Top Sights in Tenerife
The most beautiful beaches in Tenerife
You will find a lot of beaches on your Tenerife vacation. However, so that you can choose the right one with more than 40 beaches , I will introduce you to some of my favorites in more detail. Their diversity is unbelievable: From white, Caribbean dream beaches in the northeast to red-sand coastal deserts in the southeast or pitch-black lava beaches in the northwest to rugged rocky coasts in the west – you will find everything on the Canary Island of Tenerife. Most of the beaches are located in the touristy south of the island, but Tenerife North also has some black and white dream beaches to offer.
Playa de las Teresitas
A particularly popular, white sandy beach that scores with classic beauty and where you can relax in a deck chair under Caribbean palm trees is Playa de las Teresitas. The beach is located in the coastal village of San Andrés, about ten minutes by car from the capital Santa Cruz. The golden sand was artificially piled up to create a paradisiacal flair. The crystal clear water and the green mountains , between which the beach lies, contribute to the dreamlike landscape.
Black sand beaches are one of the hallmarks of the volcanic island. In Puerto de la Cruz you will find a particularly beautiful example, the Playa Jardin. The beach section is embedded in a landscaped park full of exotic flowers and plants and thus creates a particularly great atmosphere. The advantage of black sand is that it gives off a pleasant warmth even on cloudy days. Because Playa Jardin consists of three bays, you have the freedom to choose where you like it best. A promenade runs along the beach, which boasts a few restaurants and cafes.
Playa del Duque
The family-friendly beach Playa del Duque is located on the popular stretch of coast of Costa Adeje . Since it is a bit out of the way from the city and is sheltered in a bay, there is neither traffic noise nor loud crowds. Instead, there are changing rooms made of wood, white lounge chairs and parasols made of palm leaves, which guarantee a relaxed atmosphere. Although you are in the touristy south, you will find a quite quiet spot here. Due to its cleanliness and safety , the coveted beach has already been awarded the blue flag . If you like activities such as sailing, surfing or diving, you will also find it here.
Top 3 sights in Tenerife
During your vacation in Tenerife you can discover numerous highlights. These can be special cities and villages as well as national parks, amusement parks or mountains. I will introduce you to the top 3 attractions in Tenerife and if you want to know more about the highlights of the island, you will get even more tips in my detailed article about other Tenerife attractions .
Pico del Teide – the largest mountain in Spain
The most popular sights on Tenerife are the 3,718 meter high Teide volcano and the national park of the same name, which form the center of the island . The largest mountain in Spain is a great destination, not only for active athletes. The bizarre and overwhelming landscape of the Teide National Park , called Parque Nacional del Teide by the locals , can be hiked through on a large network of trails. The national park has a total of 38 hiking routes and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007. The Teide cable car takes you to the mountain station, which is at an altitude of 3,555 meters.
Drago Milenario – Dragon Tree in Tenerife
In addition to the Teide volcanic massif, the dragon tree on Tenerife, also known as El Drago or Drago Milenario , is the symbol of the Canary Island. If you travel to the northwest of the island, you will find a wine region called Icod de los Vinos, home of the famous dragon tree in Tenerife. It is a 500-600 year old tree whose red sap is called dragon’s blood and is said to have a magical effect. You can marvel at the almost 20 meter high and six meter wide dragon tree in Drago Park (Parque del Drago). In addition to the imposing landmark, you will also find Europe’s longest lava cave, the Cueva del Viento, in the Icod de los Vinos wine region.
One of the most popular tourist attractions is Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz on Tenerife. In one of the most famous zoos in the world, visitors of all ages can observe numerous animals. The original bird park, which was once known for the largest collection of parrots in the world, has meanwhile blossomed into a huge animal and amusement park with more than 570 animal species , which is home to a wide variety of bird species, mammals, fish and reptiles. In addition, exciting adventure areas and fascinating shows await you here. For all children, the park is the highlight on the Canary Island.