What to See and Do in Tenerife

Tenerife is a beautiful and rugged volcanic island located in the Canary Islands. Out of the seven Canary Islands, it is the largest and most populated. In fact, over 5 million people visit Tenerife every year. Many people visit the island to escape the cold winters of the north because the weather in Tenerife in November averages a perfect 72 degrees Fahrenheit. 

The capital of Tenerife is Santa Cruz, which is a lively port town geared towards tourism. The town’s port is full of activity. Boats, hydrofoils, and ferries cruise the waters and make their way in and out of the port. The streets in Santa Cruz are pleasant to walk around and they feel safe. You will also enjoy a variety of excellent restaurants and nightclubs while visiting the town of Santa Cruz, Tenerife. Here are more ideas too!

1. Resorts:

One of the top resorts in Tenerife is Puerto de la Cruz, and it the most complete and well-established resorts in all of Tenerife. The area surrounding the resort is full of colonial architecture, narrow cobbled streets, and it is one of the few areas on the island left where the locals still eat, drink, and work. This resort is one-of-a- kind and a must see.

2. Loro Parque or Parrot Park:

One thing that never fails to astonish and amaze visitors to the Island of Tenerife is the incredible Loro Parque or Parrot Park, which houses the most important parrot collection in the world, with over 300 species of Parrots. A trip to this park usually takes close to a full day. The park has awesome parrot shows, dolphin shows, seal shows, and an aquarium with a shark tunnel. Loro Parque is also home of the world’s largest Penguinarium, which drops an amazing 12 tons of snow a day to create an Antarctic climate for the birds.

Other attractions at the Park include Gorillas and Chimpanzees, Tigers, Jaguars Alligators, Tortoises, and more. There is also the Gambian market inside the park, as well as an orchid house and a cinema.

3. Big Game Fishing:

The Canary Islands are one of the hot spots in the world for big-game fishing. And there are a number of fishing trips and tour guides in Tenerife. Blue Marlin are the most prized of the big game fish caught here, but other amazing fighters such as yellowfin tuna, dorado, wahoo, white marlin, and mako sharks.

Regular catches of blue marlin range from 330 pounds to nearly 500! Trips include all the fishing gear, so all you have to do is pack a lunch and dress appropriately.

4. Boat Rides:

Boat rides are extremely popular, and include fun filled booze cruises that offer water-sports, a fresh lunch, drinks and cocktails, and a trip around the island. Many boat trips offer shuttle service to and from your hotel or resort, so you don’t have to worry about driving. Trips depart from the port at Los Cristianos and Puerto Colon in Playa de las Americas. Most boat operators offer a free shuttle service.

5. Dolphin and Whale Viewing:

One of the more popular attractions at Tenerife is the chance to view the dolphins swimming in the ocean wild and free. They frequently swim very close to the boat and perform flips and other antics in the water simply because they feel like it. Whale watching is also extremely popular here, and they are spotted on a more regular basis than the more unpredictable dolphins.

So if you’re heading to Tenerife, get ready for some fun in the sun.

One Response to What to See and Do in Tenerife

  1. Escapist January 20, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    I think the Canaries are Europe’s most exotic islands. And what I love about them is that pretty much each one is different. To me, Gomera stands out with its dense green vegetation, Lanzarote has that wicked rocky-volcanic environment, Fuerteventura with the vast flat light-colored sandy beaches, Gran Canaria has those Grand Canyon-like vast landscapes…
    It’s a dream archipelago!