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18 Top Things To Do In Tenerife, Spain
- Jonathan Chum
Tenerife is an island in the Atlantic Ocean, located 100 km off the coast of Morocco. It is the largest and most populated of Spain's Canary Islands. The Teide National Park, belonging to its neighbor La Gomera, is the only place in Spain where you can see both volcanoes and glaciers at the same time. The peak of El Teide rises from a plain over 13 kilometers above sea level, making it the highest mountain in any Spanish territory outside mainland Spain itself. This makes it a popular tourist attraction with tourists from all around Europe but especially from Germany who visits here every year by plane or ferry boat
Playa De Las Americas
Playa de las Americas is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Tenerife and has long been a playground for the rich. It's a great place to spend your time, with its long beach and plenty of restaurants and shops. There are also plenty of things to do if you're looking for entertainment or activities.
The main street is pedestrianized so it's easy to walk around without having to dodge cars or trucks, which makes it ideal if you're traveling with children. The main hotel area is called Los Cristianos and there are lots of restaurants here where you can eat out at night without spending too much money on food.
There's also a cinema complex here that shows films from around the world in both English and Spanish subtitles!
Loro Parque, a zoo and aquarium in Tenerife, is a great place to visit. If you love animals then this is the place for you! There are many shows such as Sea Lions and Dolphins, Penguins, and much more. The park is so big that it will take up your whole day just exploring everything there is to see here.
After walking around this park, we went back on our ship which was docked right next door (we were on a cruise). After leaving Loro Parque we went back onto our boat which took us around Tenerife Island showing all its beautiful sights before ending up back at Puerto De La Cruz where we had started.
If you're looking for a unique experience, consider hiking Mount Teide. It's the highest peak in Spain and is home to an active volcano. You'll enjoy spectacular views of the island from its summit and can also try birdwatching or stargazing while you're there.
Puerto de la Cruz|La Orotava
About a 30-minute drive from Santa Cruz, Puerto de la Cruz is the most popular tourist destination in Tenerife and is known for its beaches, restaurants, and nightlife. It's also home to some great shopping opportunities!
If you're looking for a beach day, head down to Playa de las Teresitas where you can soak up the sun or enjoy some water sports---especially kite surfing! The town has plenty of shops if you want to pick up souvenirs before taking in some local cuisine at one of its many restaurants.
Monkey Park Tenerife
Monkey Park Tenerife is a wildlife park in Spain. It is located in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, and was established in 1993. The park is open all year round and has over 100 different species of animals, including monkeys, parrots, turtles, and more!
The park offers several activities for visitors to enjoy including tours by foot or by bike through its natural surroundings. There are also various educational workshops available on sites such as snake handling lessons or bird feeding demonstrations which allow visitors to learn more about the world around them while having fun at the same time!
San Cristobal de La Laguna
San Cristobal de la Laguna is a town in the south of Tenerife, one of the islands that make up the Canary Islands. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 due to its historical buildings and monuments.
The main attractions are its beautiful cathedral and monastery, which were built between 1514 and 1696. They are considered to be among the best examples of baroque architecture on the island, with their ornate walls, chapels, and ceilings covered with paintings depicting biblical stories.
Also worth visiting while you're there is the Carnival festival held every year on February 10th, where anyone can join in by dressing up in colorful costumes and walking through streets filled with people dancing or playing drums at all hours of day or night!
Los Gigantes is a small fishing village in the south of Tenerife and is one of the best places to go for a day trip. It has many beautiful beaches and restaurants, as well as shops and even windsurfing. This town is known for its rich history and culture, making it an amazing place to visit during your vacation in Tenerife.
Garachico Beach & Town
Garachico is a small town in the south of Tenerife. It's not on most tourist itineraries, but it's a great place to enjoy the sun and sea. The town has a nice beach and several restaurants, bars, shops, and surf schools.
Garachico Beach sits at the base of Mount Teide (the biggest volcano in Spain) so you can always spot the iconic white peak from here! It's also popular with surfers who come for its consistent waves all year round.
Boat trip from Los Cristianos
The boat ride lasts about 45 minutes and costs 12 Euros. The boat departs every day at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 2 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4:30 pm. You can buy tickets for this tour at the tourist information office or online at ticket website.
The best time to go is during the early afternoon as it's hot enough to enjoy yourself but not so hot that you can't walk around after you get off the boat. I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes, as there are some stairs involved with getting on and off the vessel!
Whale and dolphin spotting from Puerto Colon
While whales and dolphins are elusive creatures, they can be spotted from the coast in Tenerife if you know where to look. From Puerto Colon---the main port on the island's south coast---you can take a boat trip out into the waters of the Atlantic Ocean to view them up close during their winter migration period, which lasts from December to March.
The tour lasts around three hours and provides an incredible opportunity to connect with these majestic creatures as they swim past, often leaping out of the water as they do so.
Mount Teide National Park
Mount Teide National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to Spain's highest mountain, and the biggest national park in Spain. It was established as a national park in 1954 and has since protected over 40% of Tenerife's landmass. The park contains some unique ecosystems, including pine trees that only grow at this altitude on earth (over 3 miles above sea level), as well as an endemic species of lizard that can only be found here. It also boasts the best views of sunsets in the world!
The Siam Park Water Kingdom
Siam Park Water Kingdom is not your typical water park. There are no water slides, pools, or lazy rivers here. Nor are there any waves, rapids, or a tidal wave pool. Instead, Siam Park is a combination of over 15 rides and attractions that you'll find nowhere else in the world!
The park was designed by two Dutch entrepreneurs who wanted to create something completely different from other theme parks---and they succeeded! There are 2 main areas:
The Lost Kingdom - This area has 4 main rides where you can get wet: The Journey Through Time (a dark ride), The Forbidden Kingdom (a dark ride), Raging Rapids, and Torrential Falls (white-water rafting). It's also home to an adventure playground called Aquazone with real water cannons; you can play pirate on one of these pirate ships too!
The Lost World - Here there's an indoor roller coaster as well as a giant wave pool where kids can splash around safely while their parents relax in deckchairs nearby watching them have fun splashing about in shallow waters under supervision from lifeguards who make sure everyone stays safe at all times by patrolling the area regularly throughout busy periods when lots of people are enjoying themselves here together."
The volcano hike at Mount Teide National Park
The volcano hike at Mount Teide National Park is a must-do, but it's not for everyone. The hike itself is about five hours long and involves some steep inclines, so you'll want to be in good shape before you attempt this.
If you decide to take the bus, they will drop you off at the start of the trail and pick you up when it's done. If driving yourself is more your thing, there are plenty of parking lots nearby where cars can park overnight until their owners return from their hike.
The hike itself is pretty straightforward. You'll follow a paved road for about 30 minutes before reaching the trailhead, where you'll begin your ascent up Mount Teide. The first part of the hike is fairly easy and will take you through some lush forest with plenty of waterfalls and streams along the way. After about an hour and a half, you'll reach a point where it becomes much steeper and more difficult to climb.
Climb the dunes at Maspalomas
If you're looking for a fun and unique adventure, look no further than Maspalomas. Located on the southeast coast of the island, Maspalomas is home to some of the world's largest dunes! The tallest peak in these dunes is called Montaña de Guímar (Guimar's Mountain) and stands at an impressive 721 meters (2,356 feet). It's not as tall as Mount Everest but it's still pretty impressive!
The best place to climb Montaña de Guímar is at its base, where there are staircases built specifically for climbers. You can also take an elevator ride up one side if you'd rather not climb it yourself---just remember that it costs extra! Climbing Montaña de Guímar takes between 15 minutes and 1 hour depending on your fitness level; however, if you are looking for more excitement then try doing multiple ascents in one day like I did when visiting Tenerife last month with my friends from England :)
Loro Parque is a wildlife park in Tenerife, Spain. It is the largest wildlife park in Europe and contains over 2,500 animals of 400 species. The park includes a dolphinarium (with 4 orca whales), a safari park, and a marine park featuring sea lions and dolphins.
The park is open all year round and has a visitor capacity of over 1.5 million per year, making it one of the most visited tourist attractions in Tenerife.
Tenerife Carnival is the biggest festival in Tenerife and one of the most popular carnivals in Spain. It has been celebrated since 1882 and takes place in February each year in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. The main event is usually held on Sunday and lasts for three days but there are also many parades and parties during this time so it's worth staying until Wednesday if you can!
Playa de las Teresitas Beach
Just five miles north of Tenerife's capital Santa Cruz, this beach is a quiet and gentle place to spend a day. With white sand, clear waters, and plenty of sunbathing space, it's the perfect spot for relaxing with friends or family.
While you're here, be sure to stop by for a drink at one of the many bars along the promenade; there are also plenty of restaurants where you can enjoy fresh seafood from nearby fishing villages. If you're looking for something more adventurous (and less touristy), try going scuba diving or snorkeling in search of colorful sea life such as parrotfish and damselfish---you'll see why they named this place "Little Treasure."
The Woodstock Theatre Show in Puerto de la Cruz
The Woodstock Theatre Show is a musical show that takes place in Puerto de la Cruz. It is a great show for all the family to enjoy, as it has something for everyone from singing and dancing to acrobatics, martial arts, and even some comedy thrown into the mix. A lot of effort goes into creating this product and it shows on stage with talented performers who put their heart and soul into their work. The set designs are impressive too with plenty of bright colors to keep you entertained throughout the night. You will no doubt leave feeling like you have been transported back to another time!
There are so many things to do in Tenerife, Spain! From visiting the Loro Parque, a park for animals, to hiking in Mount Teide National Park. If you like swimming then there are many beautiful beaches with crystal clear water and white sand. You can also take a boat trip from Los Cristianos and visit some smaller towns like Garachico Beach & Town where you can taste delicious food or just relax on their beachfront terraces. The Woodstock Theatre Show is also worth seeing as well as climbing the dunes at Maspalomas (a popular resort near Las Americas).