The island of Tenerife is often described as having an eternal spring-like climate. While it is true that this makes it a superb location for those looking for the perfect place to relax by the pool or at the beach at almost any time of the year, if you are searching for more than just sun, sand and sea you certainly won’t be disappointed! Here is a selection of five excellent experiences you should also consider:
1.A luxurious whale and dolphin watching sailing trip
Nothing beats being out on the ocean waves, especially on a luxurious sailing trip aboard a yacht, gazing at the amazing coastline of Tenerife. On top of that though, the waters surrounding the Canary Islands are some of the best in the world to see dolphins and many different types of whale, especially pilot whales.
In Tenerife you will find a selection of excellent boat companies that you can take a variety of incredible sailing trips with. Generally, you can either head out on one of their vessels with a small group or even book a private chartered experience for that extra taste of luxury.
During the excursions you are almost guaranteed to see dolphins, who move with an unbelievable speed, agility and grace through the water. Often pods of dolphin will swim alongside the boat, jumping in and out of the ocean as they very much enjoy racing and playing. This is the kind of experience you can only have in certain parts of the world and the waters surrounding Tenerife are most definitely one of the best places for this.
It is quite simply awe inspiring to see these graceful creatures in their natural habitat and will be a trip that creates the kind of memories that will last a lifetime. With food and drink often provided onboard, plus the chance to enjoy a swim in the ocean near a beach, this is the perfect holiday experience!
2. Trekking around the picture-perfect Teide National Park
Mount Teide is undoubtably the most iconic feature of Tenerife’s diverse landscape. This giant volcano has a 3,718-metre-high summit, making it the highest peak in Spain and the highest volcano in the world base-to-peak, outside of the Hawaiian Islands!
Surrounding the peak is the highly impressive Teide national park, the third oldest in Spain and the most visited national park in Europe, yet another claim to fame for Tenerife. In fact, by 2015 it became the eighth most visited national park in the world, with some 3 million visitors per year!
You can either take a guided trek around a set route with an excursion company, or if you are feeling more adventurous you can go trekking around the park independently. If you do choose to go separately from a guide, it is advisable to wear hiking shoes, comfortable clothing, wear sunscreen and bring food and drink. Whether you decide to go with a guide or independently you will be able to take in absolutely spectacular views of an intriguing lunar like landscape which includes solidified lava flows, rocks and cliffs.
You will also be amazed by the abundance and variety of fauna and flora including flowers, bushes, bees and lizards and a real variety of life and colour. This is a brilliant place to experience if you want to get away from everything; noise, people, pollution, traffic. After trekking around Teide national park, you will feel calm, relaxed and refreshed.
3. Experience incredible views from the amazing village of Masca
The village of Masca is located high up at the foot of the Macizo De Teno Mountains in the South West of the island, offering some of the most incredible views in all of the Canary Islands. If you are used to driving on straight roads, you might be in for a bit of a shock on the way to the village as you reach it by driving or taking a bus ride along a narrow, windy road, but it is definitely worth the trip!
This isolated village of less than 100 inhabitants feels almost as if it is located in the lost world in a hidden part of South America. The surreal setting seems almost too beautiful and you will need to remind yourself this is still a part of Europe, especially if you are staying in one of the bustling and completely different tourist resorts along the coast.
From the village you will be treated to breath-taking views down the steep Masca gorge to the ocean in the distance. This is lined with palm trees and other exotic plants, adding perfectly to the incredible colourful setting.
Due to its huge popularity among visitors to Tenerife, you will find a number of excellent cafes and restaurants. From these you will be able to enjoy a drink or meal with some of the most spectacular views imaginable, surrounded by a huge abundance of natural beauty.
4. Explore Tenerife’s wonderful capital city Santa Cruz
While there is certainly some interesting history and culture across all parts of the island, to truly experience a taste of the real Tenerife, you should definitely take a trip around its wonderful capital; Santa Cruz.
One of the most immediately noticeable things about this city is how different it seems from the modern tourist resorts of the south such as Costa Adeje or Playa de Las Americas. It feels much more like an authentic Spanish city such as Barcelona, Malaga or Madrid. As you wander around you will notice that there is a splendour and grandeur throughout the city not found in some of the more typical tourist spots of the island.
There is an impressive architectural mix between splendid older buildings and impressive newer constructions which includes giant gleaming modern apartment blocks, large shopping centres and the incredible Auditorio de Tenerife auditorium located next to the ocean. The famous Auditorio which was designed by Santiago Calatrava is an amazing architectural symbol of not only the city of Santa Cruz, but also Tenerife and the Canary Islands, and has often been likened to a smaller version of the Sydney Opera House!
You will also find an abundance of beautiful parks and plazas, palm tree lined streets and a wide variety of excellent shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, making Santa Cruz an absolute joy to explore and experience.
Despite the heat and lack of rainfall for most of the year, you might be surprised to learn that in parts of the island there are incredible huge pine forests. These are located mainly in higher altitudes on the outskirts of Teide National Park and in the north of the island, where the climate is more changeable than the south. Located in the north in the protected area of Las Lagunetas on the edge of Teide National Park you will find Forestal Park Tenerife.
Here is the perfect activity centre for people of almost all ages. Families with younger children will love this place as it provides hours of entertainment, and there are also more challenging sections for those looking for an adrenaline rush.
There are incredible tree-top walks, giant zip lines and rope swings into huge nets. You will feel like Tarzan in no time as you climb and swing through the giant Canary pine trees in this beautiful area full of biodiversity!