Tenerife in 10 unmissable experiences

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Tenerife is the ideal destination for enjoying outdoor experiences all year round, and where its excellent high-standing establishments, cultural, heritage or leisure offerings will awaken the most diverse emotions in its travellers. The largest island of the Canaries offers endless possibilities for unforgettable experiences through a wide variety of idyllic and contrasting places; here are his ten must-haves.

Immerse yourself in spectacular nature

Tenerife has 43 protected areas that occupy half of its territory. Among them is the Teide National Park, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its 3,718 meters, it is the highest peak in Spain. It is an untouched volcanic area where a cable car takes you up very close to the top, with spectacular views of the island itself and the sea as far as the eye can see. The rural parks of Anaga and Teno, with their Laurisilva forests, giant ferns and magical fairytale air, captivate all the senses of those who visit them. Without forgetting the cliffs of Los Gigantes, which rise up to 600 meters above the sea, among other natural sites to see absolutely.

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Take advantage of countless leisure activities

Having a good time and having fun is guaranteed in Tenerife thanks to its wide range of leisure activities: beach clubs, dream rooftops, various shows, and festivals with the biggest stars of the world music scene. But there are other options, such as lying on one of its incredible beaches to sunbathe or practicing a host of activities such as kayaking, windsurfing, surfing or scuba diving. Cycling, hiking or paragliding, to fly over its incredible landscapes, are also at your fingertips. An ideal destination for sports enthusiasts.

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Cool off on idyllic beaches and in natural pools

Tenerife’s white or black sand beaches combine perfectly with its excellent year-round temperatures, which incidentally attract many travelers throughout the four seasons. They are found as much in the north as in the south for swimming at will, under a bright sun. Natural pools created by solidifying lava are an authentic and original alternative. They are also very photogenic!

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Observe whales in their wonderful natural environment

In the southern waters of the island, about three miles from the coast, it is possible to sail among cetaceans 365 days a year. Tenerife is one of the best places in the world for whale watching, as it is home to a stable colony of bottlenose dolphins and around 400 pilot whales. Hiring an excursion from an approved company and with boats bearing the “blue boat” label is an absolutely enriching and unparalleled experience during a trip to the island.

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Discover charming towns and villages

The avant-garde architecture of the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is one of its main attractions. The Auditorium of Tenerife, the International Center for Fairs and Congresses, both made by Santiago Calatrava, and the TEA, Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, by Herzog and De Meuron, are excellent examples. La Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stands out for its traditional houses and interior courtyards. Houses just as beautiful as those in other historic centers that are also worth discovering: La Orotava, Garachico or Icod de los Vinos, to name just three of the many centers.

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Taste exquisite cuisine

The gastronomy of Tenerife has evolved in recent years and has given rise to a creative and original cuisine, with quality products such as tuna, black pork and avocado. All this is accompanied by local wines, whose history dates back to the 15th century. The grape varieties, the climate and the peculiarities of the island’s volcanic soil give the wines an unparalleled originality and personality. In addition, five restaurants on the island are Michelin-starred, which testifies to the quality of a cuisine that deserves to be tasted.

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Have fun in unforgettable theme parks

The entertainment venues in Tenerife attract young and old alike. And in the theme parks, spread from north to south, you never get bored. From Siam Park, a water park with rides and slides for children and adults, to Loro Parque, a “natural embassy” with all kinds of animal species, passing through the Pirámides de Güímar, a botanical and ethnographic park, with stories to know for any explorer traveler, everyone will find their account. Many establishments have also placed the emphasis on the family offer – some hotels are also veritable theme parks on their own!

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Observe the pure and clear sky of the island

The quality of Tenerife’s sky, considered one of the best on the planet for stargazing due to its cleanliness and clarity, has earned it a designation as a Starlight Reserve and Destination. The island is home to the prestigious Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands) and has telescopes where national and international scientific teams work. Here, star hunting is accessible to all visitors and is a magical and unforgettable experience. There are companies that offer this observation activity with telescopes, with specialized guides and snacks.

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Immerse yourself in a world of traditions

Tenerife also demonstrates its authenticity through its traditional celebrations. Pilgrimages are one of the best examples of island culture. From March to September, carts and typical dishes – potatoes and mojos, local wine and meat in the spotlight – invade the villages of the island. The whole year is filled with popular festivals. Many of them are clearly religious in nature. During Holy Week, especially in La Laguna, we highly recommend a stop at La Orotava to admire its Teide sand tapestries. In February, Carnival takes over the island, especially Santa Cruz. It is one of the most impressive, colorful and crowded carnivals in the world.

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Take care of yourself and relax

Tenerife offers excellent holiday conditions, thanks in particular to exceptional four and five star hotels with numerous spa and wellness centres.

The island also has a complete and modern health infrastructure as well as professionals with national and international experience. They make Tenerife the ideal place for a stay where you want to combine medical or surgical treatment (with the maximum guarantees and medical and health certifications required as a territory of the European Union) and escape. Not to mention the significant economic advantages it offers compared to other countries.

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