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Tenerife Things to Do: Tourist Traps and Scenic Spots

With 350 km of coastline and a mountainous interior, Tenerife offers a variety of outdoor activities, water sports, beaches, and nightlife. The elevated landscapes and national parks make for scenic spots and hiking trails that are spread all across the island.

In Southern Tenerife, you’ll find the most things to do around the resorts towns of Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos in Costa Adeje. While in the north, Puerto de la Cruz and Santa Cruz de Tenerife are also jammed packed with attractions and activities.

Why Visit

The two-tiered landscape in Tenerife, with its mountains and sea-side cliffs overlooking the island’s beaches, allow for a motley of outdoorsy things to do. The popularity of Tenerife’s resort towns also ensures a never-ending supply of tours and excursions for holidaymakers to spend their money on.

Tourist Traps

The theme parks in Tenerife are kid-friendly attractions that have turnstiles that never stop spinning. The zoo and marine animals are found in Loro Park while Jungle Park also offers a sizeable zoo with animal shows.

Theme Parks

Loro Parque has everything you could want to see and more, while Jungle Park is of decent size and also has animal shows. As an extra feature, Aqualand has dolphin shows.

Water Parks

Siam Park, a Thai-themed water park is ridiculously touristy in the most delightful way, while Aqualand Costa Adeje is your standard water park.

Adventure Parks

The canopy ziplines at the Forestal Park Tenerife can add some nature to your theme park outing.

Artificial Lakes

The island of Tenerife has a ton of places to swim that go beyond the sandy beaches. The Parque Marítimo César Manrique is a sight to see, as is Lago Martianez, while the rock pools of Charco De La Laja Puesta De Sol and Charco del Viento are must visit natural attractions.

Scenic Spots

The whole island of Tenerife might be considered a scenic spot, but there are specific vantage points and places of interest you won’t want to miss.

Nature Parks

The mountainous, volcanic landscape in Tenerife provides numerous natural attractions and places to go hiking with beautiful views of the island.

Teide National Park, Rural de Anaga Park, and Corona Forestal Natural Park are the best Tenerife has to offer with stunning coastal views throughout.


Tenerife is full of beaches. You’ll find some of the best beaches in Costa Adeje which include Playa de las Américas, Playa de Los Cristianos, Playa de Torviscas, Playa del Duque, and Playa de las Vistas.

Of the gorgeous rocky beaches, Playa de Los Gigantes is the most famous and there are also some hidden gems like Playa Abama in Adeje, Playa El Bollullo near Puerto de la Cruz.

In the south, there’s Playa de Las Teresitas near Santa Cruz, Playa el Médano, Playa de la Tejita, and Playa de Radazul.

Puerto de La Cruz in the north has Playa San Telmo and Playa Jardin.

Botanical Gardens

Greenery abounds in the botanical gardens of Tenerife with places like Jardín Botánico (18th century), Parque Taoro, Palmetum of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Parque Los Lavaderos, Sitio Litre Garden, Parque García Sanabria, Mariposario del Drago (butterflies) and Victoria Garden leading the way.

Hidden Gems

Drago de Icod de Los Vinos is a massive, solitary dracaena tree, an icon of Tenerife that is estimated to be over 1,000 years old.

If you’re looking for something off the beaten path that will offer a unique photo opportunity, then be sure to check out Paisaje Lunar and Roque Cinchado.


There are so many places to snap great pictures in Tenerife, but the Mirador Archipenque is probably the most popular.

The Teide Cable Car is also a must ride for any nature lover or photographer.

Nature Reserves

While not as fancy as a national park, quiet places like Paisaje Protegido de la Rambla de Castro, Reserva Natural Especial del Chinyero and Sendero de los Sentidos (Path of the Senses) offer time to reflect on and appreciate nature.


Puerto Los Cristianos is a picturesque marina that is teeming with photo ops.

Plazas & Squares

Built in 1929, Plaza de España is a large square that includes the ruins of a historic fort and artificial lake which is very pretty all around. Many tourist photos are also taken in Plaza del Adelantado.

Outdoor Activities

Whether you like the water, the mountains, or just some fresh air in the middle of nowhere, there’s lots to do outdoors in Tenerife.

Water Sports

Southern Tenerife has a lot of water sports, including surfing, windsurfing, sailing jet skis, snorkeling, scuba, and wreck diving.

Boat Tours

Since Tenerife is an island surrounded by water, there is no shortage of sea excursions and it’s not just in boats, there’s a submarine tour as well.

Some popular trips include sailing to the nearby islands of La Palma, La Gomera, and El Hierro from Santa Cruz and Los Cristianos.


The Tenerife Trike (3-wheel motorcycle) is probably the most unique vehicle tour while dune buggy rentals are the most fun. Jeep Safaris are also quite popular.

Hiking Trails

There are numerous hiking trails along the coast and through the mountains which offer a wide range of skill levels. Believe it or not, Mount Teide is the highest peak in Spain and the stunning cliffs at Los Gigantes are a photographer’s delight.

Barranco del Infierno is also very popular for hiking lovers.

Biking Trails

The coastlines of Tenerife are full of people biking around the island during their stay with rental shops pretty much everywhere there’s a big hotel.


Tenerife has four karting tracks with Karting Las Americas in Adeje, Karting Tenerife north of Las Galletas, Karting Indoor Tenerife near Santa Cruz and Karting La Esperanza near San Cristóbal de La Laguna.


Along the Costa Adeje, there’s the Abama Golf Course, Golf Costa Adeje, Los Lagos Golf, Golf Los Americas, and Golf Los Palos. To the south, there’s Amarilla Golf Club and Golf del Sur.

In the north, there’s Real Club de Golf near Santa de Cruz, Golf La Rosaleda near Puerto de La Cruz and Buenavista Golf.


Wherever there’s a big resort, there’s usually a mini-golf course nearby. Mini-Golf (Habisco) is near Playa de Los Gigantes. In Costa Adeje, there’s Mini Golf (Playa Fanabe) and Mini-golf (Playa La Pinta).

In Playa de Las Americas there’s Vivo Mini Golf Treasure Island and Mini Golf Santiago, while Los Cristianos has Oasis Mini Golf.

In the north, there’s Minigolf Club (and great pizza) at the Pizzeria Puerto Cruz.

Indoor Activities

If you want to escape the sun for a bit, have no fear as there’s lots to do indoors in Tenerife as well.

Concerts & Live Music

The biggest names usually appear on at The Teatro Leal San Cristóbal de La Laguna, and the Piramide de Arona in Playa de Las Americas. The Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín in Santa Cruz is also decent, while the Auditorio Teobaldo Power in La Orotava has some smaller performances.

There is a classical concert every Sunday in the museum house, Casa Ábaco in Puerto de la Cruz. Sax Rock Bar in Playas de Las Americas and Dreamers Bar also get some unique acts.

Theater Performances

The Teatro Leal San Cristóbal de La Laguna is the jewel of Tenerife theater, while the Orfeon La Paz offers community productions with some very unique performances.

Cabarets & Showbars

Costa Adeje has The Theatre Cabaret Bar, while Playas de Las Americas has Music Hall Tavern and Brahms And Liszt Showbar. In Puerto de La Cuz there’s Anderson Gay Pub & Show Bar.

Flamenco Dancing

Casa Ábaco in Puerto de La Cruz both flamenco dancing shows every Thursday in a glorious historical house.

In Playa de Las Americas, Piramide de Arona sometimes has professional dance performances that are the best around while A Compás Flamenco is a small dance theater.

Escape Rooms

Island Phobia in Costa Adeje has 6 rooms, while GameOfSecrets in Playas de Las Americas has 2 rooms. In El Mediano, Escapop has 1 room, while The Escape Area in Candelaria has 2 rooms.

Trancados Escaperooms in Santa Cruz has 3 rooms, while Escape Room Open Your Mind in La Gallega has 1 room. In San Cristóbal de La Laguna, La Caja Escape Room has 3 different rooms, while AlcatraZ Escape Rooms has 2 rooms.


Casino Playa de las Americas has the biggest and brightest of lights in Tenerife while the Casino Taoro (100 year history) and Casino Santa Cruz are smaller venues. On top of that, there are also several MiniKasinos with mostly slot machines and video gaming spread throughout the resort areas.

Historical Sites

There are many bizarre finds in Tenerife that will surprise you like the Pyramids of Güímar with displays of Kon-Tiki expeditions and the Templo Masónico of Masonry fame.


The Museum of Nature and Archaeology in Santa Cruz, along with the Museum of Science and the Cosmos and Museum of the History in San Cristóbal de La Laguna are worth visiting.

For unique exhibits, check out the Casa del Vino (wine) in El Sauzal, Casa del Plátano (banana planation) in Icod, Pinolere Ethnographic Museum (folklore) in La Orotava. and Casa Ábaco (house museum) in Puerto de la Cruz.

Art Galleries

Casa de Los Balcones in La Orotava and the Art Gallery La Musa in Adeje are must-sees, while ARTlandya (dolls) in Icod is unique in terms of content.

The TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes and the Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes in Santa Cruz are worth a look.


The Castle of St John the Baptist and Castillo de San Cristobal in Santa Cruz, as well as, the Castillo de San Miguel in Garachico showcase Tenerife’s medieval history.


The Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Candelaria is the most famous church in Tenerife. In San Cristóbal de La Laguna, there’s the Iglesia de la Concepción (16th century) and Real Santuario del Cristo de La Laguna.

In Puerto de la Cruz, the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Peña de Francia (also 16th century) is quite popular, while the Parroquia San Marcos in Icod has very nice iconic art.

The Cave of Chinguaro in Güímar is an underground church from pre-Spanish indigenous times, while the Ghe Pel Ling Canarias in Costa Adeje is a very friendly Buddhist temple that welcomes all.


The nightlife in Tenerife is some of the best in the Canaries. Costa Adeje, Santa Cruz, and Puerto de La Cruz are the best resorts in Tenerife to go for a taste of the great nightlife activities with a choice of charming pavement cafes, dance halls, and pubs that are all very tempting.

Holidaymakers may find a variety of Irish pubs, Live jazz, and reggae bands bars at the resorts of Tenerife.

Costa Adeje

For clubbers, Costa Adeje has Achaman Discopub, Troviscas Beach Club, Faro Tenerife Club, and Club Mystique.

Playa de Las Americas

The nightlife is Playa de Las Americas can get quite intense when the resorts are full. Here you’ll find more selections with Papagayo Beach Club, TIBU Tenerife, Magic Lounge, Tramps, SAX Rock Bar, and Babylon Disco.

Los Cristianos

The Hard Rock Cafe and Casablanca Disco Bar are some of the best nightlife spots in Los Cristianos.

Santa Cruz

Bambú Lounge Bar Tenerife, Terraza Isla De Mar, and Bongó Anaga are the busiest nightlife spots in Santa Cruz.

Puerto de La Cruz

New Mansion, Blanco Bar, and Color Cafe are the most popular nightlife spots in Puerto de La Cruz.


As for the festivals in Tenerife; they are one of the best known in the world and Tenerife Carnivals are also the best after those of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The Tenerife Carnival goes for 27 days take place during February and all the islanders gather together during these annual festivities.

The main celebrations and festivities take place in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Whoever visits Tenerife during February should not miss the vibrant and bustling celebrations on Tenerife Carnival.


In Costa Adeje, you’ll find the Thai-themed, Siam Mall which is quite photogenic, along with the San Eugenio Shopping Centre, Centro Comercial & Ocio Gran Sur, and Centro Comercial Plaza del Duque.

In Playas del Las Americas, it’s the C.C Parque Santiago 6 and Oasis Shopping Center, while the Los Cristianos has the Passarela Oasis Shopping Center.

In Santa Cruz there’s the Centro Comercial Meridiano, C. C. Nivaria Center, and Park Boulevard Mall. While Puerto de La Cruz has the Centro Comercial La Villa, Centro Comercial Martiánez and Multicentro Comercial El Trompo.

Street Markets

The Mercado de Nuestra Señora de África is tourist shopping heaven, while the The Rastro/Mercadillo de GUAZA Arona and Municipal Market of Puerto de la Cruz offer some unique items for purchase.

Food Markets

The Mercado La Pepa in Los Cristianos can get very crowded but is well worth it.

Farmers Markets

While requiring a car to get to, the Mercado Municipal De La Laguna, Mercadillo del Agricultor de Tacoronte and Mercado del Agricultor de Tegueste are worth visiting.

Eating Out

Eating out in Tenerife is also fantastic. Holidaymakers may find a variety of cafes and restaurants in Tenerife along the beautiful promenade area of the resorts of Tenerife and enjoy the local cuisine, traditional tapas, international dishes, and fresh seafood. Following the island custom and visiting the “Guachinches” is the best way of tasting the traditional dishes with a glass of the local wine in Tenerife.

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You’ll find all of Tenerife’s top attractions. most important places to visit, as well as, the hottest tourist traps, nightlife, indoor and outdoor activities.

You can also visit these individual pages that list specific attractions and those divided by location.