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Published: July 21st 2018
Tenerife welcomes millions of visitors every year, and the number of attractions drawing them in is virtually limitless. The largest of Spain's Canary Islands, Tenerife is so blessed with things to see and do - going well beyond its beautiful landscapes and historical landmarks - that you'll find more than enough to occupy you regardless of the length of your stay. You have so much to explore, including mountains, zoos, parks, golf, sunset tours, and more, that you'll quite simply never run out of novel experiences.
Here are 10 of Tenerife's top attractions
Climb Mount Teide and feel like you've reached the top of the world! Over three million people visit Mt. Teide every year; this UNESCO World Heritage site is actually taller (at 12,198 feet above sea level) than any of Spain's mainland peaks.
The traditional hike up to the summit starts with a three-hour hike on the mountain's beautiful trails, leading to Altavista, the peak's highest settlement (10,728 feet). It's an excellent idea to get a good night's sleep in Altavista before making the final hour-long hike to the summit. Not feeling up to the hiking challenge?
You can still visit the top of Mt. Teide thanks to the daily cable car service. Whether or not you get there under your own power, the view from the summit - embracing all of Tenerife laid out below you - makes the trip unmissable for every visitor.
Planning a fun day for the whole family? Loro Parque is exactly what you're looking for. It combines a beautiful aquarium with what is hailed as one of Europe's best zoos. It's no accident that Trip Advisor rates it as the #1 destination in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife.
You can marvel at live shows of dolphins and orcas or stop by the cold-climate habitat to say hello to the penguins.
San Cristobal de la Laguna, tucked away in the Aguere Valley, is one of Tenerife's most beautiful and historically significant cities. Even though it has a well-deserved reputation for being exceptionally picturesque, La Laguna remains something of a hidden gem.
Many visitors overlook this wonderful town. If you don't want to be one of them, try planning your visit during the Easter-time celebration of Semana Santa (Holy Week).
Sun-worshippers are especially enamoured of this resort town on Tenerife's West Coast. Some of the best beaches in the Canary Islands are clustered around Los Gigantes: Playa Los Guios, El Laguillo, Crab Island, Club Oasis, and more.
Besides being the best place to soak up the sun, Los Gigantes is also Tenerife's centre for ocean sport. It's ideal for fishing, diving, and whale watching.
Sunset and Stars Experience
Relying on the towering height of Mt. Teide to deliver unbeatable stargazing, the sunset and stars experience is mother nature's own fireworks show. Frosty wines from the local Altos de Tevejos winery make the perfect complements for the shifting colours of a grand Canarian sunset.
Sunset and stars packages also include a memorable dining experience provided by Michelin Star chefs to get you in the mood for some of Europe's finest stargazing.
Thanks to a varied and beautiful landscape combined with perfect weather throughout the year, Tenerife is blessed with some of the world's best golf. The island is home to nine full golf courses, providing ample challenges for golfers of every skill level. All of Tenerife's courses are united by their spectacular ocean views.
Some of the island's best courses can be found at Real Club de Golf, the Ritz-Carlton Abama, Golf del Sur, and Buenavista.
This little mountain village is impressively packed with worthy attractions. It boasts some of Tenerife'ss best views. Nestled in the foothills of the Teno Mountains, in the northwest of the island, Masca is waiting for you to discover why sightseers acclaim it as Tenerife's best 'hidden village.'
The dramatic ravines and gorgeous foliage demand to be memorialised when you see them; don't forget your camera!.
The Anaga Mountains, in the northeast of Tenerife, anchor the island's lushest flora. Beautiful rock formations and celebrated cloud-free weather make the Anaga Mountains a natural sightseer's paradise.
The ancient churches, cobbled streets, and a quintessential Canarian feel make Garachico worth visiting. But the area has considerable natural attractions, too! Visit El Caleton to experience the natural salt pools left behind by volcanic action.
You can dine at a restaurant built on the lava, swim in the pools (lifeguard on duty during summer months), or visit the excellent local beaches.
For thrill seekers, this gigantic waterpark might be Tenerife's can't-miss attraction. The park is designed to take advantage of the local climate with its beautiful Thai decorations, and the park has attractions for every age and level of daring. The popular rides include the Tower of Power, the Mekong Rapids, and the Dragon.
The Park also includes a gorgeous white sand beach and an outstanding crop of bars and restaurants if you're not in the mood for the death-defying sort of fun.
There are many popular Tenerife excursions
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