Tenerife: Explore the unexpected
Sun, sand, relaxation, check, check, check. Sangria, check! Tenerife has everything you need for the perfect paradise “vacay.” Just bring sunglasses and let Tenerife take care of the rest! Well, almost. You might also want to bring your passport and wallet.
There’s something for everyone to enjoy in tropical Tenerife. Beautiful beaches, amazing water parks, the biggest wave pool and the tallest waterslide. There’s go-karting and golf, exciting day tours and superb shopping. Great holiday, check!
But wait, there’s more! Tenerife caters to all traveler types and even to those who have a taste for the weird and wonderful. Some travelers might want nothing else but to lounge by the pool, sipping on gin and juice, but others might want something a tad different and Tenerife has some interesting options.
1. UFO spotting
Tenerife is said to be one of the best places in the world for UFO sightings. Yes, really! The main reason for this is supposedly the powerful magnetic field generated by Mount Teide, the island’s very own volcano. So pack a picnic and look up.
2. Climb a volcano
Instead of looking for extraterrestrial aircraft in the sky around Mount Teide, how about climbing it instead? At the top of the volcano you can enjoy a lovely lunar landscape and take in the magnificent views. You can also drive or travel by cable car.
3. Explore a lava tube
Visit the stunningly beautiful Cueva de los Vientos in Tenerife, the largest lava tube in Europe which was created by lava flows from Pico Viejo, next to Mt. Teide. A guided tour through Tenerife’s fascinating volcanic caves is an adventurous afternoon well spent.
4. Look beneath the ocean surface
Sitting in the crystal clear blue Atlantic Ocean, Tenerife has fascinating marine life well worth exploring. Dive down and swim with turtles and colorful fish, say hello to dolphins and explore the eerie Condesito Shipwreck, home to a family of trumpet fish and an octopus.
5. Meet the Parrots
Loro Parque Zoo is somewhat of a parrot paradise and one of the leading attractions in Tenerife. The park houses the world’s greatest diversity of parrots and even has a walk-in aviary where parrots and other birds fly freely around and say hello to visitors.
6. Skulls and mummies
The Museum of Nature and Man in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the perfect destination for history buffs with a taste for the macabre, housing objects from the pre-Hispanic Canary Islands and a collection of skeletal and mummified remains of the island’s original inhabitants.
7. Small town adventure
Rent a scooter, drive around the island and visit picturesque towns and villages. Explore churches, old quarters and take in the sensational scenery. Towns like La Orotava, Arico Nuevo, Masca and Vilaflor are just a few suggestions.
8. Sail the islands
Boat people rejoice! It’s easy to charter a boat in Tenerife and cruise the beautiful Canary Islands. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, you can enjoy the freedom that sailing provides during your vacation in Tenerife. Ahoy there matey!
9. Sweet as honey
The House of Honey—known locally as “Casa de la Miel”—is a museum decorated like a beehive and dedicated to, you guessed it—honey! According to the museum’s website, the visitor center was established to “satisfy the curiosity of numerous visitors eager to delve into the mysterious world of bees and honey.” Yum!
10. Thousand year old dragon
Legends say that when dragons die they turn into dragon trees. The ancient dragon tree (El Drago) in the town of Icod de los Vinos is both world famous and a symbol of Tenerife. The tree is rumored to be between 1,000 and 3,000-years-old, although recent estimates put it more like 650-800 years.