Alternative activities to the beach in Tenerife
Tenerife is an island full of charm. Although we must recognize that one of its greatest attractions are its beaches and its climate, from Pillow Abroad we would like you to know a little more this magnificent island.
Here are some alternatives to a beach day:
CLIMB TO TEIDE
With its 3718 meters, Teide is the highest peak in Spain. From there you can enjoy incredible views. The ideal is to get up early to see dawn from it and contemplate the spectacle of its shadow over the sea.
There are guided tours that last around 6 hours and require good physical fitness. You can also go up with the cable car. If you also want to climb to the Pico del Teide you will have to request a permit in advance (https://goo.gl/t8wdq9)
Masca is a secluded village located on a hilltop facing the sea. It is a very photogenic town, making it very popular with tourists. We recommend you go early to avoid crowds and enjoy the spectacular descent of 3 hours to Masca beach.
If you are one of those that likes to go down but you don’t like the way up, you have the option to book a boat trip to return to Los Gigantes. So best thing will be to leave your car at Los Gigantes take a taxi to Masca and then back to Los Gigantes by boat.
The capital of the island is a cosmopolitan and fascinating city. Parks such as the Garcia Sanabria, emblematic buildings among which the Tenerife Adán Martín Auditorium or TEA stand out … The attractions of this city are innumerable, and even the simplest things seem extraordinary here. Like spending a day shopping among its bustling shopping streets and end up sitting relaxed on a terrace in the sunshine to enjoy a great coffee.
Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, La Laguna has beautiful palaces with paneled wooden balconies and volcanic stone churches. Being built on an old lagoon, the humidity of this city is very high and is usually surrounded by fog.
La Laguna is also a young city, home to the oldest university on the islands and with a vibrant nightlife.
From Santa Cruz you can get there with tram line 1, so you can visit the two cities on the same day.
If you are looking for an authentic experience, you can not miss “Anaga”, in the northeast part of the island. It is the oldest part of the island.
There is a winding road that crosses the massif and along which there are a couple of scattered villages.
In its laurisilva there are numerous hiking trails that go from Benijo to the Roques de Anaga. The variety of the flora is astonishing: in fact it is the zone with more endemic species of Europe, reason why in 2015 it was declared Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
La Orotava is one of those villages that you will fall in love, with beautiful stately houses, charming squares with palm trees and a calendar full of fiestas.
During Corpus Christi this beautiful town is dressed with colorful carpets made with flowers and volcanic sand, in San Isidro its Romería is celebrated, one of the largest in the area. People from all over the region go with the traditional costume of the island, decorated balconies and carts pulled by oxen and eat and drink wine from the area.
Loro Parque via © Flickr MarinoCarlos
This park in Puerto de la Cruz has an area of 13 hectares and has an aquarium, a “thai village”, an orchid garden and an adventure zone for the little ones. It also offers shows with dolphins, killer whales or sea lions. It is also possible to see birds brought from Asia and Australia or penguins. If you are traveling with children, it is a must visit.
Siam Park via © Flickr steve p2008
Was voted best water park in 2015 by Tripadvisor users. Siam Park is an exuberant Thai-themed garden located in the south of the island.
The diversity of attractions and slides makes the visit worthwhile. It is also the largest water park in Europe and has the largest artificial waves in the world (more than three meters), as well as an artificial beach, a circuit of rapids and an island with sea lions.