The largest of the seven Canary Islands, Tenerife is home to some of the most lively cities and holiday hotspots in the archipelago. Beyond the tourist hubs on the south of the island, there is a wealth of culture, picturesque landscapes and relaxing, golden beaches to discover.
Visit during March to witness one of the largest and most exciting Carnivals outside of Rio. Carnival is an important celebration across the whole island, but it is particularly vibrant in the capital of Santa Cruz. Immerse yourself in the parades, elaborate costumes, endless street parities and colourful music and dancing.
There are plenty of fantastic beach across Tenerife, from golden sands to volcanic pebble beaches and crystal clear waters creating the perfect location for a relaxing summer or winter sun getaway. Tenerife also offer plenty of sports and leisure opportunities for those seeking a more active holiday. Go diving, sailing or windsurfing off the coast and explore the stunning and unique marine life around the islands, or hike through the enchanting countryside, perhaps climbing to the summit of the imposing Mount Teide.
Step away from the glittering coastline and explore the culture of the island, and the strong Spanish influence which dominates the traditions and customs of all the Canary Islands. Each city offers something unique, from the rich museums and galleries of the very cosmopolitan Santa Cruz, to the colonial buildings and quaint cobbled streets of Puerto de la Cruz.
Things to do
Parque Nacional del Teide: A visit to Tenerife isn’t complete without a trip to the formidable Mount Teide. Standing at an incredible 3,718 meters, Teide is not only the highest mountain in the Canary Islands, it is the highest in all of Spain. Now a UNESCO Heritage Site, Parque Nacional del Teide is Spain’s most popular national park and is the perfect spot for keen hikers. Trek the vast volcanic landscapes and enjoy spectacular views over Santa Cruz, or take the more leisurely approach and enjoy a cable car ride to the summit.
Auditorio de Tenerife: Designed by the renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, is regarded as the finest modern building in the Canary Islands and has become the symbol of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Take a guided tour and go behind the scenes of this magnificent building, making sure to take plenty of photos in the sweeping main entrance.
Jardín Botánico: This magnificent botanical garden dates all the way back to 1788 and features thousands of plant varieties from all over the world. There is a vast collection of tropical and subtropical plants as well as palm varieties, a fragrant herb garden and a giant 200-year old Australian gum tree.
Places to see
Santa Cruz: The bustling capital city of Tenerife is a must-see during a trip to the island. Located on the eastern tip of the island, Santa Cruz is home to one of the most historically important harbours in the Atlantic. Visit during February and March to be a part of the lively Carnival, relax on the unspoilt beach of Playa de Las Teresitas, walk the lush forest of the Anaga Mountains or simply roam the attractive architecture, great shopping and abundance of excellent restaurants in this truly cosmopolitan city.
Anaga Mountains: The protected landscape of the Anaga Mountains lie across the northeastern part of Tenerife. Ravnies, forests, craggy coastline and remote villages make up the landscape here and provide th eperfect opportunity for hiking and exploration. Take a trip up the Burranco de Las Huertas for stunning views over the north coast.
La Laguna: Once the islands capital, La Laguna is now Tenerife's second most important island located in the beautiful Aguere Valley countryside. La Laguna remains the religios and cultural capital of the island and is home to many architectural monuments, palaces and impressive buildings including the San Fernando University and the Bishop's Palace.