From spectacular nature to exciting theme parks, and golden beaches to impressive architecture, there are plenty of things to do in Tenerife that the whole family will enjoy. Add to this a generous helping of year-round sunshine, some warm, azure waters and sprinkle some fun-filled attractions on top and you have all the ingredients for a perfect family holiday in the sun.
Places to Go
Discover an array of towns and villages offering an authentic taste of the Tenerife way of life. These include La Orotava, Masca and San Cristobal de la Laguna, which provide stunning architecture and picturesque scenery. Sun-worshippers should check out the collection of beaches, from the lively spots in the south dotted with water sports, to the tranquil, black sand beaches along the north coast. Whale and dolphin watching is a must on any Tenerife things to do list.
Head to the island's southwest corner to discover Bottlenose dolphins, Sperm whales and Risso dolphins in their natural habitat. Culture fans will enjoy hiking in the Masca Valley, one of Tenerife's highest villages with spectacular views of the island, as well as its own mini Macchu Picchu; some of Europe's oldest ruins. After exploring, cool off in the natural saltwater pools in Bajamar.
Attractions in Tenerife promise adventures for all ages with a fine collection of theme and water parks offering thrills and spills for the whole family. Siam Park is the headline attraction, a Thai-themed water park and one of the largest in Europe with rides, slides, floating market and wave pool. Aqualand is another popular water park with rapids and wave pools.
If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land then Loro Parque is a tropical paradise, originally dedicated to parrots. The park now includes an aquarium, jungle area, and a diverse range of animals. Time your holiday right and things to do in Tenerife can also include the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnivale. Visitors can join in with locals in colourful festivals, lively parties and glittery processions, full of glitz and glamour that lasts a week.
Places to visit
Unmissable places to visit in Tenerife will undoubtedly include Mount Teide Volcano and its stunning National Park. The World Heritage Site is home to Spain's highest mountain peak. You can hike or take a cable car to the base of the final cone summit for breathtaking views of Tenerife, La Palma and Gran Canaria and an unforgettable experience.
If you fancy a bit of island hopping, then take a boat to neighbouring La Gomera, the smallest of the Canary Islands, home to a beautiful national park and dramatic beach. Tenerife is also a Mecca for divers, who head to the famous Tabaiba Shipwreck and its vibrant sea life including mackerel, octopus and barracudas.
For those who enjoy underground adventure, then the spectacular Cueva del Viento lava tunnels are well worth a visit. Explore underground caves formed from the lava of Pico Viejo's volcanic eruption, where you'll discover a maze of tunnels home to fossils, lava lakes and stalactites. Wherever you choose to stay, you will be spoilt for choice for things to do in Tenerife.