Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands and is a truly beautiful holiday destination, with attractions from the wet and wild at Siam Park to the beautifully scenic at Masca.
It’s known as the island of ‘eternal spring’ and is lined with lush forests, exotic plants and animals, mountains, volcanoes and incredible coastline. It’s popular with families, couples and young people from around the world and there is a great choice of things to do on the island, regardless of what type of holiday maker you are. Here are the top Tenerife attractions and trust us, there’s something for everybody in this list….
Siam Park is possibly Tenerife’s biggest attraction – it claims to be the most spectacular water park in Europe, which says a lot! Having won a 2014 Traveller’s Choice award from Trip Advisor and with thousands of fantastic reviews, Siam Park is definitely worth a visit. The park has thrill, relaxing and family rides so guests of all ages can have a brilliant time. Siam Park’s wave pool has the biggest waves in the world at 3 metres high; surf if you’re brave or relax on the edge and enjoy the waves breaking at your feet. Siam Beach beckons with its fine white sand, turquoise water and beach bar. Siam Park is famous for its adrenaline rides and slides; ride The Dragon with friends, plunge down an almost vertical 28 metre drop on the Tower of Power or test your nerves on the Kinnaree. Wind down in the Mai Thai River, the world’s largest lazy river, and let the gentle current guide you past beautiful gardens, a tropical aquarium and a Jacuzzi finale. Watch the sea lions at Siam Park’s Sea Lion Island as they splash and play in the water, play with your children in the Lost City or adventure along the Mekong Rapids in a family sized raft. These are just a few of the activities that you can enjoy at Siam Park – it has to be visited to be fully appreciated. Tips: it gets busier in the afternoon so head there early to make the most of your day and no food or drink can be taken into the park (apart from bottled water).
Masca is a village located in the northwest of Tenerife at the foot of the Teno Mountains. It can be difficult to reach however the trail, taking you through a ravine of lush vegetation and beautiful scenery, is stunning and the little village itself is an incredible example of natural beauty. The setting is magical with unpanelled views and two quaint restaurants for you to rest and enjoy the surroundings in.
Pyramids of Güímar
Also know as the Black Pyramids of Tenerife, these stone formations are a fascinating source of puzzlement and wonder. Visit them and speculate their existence for yourself; are they pyramids, similar to those found in Peru and Mexico, or are they just piles of unwanted farming rubble? The pyramids are housed in a park which provides lots of information and theories on them, plus a cafeteria, a gift shop and other exhibitions of interest.
Teide National Park
Teide National Park is home to a giant volcanic crater and sits around 2000m above sea level. The landscape is almost lunar and is usually covered with a frosting of snow – if you’re planning to visit be sure to pack some warm clothing because it will be cold up there. You can travel by cable car to the highest peak of the mountain and wander around to enjoy the spectacular panoramic views. The only way to reach the summit of the volcano is to acquire permission from the national park’s office beforehand (via their website) or as part of a guided walk. The volcano is currently dormant and the last eruption was from a vent in the volcano in 1909. It’s ranked as the number 1 attraction in Tenerife by Trip Advisor so it’s definitely worth a visit.
Whales and dolphins
Did you know that Tenerife is one of the top whale and dolphin watching spots in the whole world? Resident species include bottlenose dolphins, sperm whales and pilot whales, whilst 24 other species migrate through Canarian waters throughout the year. Sharks, rays and turtles can also be spotted in the Tenerife sea. Book a sailing trip, most of which include lunch and drinks on the journey, and venture out into the ocean to see which creatures you can spot.
If you’d like the opportunity to get even closer to the some whales and dolphins then pay a visit to Loro Parque, which is home to a fantastic variety of creatures and has regular dolphin and whale shows. Tigers, sloths, jaguars, gorillas, seal lions.. there are just a few of the animals you’ll find at Loro Parque. The Loro Parque Foundation ensures the welfare of the animals, studies them and breeds them too.
The Monkey Park lies in the south of the island; it’s a breeding centre for endangered species of primates and an educational space that aims to show the primates in their natural habitat. You can walk through the open monkey cages and interact with the animals, including feeding. The park is home to lemurs, gibbons, tamarins, squirrel monkeys, drill monkeys and parrots. The smaller, bolder monkeys might even come and hop on your shoulder to say hello!
ARTlandya Doll Museum
Creepy or cool? I’m not quite sure, but either way I think that the Artlandya Doll Museum is worth a visit when the sun gets too much. The exquisite and intricately put together displays of handmade dolls are works of art, featuring lots of one off and limited edition pieces. The museum is set in beautiful gardens with lemon trees and lots of lovely flowers. The ARTlandya Doll Musuem has got fantastic reviews on Trip Advisor (5 stars), where previous visitors speak very highly of the kindness and warmth of the owners, whose passion and knowledge of the collection add a great deal of vale to the experience