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Welcome to Tenerife

Land of volcanic drama, staggering sunsets, and some of Spain’s most diverse terrain, Tenerife is vying to be the adventure capital of the Canary Islands. The colossal, dormant volcano Mount Teide—together with the red-tinted rocks and barren landscapes of Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is one of Tenerife’s top draws: Hike, drive, or take the Teide Cable Car to the top of the volcano for stunning views of Orotava Valley and the crater of Mount Chahorra. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island’s lively and culturally rich capital, boasts bars, museums, and shops, and serves as a launchpad for day trips to La Gomera, an unspoiled Canary Island home to Garajonay National Park and Masca Valley. From Playa de la Americas, whale- and dolphin-watching trips are a popular choice with naturalists; while Costa Adeje proves the perfect place to snorkel with turtles or learn to scuba dive amid submerged caverns. The popular resort towns of Los Cristianos and Los Gigantes appeal to travelers looking to relax with pretty marinas and golden beaches. Explore the quaint town of Puerto de la Cruz on a Segway, see the island from above on a paragliding flight, or soar out to sea on an extreme jet ski safari—no matter how you explore Tenerife, the island never fails to impress.

Top 15 attractions in Tenerife

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Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide)

Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide)

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The largest and oldest national park in the Canary Islands and home to Spain’s highest peak—Mount Teide—Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide) is one of the top attractions on Tenerife. The rugged landscape of the park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is magnificent—a geological wonder featuring an expanse of rugged lava fields, ancient calderas, and volcanic peaks.More
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Masca Valley

Masca Valley

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Characterized by rugged cliffs, forested trails, and waterfalls, the wild landscapes of the Masca Valley are among Tenerife’s most beautiful. The remote gorge offers a thrilling backdrop for a hike—the trail winds down through the gorge and finishes at a black-sand beach.More
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Mt. Teide (El Teide)

Mt. Teide (El Teide)

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At 12,198 feet (3,718 meters) above sea level, Mt. Teide (El Teide) is the highest point in the Canary Islands and all of Spain. The towering peak in Tenerife allows visitors to stand atop a volcano and look out over nearby islands including La Palma and Gran Canaria—if the clouds cooperate—whether they get there on foot or by cable car.More
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La Orotava Valley

La Orotava Valley

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Some of Tenerife’s most scenic landscapes can be found along La Orotava Valley. Stretching from the Teide Volcano, this picturesque region is dotted with vineyards, banana plantations, and pine-clad mountains popular for hiking. The historic town of La Orotava serves as a base for adventure in the valley.More
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Los Roques de García

Los Roques de García

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A cluster of uniquely shaped rocks lying in the shadows of the notoriously volatile Teide volcano, Los Roques de García are among the top attractions of Tenerife’s UNESCO-listed Teide National Park. Formed by years of ancient volcanic activity, the pyroclastic rocks are best known for their impressive stature and peculiar shapes, some appearing to defy gravity and others taking on an otherworldly presence.The most famous rocks include the ‘Roque Cinchado’, known as ‘God’s Finger’, now one of Tenerife’s most iconic landmarks, and the imposing La Catedral, the tallest at 200-meters high and a popular challenge for climbers. Each rock has its own unique moniker, including ‘El Queso’, ‘Roques Blancos’ and ‘Torrotito’, and the best way to enjoy the views is hiking the circular trail around the valley, which takes around 2 hours.More
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Drago Park (Parque del Drago)

Drago Park (Parque del Drago)

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The main draw for Drago Park (Parque del Drago) in Icod de los Vinos, Tenerife, is its towering 800-year-old Dragon Tree, the oldest of its kind in the Canary Islands. It’s a sight best enjoyed from inside the botanical garden, which also features an extensive collection of endemic fauna, birds, caves, and viewing platforms.More
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Vilaflor

Vilaflor

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Perched on a rocky plateau at 1,400m, Vilaflor is Tenerife’s highest village and it’s a scenic spot, encircled by pine-covered mountains, rugged lava plains and fields of wildflowers. Located in the foothills of the Teide National Park, Vilaflor makes a popular starting point for hiking and climbing treks, as well as being famed for its local wineries and vineyards.Regional highlights include the Paisaje Lunar (lunar landscape), an unearthly lava valley, where unusual rock formations have been sculpted out of striking white tuff. Nearby, the mineral springs of Fuente Altam, the Sanctuary of the Santo Hermano Pedro and El Pino Gordo (the Fat Pine), the largest tree in the Canary Islands, are also worth a visit.More
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Teide Cable Car (Teleférico del Teide)

Teide Cable Car (Teleférico del Teide)

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Do more than just see Spain’s highest volcano from afar—float to the top on the Teide Cable Car (Teleférico del Teide). This smooth-moving ride transports you to the summit of Mount Tiede, a jumping-off point for hikes among the otherworldly landscapes of UNESCO-listed Teide National Park or stargazing from Teide Observatory.More
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Monje Winery (Bodegas Monje)

Monje Winery (Bodegas Monje)

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Discover the Canary Islands’ viniculture traditions at Monje Winery (Bodegas Monje) in scenic La Hollera on Tenerife. Sample the reds, whites, and rosés; wander the vines; and learn how traditional methods and modern innovation come together. Then, enjoy some of the best views on the island from the terrace at the on-site restaurant.More
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Las Vistas Beach (Playa de las Vistas)

Las Vistas Beach (Playa de las Vistas)

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Many of the beaches beckon on Tenerife, but there’s a reason the wide stretch of golden sand at Las Vistas is one of the island’s most popular. With a range of facilities and bright blue umbrellas and lounge chairs, there is something for everybody. The waters just off the beach divide into two bays, which are particularly calm and good for swimming. There are also lots of bars, restaurants, and shopping options both on the beach and just nearby.Water sports, beach volleyball, and other leisure activities are also popular here. The beach is well known, so it can be busy with other travelers particularly during the summer months. Because of its accessibility and relative safety, the beach is a good choice for those traveling with families. Those seeking more adventurous activities can choose from boating and scuba diving in the waters off the coast, which often launch from the beach.More
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Las Águilas Jungle Park

Las Águilas Jungle Park

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Las Águilas Jungle Park on Spain's largest Canary Island, Tenerife, is a treasure trove of exotic birds, big cats, lemurs, primates, penguins, reptiles, and more. Explore the park, marvel over daily flight and feeding exhibitions, get adventurous on toboggan runs, and then refuel at the onsite snack bars.More
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El Médano

El Médano

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The sweeping coastal winds and long sandy beaches of El Médano provide some of the best conditions for windsurfing and kite surfing on Tenerife. Perched along the southeast coast, the traditional Spanish town offers a laid-back alternative to the island’s busiest beach resorts, making it a popular spot for both families and adrenaline seekers.More
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Auditorio de Tenerife (Tenerife Auditorium)

Auditorio de Tenerife (Tenerife Auditorium)

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With its wave-like silhouette and futuristic architecture looming over the waterfront of Santa Cruz harbor, Tenerife Auditorium is one of the capital’s most recognizable landmarks. The sculptural marvel doubles as a prestigious entertainment venue, where you can enjoy music concerts, operas, and dance performances.More
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Tenerife Church of the Immaculate Conception

Tenerife Church of the Immaculate Conception

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Built in 1498, the Tenerife Church of the Immaculate Conception is Tenerife’s oldest church and one of Santa Cruz’ most prominent landmarks. Legend dictates that the original church was erected under order of Alonso Fernandez de Lugo, commander of the Spanish conquerors, making it a key site in the founding of the city.More
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Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park and Botanical Garden (Pirámides de Güímar)

Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park and Botanical Garden (Pirámides de Güímar)

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At Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park and Botanical Garden in Tenerife, uncover the history of the six mysterious lava-stone pyramids and explore the Canary Islands’ only poisonous plant exhibit in the Poison Garden. Then, learn about Polynesian culture, visit the Casa Chacona Museum, and wander the themed gardens.More

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Top activities in Tenerife

Whale and Dolphin Watching Sailing Boat with Drinks, Snacks and Swimming Time
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Tenerife: Quad Adventure Teide Tour
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La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife
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Night Sky Star Safari Teide National Park Tenerife
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Yacht Trip in Puerto Colon
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Tandem Paragliding Flight in South Tenerife
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Mount Teide Stargazing with Dinner
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Jet Ski Safari South Tenerife
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Jet Ski Safari South Tenerife

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Recent reviews from experiences in Tenerife

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YAJAIRA_O, Jul 2022
STARGAZING BUS TOUR, Volcano Teide at Night, Meal & Drinks included!
The tour was very informative got to see a lot of cool stars.
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A must while on Tenerife
Diane_O, Jun 2022
Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruising Catamaran with Lunch and Drinks
It was an amazing experience to see whales and dolphins up close!
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Amazing instructors and great experience!
Nipuni_M, Jun 2022
Tenerife: Quad Adventure Teide Tour
The views were jaw dropping and overall one of the best activities in tenerife.
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Amazing experience!
Caitlyn_H, Apr 2022
Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruising Catamaran with Lunch and Drinks
We loved the views, got to see dolphins/whales, the team on board was amazing and the cava was delicious!
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Very interesting and engaging tour
Gerard_O, Apr 2022
Tenerife Gastronomy Tour with Two Winery Visits and 4-Course Lunch
Great to see the Northern part of Tenerife and a chance to see a family run winery and old town with historic buildings and our guide was excellent
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Amazing Experience
Rebecca_W, Jul 2022
Small Group Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise with Transfer, Food & Snorkeling
We got to see both pilot whales and dolphins up close, an unforgettable experience.
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Amazing
Debora_S, Jul 2022
TEIDE NIGHT Astronomy Stargazing Bus Tour, Meal & Drinks included!
We went to see the sunset above the clouds and was a great experience as it was magnifiecent.
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Not to be missed!!!
minesh_p, Jun 2022
Buggy Teide Express 3.30 Hrs
Add this to your list of excursions when travelling to Tenerife, it’s definitely one of the best ways to see and explore the Island.
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A must in Tenerife
Luisa_G, May 2022
Teide tour with Sunset and Stars
Got to see an amazing sunset with a glass of cava and then stargazing higher up the mountain.
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Tenerife - Quad bike tour
errol_l, May 2022
Tenerife: Quad Adventure Teide Tour
Each of us were given safety helmets & all x7 couples were taken outside to the Quad bikes where all x14 of us were shown by the staff the QB safety aspects & then taken through a short verification ride to see if we could handle the QB's.
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Don't hesitate, just go!
Nora_S, May 2022
Whale and Dolphin Watching Yacht Trip in Puerto Colon
We saw dolphins and whales from very close, it was just so cool to see these amazing animals in their natural environment.
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Nice way to spend an hour
Rob_B, Apr 2022
Banana Plantation and a Farm by Tuk Tuk from Costa Adeje
The plantation was interesting to see too, we bought some fruit that is grown there on the farm, and the kids enjoyed the beautiful views along the way.
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The best of Mount Tiede and Bodegas Monje
Roz_L, Mar 2022
Mount Teide and Tenerife North Shore Excursion with Food & Wine Tasting
Really got to see Mount Tiede national park from all angles, experiencing the drive up through the cloud layer into brilliant light and stunning scenaery, before the main crowds arrived :-) Then a drive down into the Orotava valley, winery tour and delicious lunch at Bodegas Monje.
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Best day in Tenerife
Ricardo_M, Feb 2022
Kayaking with Dolphins and Snorkeling With Turtles in Tenerife
If you don't manage to see anything at all it is still a good ride around the coast of Tenerife.
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Connie_v, Jan 2022
Mt. Teide and Masca Valley Tour in Tenerife
Tour guide spoke fluent English and German and was very knowledge.
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Great value for money
Jonathan_N, Dec 2021
Tenerife Gastronomy Tour with Two Winery Visits and 4-Course Lunch
For the price of this excursion, we found it very enjoyable and a great way to see parts of North Tenerife.
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Unbelievable
Darren_H, Nov 2021
Tandem Paragliding Flight in South Tenerife
What an experience and a frill to see the south of Tenerife in this amazing way.
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Great fun
Darren_S, Oct 2021
Parascending Tenerife. Stroll above the sea on the south coast of Tenerife
Was great fun, good family experience, lovely way to see Tenerife.
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Absolutely recommended
Sandra_B, Mar 2021
Whale and Dolphin Watching Yacht Trip in Puerto Colon
The lady captain was very nice, friendly, fluent in English :).
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True nature marvel
Maryna_L, Feb 2020
La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife
Ferry trip allowed us to see the beauty of La Gomera and Tenerife from the water.
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People Also Ask

What is Tenerife best known for?

Tenerife draws sunseekers to its sandy beaches year-round, and it’s one of the most popular winter sun destinations in Europe. The island is also known for its volcanic topography—the Teide Volcano is Spain’s highest point, and the rugged landscapes provide plenty of options for hikers.

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What activities are popular in Tenerife?

The sun is always shining in Tenerife, and outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round. Hit the beach to surf, snorkel, or scuba dive; try water sports such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and parasailing; or head inland to hike, mountain bike, or drive an ATV around the volcanoes.

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What is the best month to go to Tenerife?

While the most popular months are July and August, the best time to visit Tenerife is actually from April-June and September-November, when you can enjoy the warm weather without the crowds. Tenerife has mild, sunny days year-round, making the island a popular choice for a winter sun getaway.

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Which is the nicest part of Tenerife?

Many vacationers opt to stay on the southwest coast of Tenerife, where the beach resorts of Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje, and Los Cristianos are some of the island’s most popular. For a change of scenery, try the luxury resorts of Puerta de la Cruz on the north shore.

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What is there to do in Tenerife at night?

Tenerife’s nightlife is legendary, and the bars and nightclubs of Playa de las Americas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife stay open till the early hours, especially in peak season. Alternatively, join an evening safari tour and enjoy stargazing in the Teide National Park

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Are things cheap in Tenerife?

Yes, at least in comparison to mainland Europe—Tenerife is a tax-free island, and prices are often lower. Average daily costs for vacationers in Tenerife are about US$122, but this greatly depends on your choice of accommodation and activities. Low-season travelers can often snag a bargain at the island’s resorts.

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