The largest and most populous island of the Canary Islands, home to 43% of the total population of the archipelago, Tenerife is the island of a thousand experiences. There are many things you can do at any time of year, thanks to the mild climate and the enormous range of activities, you can enjoy a day at the beach, walk along one of the trails that venture into the lush forests, discover impressive volcanoes and awe-inspiring landscapes that are almost otherworldly. Here are 5 reasons why you should visit Tenerife.
The most obvious reasons to visit Tenerife are the golden/volcanic sands and warm crystal clear waters. One of the largest natural beaches on the island is Playa de la Tejita. It is situated near to the laid-back kite-surfing haven of El Médano on the east coast. this windswept sandy beach curves directly into a stunning landmark – Red Mountain or Montaña Roja, which juts straight up from the aquamarine sea. Being a favourite with nature lovers and naturists alike, Playa de la Tejita will enchant those who are looking to escape entirely from civilisation.
The Museum of Nature and Man, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
With many important artifacts related to the history of the Canary Islands as well as from around the world, the Museum of Nature and Man in Santa Cruz de Tenerife has a large collection of native tools and carvings, and is a world reference in regard to preservation of mummies. Discover the largest existing collection of the Guanche aboriginal culture of Tenerife and many more.
Live Show at Pirámide de Arona
The Malizia Show at Pirámide de Arona is a great live performance that captivates the attention of both adults and children. It presents a blend of traditional Hispanic cultures, and offers a mixture of flamenco opera and dance performance. The visual interpretation of the storyline is easily followed on the stage thanks to the hard work and skilled passion of artists, no need to speak Spanish in order to enjoy the show.
Eat like royalty with a fine assortment of traditional Spanish and Catalan specialties with a touch of African, French, and Arabic influences. A popular local dish is papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes), a boiled potato dish with a spicy green pepper sauce.
Tenerife Auditorium Adan Martin
Created in an avant-garde architectural style, The Tenerife Auditorium frequently hosts talks, exhibitions and music events that attract diverse crowds. There has been many interpretations regarding the shape of the auditorium, some say it resembles an old Spanish helmet. There is a large open space with a terrace restaurant, ticket offices and restrooms on the first floor and you can get a great view from the terrace. Be sure to have a camera at hand.
Whale and Dolphin Watching at Playa de Las Amèricas Resort
The warm waters surrounding Tenerife are home to more than 28 species of whales and dolphins, making it a popular attraction for visitors of all ages. Take a 3 hour boat ride and explore the differs food and drinks available onboard while enjoying the opportunities to see several dolphin and whale species in their natural habitat.
Hike Masca Mountain and Valley
Masca Hike is one of the most popular hikes on Tenerife. It begins at the village in the northwest side of the island and goes all the way to the rocky beach below. Explore on your own by heading downhill from Masca to the beach, where you can take a boat to Los Gigantes or arrange a guide from local companies and watch out for some great scenery along the way.