What to Do in Tenerife: Activities, Gastronomy, and Tips

Viajar a Tenerife

Post by Kathleen

July 2, 2023

Thinking about a destination for your next vacation?

Spain is a diverse country, with an infinite offer of places to fully enjoy, adapted to the needs and preferences of every type of traveler. But today, we recommend one that we’re sure will captivate you. Let’s fly to the Canary Islands, specifically to Tenerife, the largest island in the archipelago and the one that offers the most contrasts. Are you coming along?

Why Choose Tenerife for Your Next Vacation?

With over 2,000 km2, Tenerife is the largest island in Spain and offers the greatest possibilities for adventure within its territory. With its extensive beaches, lush forests, imposing cliffs, cities with a profound cultural heritage, unique gastronomy, breathtaking underwater landscapes, and even Spain’s highest peak, Mount Teide, an inactive volcano standing at 3,715 meters and offering impressive views. All of this is complemented by a mild climate throughout the year, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures around 25 degrees Celsius, an unbeatable range of hotels, and the friendly nature of its people.
Aren’t these reasons enough to visit Tenerife for your next vacation? We’ll give you even more!

Water Activities in Tenerife

If you’re a water enthusiast, you’re in luck. Tenerife offers one of the most interesting marine ecosystems in Europe, with a wide variety of species and protected areas where you can witness all kinds of underwater wonders. Here are some recommendations:

Diving in Tenerife

Undoubtedly, the star activity to engage in while in Tenerife. Its crystal-clear waters with excellent visibility and pleasant temperatures, along with its rich and diverse marine life, make Tenerife an ideal destination for diving enthusiasts. The island boasts dozens of diving spots suitable for all types of divers, especially in the southern part, sheltered from the northern winds and currents, where you can swim alongside endangered species such as green turtles and angel sharks, or among rays, octopuses, and crustaceans, discovering impressive volcanic seafloors.

Undoubtedly, the best option is to choose an internationally renowned diving school like DPM Diving, with 5 branches in Thailand, Indonesia, and Spain, and the highest level of customer satisfaction, as revealed in reviews on platforms like Google or Tripadvisor.

Whale and Dolphin Watching

Underwater, and also on the surface. Along the coasts of Tenerife, especially in the southwest part, it is possible to spot whales and dolphins. A unique experience ideal for enjoying with the family.

Surf and Other Water Sports

And the water options don’t end here. Surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, parasailing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, water skiing, jet skiing, and many more activities are available for those who want to make the most of their passion for water during their stay in Tenerife.

Tourist Attractions – What to See in Tenerife?

Prepare your list of must-visit places for your trip to Tenerife – you have plenty to choose from! One of the great attractions of this Canary Island is the diversity of landscapes and the abundance of attractions. Let’s present them to you below:

National Parks and Nature Reserves

A significant part of Tenerife’s territory is protected, ensuring lush biodiversity and unique places in Europe. Undoubtedly, the most prominent is Teide National Park, home to Spain’s highest peak, an inactive volcano visible from anywhere on the island. Surrounding it, the Corona Forestal Natural Park offers walks through high mountain forests with lush vegetation, dominated by the Canary Island pine. Other notable areas include the Pinolera Integral Nature Reserve in La Orotava, a rugged area with breathtaking landscapes; the Acentejo Coast Protected Landscape in the northern part of the island; the Montaña Roja Special Nature Reserve, a distinctive spot chosen by endangered bird species; and the Anaga Rural Park.

Historical and Cultural Sites

Tenerife is an island with a rich historical legacy, evident in some of its most recognized cities and towns, such as its noble capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, whose historic center was declared a Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999, or Puerto de la Cruz, the most touristic city in the north.

Beaches and Bathing Areas

It’s very difficult to recommend just a few. There are numerous unbeatable options for swimming in Tenerife, from the vast sandy beaches in the south of the island, such as Costa Adeje, where our DPM Diving school is located, to the rocky coves in the north, passing through unique places like Los Gigantes. In Tenerife, there’s a beach to enjoy every day.

Gastronomy in Tenerife

Let’s now talk about something essential: how is the food in Tenerife? Beyond the countless options of international or Spanish cuisine, which are prevalent throughout the island, Tenerife offers a rich and varied culinary offering that highlights the products from its coasts. These ingredients are used to create delicious dishes such as sancocho, a fish-based stew usually made with corvina; and from the land, famous papas arrugás (wrinkled potatoes) accompanied by mojo sauce, almogrote (a spicy paste made from Palmero cheese), gofio (a pasta or cream made from roasted corn flour), or ropa vieja (a popular dish made with a variety of vegetables, legumes, and meats).

Accommodation in Tenerife – Where to Stay?

As you can imagine, the options are endless. Tenerife has been a dedicated tourist destination for decades, so there is an abundance of all kinds of accommodations, from budget-friendly to luxury hotels, as well as tourist apartments, hostels, campgrounds, and more. One of the most sought-after areas is Costa Adeje, in the south of the island, where you can find large resorts. Remember that DPM Diving is located in this area, specifically in Playa de Fañabé, where the accommodation options are varied in terms of quality and price.


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