Contrary to popular opinion, there’s a whole lot more to Tenerife than beaches, bars and booze! While the southern shores might attract holidaymakers in their millions each year, who come to enjoy the lively vibe and cracking beaches of this sun-baked Canary Island, many also choose to get out and about, discovering the many wonderful features that make this island such a popular holiday destination.
So, to give you a little inspiration, here’s our take on some of the best things to see and do in Tenerife.
Tenerife is a volcanic island, and its crowning jewel is the soaring Mt Teide. It’s a dormant volcano and the highest peak in Spain, no less, so it’s certainly worth a visit. Hire a car and enjoy the long, winding roads across the island’s striking interior, which contrast alpine-like scenery and dense pine forests with arid plains and lava fields. Once at the base of Mt Teide, take a cable car and whizz to the top for superb views of the island and the ocean.
Siam Park, located near Costa Adeje, is one of the biggest water parks in Europe and a must for families. It’s huge, and comes with many different activities and watery fun for all ages, along with good quality dining options and plenty of places for mum and dad to kick back and relax while the kids run riot.
Near Puerto de la Cruz, kids and grown-ups alike will love the attractions of Loro Parque. Once a parrot sanctuary, this modest spot has grown over the years into a fully-fledged tourist attraction, home to rainbow-coloured parrots, exotic birds, primates, and many more amazing species.
Enjoy a day of culture, sightseeing, shopping and dining in Tenerife’s capital city, Santa Cruz. It has an interesting heritage with its fair share of historic buildings and churches, and more than a few knock-out tapas bars too.
Whatever type of escape you’re looking for, check out these cheap holidays with The Co-operative Travel to gain a little inspiration. From family escapes and loud ‘n lively clubbing holidays to romantic retreats just for two, Tenerife is full to the brim with superb places to stay, top-notch attractions and experiences by the bucketload.
When will you come and discover this Canarian gem?