Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands west off the coast on northwestern Africa, is a volcanic island known for its amazing black and white beaches. Although it’s a popular destination for chillaxing on the beach, it offers a lot more than that. Check out the things you don’t want to miss on your vacation to Tenerife.
La Orotava Botanical Gardens
La Orotava Botanical Gardens are the oldest gardens in the Canary Islands. They were created by the Royal family in the 18th century. Here you’ll find a variety of tropical and subtropical plants and flowers with the most amazing, the ancient 200-year-old fig tree with its huge roots.
Puerto de la Cruz
As with many towns in Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz has some interesting beaches. The town is known for its dark, volcanic ones like Playa Jardin, Playa Martianez and Playa del Socorro. But Puerto de la Cruz has many more highlights to offer than just amazing beaches including the Botanical Gardens, a small town park Plaza del Charco, La Ranilla the fisherman’s district and the Taoro Park, offering breathtaking views in the garden paths.
La Orotava is a small town just 5 miles/8 km out of Puerto de la Cruz. It’s known for its well preserved colorful buildings from colonial times with wooden balconies, so the Casa de los Balcones has to be on your list.
Parque del Drago
In this park you’ll find the famously named “thousand-year-old Dragon tree”, although it’s actually about 800 years old. It is more than 52 feet/16 meters tall.
Punta de Teno
The area of Punta de Teno offers amazing sunset views of the cliffs of Los Gigantes, where you’ll also find an active lighthouse.
Masca is a small mountain village, with exceptional views. If your itinerary allows it, take the 3-hour hike from the hamlet through the Masca Barranco to the ocean and enjoy this interesting scenery.
Los Cristianos, a town on the south coast, is perfect for a relaxing day. You can walk the boardwalk to Playa de las Americas from one end to the other in about 30 minutes or just simply lay on the beach reading a book or sipping a mojito.
Visit the Siam Park if you want to get your adrenaline on. Siam Park is a water park on the south of the island with superb water attractions.
Whale and dolphin watching
The south side of the island is the perfect place to do some whale and dolphin watching. There are a lot of tours to choose from.
El Teide National Park
The main attraction is no other than El Teide, Spain’s highest mountain. El Teide National Park offers a number of trails to hike. If that is not your cup of tea at least take a cable car ride to the summit. The views from the top are amazing.
In this park, you’ll find specific landscape and flora and fauna, seen nowhere else on earth. The Park is the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful sunset overlooking other Canary Islands and of Mt. Teide. If you are a fan of stargazing, Tenerife is a great location, because of its clear dark skies and low light pollution the stars look amazing.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a port city and the capital of the island of Tenerife. Things you don’t want to miss: Parque García Sanabria, the largest public park in the Canary Islands. Plaza de Espana, Auditorio de Tenerife the iconic structure, street Calle del Castillo, natural history museum and the Mercado Municipal Nuestra Senora de Africa (market).
A short drive from Santa Cruz, and you’ll find the famous Playa de Las Teresitas where you can relax and enjoy the day in the most known Tenerife beach.
One more amazing nature park will offer you astonishing wildlife and remarkable scenery. You can choose from many different hikes the park has to offer. The most accessible trail takes around 45 minutes and it will lead you through a beautiful forest. Near the visitor center, there is also a lookout point, where you can see the famous El Teide.
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