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Canary Islands, Mount El Teide National Park, Pico del Teide

Let us tell you how much more there is to Tenerife than beer in the sun☀️

We go to Tenerife to enjoy the sunshine, relax and maybe enjoy a beer or two.🍻 But there is so much more to the island.

Tenerife has beautiful ancient towns, mountain villages, many ports and stunning volcanic landscapes - making it a great destination for exploring, especially hiking.

We have hunted out some cool experiences that might not be on your radar, as well as places to stay and tips to make the most of your stay.🙌

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Hiking and volcanoes

Hiking is a great way to see the island. You can go at your own pace on your own hike, or book a hike where you will learn lots about Tenerife. Some will include other things like a local lunch.

🏴‍☠️ pick: From Cruz del Carmen: Hiking in Anaga with food testing🤤

Mount Teide

You need to reserve a special permit to hike up Mount Teide unless you book an organised tour. We have found some great options with GetYourGuide including sunset tours.

🏴‍☠️ pick: Teide National Park Night Sky Star Safari & Dinner💫

Wine tasting and food tours

You don’t have to ask us twice to go wine tasting or on a food tour. There are plenty to choose from, some last a couple of hours and some you can enjoy for a full day.

You can tour organic vineyards, or do a tour that has wine and food in one. There are tours available in the north as well as the south of the island.

🏴‍☠️ pick: Wine Museum Ticket with Local Wines & Food Tasting

Tours of the island

Taking part in one or more of the many tours on offer to learn about Tenerife’s history and culture. There are full-day private tours on offer with higher price points, as well as shorter options for cheaper. You can even do self-guided tours for a couple of hours from just over £5.

🏴‍☠️ pick: North Coast Landscapes Private Day Tour⛰️

🏴‍☠️ pick: La Laguna: Varied Old Town Self-guided Walk

More culture-rich places to visit

La Casa de Los Balcones

Carrying on the history theme, you can visit La Casa de Los Balcones, a 19th-century Canarian town house that is now a cultural museum. Learn about the town’s ancient roots and traditions, and check out local art, antiques and handcrafts exhibitions.

Finca Las Margaritas Banana Plantation Experience🍌

Learn all about Las Margaritas Banana Plantation from your guide, and enjoy banana tastings and other traditional local delights.

You can also use your phone to learn more from digital content throughout the tour.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Pyramids of Güímar Ethnographic Park

See and learn about the pyramids and botanical garden, which even has a poisonous garden area.


Did you know Tenerife has a massive festival every year? The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the second-biggest carnival in the world, after Rio de Janeiro of course.

The theme for 2025 is ‘Secrets of Africa’ and dates have already been announced. Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2025 in the streets opening parade is on 28 February 2025, and will end on 9 March 2025.🎉

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Non-touristy places to stay

La Orotava📍 You will find many historic buildings that are open for you to visit. It is also one of the most productive winemaking areas, so you should for sure do some wine tasting.

Casa Lercaro is worth a visit. It is a 16th-century property which has been turned into a restaurant and is sometimes used as a film set.

Garachico📍 There are many tours you can do to visit here, or you can go all out and book a stay. The town has been rebuilt after a volcano eruption in 1706, and still looks super traditional. There are natural pools which were formed when the volcanoes lava ran into the sea.

Buenavista Del Norte📍 80% of the area is designated as a nature reserve. Which means there are limited hotels here.

San Cristóbal de La Laguna📍 The UNESCO-listed city is famous for its historic layout. There are many places to get your history hit including filled churches, cathedrals and palaces.

🏴‍☠️ tips

  1. Make sure you pack for both warm and cool weather. It can get chilly at night, especially on the top of Mount Teide.

  2. For hiking, remember to bring some sensible shoes.

  3. Check if you need special permits for your chosen hike, or book an organised tour.

  4. Book any tours you want to do in advance, as spaces can fill up quickly. GetYourGuide offers free cancellation and no prepayment options.

  5. Some places close on Mondays, so check the opening times of the place you want to visit

  6. Tenerife has two airports. You will most likely fly into Tenerife’s South Airport, but check before making further travel plans.

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