Tenerife, Loro Parque - Canary Islands

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Tenerife has a surface of 775 sq mi which makes it the biggest volcanic island of the Canary Islands. Tenerife has a populations of 900,000 of which a quarter lives in the capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The island has a lot of sights and tourist attractions as for example Pico del Teide, Loro Parque and Masca. Besides the many sights and tourist attractions Tenerife is also perfect for many activities as for example walking, golf, diving and surfing.

  • A beach with palm trees and calm sea with in the background mountains on a sunny day on Tenerife
  • A sea turtle which swims in the crystal clear sea - Tenerife
  • A fully dressed in green, gold and pink lady during Carnaval Santa Cruz de Tenerife - Tenerife
  • A surfer in a yellow O'NEILL shirt who jumps from a breaking wave - Tenerife
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Sights and Tourist attractions

Two dolphins jumping over a rope at the park Aqualand Costa Adeje - Tenerife

Aqualand Costa Adeje

Location : 45 mi from Santa Cruz de Tenerife - 1 hour drive | Category : Amusementpark and Kids

Aqualand Costa Adeje is a large waterpark on the Western part of Tenerife. Aqualand Costa Adeje has several swimmingpools and slides for all ages. Besides the pools and slides there are also daily shows with dolphins. Aqualand Costa Adeje has a restaurant, a fast-food restaurant and several stands where you can buy food, drinks and ice-cream.

Two seals who are balancing balls on their noses at Loro Parque - Tenerife

Loro Parque

Location : 25 mi from Santa Cruz de Tenerife - 35 minutes drive | Price : 33 euro | Category : Zoo and Kids

Loro Parque is a zoo on the Northern central part of Tenerife. At the Loro Parque zoo you can see a variety of land and water animals. A few examples of the animals which you can see at Loro Parque are Jaguars, tigers, crocodiles and orcas. Loro Parque zoo also has several restaurants where you can buy food and drinks.

View over a green valley with several paths and mountains at Barranco del Infierno - Tenerife

Barranco del InfiernoLoca

Location : 12 mi from Santa Cruz de Tenerife - 25 minutes drive | Category : Nature

Barranco del Infierno is a nature reserve on the Northern part of Tenerife. Barranco del Infierno is a protected nature reserve, only 200 visitors are allowed per day. Barranco del Infierno has 4 mile walking route which will guide you to best and most beautiful spots in the park as for example caves and the waterfall. During the summer temperatures can get very high so we recommend you take more than enough water with you.

An old street with orange, white and pink houses and balconies in La Orotava - Tenerife

La Orotava

Location : 22 mi from Santa Cruz de Tenerife - 30 minutes drive | Category : Culture and History

La Orotava is a town on the Northern central part of Tenerife. La Orotava is divided in 2 parts; a historical and a modern part. In the historic part of La Orotava are several buildings which has been built in the 16th century. Besides those this part of La Orotava has more sights and tourist attractions as for example Convento San Augustin, Casa de los Balcones and Nuestra Senora de la Concepción.

A square with white and gray houses with in the background hills on sunny day at Vilaflor - Tenerife

Vilaflor

Location : 50 mi from Sante Cruz de Tenerife - 1 hour drive | Category : Culture and history

Vilaflor is a town on central Tenerife. Vilaflor is located at a height of 0.9 mi above sea, which makes it the highest town of the Canary Islands. Vilaflor has a population of approximately 2,000 and is particularly known for the mineral water and the spa. Vilaflor is ideal for walking around and enjoying the beautiful surroundings and sights and tourist attractions as the San Pedro Church.

View on the green landscape and mountains on a sunny day in the vicinity of Masca - Tenerife

Masca

Location : 50 mi from Sante Cruz de Tenerife - 1.5 hour drive | Category : Nature

Masca is a small village with a population of approximately 100 on the Western part of Tenerife. Masca is a car free zone so you have to park your car outside the village. Masca on it is own has little to offer. However, the surroundings of Masca are beautiful and ideal for a walk in the unspoiled nature. In the region of Masca are several magnificient viewpoints where you can have a beautiful view as for example Pico del Teide which offers a view on the bay of Masca.

White, orange and pink houses with red roofs and a view on the sea seen from Garachico - Tenerife

Garachico

Location : 35 mi from Santa Cruz de Tenerife - 50 minutes drive | Category : Culture and historty

Garachico is located on the Western part of Tenerife. Garachico is a characteristic village with beautiful small streets with old houses and wooden balconies. Garachico was almost completely destroyed by a volcanic eruption in the beginning of the 18th century. Garachico has several sights and tourist attractions including the castle San Miguel and the church Santa Anna. These two buildings are two of the few buildings which were unaffected by the volcanic eruption in 1706.

A cougar resting in the shade on a sunny day at the park Las Aguilas del Teide - Tenerife

Las Aguilas del Teide (Jungle park)

Location : 45 mi from Santa Cruz de Tenerife - 45 minutes drive | Price : € 24 and up | Category : Nature

Las Aguilas del Teide is a zoo and botanical garden located on the Southern part of Tenerife. Las Aguilas del Teide is also known as Jungle Park. Animals which can be seen at Las Aguilas del Teide include lions, tigers, cheetahs, orangutans, eagles and vultures. Besides the animals the park also has attractions as a rope bridge and a toboggan track. Off course Las Aguilas del Teide also has restaurants where you can have a drink and something to eat.

A pyramid made of lava stones on a sunny day at Guimar - Tenerife

Güímar

Location : 18 mi from Santa Cruz de Tenerife - 30 minutes drive | Category : Culture and history

Güímar is a town on the Western part of Tenerife. This town is mostly known for the Pyramids of Güímar. It is unsure how the lava stone pyramids were created. There are several theories on who has built the pyramids, but until now it remains unproven. Beside the pyramids Güímar is also known for the magnificent viewpoint named Mirador de don Martin.

View on the mountain Pico del Teide on a sunny day seen through two rocks - Tenerife

Pico del Teide

Location : 40 mi from Santa Cruz de Tenerife - 1 hour drive | Category : Nature

Pico del Teide is located in the National Park del Teide on central Tenerife. Pico del Teide is with a height of 2.3 mi the highest mountain of Spain. At National Park del Teide unique flora and fauna can be seen as for example different kinds of Canaries, wild cats and kestrels. This in combinations with the beautiful nature and surroundings make it ideal for walking.

View on the coast and sea with many rocks at Parque Rural de Anaga - Tenerife

Parque Rural de Anaga

Location : 12 mi from Santa Cruz de Tenerife - 30 minutes drive | Category : Nature

Parque Rural de Anaga is a nature reserve on the Northern part of Tenerife. Parque Rural de Anaga mainly consists of a million year old mountain chain. This park is greener then the rest of Tenerife because the North of Tenerife has more rain on average through the year. Parque Rural de Anaga with several viewpoints, is ideal for walking around in the beautiful surroundings and enjoy the beautiful nature.

The colorful red and yellow name logo at Siam Park - Tenerife

Siam Parque

Location : 45 mi from Santa Cruz de Tenerife - 45 minutes drive | Price : € 33 | Category : Amusement park and Kids

Siam Parque is a water park on the Southern part of Tenerife. The entire park has been built in Thay style. Siam Parque has several swimmingpools and slides for all ages. Off course Siam Parque has several restaurants where you can eat. In most cases the names of the restaurants refer to Thailand.

View on the beach and calm sea on a sunny day at Playa de las Americas - Tenerife

Playa de las Americas

Location : 50 mi from Sante Cruz de Tenerife - 50 minutes drive | Category : Sea and beach

Playa de las Americas is a beautiful beach which is perfect for kids. The shallow and crystal clear water makes it easy to watch your children. At the beach several activities are offered to entertain the kids. Besides the entertainment Playa de las Americas has many restaurants and foodstands where you can eat and buy drinks.


Activities

Tenerife offers many activities.

Deep Sea Fishing
The waters surrouning Tenerife are ideal for Deep Sea Fishing or the so called Big Game Fishing. Especially the months from May to October are suitable for this sport. During these months you can fish for Barracuda, Albacore, Dorado, Blue Marlin, White Marlin, Spearfish, sharks and rays. At Big Game Fishing Las Galletas at the harbor of Las Galletas it is possible to book fish excursions and ecen fish vacations.

Diving
On Tenerife are several dive operators where you can rent equipment and book excursions. Just as the land of Tenerife the bottom of the sea has been formed by volcanic eruptions. The underwater landscape has many caves and a diversified sea life. This makes it a unique experience.



Golf
Tenerife has several golfcourses and golfresorts. Most of these courses and resorts are located in or near touristic cities on Tenerife. The most well-known golf courses are Costa Adeje and the Abama Golf Resort. All the golf resorts and courses have beautiful surroundings and stunning views. When you want to golf you do not need to take your own gear with you. At most courses and resorts it is possible to rent equipment and take lessons.

Surfing
The coastline of Tenerife is ideal for surfing. Especially the Southwest coast of Tenerife with powerfull currents, high waves and hard winds is the perfect surf location for the more advanced surfer. The experienced surfers can also go to locations as Puerto de la Cruz and Playa del Soccoro. But also surfers who just started will find enjoyment on Tenerife. On Tenerife are also several surf schools where you can book lessons and rent equipment.

Walking / Hiking
The beautiful nature on Tenerife makes this island perfect for people who love to walk / hike. The paths on Tenerife all provide signs which indicate the routes. On Tenerife you can for example walk through magnificent laurel forests and for the more experienced walker / hiker you have the Pico del Teide.

Entertainment and Nightlife

Carnival de Santa Cruz
In Santa Cruz de Tenerife they have an annual grand carnival. This carnival is after the carnival of Rio de Janeiro Brasil, the biggest carnival in the world. During 4 days the streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife are filled with colorful parades. Every year the new queen of carnival will be elected.

Bars and Clubs
Tenerife has a busy and vibrant nightlife. Especially Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos are very popular on Tenerife. There you will find more than enough bars and clubs for all kinds of music and entertainment. On Tenerife all kinds of parties are organized from foam parties to theme parties. It is also possible just to have a nice and quiet drink on a terrace of one of the many bars in touristic locations on Tenerife.

Diner
Tenerife has many restaurants. As to be expected on an island such as Tenerife many of those restaurants are focused on fish and traditional Spanish dishes. In the tourist locations you will also find the big fast food chains and in those restaurants you can also order more European dishes.


How to get there

Tenerife can be reached in two ways

Plane
Tenerife has 2 airports; Reina Sofia and Los Rodeos. In essence Tenerife is easy to reach from most places. Sometimes you have to change flights in for Example Madrid Spain, but that all depends on the airline which is used.

Boat
Tenerife can be easily reached by boat from the other islands of the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands have 2 large operators which offer crossing between the islands. These operators are Fred Olsen and Armas. In general they operate well maintained boats and the crossings are experienced as pleasant.

Stay

On Tenerife it is possible to find accommodations for all kinds of budget. From cheap motels to the most luxurious golf resorts are present on Tenerife. The highest concentrations of hotels and resorts on Tenerife can be found in Costa Adeje, Playa de las Americas and Puerto de Santiago. The middle class hotels (and up) provide you with swimmingpools, restaurants and good and decent rooms.