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How to Spend 1 Day in Tenerife

How to Spend 1 Day in Tenerife

Whether you are visiting Tenerife as part of an island-hopping cruise or sailing in on a day trip from one of the neighboring islands, one day is just enough time to take in the island’s highlights. Here are some ideas for how to spend 24 hours in Tenerife. 

Morning: Views and Volcanoes

With just one day on the island, joining a tour is the most time-effective way to take in the must-see attractions, and Mount Teide National Park is at the top of the list. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is dominated by the 12,198-foot-high (3,718-meter-high) Mount Teide volcano, Spain’s highest peak, and a morning visit means cooler weather for hiking. You’ll need a 4WD to get around the park, so visiting as part of a tour is recommended—for the best value, choose a tour that includes hotel pickup and a ticket for the cable car ride up to the summit. Many tours also stop at the park’s other natural wonders, including the Roques de Garcia rock formations, the moon-like lava fields of Llano de Ucanca, and the Pico Viejo volcano.

Afternoon: Sightseeing in the Cities

Head north to the town of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its striking colonial architecture and landmarks such as the Church of the Conception. A walking tour is a great way to explore the Old Town and learn more about Tenerife’s history, but leave yourself enough time to browse the shops and enjoy a leisurely restaurant lunch. Continue to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island capital, where popular attractions include the Tenerife Auditorium, the Museum of Man and Nature, and the Palmetum Botanical Garden. Alternatively, head to Playa de las Teresitas just outside of town, with golden sands and sheltered waters ideal for swimming and water sports. 

Night: Cruise the Coast

Set sail along the coast on a romantic sunset cruise, and soak up the scenery as you glide past Tenerife’s black-sand beaches and rocky coves, watching for dolphins and whales. Most evening cruises set out from Puerto Colon on the south coast, and some include cocktails. Alternatively, spend the evening at one of Tenerife’s dinner shows with live entertainment. The medieval dinner show at Castillo San Miguel is a popular choice, especially for families with kids in tow, featuring costumed knights and horseback jousting. 

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Whale & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour from Los Cristianos

Whale & Dolphin Watching Boat Tour from Los Cristianos

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Discover the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean on this Bahriyeli boat tour from Los Cristianos Harbor. You won’t have to worry about missing a whale or dolphin sighting as you have experienced crew members to answer your questions, and point out any marine sightings. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and get fantastic views and photo opportunities of Mount Teide, the Tenerife coastline, and marine life.
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Tenerife Full Island Tour
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Tenerife Full Island Tour

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Tenerife offers an abundance of striking natural landmarks so ensure you admire them all during your time on the Canary island. This full-day tour allows you to travel between Los Gigantes cliffs, La Orotava Valley and Candaleria — three striking Tenerife sights — with ease and efficiency. Benefit from round-trip transport from your hotel and will learn of Canarian history and culture from your guide.
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  • 8 hours
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Half-Day Teide National Park Tour

Half-Day Teide National Park Tour

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Savor sensational views of Tenerife’s volcanic landscape on this half-day tour of the Teide National Park. Explore the park’s UNESCO-listed natural wonders, including the Pico Viejo volcano, the Roques de Garcia rock formations and the moon-like landscapes of Llano de Ucanca. Then, ride the cable car (not included) to the summit of Mt Teide, Spain’s highest peak, for an unforgettable view over the island.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Tenerife Highlights Full-Day Tour

Tenerife Highlights Full-Day Tour

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Experience Mt. Teide National Park and northern Tenerife on this day tour from south Tenerife. Travel into Mt. Teide’s UNESCO-listed volcanic landscapes, call at the quaint town of Vilaflor, and visit Icod Los Vinos to see its famous Drago Tree and have lunch (own expense). Finally, visit the north-coast port of Garachico and mountain hamlet of Masca, famous for its canyon-and-sea views across to La Gomera. Includes select south Tenerife hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
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Winter Sunset Cruise

Winter Sunset Cruise

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Cruise the Tenerife coast aboard a spacious yacht with a sailing excursion that’s timed to catch a spectacular sunset on the water. Luxurious amenities turn this sunset sail into a special occasion: You can lounge on deck as you sip Champagne, enjoy included wine and beer from the bar, and snack on fresh fruit and savory treats while watching for dolphins and whales along the shore.
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  • 2 hours
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Tenerife Airport Transfer from South Airport (Reina Sofia) to North Area Hotels

Tenerife Airport Transfer from South Airport (Reina Sofia) to North Area Hotels

Skip the taxis and shuttles lines and travel with confidence by scheduling a private vehicle or minibus that can carry up to 8 passengers. Then sit back and relax as the vehicle travels from Tenerife airport to any location in the north of Tenerife.
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