Looking for great activities, top places to visit and unusual things to do in Tenerife on your next holiday?
For many years tourists from the whole world have been flocking to Tenerife looking for a perfect all-year-round holiday destination. This beautiful European island, the largest of the seven Canary Islands, is a perfect place for all sun-seekers and adventure-lovers. With so many great things to do in Tenerife, this volcanic island offers a huge variety of attractions, interesting places to visit, as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe.
Top 10 Things to do in Tenerife: At a Glance
- Siam Park
- Loro Park
- Playa de las Américas
- Roque Cinchado
- Pico Viejo
- Pyramids of Güímar
- Cueva del Viento
- Playa de Los Cristianos
Still wondering what to do in Tenerife? Read our guide to the best places & top attractions in Tenerife. From beautiful mountain village Masca, the coastal resort of Playa de las Américas to UNESCO-listed Teide National Park – all must-see places and sightseeing ready to be added to your Tenerife bucket list 😊
What are the best things to do in Tenerife?
This is our list of TOP 21 unusual things to do in Tenerife on your Canary Island holiday:
This is a volcano, and actually the third highest in the world. It is both the highest point in Spain and the highest point above sea level in the Atlantic islands. It’s one of the best tourist attractions in Tenerife!
Don’t worry too much, the last eruption was back in 1909, and it remains quite safe to visit. There are actually some great tours of the volcano that you can take part in, one of which is the cable car that we will look at a little later on. Would you visit this top place in Tenerife?
2. Teide National Park
This is the park that surrounds Mount Teide, and it is a wonderful place to visit if you love nature and hiking. There are several different trails you can take throughout the year if you want to experience some of the most beautiful areas in Tenerife. If you love nature, this is one of the places to visit in Tenerife!
There is even a little museum in the park, as well as some restaurants and cafes that you can stop in when you need to refuel.
3. Siam Park
Siam Park really does live up to its name as the most spectacular water attraction in Europe, and many videos of the slides have gone viral on social media. It has a Siamese theme and can be found very close to the coast. If you don’t know what to do in Tenerife with kids, Siam Park is the answer! Adults will love it too – there must be a reason why this is the top thing to do in Tenerife amongst many tourists 🙂
There are loads of amazing water rides, pools and activities that people of all ages are sure to enjoy. Even TripAdvisor has claimed that Siam Park is the best water park in the world – a top attraction on Tenerife!
Siam Park is one of the best things to do in Tenerife we have done 🙂
4. Loro Park
This is a huge zoo that is home to an extensive and diverse range of plant and animal life. This includes sea life, such as orcas and dolphins, which make for stunning water shows that you can attend. If you love animals, this will be a perfect attraction to visit while on holiday in Tenerife.
They have everything from penguins and sea lions to white tigers roaming around within their habitats. Plus, all of the animals seem to be very well cared for, which is quite reassuring.
This stunning park is a top attraction on Tenerife which has to be added to your list.
5. Playa de las Américas
Found on the southwest coast, this is a resort that was designed for comfort and fun. It has a great reputation for clubbing, as well as walks along one of the six beaches if you fancy something a little quieter.
It’s the party capital of the area, built for fun and with some amazing food and drink to keep you going through your celebratory weekend (or week).
6. Playa de Las Teresitas
This is a little beach, and you will find that it is one of the quieter ones in the area. Originally, it was practically all rock with just a little strip of black sand, but things have changed since then.
Yellow sand was imported (similar to Amadores Beach in Gran Canaria) to make the beach more appealing to tourists, and you will find no shortage of umbrellas to keep cool in the summer sun. There are also some great restaurants if you fancy a quick bite to eat.
7. Lago Martiánez
This swimming pool complex is absolutely massive, with open-air pools that everyone is sure to love. It is centred around an artificial lake and is one of the most popular locations for those who want to go for a swim and enjoy themselves.
Whether you want to swim, or just relax with a drink in the sun, there is something here that you are sure to find yourself enjoying. Plus, it’s a pretty unique location in terms of appearance. Would you visit one of the most relaxing places in Tenerife?
8. Pyramids of Güímar
These terraced structures are in the shape of a pyramid and have been made from lava stone without the use of mortar. They remain some of the most mysterious monuments in the world, as no one is quite sure what their purpose was.
They remain of great cultural value and are one of the most popular structures in the area. A definite must for the history lovers while visiting Tenerife island.
9. Roque Cinchado
This particular rock formation is quite spectacular, and it is widely regarded as being emblematic of the island. You can find it within Teide National Park, and visiting it for a quick photograph should certainly be high on your list. For sure, this is a top place to visit in Tenerife.
It is located at the heart of the island, which is part of why it is seen as so important and remains one of the natural wonders left to us by nature. Stunning and very unusual things to see in Tenerife!
10. Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín
This particular auditorium is reminiscent of the Sydney Opera House, and it is just as beautiful to behold. It is the ideal location to view a whole host of performances, from plays and musicals to classical concerts that bring you to tears.
Their website has a great guide for what’s playing over the course of the year, and tickets can be purchased in advance.
11. Pico Viejo
The second highest peak on the Tenerife island, this is another volcano that has gained a great deal of attention. The crater at the top is enormous and quite something to behold.
There are trails to get there as well as cable cars, with one of the most popular reasons for going there being that the sunsets are beautiful. So, if you’re searching for romantic ideas in Tenerife, why not this one?
12. Cueva del Viento
This is the largest lava tube system in Europe, as well as the fifth largest in the world. However, it is also considered to be the most complex in the world because of the way many of the passages have formed.
It was formed 27,000 years ago, and you will also be given the opportunity to be guided through the system and experience it for yourself. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Love lave tubes? Why not visit another one on Lanzarote Island?
13. Drago de Icod de Los Vinos
This tree stands alone, a solitary dracaena tree that has been there for over a thousand years. It is protected, and surrounded by greenery, remaining an important figure within Tenerife island.
You can visit the tree to take photographs and just admire its general beauty, and it makes for quite a nice location to sit back and relax for an hour during a long day – one of the most beautiful places in Tenerife.
14. Playa de el Bollullo
This secluded beach stands out from the rest because of the black volcanic sand that makes it so breath-taking. It features a sharp shoreline, as well as strong waves that lap against the sand in all weather.
It’s a perfect photo opportunity, but also makes quite a lovely place to walk. Nearby, there is a restaurant where you can sample some great local cuisine before you make your way back.
15. Barranco del Infierno
In the town of Adeje, you will find a steep ravine with glorious waters at the bottom. You can get here via a hiking trail that leads you through some of the stunning scenery and natural wonders that Tenerife island has to offer.
While the public can access the gorge, there is a limit on the number of people who can go each day in order to preserve it and try to prevent unnatural erosion as much as possible.
16. Casa de Los Balcones
This is a historic house and museum that can be found in La Orotava. The exterior is beautiful, with greenery and some lovely architecture that should be admired.
The wooden balconies give the building character, and many celebrations are held here each year. Plus, there is a lovely little café and restaurant where you can sit and chill out for a little while during your visit.
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17. Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Candelaria
This is a minor basilica, and it can be found approximately 20km south of Santa Cruz. The design is beautiful, with light colours that keep the heat away and are quite typical of the area.
The architecture is in Gothic style, which is fantastic, and the building itself dates back to the 14th Century. It has the capacity for around 5,000 people, and both the interior and exterior should be taken in while you are there.
18. Teide Cable Car
There is only one word to describe this ride in a cable car; dramatic. It takes you over the gorgeous landscapes of the national park, before going over the top of Mount Teide herself.
If you are visiting Tenerife, you need to take part in this little adventure. It is one of the best experiences on Tenerife island.
19. Palmetum of Santa Cruz de Tenerife
It can be found in Santa Cruz and is right next to the sea with sweeping views of the water and coastlines. There is even the option for a guided tour of the gardens if plants are your passion in life.
20. Playa de Los Cristianos
If you have a family that you want to take to the beach, this is the perfect one. The smooth sands are perfect for constructing monuments, and the water is safe for swimming and paddling.
The beach is quite large, so you should be able to find good space to set up camp for the day. There are also some great little seaside restaurants that you can try out.
This little mountain village is known as the most beautiful in Tenerife. Surrounded by trees, peaks, and nature, it makes for a great escape from the hustle of everyday life.
The forests are every hiker’s dream to explore, and there are several places where you can sample local cuisine and sit back with a drink. In many ways, Masca is the definition of tropical relaxation.
Is it worth to visit Tenerife island?
Still wondering what to do in Tenerife and if it’s worth to visit this Canary Island?
Tenerife island is one of the best islands in Europe! With so many things to do in Tenerife and its amazing climate – it’s a perfect winter gateway in Europe for all looking for a sunny destination. Make sure you add Tenerife island to your travel bucket list!
Planning a trip to Tenerife soon? Make sure you use the below resources:
* Find a cheap flight to Tenerife
* Rent a car at Tenerife airport, but before you do that read our guide about renting a car in Europe
* Book accommodation: 3* Hotels in Tenerife start at €32!
* Read our other Spanish articles: Alicante, Ronda or Lanzarote
Where to stay in Tenerife?
There is no shortage of amazing places to stay during your holiday on Tenerife island. Please see below some of the TOP hotels we have selected for you:
“Located on Fañabe Beach on Tenerife’s Costa Adeje. It has large gardens. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. Adults Only come with a balcony, as well as a private bathroom.”
“Located in Adeje’s coast, offering spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and La Gomera. It features a saltwater pool carved out of the cliff.”
Need more inspiration? Browse the map to find a hotel in your favourite part of Tenerife island:
What is the time difference in Tenerife?
If you ask yourself what time is it in Tenerife the answer is: the same as your local one (as long you are based in the UK ;)) All Canary Islands (including Lanzarote and Gran Canaria) use the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). So the time zone is the same as the United Kingdom. Yes, mainland Spain is one hour ahead but there is no time difference between UK and Tenerife.
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