Do you want exoticism while staying on European territory? Why not visit Tenerife, a small piece of land in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. What are the best things to do and see in Tenerife? Follow this article!
Located off the African coast, Tenerife is a little paradise on Earth. The island is part of the Canary Islands archipelago.
The most touristic part of the island is located in the south. There are great beaches, many hotels to stay and the main tourist attractions. However, the whole island hides places of exceptions and other secrets. Tenerife Forum site lists the best things to do in Tenerife for your next trip to the Canaries!
1. Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of the island. It is located in the northern part of the island of Tenerife. It is a very pleasant little town, where shopping is very pleasant. Bucolic walks are also possible.
Do not hesitate to go through the Garcia Sanabria Park. This large space is located above the main street, where you can walk around and sit quietly. As long as you are near the main street, take the opportunity for a little discovery tour. We invite you to stroll along el Calle Castillo before taking a few steps in Plaza España. From here, the coast is 2 steps away. You will have the choice between a walk on the coast, a stroll on the port or go to the auditorium and continue to Maritimo Park. Perhaps this will be your opportunity to enjoy one of the many outdoor swimming pools. Close to this park, you can continue to the botanical garden, El Palmetum, specializing in palm trees, a lot of vegetation of all kinds, and an incredible panorama.
2. Siam Park
What to do in Tenerife when you love thrills? The Canary Islands have thought of everything (and you)! Head to Siam Park, one of the most famous and visited water parks in the world. This amusement park is located in the south of the island and bus services are available to reach the park.
It is strongly recommended to take the fast-track bracelet as the wait can be very long at the slides. On average 30 minutes to 1 hour of waiting. You can buy your tickets in advance online.
3. Climb Teide
Teide is the third tallest volcano in the world and the highest in Spain. The summit of Teide is in the center of the island and the roads to get there are spectacular, the landscapes are extraordinary. Renting a car will allow you to stop as soon as you want! Other solution? Book a guided tour to Mount Teide. Along the way, do not hesitate to stop by the Cañadas del Teide and enjoy a view of the entire national park.
If hiking on the Teide does not inspire you too much, you can take the cable car (€ 13.50 one way, € 27 round trip, the price for an adult). Reservations are possible online. Be careful, however: don't expect to reach the top! Indeed, you must obtain a special permit issued by the Spanish authorities to access the highest point of the volcano!
4. Eat in the “Guachinches” of the islands
The "Guachinches" are small restaurants, so small that you will have the feeling of eating at a local's house. Here, the cuisine is homemade and local products! Sweet catch: the typical Tenerife potatoes with mojo , a local sauce! The difficulty is to find them? You will stumble upon it by chance, setting off on the roads in search of signs written in felt-tip pen or in paint. Once the signs have been found: follow the arrows!
5. Stroll along the coastal towns
Among the must-sees in Tenerife, you cannot miss the many small villages and coastal towns.
Puerto de la Cruz is one of them. Party-goers will be delighted by this city: it is renowned for its festive atmosphere! La Candelaria and Los Cristianos are two other typical localities, ideal for a peaceful stroll with the family.
6. Hidden beaches
In Tenerife, the beaches are difficult to access. For the more adventurous, for lovers of tranquility and nature, these beaches are worth the detour. The most "famous" are Tacoronte, Taganana or even Playa Antequera. Many beaches are located in the northern area of the island. To find the best addresses, a little advice: ask the locals for advice. Some are not stingy with advice.
Tenerife is not limited to tourist places, there are some unusual places that you can discover by reading Tenerife Forum for more guides.