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Welcome to Tenerife

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

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Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide)

Teide National Park (Parque Nacional del Teide)

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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
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Masca Valley

Masca Valley

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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
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Mt. Teide (El Teide)

Mt. Teide (El Teide)

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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
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La Orotava Valley

La Orotava Valley

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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
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Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes

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Los Gigantes (The Giants), are cliffs that extend along a stretch of Tenerife’s western shore, towering up to 2,000 feet (more than 600 meters) above the sea. The seaside town of the same name, perched along the shore, in the shadow of the cliffs, maintains a quieter, more relaxed vibe than the bigger resort areas further south.More
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Los Roques de García

Los Roques de García

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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
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Drago Park (Parque del Drago)

Drago Park (Parque del Drago)

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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
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Vilaflor

Vilaflor

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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
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Monje Winery (Bodegas Monje)

Monje Winery (Bodegas Monje)

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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
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Teide Cable Car (Teleférico del Teide)

Teide Cable Car (Teleférico del Teide)

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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
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Las Águilas Jungle Park

Las Águilas Jungle Park

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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
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Aqualand Costa Adeje

Aqualand Costa Adeje

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Part waterpark, part amusement park, Aqualand Costa Adeje is popular among families for its variety of rides and attractions. Thrill-seekers can choose from half a dozen waterslides, including a six-lane mat racer, a high-speed body slide, and a funnel slide, while the Kidzworld area features pint-sized attractions that include a wading pool and water castle. The park's giant Jacuzzi tub, heated wave pool, and lazy river offer options for relaxation that are favorites among guests of all ages.The park's Dolphinarium, home to a pod of bottlenose dolphins, runs one of the most successful breeding and conservation programs in Europe, in which a therapy program offers aid to disabled young sea mammals and onsite biologists study dolphin acoustics between mothers and babies. Be sure to check out the dolphinarium museum to learn about the history, physiology, characteristics, and habitats of the bottlenose dolphin.More
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Siam Park

Siam Park

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With gravity-defying waterslides, wave pools, and water-play areas for all ages, Siam Park offers every opportunity to get your adrenaline pumping. Ranking among the largest and most popular water parks in Europe, it’s a firm favorite for families visiting Tenerife.More
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El Médano

El Médano

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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
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Auditorio de Tenerife (Tenerife Auditorium)

Auditorio de Tenerife (Tenerife Auditorium)

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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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Top activities in Tenerife

Mt. Teide and Masca Valley Tour in Tenerife
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Tenerife: Quad Adventure Teide Tour
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La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife
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Los Gigantes Whale Watching Charter by Sail Boat
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Stargazing Experience with Dinner & Drinks
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Night Sky Star Safari Teide National Park Tenerife
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Yacht Trip in Puerto Colon
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Tandem Paragliding Flight in South Tenerife
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Jet Ski Safari South Tenerife
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Recent reviews from experiences in Tenerife

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Amazing experience!
Caitlyn_H, Apr 2022
Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruising Catamaran with Lunch and Drinks
We loved the views, got to see dolphins/whales, the team on board was amazing and the cava was delicious!
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Very interesting and engaging tour
Gerard_O, Apr 2022
Tenerife Gastronomy Tour with Two Winery Visits and 4-Course Lunch
Great to see the Northern part of Tenerife and a chance to see a family run winery and old town with historic buildings and our guide was excellent
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Outstanding!
EDEL_K, Feb 2022
Tenerife: Quad Adventure Teide Tour
Amazing way to see mount teide.
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The trip was our high...
Connie_v, Jan 2022
Mt. Teide and Masca Valley Tour in Tenerife
Tour guide spoke fluent English and German and was very knowledge.
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Great value for money
Jonathan_N, Dec 2021
Tenerife Gastronomy Tour with Two Winery Visits and 4-Course Lunch
For the price of this excursion, we found it very enjoyable and a great way to see parts of North Tenerife.
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Tenerife - Quad bike tour
errol_l, May 2022
Tenerife: Quad Adventure Teide Tour
Each of us were given safety helmets & all x7 couples were taken outside to the Quad bikes where all x14 of us were shown by the staff the QB safety aspects & then taken through a short verification ride to see if we could handle the QB's.
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Don't hesitate, just go!
Nora_S, May 2022
Whale and Dolphin Watching Yacht Trip in Puerto Colon
We saw dolphins and whales from very close, it was just so cool to see these amazing animals in their natural environment.
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Fantastic experience!
Grace_W, May 2022
Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruising Catamaran with Lunch and Drinks
We had a fabulous afternoon, and were able to see all the animals expected: pilot whales, bottle nose dolphins and Atlantic spotted dolphins.
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Nice way to spend an hour
Rob_B, Apr 2022
Banana Plantation and a Farm by Tuk Tuk from Costa Adeje
The plantation was interesting to see too, we bought some fruit that is grown there on the farm, and the kids enjoyed the beautiful views along the way.
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The best of Mount Tiede and Bodegas Monje
Roz_L, Mar 2022
Mount Teide and Tenerife North Shore Excursion with Food & Wine Tasting
Really got to see Mount Tiede national park from all angles, experiencing the drive up through the cloud layer into brilliant light and stunning scenaery, before the main crowds arrived :-) Then a drive down into the Orotava valley, winery tour and delicious lunch at Bodegas Monje.
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Best day in Tenerife
Ricardo_M, Feb 2022
Kayaking with Dolphins and Snorkeling With Turtles in Tenerife
If you don't manage to see anything at all it is still a good ride around the coast of Tenerife.
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Amazing and warming experience
Shearey_P, Jan 2022
Bodegas Monje Winery Ticket w/Wine Tasting & Mojo Sauce Workshop
Both guides for both parts were really kind and spoke very good English.
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Whale and dolphin watch
Dawn_H, Jan 2022
Royal Delfin - 3H Dolphin & WhaleWatching - AtlanticCruise - Drinks & Lunch
I never expected to see so many dolphins at one time.
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Breath taking. Didn’t know what I was missing!
Liam_R, Jan 2022
Night Sky Star Safari Teide National Park Tenerife
He also have me and my wife some great tips on where else to see on the island as we told him of plans to rent a car and explore.
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Unbelievable
Darren_H, Nov 2021
Tandem Paragliding Flight in South Tenerife
What an experience and a frill to see the south of Tenerife in this amazing way.
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Great fun
Darren_S, Oct 2021
A ride in the air above the sea on the south coast of Tenerife
Was great fun, good family experience, lovely way to see Tenerife.
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Absolutely recommended
Sandra_B, Mar 2021
Whale and Dolphin Watching Yacht Trip in Puerto Colon
The lady captain was very nice, friendly, fluent in English :).
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True nature marvel
Maryna_L, Feb 2020
La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife
Ferry trip allowed us to see the beauty of La Gomera and Tenerife from the water.
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Day trip to La Gomera
bernardkirby, Sep 2019
La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife
Excellent trip to see the little island of La Gomera Everything went smoothly.
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Outstanding tour. Covered virtually...
ERWIN H E, Oct 2017
Mt. Teide and Masca Valley Tour in Tenerife
Amazingly, Samuel, our guide, narrated in three languages: Spanish, English, and German.
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