Places to Visit in Tenerife
An Island with Never-Ending Options...

Among the top places to visit in Tenerife you can choose cultural, historical, natural and several other options. The great thing about Tenerife is not only its beaches and high-end hotels - here you have fun for you, your family and friends, alone or altogether. But of course, it is always best to plan the top places to visit in Tenerife before your trip, so that you can try to get some discount vouchers and beat the queues for tickets, if the attractions demand a ticket.

As mentioned in our section of Things to Do in Tenerife, this island is perhaps the one in the Canaries that best blends the several possibilities in one place. The variety of the climate from the north to the south also contributes for the visitor to be able to choose different places to visit in Tenerife - indoor and outdoor.

Places to Visit in Tenerife - Beaches

Of course when visitors come to Tenerife, one of the places they seek are the beaches. The majority of the beaches in Tenerife have volcanic black sand, and many of them have small pebbles. But still, you can find beaches with sand of all types and colours. There are even some beaches with white sand collected from the Sahara desert. We have a special section for Tenerife beaches, but below we highlight some of the most well-known:

  • El Médano - great place for windsurfing and wind-based;
  • La Tejita - next to El Médano
  • Playa de Las Teresitas - known for its sand, brought from the Sahara Desert;
  • Playa de Las Vistas - the promenade goes all the way to Playa de Las Américas, and also has a big fountain close to the shore;
  • Playa del Socorro - also a surfer point. Many competitions are held here.
  • Playa de Los Patos - recommended especially for surfers but many visitors come here looking for a nudist beach;

Botanical Gardens

The climate in the north of Tenerife is favorable for some nice gardens. Below we list some of the most important ones:

  • El Drago Milenario - this tree is said to have lived for many centuries and one of the most iconic ones is found in Icod de Los Vinos, at more than 1000 years old and over 16 metres high;
  • El Palmetum - botanical garden in Santa Cruz de Tenerife dedicated to Palm trees. There are more than 400 species, as well as other vegetation;
  • Hijuela del Botánico - a smaller Botanical Garden, located in La Orotava, and where you can also find a Dragon Tree;
  • Jardín Botánico de Puerto de La Cruz - one of the most interesting gardens in Tenerife, it was created with the failed intention to acclimatise tropical plants to be sent out to the mainland.

Churches and Castles

Tenerife also has some historical churches and castles from centuries ago, and some are part of the best places to visit in Tenerife:

  • Basilica de Candelaria - a pilgrimage site, due to the image of St. Candelaria, located inside the Basilica. The cherry on top is the location of the Basilica - next to the ocean;
  • Catedral de La Laguna - the only Cathedral in Tenerife;
  • Iglesia de La Concepción - 3 churches: in La Orotava, in a Baroque style and located in the location of another church destroyed by an earthquake; in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, it was a vantage point in case pirates were seen on the horizon; in La Laguna, this 16-century church has a Moorish-style tower; 
  • Real Santurario del Cristo de La Laguna (Iglesia de San Francisco) - a statue of Christ that is shown in the Easter processions.
  • Castillo de San Miguel in Garachico survived the advance of the lava in the 18th century;
  • Castillo de San Miguel, in Aldea Blanca, where you can not only appreciate a beautiful castle, but also enjoy a medieval night in a very entertaining and unique spectacle.

Island and City  Parks and Squares

One of the things that are not missing in Tenerife are parks and squares. From the big national parks, such as Las Cañadas, till the small squares, where you can meet your friends:

  • Parque Nacional de Las Cañadas del Teide – without doubt the most important in the Canary Islands, where you can see the impressive volcano El Teide. This is one of the top places to visit in Tenerife;
  • Parque de La Granja - in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a great space with varied flora, for sports and to relax.
  • Parque Garcia Sanabria - in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a great place to have a quiet moment away from the city. Beautiful statues and plants;
  • Plaza del Charco de Los Camarones – a place where young people and families gather due to the vantage point next to the sea.

Cultural Places

La Orotava is a craft center in Tenerife and because of that, a lot of cultural places can be found there. Here are some of them:

  • Casa Lercaro - you can have nice private parties and enjoy the local gastronomy;
  • Casa del Turista – a former convent, today this is a craft place as well as a ceramic museum with a gift shop;
  • Liceo de Taoro - private cultural centre.

Cities and Historical Places

There's been a lot of heritage from the previous inhabitants of the island, but also throughout the centuries, some buildings and cities became part of the big history of the Canaries:

  • Centro Historico de La Laguna – an emblematic town in Tenerife which was elected as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. This city is in the list of places to visit in Tenerife; 
  • Garachico – formerly the main port on the island, the city has been rebuilt several times after disasters, like earthquakes, lava and plague;
  • Icod de Los Vinos – very well known for its vines grown in the volcanic soil, as well as for the Festival San Andrés and Bajada de Las Tablas, celebrated in November;
  • Masca – a town located in a fantastic location, on the top of a mountain with beautiful views.

Museums and Theatres

You can't complain that there aren’t many cultural places in Tenerife. Quite the opposite... Here you will find a number of museums and theatres that are just as interesting as the ones in the big capitals:

  • Auditorio de Tenerife - in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, this is the home of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, as well as opera, jazz and other types of music that locals and tourists enjoy;
  • La Casa del Vino in El Sauzal - a museum where you can see the history of the wine in Tenerife, but where you can also go wine-tasting  with wines from the region;
  • Museo Arqueológico in Puerto de La Cruz - with a collection from the former inhabitants of the island - the Guanches, and some mummies;
  • Museo de La Naturaleza y El Hombre - this is a great museum with a larger archaeological collection from the Guanches, as well as mummies and an explanation of the mummification process;
  • Museo de Las Ciencias Naturales in Santa Cruz de Tenerife - where you can understand a bit the eruption of the 18th century in the city;
  • Museo Etnográfico Casa de Carta, in Valle de Guerra - showing a great collection of local costumes;
  • Teatro Guimerá - in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, this is where the great opera, ballet and other performances are held.

Natural Parks, Monuments and Attractions

Most of these places to visit in Tenerife are perfect for activities, such as the canyons, and are also listed in our section of Things to do in Tenerife. But you do not necessarily need to perform some activities to see them, they can also be part of the places to visit in Tenerife:

  • Barranco del Infierno - has a waterfall at the end of the canyon;
  • Acantillado de Los Gigantes - spectacular cliffs of over 500m high;
  • Cueva del Viento - an enormous volcanic tube, one of the biggest in the world, located in Icod de Los Vinos;
  • Paisaje Lunar (Lunar Landscape) - an area of ashes from the volcano that created columns and rocks in different shapes;
  • Macizo de Anaga and mountains - this rural park is composed by many trails for hiking (senderos) and splendid views of the mountains. The caves are also not to be missed;
  • Malpaís de Guimar
  • Observatorio del Teide - built due to the clarity of the skies in the region and has high-end telescopes to study the sun;
  • Roques de García - rocks in different shapes in the middle of the Mount Teide National Park;

Shopping in Tenerife

Also very popular, Tenerife has a number of places where you can and shop, with important local and international brands. And if you are lucky, you will be there when there are some nice offers:

  • Centro Comercial Parque Santiago VI
  • Mercado de Nuestra Senora de África
  • Centro Comercial Alcampo - La Orotava
  • Centro Comercial Las Pirámides - Puerto de La Cruz
  • Centro Comercial Alcampo - La Laguna
  • Centro Comercial Meridiano - Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Leisure Activities And Swimming Pools

Again, some of them are part of the things to do, but are also top places to visit in Tenerife, so we list some below:

  • Piscina Municipal - Los Silos
  • Piscinas El Laguillo - Los Gigantes
  • Piscina Municipal de Buenavista del Norte
  • Piscinas Naturales El Caletón (Natural Pools) - Garachico
  • Siam Park - the Thai decoration style makes this park one of the most visited attractions in Tenerife.

Zoos and Attraction Parks

Perfect for kids and very popular with adults, the zoos and theme parks are great places to visit in Tenerife with family and friends:

  • Loro Parque - certainly the main attraction in Puerto de La Cruz and one of the most visited zoos in the world. Together with Jungle Park, it is one of the places to visit in Tenerife;
  • Mariposario del Drago (Icod de Los Vinos) - close to the millenary Dragon Tree, this butterfly park has many species from all over the world;
  • Monkey Park - a small zoo specialising in primates, but also with some exotic birds;
  • Pirámides de Guimar - collection of six pyramids that still cause a lot of discussion about their origin;
  • La Granja Verde - a very nice farm, great for the kids in La Orotava.

Viewpoints in Tenerife (Miradores)

  • Mirador de Chipeque - this is a fantastic place to see the Orotava Valley or a sea of cloud in the area;
  • Mirador de Humboldt - named after the German naturalist Baron von Humboldt who was truly impressed with the views of Orotava Valley (Valle de La Orotava);
  • Mirador de La Paz - in Puerto de La Cruz;
  • Mirador de Ortuño - in Las Cañadas;
  • Teleférico del Teide (Cable car at Teide National Park) - spectacular views over part of the archipelago;
  • Las Minas de San José - also in Parque Nacional Las Cañadas;
  • Mirador El Bailadero - views of Anaga and Taganana;
  • Mirador de San Pedro - in Los Realejos. Views of the north coast of the island;
  • Mirador de Jardina - on the border of Anaga Rural Park, it has fantastic views over La Laguna
  • Mirador de La Cruz del Carmen - also in La Laguna, it is the starting point of several senderos (hiking trails);
  • Mirador Pico del Inglés - from there, on a clear day, you can see El Teide, La Laguna and Santa Cruz.
  • Mirador de La Monja - located in Punta del Teno

So Much to Chose From, and So Little Time to Enjoy...

Once you explore the places to visit in Tenerife in the books and guides, it is a sad reality to know that most probably you will have not enough time to enjoy them as much as you would want.

However with a little bit of planning... and the help of Tenerife Travel Secrets... hopefully you will be able to select just the right places to visit in Tenerife and to enjoy with your family or friends.

In any case, there's no need to be concerned, Tenerife is the kind of place that you should definitely come back to, so should you not be able to enjoy everything you wanted, there will be a good excuse for you to come back soon.

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