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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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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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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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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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Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes

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Los Gigantes (The Giants), are cliffs that extend along a stretch of Tenerife’s western shore, towering up to 2,000 feet (more than 600 meters) above the sea. The seaside town of the same name, perched along the shore, in the shadow of the cliffs, maintains a quieter, more relaxed vibe than the bigger resort areas further south.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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Siam Park

Siam Park

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With gravity-defying waterslides, wave pools, and water-play areas for all ages, Siam Park offers every opportunity to get your adrenaline pumping. Ranking among the largest and most popular water parks in Europe, it’s a firm favorite for families visiting Tenerife.More
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Monkey Park Tenerife

Monkey Park Tenerife

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If you like zoos, then there’s a good chance you’ll be delighted by the intimately sized and, in many cases, interactive, Monkey Park Tenerife which is located in the south of Tenerife. Considered a breeding and refuge center for endangered animals (particularly monkeys) the zoo gives visitors the chance to learn more about its mammals, ranging from monkeys and apes, of course, to iguanas, crocodiles, big cats, and exotic birds.But it’s the up-close contact that most will especially enjoy, particularly the little ones. That’s because the park offers various opportunities to feed and interact with some of the resident animals, which include lemurs, guinea pigs and certain monkeys. To participate, you’ll need to buy a bag (or several) of animal food upon entry, and ideally arrive on the earlier side so that the friendly creatures are in fact hungry.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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La Orotava Valley

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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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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Top activities in Tenerife

Tenerife: Quad Adventure Teide Tour
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La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife

La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife

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Stargazing Experience with Dinner & Drinks
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Mount Teide Stargazing with Dinner
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Recent reviews from experiences in Tenerife

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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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Unbelievable
Darren_H, Nov 2021
Tandem Paragliding Flight - Tenerife South
What an experience and a frill to see the south of Tenerife in this amazing way.
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Great fun
Darren_S, Oct 2021
A ride in the air above the sea on the south coast of Tenerife
Was great fun, good family experience, lovely way to see Tenerife.
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Breath taking. Didn’t know what I was missing!
Liam_R, Jan 2022
Night Sky Observation Tour in Tenerife
He also have me and my wife some great tips on where else to see on the island as we told him of plans to rent a car and explore.
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Fast trip in Tenerife #not off road
Nuno_P, Oct 2021
Jeep Safari to Teide and Masca
Never the less, if you're looking for a one day trip to see the best of Tenerife, I recommend it.
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Unforgettable evening with Teide by night tour!!
Nicholas_B, Sep 2021
Teide by Night - Sunset & Stargazing with telescopes experience
Being able to see the Teide is a MUST during your trip, and this just makes it an extra special excursion getting there seeing the sunset with a glass of champagne, star gazing looking at constellations, nice dinner incl.
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Great tour of Tenerife!
Nicholas_B, Sep 2021
Doble Tuk Tuk Tour in Costa Adeje
Visiting the local village and having time to walk through there was a highlight as well, I’d definitely recommend this tour to anyone who would like to see Tenerife!!
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Lots of fun great day (BABY WHALE SIGHTING!)
Jennifer_V, Sep 2021
Whale and Dolphin Watching Sailing Boat with Drinks, Snacks and Swimming Time
We got the chance to see Short fin pilot whales, which he explained live in the area year round and don't migrate out, which is why it's such a great whale watching spot.
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Great excursion, give it a go!
Ahad_A, Sep 2021
SUP and Snorkeling Adventure in Los Cristianos Beach
On route to the snorkling part of this excursion we saw two dolphins which was quite amazing to see as they breached the surface quite close to us.
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Excelente!
Reinaldo_V, Jul 2021
Mt. Teide and Masca Valley Tour in Tenerife
I could tell that she was doing her best to keep the information as similar as possible in the two languages (English/Spanish) The places were super nice and considering all that we knew I think it was a fair amount of time to get some cool pictures and explore.
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Absolutely recommended
Sandra_B, Mar 2021
Whale and Dolphin Watching Yacht Trip in Puerto Colón
The lady captain was very nice, friendly, fluent in English :).
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True nature marvel
Maryna_L, 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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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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A beautiful tour around Tenerife
Annelore W, Jan 2020
Teide, Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal in Small Group from the south of Tenerife
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!
Donna_S, 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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