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 Playas 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.
What Makes Tenerife Unique?
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 Attractions Map
You can also visit these individual pages that list specific attractions and those divided by location.
- Free things to do, Kid-friendly attractions and nature attractions
- Theme parks, water parks, and botanical gardens
- Things to do in Costa Adeje, Playas de Las Americas, Los Cristianos, Puertoo de La Cruz, and Santa Cruz.
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.
The canopy ziplines at the Forestal Park Tenerife can add some nature to your theme park outing.
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.
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.
The mountainous, volcanic landscape in Tenerife provides numerous places to go hiking and see some beautiful views of the island.
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.
Greenery is abound here in 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.
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.
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 and 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.
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.
Southern Tenerife has a lot of water sports, including surfing, windsurfing, sailing jet skis, snorkeling, scuba, and wreck diving.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As for nightlife; 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.
For clubbers, Costa Adeje has Achaman Discopub, Troviscas Beach Club, Faro Tenerife Club, and Club Mystique.
Here you’ll find more selections with Papagayo Beach Club, Babylon Disco Gay Pub, Tramps Tenerife, SAX Rock Bar, and TIBU Tenerife.
The Casablanca Disco Bar is the best available here.
Bambú Lounge Bar Tenerife, Terraza Isla De Mar, and Bongó Anaga are the busiest.
New Mansion, Blanco Bar, and Color Cafe are the most popular.
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.
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.
The Mercado La Pepa in Los Cristianos can get very crowded but is well worth it.
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 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.