Although we like to spend our whole day surfing, chances are some days it’ll be flat, you have sore muscles from the day before or you just don’t feel like it all (just don’t tell us). Fortunately, Tenerife has much more to offer! So how do we like to spend our off days? We’ll tell you below.
Tenerife is full of great hiking spots for any kind of hiker. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or a pro. Barranco del Infierno is a hike we recommend for any kind of hiker. More adventurous? Walk over the hill from Los Christianos to Palm-Mar. Don’t forget to look for dolphins near the fish farms in sea and be careful with the steep descent in Palm-Mar. We also enjoy the beautiful hiking area near Aguamansa, you’ll get to see the island in a whole different light!
We can’t stress this enough: Tenerife is great for snorkeling! Turtles, rays, angelsharks, starfish, trumpet fish and many many other sea creatures are waiting for you in the blue clear water of Tenerife. We love it so much, we are already writing a blogpost of our favorite snorkeling beaches of Tenerife. It will be online soon.
3. Seeing whales & dolphins
The waters surrounding Tenerife are filled with whales and dolphins. No joke, if you’ll go out on a boat you’ll get to see pilot whales 100% (even though the skipper will say 99%). We’ve seen many variations of whales and dolphins, hunting tuna and even turtles. It’s simply magical. Just make sure to go with a small boat company, instead of one of the big ones. Need a recommendation? Let us know and we’ll hook you up.
Look, we always want to go urbexing but sometimes we’re just too scared to jump a fence. So with Abades there’s no need to be stressed. Originally build for people who suffered from leprosy, this old station is now abandoned and easy (and free) to enter. Go see the church!
You cannot leave Tenerife without visiting the largest mountain of Spain! The Teide is 1 of 300 volcanos on this island and reaches an astonishing 3700 meters. The national park has a lot of hikes to offer, has a unique landscape (sometimes with snow!) and makes you able to see the other Canarian Islands on a clear day.
6. Siam Park
You’re never too old to have fun! So if you’re up for it, go visit Siam Park. This waterpark is one of the best worldwide and the largest of Europe. With kids or without kids: you’re going to have an epic day!
7. Cueva del Viento
Recently opened, the Cave of Wind will teach you everything about volcanos, eruptions, caves, wildlife and Tenerife. It’s a beautiful place to start your discovery of the north of Tenerife.
8. Learn about local food: cheesery & winery
9. Natural swimming pools
One fun way of exploring the island is visiting some natural swimming pools. Across the entire island you’ll find them: swimming pools filled with sea water. Infinity pool eat your heart out! Perfect for a flat day.
10. Explore the North
The south of Tenerife can look like a desert sometimes. So imagine arriving in an entirely different world by just driving for 40 minutes. The north part of the island gets way more rain, and it shows in a good way. It looks green and luscious. It’s filled with small, pretty fishing villages, a green forest that is great for hiking, the capital of Tenerife for some cultural fun and a lot of guachinches to eat like a local. Must see when you’re on Tenerife.
If you need any more help or tips about getting around on Tenerife, please feel free to contact us. And let us know where you are planning to go!