Tenerife has long been a favorite among British and European tourists, as it’s a great place to get some sunshine and sumptuous food along the way. But there are a lot more things to do in Tenerife Spain than meets the eye, and as this guide will show this island has plenty more to offer the adventurer and explorer in you.
Tenerife is a true paradise, and a perfect escape for Europeans seeking to get some serious R&R, or some serious partying. In either case, there is plenty of both for visitors, and with its lush nature and exotic flora and fauna, there is even something for more adventurous ones.
While parts of the island are heavily urbanized, there are also some nice towns and nature to explore. The south is more popular with young people and has a steadier, more reliable weather conditions, while the north is more popular with older people, is more beautiful and cultural than the south but has slightly less reliable weather.
With its many cheap holidays Tenerife has really managed to keep the tourism booming throughout even the toughest economic crises. So if you’re looking for luxury on a budget, this is a good place to go. Balearic Islands, Spain
Some places to check out in Tenerife Spain
Visit Mount Teide
Your first stop has to be Mount Teide, which at 3718 meters is the highest peak in Spain. To say that the volcano is impressive doesn’t do it justice as it’s something that needs to be experienced.
Apart from Mount Teide, the Teide National Park is also quite a spectacle with plenty of natural wonders to keep you enthralled.
The Garachico Rock Pool
Garachico used to be the area’s port until 1706 when molten rivers suddenly came down and immersed the harbor with lava. Today these pools are a popular tourist attraction and have varying depths, some even suitable for toddlers while other sectors are deeper.
Join the Tenerife Carnival
The carnival takes place around February or March (dates change yearly), and if you like colorful, noisy and outrageous parades, then this is for you.
If you want to have the time of your life make sure to drop by Santa Cruz, the capital, as that’s where most of the action is.
The Wonders of Masca
The best way to describe Masca is that it’s like going back in time to a lost world, as the olden Teno Mountains gives you an idea of its immense age.
You get there via a snaking road, and the views of the mountains and hamlets are incomparable.
Enjoy the Romeria Tenerife Spain
There are a lot of historic towns in Romeria Tenerife Spain, and what they all share in common is that they’ll hold the Romeria during the year.
The Romeria is a fiesta whereby the residents wear traditional clothing and decorate carts drawn by ox. As they parade, local goodies are handed out including BBQ pork, country wine, potatoes, sweets and more.
Picnic at a Zona Recreativa
A Zona Recreativa is a picnic area, and there are many of these in Tenerife. Every Sunday this is where the locals go to have a picnic and unwind, as the trees offer plenty of shade from the sun.
All these zonas have toilets, spring water, stone barbecues and picnic tables for your convenience.
Visit the Millennium Drago Tree
The Millennium Drago Tree in Icod de los Vinos may be 5000 years old or 600 years old, who knows, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s striking and will take your breath away. Legend says the tree sprung up from the blood of a dragon, and given its appearance that’s not surprising.
Take the 10 minute cable lift to the top of the mountain for beautiful views at 3550 meters above sea level. You can walk up, but because of the low oxygen it can be very tiering and will take about 6-8 hours. So understandably, most people choose the cable lift.
Parque Rural de Anaga
A great place to go hiking, and some nice day hikes can be found in the area. Check out the visitor’s center to find out more information about the park and its different routes, and if you’re there on a clear day try to include a walk to the Pico del Inglés viewpoint.
Tenerife is great for scuba divers, and there are many courses you can take your license at. If you’re not so keen on diving, you can go surfing or windsurfing. For some reason, canoeing seems to be unpopular, but maybe it’s because of the waves and currents.
When you’re in Tenerife, you must try the seafood. The fish is fresh and often caught by small local fishing boats, and are often served with black potatoes called Papas Arrugadas and sauce.
Finally, when thinking of the many things to do in Tenerife Spain, don’t forget to go camping at Vilaflor. There are a lot of campsites there, and with the forest clearing and the hillside, it’s a great place to be one with nature. Services are minimal, but if you want it natural, this is the place to be.
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