Things to do in Tenerife

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Tenerife holidays – Things to do in Tenerife! Tenerife is the biggest and most well-known Canary Island, belonging to Spain, with over 10 million visitors a year. We all know that it is a mecca for lobster coloured beach dwelling Brits, looking to sleep off hangovers for a few weeks. The beaches, however, are quite simply to die for and no one could be blamed for wanting to spend a few weeks laid upon them.

Things to do in Tenerife

Hiking in Tenerife

The point is that there is so much more to the landscape of this magical island. For one it is a home of Pico Del Teide, which is Spain’s tallest peak, at a towering 3718m. It has incredible forestry and rock formations, volcanic colours as you go inland, so definitely pack your walking boots.

Pico Del Teide, Things to do in Tenerife
Pico Del Teide, Things to do in Tenerife by Jens Steckert

When hiking you really need to wear some functional hiking socks, and pack one spare pair with you. Check these tips for best hiking socks on GearWeAre.com

Fun in Tenerife

If however, you are looking for white sand, neon lights, night clubs, foam parties and banging tunes, get yourself down south to Los Cristianos, Playa de las Américas or Costa Adeje.

Playa de las Américas, Things to do in Tenerife
Playa de las Américas, Things to do in Tenerife by Mate Marschalko

The basic rule, if you are looking for a more unique and cultured experience, is to head away from the south-western resorts. The capital of Tenerife is a prime example and is actually largely untainted by tourism, being right up on the north east of the island.

It has the most incredible carnivals second only to perhaps Rio De Janerio, with amazing traditional fiesta spirit.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival, Things to do in Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival, Things to do in Tenerife by Philippe Teuwen

Also down in the southern region, you can go to one of two of Tenerife’s incredible waterparks.

Siam Park is a Thai-themed park with a multitude of thrilling slides, or Aqualand where you can even get to see a dolphin show. Other more animal orientated water activities are the submarine safari, where you can go dolphin and whale spotting in a transparent submarine.

Spectacular underwater scenes where bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales are known to migrate, also white and sperm whales are known to have been sighted.

Siam Park, Things to do in Tenerife
Siam Park, Things to do in Tenerife by Alberto Varela

Culture in Tenerife

For a more ‘intellectual’ attraction, you could go to the region of Chacona and visit The Güímar Pyramids. The pyramids are not, as you at first may think, ancient like the Giza Pyramid in Egypt. They are in fact the subject of serious controversy, implying that they may be as recent as the 19th century.

It is said that there were many such constructions throughout Tenerife, but they have been systematically taken apart for cheap building materials. The site of the Gumar Pyramids used to contain 9 structures, but today only has 6. Excavations have as yet only been inconclusive.

The Güímar Pyramids, Things to do in Tenerife
The Güímar Pyramids, Things to do in Tenerife by Berthold Werner

On the south coast, you can go to Icod De los Vinos and visit Cueva Del Viento (Cave of Winds) which is the largest volcanic cavity in the world.

Cueva Del Viento, Things to do in Tenerife
Cueva Del Viento, Things to do in Tenerife by Eladio Anxo Fernández Manso

Also, this is where you can find the ancient and mystical Dragon Tree, which is said to be over 800 years old. It is called a ‘Dragon Tree’ as when the leaves are cut they secrete a red resin which is said to be the dried blood of dragons.

This apparently has healing properties, and in the past, it was extracted on an industrial scale to make varnishes and lacquers, and as a result, the Dragon Tree is a protected species.

Dragon Tree, Things to do in Tenerife
Dragon Tree, Things to do in Tenerife / Public domain

Relaxing Time in Tenerife

Even the most avid of partygoers needs some relaxation time during their holiday and this is also what Tenerife offers. You will find plenty of ways to relax and soak up the sunshine.

Los Cristianos is an ideal resort for those who are looking for a quieter holiday and you can always travel into the noisier Playa De Las Americas for some partying at night.

There are lots of golden beaches in Tenerife, where you can unwind and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Santa Cruz is an ideal destination if you want to enjoy some of the culture of Tenerife. If you want to get the most out of your holiday, you can also go walking or dolphin watching.

Los Cristianos, Things to do in Tenerife
Los Cristianos, Things to do in Tenerife by Jose Miguel

Adventure Holiday in Tenerife

If you want to indulge your more adventurous side on your Tenerife holiday, there are plenty of activities to choose from. There are plenty of water and theme parks, which are ideal for families and groups who are looking for something fun and interesting to enjoy during the day.

Destinations such as Playa De Las Americas offer a range of water sports such as wind surfing, so you can try out something different on your holiday. You could also try out some rock climbing if you want to embrace your adventurous side. And what about diving? You’ll be amazed!

Diving in Tenerife, Things to do in Tenerife
Diving in Tenerife, Things to do in Tenerife by Fordivers

Nightlife in Tenerife

Tenerife is buzzing with nightlife, so if this is what you are looking for from your holiday, you can’t go wrong with this destination. Playa De Las Americas is the main place for nightlife, with plenty of pubs and clubs to choose from.

There are pubs and clubs to suit all tastes and you can pick up drinks at some really cheap prices, depending on where you go. There are lots of PR people around, looking for new customers, so you can find free passes to clubs and offers on drinks.

Hotel at night, Playa De Las Americas, Things to do in Tenerife
Hotel at night, Playa De Las Americas, Things to do in Tenerife by Stephen

Scenic Views in Tenerife

Tenerife is a holiday destination which offers some stunning scenic views. The good weather of Tenerife means you can really get the most out of the views and soak up the sunshine as you do it.

There are plenty of gorgeous beaches and blue skies to embrace and you can also enjoy the architecture of some of the nearby buildings. If you are interested in learning about the history and culture of Tenerife, there are many ways to do it.

Playa de Las Teresitas, Things to do in Tenerife
Playa de Las Teresitas, Things to do in Tenerife by Anna & Michal

Tenerife really has something for everyone to enjoy and can offer a real mix of activities if you want to embrace all aspects of the island. Tenerife is a popular holiday destination, welcoming hoards of holidaymakers each year.

As the largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife has lots to offer those who are looking for a lively holiday and those who prefer to unwind and relax. You can also enjoy a mix of both with a cheap Tenerife holiday.

Sunset, Things to do in Tenerife
Sunset, Things to do in Tenerife / Public Domain

Ideal for families, couples and groups alike, Tenerife boasts fantastic weather, which is one of the main attractions of this holiday destination. No matter what you are looking for from your holiday to Tenerife, you will find plenty of activities to cater for your needs.

You can find holidays to Tenerife at some fantastic prices and can get a lot from your money. It is a short haul flight as well, so is ideal if you don’t enjoy flying very much.

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Julius

I am someone who left his open-spaced cubicle after spending there 8 years of his life. Someone who started to live more outside! :) I am in travel blogging since 2010 and with Traveltipy I am going to conquer the world :)

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1 Response

  1. Lerroy Wick says:

    Hi Julius
    This is nice. My wife and I are excited for the vacation we’ve booked in Spain and definitely we will go to the Canary. Tenerife is one of our eyeing place for our 1st stop 🙂 There so many thing we want to do from a page we’ve read https://www.canaryislandsinfo.co.uk/tenerife/things-to-do/. Is there anything you can recommend aside from that page?

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