What to see and do in Tenerife from North to South : the complete guide

what to see and do in tenerife

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Who doesn’t like to travel to the Canary Islands? Not only for the beautiful volcanic and wild landscapes of the area, but for the amount of activities offered by each of its islands, especially Tenerife. So, to take your mind off it, today we recommend what to see and do in Tenerife.

You’ll discover some plans for you to add to your travel itinerary. We hope they inspire you on your trip to Tenerife 🙂 Let’s get started!

Visit Teide National Park

One of the most famous places in Tenerife is the Teide National Park. If you wonder why, after doing the climbing mount Teide tour you will have no doubt, the scenery is a blast. In short, visiting Teide is one of the best things to see and do in Tenerife.

The Teide National Park is in the heart of the island, so getting there from anywhere in the territory is very simple. The park main character is the Teide volcano and is more than 12000 ft (3,700 meters) high. Therefore, if you climb this mountain you can find the sea of clouds, a marvel of nature.

El Teide from above

If what you like is discovering places in a different and unique way, visiting Teide at sunset is sure to please you. But, don’t forget that touring Teide National Park is not just about seeing the volcano, there is much more. The ideal is to be able to dedicate 1 full day to this place full of history of the island.

You always have the option of staying in Puerto de La Cruz, near the park. Here you can get a close look at the daily life of the locals and also visit emblematic spots such as the Plaza del Charco and the natural pools of Lago Martiánez. The perfect combination of the traveler and the authenticity of the island.

Aerial views of Puerto de la Cruz

Anaga Rural Park

On the list of what to see and do in Tenerife, you can not miss the plan to visit the Anaga National Park, a complete wonder. It is in the north of the island and is a wild paradise, green and lush, completely opposite to the volcanic landscape of Teide. The contrasts are brutal :).

So, if what you like is hiking, walking through the Anaga massif will be fascinating. While you’re touring this place, we recommend you visit the Cruz del Carmen viewpoint and enter the Enchanted Forest.

Traveler in the Enchanted Forest La Palma

It’s nice to end your visit to Anaga in one of its wild and black sand beaches like Almáciga and Benijo. But, if you’re a bit bored of the volcanic beach, very close to Anaga you’ll find one with white sand from the Sahara desert, Las Teresitas beach.

If you’re wondering how long to stay in this Biosphere Reserve, it all depends on how many days you’re in Tenerife. It is true that if you dedicate a whole day you can go hiking, see villages and the occasional beach. The perfect combo!

General view of Las Teresitas Beach

Visit the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Once you have visited Anaga, if you go with your car from there you reach Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 20 minutes, you will see how worthwhile it is. The capital is world-renowned for celebrating the second most important carnival in the world, “El Carnaval de Tenerife”.

Tenerife Carnival parade

But this city is not only party, if you do not know what to see and do in Tenerife, Santa Cruz is full of history and beautiful corners that you can see. It is worth visiting the Palmetum (one of the largest botanical gardens in the world), the municipal market of Nuestra Señora de África la Recova, the Tenerife auditorium and Plaza de España.

In addition to stroll through its wonderful streets and enjoy the museums. That for something this city is considered one of the 10 wonders of modern art in Spain.

The city is not very big, so in one morning you can tour it all. It all depends on the amount of time you want to spend in its wonderful museums 😉 .

Tenerife Auditorium Building

Cueva del Viento

(The Wind Cave)

The Cueva del Viento is 2 ms. (3km) from Icod de los Vinos center and is the largest labyrinthine volcanic tube in the world. How was it created? This cave appeared after the Pico Viejo volcano eruption, more than 27,000 years ago. Its dimensions are surreal, measuring 12ms (18 km) long.

Masca Ravine

If you are looking for adrenaline and adventure, the Barranco de Masca descent has the necessary ingredients to make it an unforgettable memory. It is one of the most popular excursions, a simple route of 28 ms. (4.5 km) approximately. It starts in the Masca hamlet and ends at the Masca beach, crossing the ravine of huge vertical walls.

In short, the descent of the Masca ravine can be done in about 3 hours approximately. You already have the perfect plan for a morning in Tenerife.

 Masca forest in Tenerife

Los Gigantes Cliffs

After Masca you can easily head to the Los Gigantes Cliffs. This natural wonder reaches 2.000ft (600 m) high in some areas and there are many birds nesting on its huge vertical walls.

Apart from walking on these huge walls, you can see the cliff from the Archipenque viewpoint, where you will see the best sunsets on the island. In addition to discovering all the marine life near these rocks by doing water activities.

You can spend as much time as you want at Los Gigantes, but if you’re only visiting the island for a few days, we recommend spending a morning or an afternoon.

Los Gigantes general viewa

Playa de la Tejita

The most recommended plans for what to see and do in Tenerife are running out. But we’ll say goodbye by talking about the spectacular beach of La Tejita, a natural paradise.

La Tejita is a protected area so you won’t be able to reach it by car. It is one of the largest beaches on the island, with about 3200ft (1000 m) long, where you can relax and enjoy the views of the Montaña Roja volcano . If you travel to Tenerife, seeing this coastal area is a must.

Small dog at Tejita beach

After reading these 7 different plans, which one will you do on your trip to the island? Have they helped you to make your travel itinerary? We hope you already know what to see and do in Tenerife 🙂

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