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Things to do in Tenerife

An island of natural beauty, amazing sea life and great gastronomy, Tenerife – the largest of the Canary Islands – is jam-packed with activities to satisfy any traveller. It’s no wonder that it’s popular with lots of holidaymakers, including families, nature lovers and adventure seekers.

Top six things to do in Tenerife

1. Visit Teide National Park

This UNESCO-listed national park is home to one of the world’s highest volcanos, Mount Teide. At 3,718m above sea level, it can even be seen from many of the other Canary Islands. If you want to see the volcano up close, you can take a cable car up its slopes and admire the views over Tenerife and its neighbouring islands. Join a guided walking tour and discover hiking trails through the park’s otherworldly landscapes. Or choose a sunset tour and toast the sun going down before getting to know the night sky with some stargazing.

2. Spend the day at Siam Park or Loro Parque

Thai-themed Siam Park is an ideal day out for families and thrill-seekers alike. It regularly features on lists of the world’s top waterparks, thanks to its huge selection of slides, rides and rapids.

Loro Parque is one of the best ways to discover the secrets of the animal kingdom, thanks to specially adapted areas for each of the species that live there. A journey through the Animal Embassy gets you close to the action – there’s a huge parrot reserve with species from across the globe. Plus, you’ve got a range of shows, too – exotic birds, sea lions, dolphins and orcas are all in the line-up. This place is all about education, too, so you’re likely to learn a thing or two about wildlife and conservation during your unforgettable day out.

3. Try wild whale and dolphin watching

The waters surrounding Tenerife are home to many species of whales and dolphins. Bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales can be spotted year-round, while more than 20 other species make seasonal visits to a protected zone off the island’s southwest coast. Book one of the daily boat excursions departing from the south of the island for your chance to catch a glimpse of these creatures in their natural habitat.

4. Get out on the water

If watersports are your thing, then Tenerife is the place for you. Here, you can try out surfing, jet-skiing, body-boarding, paddle-boarding and kayaking, to name but a few. And thanks to the island’s rich marine life, the diving and snorkelling scene is top-notch – turtles, rays and octopuses are regularly spotted around the shores.

5. Discover Tenerife’s foodie scene

You can dive into the culinary culture of Tenerife with a gastronomic tour. From cheese tasting to vineyard visits, there are experiences to suit all tastes. Of course, you’ll find traditional Spanish food on offer, but there are also a few dishes unique to the Canaries that are worth trying, too. Keep an eye out for papas arrugadas con mojo – translating as wrinkled potatoes with spicy sauce, these potatoes are cooked in heavily salted water, causing them to shrink and giving them their unusual name. Mojo sauce has got a kick to it – so tread carefully if you’re not a fan of spice.

6. Make a stop in colonial old towns

Dotted throughout the island, you’ll find history-steeped villages, towns and cities that deserve a detour. The capital, Santa Cruz, blends a mazy old town with a modern seafront scene. Nearby La Laguna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – thanks to its well-preserved colonial architecture – while La Orotava lines up pretty pastel-coloured townhouses. Speaking of easy-on-the-eye spots, Garachico’s whitewashed homes stand out against its black volcanic coastline, and tiny Masca is perched on a ridge overlooking a deep valley.

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North West Tenerife Secrets
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North West Tenerife Secrets

It's one pretty tiny village after another in this excursion through the rugged northwest of Tenerife. After exploring the remote village of Santiago del Teide, it's on to Icod de Los Vinos. A guided tour of the town takes in its centuries-old dragon tree and the sampling of local products. Then head to Garachico, the ‘prettiest and unluckiest' town in the island, for a traditional Canarian lunch in a typical local house. The afternoon sees you exploring Teno Natural Park en route to the ‘lost village' of Masca, precariously perched on a ridge overlooking a valley.

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La Gomera Island Tour
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La Gomera Island Tour

La Gomera boasts unspoilt landscapes and a unique culture all of its own. The star of the show is UNESCO-listed Garajonay National Park. It's full of deep ravines and gorges filled with ancient laurel forests and rare plant-life. There's also remote mountain villages to explore plus a typical lunch in a restaurant famed for its jaw-dropping views. You'll get to know local culture with a demonstration of the unique ‘whistling language' and a taste of liqueur, biscuits and honey. And with free time to explore the capital, San Sebastián, you can follow in the footsteps of Columbus before he began his first voyage of discovery.

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Taste of Tenerife Tour with Wine Tasting
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Taste of Tenerife Tour with Wine Tasting

Dusty and lunar-like in the south, green and mountainous in the north, Tenerife is an island of contrasts. Think quaint villages, stunning viewpoints and wine tasting on this full day tour. You'll visit the UNESCO-listed city of La Laguna, drop into a bodega for a wine tasting and explore a banana plantation.First up is a visit to La Laguna, arguably one of the prettiest villages on the island. Throw in its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it makes for a real gem of a stop. Wander its poker straight lines of pastel-coloured buildings and historic mansions or stop for a coffee in one of the tree-lined plazas. Hit the market here, and you can admire the impressive flower displays the town is famed for.It's then on to a local bodega, where a typical Canarian lunch is followed by one of the highlights of the day – a Canarian wine tasting session. And rounding off the day is a tour of a banana plantation, where you can try the local variety.

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VIP Tenerife Highlights
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VIP Tenerife Highlights

One of the island's first Spanish settlements, Taganana is also one of the most remote villages in Tenerife. And on this trip, it's just one of three scenery-packed locations you'll visit, alongside Candelaria and Anaga Country Park. In maximum groups of just 30 passengers per trip, you'll travel in a fleet of minibuses to discover it all in style.

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Tenerife VIP Highlights Tour
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Tenerife VIP Highlights Tour

Tenerife's combination of volcanic landscapes and charming towns makes for epic sightseeing. And you'll discover the best of these in just one day on this VIP tour. See the famous Roques de Garcia, visit Puerto de la Cruz and stop at lookout points. You'll board your VIP bus in the morning and set off towards Teide National Park. There are stops at Vilaflor – a great photo opportunity – and a parador for coffee and a stroll. At the national park, you'll have free time to explore the Roques de Garcia – a series of jagged rocks.After a traditional Canarian lunch, we'll head into Puerto de la Cruz. This bustling resort is popular with tourists from all over the world but you'll still see plenty of its Canarian character shining through, especially in its elegant plazas and gardens. On the return leg, we'll stop at Garachico lookout point.

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VIP Masca & Teide Tour from Northern Tenerife
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VIP Masca & Teide Tour from Northern Tenerife

This exclusive tour is an exploration of Tenerife's most stunning inland areas. First up are the heady heights of Mirador de Chipeque – a stunning viewpoint over the Atlantic and the island of La Palma. We'll then journey into Teide National Park to navigate the lunar-like landscape, volcanic relics and surreal rocks strewn across the land. After admiring some wow-factor views, we break for a typical Canarian lunch. Finally, we'll visit Masca – a village where time has stood still. There's free time to explore, pick up a few local products and take in the vistas before returning to resort.

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VIP Masca & Teide Tour from Southern Tenerife
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VIP Masca & Teide Tour from Southern Tenerife

This exclusive tour is an exploration of Tenerife's most stunning inland areas. First up are the heady heights of Mirador de Chipeque – a stunning viewpoint over the Atlantic and the island of La Palma. We'll then journey into Teide National Park to navigate the lunar-like landscape, volcanic relics and surreal rocks strewn across the land. After admiring some wow-factor views, we break for a typical Canarian lunch. Finally, we'll visit Masca – a village where time has stood still. There's free time to explore, pick up a few local products and take in the vistas before returning to resort.

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VIP Anaga Summit
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VIP Anaga Summit

Island exploration doesn't get much better than this, and on this full day tour you'll venture into a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve – Anaga Mountains. Leaving Puerto de La Cruz, you'll firstly head to the UNESCO protected town of La Laguna, famous for its pastel-coloured houses and weekly market. From there, you'll head to San Andres, home to the long yellow-sand beach of Las Teresitas. You'll then ride through the laurel forest of Las Mercedes on your way to Taganana. Enjoy some time for lunch, before setting off through the Anaga Mountains, past the viewpoints at Pico del Inglés and Cruz del Carmen.

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Teide National Park Tour
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Teide National Park Tour

Tenerife's greatest natural wonder, Mt Teide is Spain's highest peak. Avoiding the busiest times of the day, this expertly guided tour explores its wild volcanic habitats and offers unbeatable views over Tenerife and the rest of the Canaries. The 3,718-metre peak is the centrepiece of its own National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park's trails have you pass through four different climate zones. A visit to the Roques de Garcia rock formation rounds off the trip.

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Teide National Park Tour from Punta del Rey
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Teide National Park Tour from Punta del Rey

Tenerife is home to picturesque villages, stunning viewpoints and lunar-like landscapes, and no more so than in Teide National Park. Breathtaking vistas all await as you travel up and into the UNESCO-listed Teide National Park to see the natural showstopper of them all – Mt Teide. Otherworldly landscapes surround Spain's highest peak, and best of all is that you'll be able to take an optional cable car ride to the summit, weather permitting. Ride high through the sky, and on your descent, you'll visit a local wine cellar in the highest village in all Tenerife, Vilaflor.

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Twin Ticket Loro and Siam Park PLUS
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Twin Ticket Loro and Siam Park PLUS

Take in two of Tenerife's top attractions with this twin-ticket. Make a splash on the slides at Siam Park, then see a world of animals and sea creatures at Loro Parque – you're in for a couple of action-packed days. And with our PLUS option, you'll get perks like early or separate entrance, reserved show seating and a food & beverage voucher too.Siam Park is one of the biggest waterparks in Europe and it's jam-packed with over 30 attractions set against an exotic Thai backdrop. So whether you want to chill out on the beach or launch yourself into the pulse-racing rides, you'll not find yourself short of options.While over at Loro Parque, there's everything from tigers and giant tortoises to secretive sea creatures and spectacular shows. Wow over whales, gape at gorillas and delight over dolphins - there's loads to enjoy at this acclaimed wildlife park.

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Siam Park Ticket

Hold on tight, you're in for an action-packed day out at Siam Park. It's the top waterpark in the world for TripAdvisor users – for the fifth year running – and it's bursting with adrenaline-pumping rides and beaches set against an exotic Thai backdrop. You'll have over 30 attractions to choose from, so there's something for every member of the family, whether you fancy chilling out or launching yourself into the pulse-racing rides. Hold your breath as you hurtle down the near-vertical Tower of Power. Defy gravity as you raft through the jaws of The Dragon into a fast-spinning cone.

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