Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands in Spain. The Island is steeped in history and characterised by its varied landscapes of lush green forests, spectacular beaches, volcanoes, mountains and deserts. There are so many different places to visit and things to experience in Tenerife that a trip to this Island will be one to remember.
To see what keeps thousands of tourists coming back year after year, check out just five of the top Tenerife attractions…
This is one of the most popular resorts on the Canary Island as it boasts a wonderful harbour that offers fishing trips, boat trips in glass bottom boats, pleasure cruises and diving excursions. It is situated just 15kms west of Reina Sofia, the southern airport and well worth the journey. Los Cristianos offers sunshine all year round and there are a number of beautiful artificial beaches to relax on. If you want to explore the town then you can hit the large selection of shops and markets or sample some delicious local food in the bars, cafes and restaurants. Los Cristianos is a great place to go if you have small children as The Aqua Park Octopus is nearby as well as the Tenerife Zoo and Eagles Park.
Playa de Las Americas
If you are looking for sun and fun then this is the place to find it. Playa de Las Americas is closely situated to Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje and is perfect for the young as there are a number of shops and cafes as well as plenty of beaches to laze on. If you want to party all night long then a night out in Playa de Las Americas has to be on your itinerary. It’s brash, it’s bold and it’s definitely noisy, there are hundreds of pubs and clubs that line the streets of Playa that you can visit a different one every night!
Santa Cruz is the capital of Tenerife and is situated on the north east coast, making it the perfect base to explore the other parts of the beautiful north east coast of Tenerife. Santa Cruz is a vibrant city with an outstandingly beautiful backdrop. The city is surrounded by the Anaga Mountains where you can explore places of interest, such as Roques de Anaga where you can see ancient archaeological remains. You can soak up the impressive mountain back drop whilst going on a shopping spree in Santa Cruz, including Plaza de Candelaris which offers great international brands at tax-free prices.
Teide National Park
Parque Nacional del las Canadas del Teide was declared a national park in 1954 and it includes a massive volcanic crater, out of which rises Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain. The park is 2000 metres above sea level and during the winter months, it receives a substantial amount of snow but in summer temperatures reach over 40 degrees. You can gain access to the now dormant volcano by foot or you can reach the peak by cable car. On a sunny, clear day you can see both La Palma and La Gomera and the views are stunning.
The fantastic Loro Parque has received over 19 million visitors since it opened in 1970 and it’s not difficult to see why. It was originally a parrot park but it is now home to the world’s most important parrot collection (with over 300 species), the world’s largest penguinarium (where the penguins and other Antarctic birds are given an authentic Antarctic environment), amazing dolphin and sea lion shows and a whole host of other animals.
There are so many great places to visit in Tenerife and they all offer something different so whatever your tastes, you are sure to have a fun holiday on this beautiful Island.