Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Island and also the island with the largest number of visitors of the archipelago. This is due to the diversity of landscapes and things to do, as Tenerife has something to offer for each type of guest, from great weather all year round to parties and sports competitions.
Even if you're visiting Tenerife for the warm winter weather or great beaches, we encourage you to also spend some time exploring the island and discovering its many natural wonders and also beautiful traditional town, preserving local architecture and culture.
Best Things To Do in Tenerife - What to see and what to visit
1. Visit Teide National Park
This is a MUST while in Tenerife. If you want to climb on top of Mount Teide, you should reserve a permit ahead of time. You can also take the cable car and go almost to the summit and explore from there, as there are several trails starting from La Rambleta, so you can choose according to your fitness level.
You could also choose to take a tour like Teide by Night, which will take you through the park showing you the best sights, then you can watch the sunset while enjoying a nice cup of champagne. The tour then takes you for a nice dinner, followed by a session of stargazing.
2. Siam Park
The famous Siam Park was named as the best water park in the world for the second year in a row. You can visit the park at any time of the year, as the pools are heated to a comfortable 24 Celsius.
3. Loro Parque
Loro Parque is also one of the greatest ZOOs you can visit and we encourange you to take the Discovery Tours, to learn more about the conservation work the park does through the Loro Parque Foundation. If you plan to visit both Siam and Loro Parque you should buy a twin ticket, as it's more convenient.
4. Los Gigantes cliffs
Don't miss the chance to see the cliffs in Los Gigantes or Acantilados de Los Gigantes as they are named in Spanish. You can spend some time on the beach of Los Guios, but if you want to enjoy one of the best views of the cliffs you should head over to Mirador de Archipenque.
5. A trip to Masca
Masca is a picturesque village, settled inland in a location where residents of Tenerife used to hide when they were being attacked by pirates. If you have a car hire you can get there on your own, but you should try to get there as early in the morning as possible, otherwise it gets really crowded.
6. Punta de Teno
The view from Punta de Teno is amazing, as you get to see the cliffs of Los Gigantes from the other side. You can't visit the lighthouse unfortunately, but the view is enough to worth the visit.
7. A trip to Garachico and the rocky pools
A visit to Garachico is like going back in time: this small town has a rather dark history, being destroyed 2 times by volcanic eruptions. Walk on its narrow streets, eat a great ice cream on the sea shore and swim in the rocky pools during those hot summer days.
8. See the Dragon Tree in Icod de los Vinos
El Drago or the Dragon Tree is the island's most popular tree. The best view is the one from the town square, so there's no need to pay to see it up close. If you want more ideas for a holiday that doesn't break the budget, read our article about free things to do in Tenerife.
9. Visit San Cristobal de la Laguna
The town of San Cristobal de la Laguna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it deserves at least a few hours to walk around and see the beautiful buildings. If you're with the kids you may want to visit the Museum of Science and the Cosmos and why not also the Museum of History and Anthropology.
10. Discover the amazing Anaga Rural Park
The Anaga forest is one of the most magic places in Tenerife, with its laurel trees and wild beaches like the poplar Benijo beach. If you have rented a car for your holiday, don't miss a day trip to this part of the island as it's one of Tenerife's most amazing places to see and visit. Look up at the weather forecast before you make the trip though, as sometimes it can be cloudy and foggy (especially during the winter months).
11. Visit the capital - Santa Cruz de Tenerife
If you're having a cloudy day in the south and you don't know what to do in Tenerife besides laying by the pool, you could go and visit the island's capital - Santa Cruz de Tenerife. You have many things to do, including great shopping opportunities (and the only Primark on the island).
12. Let's not forget the beautiful beaches in Tenerife
Ever wondered how many beaches there are in Tenerife? We have prepared a list of 101 beaches in Tenerife for you to discover and enjoy, but we're certain that you can still find some that are not on our list. So please don't go to the same beach every day and go out to explore more of Tenerife. Also, here's a shorter list with the best beaches in Tenerife (in our opinion).