What to see in Tenerife

27 must see places

Pico del Teide
Pico del Teide

Mountain, National Park

One of the most popular tourist destinations that should not be missed when visiting Tenerife is the hike up Spain's highest mountain, Pico del Teide (3,718 m), which is both an active volcano and a natural symbol of the entire island. Believe me, if you go here, you won't regret it. The unique lunar landscape full of lava formations and sulphurous springs is worth seeing, as are the unprecedented views of the ocean and snow-white clouds. [btn …

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Masca
Masca

Village, Valley, Lookout

The village of Masca, drowned between mountain peaks and ravines, is a popular tourist destination in Tenerife. The tiny village with a few white houses lies under a rock outcrop in the middle of a steep valley and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside on all sides. Masca itself is 600 metres above sea level and can be reached by a winding mountain road. Masca village Apart from the spectacular views, the main tourist…

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Los Gigantes
Los Gigantes

Sandy beach, Resort, Coast, Cliff

This area on the west coast of Tenerife is famous for the giant rock formation called Los Gigantes, whose uniqueness will literally take your breath away. The huge overhangs were formed by volcanic activity several million years ago and in some places reach heights of up to 800 metres above sea level. At the foot of the cliffs is the village of the same name, where you can board a sightseeing boat and admire these rock formations from the sea.…

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Puerto de la Cruz
Puerto de la Cruz

Black sand beach, Tourist town

The town of Puerto de la Cruz was originally a small fishing village, which began to develop after the last volcanic activity in 1706. As it is located on the northern coast, where it rains more, you will be surprised by the ubiquitous greenery. Puerto de la Cruz offers a unique atmosphere, a pleasant climate and fascinating beaches with black volcanic sand and beautiful views of the Teide Mountains. [btn "Choose the best hotel by the beach"…

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Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Fortress, Basilica, City

Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the island, is quite different from the typical tourist towns that can be found on the north and south coasts. Santa Cruz still retains its unmistakable charm with its ornate streets, exotic shops and picturesque parks. You can also see one of the island's greatest architectural masterpieces, the Auditorio de Tenerife, a post-modern building with a concert hall that has become a symbol of the city. Two…

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Playa de Las Teresitas

Sandy beach

Volcanic beaches with fine black sand are the most typical in Tenerife, but one of the few exceptions is Playa de las Teresitas, considered by many to be the most beautiful beach in Tenerife. It is covered in fine golden sand that was brought here from the Sahara in 1973, when the beach was artificially created to increase the tourist appeal of the northern part of the island. [btn "The cheapest beachfront accommodation in Tenerife" https:/…

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View of Los Cristianos
Los Cristianos

Sandy beach, Resort

Los Cristianos is the largest of the three famous beach resorts on the southern tip of Tenerife (the others being Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje). The town of Los Cristianos is the unwritten king of the Canarian resorts, with over 20,000 permanent residents, so it doesn't feel austere and artificial and is alive all year round. On the streets of the centre you can enjoy a shopping spree, while on the promenades great food in the…

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Costa Adeje
Costa Adeje

Sandy beach, Resort

One of the largest and most modern resorts in the Canary Islands is Costa Adeje. It is the northernmost of the three resorts(Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas) of the large tourist zone in the south of the island and offers all facilities for all types of travellers. In Costa Adeje, nightlife lovers will enjoy the many bars, restaurants and discos, as well as families with children in the quieter parts of town. A beautiful promenade full…

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Playa de las Americas
Playa de las Américas

Sandy beach, Resort

Playa de las Américas is a man-made resort built in the 1960s and is located between the other resorts of Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje on the southern tip of Tenerife. Since its inception, it has attracted travellers who like to combine beach holidays with nightlife. Playa de las Américas is literally the heart of Tenerife's entertainment scene. The resort offers all facilities from shops, supermarkets to pharmacies or banks. [btn "The…

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Garachico
Garachico

Tourist town

Garachico is a historic port town located on the northern coast of Tenerife, which until 1706 boasted the most important port. In the same year, the town was disrupted by the eruption of the Volcán Negro volcano, the lava of which flooded most of the town. Only the city gate and the fortress, which can be seen in the park near the present-day centre, have survived. [btn "Book your Tenerife hotel in advance" https://www.booking.com/region/es…

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Playa San Juan
Playa San Juan

Sandy beach, Black sand beach, Resort

Playa San Juan is the name of a beach and a smaller, more intimate resort on the west coast of Tenerife, halfway between the big tourist zone of Los Cristianos + Playa de las Américas + Costa Adeje and Los Gigantes. The clean and tidy smaller town offers all the tourist facilities, but unlike the other resorts on the west of the island, it's predominantly locals, giving it a more authentic and distinctly quieter atmosphere. [btn "The best…

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Punta Teno
Punta Teno

Lighthouse, Lookout

Punta Teno is the westernmost tip of Tenerife and a small peninsula a few hundred metres long and a few dozen metres wide, jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean. The dry, open, windswept landscape is covered only by low vegetation, giving it the feeling of the desolate end of the world. [btn "The cheapest accommodation in Tenerife" https://www.booking.com/region/es/tenerife-island.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-tenerife-punta-teno] On the Punta…

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Playa de la Tejita
Playa de La Tejita

Sandy beach

Near Tenerife Sur TFS airport you can visit the beautiful long and wide La Tejita beach, popular with kitesurfers and the perfect place to say goodbye to the Atlantic Ocean before your flight. La Tejita is covered in fine black volcanic sand and most of the time there will be only a few other people on the large area. Towards the village of La Tejita you can hire sunbeds and umbrellas, otherwise the rest of the beach is free of facilities. [btn…

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Roques de Garcia
Los Roques de Garcia

National Park, Natural formation

One of the most visited places in Las Cañadas del Teide National Park is the Roques de Garcia rock towers. Most visitors, however, only stop at the so-called Finger of God Roque Cinchado and continue on, which is a great pity as the crater of the old volcano is full of interesting rock formations worth seeing. [btn "The cheapest accommodation in Tenerife" https://www.booking.com/region/es/tenerife-island.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-tenerife…

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Barranco del Inferno
Barranco del Inferno

Valley

Barranco del Inferno, translated as Hell's Gorge, is a beautiful gorge through rocky, inhospitable countryside near the resort of Costa Adeje. A hiking trail along a stream and an irrigation canal takes you through a wild landscape of narrow gorges, vertical stone walls and many endemic plant species. [btn "The cheapest accommodation in Tenerife" https://www.booking.com/region/es/tenerife-island.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-tenerife-barranco…

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Guimar Tenerife
Pyramidy Güímar

Pyramid

In the east of the island, specifically in the town of Güímar, you will find the unique six-stepped pyramids. However, if you were expecting the usual pyramids of a conical shape, you will be surprised. The Güímar pyramids are not so much in height as in width, they are much lower, but they resemble Mayan and Aztec pyramids rather than Egyptian ones. This does not detract from their beauty, on the contrary. [btn "The cheapest accommodation in…

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La Laguna
La Laguna

Cathedral, Tourist town

The ancient town of La Laguna, located in the interior of the island, boasts a large number of noble houses, churches, palaces and other monuments dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The town's location among the banana plantations of the Aguere Valley adds to its appeal. On maps, you'll find it called San Cristóbal de La Laguna, but no one calls it anything other than 'La Laguna' for short. [btn "The cheapest accommodation in Tenerife…

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Chinyero
Chinyero volcano

Volcano

The extremely interesting landscape around the Chinyero volcano, aptly called Montaña Negras(Black Mountains), takes you off the main tourist routes to an area where the beauty of the lunar landscape of fossilised lava and black volcanic mountains combines with the lush greenery and scent of pine groves growing out of the lava fields. [btn "Find a discount hotel in Tenerife" https://www.booking.com/region/es/tenerife-island.cs.html?aid=2380460…

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La Orotava
La Orotava

Tourist town

If you fancy a trip to a place full of history, then don't miss a visit to the well-preserved historic town of La Orotava, one of the Canary Islands' most charming towns. It boasts narrow, steep streets paved with cat heads, town houses dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, several churches and beautiful gardens. [btn "The cheapest accommodation in Tenerife" https://www.booking.com/region/es/tenerife-island.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p…

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Loro Parque
Loro Parque

Aquarium, Zoo

The most famous attraction of Tenerife is undoubtedly the botanical and zoological garden Loro Parque, located in the town of Puerto de la Cruz. Originally conceived as a zoo for parrots, Loro Parque has evolved over the years into one of the most beautiful and interesting zoological parks in the world. It boasts, for example, the largest collection of parrots in the world. But parrots aren't the only thing you can admire here. The park also…

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Siam Park
Siam Park

Water Park

If you prefer unique entertainment to lounging by the water, then don't miss a visit to the popular Siam Park, a water theme park that has held the status of the largest, most modern and best water park of its kind in Europe for several years. The park may be designed in a rather kitschy Asian style, but if you're into grand gestures and adrenaline rushes, it won't disappoint. [btn "The cheapest accommodation in Tenerife" https://www.booking…

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Mirador Cruz del Carmen
Mirador Cruz del Carmen

Lookout

Head to the north-eastern tip of Tenerife, where a winding road will take you up to 1,000 metres above sea level through a lush green landscape of steep slopes, laurel forests and terraced fields with stunning views of the surrounding countryside. [btn "The cheapest accommodation in Tenerife" https://www.booking.com/region/es/tenerife-island.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-tenerife-mirador-carmen] The most famous and most visited is undoubtedly…

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Cueva del Viento
Cueva del Viento

Cave

The Cueva del Viento cave is one of the most extensive underground lava tunnel systems in the world. Of all the volcanic caves explored, Cueva del Viento is the 5th longest tunnel system in the world with its 17 km of tunnels. During your visit you will be amazed at times that the caves are purely natural and the lava tunnels, which often look man-made, are purely the work of nature. [btn "The cheapest accommodation in Tenerife" https://www…

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Paisaje Lunar
Paisaje Lunar

Natural formation

A small rock town with formations of strange shapes of white to orange colour can be visited in a beautiful landscape of low coniferous forests. The formations are called Paisaje Lunar, which translates to moonscape , and indeed this small area resembles an alien landscape. [btn "The cheapest accommodation in Tenerife" https://www.booking.com/region/es/tenerife-island.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-tenerife-paisaje-lunar] Since Paisaje Lunar is…

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Playa de Benijo
Playa de Benijo

Sandy beach, Coast

The north-east coast of Tenerife is a bit of a forgotten place, yet it's here that you'll find some of the most beautiful beaches on the island. They are all covered in fine black volcanic sand and have one common denominator: an extremely photogenic coastline with high mountains falling steeply into the sea and interesting volcanic rock formations or cliffs that line the entire coastline. The largest of the local beaches is Playa de Benijo,…

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El Drago Milenario
El Drago Milenario

Natural formation

Few visitors to Tenerife miss the sight of the island's oldest and largest tree, called El Drago Milenario, or the Millennium Dragon. Estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 years old, this impressive dracaena tree can be found in the northwest of the island in the town of Icod de los Vinos, which lies in a famous wine-growing area that produces excellent wines and delicious goat's cheese, which you can get from one of the local farms. [btn "The…

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Basilica of Candelaria
Basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria

Basilica

In the picturesque seaside town of Candelaria on the eastern Tenerife coast stands one of the most important churches in the Canary Islands and, with a capacity of 5,000 people, one of the largest churches in Spain. [btn "The cheapest accommodation on Tenerife" https://www.booking.com/region/es/tenerife-island.cs.html?aid=2380460;label=p-tenerife-candelaria] The Basilica dedicated to Our Lady of Candelaria is the most important place of…

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