There are many awesome things to do in Tenerife, and with its year-round good weather, diverse landscape, stunning beaches, buzzing nightlife, and cultural attractions, I guarantee you won’t want to leave once you arrive.
If you’re looking for a breathtakingly beautiful and diverse travel destination, Tenerife is the place for you. The island offers something for everyone and in this guide, you’ll discover some of the best Tenerife attractions and activities to help you plan your trip ahead of time.
So what to do in Tenerife? Let’s get started!
WHERE IS TENERIFE?
Tenerife is the largest of the seven Canary Islands, an autonomous community of Spain located in the Atlantic Ocean off the southwest coast of Morocco, Africa.
Tenerife is known for its black sand beaches, dramatic landscapes, and Teide National Park, which features Mount Teide, the highest point in Spain.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The island has a subtropical climate with warm weather all year round, however, the best months to visit Tenerife are from April to June or from September to December when the weather is mild and there are fewer tourists.
TENERIFE IN SUMMER
The average temperature in Tenerife in summer is 29°C, with highs of up to 44°C. While it’s certainly hotter than the winter months, you will want to consider the crowds as Tenerife gets very busy in the summer.
TENERIFE IN WINTER
Tenerife and the Canary Islands have a mild climate and in fact, are the warmest places in Europe during the winter months.
In winter the islands experience average temperatures of around 20 degrees Celcius and it rarely rains. It’s perfect weather for sightseeing and exploring the coastal towns and phenomenal volcanic landscapes.
VISITING TENERIFE WITH A CRUISE
I had the awesome opportunity to visit Tenerife with P&O Cruises who offers many cruises to the Canary Islands and allows plenty of time to get off the ship and explore.
P&O Cruises has a shore experience program for the Canary Islands and Tenerife, from once-in-a-lifetime adventures to simple, convenient transfers, there is a huge range of experiences and fun-fuelled activities on offer for everyone to enjoy.
The brand new Fly-Canaries itineraries start in October 2022 and the ship Azura will be based in Tenerife for the full winter program.
In this guide, I’ll show you all the amazing attractions in Tenerife which you’ll have the opportunity to experience when visiting Tenerife on one of the Canary Islands Fly-Cruises.
HOW TO GET AROUND TENERIFE
The best way to get around Tenerife is by car. There are plenty of car rental agencies at the airport and in South Tenerife, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a vehicle that suits your needs.
If you’re not comfortable driving in Tenerife, there are also plenty of taxis that can take you where you need to go. Just be sure to agree on a price with the driver before getting in, as taxi fares can be expensive.
Alternatively, a great option to get around is by joining a tour. Excursions are convenient and not as expensive as taxis and you’ll have a guide to show you the best parts of the island.
Last but not least, taking the bus (called “guaguas” by the locals) is a cheap and good option, but you won’t be able to reach more remote areas, which is surely what Tenerife is best known for. To give you an idea, taking the bus from Adeje to El Portillo, which is about 1 hour away, will cost you 8euros ($8) per person.
10 AWESOME THINGS TO DO IN TENERIFE
Spain is a country that is full of culture, art, and history. Tenerife, one of its many islands, offers just as much to visitors in the way of things to do and see.
Here are the best things to do in Tenerife that are not to be missed on your itinerary.
GO KAYAKING AT LOS GIGANTES
Los Gigantes is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tenerife, and for a good reason. The cliffs here are simply breathtaking, and the views of the ocean are truly unique. Kayaking is one of the best ways to experience Los Gigantes up close.
You can paddle through the waters at your own pace, taking in the stunning places to visit in Tenerife as you go on the kayak. There are plenty of places to stop and take photos, or just soak up the atmosphere.
But that’s not it! Kayaking is a great workout and a fun way to spend time with friends. So if you’re looking for an unforgettable experience in Tenerife, be sure to go kayaking at Los Gigantes!
I took a tour with Teno Activo and, for only 30 Euros, you’ll get to paddle around for 2 hours in a double kayak with a friend or a new acquaintance. Teno Activo also provides you with a drink, a photo book, and a life jacket if you’re not experienced.
CATAMARAN CRUISE & WHALE WATCHING
There’s no better way to see the stunning coastline of Tenerife than from the deck of a catamaran. As you sail across the waves, you’ll enjoy amazing views of the cliffs, beaches, and caves. And if you’re lucky, you might even spot some dolphins or whales.
A catamaran cruise is a perfect way to relax and soak up the sunny weather of Tenerife. You can lie back on the deck and soak up the rays, or take a dip in the sparkling ocean. With its gentle pace and calm waters, a catamaran is an ideal way to explore the coast.
So why not book a cruise today and enjoy an unforgettable experience? I personally recommend Freebird Tenerife, which is the company I chose for the tour. They offer 3-hour tours to Costa Adeje and 4.5 hour tours to Los Gigantes and Masca.
This tour includes free pick-up and drop-off from your hotel, a specialized guide, and lunch and drinks on board. All this from 39 Euros per person!
SEE THE VIEW FROM MASCA VALLEY VIEWPOINT
One of the better places to visit in Tenerife is Masca Valley. The journey to the viewpoint is an adventure in itself as you wind your way up narrow, winding roads through the mountains. But when you finally reach the top, the view is simply breathtaking.
You’ll be greeted with extensive panoramic views of the island and the azure waters of the Atlantic stretching out before you. Whether you visit during the day or at sunset, it’s an experience you won’t soon forget, so make sure to add a visit to the Masca Valley viewpoint to your Tenerife itinerary.
Other than hiking to the top, you can reach Masca Valley by car or join a day tour. The trip from Costa Adeje will take around 45 minutes, which is pretty convenient. Or you could take bus 355 to Masca which takes around 15 minutes from Santiago del Teide or about 40 minutes from Buenavista del Norte.
EXPLORE TIEDE NATIONAL PARK
Mount Teide is a must-see for any nature lover visiting Tenerife. Standing at 3,715 meters, it is the highest point in Spain and an active volcano. The area around the mountain is home to unique lava formations, as well as a wealth of plant and animal life.
There are several trails of varying difficulty that wind their way up the mountain, offering stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
If you’re not into hiking, there is also a cable car that takes you almost to the summit for only 21 Euros per person. No matter how you choose to experience it, Mount Teide is sure to take your breath away and this is definitely one of the best things to do in Tenerife.
BEACH BUM ON PLAYA DE LAS TERESITAS
The turquoise waters of Playa de Las Teresitas in Tenerife are a sight to behold. The golden sand and palm trees create a postcard-perfect setting, and the gentle waves make it an ideal spot for swimming, sunbathing, and stand-up paddleboarding.
While located up north on the island in the municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, it is one of the most beautiful sand beaches in Spain. The crescent-shaped beach has an awesome view and is a perfect place to take a dip and relax.
You’ll also find numerous beach bars along the shoreline to grab a refreshing cocktail and something to nibble on.
DISCOVER GARACHICO VILLAGE
Tucked away in the northwest of Tenerife, Garachico is a hidden gem that you can’t miss. This quaint little village is steeped in history, dating back to the 15th century when it was founded by the Genoan banker Cristóbal de Ponte.
In recent years, Garachico has undergone something of a renaissance, attracting artists and musicians from all over the world. The result is a vibrant and creative community that is welcoming to visitors.
On the seaside skirts of the village, you’ll find some natural pools which is the perfect setting to take a dip in the ocean to cool off.
With its whitewashed houses, cobbled streets, and stunning natural setting, Garachico is a must on your list of Tenerife attractions to see!
The best things to do in Garachico include:
- Castle of San Miguel
- Relax at Plaza de la Libertad
- The natural pools El Caleton
- Mirador Garachico
VISIT LA LAGUNA UNESCO WORLD-HERITAGE TOWN
San Cristóbal de La Laguna, also known as La Laguna, is a UNESCO World Heritage town located in the north of Tenerife. This lovely Spanish town was once the capital of the Canary Islands and is now a popular tourist destination.
The historic center of La Laguna is well-preserved, and its architecture is a mix of Spanish colonial and Canarian styles. The streets are lined with colorful houses, and there are several beautiful churches to explore.
You can also enjoy plenty of souvenir shopping and dining options in town while exploring the different squares. The nicest things to do and see in La Laguna include:
- Wander around Conception Square
- Visit Catedral de la Laguna
- Visit the House of the Captains General
- Relax at the Adelantado Square
With such a picturesque setting and friendly locals, visiting La Laguna is simply one of the Tenerife attractions you can’t skip.
BOOK A JET SKI SAFARI
Tenerife is one of the most beautiful islands in the world and one of the most popular activities on the island is jet skiing. In fact, jet skiing is a great way to explore the coastline while getting an adrenaline rush.
There are a number of companies that offer jet ski safaris in Tenerife, generally around Adeje. Jet ski safaris typically last for two hours and include incredible views over the different beaches and coastal areas.
Alternatively, you can rent a jet ski directly at the beach but, typically, you will only find rentals for 20 to 30 minutes. While that might sound enough, the experience is better when booking a safari.
SPEND THE DAY AT SIAM PARK WATER KINGDOM
Siam Park is one of the most popular attractions in Tenerife, and it’s easy to see why. With its theme inspired by Thailand (hence its name), sprawling grounds, dramatic slides, and lush landscaping, the park has something for everyone.
You can cool off in the lazy Mai Thai river, take a spin on the Mekong Rapids, or slide down the Tower of Power.
For those looking for a more relaxed experience, there are plenty of sun loungers dotted around the park where you can soak up the Canary Island sun. You’ll also find restaurants and bars inside the park.
All in all, whether you’re young and traveling with friends or a family with kids, Siam Park is one of the best things to do in Tenerife.
VISIT ANAGA RURAL PARK
Just a short car ride from the bustling Santa Cruz de Tenerife, you can find yourself in a world of calm and natural beauty. Anaga Rural Park is a protected area of mountains, forests, and coastline that covers a big part of the island of Tenerife and is 14,419 hectares big.
With its dramatic scenery and diverse plant and animal life, the park is a popular destination for walkers, birdwatchers, and nature lovers. Here, you’ll be able to hike, get to the different viewpoints and take in the amazing views of the sea, and even visit the terrace fields in El Batan.
And on top of that, no there are no entrance and parking fees! What else could you want for a day away at one of the best places to visit in Tenerife?
BEST PLACES TO EAT & DRINK IN TENERIFE
HARD ROCK CAFE – DINNER & SHOW
Hard Rock Cafe is a great place to enjoy American cuisine while in Tenerife. The menu features a variety of burgers, sandwiches, ribs, and salads, as well as a wide selection of entrees.
But there’s more… Hard Rock Cafe offers Happy Hour events almost every day from 5 to 7 PM and you can get your favorite drink and cocktail for 50% off while enjoying the rock and roll show.
EL CALDERITO DE LA ABUELA
El Calderito de La Abuela is an unmissable dining experience in Tenerife! Run by the Torres brothers Fabian and Mario, they enjoy their work as much as their customers enjoy their dishes and the atmosphere of their restaurant in the north of Tenerife.
Come and try the delicious Canarian cuisine dishes and specialties from the area, paired with a nice glass of wine and incredible views over Orotava Valley and the sea.
PAPAGAYO BEACH CLUB
Papagayo Beach Club is much more than an amazing nightclub; Here, you can enjoy delicious pizzas and pasta dishes, burgers, salads, and freshly squeezed orange juice and smoothies.
After a fantastic meal, don’t hesitate to stay here and wash the night away – their cocktails only cost 8.50 Euros!
WHERE TO STAY IN TENERIFE
Tenerife has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay to suit the needs of budget, mid-range, and luxury travelers.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: GF VICTORIA
MID-RANGE: OLÉ TROPICAL TENERIFE
BUDGET: ENDLESS SUMMER HOUSE
FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY IN TENERIFE, SEARCH ON BOOKING.COM OR SEARCH ON AGODA.
WHAT TO PACK FOR TENERIFE
When visiting Tenerife, here is a list of items I highly recommend bringing with you;
- Sunscreen – the Spanish sun is very strong, so make sure to pack some high-quality sunscreen.
- Quick-dry travel towel – a must for drying off after a dip in the ocean or lying out on the sand.
- Reusable water bottle – stay hydrated by bringing along a reusable water bottle.
- Dry bag – protect your gadgets from any water damage while you’re at the beach.
If you’re interested in taking awesome photos and videos on your travels, this is the camera gear that I use and recommend;
- GoPro HERO10 – the most popular camera on the planet for action-packed adventures.
- Canon EOS R – perfect for traveling, this is the most affordable, compact camera on the market.
- DJI Mini 3 Pro – take your photos and videos to new heights with this user-friendly drone camera.
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I hope you enjoyed this article about what to do in Tenerife and if you’re looking for an amazing vacation destination, be sure to consider this beautiful island as it has something for everyone!
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