10 MUST SEES IN TENERIFE
TEIDE NATIONAL PARK
It is the most visited spot in Tenerife. Mount Teide, the third largest volcano in the world, is Spain's highest peak rising 3718 meters above the sea level. Attracting over 2.8 million visitors every year, Teide is considered to be the Canary Islands’ and the country’s most visited national park. In 2010, Teide became the most visited national park in Europe.
MASCA – A HIDDEN PIRATE VILLAGE IN THE MOUNTAINS
It is one of the most beautiful places in the island. This quaint village may be difficult to reach but it is well worth the journey, which takes you through deep ravines and winding roads heading up to Masca, located 600 meters above the sea level. The scenery on the way is breathtaking.
Located on the west coast of Tenerife, Los Gigantes is a quiet resort village next to Puerto de Santiago and Playa de la Arena resorts. It is some 30 km away from Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos. Los Gigantes takes its name from Acantilados de Los Gigantes, giant cliffs that are at 500 meters from the village.
Considered by many tourists the Number 1 Zoo in Europe, Loro Parque is not only an animal park, but also houses an extensive reserve of diverse plant species from the five continents. Also, the Park has Europe’s largest dolphin show pool inviting visitors to enjoy dolphin and orca shows. Visitors will be delighted by the world’s largest penguinarium with more than 200 penguins. In addition, the Park houses an impressive aquarium where visitors can walk through the tunnel of 18 meters in the surrounding of hundreds of tropical fish and even 18 sharks.
Located in the north-west of Tenerife, La Orotava is a beautiful old town distinguished by its splendid architecture, shady squares and colonial houses. One of them, La Casa de los Balcones (the house of balconies) has become a symbol of the town. La Orotava must-sees include the gothic church La Iglesia de la Concepcion, the gorgeous Jardín Victoria (Victoria Garden), the Plaza de la Constitution (Constitution Square) and the botanical garden, La Hijuela del Botánico. If you visit La Orotavain in early June, you can join in the Feast of Corpus Christi and admire the streets covered in stunning carpets of flower and volcanic sand.
Today Garachico is proud of being probably one of the least tourism-touched areas of the island. Showered in lava, the harbor area has become a unique attraction for foreigners with its series of natural rock pools awash with Atlantic rollers for only the bravest to swim. Yet, when the tide ebbs and waves are small, the rock pools promise clear waters and varied marine animals. The area around the rock pools is favored by local sunbathers or fishermen.
Lying to the west of Tenerife, La Gomera is also called the green island for its dense verdant interior. The island of La Gomera is favored by nature lovers who want to run away from the city noise. Garajonay National Park in La Gomera was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Park visitors can frequently meet firefighters on duty in the Park where pine trees often suffer from frequent droughts and following fires.
Las Montanas de Anaga (the Anaga Mountains) is a beautiful place for hiking. You will enjoy breathtaking scenery from the Anaga Mountains and places that can’t be seen from the mountain foot. Here you will find small villages where some people actually still live in caves.
PLAYA LAS TERESITAS
It is a beautiful white sand beach with millions of tons of golden sand shipped from Sahara.
PUERTO DE LA CRUZ
Puerto de la Cruz is one of the most favorite resort towns in the Canary Islands. The Old Town is unique with lots of locals working, having dinner and spending their free time here. Much of the area around the old fishing port is full of narrow cobbled streets reflecting ancient colonial-style architecture..