Things to do in Tenerife

Things to do in  Tenerife

The king of the Canaries

Land of volcanic drama, staggering sunsets, and some of Spain’s most diverse terrain, Tenerife is vying to be the adventure capital of the Canary Islands. The colossal, dormant volcano Mount Teide—together with the red-tinted rocks and barren landscapes of Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is one of Tenerife’s top draws: Hike, drive, or take the Teide Cable Car to the top of the volcano for stunning views of Orotava Valley and the crater of Mount Chahorra. Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island’s lively and culturally rich capital, boasts bars, museums, and shops, and serves as a launchpad for day trips to La Gomera, an unspoiled Canary Island home to Garajonay National Park and Masca Valley. From Playa de la Americas, whale- and dolphin-watching trips are a popular choice with naturalists; while Costa Adeje proves the perfect place to snorkel with turtles or learn to scuba dive amid submerged caverns. The popular resort towns of Los Cristianos and Los Gigantes appeal to travelers looking to relax with pretty marinas and golden beaches. Explore the quaint town of Puerto de la Cruz on a Segway, see the island from above on a paragliding flight, or soar out to sea on an extreme jet ski safari—no matter how you explore Tenerife, the island never fails to impress.

Top 15 attractions in Tenerife

Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide)

The largest and oldest national park in the Canary Islands and home to Spain’s highest peak—Mount Teide—Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide) is one of the top attractions on Tenerife. The rugged landscape of the park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is magnificent—a geological wonder featuring an expanse of rugged lava fields, ancient calderas, and volcanic peaks.More

Masca Valley

Characterized by rugged cliffs, forested trails, and waterfalls, the wild landscapes of the Masca Valley are among Tenerife’s most beautiful. The remote gorge offers a thrilling backdrop for a hike—the trail winds down through the gorge and finishes at a black-sand beach.More

Mt. Teide (El Teide)

At 12,198 feet (3,718 meters) above sea level, Mt. Teide (El Teide) is the highest point in the Canary Islands and all of Spain. The towering peak in Tenerife allows visitors to stand atop a volcano and look out over nearby islands including La Palma and Gran Canaria—if the clouds cooperate—whether they get there on foot or by cable car.More

La Orotava Valley

Some of Tenerife’s most scenic landscapes can be found along La Orotava Valley. Stretching from the Teide Volcano, this picturesque region is dotted with vineyards, banana plantations, and pine-clad mountains popular for hiking. The historic town of La Orotava serves as a base for adventure in the valley.More

Los Roques de García

A cluster of uniquely shaped rocks lying in the shadows of the notoriously volatile Teide volcano, Los Roques de García are among the top attractions of Tenerife’s UNESCO-listed Teide National Park. Formed by years of ancient volcanic activity, the pyroclastic rocks are best known for their impressive stature and peculiar shapes, some appearing to defy gravity and others taking on an otherworldly presence.The most famous rocks include the ‘Roque Cinchado’, known as ‘God’s Finger’, now one of Tenerife’s most iconic landmarks, and the imposing La Catedral, the tallest at 200-meters high and a popular challenge for climbers. Each rock has its own unique moniker, including ‘El Queso’, ‘Roques Blancos’ and ‘Torrotito’, and the best way to enjoy the views is hiking the circular trail around the valley, which takes around 2 hours.More

Teide Cable Car (Teleférico del Teide)

Do more than just see Spain’s highest volcano from afar—float to the top on the Teide Cable Car (Teleférico del Teide). This smooth-moving ride transports you to the summit of Mount Tiede, a jumping-off point for hikes among the otherworldly landscapes of UNESCO-listed Teide National Park or stargazing from Teide Observatory.More

Monje Winery (Bodegas Monje)

Discover the Canary Islands’ viniculture traditions at Monje Winery (Bodegas Monje) in scenic La Hollera on Tenerife. Sample the reds, whites, and rosés; wander the vines; and learn how traditional methods and modern innovation come together. Then, enjoy some of the best views on the island from the terrace at the on-site restaurant.More

Drago Park (Parque del Drago)

The main draw for Drago Park (Parque del Drago) in Icod de los Vinos, Tenerife, is its towering 800-year-old Dragon Tree, the oldest of its kind in the Canary Islands. It’s a sight best enjoyed from inside the botanical garden, which also features an extensive collection of endemic fauna, birds, caves, and viewing platforms.More


Perched on a rocky plateau at 1,400m, Vilaflor is Tenerife’s highest village and it’s a scenic spot, encircled by pine-covered mountains, rugged lava plains and fields of wildflowers. Located in the foothills of the Teide National Park, Vilaflor makes a popular starting point for hiking and climbing treks, as well as being famed for its local wineries and vineyards.Regional highlights include the Paisaje Lunar (lunar landscape), an unearthly lava valley, where unusual rock formations have been sculpted out of striking white tuff. Nearby, the mineral springs of Fuente Altam, the Sanctuary of the Santo Hermano Pedro and El Pino Gordo (the Fat Pine), the largest tree in the Canary Islands, are also worth a visit.More

Las Vistas Beach (Playa de las Vistas)

Many of the beaches beckon on Tenerife, but there’s a reason the wide stretch of golden sand at Las Vistas is one of the island’s most popular. With a range of facilities and bright blue umbrellas and lounge chairs, there is something for everybody. The waters just off the beach divide into two bays, which are particularly calm and good for swimming. There are also lots of bars, restaurants, and shopping options both on the beach and just nearby.Water sports, beach volleyball, and other leisure activities are also popular here. The beach is well known, so it can be busy with other travelers particularly during the summer months. Because of its accessibility and relative safety, the beach is a good choice for those traveling with families. Those seeking more adventurous activities can choose from boating and scuba diving in the waters off the coast, which often launch from the beach.More

Las Águilas Jungle Park

Las Águilas Jungle Park on Spain's largest Canary Island, Tenerife, is a treasure trove of exotic birds, big cats, lemurs, primates, penguins, reptiles, and more. Explore the park, marvel over daily flight and feeding exhibitions, get adventurous on toboggan runs, and then refuel at the onsite snack bars.More

El Médano

The sweeping coastal winds and long sandy beaches of El Médano provide some of the best conditions for windsurfing and kite surfing on Tenerife. Perched along the southeast coast, the traditional Spanish town offers a laid-back alternative to the island’s busiest beach resorts, making it a popular spot for both families and adrenaline seekers.More

La Caldera

Pine trees, volcanic geography, and views upon views are what you’ll find when exploring Tenerife’s La Caldera and the region that surrounds it. A volcanic crater, La Caldera is situated in La Orotava Valley, which spans the northern part of the island’s central coast. La Orotava is packed with more than just pretty scenery but also trails, including those around La Caldera and its recreation area.Easily accessible, the La Caldera crater is where you’ll find picnic tables and a playground, along with other facilities, including a restaurant. But it’s the woodland wonderland that surrounds all of this that you may be more keen to explore, particularly the loop that circles the crater and ventures off into the mountainous landscape beyond. The roughly 3-hour excursion, which begins from the recreation area, passes through the region’s mossy, fern-filled terrain, and offers impressive views of Tenerife, including El Teide.More

Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park and Botanical Garden (Pirámides de Güímar)

At Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park and Botanical Garden in Tenerife, uncover the history of the six mysterious lava-stone pyramids and explore the Canary Islands’ only poisonous plant exhibit in the Poison Garden. Then, learn about Polynesian culture, visit the Casa Chacona Museum, and wander the themed gardens.More

Auditorio de Tenerife (Tenerife Auditorium)

With its wave-like silhouette and futuristic architecture looming over the waterfront of Santa Cruz harbor, Tenerife Auditorium is one of the capital’s most recognizable landmarks. The sculptural marvel doubles as a prestigious entertainment venue, where you can enjoy music concerts, operas, and dance performances.More

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People Also Ask

What is Tenerife best known for?

Tenerife draws sunseekers to its sandy beaches year-round, and it’s one of the most popular winter sun destinations in Europe. The island is also known for its volcanic topography—the Teide Volcano is Spain’s highest point, and the rugged landscapes provide plenty of options for hikers.

What activities are popular in Tenerife?

The sun is always shining in Tenerife, and outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round. Hit the beach to surf, snorkel, or scuba dive; try water sports such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and parasailing; or head inland to hike, mountain bike, or drive an ATV around the volcanoes.

What is the best month to go to Tenerife?

While the most popular months are July and August, the best time to visit Tenerife is actually from April-June and September-November, when you can enjoy the warm weather without the crowds. Tenerife has mild, sunny days year-round, making the island a popular choice for a winter sun getaway.

Which is the nicest part of Tenerife?

Many vacationers opt to stay on the southwest coast of Tenerife, where the beach resorts of Playa de las Americas, Costa Adeje, and Los Cristianos are some of the island’s most popular. For a change of scenery, try the luxury resorts of Puerta de la Cruz on the north shore.

What is there to do in Tenerife at night?

Tenerife’s nightlife is legendary, and the bars and nightclubs of Playa de las Americas and Santa Cruz de Tenerife stay open till the early hours, especially in peak season. Alternatively, join an evening safari tour and enjoy stargazing in the Teide National Park

Are things cheap in Tenerife?

Yes, at least in comparison to mainland Europe—Tenerife is a tax-free island, and prices are often lower. Average daily costs for vacationers in Tenerife are about US$122, but this greatly depends on your choice of accommodation and activities. Low-season travelers can often snag a bargain at the island’s resorts.

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