Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, is a mesmerizing blend of natural wonders, vibrant culture, and diverse landscapes. Known for its year-round sunshine, and volcanic terrain, Tenerife beckons travelers to explore its breathtaking beauty and diverse experiences. If you’re here for a short amount of time, make sure to save these 6 places and tips for Tenerife.

Whether you seek adventure in its rugged moonlike landscapes, go stargazing, or wish to immerse yourself in local traditions and cuisine, we looked in a few different options, but not the ordinary.

Star Gazing in El Teide

By far one of our highlights of our visit to Tenerife. By all means, El Teide is a must visit if you love nature, photography, and a true mesmerizing landscape. Come at sunrise or sunset for the best light. If you do come during sunset, make sure you stick around for some stargazing. A great spot for the sunset is just off the roadside at Mirador El Retamar to be exact. Walk into the forest and enjoy the incredible views at 2.100 meters. Stick around, but dress warmly, because up here it get’s cold as soon as the sun disappears.

Stay: Hotel spa Villalba with just 26 rooms, a favorite with hikers, with an amazing restaurant.


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Hike around Anaga Rural Park

Nature enthusiasts will love the green and lush landscape of this national Park situated in the northeastern part of Tenerife. Anaga Rural Park is known for its ancient laurel forests, deep ravines, and stunning coastal cliffs. The park offers excellent hiking trails, providing panoramic views of the coastline and unique flora and fauna. 

Stay: De La Laguna, a village nearby, known for its local vibe, cute streets and many restaurants.

Park Anaga Tenerife

Anaga Rural Park - tunnel of trees
Tunnel of trees at Anaga Rural Park

Go wine tasting

Did you know Tenerife is known for making incredible wines? With many wineries to choose from, we want to recommend Casa Del Vino to you. They make 23 different ones, from white to rosé and reds. Come here for a tasting, or watch the sunset with dinner and wine.

Casa del Vino - Northern Tenerife

Visit some of Tenerife’s colourful towns

If you want to experience the local side of Tenerife, and indulge yourself in traditional food, save these towns and villages.

  • La Laguna – located in Northern Tenerife, this colourful town has a unique layout with narrow streets, charming squares, and historic buildings with traditional Canarian balconies. 
  • Garachico – Once Tenerife’s most important port, it was destroyed by lava and the town was built on it. Find historical buildings, a beautiful square with palmtrees and shops.
  • Puerto de la Cruz – famous for its colourful houses and streetart alongside the buildings. 

La Laguna Tenerife café
Café at La Laguna

Garachico - Tenerife tips

Puerto de La Cruz - Northern Tenerife

Go kayaking at Acantilados de Los Gigantes

A definite highlight when you visit Tenerife is to visit Acantilados de Los Gigantes. As the name implies, it’s a gigantic cliffside next to the open sea located on the westcoast of Tenerife. You can rent a kayak at Teno Activo the small harbour for about 2 hours where you kayak towards the cliff. Dolphins, orca’s and even hammerhead sharks have been spotted! Would you dare to swim here?

Kayaking Los Gigantes Tenerife

Go whale spotting

From one water activity to the next! We experienced a sailing trip from the south tip of Tenerife. This place is perfect for whale and dolphin spotting. Almost 100 percent guarantee that will will see pilot whales, some with babies! Make sure you book your tour with a certified and eco-friendly operator. We opted for White Tenerife, you don’t come too close to the animals, and will tell you many stories about their behavior and won’t disturb them too much in their natural habitat.

White Tenerife Sailing

Discover the Northside of Tenerife also! (scroll down)

*We booked all activities through Feel Tenerife who offers guided tours and experiences, but you can rent a car and explore on your own obviously. Have fun!

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