The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife boasts lush forests, arid deserts, mountains, volcanoes and spectacular beaches. Head to the south of the island for surfing, windsurfing and sailing, explore Tenerife’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, hike in the island’s rugged interior or enjoy a relaxing day topping up your tan on one of Tenerife’s sun drenched beaches. Whatever kind of adventure you’re looking for, this diverse and captivating island is guaranteed to have something to suit.
Areas & Neighbourhoods in Tenerife
Las Americas – One of the most popular resorts on the island, Las Americas has an expansive beach, a choice of watersports and the liveliest nightlife on the island. A great spot for a day of sunbathing or a night of partying, Las Americas has plenty to keep you entertained.
Los Cristianos – Having started out life as a small fishing villages, Los Cristianos is now a popular destination, attracting visitors with its great shopping, vibrant nightlife and beautiful National Park.
Los Gigantes – With its picturesque marina and imposing cliffs, Los Gigantes is one of the most distinctive resorts on the island. The restaurants that line the marina are a great place for an al fresco meal and regular whale watching trips leave from the harbour.
La Laguna – The oldest, and arguably the most beautiful, town on Tenerife, La Laguna was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. A great place to sight see and to soak up the atmosphere of old Tenerife, La Laguna is a must see during your time on the island.
Things to See in Tenerife
The volcanic landscape of Tenerife is a site to see in itself. The island is home to a number of picturesque walking routes, many of which take you through Tenerife’s most spectacular landscapes. The most famous natural sight is Mount Teide, which is the highest point in Spain. Beautiful scenery can also be found in La Laguna, where you’ll see breathtaking views and charming buildings around every corner. Tenerife’s other notable sights include the striking Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepcion, the oldest church in Santa Cruz, the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre, one of the best museums in the Canary Islands, and Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, a stunning modern art gallery.
Things to Do in Tenerife
With its warm waters, diverse coast and vibrant marine life, Tenerife is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for scuba diving. Diving schools can be found in many of Tenerife’s resorts, giving novices and experts alike the chance to experience life under the waves. Other popular water sports on the island include surfing, wind surfing, jet skiing and sailing. Mount Teide, and the National Park that surrounds it, is a fantastic destination for hiking, while picturesque mountain and road biking routes can be found across Tenerife. For culture, food and architecture, visit the picturesque towns of La Laguna and La Orotava, while for nightlife, Las Americas is the liveliest spot on the island. And if you're travelling with the kids, then Aqualand is a must.