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How to Spend 2 Days in Tenerife

How to Spend 2 Days in Tenerife

With two days to explore Tenerife, you’ll have time to ride a cable car up a volcano, do some mountaintop stargazing, take an ocean cruise, learn about the island’s famous carnival celebrations, relax on the beach, and more. Here’s how to make the most of two days on the largest Canary Island.

Day 1: From City Sights to Stargazing

**Morning:**Start in the island capital of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where a city tour or hop-on-hop-off-bus tour will introduce you to the town’s lively neighborhoods, shopping streets, and historic plazas. Jump off to admire the landmark Tenerife Auditorium and learn about the city’s legendary carnival celebrations at the Casa del Carnaval, then ride the tram to neighboring San Cristobal de la Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its colonial architecture. 

**Afternoon:**Spend the afternoon taking in the views along Tenerife’s west coast. Stop to see the Millenary Dragon Tree at Icod de los Vinos, marvel at the Los Gigantes sea cliffs, and visit the picturesque town of La Orotava, then take a scenic drive through the Masca Valley.

**Night:**A visit to Teide National Park is a must for first-time visitors to Tenerife, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site is even more spectacular in the evening hours. Ride the cable car to the summit of Mount Teide in time to watch the sunset over the island, admire the park’s lava-sculpted landscapes during a moonlit tour, then take part in an unforgettable stargazing experience.

Day 2: Ocean Views and Beach Breaks

**Morning:**The south coast of Tenerife is renowned for its dramatic coastal cliffs, rocky coves, and black-sand beaches, and the most striking views are from the water. Many cruise options are available, from dolphin- and whale-watching cruises to private charter boats, but for the best value, opt for a catamaran cruise that includes lunch onboard and plenty of stops for swimming and snorkeling. 

**Afternoon:**The south coast resorts of Playa de las Américas, Los Cristianos, and Costa Adeje boast some of the island’s most beautiful beaches. Spend the afternoon swimming and sunbathing, take a stroll along the palm-lined shores, or take part in water sports such as Jet Skiing or kitesurfing.

**Evening:**Playa de las Américas is renowned as Tenerife’s party capital, so it’s worth sticking around after dark to explore the huge choice of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Alternatively, celebrate your final night with a medieval dinner show at Castillo San Miguel, featuring costumed knights and horseback jousting. 

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Whale and Dolphin Watching Luxury Catamaran, Free Meal & Transfers

Whale and Dolphin Watching Luxury Catamaran, Free Meal & Transfers

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On this tour with a small group on board our friendly and experienced crew will welcome you and take you from Puerto Colon straight to discovering the wonderful world of the whales and dolphins swimming freely in their natural habitat around the coast.You can then relax on our spacious sundecks and fly-bridge and enjoy a wonderful selection of drinks, fruit, snacks, tapas and more. You can just soak up the sun in front of the beautiful mountains of Tenerife.
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Mt. Teide and Masca Valley Tour in Tenerife

Mt. Teide and Masca Valley Tour in Tenerife

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Discover the magnificent landscapes that surround Tenerife’s Mt. Teide and the Masca Valley on an exhilarating full-day excursion. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, travel through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Teide National Park on a voyage of natural discovery; gaze at sweeping volcanic panoramas and capture photographs of the island’s unique dragon tree. Ascend to Vilaflor, one of Spain’s highest villages, and enjoy leisurely time in Masca and Garachico, provincial villages cradled by rolling hills. Enjoy convenient round-trip transportation on this fascinating tour.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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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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Mount Teide Night Tour: Stargazing, Dinner and Hotel Pick up

Mount Teide Night Tour: Stargazing, Dinner and Hotel Pick up

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Scale the summit of Spain’s highest peak, and look out over Tenerife beneath a blanket of stars. First, tuck into a delicious dinner of typical Canarian cuisine at Bodega Reverón in Vilaflor. Next, follow your guide on an evening tour of Mount Teide, then enjoy stargazing and spot constellations in the darkening night sky.
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Tenerife 3-Hour Luxury Sailboat Tour with Bath and Food On Board

Tenerife 3-Hour Luxury Sailboat Tour with Bath and Food On Board

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Sail away for a day of luxury, food, and fun during this sailing excursion from Tenerife. Spend your day swimming, eating, and relaxing on board your sailing vessel, enjoying the majestic views of the Costa Adeje and keeping your eyes peeled for marine life like whales and dolphins. Round-trip hotel transport, plus snacks and beverages are included. If you want to further upgrade your experience, an optional celebration package offers paella, Spanish Cava, wine, and dessert.
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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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Jet Ski Safari South Tenerife
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Jet Ski Safari South Tenerife

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Unleash your inner adventurer on a 2-hour Tenerife jet ski tour. Choose to ride a single-seater or a double-seater jet ski with a friend, and bounce over the Atlantic past cliffs and beaches, led by a guide boat. Admire the scenery, watch for dolphins and whales, visit sea caves, and enjoy an optional swim.
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Tenerife Private Luxury Charter with Snorkeling Stop

Tenerife Private Luxury Charter with Snorkeling Stop

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Explore the sea around Tenerife on this exciting 3-hour whale and dolphin watching cruise on a luxury private yacht. And don't forget the swimming suit as there will be time to jump off the yacht to do some swimming and/or snorkeling with turtles. This cruise is limited to just 9 people, ensuring plenty of personalized attention from the yacht crew.
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