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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 10 attractions in Tenerife

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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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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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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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La Orotava Valley

La Orotava Valley

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Stretching out from the shadows of the Teide Volcano and framed by the rolling peaks of the eponymous mountains, La Orotava Valley is home to some of Tenerife’s most scenic landscapes. With its lush banana plantations and vineyards, steep cliffs and pine-clad mountains, this is prime hiking terrain and a number of well-known trails run through the valley.Highlights include the Mirador del Humboldt viewpoint, which offers an expansive panoramic view over the valley below; the historic town of La Orotava, famed for its unique architecture and botanical gardens; and the volcanic sand beaches of El Bollullo, Martín Alonso and El Rincón.More
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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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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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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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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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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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Recent reviews from experiences in Tenerife

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Absolutely recommended
Sandra_B, Mar 2021
Whale and Dolphin Watching Yacht Trip in Puerto Colón
The lady captain was very nice, friendly, fluent in English :).
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Excelente!
Reinaldo, Jul 2021
Mt. Teide and Masca Valley Tour in Tenerife
I could tell that she was doing her best to keep the information as similar as possible in the two languages (English/Spanish) The places were super nice and considering all that we knew I think it was a fair amount of time to get some cool pictures and explore.
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Dany will leave you a nice souvenir of this wales trip
Stephane_D, Apr 2021
Whale and Dolphin Watching Sailing Boat with Drinks, Snacks and Swimming Time
it was very pleasant to share these 3 hours as a small and very lucky group to see dolphins and wales...
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A musst do
Anca, Dec 2020
Hiking trail Pico Teide with permission and guide in Tenerife
winter clothes are recommendet if you want to enjoy the top.
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True nature marvel
mlysak17, 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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Great day out!
521njeffrey, Jul 2019
Tenerife Total Experience
It is amazing to see how quickly the landscapes change in Tenerife.
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Good overview of Tenerife! The...
Haley C, Apr 2018
Mt. Teide and Masca Valley Tour in Tenerife
Check to see what time your pickup is before booking - I had a 7 am pickup for a 9 am tour
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An amazing trip with the hotel...
Casondra M, Aug 2015
Whale and Dolphin Watching Sailing Boat with Drinks, Snacks and Swimming Time
The first stop was a wonderful bay for a chance to swim and spot sea turtles that frequent the area and then it was on to see Pilot Whales that live year round off the coast of Tenerife!
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A day on Tenerife!
Cinda, Mar 2020
Tenerife Full Island Tour
We thought the tour was English speaking only so felt a little sad for the tour guide when he had to repeat each conversation in French.
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A beautiful tour around Tenerife
Annelore W, Jan 2020
Teide, Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal in Small Group from the south of Tenerife
We really recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see more then the sands n' beaches of Tenerife.
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Everyone should try a tour!
Bristol_Jan_10, Oct 2019
Private Tuk Tuk Tours in Costa Adeje Tenerife
What a fun way to see a bit more of Tenerife.
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THE BEST KEPT SECRET OF THE CANARY ISLANDS
betty r, Jul 2019
Full-Day Guided Tour to El Hierro from Tenerife
Thoroughly a must do if you want to see more than the fleshpots of Las Americas
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If you're into nature, this is the tour for you!
deenjil, May 2019
Mount Teide and Tenerife North Shore Excursion with Food & Wine Tasting
There is so much more to see and do!
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I did the El Hierro island -tour in...
Ari S, Apr 2018
Full-Day Guided Tour to El Hierro from Tenerife
A pity we did not have time to visit all the best sites of the island - which only means that it's really worth another trip in the future, perhaps staying overnight for a longer time.
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This was a very enjoyable excursion...
Stephane F, Jul 2018
Tenerife 3-Hour Luxury Sailboat Tour with Bath and Food On Board
Whatever you see always depends a bit on luck I guess, but we were able to see the small whales, a big group of uncommon dolphins, couple of kinds of birds and turtles, so I felt it was well worth the money.
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We chose not to hire a car whilst...
lorri.garnell, Mar 2018
Tenerife Full Island Tour
We chose not to hire a car whilst staying at our holiday rental, so this was a great way to see some of Tenerife in one day.
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Great tour overall and very nice and...
Giles G, Dec 2017
Tenerife Highlights Full-Day Tour
We did many stops throughout the day and was great to see lots of places from various view points - shame we didn't get even 15mins to walk around Garachico village but we saw it from a lovely viewpoint.
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Definitely a must see if you have a...
Vladimir F, Feb 2017
La Gomera Day Trip from Tenerife
The tour may seem to be overloaded and tiresome a lot of bus riding and maybe too little walking, but this is the only way to see as much unforgettable scenery as La Gomera can offer with its multiple view points so spectacular that you will never forget.
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My husband and I booked this day...
Maryl L, Sep 2015
Western Tenerife Cruise with Lunch and Open Bar
A bonus on the way back to the port, was that we got to see quite a bit of dolphins and whales.
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