Explore the Island! A Unique Guide to Activities in Tenerife

Actividades en Tenerife

Post by Kathleen

January 12, 2024

An island of endless summer, lush nature, delicious cuisine, lively local life, and excellent diving (we know plenty about that at DPM Diving). Yes, it’s in Europe, and it’s called Tenerife.

The largest island in the Canary archipelago with the best air connections to the rest of the continent, it attracts millions of tourists every year who come not only for sun and beach but also for a non-stop leisure offer that includes all kinds of adventure activities. Want to know more? Keep reading this unique guide to activities in Tenerife.

Tenerife: A Paradise for Adventure

The word paradise is sometimes used lightly, but not all places fall into this category. Not the case with Tenerife, which is indeed a true paradise for travelers who want more than just lounging on a towel and sunbathing. After all, how many places in the world can you go from snow to beach in a one-hour drive?

Tenerife offers a long list of adventure activities for the whole family, including volcanic landscapes, lush forests, theme parks, dream beaches and coves, and all kinds of sports. Yes, there’s no doubt, Tenerife is a paradise for adventure.

Diversity of Landscapes

It’s probably one of the things that impress travelers the most. Tenerife is diverse, very diverse, in fact. So much so that you can go from the intense greenery of the island’s north to the arid landscapes of the south, crossing the highest peak in Spain, Mount Teide, which is actually a volcano that offers breathtaking panoramic views if you dare to take the cable car almost to its summit.

Ideal Climate

If its landscapes are heterogeneous, so is its climate, although the general trend is mild temperatures throughout the year and scarce rainfall, especially in the south. Many speak of its endless summer, but not an excessively warm summer, but one that allows you to enjoy the beach during the day and put on a light jacket at sunset. A real luxury in Spain.

Points of Cultural Interest

The history of the Canary Islands and Tenerife in particular is long and rich in a mix of cultures, a result of its strategic location on maritime routes to America. On the island, you can find everything from the remnants of the first inhabitants to authentic jewels of its colonial past. A perfect complement, in short, to adventure and beach tourism, which you can discover in the following list of cities:

  • Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • La Laguna
  • Puerto de la Cruz
  • Candelaria
  • Güimar

Unique Gastronomy

Here you eat well, exceptionally well. From its wines made from grapes that grow on volcanic soils to its traditional stews, its seafood cuisine, with a great emphasis on local fish, seasonal fruits such as bananas, or the famous “papas arrugás” with Canarian mojo sauce. The quintessential typical dishes are:

  • Gofio
  • Sancocho
  • Almogrote
  • Puchero tinerfeño
  • Ropa vieja
  • Escaldón

Activities in Tenerife You Can’t Miss

We will always recommend diving to you because it’s what really excites us and because Tenerife offers perfect conditions and irresistible attractions for it. But there’s much more you can do on the island. Here are some ideas.

Diving to Discover Marine Life

We start with our forte. In Tenerife, you can find all kinds of species, from turtles to sharks, rays (known as “chuchos”), angelfish, cuttlefish, and much more.

Diving, moreover, adapted to all levels, accessible from the beach or by boat, with exceptional maritime and visibility conditions throughout the year.

At DPM Diving Tenerife, we offer courses for all types of divers and take you to the best diving spots on the island. We are located in Costa Adeje, in the south of Tenerife, and in the quintessential hotel zone. Our best presentation? Our 100% positive reviews on Google.

Surfing and Other Water Activities

We recommend Playa de las Américas, known for its waves, and El Médano, known as one of the best beaches for windsurfing and kitesurfing, but it’s also ideal for surfing.

Whale Watching

Tenerife is an excellent place for whale watching, and there are several excursion companies that offer specialized tours for this activity. Some of the cetaceans that can be spotted in the waters of Tenerife include pilot whales, common dolphins, spotted dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and even orcas and sperm whales.

Hiking Trails

Tenerife offers a wide variety of hiking trails that allow nature lovers to explore the island’s diverse landscapes, including mountains, forests, ravines, and volcanic landscapes. Here are some examples you shouldn’t miss.

Teide National Park

Ascent to Mount Teide: This is one of the most popular and challenging hiking trails that takes hikers to the summit of Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain. A permit is required to reach the summit.

Anaga Rural Park

Laurel Forest and Trail of the Senses: Anaga is known for its lush laurel forests. This trail is ideal for those looking for a peaceful walk through nature.

Barranco del Infierno

Located in Adeje, this ravine is known for its natural beauty. It is important to check the availability of access, as there are restrictions to protect the flora and fauna.

Masca

The hike from the picturesque village of Masca to the beach is one of the most popular routes. It offers stunning views of the cliffs and the Atlantic Ocean.

National Parks

Tenerife has several stunning natural parks. Teide National Park, declared a World Heritage Site, stands out for the majestic Teide volcano, the highest peak in Spain. Anaga Rural Park, in the northeast, offers dense laurel forests and fascinating trails. In the south, the Corona Forestal Natural Park embraces Teide and presents an impressive variety of landscapes. Likewise, Garajonay National Park (in La Gomera, accessible from Tenerife) hosts ancient forests and is another UNESCO World Heritage Site. These parks provide unique experiences of the island’s rich biodiversity and volcanic geology.

Historic Towns and Monuments

Tenerife enjoys an impressive historical legacy, housed by a good number of towns that are well worth a visit. Here’s a list for you:

  • San Cristóbal de La Laguna, a World Heritage Site, reveals colonial architecture.
  • Puerto de la Cruz boasts the San Felipe Fortress, defending the coast since the 17th century.
  • The enigmatic Pyramids of Güímar arouse intrigue in the town of the same name. The Church of La Concepción in Santa Cruz stands out for its religious architecture.
  • The Castillo de San Juan Bautista, also in Santa Cruz, stands as a historical testament, built in the 15th century to protect against pirate attacks.

Local Events and Festivals

Nothing like Carnival to immerse yourself in the festive culture of the island. Undoubtedly, the biggest event of the year, which adorns the streets and its people with colorful costumes and music to move your body. The island’s Holy Week is also very particular, as are the local pilgrimages or its varied schedule of concerts and festivals during the summer.

Carnaval de Tenerife

Plan Your Trip to Tenerife!

Now all that’s left is to take the step! Tenerife is very well connected to major European airports and has a spectacular hotel offer for all budgets. With this guide, perhaps it will be easier for you to organize your trip: What to do in Tenerife?

If you feel like diving, something you won’t regret, remember that you can count on us. Contact our team, book in advance, and just enjoy the marine life of Tenerife.

Kathleen

Scuba Instructor in DMP Tenerife

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