ACTIVITIES ON  TENERIFE

I first visited Tenerife as a teenager in the early 1990s, on holiday with my parents. We stayed in Los Cristianos, making frequent visits to neighbouring Playa de las Americas, in the height of the summer season – which, in retrospect, was probably our first mistake. It was busy, tacky, and, aside from a day-trip to Mount Teide, not particularly picturesque. In the resulting holiday video, what was supposed to be a cute shot of my mum and I heading home from dinner one night is rudely – and actually quite hilariously – interrupted by a group of Brits on a pub crawl, singing “We Will Rock You,” at the top of their lungs. Except they weren’t saying “rock you”. I’ll leave it to your imagination to fill in what they might have substituted it with, instead…

Whale watching tenerife

Whale watching tenerife

Best places to whale watch in Tenerife Whale watching in Tenerife is a popular activity for tourists visiting the Canary Islands. Tenerife is located in the Atlantic Ocean and is home to many different species of whales and dolphins, including pilot whales, bottlenose...

read more
Cueva del Viento (cave of the wind)

Cueva del Viento (cave of the wind)

Cueva Del Viento Tenerife   Ever found yourself at a bit of a loose end when trying to pick out that truly unique holiday activity? Trust me, you're far from the only one. I've been sat there too, endlessly flicking through suggestions that all seem to mush...

read more
Loro park parque

Loro park parque

Visiting Loro Park Loro Parque is a zoo and amusement park that is home to a wide variety of animals, including parrots, penguins, dolphins, and gorillas. The park covers an area of approximately 135,000 square meters and features exhibits such as the "Katandra...

read more
Parque Marítimo César Manrique

Parque Marítimo César Manrique

Parque Marítimo César Manrique Are you planning a trip to Santa Cruz de Tenerife and feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of attractions? I felt that way too, until I visited Parque Marítimo César Manrique, an entertainment complex covering 22,000 square meters...

read more
Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes

Cliffs of Los Gigantes: A Majestic Natural Wonder in Tenerife The Cliffs of Los Gigantes, or "Acantilados de Los Gigantes" in Spanish, are one of the most spectacular and iconic natural landmarks on the island of Tenerife, part of Spain's Canary Islands. Situated on...

read more
Bufadero Costa Adeje

Bufadero Costa Adeje

What is the Bufadero The Bufadero is a volcanic rock formation that has been shaped by the constant crashing of waves over the years. When the waves hit the rocks with enough force, water is forced through a small hole in the rock formation and explodes out the top,...

read more
Mirador de Samara

Mirador de Samara

Information about the Mirador de Samara viewing point If you are driving up the TF-38 it's very easy to drive straight past this viewing point without thinking much of it.  There is a small car park for around 10 cars and then a few trails that lead into an...

read more
The Monkey Park Tenerife Review

The Monkey Park Tenerife Review

Money Park Tenerife Reviews Now, I’ll be honest, here: I didn’t want to recommend a zoo - in fact, I didn’t even want to go to one because, like any other right- minded person, I firmly believe animals should be wild and free, not penned up in tiny cages, to provide...

read more

MUST SEE TOWNS

My parents never went back, having had their initial impression of a ‘Brits Abroad’ Blackpool-on-Sea well and truly confirmed. To this day, my dad still can’t listen to Queen without shuddering.

It would’ve been easy for me to have followed their lead, and spent the rest of my life assuming that Tenerife was the kind of place you’d only go to if you were so desperate for some cheap winter sun that you didn’t really care where you ended up, as long as it was less than a 5 hour flight from Edinburgh. 

Over a decade later, we took a trip to Maspalomas and loved it so much we decided to give Tenerife another go. It was a bad winter, that year, and my husband, Terry, had managed to find a cheap deal online: what did we have to lose? Other than two weeks of our lives, obviously, and apparently the respect of our peers, all of whom seemed mildly amused that we were going to the Canaries, instead of taking a more “worthy” trip to somewhere cultured. “At least it’s not Lanzagrotty!” was the most positive comment we got, and so we set off that December armed with sunscreen and low expectations, fully expecting to spend the next two weeks surrounded by British pubs and drunken tourists.

Instead, we found a totally different island from the one I’d visited in the 90s. By which I mean, “It was exactly the same island, obviously,” it was just that this time, with the help of a hire car and a willingness to explore, we saw a totally different side to Tenerife – and we saw it without having to venture too far out of our comfort zone, either. I mean, let’s face it: if you’ve booked a cheap break to the Canary Islands, you’re probably looking for sunshine and convenience, aren’t you? You want to eat in nice restaurants and see some of the sights, but you don’t necessarily want to have to hike 15 miles through the mountains, just to be able to say you ate an “authentic” meal in an obscure restaurant which no tourist had previously ever set foot in. And, if you do, I’m going to respectfully pre-warn you that this is probably not the website for you.

La Caleta Costa Adeje

La Caleta Costa Adeje

Things to see around La Caleta La Caleta is a charming fishing village nestled near the bustling tourist hubs of Costa Adeje and Playa de Las Americas. Renowned for its serene ambiance, the village is a haven for those seeking a respite from the usual touristy hustle...

read more

NATURAL SIGHTS

Instead, this website is a quick guide to some of the places we most enjoy seeing when we visit Tenerife – which we now aim to do at least once per year. That first holiday as a couple, you see, turned out to be the first of many : we discovered, not only that Tenerife is, indeed, one of the few places you can reliably expect to find some winter sunshine after a short-haul flight from the UK, but that it’s also a very much under-rated holiday destination.

That last statement probably sounds a bit odd to you: Tenerife – and the Canary Islands in general – is, after all, one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. (Tenerife is part of the European Union, despite being located just off the coast of Africa) Thousands of British tourists visit the island every year, so it’s hardly an undiscovered gem, is it?

Well, no: it isn’t. Not in the slightest.

Despite its popularity, though, we’ve found that Tenerife is still somewhat looked down upon by some travellers. Most people we know, for instance, still don’t really understand what makes us keep going back there so often, or what there is to do there, other than lie by the pool for a few hours, before heading out to an Irish bar or British pub for the evening. This book, then, is an attempt to explain it: to tell you why we love Tenerife, and what we’d recommend you see while you’re there. It’s written from the point of view of ordinary holiday-makers, rather than seasoned travel writers, and is aimed at people just like us: young families or couples looking to make the most of their time in Tenerife, without having to go too far out of their way to do it.

And with all of that said, here are just some of the things we love to do and see in Tenerife…

Arco de Tajao Instagram

Arco de Tajao Instagram

Getting to the Arco de Tajao The Arco de Tajao is a natural rock formation that is situated near the village of Tajao, which is known for its traditional fishing boats and seafood restaurants. The arch is made of volcanic rock and is around 20 meters wide and 10...

read more
The longest Shadow on Earth

The longest Shadow on Earth

A little known fact The shadow of Mount Teide is a natural phenomenon that occurs on the Spanish island of Tenerife. Mount Teide is a volcano that stands at 3,718 meters (12,198 feet) and is the highest point in Spain. When the sun sets behind the volcano, its shadow...

read more
Faro punta del hidalgo

Faro punta del hidalgo

North Tenerife Lighthouse Oh my goodness! Let me tell you about this absolutely stunning spot I stumbled upon during my Tenerife adventure - the Faro Punta del Hidalgo! 🌊✨ Nestled on the rugged northeastern coast of Tenerife, the Faro Punta del Hidalgo is not just any...

read more
Playa punta de teno lighthouse

Playa punta de teno lighthouse

A view for the ages This viewing point is very out of the way and other than the drive through a very long dark tunnel and the the road strewn with rocks at the bottom of a massive cliff face.  To say this is eic is an understament.  When you eventually get to the end...

read more
Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes

Cliffs of Los Gigantes: A Majestic Natural Wonder in Tenerife The Cliffs of Los Gigantes, or "Acantilados de Los Gigantes" in Spanish, are one of the most spectacular and iconic natural landmarks on the island of Tenerife, part of Spain's Canary Islands. Situated on...

read more
Bufadero Costa Adeje

Bufadero Costa Adeje

What is the Bufadero The Bufadero is a volcanic rock formation that has been shaped by the constant crashing of waves over the years. When the waves hit the rocks with enough force, water is forced through a small hole in the rock formation and explodes out the top,...

read more
Mirador de Samara

Mirador de Samara

Information about the Mirador de Samara viewing point If you are driving up the TF-38 it's very easy to drive straight past this viewing point without thinking much of it.  There is a small car park for around 10 cars and then a few trails that lead into an...

read more
Faro de Buenavista del Norte

Faro de Buenavista del Norte

Information about the lighthouse Faro de Buenavista del Norte is a lighthouse situated on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, near the town of Buenavista del Norte. The lighthouse was built in 1867 and has since become a popular tourist attraction, offering...

read more
Roques de García Central Tenerife

Roques de García Central Tenerife

Roques De García Tenerife Have you been dreaming of an adventure that feels like stepping onto another planet? Maybe you're scrolling endlessly, looking for that perfect mix of natural beauty and awe-inspiring landscapes. I've been there - sifting through countless...

read more
Masca Valley Tenerife North

Masca Valley Tenerife North

Visiting the Masca Valley by Car Visiting the Masca Valley in Tenerife by car can be a great option for those who prefer to explore at their own pace and have the flexibility to stop and take in the stunning views along the way. However, it's important to note that...

read more
The Monkey Park Tenerife Review

The Monkey Park Tenerife Review

Money Park Tenerife Reviews Now, I’ll be honest, here: I didn’t want to recommend a zoo - in fact, I didn’t even want to go to one because, like any other right- minded person, I firmly believe animals should be wild and free, not penned up in tiny cages, to provide...

read more

THEME PARKS

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

MUSEUMS

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.

FOOD DRINK AND GARDENS

No Results Found

The page you requested could not be found. Try refining your search, or use the navigation above to locate the post.