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Plan Your Trip to Tenerife: Best of Tenerife Tourism

About Tenerife
Tenerife’s got the perfect mix of R&R and rugged outdoor adventure. Sure, you could sunbathe on golden sand beaches, treat yourself to a fancy meal, or never leave your all-inclusive resort. But the island’s packed with natural wonders that’ll have you swapping your sandals for hiking boots in no time. Spend the day at Teide National Park and explore its lunar-like landscapes, climb Mount Teide—the highest volcano in Spain—and at night, go stargazing. Or hit the open water for whale watching and next-level views of Los Gigantes Cliffs. For something more low-key, stroll through San Cristóbal de la Laguna and check out the colonial architecture, or stop by a vineyard (there’s over 70 to choose from) and sample local wines. There’s so much more to do and we’ve got recs, below.

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Essential Tenerife

How to do Tenerife in 3 days

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Destinations

Tenerife’s top outdoor adventures

I’ve always wanted to visit Spain’s Canary Islands, and when I finally booked a week-long trip to Tenerife, it didn’t disappoint. I love being out in nature, so I explored all over the island, trekking up volcanoes, descending into lava-tube caves, and hiking along jagged coastlines. But lucky for you, I won’t keep my favourites a secret.
Jesse S, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Parque Rural de Anaga
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    Starting in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, drive a half hour to Anaga Rural Park. It’s home to one of the world’s last remaining laurel forests, known as Laurisilva. This subtropical wonderland has lush canopies, deep valleys, and viewpoints of the rugged shore. There’s hiking for all levels, too, as well as those with accessibility needs. Make sure to ask a guide where the moss-covered walls are and snap an Instagram photo (or ten).
  • Los Gigantes
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    Ever seen Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher? Well, the Acantilados de Los Gigantes, which jut dramatically from the sea, are Tenerife’s version. Cruise by the bluffs in a kayak or paddleboard, which you can rent at the port nearby. Around the 2,500-foot cliffs, you’ll often see dolphins, colourful fish, and sea turtles pop their heads above the surface. Or, take a whale-watching tour to spot bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales out at sea.
  • Volcan El Teide
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    You can’t miss Tenerife’s towering epicentre, El Teide volcano. The trek to this 12,000-foot peak (the tallest in Spain) spans 11.6 miles via the Montaña Blanca trail. If you’d rather rest your legs (I don’t blame you), ride the cable car eight minutes to the top of this lunar-like beast. Tip: Consider the elevation if you have breathing difficulties, and keep an eye on the weather as storms tend to move quickly in these parts.
  • Refugio de Altavista
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    In Teide National Park, stay at Altavista Refuge, the park’s only shelter. (There are beds and a fireplace to keep warm in the cabin.) You can also camp here, but you’ll need to get a permit at the park’s visitor centre. On a clear night, the stargazing is spectacular. In fact, it’s a designated starlight reserve for its minimal light pollution and clear night skies—trust me, it’s worth it.
  • Cueva del Viento
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    Fun fact: The Wind Cave was formed by an eruption nearly 30,000 years ago. Now, the underground system is one of the longest volcanic tubes in Europe, stretching 11 miles near the town of Icod de los Vinos. Highlights include stalactites and stalagmites, roughly 30 animal species unique to the cave (creepy crawlers, beware), and a steady breeze that gave the cave its name. Don’t forget to pack a jacket as it’s colder underground.
  • Playa del Duque
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    Tenerife has more cobblestoned streets than bike paths, however, cyclists will be happy pedaling along the paved, generally flat Costa Adeje Promenade. Just north of Playa de las Americas, this six-mile waterfront stretch passes plenty of restaurants, shops, and beaches—Playa del Duque is a favourite—where you can take a break along the way. Tip: It’s best to go in the morning (around 8 a.m.) when the weather is cooler and there is less pedestrian traffic.
  • Finca Las Margaritas Banana Experience
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    Bananas are an important product in Tenerife and a cornerstone of the island’s history. In fact, bananas are its largest export, dating back to the 15th century. You’ll see the palm-like plantations everywhere, and you can tour one at Finca Las Margaritas on the southern coast. With a guide, you’ll peruse the crops, learn about their history, do a banana taste test (yum!), and take home some locally-made goodies like banana jam.

Explore Tenerife by interest

Spend the day at sea

Boat tours, snorkelling—the ocean’s all yours

Raise a glass

Explore some of the island’s best vineyards

For the architecture buff

Historic landmarks and must-see sites

Tenerife, after dark

There’s lots to do when the sun goes down

See nature do its thing

Mountains, gardens, and more scenic spots