Tenerife – what to see, do and eat

Tenerife coast

Five places you must visit in Tenerife

1. Mount Teide

If you’re thinking of visiting Tenerife Mount Teide is a must see. Spain’s highest peak (3,718 metres above sea level) located at the centre of the Teide National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Tenerife national park

Mount Teide

2. Anaga Rural Park

Anaga Rural Park, a stunning subtropical forest made of ancient laurel trees and ferns covering almost 15,000 hectares (UNESCO Biosphere Reserve).

3. Garachico

Garachico, a tranquil town on the north coast of Tenerife, declared a site of cultural interest.



4. La Laguna

La Laguna, Tenerife’s former capital city, is a university town offering fine examples of Canarian architecture, art galleries and good shopping (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

5. Whale and dolphin watching from Los Gigantes

Whale and dolphin watching from Los Gigantes, jaw-dropping 600 metre-high walls which drop down to the sea – one of the island’s most photographed natural attractions.
Las Gigantes

Places off the beaten track in Tenerife

1. La Orotava

La Orotava – the northern town (Monument of National Artistic Interest) retains a perfectly defined historic centre that is lined with cobbled streets and many beautiful buildings

Orotava festival in Tenerife

Orotava festival in Tenerife

2. Vilaflor

Vilaflor – Spain’s highest municipality lying at 1500 metres above sea level, surrounded by pine forests

Typical dishes you should try in Tenerife

Arenal resturant Burgado

1. Papas arrugadas with mojo

These are “wrinkled” potatoes which are boiled in salt, usually accompanied by a red and green “mojo” sauce (paprika and green coriander sauces).

2. Quesillo (for dessert)

Tenerife’s version of crème caramel!

3. Barraquito

Tenerife’s coffee, made with milk, coffee, condensed milk, ground cinnamon, a bit of lemon peel and Licor 43 (or Tia María).

The most convenient transfers from Tenerife Airport

Visitors have a great variety of options: they can hire a car, book a private transfer, take a taxi or take a local bus (called TITSA, the island’s network of buses)

We strongly recommend hiring a car and picking it up from the airport. A hire car gives visitors the opportunity of creating their own “à la carte” itinerary to make the most of the island – the north and the south of Tenerife are totally different, so it’s worth visiting both and seeing the contrast

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With a little bit of extra holiday time, what else can be visited on the island?

1. Stargazing at the Teide National Park

Tenerife is one of the best locations on the planet for stargazing due to its clear dark skies, low light pollution and high altitude.

Star gazing at Mount Teide

2. Buenavista del Norte

A town located on the north-westerly part of the Island, boasting a beautiful historic quarter.

3. Cueva del Viento (“Cave of the Wind”)

Formed 27,000 years ago and with around 18 kilometres of galleries, it is (part of) one of the most extensive volcanic complexes in the world and is the largest in Europe

4. Santa Cruz

This is Tenerife’s capital city and one of the island’s best kept secrets, boasting a beautiful historic quarter and modern buildings including the famous Auditorio de Tenerife (Tenerife’s opera house), designed by Santiago Calatrava.

Festivals and events in Tenerife

Tenerife mountain view

Tenerife Carnival: the island’s most popular event celebrated in most of its towns and villages, although Santa Cruz hosts the main celebrations – in fact, the Santa Cruz Carnival is the world’s second largest of its kind, just after the one in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

1. Tenerife Walking Festival

An event for families, groups of friends and individuals with an interest in walking and a good sense of adventure. Participants are taken on guided walks through some of the island’s most spectacular landscapes

2. Tenerife Bluetrail

The island’s most popular long-distance mountain race designed for mountaineers and athletes

3. Mueca

The most popular street art festival in the Canary Islands, held annually in Puerto de la Cruz and hosting a wide variety of performances (circus, music, theatre…)

4. Arona Summer Festival

A music extravaganza featuring the best DJs in the international dance music industry

5. Local festivities (“romerías”)

There are many taking place in the different towns and villages of the island throughout the year

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Thanks to @visit_tenerife for all the info.


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