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Things to Do for Free in Tenerife

Some of the most wonderful things to do in Tenerife are free. From gorgeous valleys, historical towns, and botanical gardens to unique museums and hiking trails, there’s plenty to see and do that won’t cost you a thing.

Masca Valley

Things to Do for Free in Tenerife
Things to Do for Free in Tenerife

This hike is for those in decent physical shape. It features a path of rugged cliffs and steep rock formations. For those unable to take the hike, you can hire a car to take you on the path.

Along the valley, you will find stone arches, with many waterfalls among the volcanic structures. You can take a break at one of the many restaurants in the village to enjoy the view before finishing your trek, to enjoy a local delicacy of cactus ice cream.

At the end of your journey, you will find yourself descending towards a black-sand beach, where you can walk or enjoy a swim.

Parque Rural de Anaga

Things to Do for Free in Tenerife
Things to Do for Free in Tenerife

This park provides 14,500 hectares of a mixture of jagged peaks, broad valleys, and deep ravines. There is an abundance of hiking trails throughout the landscape and in between mountain size cliffs.

Some of the trails will lead you to small coves or inlets known for its black sand. You can take a stroll along the beaches filled with volcanic sand or take a dip in the water. You can hike through the mossy green forest, where you will find various species of birds and sea life.

The park offers many activities including sailing, diving, hiking, and horseback riding.

Garachico

Things to Do for Free in Tenerife
Things to Do for Free in Tenerife

This historical coastal town is where you can go to grab authentic local food from a restaurant or stroll along the narrow, cobbled streets and go shopping. You can also take a dip in the sea waters of the volcanic rock beach.

The Santa Ana church has a bell tower that you can climb to enjoy views of the entire town. The castle of San Miguel is also located in this town, where you can view the town or tour the inside of the castle to view the history and wildlife of the town.

Carnival Tenerife

Things to Do for Free in Tenerife
Things to Do for Free in Tenerife

This carnival offers a large number of festivities to enjoy, from parades to musical groups, with a different annual theme. This carnival is a week-long celebration of dancing, eating, and contests for both children and adults.

The carnival is a constant parade of floats, costumes with different shows and performances. The Carnival Queen and the burial of the sardine are the highlights of the event. The Carnival Queen parades on floats with accentuated costumes made of plastic, paper, and metals.

The burial of the sardine marks the conclusion of the carnival that includes a funeral procession and the burning of a giant paper sardine.

Taganana

Things to Do for Free in Tenerife

Taganana translates to “surrounded by mountains”, is a village in between two ravines. You can view the top of the Anaga Mountains or enjoy the volcanic sand beaches. You can walk through the village and view the fourth oldest church on this island.

There are several bars and restaurants that serve fresh octopus and other local cuisines while providing you with a panoramic view of the village. The restaurants feature outdoor dining and musical entertainment, with ocean and mountain views while you eat.

You can spend the night in one of the many accommodations that are close to the beaches and hiking trails.

Hijuela del Botanico

Things to Do for Free in Tenerife
Things to Do for Free in Tenerife

This garden is home to thousands of plant species, tropical and subtropical, that was founded over two hundred years ago. This garden is centered around the historical dragon tree which can be viewed as you enter the wrought iron gates of the garden.

Throughout the dirt path of the garden, you will find many species of birds, butterflies, trees, and native plants. You can view the horse-chestnut trees, flame trees, and other exotic plants that make up the garden.

As you are walking, you will find a pond where you can sit on a bench, enjoy wildlife and botanicals from all over the world.

Auditorio de Tenerife

Things to Do for Free in Tenerife
Things to Do for Free in Tenerife

This contemporary building is divided into two halls, the main hall(Symphony) and the chamber hall. The Symphony features 1,616 seats in an amphitheater with organ pipes appearing from the orchestra pit. The chamber hall is a smaller replica of the Symphony holding 422 seats.

Outside of this building are two terraces that overlook the sea and sea wall composed of rocks with famous musicians painted on them. Inside the building is a lobby that has a press room, shop, and cafe, that can be entered from either side of the building.

This auditorium is where you can watch a number of concerts and shows, as well as product launches and other events.

Punta de Teno

Things to Do for Free in Tenerife
Things to Do for Free in Tenerife

Exploring Punta de Teno can be done by car, bus, cycling, or hiking. This is a nature reserve with steep cliffs, laurel forests, and azure waters.

From this volcanic massif, you can view the cliffs and the Atlantic Ocean. You can also walk up the volcanic rock formations that form the coastline leading to the lighthouse. There is a wooden walkway that gives a view of the cliffs and neighboring islands.

You can take a break from hiking and go fishing, diving, or snorkeling in the waters surrounding the volcanic headlands. There are also guided boat tours if the trek is too arduous.

Museo del Historia y Antropologia

Things to Do for Free in Tenerife
Things to Do for Free in Tenerife

This museum has 14 exhibition rooms that detail the history and culture of the island in an 18th century Canarian manor. There are two buildings, Casa Lercaro provides an overview of development from the 15th to 20th century. The other building, Casa de Carta exemplifies an 18th-century island home.

The museum begins with a history of the house. Each room displays collections and exhibitions depicting life, clothing, furniture, ceramics, and more. You will find historical crops, tools, textiles, and samples of artwork and stonework that complete the history of the island.

Museos del Vino y Miel

Things to Do for Free in Tenerife
Things to Do for Free in Tenerife

The Casa del Vino is a farmhouse that is over 300 years old and includes both the Museo del Vino and Casa de la Miel. The tour begins in the thematic room with a documentary film of the history of the wines of the island. After viewing the film, you can move along to the tasting room where you can try a selection of wines, cheeses, honey, and other native products.

The restaurant and tavern are where you can indulge in Canarian cuisine on the terrace. To complete your tour there is a gift shop where you can purchase a number of hand-made items, pastries, and a selection of over 20 different wines.

Tourist Map

Below you can view a map where all the free things to do are located along with the top attractions and our big list of things to do in Tenerife.

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