Tenerife, what to see on your own

Attractions in Tenerife

In the catalog are the main attractions of Tenerife, marked on the map, with photos and descriptions in Russian. From the review below you’ll learn what parks and attractions will enjoy the children, what to see on Tenerife by yourself in a few days and where to go by car.

The most tempting excursion destination on the island is Teide National Park, which is home to Spain’s highest point, Volcano Teide.

Tenerife, the largest island of the Canary archipelago, has an impressive number of attractions: national parks, classical and unusual museums, historical monuments. The map of tourist routes covers almost the entire island and pleases with a variety of places.

Attractions available year-round include gorgeous beaches, family-friendly amusement parks, manicured parks designed for contemplative relaxation, and colorful tropical zoos.

Evening vacations can be provided by cultural and entertainment venues: the legendary Pyramid of Arona concert hall, theatrical knightly tournaments in the San Miguel Castle.

The cities of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Costa Adeje, Puerto de la Cruz, Playa de las Americas, San Cristobal de la Laguna, Icod de los Vinos, Los Gigantes are rich in attractions.

What to see in Tenerife

Those wishing to take a break from the noise of the city and fish in the ocean are invited to the west coast resort .

For connoisseurs of exotic flora, the Botanical Garden in the east of Puerto de la Cruz, which was created in the middle of the year, will be a memorable place to visit.

Lost among the rocks in the thickets of the northwest is the village of Masca, whose picturesque scenery is the value of the mountains.

The six pyramids of Guimara, located on the island of Tenerife, can be considered the youngest such attraction.

Loro Park is an amazing zoo, which is located on the island of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands.

Monkey Park is an international breeding center for rare species of primates and birds. Here live cat lemurs.

In the park of Icod de los Vinos, like a giant cactus, grows the oldest dragon tree of the Canary archipelago.

Tenerife sights on a map

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What to see on your own in Tenerife

Exploring the sights of Tenerife is not only possible within the resort or popular excursions. The transport system on the island is quite possible to create your own route review of architectural monuments and natural sites.

When planning a vacation in the major cities, do not forget to look out for historical museums with rich exhibits: first of all the Tenerife History Museum in San Cristóbal de la Laguna, which collected artifacts of the Guanches, and the combined with it Museum of Anthropology; the Archaeological Museum in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, better known as the Museum of Nature and Man.

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By bus you can get to the town of Guimar, in the vicinity of which there are stepped pyramids of Guimar, reach the “pirate village” Masca, to visit Candelaria, where the statue of the Black Madonna is carefully preserved.

Renting a car solves the problem of getting around almost any planned route. In a short vacation on Tenerife by car you can manage to see the sights of the southern cities, to get to the west coast – Los Gigantes, go to the park Teide, and finally pay attention to the less visited park Rural in the northern part of the island, where the observation deck of Pico del Inglés.

A trip to the picturesque resort town of Puero de la Cruz, with the Royal Botanical Gardens as one of its central attractions, can be enriching.

Los Gigantes © Oksana Bril

Tenerife attractions for children

Family vacation in Tenerife involves visiting zoos with a show program, water parks and outdoor attractions. And this program is relevant all year round: the island’s climate is mild and conducive to all kinds of active tourism.

One of the most famous parks of the island – Loro Park, its visit can safely plan for the whole day. Highlight of the park – dolphin and killer whale show, held on a schedule, the rest of the time you can relax in a tropical park, visit a stylized “Thai Village”, to observe the parrots, gorillas, chimpanzees, penguins and other animals in the thematic areas of Loro Park. The aquarium complex with a glass tunnel, which contains sea creatures, deserves special attention.

While vacationing in Icod de los Vinos, tourists can add the Butterfly Museum to the list of children’s attractions, where about 800 insects, different from the usual moths and butterflies with bright colors or sizes, are kept in reconstructed tropical conditions.

Activity centers at the resort are huge water parks, which are among the largest in Europe. The Thai-style Siam Park and Aqualand Costa Adeje, which has its own dolphinarium, are very close, in the vicinity of Playa de la Americas. It is very convenient for tourists: it is possible to compare the parks’ slides in one day or to divide the entertainment part into two days.

Excursions with children should include a trip to Jungle Park and an informative walk through the park of miniatures Pueblo Chico, which collected the famous architectural sites of the island, as well as a trip to the interactive and playful Science and Space Museum.

Private guides in Tenerife

Russian private guides will help you learn more about Tenerife. On the project Experts.Turister.Ru registered 4 Russian guides in Tenerife.

12 important things to do in Tenerife

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You don’t have to visit them all. One is enough – Tenerife. This island the size of Moscow is able to surprise you with its endless variety and demonstrate all the charms for which even hardened tourists come here again and again. The main thing is not to sit still!

What do you have to do on Tenerife?

RENT A CAR IN TENERIFE

The 1st thing to do is to deal with the transportation of your loved one. Do you want the maximum experience? Then rent a car and you will see the island in all its glory. Fuel prices in Tenerife are much lower than in Europe, so rent a car can safely for the entire stay on the island, without worrying about the huge costs of transportation. The easiest way to contact the aggregator, which will give the best deals on all rental agencies, such as economybookings.com.

WALK THE GOLDEN MILE IN LAS AMERICAS

The south of Tenerife is quite different from the north. The south of the island is hotter, with more sun and a real resort atmosphere. This is the part of Tenerife where most of the tourists choose to get a tan during the day and then head to the bars and restaurants in the evening. The epicenter of partying and partying is on the “Golden Mile” in Las Americas. So the 2nd item on our list of meaningful things to do would be to stroll down the noisy and breezy street of the island’s main resort. It’s worth noting that the city has no clear boundaries. It has long been intertwined with its neighbors: Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje. And these places are also not for those who like a quiet, secluded vacation.

SWIM WITH THE GRINDS ALONG THE SHORES OF LOS GIGANTES

Point 3. Sail along the overhanging ocean cliffs and meet the local marine life. The picturesque resort village of Los Gigantes is famous for being home to pilot whales, or grinds, off its coast. They are not as huge as we are used to thinking, but only about 5-6 meters in length. Externally, they are very similar to dolphins, which often keep the whales company. To see how the fins cut the water surface, you need to book a boat trip. You can do this directly at the port or at any travel agency, not only in Los Gigantes, but also in the southern resorts, as well as on the Internet.

Price: €15-50 per person depending on the entertainment chosen on board.

DO THE GORGE TREKKING.

For the 4th point, you’ll have to drive down a winding serpentine road to the secluded mountain village of Masca. In addition to the cozy restaurants and great views, there is one of the island’s deepest gorges, with a hiking trail at the bottom that leads you to the ocean itself.

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If you drive a few kilometers further than the village of Masca from the south of the island, there is a café with a stunning view of the valley on one of the passes

Useful tip: The gorge trekking and the boat trip can be combined. The easiest way to do this is to leave your car at the port of Los Gigantes and head to Masca by bus or cab (€25). Then walk down the path to the ocean, pick a boat you like at the pier and enjoy bobbing on the waves, admiring the grinds, dolphins and high cliffs, until you arrive in Los Gigantes.

EXPERIENCE ALL THE SLIDES OF SIAM PARK

For item 5 on our list, it’s best to take a whole day, because we’re going to Siam Park! According to Tripadvisor the water park in Tenerife is the best in the world! And there are reasons for that, of course. Almost all of the park slides are blended into the natural hilly terrain, and because of the lush vegetation visitors eyes do not hurt the view of technical structures rides. We don’t need to remind you about the staff and excellent service. Let’s just note that all the slides, though not so many of them, are brought to perfection, both in terms of experience and design. Take the 28-meter slide Tower of Power, known locally as “Kamikaze”, where the brave person, running up to 80 km/h in a vertical position, passes through an aquarium with real sharks!

Price: €35 adults, €24 children; the “Twin Ticket” Siam Park + Loro Park will cost €60 for adults and €41.50 for children.

CLIMB VOLCANO TEIDE

Teide National Park is best visited in the morning or evening when the sun is leaning toward the horizon. At this time the “Martian” landscapes look the most expressive and colorful

Now is the time to move from South to North. And it is better to do it through the center of Tenerife – Volcano Teide! His visit and will be the 6th point! Here, of course, it’s hard to find a universal recipe, because many travelers specially come here to devote their vacation trekking in the National Park Teide. Here they stay for a few nights to meet the sunrises, watch the sunsets and admire the stars at night. One thing’s for sure, it’s worth it to dress warmly. Even on the hottest days at the foot of the volcano can be 10-15 ° C, not to mention its top. By the way, you can climb it using a cable car. To do this you will need to buy a ticket in advance or on the spot.

It is important to keep in mind that the cable car to the very top of the volcano does not deliver. In order to get directly into the crater, you must pass about 160 meters of height on foot, as well as get permission to climb in advance. It is issued online

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PRICE: The cable car costs €27 for adults and €13 for children both ways. The permit for the ascent is free of charge.

SEE THE OLD CAPITAL OF TENERIFE

The next point, number 7, will be a walk through the first city of the island, La Laguna. If you stick to our recommendation and pass the island diagonally, the road will take you to the old capital of Tenerife. It is a unique city, built in the Late Middle Ages without defensive walls and towers. All the defensive function from the enemies was taken by the difficult terrain. The city is located in a valley where there was once a lake among the high mountains. For several centuries it gathered all the charms of the civilized world and almost never destroyed. Nowadays, when all the coastal villages have been turned into resorts, there is real life here: local children go to school, students skip couples, old people read newspapers in the park, and music blares from the open windows of the colorful houses.

VISIT THE BLACK BEACHES OF PUERTO DE LA CRUZ

If you haven’t vacationed in the north of Tenerife, you haven’t been to Tenerife! Under this motto we mark the 8th point of the list of recommendations. Do not miss the opportunity to stop for a couple of days, or even weeks, in the first resort of the island – Puerto de la Cruz. It is not as rampant as, for example, in Las Americas, but has its own charm and centuries of history. In this city, vacationers are not trying to become kings of the parties, here appreciate the measured, relaxed and good food. After sunset, stroll through the narrow streets of Old Town, pausing at a cafe for a glass of wine or a coffee with pastries.

Price: The local “layered” Barraquito coffee consisting of coffee, condensed milk, cinnamon, lemon zest and liqueur costs €1-2.

VISIT “LORO PARK”.

Also in the suburb of Puerto de la Cruz is one of the world’s best zoos, Loro Park! Point 9! It has a dolphinarium with shows and a killer whale show that gets very wet, as well as a seals show. A parrot show, gorilla sightings, lions and many other animals are a must. There is a special jungle area where parrots fly freely. In addition, you can visit the oceanarium and the penguinarium, where there are floating ice-floes and real snow falls from the sky!

Price: €35 adults, €24 children, the “Twin Ticket” of Loro Parque + Siam Park will cost €60 for adults and €41,50 for children.

ENTER THE MAGICAL FOREST.

On our way! Item 10. Anaga Relict Forest. If you drive from La Laguna to the northeast, you will enter a magical forest on the way. This is no joke – that’s exactly what everyone calls it. Because that’s the most accurate description of what you see! Driving through it, you stop believing that just a few days ago you were sunbathing on the beach, swimming in the ocean, and wandering through a volcanic desert. This forest has its own climate, and no weather forecast can predict it. While the weather on the coast will be cloudless, here it may rain torrentially without a hint of cessation. But such conditions only fill the forest with magic and magic.

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There are dozens of hiking trails along the Anaga Ridge, where the forest of the same name is located, which involve many stops with magnificent views of the surrounding area.

SEE THE BACKSIDE OF TENERIFE

Breaking through the fog of the magical forest, the mossy green hills and the village of Taganaga come into view. This is the back side of Tenerife. Spring always reigns and smells fresh here. Having taken plenty of pictures, we drive on, to the 11th point, to the place that completely conveys the spirit of the Canary Islands, their primordiality. It is a wild beach Benijo. There are black volcanic sand, bare rocks and huge waves that do not forgive the mistakes of beginners surfers. Swimming at this beach, you must be extremely careful and cautious. But once you’re here, you’ll feel like you’ve seen the real Tenerife!

LOOK IN THE GUACHINCHA. AND NOT ONLY.

Item 12 is the most delicious! And there’s a reason it’s at the end of our list. Not all tourists coming to the island know about Guachincha. In simple terms, we are talking about taverns for locals, where they serve homemade wine and snacks. And for the visitor, it means one thing – you can eat interesting and unusual food cheaply and deliciously. These establishments have no permanent addresses. They work only when there is wine for sale. And they can open anywhere: in a garage, a hangar, or a barn. Such places are found only in the northwest of the island, where the Malvasia grape is grown. You can identify a tavern by a simple sign, as well as through a special application on your phone Guachapp.

Of course, you don’t have to fixate on Guachincha when there are thousands of thousands of wonderful places on the island serving traditional Canarian dishes. The most famous of these is the braised rabbit Conejo Al Salmorejo. Pork and beef stew is also worth checking out. The locals are very good at roasting and braising goat meat. Such dishes are usually served with special arrugadas potatoes boiled in seawater.

Fish and seafood dishes are highly regarded by tourists and locals alike. Shrimp lovers need not pass by the tiny, whiskered sea creatures. They are tiny, but very tasty. In addition, they do not need to be cleaned! And tasting local fish is just a lottery: you never know what will be on the menu. You will be served with the fish caught by the fishermen. And there is a kind of charm in it!

Price: The main dish of meat is €7-15. Fish that can be eaten for two is €15-20. The price usually includes a side dish.

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