A selection of the most important places.
Considering that is possible to enjoy different activities and visit many other nature spots in Tenerife, we have classified the 10 most interesting places of Tenerife that you might not get lost if you come to spend your holidays.
Ttry yourself to realize a selection of those, wich are in our opinion, the places to bear in mind to enjoy the island.
1. National Park of Las Cañadas del Teide.
Undoubtedly, the most visited place in Tenerife is El Parque Nacional de las Cañadas del Teide (Mount Teide National Park) wich lodges the highest peak of Spain (3.718 meters on the sea level).
From Costa Adeje, you can reach the National Park by the roads of Vilaflor or Chío. From the North side of the island, you can drive by the roads of La Orotava or La Laguna (La Esperanza).
Inside the National Park you can find El Centro de Visitantes (The Visitor Center), where you can get more information and enjoy the services of bar, restaurant and a souvenirs shop. You have also the possibility to go up to 3.550 meters of the vulcano by the Teleférico (Cable Car).
If you like hiking, It’s also possible here thanks to the footpaths net of the National Park. To go up to the very top of the vulcano (3.718metres), you need to be provided with a special permission.
2. Caserío de Masca
It is located inside of Parque Rural de Teno (Teno Rural Park), within the municipality of Buenavista del Norte. Inside of this landscape scenery the deepest ravines of the island of Tenerife are located.
The Village of Masca has been declared an ethnographic and architectural place as an example of the ancient natural architecture in the Canary Islands. The oldest building is the house of the Avinculados. One of the houses has been conditioned to lodge a museum and a handicraft center.
If you like hiking, the Barranco de Masca (Ravine of Masca) is one of the most spectacular of the island. It starts up in the mountains and goes down to the sea. In case of being interested in realizing this footpath, we recommend you to book previously the collection service with some of the boat companies., avoiding thus you have to come up the same way. They will take you up to the Marina of Los Gigantes
3. Acantilado de Los Gigantes
(Los Gigantes Cliffs)
This is one of the most photographed sceneries of the island. Its impressive vertical walls, some of them with more than 600 meters of altitude, go deep into the sea down to approximately 30 meters under the sea. The Acantilados de Los Gigantes is a great natural resource that fascinate scuba divers.
If you have arrived at Los Gigantes by car, you can take the opportunity of the trip and approach up to the previous point of our list, El Caserío de Masca.
4. San Cristóbal de La Laguna
It has been declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
Its historical center supports an excellent conservation level and its streets offer you several monuments and historical buildings together with a big shopping area. It is an important traditional university city.
5. Parque Rural de Anaga
(Anaga Rural Park).
This place lodges an extraordinary natural biodiversity and it is located at one of the topmost points in which the island of Tenerife is settled.
A wonderful scenery, spectacular cliffs and leafy forests of laurisilva. El Parque Rural de Anaga is one of the areas of major ecological value of Tenerife and enjoying it means to dedicate time to cover some of its footpaths. It stands out also, a beautifull beach of volcanic black sand: la Playa de Benijos.
6. Drago Milenario, Icod de los Vinos
(The Dragoon Tree of Icod)
It is one of the most important natural, cultural and historical symbols of the Canaries. El Drago Milenario de Icod (The Dragon Tree of Icod) wich is considered the oldest tree of the archipelago is now around 800 years old,over 16 meters high and has a circumference base of 20 meters.
An endemic garden has been made around the tree, specially didactic and illustrative, which has small dragon trees, teasels, tabaibas,etc…
It has become the most popular attraction in Icod and it is situated next to the Iglesia de San Marcos
7. Valle de La Orotava
It is a wonderful picture with Teide’s shape at the back. We suggest you to stop at the viewpoint of Humboldt (road TF 21) to enjoy a nice panoramic of the Valley.
Furthermore, on the way, you can visit the Historical City Centre which has been considered an Artistic Historical Whole by the Central Government due the architectural treasures.
If you decide to go to the Teide by the road of Vilaflor, you could stop at this pleasant and quite village in the South of Tenerife.
It´s the highest municipality in Spain and it is located at 1400 meters above sea level. This village is surrounded with pines and almond trees, with excellent architectonical examples like the Parish Church and the old House-Palace of the Soler family´s who founded the village.
Trekking, mountainbiking and hiking are some examples of the activities for enjoying this municipality.
The Village and Fishing Port of Garachico wich was declared Heritage of Cultural Interest with the Historic Whole Category, shows you a brilliant past with convents, churches, mansions and so many other interesting buildings like the Chapel of San Roque, the Ex Convent of Santo Domingo de Guzman or the old Convent Of San Francisco.
The Town was rebuild in 1706, when Garachico was buried because of the eruption of the volcano of Trevejo.
If you have time enough, after visiting its important Architectural Heritage, you can enjoy the natural pools, beaches and coves.
10. Paseo Litoral from La Caleta to Los Cristianos
La Caleta- Los Cristianos Seafront Pedestrian Promenade
In here you can enjoy a very long promenade that links both municipalities Adeje and Arona and it has become the most popular activity among tourists.
This is a seafront pedestrian promenade of approximately 9 kms. Different beaches, hotels, restaurants and shops compose the Touristic Town Centre of Costa Adeje and Playa de las Americas — Los Cristianos.
Besides, you´ll feel the pleasant marine breeze and the warm sun, always seeing in the horizon The Island of La Gomera.