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What to Do in Tenerife: 6 Tips to Stave off Boredom

Carnival parade on the Canary Islands
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Carnival parade on the Canary Islands

If you think Tenerife is just for those who like to spend their time lying on the beach or going to wild parties at night, you’ll be surprised by the variety it offers. We recommend you forget the old stereotypes about the largest of the Canary Islands and look into the adventurous activities on offer. Here you’ll find the Spain’s highest peak, several UNESCO-protected world heritage sites and one of the world’s largest carnivals. This year, the island will also host its first hiking championship.

1. Visit the Island’s Highest Peak

View of mount Teide
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  View of mount Teide

At the centre of the island you’ll find the 20-kilometre-wide and 3,718-metre-high volcano of Teide – the third-largest in the world. The peak constitutes a natural buffer to stormy and humid weather that comes from Western Europe. Furthermore, it’s an excellent place to go on a day- or weekend-long trip. Here you can see some petrified lava rivers and a spectacular panorama that opens up from the top of the mountain. Most tourists come here for day trips, which usually end up with them staying overnight. The best time to climb the peak is at dawn, when the volcano of Teide casts a magnificent shadow on the water of the Atlantic. In 2015, the environs of Teide will see Tenerife’s first hikers’ festival.

2. Party as if You Were in Rio de Janeiro

Tenerife carnaval
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Tenerife carnaval

The annual carnival in Santa Cruz – the island’s capital – flows like blood through the city's veins. Even though it was banned for a while, the locals lost neither their enthusiasm for celebrating, nor the skills required for organizing a successful party. Although carnival events take place year-round, we recommend you come here during February when the music and dancing in streets are at their peak.

3. Fill up on Seafood

Seafood plate
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Seafood plate

While in Tenerife, you’d probably benefit from forgetting all of the standard menus of southern countries that are filled with appealing photos and pictures of food. We recommend you just grab some fresh local seafood and be done with it – it’s all great. You can also go to the village of Los Abrigos, inhabited exclusively by fishermen, and try some freshly-caught and prepared “white fish” – the most popular dish in Tenerife. You can wash it down with the local “Dorada” beer or a glass of local wine. As it turns out, Tenerife has as many as five wine regions.

4. Visit the Theme Park

The kids playing in water attractions in Siam waterpark
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  The kids playing in water attractions in Siam waterpark

Tenerife has one of the largest adventure theme parks in Europe – the Siam Water Park is bound to bring joy to children and parents alike. Here you’ll also find white sandy islands that produce the best possible waves for surfers – people often say that one isn’t going to find higher waves anywhere in the world. Another park, called Loro, is located at the intersection of the Siam Park and a zoo, where you can see all kinds of animals: from exotic birds to wild tigers.

5. Discover the Jurassic Park

Jungle park at Tenerife
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Jungle park at Tenerife

Don’t like theme parks? Visit the realm of the Jurassic period, located north of the Anaga village. This genuine subtropical oasis will help you escape the noisy resorts. Walking is arguably the best way to explore Anaga and its surroundings. Although, if you don’t want to get too tired, buses are available too. A 15-kilometre-hike from Cruz del Carmen to Cinamada will transport you to a fabulously green and endlessly fascinating world.

6. Try Freediving

Man free diving at coral reef
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Man free diving at coral reef

Many people consider Tenerife to be the best place for freediving. Freedivers don’t use any equipment, choosing to explore the ocean with the help of nothing but their own eyes and lungs, and the best of them are able to reach the depth of 150 m. Note that freedivers can’t be younger than 10. In Tenerife, you’re sure to see quite a few interesting things underwater – all you have to do is learn to hold your breath for a longer period of time than you’re used to.

Comments (1)

Linda Peters   5 months ago  Edited
The above 6 tips mean that the post has been asked to travel for quite a visit. Visit the Island’s Highest Peak, Party as if You Were in Rio de Janeiro, Visit the Theme Park, Discover the Jurassic Park are nice place visit for.