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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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Medieval Show and Dinner at Castillo San Miguel with Transfer
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Medieval Show and Dinner at Castillo San Miguel with Transfer

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Spend a night away from Tenerife’s busy beach bars and enjoy a medieval dinner show at Castillo San Miguel instead. This is an evening you’re sure to remember, combining history, great food, and spectacular entertainment. Feast on a medieval-style banquet with wine, watch a thrilling knight’s jousting match and marvel at the singers from "The Drifters Show".
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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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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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