Tenerife is the largest and most populous of the Canary Islands, and one of the most important tourist destinations in the world. Annually, Tenerife welcomes more than six million tourists, making it one of the top destinations in Europe.
The island’s year-round sunshine, excellent beaches, spectacular natural beauty and the diversity of things on offer are what continue to attract visitors to the island. From hiking up Mountains to whale watching, strolling along its stunning beaches, visiting a winery or enjoying food and drink at some of its waterfront bars and restaurants.
Here's our list of the top ten things to do during your stay in Tenerife.
- Visit Tenerife's natural gem, the stunning Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak at 3,718 metres high – A complimentary tour at Routes Africa!
- Enjoy a pleasant whale and dolphin watching trip - pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins live in the island’s deep blue waters. Also available as part of the Routes Africa tour programme.
- Have a swim at one of the island’s jet black sand beaches – it’s therapeutic and you’ll be surprised how easily the sand comes off your skin!
- Take a dip in a lava rock pool along the coastline of Alcalá (south) or Puerto de la Cruz and Garachico (north).
- Have fun at the island’s variety of theme and water parks like Loro Parque (Europe’s number one zoo by TripAdvisor) and Siam Park (the world’s best water park by TripAdvisor).
- Learn about the stars and the planets with a guided evening tour in one of the world’s best locations for stargazing, the Teide National Park.
- Go sporty and take a hike or mountain bike in Anaga Rural Park - a striking subtropical forest with ancient laurel trees and giant ferns, recently named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
- Tour a winery and taste the volcanic wines that William Shakespeare and George Washington loved.
- Stroll around Santa Cruz (the island’s capital city) and World Heritage town La Laguna (University town and the former capital) to see the contrast of modern/old and get a grasp of the daily life of islanders – both towns are linked by a modern tram system.
- Put your helmet on and visit the “Wind Cave” - Europe’s longest lava tube with around 18 km of tunnels, some still unexplored.
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