Visiting Tenerife? Don’t Miss These 10 Attractions
Tenerife has more to offer than soft sand and idyllic beaches. Visitors like you who are ready to explore the island will be rewarded by exciting finds and breathtaking sights – if you know where to look.
While the Canary Islands are generally famed as a tropical vacation destination, Tenerife is the best island to go to if you’re looking for more than just the sand, sea, and sun. It’s where you can learn about the islands’ inhabitants, discover the local culture, and marvel at the natural landscapes.
From museums to nature parks, here are the 10 attractions in Tenerife you shouldn’t miss on your next vacation.
1. Teide National Park
Mount Teide provides a sharp contrast to the warm and sunny ocean coasts of the island. The landscape around it looks like it came out right from the Lord of the Rings – with the majestic slopes rising above the dry bushes.
The cable car can take you near the mountain summit, and you can use the trails leading down for further exploration. Bear in mind that you’ll be about 11,500 feet above sea level and Mount Teide is prone to strong winds, so you’ll need to replace your beach gear with some warm clothes and appropriate walking shoes.
2. Museum of Nature and Man
Located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Museum of Nature and Man houses fascinating artifacts from various points in the history of not just the Canary Islands but also of the world.
You shouldn’t miss out on visiting this museum, as there are plenty of examples of native arts and crafts. Not only that, but you can also see tools, gorgeous carvings, and even mummies.
Parts of the museum’s collection are the byproducts of local conservation efforts that provide a unique insight into the pre-European Guanche culture.
3. Puerto de la Cruz
Once the ultimate destination on the island, this northern city is regaining popularity with tourists. Puerto de la Cruz has many things you can see and do as it’s filled with shops, hotels, and charming neighborhoods.
But if you’d like something more than shopping and sightseeing, particularly by taking a stroll down the city’s promenade, make sure to get your fill of modern art in the Eduardo Westerdahl Museum of Contemporary Art.
4. Los Gigantes
The impressive rocky cliffs hide a beautiful beach, making Acantilados de Los Gigantes a real natural marvel. This attractive town also has other several points of interest that will surely catch anyone’s attention.
If you want the best views of the cliffs, head on to the Mirador de Archipenque. It’s where you can also catch fantastic sunsets, as well as a view of the nearby La Gomera island.
There’s also a marina where you can hire a sailboat and go on a cruise – a perfect opportunity to take in the amazing landscape.
5. Tenerife Auditorium
The avant-garde shape of this building reminds some of a Spanish helmet, but the architects’ precise intent is still subject to interpretation. Whatever the case may be, the building leaves quite an impression as an artificial wonder nested in the middle of a natural paradise.
This cultural hotspot located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife houses various events, including music shows and exhibitions.
Besides catching an exciting event, you can visit the Tenerife Auditorium only for its first level and the restaurant inside. The terrace there provides a breathtaking view and the ideal opportunity for photos.
6. Anaga Rural Park
This expansive park is the favorite destination for those that love hiking. Encompassing the Santa Cruz and La Laguna mountains, the park offers miles of trails among the picturesque landscape.
You can choose between shorter and longer trails, with some hikes requiring several days to complete. Wheelchair users will be glad to learn that there’s a route especially for them leading through the park.
As if the experience couldn’t be more idyllic, you can also choose to explore Anaga by riding a horse.
7. Theme Parks
Tenerife has several excellent parks that are more than places of amusement and very much worth seeing.
To start with, Loro Park is a fascinating zoo housing different species of marine life as well as land animals. It offers various tours – the Discovery tour takes you through every exhibition and you get the chance to take a peek behind the scenes, while the Premium tour upgrades the offer to include a full lunch and premium seats for the park shows.
Siam Park is also an amusement park. But it’s not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill sort. It’s won the title of the best water park on the planet for two consecutive years, and that’s not without reason. The water is maintained at a constant, pleasant temperature, and the park features some impressive buildings and rides.
Those traveling with kids shouldn’t miss Aqualand Costa Adeje as the park guarantees great fun and has shows that feature lovable dolphins.
8. Masca Mountain
Masca mountain and the valley of the same name are yet another ideal hiking location in Tenerife. The trail starts at a small village and goes down about 4.3 miles to the beach.
You can arrange for a guide or take off on your own to enjoy the scenery. And once you finish the journey, there’s a boat on the beach that can take you to Los Gigantes.
9. Chinamada Cave Homes
One of the unique attractions in Tenerife, the Chinamada is a community of people living in cave homes. However, these cavemen are surprisingly modern as they’ve enjoyed the wonders of electricity for decades now and their homes are equipped with internet and satellite TV.
The area is stunningly beautiful, and the Chinamada Cave Homes present a peculiar novelty, making this area a must-visit spot on the island.
10. Guimar Pyramids
The complex that lies just outside of Guimar town resembles a sight you would expect to see in the lands of ancient mezzo-American kingdoms.
While impressively built without the use of mortar, the pyramids here are both smaller and younger than their Aztec counterpart – the Pyramids of Guimar have only been around since the 19th century. Nevertheless, they are worth seeing.
The crystal-clear waters, black and golden sand beaches, and the year-long sunny weather are certainly inviting and attractive to anyone. Yet there are plenty of attractions in Tenerife besides those that make the island even more exciting.
Natural beauties, opportunities for exploration, and some unique sights await you in Tenerife – all you need to do is take some time off from enjoying the beaches and resorts.