Tenerife is the largest and one of the most beautiful of the Canary Islands. The island is characterized by its lush green forests, varied landscapes, spectacular beaches, mountains, deserts and volcanoes. There are many things to experience and many places to visit in Tenerife. Furthermore, holidaying in Tenerife is easy for UK tourists, as it takes less than four hours from many UK airports.
The following are five of the top Tenerife tourist attractions for the first time visitor to this glorious island:
1. Playa de Las Americas
If you are looking for fun and sun then this is the place you should visit. It is closely situated to Costa Adeje and Los Cristianos and is perfect for a swim and then grabbing lunch at one of the cafes along the beach. There are also hundreds of clubs and pubs lining the streets of Playa for those who want to party all night.
2. Los Cristianos
This is a popular resort on the Canary Island boasting a wonderful harbour that offers boat trips in glass bottom boats, fishing trips, diving excursions and pleasure cruises. It is situated 15km west of Reina Sofia. It is a great place to go with your little kids as Eagles Park is nearby as well as Aqua Park Octopus and Tenerife Zoo.
3. Santa Cruz
This is the capital of Tenerife and is located on the northeastern coast. It is great for exploring the surrounding area, including the beautiful Anaga Mountains which host places of interest like Roques de Anaga archaeological site.
4. Loro Parque
Since it was opened in 1970, this fantastic place has received over 19 million visitors. It is a home to over 300 parrot species, and it is also the world’s largest penguinarium.
5. Teide National Park
Teide National Park is home to a massive volcanic crater, Mount Teide, which is the highest mountain in Spain. The park is about 2000m above sea level. During the summer temperature rises to over 40 degrees, but in it receives snow in winter. The now dormant mountain can be accessed by foot or you can reach the top with the help of a cable car. On a clear sunny day, you can see both La Gomera and La Palma and the views are stunning.
6. Go golfing
Tenerife’s gold courses are a big draw for golfers, but that doesn’t mean the amateurs can’t dabble in the sport. If you’re interested in having a swing at it, you can easy book a lesson at one of the many golf courses in Tenerife. It’s a fun way to spend the afternoon, especially when you have a stunning backdrop like Tenerife.