The 15 most beautiful places to visit in Tenerife

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Discover what you can do in Tenerife and what tourist attractions you can visit if you get to the island.

Tenerife is an island that stands out for its diversity, offering tourists different and authentic experiences. The island’s natural landscape, beaches and perfect climate make Tenerife an extraordinary holiday destination.

Whether you’re into hiking or exploring old towns, or just want to laze on the beach, Tenerife has it all.

You will find from tropical gardens, architecture and historic cities, theme parks or gorgeous sandy beaches, all of which will carry you in a unique, unforgettable atmosphere.

And because it is a beloved destination, we have created this article where we present you the top 15 tourist attractions in Tenerife that you must visit.

Top 15 Best Things to Do in Tenerife

Siam Park Tenerife

The “Kingdom of Waters”, known as the largest water park in Europe, Siam Park is located near the city of Las Americas and is the largest Thai-style construction outside of Thailand. Book accommodation in the area

Siam Park Tenerife - things to do
Siam Park Tenerife – things to do

The city of Garachico

Garachico, a beautiful town with many old buildings and natural pools, is located on the north coast of the island, about 31 miles from the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife, at the foot of an enormous cliff. Book accommodation in the area

The city of Garachico - things to do
The city of Garachico – things to do

Teide National Park and Teide Volcano

The park is the most visited National Park in Spain and Europe. A walk through the national park can be an attraction in itself, as the view is largely dominated by the volcano.

The vegetation is arranged in altitude levels, and the soil is reddish, covered with slag-colored soil. Book accommodation in the area

Teide National Park - things to do
Teide National Park – things to do

Costa Adeje and Playa del Duque

Costa Adeje is a prestigious resort in the south of the island of Tenerife that delights tourists with the azure sea and beautiful landscapes. Book accommodation in the area

Costa Adeje Tenerife - things to do
Costa Adeje Tenerife – things to do

It stretches along the southern part of the island for more than 4 miles and is a perfect destination for a family holiday in a relaxed atmosphere.

All the resort’s beaches are covered with very soft gray sand, and the most famous beach here is Duque Beach (Playa del Duque).

Playa del Duque is a premium beach on the Costa Adeje with soft golden sand and crystal clear warm waters. The beach is ideal for relaxation, offering tourists a calm and elegant environment.

Playa del Duque Tenerife - things to do
Playa del Duque Tenerife – things to do

Most of the nightlife takes place in the western part of the resort, closer to the border with Las Americas resort.

Puerto de la Cruz and Loro Parque

Located in the Orotava valley, Puerto de la Cruz is a beautiful place in the north of the Tenerife island, and a charming town with picturesque streets, beautiful beaches and green nature.

Initially, the town was a small fishing village and then a port. A great place to visit in Puerto de la Cruz is the old town, where also Plaza del Charco is located. Book accommodation in the area

Puerto de la Cruz Tenerife - things to do
Puerto de la Cruz Tenerife – things to do

Costa Martianez, is undoubtedly the most famous lagoon in Tenerife and Playa Jardin is a famous black sand beach surrounded by tropical gardens.

On clear days, the peak of the volcano is easily visible. Other famous beaches here are Playa de el Bollullo and Playa Los Patos.

Loro Parque, located on the suburb of Puerto de la Cruz, is a gigantic animal theme park.

Here you can visit the Archaeological Museum of Puerto de la Cruz, with important prehistoric pieces from the island, the largest underwater tunnel and a fascinating underwater garden. Book accommodation in the area

Loro Parque Tenerife - things to do
Loro Parque Tenerife – things to do

San Cristobal de la Laguna

One of the most beautiful and pastel Spanish towns is San Cristobal de la Laguna. It is the third largest city in the Canary Islands and the second largest on the island of Tenerife. Book accommodation in the area

San Cristobal de la Laguna - things to do
San Cristobal de la Laguna – things to do

The city houses the first university founded in the Canary Islands, which is why it has always been considered the intellectual center and cultural capital of the Canary archipelago.

In addition to the pleasant walks on the streets, that remember the times of the Guanche population, here you can also visit the University or the imposing La Laguna cathedral.

Anaga Rural Park

The Anaga Rural Park, located 12 miles from the island’s capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve that dominates the northern tip of the island.

Anaga Rural Park Tenerife - things to do
Anaga Rural Park Tenerife – things to do

Charco El Diablo

Charco del Diablo, also known as Charco el Diablo, is one of the most beautiful places in Tenerife, a destination where nature has created a masterpiece.

When we talk about the Charco del Diablo Tenerife, we have to mention that these natural pools were formed inside the lava rocks. Book accommodation in the area

Charco El Diablo Tenerife - things to do
Charco El Diablo Tenerife – things to do

Therefore, the rocks here are all black and have unique shapes, and the view is definitely one to remember. This place is worth visiting for its beauty.

Near Charco el Diablo are several other attractions of the island, such as: Playa de la Arena, one of the most beautiful beaches in Tenerife, Mirador Archipenque and Playa de los Gigantes.

Las Teresitas Beach

It is one of the most popular beaches of the Tenerife island, located in the northern part, about 3 miles from Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

It is a beach that stretches for 1.2 miles, with golden sand, light blue water and many palm trees. Book accommodation in the area

Las Teresitas Beach Tenerife - things to do
Las Teresitas Beach Tenerife – things to do

The entry into the water is very very smooth, and the exotic aspect of the beach is given by the fact that beyond the palm trees there is nothing but the mountain.

The place is protected from the surrounding currents, so it is also perfect for families with children.

It is a place where you will have an unforgettable vacation, with wonderful landscapes, relaxation and various beach games.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The capital of the island, Santa Cruz de Tenerife is a less touristic city, but it is a pleasant place with wide boulevards surrounded by vegetation and flowers.

Its natural harbor is one of the busiest in Spain and is also an important port for cruise ships visiting Tenerife from around the world. Book accommodation in the area

Santa Cruz de Tenerife - things to do
Santa Cruz de Tenerife – things to do

The village of Maska

Built in the middle of the Teno Mountains, in a landscape similar to that of the Anaga Mountains, the village of Masca is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Tenerife.

The village of Maska - things to do
The village of Maska – things to do

Considered the “lost village” of the Canary Islands, the village of Masca has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its impressive geographical position, the locality being surrounded by high peaks and forests. Book accommodation in the area

The village is built in steps, and in the central square there is a small church, a small market, a secular tree and some restaurants serving traditional dishes.

The village ends in a cliff and it is amazing that you can see plum trees and cacti everywhere. It is the ideal place to enjoy the tranquility and the extremely picturesque rural atmosphere.

Punta de Teno

Punta de Teno is the most westerly tip of the island of Tenerife located in the protected area of Teno Country Park, one of the most important natural areas of the island.

Punta de Teno Tenerife - things to do
Punta de Teno Tenerife – things to do

At Punta de Teno there is a lighthouse and many spectacular viewpoints. The lighthouse offers views of the north coast of Tenerife and the cliffs of Los Gigantes in the west of the island.

Here is the place where you can feel the originality of Tenerife. The landscape is characterized by cold lava, in a dark red-brown shade, and with good visibility you can see the neighboring islands of La Palma and La Gomera.

Jungle Park

It is a zoological and botanical park located in Arona and has approximately 75,000 m² of jungle.

The Jungle Park is home to a wide variety of animals and also boasts daily shows of exotic birds and birds of prey.

Jungle Park Tenerife - things to do
Jungle Park Tenerife – things to do

Los Gigantes

Located on the southwest coast of Tenerife, in the municipality of Santiago del Teide, Los Gigantes is found just south of the famous “Acantilados de Los Gigantes” (Cliff of the Giants) and is a unique place where the biggest attraction is these impressive rock formations .

Los Gigantes Tenerife - things to do
Los Gigantes Tenerife – things to do

The village of Mai is also recognized for its pleasant climate throughout the year.

It is a small and quiet village and the cliffs are visible in all their splendor from the Archipenque Mirador viewpoint, just above the village.

Cueva del Viento (Cave of the Wind)

The Wind Cave is a volcanic tunnel formed 27,000 years ago, in the basaltic lava caused by the eruption of the Pico Viejo volcano, located near Teide.

Cave of the Wind Tenerife - things to do
Cave of the Wind Tenerife – things to do

Along the almost 18 km of underground passages, the volcanic tunnel has a network of galleries located on three overlapping levels, a phenomenon that is not found anywhere else in the world.


Summary of “15 Best Places to Visit in Tenerife”

  1. Top 15 Best Things to Do in Tenerife
    1. Siam Park Tenerife
    2. The city of Garachico
    3. Teide National Park and Teide Volcano
    4. Costa Adeje and Playa del Duque
    5. Puerto de la Cruz and Loro Parque
    6. San Cristobal de la Laguna
    7. Anaga Rural Park
    8. Charco El Diablo
    9. Las Teresitas Beach
    10. Santa Cruz de Tenerife
    11. The village of Maska
    12. Punta de Teno
    13. Jungle Park
    14. Los Gigantes
    15. Cueva del Viento (Cave of the Wind)