Tenerife is the most popular island in the Canaries, welcoming over
six million visitors annually. White sandy beaches and all-inclusive
resorts dot the coast, while inland, lush forests and ancient towns
await you. Hovering above the clouds is Mount Teide, the tallest peak in
Spain and a favourite spot for hiking.
Our six-day itinerary
features the best things to see in Tenerife, from breathtaking
viewpoints to paradisical beaches and picturesque villages. We’ve also
included some of the island’s top restaurants and hotels to help you
plan your visit.
We’re starting our trip by ticking off one of the main sights in
Tenerife, the Teide National Park. Dominating the park is Mount Teide,
Spain’s highest peak and one of the tallest volcanoes in Europe. One of
the best ways to reach the mountain is to hop on the Teide Cable Car.
The ride takes around eight minutes. From here, there’s a path that
leads you to the peak. Keep in mind that the high altitude may cause
respiratory problems. Also, make sure to pack layers, as it’s usually
cooler up here. Around the park are several incredible viewpoints worth
In the afternoon, you can
set off on a hike around the crater of Samara. This trail takes you
through lava flows and offers views of the neighbouring island of La
Gomera along the way. It’s a circular route which takes around an hour
and a half to complete. The starting point is the Mirador de Samara.
The Teno mountain range is one of the most incredible spots on the west
side of Tenerife. You can explore the rugged cliffs by following the
Punta de Teno hike. From the mountains, you’ll make your way down to the
Punta Teno lighthouse, admiring the diverse landscape and flora. The
trail is 10km long with 800m of elevation. There’s a beach nearby if you
feel like going for a swim. Make sure you arrange transportation back
to the starting point, or you’ll be forced to do the 10km back uphill.
Most people opt to take the public bus back to Buenavista.
Make your way south towards the small town of Masca, home to little more
than 100 people. A winding road leads you to the centre, with mountain
views along the way. Once you get to Masca, spend a couple of hours
wandering around the cobbled streets. If you’re up for another hike, you
can always follow the Barranco de Masca, a three-to-four-hour trail
that takes you down to the sea.
From Masca, drive down to Los Gigantes. This seaside town gets its name
from the dramatic cliffs that overlook it, which reach up to 800 metres
high. It’s worth wandering around the waterfront, taking in the ocean
views. Nearby there is a beach and some stunning natural pools, where
you can relax.
Continue driving along the coast until you reach Costa Adeje. This
resort area is renowned for its beaches and activities such as golf and
watersports. Along its 26 kilometres of coastline are more than a dozen
beaches and coves. You can choose between large areas, such as Playa del
Duque, Playa de Fañabé, Playa de la Pinta or Playa de Torviscas, or
more remote spots like Playa Los Morteros and Las Salinas. It’s worth
exploring the town itself and visiting monuments like the Church of
Santa Úrsula and the ruins of Casa Fuerte. Beyond the centre, you’ll
also find incredible natural sights like the Barranco del Infierno (one
of the hardest hikes on the island) and the Caldera del Rey.
A bit further south is Playa de Las Américas, a
popular departing spot for whale and dolphin watching tours. Tenerife
is one of the few places with a colony of whales that don’t migrate,
meaning you can spot them all year round. The island’s warm waters
attract more than 20 species of whales and dolphins, so you’ll have
plenty to capture during your three-hour tour. The area itself is a
popular resort with plenty of beaches and a lively nightlife scene.
Beyond Las Américas beach, we recommend checking La Honda, El Camisón
It’s time to explore the south of Tenerife. Our first stop is the Güímar
Pyramids Ethnographic Park. With over 64,000 m2, the park stands out
with its stepped pyramids made of lava stone. Alongside these iconic
structures are also a botanical garden and a museum.
Make your way down the coast towards El Médano. The
beach of the same name is one of the longest sandy stretches on the
island and a popular spot among surfers. Within the town, you'll also
find smaller coves like El Salado, El Cabezo and La Jaquita. Further out
is Montaña Roja, a wild beach sitting at the bottom of a volcano, and
the remote Tejita Beach. There are a number of hiking trails that cross
through the area too.
the afternoon at Playa de Los Cristianos. Enjoy a swim by the beach and
capture the colourful boats moored nearby. The calm waters make this an
ideal area for families. It’s also one of the best spots to watch the
sunset in Tenerife since it faces west. Wrap up the day at one of the
lively bars along the promenade.
Wake up early and head north for a hike along the coast. The 10km trail,
Rambla de Castro, takes you along the cliffs, passing through countless
palm trees. You’ll need at least three hours to complete it, but it’s
worth it for the impressive sea views. If you want, you can continue to
Playa de Castro for a swim or to capture the small waterfall on the
After your hike, drive off to Puerto de La Cruz. English writer Agatha
Christie wrote two of her books here following a visit in 1927. You can
find a bust of her at the La Paz viewpoint. It’s worth wandering through
the city’s port and visiting the botanical gardens up on the hill.
Inside you’ll find a variety of plants, including a century-year-old
mamey and a Lord Howe fig tree.
area is also full of beaches. Some of the best ones include El Muelle,
San Telmo, Martiánez, and Jardín. To complete your tour around the city,
make sure you visit the central square, Plaza del Charco, Castillo de
San Felipe and Casa de la Aduana.
Slowly make your way to Cueva del Viento, a volcanic cave formed about
27,000 years ago. The cave is nearly 18 kilometres long, making it one
of the longest in the world. However, only a short section of the
galleries is open to the public. You’ll need to book a tour to access
this area. The guide will teach you about the geological formations and
the diverse local fauna, which includes species like the eyeless
Just a few minutes from the cave is the lovely
town of Icod de Los Vinos. It is home to the infamous Drago Milenario, a
thousand-year-old dracaena tree that has become one of the island’s
icons. It has an unbelievable height of 17 metres and a trunk weighing
65 tonnes. You can also spot the tree from Plaza de la Constitución.
Our last stop of the day is Garachico. This small coastal
town features a couple of natural pools with sunbathing areas. Garachico
used to be one of the island’s most popular ports but lost its
relevance following the eruption of Montaña Negra in 1706. The lava that
took over the place formed rock pools near the harbour, now a popular
swimming spot. Finish the day with a wander along Plaza de la Libertad.
Start your morning in Taborno, a tiny village on the east side of
Tenerife. It’s worth taking a stroll around its streets and visiting the
main square, all while taking in the surrounding mountain views.
From the main square of Taborno, you can follow the hiking trail to the
Roque de Taborno peak. This circular route is about four kilometres long
and is among one of the easiest trails on the island. Along the way,
you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the north coast. While it's on the low
scale of difficulty, it has some steep areas that can get slippery if it
rains, so be prepared.
Our next stop is the Mirador Cruz del Carmen. From this viewpoint, you
can capture Mount Teide in the distance. After checking out the views,
you can follow a short hike called Sendero de Los Sentidos (Path of the
Senses). The trail passes through a laurel forest and includes three
sections, with trail one being the shortest. Another scenic walk in the
area takes you to the Mirador Pico del Inglés.
Running through the northeast of Tenerife is the Anaga mountain range.
There are countless hiking trails around this area with different
lengths. The most famous one is the Bosque Encantado (Enchanted Forest)
which takes you inside the Reserva Natural Integral de El Pijaral. In
this lush setting is the largest collection of ferns in the Canary
After lunch, we’re heading to Taganana, another tiny hamlet within the
Anaga Rural Park. Until the 1950s, the town was isolated from the rest
of the inland since there was no connecting road. Now it is a popular
tourist destination. Taganana stands for ‘surrounded by mountains’ in
the ancient dialect of the Guanches, Tenerife’s first residents. The
main attractions in the area include the 16th-century church Nuestra
Señora de las Nieves and the viewpoints of El Bailadero and Risco
Spend the rest of the afternoon
hopping around the beaches of the north. Start with a visit to Playa del
Roques de las Bodegas. With soft black sand and short waves, this is
one of the best beaches near Anaga. Then head to nearby Almáciga, a
slightly busier stretch popular among surfers. Finish off at Playa de
Benijo. Perfectly nested between Roque Benijo and Roque La Rapadura,
this wild cove is the perfect spot to end the day.
For our last day, we’re sticking to the south coast near the airport,
starting at San Cristóbal de La Laguna. You can drive here or get the
tram from Santa Cruz. La Laguna is a famous university city surrounded
by 15th and 16th-century buildings. Among the most iconic structures are
the Casa de la Alhóndiga, Casa de Los Capitanes Generales, Casa del
Corregidor and Casa de Ossuna. The city’s historic quarter was declared a
Unesco Heritage Site in 1999. It’s worth wandering around the city,
passing through the lively streets of San Agustín, Obispo Rey Redondo,
Of course, you should also visit some of the town’s main
monuments, including the cathedral, the Convent of San Agustín and the
Iglesia de la Concepción. Take a break at Plaza del Adelantado, where
you’ll find the town hall, the Ermita de San Miguel and Palacio de Nava,
a 16th-century palace that combines neoclassical and baroque details.
Other places worth checking include the municipal market, the Museum of
History and Anthropology and the Fundación Cristino de Vera.
In the afternoon, head to Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the island’s capital.
You can easily cover the entire city on foot, exploring every little
corner. Make sure to stop by the city’s picturesque squares, like Plaza
de España and Plaza del Príncipe, and wander through Calle del Castillo
Spain Square (Plaza de España) Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Santa Cruz is also home to fantastic museums like the TEA
(Tenerife Espacio de las Artes) and the Museo de la Naturaleza y la
Arqueología. Finally, you can visit some of the city’s parks like García
Sanabria or head for a swim at the Parque Marítimo César Manrique.
you leave, you can attend an event at the Tenerife Auditorium. This
avant-gard building often hosts exhibitions and concerts. There’s a
restaurant on the terrace where you can enjoy incredible city views.
Day 6 - La Laguna & Santa Cruz De Tenerife Tour Map
Top things to do with kids in Tenerife
Tenerife offers plenty of activities for kids. If you're planning to
spend time by the beach, the south side is usually better for the
weather. Places like Los Cristianos, Costa Adeje, and Playa Las Américas
are full of family-friendly resorts. Around here are some of the
island’s water parks, like Siam Park and Aqualand. Kids will also enjoy
the submarine safari from Marina San Miguel. If you’re in the north,
however, you can drop by Costa Martiánez, a swimming pool complex
designed by César Manrique.
Dolphin and whale watching tours are a
popular activity for the whole family. Excursions usually depart from
Los Cristianos, Los Gigantes and Puerto Colón. You can also spot other
types of animals at the local zoos, including Loro Parque, Jungle Park
and Monkey Park.
Hiking Mount Teide is a must while visiting
Tenerife, but some trails may be better suited for older children. An
easier option is the Chinyero walk, a mostly flat loop around a volcano.
Other popular attractions include Forestal Park, home to the island's
largest zipline and the Mariposario del Drago, a tropical garden with
hundreds of butterflies flying around.
Tenerife has a remarkable restaurant
scene. Visitors can choose between traditional eateries, known as
guachinches, laid-back beach bars and high-end restaurants, including a
couple of Michelin stars. Most dishes are seafood-based, like sancocho, a
salted fish stew paired with potatoes and parsley. Wreckfish and
parrotfish are common ingredients, both of which can be found around the
Canary waters. Other staple dishes include gofio escaldado (corn flour
dissolved in fish stock) and papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes), which
you can pair with your favourite mojo (sauce). Below are some of the
best places to eat in Tenerife:
Guachinche Las Galanas: Located
on the north side of Tenerife, this traditional guachinche specialises
in fish dishes, often paired with white wine. Popular options include
the octopus and the chickpea stew.
Bodegón Casa Tomás: On the outskirts of San Cristóbal de La Laguna,
you’ll find this cosy spot specialising in Canarian cuisine. Beyond the
classics like the chickpea stew and the ropa vieja, they are also
renowned for their ribs.
San Hô Restaurant: Housed inside the Royal Hideaway Corales Beach hotel,
this Michelin-star restaurant takes inspiration from the Canaries,
Japan and Peru. It is run by chef Adrián Bosch and chef Eduardo
Domínguez, both of which rank among the best chefs in the Canary
Restaurante El Rincón de Juan Carlos: This two-Michelin star restaurant
is run by the Padrón brothers, a popular duo from the Canaries. The
dining room offers privileged views of the sea and the beaches of La
Hotel Vincci Selección La Plantación del Sur (5 stars): Set in Costa
Adeje, this five-star resort has everything you need for a relaxing
holiday. Guests have access to five swimming pools, a gym, a spa and
sports courts. You can choose between rooms, suites and villas with
Fantasia Bahia Principe Tenerife (5 stars): This all-inclusive hotel is
ideal for families. There are plenty of areas for kids, including two
playgrounds, a splash pad and a water park. Meanwhile, parents can take
advantage of the spa and the theatre. There are also multiple
restaurants, bars and swimming pools.
Sunlight Bahia Principe San Felipe (4 stars): Facing Playa de Martiánez,
this hotel is ideal for those who want to explore the north side of the
island. Rooms offer views of the sea or even Mount Teide. Other
amenities include several restaurants, bars, pools, as well as a spa,
gym and tennis court.
Atlantis Park Resort (3 stars): If you're travelling on a budget, this
three-star hotel might be a good alternative. Located near the Anaga
rural park, it offers a range of apartments, from studios to family-size
properties. Amenities include a rooftop bar, indoor and outdoor pool
and a gym.
You can visit Tenerife any time of year. Winter is the high season for
those seeking warm sunny days. It gets even hotter in the summer,
especially when the Saharan Calima winds blow. Meanwhile, spring and
fall are perfect for hitting the trails away from the crowds that often
fill the island. The hottest month is August, with a daily maximum of
31ºC and an average low of 22ºC. On the other hand, the coldest month is
February, with an average high of 22º C and an average low of 15º C.
The hottest month is August, with a daily maximum of 31ºC and an average low of 22ºC in Tenerife, Spain
Carnival: Like many other Canarian islands, Carnival is a popular
celebration in Tenerife. During February and March, the island dresses
up for the occasion, particularly in the capital Santa Cruz. Locals
participate in parades and parties until the wee hours.
Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria: Around February and August, locals
celebrate the Virgin of Candelaria, the patron saint of the Canary
Islands. People travel from all over the archipelago to visit the city
of Candelaria and participate in the processions.
Festival Mueca: Every year in May, the island celebrates the Festival
Mueca. Held in Puerto de La Cruz, this festival welcomes magicians,
dance troupes and comedians. Most of the performances are in silence,
making them suitable for anyone who doesn’t speak Spanish.
San Andrés: The Fiesta de San Andrés takes place in Puerto de La Cruz and La Orotava on November 29th and 30th. It represents the opening of the wine cellars and the tasting of the new wine. In Icod de Los Vinos, youngsters sit on greased wooden boards and slide down the steep streets as part of the festivities.