In this post we want to share with you the most important things to do in Tenerife on a 4 or 5 day getaway. The last time we went by boat from Gran Canaria with the motorcycle and we stayed 3 nights.
Things to do in Tenerife: 10 must-see places that you can’t miss
In this post we want to share with you the best things to do in Tenerife in a 4 or 5 day getaway. As we live on the next island (Gran Canaria), every time we can we take a trip to see the must-see places in Tenerife. The last time we went by boat with our motorbike and we spent 3 nights there, discovering the most authentic places that we had to see. We’ll tell you all about it below.
1. Parque Rural de Anaga. Things to do in Tenerife
If you have not yet been to the Anaga Rural Park, we recommend you to go hiking. In the Cruz del Carmen visitor center they can recommend a route according to your physical form and available time. However, we definitely recommend the path of the El Pijaral Natural Reserve. This is where you will find the greatest greenery in Tenerife thanks to its Laurisilva forest and giant ferns. It also has a viewpoint to Benijo Beach. You have to ask for a permit to do the trail here, since the capacity is limited (it is only in Spanish). Order it in advance, since it is usually very demanded. The hike took us about 2 hours at a good pace. They are a around 7 km.
Anyway, if there are no places, the entire area of the Anaga Rural Park is beautiful and green all year round. A car or motorcycle ride through the area is worth it and you can’t miss the mythical Instagram photo on the green moss walls of this enchanted forest.
It is a dead end street that you will find a few meters from the Pico del Inglés viewpoint. Therefore, if you introduce in your Waze or Google Maps “Mirador del Pico del Inglés you will have no loss. NOTE, parking is limited.
2. Punta de Teno, Teno Rural Park
Many people say that this is the most beautiful area of the island and it might well be. To get here you can get here on your own at the times indicated here. Outside these hours, the road is closed and access/exit is only possible by bus, taxi or bicycle. The road is spectacular, surrounded by cliffs with waterfall marks on the mountains. Once at the tip of Teno we find a small beach and several pools to enjoy the sea in a 100% volcanic landscape. Of course, it is a bit windy.
We also have the Punta de Teno lighthouse and panoramic views of La Gomera and Los Gigantes cliffs. We went in the morning, but the sunset here must be spectacular.
After the expedition through the coastal area, we set out to get to know Teno Alto and visit the Naturteno artisan cheese factory, within the Teno Rural Park. On the way back, going south, go through the road that connects this area with Los Gigantes, passing through El Palmar and Masca. A must of Tenerife without a doubt. There is a tip to eat in the area at the end of the post!
3. Los Gigantes cliffs and Masca. Places to visit Tenerife
Another must-see in Tenerife are the cliffs of Los Gigantes and the Masca ravine. Some friends had recommended kayaking along the coast from Los Gigantes to Masca and we did it. We booked an excursion with Teno Activo in a double kayak to the Barranco de Masca (two hours). The return trip was by boat. During the trip we made several stops for a swim. Highly recommended.
4. Discover the northern villages: Garachico, La Orotava and Puerto de La Cruz
One of the most beautiful landscapes in Tenerife is that of the north of Tenerife and El Teide. All green, surrounded by banana trees and with the blue sea in the background. You have to take a walk through the Puerto de La Cruz, even if it is touristy, it also has its local and authentic touch. Its pedestrian streets are curious and colorful. Here you also have the Lago Martiánez pools and Loro Parque park.
On the other hand, on this route along the north Tenerife coast, you cannot miss visiting La Orotava and Garachico. Two very authentic towns that have managed to maintain the local essence. These three towns are very close to each other, in a morning or afternoon you can visit them all.
Do not miss the stop for lunch that we recommend you at the end of this article!
5. Benijo beach and Taganana village. Things to do Tenerife
If you decide to visit the Anaga Rural Park, you could take the opportunity to get to one of the most beautiful beaches of Tenerife: Benijo beach. On your wat to Benijo you can stop in Taganana. Look at all the drago trees along the road and discover the beaches of Benijo. Of course, the road is not recommended for those who do not support curves. Once in Benijo, as it is a virgin beach, do not expect many services and, to get to the beach, you have to go down some stairs. We leave you at the end of the post a tip for lunch in the area!
6. Teide National Park. Things to do in Tenerife.
This is a must on your visit to Tenerife, whether you are adventurous or not. You have to at least drive or motorbike through this area and appreciate the volcanic and lunar landscape of Spain’s highest peak. The road is about 2000 m above sea level and the peak reaches 3178 metres. There is a cable car that takes you to the top. There is also a night hike through the Cañadas del Teide with very good reviews.
7. Las Teresitas beach and viewpoint. Places to visit Tenerife
We can say that Tenerife is not characterized by its spectacular beaches, that is why they conditioned Las Teresitas. That is to say, they brought golden sand from another site and placed a kind of dike to calm its waters and that the sand remained in time. As it is an artificial beach, it is not a place in which we would not spend much time, however its viewpoint is spectacular. From here you can see El Teide and Gran Canaria also.
To get here you have to go from the town of San Andrés along the coast towards San Andrés de Igueste and you will find it on the road. Next to the road there is a small gap to stop and see the sights. By the way, if you have time, you can take a two-hour free tour of the capital. You can book it and see what other travellers have to say below.
8. San Cristóbal de La Laguna. Things to do in Tenerife.
A walk through the historic center of La Laguna is also something you cannot miss on your trip to Tenerife. In an around one hour you can walk through its pedestrian streets and visit the points of greatest interest. It is an area with a lot of life, since it has many restaurants, bars and shops. In addition, its historic center was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. If you are interested, there is also a free tour of La Laguna with very good reviews from other travellers.
9. Whale watching, Adeje coast
We did this activity in a group of friends at a bachelorette party on another getaway to Tenerife. Spending the day on a sailboat with whale watching is 100% recommended. Seeing dolphins and whales in their habitat will give you goosebumps. Of course, this plan is not economic at all and, much less, if you go by private boat.
It can be said that this activity is worthwhile in the south of Tenerife, despite being a tourist area. The views of La Gomera are beautiful. By the way, if you plan to visit Gomera as well, take a look at our article about the best things to do in La Gomera.
10. El Médano. Things to do in Tenerife
This area in the south of Tenerife is also worth visiting if you have time. In El Médano there is a good local atmosphere. In addition, the beaches are great to spend the day or practice sports such as surfing, especially if you avoid the tourist spots like us.
As you may have read there are many things to see in Tenerife. We hope that this post has been helpful to discover the island on your own. Now let’s move on to the gastronomic part, if you like.
Restaurants in Tenerife
If Tenerife is known for anything, it is for its variety of restaurants, genre quality and good prices. You could perfectly go to the island to do gastronomic tourism. From the most hidden and genuine guachinches to the Michelin star restaurants, which are not few. We are going to tell you a little about everything, there is a lot to choose from!
Arepas in Tenerife
As there is a large Venezuelan community living in Tenerife, there are various areperas throughout the island. We have been to the Los Girasoles arepera in the town of Tamaimo. We also know two in La Laguna (Bolívar and Punto Criollo). The one we like the most is Bolívar, with a great variety of flavors and natural juices, but it is in a residential area and not touristy.
Fish restaurants in Tenerife
- El Puntero restaurant, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. It is a classic to eat cherne fish, shrimp, octopus, squids, etc. in the capital city. They also have some potatoes with mojo that you die for. The service is very familiar, the food is 10 and, in addition, it is super cheap. It is all decorated with posters of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival.
- Cofradía de pescadores “La Punta”, Punta del Hidalgo, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Here you can not miss the fried parrot fish, the octopus, the limpets, the shrimp, the squids … Basically all the typical Canarian food of the sea.
Restaurants with ribs, corn and potatoes in Tenerife
The two best restaurants for tasting the typical Canarian ribs, corn and potatoes in Tenerife are Casa Tomás and El Nervioso. Both spectacular and super cheap. We prefer the El Nervioso. Green mojo is pure butter!
Some other good restaurants in Tenerife
- Restaurant El Calderito de La Abuela, Santa Úrsula. This site is also famous for its good cuisine and views of the banana trees and the coast of Santa Úrsula. Spectacular, although perhaps a little high in price.
- Restaurant El Campestre, La Esperanza. If you like good grilled meat, El Campestre restaurant is one of the best restaurants in Tenerife. It is a great stop on the way to Teide National Park from La Laguna or vice versa.
- Restaurante El Patamero, El Palmar, Buenavista del Norte. If you are sightseeing in this area, a mandatory stop is El Patamero. We ordered a delicious grilled Iberian pork and some spectacular sweet potato with cod montaditos. They also have the famous artisan goat cheese from Naturteno, good Canarian wines, etc.
- Casa Paca or Bar Playa Casa África, Roque de Las Bodegas beach / Benijo beach. These are two legendary places to eat local food. The fried octopus is very good at Casa África. On the other hand, in Casa Paca you have a bit of everything: fish (limpets, octopus, sardines…) and meat (rabbit, fiesta meat…), as well as spoon dishes and fresh cheese.
Michelín restaurants Tenerife
In Tenerife there are various restaurants with a Michelin star. We have only been to the Kazan and we can say that it is brutal. Their dishes are an explosion of flavors. We list below the 5 Michelin-starred restaurants in Tenerife.
- Kabuki Abama, Hotel Abama (una estrella Michelin)
- Nub, Costa Adeje (one Michelin star)
- El Rincón de Juan Carlos, Guía de Isora (one Michelin star)
- M.B., Martín Berasategui, Hotel Abama (two Michelin stars)
Guachinches in Tenerife
In this web you can check all the guachinches in Tenerife. What is a Guachinche? In the Canary dialect we name guachinche or bochinche to a popular establishment where local food and wine is served. There are no fancy places, with paper table clothes and usually crowded of locals, but really cheap and yummy.
Hotel in Tenerife
The island of Tenerife is quite large, so if you are going to explore it, the best thing to do is to spread your stay over different areas. Especially if you are going to visit Punta de Teno, Buenavista del Norte or Los Gigantes. To explore the north, we recommend the Hotel Botánico and The Oriental Spa Garden, in Puerto de la Cruz. When we went on our hen party, we stayed in the south, in the tourist area of Adeje. If you want to go out at night, it’s the best option. Anyway, you can search for the best hotel deals in Tenerife below:
Video: things to do in Tenerife in a day
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We hope that all this information has been helpful to you in planning your trip. If you have any questions, leave us a comment below!
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