Tenerife attracts more than five million visitors each year and with sunshine all year round and average temperatures of 20 degrees, it’s easy to see why.
There’s something for everyone on Tenerife: fabulous beaches and scenic mountain walks, where you’ll discover traditional towns and villages in the deep leafy gorges.
Above the clouds stands the majestic Mount Teide, which is the world’s third-largest volcano and Spain’s highest peak. A magical space which has been declared a world heritage site.
The city of Santa Cruz where the cruise ships pass by is a vibrant city and once a year hosts Europe’s biggest carnival, not to be missed.
Tenerife is also known as the ideal golfing destination for its year-round sunny climate and world-class golf courses.
Tenerife and the surrounding area offer not only fabulous properties but activities that will match your lifestyle as well. 5* Hotels for those visiting offering great accommodation, theatres, fine dining restaurants, museums and so much more.
Here are some of the best things to do in Tenerife:
Take a stroll through the streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
The capital of the island is a charming little town for shopping, walking and dining. On Calle Castillo, the high street, you’ll find lots of shops with international fashion brands and local brands, leading to Plaza España famous for its “Tenerife” sign, favoured by tourists for a souvenir photo.
From here, you can walk along the coast, walk along the harbour, go to the auditorium and continue to the Maritimo Park where there are many swimming pools where you can swim outdoors. Don’t miss it it’s a lot of fun!
After the park, you can continue to the botanical garden, El Palmetum, specialising in palm trees and local flora, offering incredible panoramic views.
Mount Teide is the third highest volcano in the world and the highest in Spain. It is situated in the centre of the island, and the roads leading up to it offer a spectacular view, the landscapes really is out of the ordinary. You can either rent a car to enjoy the scenery at your leisure or book guided tours to Mount Teide. On the way do not hesitate to make a stop by the Cañadas del Teide and enjoy the view over the entire national park.
If hiking to Mount Teide is too much for you, you can take the cable car and also book online in advance. The cable car does not take you all the way to the top, because a special permit from the Spanish authorities is required, but it’s still well worth it!
Visit Tenerife’s coastal towns and villages
There are several small villages and coastal towns to visit in Tenerife and many spots where you’ll find beautiful beaches. Puerto de la Cruz is one of them. You can enjoy meandering through the streets and check out the local shops, restaurants and beaches, this city is particularly recommended at night. The Candelaria and Los Cristianos are two other typical villages where you’ll enjoy the best of Tenerife: tranquillity.
Find hidden beaches
Some people claim that Tenerife’s best beaches are difficult to access. So for adventurers, lovers of calm and nature, finding the perfect beach is what they came here for. The most “known” are Tacoronte, Taganana, Playa Antequera and other beaches on the north coast. Don’t miss stopping by a guanchiche for a bite to eat, and speak to the locals, they’ll tell you where their favourite beaches are.
A small village on the East of the island, Masca is one of the most picturesque places to see in Tenerife. Driving to Masca will be difficult to access but when you finally reach it, the landscape is breathtakingly beautiful. For walkers, there’s a 4 hours hike starting from Masca all the way down the ocean. Once you reached the bottom of the valley, you can take a boat to los gigantes. An emblematic place for photography enthusiasts.
The Carnival de Tenerife
The Carnival de Tenerife is the second most popular carnival in the world after the one in Rio de Janeiro. It goes on for a full month in the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife. There are parades and celebrations from the end of January to the end of February. The main carnival week is in early February, and thousands of tourists come to the island to admire the colourful shows and dances of the Carnival de Tenerife.
Spend some time getting to know the beautiful island of Tenerife and you might just want to stay longer and live here.