The largest of the picturesque Canary Islands, Tenerife is an action-packed holiday location that’s perfect for the whole family. For anyone considering a getaway to this fun-loving island, here’s a look at ten of the best attractions you can’t afford to miss.
Teide National Park
One of the real calling cards of Tenerife holidays, Teide National Park is home to Spain’s tallest peak, Pico del Teide. At 3718m tall, the dramatic landscape offers excellent hiking conditions so make sure you pack your walking shoes.
Be sure to look online for more information on the best attractions for Tenerife holidays and to discover the best time to book and enjoy Tenerife’s beautiful natural scenery and warm climate.
This beautiful small village is located deep in a gorge and features stone houses looking out across the steep ravine walls towards the Atlantic Ocean. Beat the tourist rush and visit after 5pm for a delicious and authentic Canary Islands cuisine, such as grilled lamb and corn cakes.
Pyramids of Guimar
Tenerife holidays also boast an air of mystery, with the fascinating stone pyramids located in the small town of Guimar. Found to the southeast of the island, these six rectangular structures are thought to have been originally used for agricultural purposes.
The Jardín Botánico, or the local Botanical Gardens, were established in 1788, and feature thousands of stunning plant varieties from all over the world – perfect for nature lovers.
This wildlife park features a wide range of animal species, including the world’s largest collection of 3,000 parrots. Other exotic animals on show include tigers, gorillas and chimpanzees as well as a dolphin and whale show.
Museo Militar de Almeyda
History fans can’t miss out on a trip to this fascinating military museum. Keep an eye out for El Tigre (or The Tiger) which is the cannon the Spanish claim to have blown off Admiral Nelson’s arm with in 1797.
Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción
First constructed in 1502, this building is the island’s oldest remaining church. Enjoy the Gothic architecture and climb to the top of the tower for stunning views over the city.
Museo Chillida Leku
For a truly unique experience, head to this charming open-air museum in the rural Basque Country. The range of granite and stone sculptures dotted between beautiful tree species, including beech, oak and magnolia, are a breathtaking sight any time of the year.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
The island’s capital is surprisingly laid back and tourist-free compared to the busy resort districts. Travel here for the lively annual Carnival which is second only to Rio when it comes to lively experiences and colourful cultures.
Castillo de San Juan
This 17th century castle is only a short stroll along the glittering seafront, but features a darker history of the African slave trade. Explore the surroundings and enjoy a trip to the beach afterwards for a relaxing yet educational day out.