From star gazing to whale watching, check out these unique things to do in Tenerife and get planning your next visit.
Did you know that star gazing in Tenerife is a big deal? Fancy whale and dolphin watching on a luxury yacht? Or maybe you prefer to visit authentic Tenerife instead? I visited Tenerife on a couple of occasions and like many, I went to enjoy the sunshine. I was aware that one of the world’s best water parks, Siam Park, is in Tenerife, as is Spain’s highest mountain, Mount Teide, but it was only recently that I realised there were so many unique things to do in Tenerife.
I spoke to fellow hodophile Frances Ryan, who has visited Tenerife on many occasions. It was great to talk to her about some of experiences and she kindly wrote guest posts for me on some of the unique things to do in Tenerife. Here are her favourites.
Star Gazing in Tenerife:
Tenerife is one of three designated protected star gazing locations in the world. Yes this came as a surprise to me too! Take a trip to Mount Teide, Spain’s highest mountain, for an evening of discovery.
This trip is easily accessible from most resorts in Tenerife and should not be missed if you have a remote interest in the night sky. A word of warning, you will be star gazing at an altitude of 2400 meters so make sure to bring warm clothing!
Dolphin and Whale Watching in Tenerife:
Located in Puerto Colon, just a 20 minute walk along the sea front from Playa de las Americas, is White Tenerife Sea Charter. They arrange numerous boat tips but one of their favourites is dolphin and whale watching, which appeals to young and old alike.
The White Tenerife yachts are state of the art and take up to eleven passengers, which makes for a very personalised experience and must be one of the top things to do in Tenerife. Expect to see pilot whales and bottle nose dolphins as well as a chance to jump into the sea for a brief swim.
Go off the beaten track and visit Garachico
Once the main port of Tenerife, Garachico was wealthy and busy in the 15th and 16th centuries, the spectacular buildings in the town are evidence of this. The town is really well kept and the village square, Plaza de la Libertad, is where you will find the town hall and Garachico’s remarkable church.
Make sure you bring your swimming togs too, the natural rock pools (El Caleton), are a major attraction on this coastline.
Next time you visit Tenerife, why not leave the sun lounger for the day and try something completely different. These unique things to do in Tenerife are evidence that there is more to this Canary Island than sun and sandy beaches.