Tenerife is the largest and ravishing dame of Spain’s Canary Islands archipelago. Come here to experience Masca tropical-forest, forays into volcanic lava, museums, temples, modern art, designer stores and ancient colonial towns. Hike your way to the dramatic snow-draped Pico del Teide, Anaga Mountain, a dormant volcano, or get splashed into the Siam water park. Adrenaline junkies must head to Costa Adeje for boat tours, scuba, snorkeling and jet skiing activities.
Millions of people visit Tenerife each year, however, most of them don’t leave before they visit the Tenerife Zoo Monkey Park, Teide’s volcanic rock formations and ARTlandya museum. Furthermore, the island’s popular resorts exhibit white sandy beaches, delightful cuisine and clubbing. Let’s explore the top 8 things to do in Tenerife, Spain.
1. Teide National Park
Teide National Park, a notable UNESCO site, should top your must-see list of Tenerife. To begin with, it is the largest park on the Canary Islands! The National park features spectacular views of volcanoes, craters and rivers of petrified lava. Teide National Park offers 2 visitor centers, along with a bar and restaurant. Enjoy the panoramic view of the park, and take a walk through the extensive network of trails.
The cable car introduces you to amazing Spanish views of Tenerife. This is also the place where Planet of the Apes was filmed. You need to pay an entrance fee of 30 USD to get inside Pico del Teide, which is absolutely worth every penny spent. Booking in advance leads to an advantage, and we also suggest you carry warm clothes.
Teide National Park
Address: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Website: Teide National Park
2. Siam Park
Visit the magical kingdom of Siam, in its authentic Thai themed setting with a floating market. In reality, Siam Park is much more than your usual water park! It offers plenty of thrilling rides, such as Dragon, Tower of Power and Mekong Rapids. In addition, this park has its very own tropical paradise, where you can relax with family. Discover sea-lions and Koi Carp beneath the wooden walkways.
When you decide to unwind, hit one of the bars or restaurants and enjoy your favorite drinks and snacks. You can also make your way to the white sandy beaches, that sport free sun loungers. Get yourself on the beach, swim in the warm waters or simply enjoy a cooler by the bay.
Address: Av. Siam, s/n, 38660 Costa Adeje, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Website: Siam Park
3. Pico del Teide or Volcan El Teide
Teide is a mythological mountain for the ancient Greeks. In reality, Mount Teide is a tall volcano in the Canary Islands. It is the highest point of Spain, as well as the highest point on the islands of the Atlantic. The last eruption was reported in 1909 from the Santiago rift. Pico Del Teide is marked by the history of destructive eruptions. The volcano is close to UNESCO site Teide National Park, which is the most natural wonder of Spain. Discover the international astronomical observatory, on the slopes of the mountain.
Address: Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Website: Volcano Teide
4. ARTlandya Doll Museum
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Tenerife has a fascinating list of things to do, including this famous doll museum. Believe you me, this is neither a fancy collection of dolls nor an eccentric toy museum. Instead, ARTlandya is an estate, with old Canarian homes sporting exhibitions and a tropical park. Above all, you will be far more than fascinated after you visit this world of art. Explore this unique art museum in Europe, for contemporary doll art at the highest global level. As a matter of fact, this world of teddy bears and dolls, is for both children and adults.
ARTlandya Doll Museum
Address: Camino el Moleiro, 21, 38430 Icod de los Vinos, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
5. Tenerife Zoo Monkey Park
Tenerife Zoo Monkey Park is the world’s biggest little zoo! To begin with, the Monkey Park of Tenerife is an international procreation centre of endangered species. Do visit this lovely park on your Tenerife trip. The Monkey Park is a unique zoo of Tenerife, where you can walk through the monkey’s cages and feed them. That also applies to other animals in this zoo. It’s amazing to experience the wonderful reactions from animals. They all have personalities and favorite food items and feeding them is an absolute delight. This park is close to Arona, San Lorenzo, Los Cristianos and Playa De Las Americas.
Tenerife Zoo Monkey Park
Address: Camino Real Llano Azul, 17, 38627 Arona, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Website: Tenerife Zoo Monkey Park
6. Las Montanas de Anaga
The Anaga Mountains are the most exciting part of Tenerife life. Make sure to hike this primeval forest, or take a trip to the stunning steep coast. In fact, this lush-green mountain is very different, as compared to the Teide national park. The spectacular views can be enjoyed by hiking, driving or cycling from San Andres.
Unwind in the incredible beauty of unadulterated flora and fauna. Besides, it’s an ideal place to connect with nature in the most peaceful environment. You can park your car at the visitor centre, and also use the washroom if needed. Anaga is a beautiful photo-stop, from TF-5 follow the La Laguna’s final exit and then you will be on your way for the mountains.
Las Montanas de Anaga
Address: Meseta de Anaga, 38129, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
7. Tour the Tenerife Auditorium
Santiago Calatrava Valls designed the Auditorio de Tenerife, which is located on the avenue in the Canarian capital. The architecture of this auditorium is framed in late-modern 20th-century style. As a matter of fact, this building is the architectural symbol of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Not to mention, it is also the finest building in the Canary Islands.
The auditorium was inaugurated by the Prince of Asturias, and was eventually visited by US President Bill Clinton. In addition, this auditorium is close to both Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the Atlantic Ocean. Most importantly, a picture of this Auditorium was featured on the celebratory 5 EUR coins in 2011.
Auditorio de Tenerife
Address: Av de la Constitucion, 1, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Website: Auditorio de Tenerife
Tenerife has one of the best coastlines of the world, that offers diverse water activities. You can enjoy a peaceful boat tour, or take part in adrenaline sports like jet skiing. Connect with marine life by opting for scuba and snorkeling opportunities. There are plenty of aquatic tour organizers in Tenerife such as Xplore Tenerife, Atlantic Eco Experience, Big Smile Luxury Charters, Las Romanticas, Canary Charter Yacht Club, Blue Bottom Diving, Ola Diving Center, Destio Charter Tenerife and Water Sports Tenerife. To enjoy incredible views of this marvelous coastline, try parasailing above the white sandy beaches.
Scuba Diving Beginner's Session in Costa Adeje
Duration: 4 hours
Sun, sand and Tenerife
You are in for an aquatic treat if you are visiting Tenerife anytime soon. There are plenty of national parks and water parks to explore. In addition, Tenerife offers plenty of aquatic activities for adventure seekers. Expect to experience sun, sand, delightful Mediterranean cuisine, cruising, hiking, cycling, and lush nature trails amidst forests and volcano parks on your trip to Tenerife.
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