Getting to know Tenerife
What you can do for free in Tenerife
- Visit Teide National Park
Is the perfect place to explore if you are a nature lover. The park surrounds the Teide Mountain; the volcano that erupted here millions of years ago has enabled some rather bizarre landforms to form and spark the interest of visitors.
- Enjoy the beaches
Tenerife is one of the few places where you can really enjoy a beach day even in early spring, sunbathing and taking advantage of warm temperatures. Find the nearest beach to your accommodation and get ready for a great time.
- Visit the History and Anthropology Museum
This fascinating museum can be visited for free on Friday and Saturday afternoons. This is where you’ll find a whole lot of interesting information about the history and culture of the island of Tenerife.
Top spots to visit
- Water parks
There are many water parks in Tenerife, and each and every one of them can make one of your days in Tenerife an amazing experience. Try the best water slides and large pools, with the largest man-made waves, where you can even practice surfing. Usually, there are also restaurants and bars that you can go to near the parks.
- Loro Parque
This large animal park is perfect for a family trip. Admire the dolphins, orcas and penguins, and also check out the zoo, with its tigers, chimpanzees and gorillas.
- “Los Gigantes” cliffs
Make your way to Mirador de Archipenque to reach the best spot of the cliffs. From this place, you can see the lovely neighbouring island, La Gomera, and watch the sunset color the sky.
Hidden spots to visit
- Museum of Science and the Cosmos
Perhaps when you think of Tenerife, museums are not the first thing that comes to mind. This wonderful attractions is often overlooked by visitors, but it is definitely worth a visit.
- Cueva del Viento
The eruption of the Pico Viejo volcano left behind a set of lava caves, which are now known as “Cueva del Viento”. 18km of lava tubes can be explored here. There are guided tours that will lead the way through this maze, where you can find fossils, lava stalactites, lava lakes and many species of insects.
- The Masca Village
A more adventurous activity for a holiday in Tenerife is the hike all the way up to the Masca Village. Bring comfortable shoes, a lot of water and your camera. The hike can take from 3 to 5 hours.
There are restaurants near almost all of the water parks that you can visit in Tenerife, and anywhere you go, you will probably not have trouble finding a good place to eat. Enjoy the European and Spanish cuisine in some of the best restaurants in Tenerife! Try out the fantastic meals in Restaurante Donaire, Arte del Gusto, El Refugio del Vilaflor, Dabeke, or any other restaurant that you find appealing.
Recommended time for visiting
As it was previously mentioned, Tenerife is a warm place all year. This “eternal spring” attracts tourists all the time, but, as anywhere in the world, some months are busier than other. Summer is definitely the season that sees the biggest crowds, so spring and autumn are mild and pleasant, while winter usually attracts the older bunch of tourists. Spring and summer are good for beach going, while autumn is perhaps better for walking around and exploring the island.
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