alonso and El Rincón.More
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Santiago del Teide

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The town of Santiago del Teide sits near the western coast of the island of Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands. Santiago del Teide is in the foothills of the Macizo de Teno mountains, not far from the historic mountain town of Masca. On the coast, the imposing Acantilados de Los Gigantes (Cliffs of the Giants) drop from the mountains directly into the ocean. There are several beach resort towns in the area along the coast.More
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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.More
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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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Los Gigantes

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Though El Teide may be Tenerife’s most popular sky-high sight — and rightly so — it’s not the only one you’ll want to check out while on the island. If you head to the western coastline, you won’t want to miss gaping at the massive cliff-lined coastline home to Los Gigantes. “The Giants” span a long stretch of the western shore, and reach up to more than 600 meters into the sky above the sea. These geographical wonders are best viewed from their namesake village, a popular resort town that still manages to maintain an exclusive vibe, likely due to its lack of hotels (it only has one) and high-rise buildings. More precisely, though, you can best view the cliffs from various spots: the popular Archipenque Mirador, a roadside lookout on the way into town; from the marina-and-cliff-sandwiched, black-sanded beach; from the sea while partaking in one of the popular whale- and dolphin-watching excursions; or even from above during a helicopter tour.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Tenerife

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A musst do
Anca, Dec 2020
Hiking trail Pico Teide with permission and guide in Tenerife
winter clothes are recommendet if you want to enjoy the top.
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Unforgettable
Kathryn_W, Dec 2020
sunset and stars
Amazing excursion, we were lucky enough to see the rings of Saturn very clearly.
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True nature marvel
mlysak17, Feb 2020
La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife
Ferry trip allowed us to see the beauty of La Gomera and Tenerife from the water.
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Day trip to La Gomera
bernardkirby, Sep 2019
La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife
Excellent trip to see the little island of La Gomera Everything went smoothly.
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Great day out!
521njeffrey, Jul 2019
Tenerife Total Experience
It is amazing to see how quickly the landscapes change in Tenerife.
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Outstanding tour. Covered virtually...
ERWIN H E, Oct 2017
Mt. Teide and Masca Valley Tour in Tenerife
Amazingly, Samuel, our guide, narrated in three languages: Spanish, English, and German.
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Good overview of Tenerife! The...
Haley C, Apr 2018
Mt. Teide and Masca Valley Tour in Tenerife
Check to see what time your pickup is before booking - I had a 7 am pickup for a 9 am tour
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An amazing trip with the hotel...
Casondra M, Aug 2015
Whale and Dolphin Watching Sailing Boat with Drinks, Snacks and Swimming Time
The first stop was a wonderful bay for a chance to swim and spot sea turtles that frequent the area and then it was on to see Pilot Whales that live year round off the coast of Tenerife!
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A day on Tenerife!
Cinda, Mar 2020
Tenerife Full Island Tour
We thought the tour was English speaking only so felt a little sad for the tour guide when he had to repeat each conversation in French.
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Ocean quads
SHatton, Feb 2020
Ocean Quad Small Group Tour
You get to see things other people wouldn't like the nomads who live round the island and are being pushed out by large companies building hotels.
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A beautiful tour around Tenerife
Annelore W, Jan 2020
Small group tour in Tenerife: Santa Cruz, San Cristóbal and Teide
We really recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see more then the sands n' beaches of Tenerife.
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Everyone should try a tour!
Bristol_Jan_10, Oct 2019
Private Tuk Tuk Tours in Costa Adeje Tenerife
What a fun way to see a bit more of Tenerife.
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THE BEST KEPT SECRET OF THE CANARY ISLANDS
betty r, Jul 2019
Full-Day Guided Tour to El Hierro from Tenerife
Thoroughly a must do if you want to see more than the fleshpots of Las Americas
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If you're into nature, this is the tour for you!
deenjil, May 2019
Mount Teide and Tenerife North Shore Excursion with Food & Wine Tasting
There is so much more to see and do!
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Highly recommended!
Expedition68171, Jan 2019
Whale and Dolphin Watching Sailing Boat with Drinks, Snacks and Swimming Time
He also tried his best to find whales for us to see and succeeded!!!
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We chose not to hire a car whilst...
lorri.garnell, Mar 2018
Tenerife Full Island Tour
We chose not to hire a car whilst staying at our holiday rental, so this was a great way to see some of Tenerife in one day.
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I did the El Hierro island -tour in...
Ari S, Apr 2018
Full-Day Guided Tour to El Hierro from Tenerife
A pity we did not have time to visit all the best sites of the island - which only means that it's really worth another trip in the future, perhaps staying overnight for a longer time.
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This was a very enjoyable excursion...
Stephane F, Jul 2018
Tenerife 3-Hour Luxury Sailboat Tour with Bath and Food On Board
Whatever you see always depends a bit on luck I guess, but we were able to see the small whales, a big group of uncommon dolphins, couple of kinds of birds and turtles, so I felt it was well worth the money.
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Definitely a must see if you have a...
Vladimir F, Feb 2017
La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife with Lunch in Abrante
The tour may seem to be overloaded and tiresome a lot of bus riding and maybe too little walking, but this is the only way to see as much unforgettable scenery as La Gomera can offer with its multiple view points so spectacular that you will never fo
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My husband and I booked this day...
Maryl L, Sep 2015
Western Tenerife Cruise with Lunch and Open Bar
A bonus on the way back to the port, was that we got to see quite a bit of dolphins and whales.

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