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 lots of fun-filled attractions on top and you have all the ingredients for a perfect holiday in the sun.
Top places to visit in Tenerife
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’s dolphins in their natural habitat.
Indiana Jones types will enjoy hiking in the Masca Valley, starting at one of Tenerife's highest villages where you’ll find some of Europe's oldest ruins and spectacular views of the island. After exploring, cool off in the natural saltwater pools in Bajamar.
Best attractions in Tenerife
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, a floating market and a wave pool.
Time your holiday right and things to do in Tenerife can also include the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnivale, second only to Rio Carnival! Think colourful festivals, lively parties and glittery processions, full of glitz and glamour – and it lasts for two whole weeks.
And then of course there's the unmissable Mount Teide Volcano and its stunning national park. This 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 – an unforgettable experience.
Must-do Tenerife experiences
If you fancy a bit of island hopping, take a boat to neighbouring La Gomera, the smallest of the Canary Islands. It's 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.
Fancy an underground adventure? The spectacular Cueva del Viento lava tunnels are well worth a visit. Explore the caves formed when Pico Viejo erupted, where you'll discover a maze of tunnels that are home to fossils, lava lakes and stalactites.