With unspoilt natural scenery and unique attractions, it’s little wonder that Tenerife is so popular. Everyone wants to visit, whether it’s holidaymakers looking for a relaxing getaway, or homeowners looking for a place in the sun to call home. Here’s a quick guide to the top 5 attractions in Tenerife.
Teide National Park
This national park is one of the most popular in all of Spain, thanks to its picturesque pine forests and its unique lunar landscape. The park features Mount Teide, the world’s third largest volcano, the top of which you can access by cable car. If you want to get right up close to the mouth of the volcano, you’ll need to visit the park’s office in Orotava for permission. A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007, the park is known for its stunning geological features and its alpine flora.
Whale and dolphin watching
The waters surrounding Tenerife are abundant with whales and dolphins. Go out on a boat and you’re pretty much guaranteed to see some of the resident bottlenose dolphins and pilot whales. There are lots of different boat excursions available – get one booked for your chance to get up close with these magnificent sea creatures in their natural habitat.
Located in Puerto de la Cruz is Loro Parque, which is renowned for its huge collection of animals. The park’s exotic landscape is characterised by its thousands of palm trees, which provide shade from the sun during those hot summer months. Here you can see an exciting array of land and sea animals, from flamingos and parrots, to orcas and sea lions. There are exciting shows featuring the animals, including the famous dolphin show. Getting here is very easy, as there’s a free shuttle bus that runs every 20 minutes from Reyes Catolicos, as well as several bus services from around Puerto de la Cruz.
One of the island’s most popular attractions, Siam Park is a water park themed after all things Thai. It’s been voted one of the world’s best water parks thanks to its collection of thrilling slides, huge wave pool, its splash zone designed just for kids and its beaches of golden sand. This is one of the key attractions for expats who have used experts to sell a timeshare and buy one here instead. There’s a free shuttle bus that picks guests up from Los Cristianos, Costa Adeje and Playa de las Americas, as well as regular bus services.
Take a drive up a winding mountain road and you’ll reach the cliffside village of Masca. This village is home to around 100 people and is known for being isolated from the rest of the island for much of its history. It’s known as the island’s prettiest village thanks to its mountain location and has an extensive hiking trail, as well as restaurants and a museum.